The Wednesday Blitz (8/14): NFL News, Notes and Links

On why the Ravens have not yet placed tight end Dennis Pitta on IR, coach John Harbaugh said, "It's not procedural. As far as coming back? When we saw there was no ligament or structural damage in there, it gave us hope."

Saints running back Pierre Thomas returned to practice yesterday and participated in individual and 7-on-7 drills.

After sitting the team's preseason opener, Browns running back Trent Richardson (shin) will play a couple series tomorrow night against the Lions.

Titans wide receivers Kenny Britt (knee) and Kendall Wright missed practice yesterday and it was the third consecutive missed practice for Britt.

Falcons tight end Tony Gonzalez will return to practice on Sunday and play in the Aug. 24th preseason game against the Titans, according to D. Orlando Ledbetter of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

New Lions running back Reggie Bush says his chemistry is improving with quarterback Matthew Stafford and he offered to buy him a drink after finally catching a pass on a route with which he had previously had trouble.

Colts tight end Coby Fleener sat out of practice yesterday due to a concussion believed to have been suffered during the preseason game against the Bills.

Fleener's teammate Darrius Heyward-Bey probably wish he sat out of yesterday's practice in which he had approximately five drops.

Meanwhile, Colts running back Ahmad Bradshaw says he feels 100 percent, per Mike Chappell of the Indianapolis Star: “Oh, definitely. I guess that was part of the misinterpretation last week and I’m just ready to go ... We just want to take it slow, make it last the whole season.”

Both Justin Tuck and Hakeem Nicks are expected to play for the Giants in their second preseason game on Sunday.

Per John Oehser of jaguars.com, Cecil Shorts "sounds doubtful" for Saturday, but he would likely play if it were a regular-season game.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch writes of Chris Givens that "over the first 2½ weeks of training camp, no Rams receiver has been more consistent than Givens."

Bills head coach Doug Marrone plans to name his Week 1 starting quarterback (more likely to be E.J. Manuel than Kevin Kolb) at least 10-12 days before the opener, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport.

Cardinals running back Ryan Williams had a platelet-rich plasma injection into his troublesome right knee about 10 days ago, per Kent Somers of the Arizona Republic.

Matt Barrows of the Sacramento Bee speculates about the receivers that will make the 49ers' 53-man roster and former first-rounder A.J. Jenkins is not on that list.

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