‘Mutual interest’ between Nick Foles, Dallas Cowboys

Rapoport noted that Dallas did its homework on Foles even before he was released by Los Angeles, saying: “They did work on him when the Rams were trying to shop him. There’s a lot of mutual interest there for the Cowboys and Nick Foles.”

With Foles sitting on his couch jobless and the Cowboys in desperate need of another camp arm, we wouldn’t be surprised to see this deal go down much sooner than later.

What’s your perception of Mark Sanchez?

It’s probably something like this: Some ups (the guy has been a part of four playoff wins, including one at Tom Brady and the New England Patriots), plenty of downs, he has been the butt (fumble) of jokes and ultimately a quarterback whose career has been unfulfilling.

Sanchez has a chance to change all of that.

There’s a lot of pressure that comes with landing on the Denver Broncos as their presumptive Week 1 starter. Sanchez finds himself on a team that just won a Super Bowl, so anything less this season is a step back. He’s replacing Peyton Manning, one of the greatest quarterbacks ever. The challenge is unmistakable.

But it’s also an amazing opportunity for Sanchez, just before his 30th birthday, to rewrite his NFL story.

“It’s been an amazing experience and I wouldn’t trade anything — the good, the bad, the ugly — and it’s been so fun. Now this is just this gift-wrapped opportunity,” Sanchez said. “You don’t want to squander this. This is a real shot to finish your career the way you want.”

Sanchez doesn’t have the starting job yet. So far in training camp he has mostly split first-team repetitions with Trevor Siemian, a 2015 seventh-round pick. This year’s first-round pick, Paxton Lynch, is still on the third team as he struggles through rookie inconsistency. Broncos coach Gary Kubiak said Wednesday that nothing has been decided, and preseason games will matter.

“I don’t think anybody has taken off and done anything,” Kubiak said.

Stabler was part-man, part-living legend before he died in 2015. His off-field lifestyle coupled with his on-field heroics made for a unique persona. He kept fans on the edge of their seats when he was leading fourth-quarter touchdown drives, but also when he was partying during the offseason — or on Saturday nights before games. “The monotony of camp was so oppressive,” he wrote in his autobiography, “that without the diversions of whiskey and women, those of us who were wired for activity and no more than six hours sleep a night might have gone berserk.”

His football legacy is as the figurehead of the 1970s Raiders, a role his personality perfectly suited. In his first playoff game in 1972, Stabler came in as a backup and scrambled for a 30-yard touchdown with 1:13 remaining to give Oakland a 7-6 lead over the Pittsburgh Steelers (Yep, that’s the forgotten part of the Immaculate Reception game). That set the stage for six unforgettable years. He won playoff games in five straight seasons, often with heroics. Stabler wasn’t the most talented quarterback, but he carved out quite the spot for himself in NFL lore.

Injuries: Dion Jordan on NFI list; Foster activated

Here are other injuries we’ve been tracking on Sunday:

1. Kony Ealy is in concussion protocol and didn’t practice after taking a helmet-to-helmet hit Saturday, Carolina Panthers coach Ron Rivera told the Charlotte Observer.

2. Sammy Watkins (foot) has passed the Bills’ conditioning test, but he remains on the PUP list, NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported. The team is being cautious before clearing him to return to the practice field.

3. Falcons coach Dan Quinn says wideout Julio Jones could be back to full-go on Tuesday. Jones did about 50 percent of practice Sunday.

4. Niners placed safety Jaquiski Tartt on the active/non-football injury list. Tartt will still count on the 90-man roster.

5. Giants wideout Odell Beckham, Jr. left practice early with a minor injury. He suffered a few cuts from being stepped on.

6. Patriots receiver Chris Hogan left practice early with a shoulder injury, NFL Media’s Mike Garafolo reported.

7. Broncos coach Gary Kubiak said Sam Brenner is under evaluation for a concussion.

The Broncos placed nose tackle Phil Taylor (knee) on injured reserve, the team announced. In a corresponding move, the team signed defensive end Billy Winn.

8. Seahawks third-round pick C.J. Prosise tweaked his hamstring on Saturday and didn’t work out on Sunday, NFL Media’s James Palmer reported. Tight end Cooper Helfet has a foot injury. His date to return is unknown.

9. Colts first-round pick Ryan Kelly left practice Sunday with his shoulder wrapped. Kelly observed practice after participating earlier. Team spokesman said Kelly’s injury is “not serious” and coach Chuck Pagano will not have an update on the player’s status until Monday.

10. Texans offensive tackle Derek Newton, who was carted off Sunday, suffered a strained hamstring, source said after his MRI. It’s believed Newton will be sidelined a few weeks.

11. Rams wide receiver Tavon Austin was carted off the field Sunday. Head coach Jeff Fisher said Austin experienced cramping and added the receiver had skipped lunch.

12. Chargers head coach Mike McCoy is waiting for test results on receiver Stevie Johnson’s knee. McCoy said more information will be available Monday.

Ben Roethlisberger is not happy about Martavis Bryant’s year-long suspension.

The Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback is not only upset about missing the dynamic wide receiver on the field, but disappointed about Bryant not being completely honest about the circumstances surrounding his suspension.

Big Ben said he hasn’t talked to his maligned receiver recently and called out Bryant for not responding overtures.

“I kind of put it on his plate. I would love to talk to him, but I have to let him make the move, he needs to reach out to me because I’ve tried and done those things,” Roethlisberger said. “I’m not trying to be rude or mean, but I think he needs to do that, like grow up and reach out and talk to me, anybody. I know he talks to Markus (Wheaton).”