Patrick Crayton was back catching passes for the Dallas Cowboys yesterday, marking his first time on the field since indicating he wanted to be released.
While Crayton still isn't sure if he will be with the Cowboys when the season begins, he practiced after skipping the first 3 weeks of voluntary offseason workouts.
Crayton is under contract for about $2 million in 2010, but his role suddenly became minimized when the Cowboys drafted Dez Bryant in the first round in April.
"This is my thing, I'm not going to complain about things I can't control," Crayton said after practice. "If I go out there and give it my all, bust my tail and do what I'm capable of doing, I'll be here."
The receiver has said that he wanted the opportunity to go to another team, but Cowboys owner Jerry Jones has made it clear that he has no immediate plans to let Crayton go anywhere else.
Crayton said yesterday that neither he nor his agent asked Jones for a trade or demanded to "let me go. We never once came forward with that at all."
Crayton had 37 catches for 622 yards and five touchdowns last season, his sixth in the NFL - all with the Cowboys. He was also the team's primary punt returner, averaging 12.1 yards per return with two TDs.
* Jets quarterback Mark Sanchez, recovering from knee surgery, was a full participant in practice for the first time this offseason. He had the patella-stabilizing ligament in his left knee repaired in February.
* All-Pro cornerback Darrelle Revis returned to practice with the New York Jets, despite not having a new contract in place. Revis sat out last Thursday amid a contract dispute. He has said he wants to be the highest-paid player at his position, but was initially scheduled to make just $1 million in the fourth season of his 6-year rookie deal. Oakland's Nnamdi Asomugha is the highest-paid corner after signing a 3-year, $45.3 million extension last year.
* A toxicology report found no alcohol in Chris Henry's system after the Bengals receiver died in December from a fractured skull and other head injuries in what's been ruled an accident. Henry, 26, died on Dec. 17 when he came out of the back of a pickup truck driven by his fiancee. No traces of alcohol were found. The report didn't include any other tests for drugs. Witnesses told police Henry jumped into the back of the moving vehicle driven by Loleini Tonga in the driveway of her family home in Charlotte on Dec. 16 during a domestic dispute. It isn't known if Henry jumped or fell out of the truck.
* New Orleans quarterback Drew Brees announced that the Saints will raffle off a Super Bowl ring like those that will soon be worn by the team with all of the proceeds going to aid victims of the Gulf of Mexico BP oil spill. Tickets are $2 each, but buyers must make a minimum $10 order. The winner will be announced before the Sept. 9 game against Minnesota. The Saints hope to raise $1 million through the effort.