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 width=>>Bears Top Pick Battling Shin Splints

The Chicago Bears may not have first-round draft pick Kevin White running routes for Jay Cutler until the regular season.

White, the seventh selection in the 2015 draft, hasn't practiced yet in training camp due to a left shin injury. The Bears have been vague on the exact nature of the injury, although coach John Fox has referred to it as "shin splints."

On Monday, White began jogging at practice for the first time on dry land during training camp.

The Bears continue to take all precautions with White.

Fox said White will not be rushed onto the field.

In describing the situation White faces, Groh invoked the name of Odell Beckham Jr., the Giants' draft pick who last year missed all of training camp and the first four games of the regular season with a hamstring injury. He then won Offensive Rookie of the Year honors with 91 catches for 1,305 yards.

 width=>>Packers LB Matthews Returns To Practice

LB Clay Matthews returned to practice Monday after being out a week because of knee soreness. McCarthy said Matthews' return to the field would be on a trial-and-error basis.

Matthews said after practice he felt good, but he doesn't know if he will play Thursday.

Additionally, LB Mike Neal practiced for the first time in camp. Neal had been on the physically unable to perform list after undergoing surgery in the offseason for what he said Monday was a recurring sports hernia.

Notables out of practice were defensive linemen Mike Daniels (ankle) and Letroy Guion (hamstring) and LB Nick Perry (groin).

McCarthy said undrafted rookie WR Javess Blue suffered a shoulder injury in the Family Night practice at Lambeau Field on Saturday.

>>Cowboys LB Lee Full Go in Practice

Sean Lee waited 15 months to be cleared for every segment of practice after the oft-injured Dallas linebacker tore a ligament in his left knee in the first offseason workout of 2014.

When the moment finally came a little more than a week into training camp, Lee played it low-key.

The sixth-year player is a little weary of injury talk after missing 23 of the past 24 games for the Cowboys - playoffs included - with knee, neck and hamstring injuries. And that's not counting the 10 games he sat in 2012 with a badly damaged toe.

Lee tore his right anterior cruciate ligament at Penn State and was available to Dallas late in the second round of the 2010 draft in part because of his history with injuries. He was told at the time of the first surgery that his left knee was basically a tear waiting to happen, which it did last year when he engaged rookie lineman Zack Martin in a non-contact drill.

A year later, Lee was moving around normally during the offseason, but not getting any closer to the action than walkthroughs and some individual work. The gradual plan continued in California with Lee working into some seven-on-seven drills.

While he acknowledges that age and the accumulation of injuries makes it a little easier for him to accept the methodical approach to rehab, he still found himself trying to talk his way into some goal-line work the day before trainers and coaches finally approved it.

Although unlikely to play in the preseason opener at San Diego on Thursday night, the 29-year-old Lee should be on track to play in the exhibition season. The regular-season opener is Sept. 13 at home against the New York Giants. It would be Lee's first game since Dec. 9, 2013, at Chicago.

When healthy, Lee is one of the most dangerous linebackers in the league with 11 interceptions in 46 games. Problem is, the pace doesn't mean much for a player who has missed three-fourths of the games going back 2 1/2 years.

>>Ravens WR Smith To Retire After 15-16 Season

Ravens wide receiver Steve Smith says he will retire at the end of the 2015 season, his 15th in the NFL.

The five-time Pro Bowler announced Monday that he will walk away from the game after the second season of a three-year contract with Baltimore.

Smith says, "I feel like it's time. My body feels great, but not everybody gets this opportunity."

Smith said he made his decision in April, not long after he caught 79 passes for 1,065 yards and six touchdowns in his first season with the Ravens.

He is one of 12 players in league history to record 900 catches, 13,000 receiving yards and 70 touchdown receptions.

The 36-year-old played the first 13 seasons of his career with Carolina. He is the Panthers' all-time leading receiver.

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