FRANKFURT, Germany -- Germany began an 11-day training camp in northern Italy on Wednesday with injury worries clouding the mood of the team shortly before the World Cup. Indians Bradley Zimmer Jersey . Several key players, including captain Philipp Lahm and goalkeeper Manuel Neuer, are carrying injuries into the camp in St. Leonhard, in the German speaking Alto Adige region. Lahm and Neuer will join the rest of the team later. Defender Per Mertesacker delayed his arrival by a day because of the birth of his second child. Another star, Sami Khedira of Real Madrid, will not join the squad until after the Champions League final on Saturday. Germany coach Joachim Loews camp will eventually include 27 players. The squad will return to Germany for a friendly against Cameroon on June 1, after which Loew will announce his final 23-man squad. Germany also plays Armenia on June 6, one day before departing for Brazil. The Germans open their World Cup campaign against Portugal on June 16 in Salvador, then play Ghana on June 21 in Fortaleza and conclude the group stage against the United States on June 26 in Recife. Loew said earlier this week that he was optimistic about Lahm and Neuer recovering for the World Cup. "But its good and important to have them with us in South Tirol from the start, even if they cant practice," Loew said. His players, however, decided to extend their break. While the remaining squad flew to Italy, Bayern Munichs players arrived by car -- minus Lahm and Neuer. While Lahm was expected to show up on Friday, Neuer was "day-by-day," but still expected to arrive at some point, team spokesman Jens Grittner said. The decision for them to stay in Munich was reached mutually by Loew and team doctors, Grittner said. Lahm, nominally a defender, can also play in midfield, a role he has executed well at Bayern Munich. He injured his left ankle in the German Cup final on Saturday, when Bayern beat Borussia Dortmund 2-0. Doctors said he would not be able to train for up to seven days and Lahm said Wednesday he would stay home until Friday, while stressing that he would be ready for the World Cup. "I need to rest a few days but I will be top fit by the World Cup," Lahm told Bild newspaper in comments also published on the federations site. Lahm said Germany needed to work on its defence. "Weve allowed too many goals and too many chances recently. We have to pay more attention to our defence," he said. Neuer injured his right shoulder in the cup final and is wearing a brace. Khedira has yet to play a full match since coming back this month from a knee injury that had sidelined him for six months. A leader of the team, he is considered one of Loews key men. Midfielder Bastian Schweinsteiger has been nursing a knee inflammation and missed the cup final. Miroslav Klose, one of only two strikers in squad, has been bothered by a hamstring injury. Defender Mats Hummels has a foot injury and played the cup final on medication. He played only 23 Bundesliga games this season for Dortmund because of various injuries. Germany also trained in the same region ahead of the 1990 World Cup in Italy and went on to win the last of its three titles. Indians Kenny Lofton Jersey . scored 18 of his career- high 28 points in the first half, as fifth-ranked Ohio State dominated No. Indians Melky Cabrera Jersey . Jeter doubled high off the left-field wall and scored on Jacoby Ellsburys first hit in pinstripes in the fifth. Hiroki Kuroda (1-1) pitched 6 1-3 sharp innings in the Yankees 112th opener in New York. 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Hes bounced himself from practice squad to roster and back again with the Titans and Seattle Seahawks nine times since September.So short-term rentals are a must when its time to pack up and move on.Its nice to have a month-to-month thing so youre not locked in or somebody you can split rent with like that, Brackett said.Chasing an NFL job leaves no time to be choosy about roommates or living conditions, and opportunities abound as the NFL season winds down. Through Wednesday, 279 players are on injured reserve around the league according to STATS. Teams juggle rosters, signing and releasing players to have enough before the next kickoff. That keeps players bouncing between practice squads and rosters hoping for the right fit at the bottom of an NFL roster.Guys who come along who have a chance at this point in the season to perform, to play and they go into games and have an opportunity to participate at this level when perhaps they had no snaps coming in before, said New York coach Tom Coughlin, who has a league-high 19 Giants on IR. Now theyre going to get snaps and they have a chance to prove their ability, not only to the New York Giants but to the entire NFL.Teams also sign players with an eye to next season.You see that happening on the wire every day, Titans coach Ken Whisenhunt said. Teams are trying to look at the back end of their roster and improve it and get opportunities. So yeah, it is an opportunity for some guys.Like Brackett, a 6-foot-5, 251-pound tight end out of Penn State.Brackett entered the NFL as an undrafted rookie in 2011. Now he turns 27 on Saturday having spent at least a few days with six different teams, including stints on the practice squads in Miami, Jacksonville, Philadelphia, Tennessee and Seattle. Some stops have been as short as two days. An injured knee three days after being claimed off waivers by the Jaguars in 2012 meant a whole season on injured reserve.This year has been Bracketts busiest. He started with a futures contract in Arizona in January before detouring through Miami and Tennessee with a quick stop in Seattle. The Titans have signed him the most, adding him to the practice squad three different times and later promoting him to the active roster before waiving him a couplle days later. Indians Roberto Perez Jersey. Seattle claimed Brackett off waivers Oct. 21 only to cut him a week later, then signed him to the practice squad Oct. 30 only to see Tennessee poach him back by signing him to the roster once again Nov. 5.Even all those moves, Miami stands out.I went into camp the third day with Miami, then three days later I was cut because they had issues at another position, Brackett said. Then four days later they re-signed me, and three days later played in the first preseason game had three catches for 60 yards. That was within seven days I was on and off a team and then playing.He enjoyed a quick weekend at home in Doylestown, Pennsylvania, with the Dolphins saying theyd likely bring him back.Teams have said that before, and it doesnt exactly happen, things dont work out, Brackett said. This time it did. I went home, worked out a couple days and stayed ready hoping if that didnt work out something else would have.Staying in football shape can be a challenge. Brackett has options thanks to a former assistant strength coach at Penn State who now has the head job at Temple in Philadelphia a 45-minute train ride away, or a gym in town. He also can run routes at Delaware Valley College in Doylestown. In the off-season, he works with Uplifting Athletes helping raise money for rare diseases.NFL teams arrange travel when signing or releasing a player and also pay for lodging at a hotel for the first week. Then the player is on his own looking for an extended stay hotel or apartment after that. The bedroom hes staying in now freed up when another player was cut.But playing well matters most, so cram sessions with the new playbook are a must because even one word can mean something entirely different from team to team. The Titans are among those now using iPads also loaded with all the video needed for review. Some teams still require players to request video, making study less convenient.That accessibility is good because you can spend as much time as you want at night, Brackett said.Bracketts favourite team is an easy answer: Tennessee. He has played in six games, starting the last three for a team with two tight ends on injured reserve, and that chance to play even for a team at 2-11 trumps being on the practice squad with a winner like Seattle.As much as Ive been through, Im looking for an opportunity, Brackett said.___Online:AP NFL website: www.pro32.ap.org and www.twitter.com/AP_NFL___Follow Teresa M. 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