It’s official, some teams are now fully into training camp as it is now just 13 days until the Hall of Fame Game. As you would expect then, the news is starting to come in just a little bit more frequently. Here is everything you may have missed yesterday.
Josh Gordon given another chance –
The NFL announced yesterday that Cleveland Browns wide receiver Josh Gordon has been reinstated, conditionally, following his year-long suspension for repeated PED offenses. He will have to serve a four-game suspension to start the year. Unlike normal suspensions that prevent the player from having any contact with the team, Gordon will be allowed to participate fully in training camp and the preseason and he will also be allowed to train with the team and be at the facility during the first four weeks of the season. Despite the Browns drafting three receivers this year, they could certainly do with Gordon starting next to rookie Corey Coleman, especially if he recaptures his 2013 form.
Two veterans call it a career –
Vikings offensive tackle Phil Loadholt and former Packers, Vikings and Dolphins wide receiver Greg Jennings announced that they will retire yesterday. Loadholt comes as a bit of a surprise as he is just 30, making him the 14th player aged 30 or younger this offseason to retire. Jennings on the other hand shouldn’t come as a surprise. After a very successful career in Green Bay, he has noticeably lost a step and now, going into training camp without a team, he will have accepted that his time in the NFL is done.
Fitzpatrick has several offers on the table –
It has been reported that the Jets have given Ryan Fitzpatrick several different offers from which he can choose any to re-join the team. The specifics of those contracts is not known, but seeing as there has still seemingly been no progress between the two sides, it seems as though the Jets still haven’t offered Fitzpatrick the exact numbers he is looking for.
Anthony Davis officially applies for reinstatement –
Davis announced last June that he would take at least a year away from the game in order to let his body heal. Yesterday, he tweeted that he had officially sent his letter applying for reinstatement to the league office. This could be a big boost for the 49ers.
49ers promote Gamble –
The 49ers have announced that Tom Gamble has been promoted to assistant general manager. This is a move that will likely please Chip Kelly as Gamble arrived in Philly at the same time as Kelly and was a trusted voice for him. Gamble being fired from Philly could be seen as the start of the Chip Kelly – Howie Roseman falling out that has now put Kelly in San Francisco.
Concussion protocol updated… again –
Having made a big change to the concussion protocol last season, a significant mistake regarding Case Keenum has led to a slight adjustment to the protocol. The main change is that all teams will be monitored to ensure they follow the correct protocol, regardless of the diagnosis. If the protocol is not followed:
»A first violation will require the club employees or medical team members involved to attend remedial education; and/or result in a maximum fine of $150,000 against the club.
»Second and subsequent violations of the concussion protocol will result in a minimum fine of $100,000 against the club.
»In the event the parties agree that a violation involved aggravating circumstances, the club shall be subject, in the first instance, to a fine no less than $50,000. The Commissioner shall determine appropriate discipline for subsequent violations involving aggravating circumstances.
»In the event that the Commissioner determines that the club’s medical team failed to follow the protocol due to competitive considerations, the Commissioner may require the club to forfeit draft pick(s) and impose additional fines exceeding those amounts set forth above.
PUP lists keep on growing –
Yesterday saw many players find themselves on their teams PUP list: Broncos DE Kenny Anunike, Packers WR Jordy Nelson, TE Jared Cook, LB Sam Barrington, OG T.J. Lang, C Corey Linsley, WR Ty Montgomery, Patriots WR Julian Edelman, WR Danny Amendola, TE Clay Harbour, OL Tre’ Jackson, RB Dion Lewis, OL Shaq Mason, RT Sebastien Vollmer, Raiders RB Roy Helu, DE Greg Townsend, Saints LT Terron Armstead, WR Vincent Brown, LB Hau’oli Kikaha, CB Keenen Lewis and Texans DE J.J. Watt, LT Duane Brown, RT Jeff Adams, CB Cleveland Wallace and S Lonnie Ballentine.
Junior Galette tears his Achilles –
Washington Redskins outside linebacker Junior Galette will miss the entire 2016 season after tearing his Achilles yesterday. Anytime a player is kept out of the season due to injury it sucks, but this particular situation is really rough for the player as Galette had spent all of last season and this offseason rehabbing his other Achilles, which he tore before the start of last season, causing him to miss the entire year.
Bengals reasoning for cutting Taylor Mays revealed –
The Bengals cut Mays yesterday and it was initially a bit of a shock, but it was later revealed that, on top of the 4 game suspension he already has, he’d been suspended for 4 more games. The Bengals are reportedly open to resigning him once he has served his suspension.