It’s just over a week until the first preseason game, the Hall of Fame Game between the Colts and Packers, and there are now plenty of talking points in the news. Here is what you might have missed yesterday?
More injuries to report –
The New York Jets have added 6 places to the PUP list. DE Muhammed Wilkerson, WR Devin Smith, RB Khiry Robinson, OG James Carpenter, OT Breno Giacomini and CB Kendall James. Matt Forte was also held out of some practice having tweaked his hamstring and Darrelle is not training either due to a wrist injury.
The Redskins added 5 players to the PUP list and one to the NFI list. WR Josh Doctson, TE Derek Carrier, LB Perry Riley Jr, WR Reggie Diggs and OG Shawn Lauvao are on the PUP and LB Junior Galette on the NFI list.
The Ravens have added RB Lorenzo Taliaferro to the PUP, making it seven names on the Ravens PUP list.
Chicago Bears star offensive lineman Kyle Long was spotted in a walking boot yesterday. He reportedly suffered a calf injury and will miss time, though it isn’t considered severe.
3 rookies have scares already –
Along with multiple players being played on different lists and picking up knocks, three high profile rookies have already found themselves on the injury report. Ravens RB Kenneth Dixon suffered a grade 1 MCL sprain but is expected to return soon.
Bears 1st round pick Leonard Floyd gave fans a scare when he was carted off the field on Thursday. Turns out he was just sick and is expected to resume training today.
Cardinals 1st round pick Robert Nkemdiche has sprained his ankle and is considered day-to-day.
Mike Zimmer gets an extension –
Zimmer was long overdue a head coaching job when the Vikings hired him as theirs, and he has done a good enough job since to take the Vikings to the top of the NFC North and now to earn himself a new contract extension. The details are not yet known but GM Rick Spielman said “there’s no doubt Coach Zimmer is going to be our football coach here for a long time.”
Rolando McClain gone AWOL –
After a tumultuous start to his career, Rolando McClain seemed to find a secure home with the Dallas Cowboys – he had previously retired and had had problems off the field before joining the Cowboys. Now, not only is he facing a 10-game suspension but he was not on the team’s charter to California for training camp despite being expected to be. Furthermore, the Cowboys do not have an explanation for his absence.
Browns QB update –
Hue Jackson has stated that he expects and hopes to have named a starting QB by the first preseason game. This is good news in my eyes, as it will give the team a proper chance to rally around a starter before the regular season, rather than having uncertainty surround the team until it really matters.
Giants get an offensive boost –
Having had injuries take away his last season and a half, Victor Cruz is reportedly good to go for training camp and is fully healthy since he tore his patellar tendon.
Seahawks veteran calls it a career –
Seahawks DE Chris Clemons has announced that he will retire. Originally undrafted, Clemons spent time with 5 different teams and has amassed 69 sacks in his 13 year career. He led the Seahawks in sacks from 2010 through 2013.
LeVeon Bell ready to appeal suspension –
LeVeon Bell was handed his second suspension in as many years and now he has set an appeal date for some time in August. He previously stated on social media, “I am not going to miss games, trust me. I’m gonna win the appeal…ppl have no idea what happened but don’t worry…let em hate. When I end up missin no games at all, ppl for sure gonna try to love me again and I’m only ridin with my LOYAL fans!!”
Two veteran contract updates –
The details of both Anquan Boldin’s and Ryan Fitzpatrick’s are now known. Anquan Boldin has a 1-year, $2.75 million deal and Fitzpatrick technically has a 2-year deal worth $12 million. The second year, though is merely a way for the Jets to spread out the cap hit and it will void before the 2017 season. As it stands, the Jets have a $7 million cap hit this year and they’ll have a $5 million cap hit in dead money next year.
Aaron Donald is officially a freak –
It is accepted that Donald is one of the best defensive talents in the NFL, but he has now joined J.J. Watt and Rob Gronkowski in the complete freak group. At 6ft 1, 285lbs, Donald has just 10% body fat. That is absurd.
Boston sports have another bragging right over Tampa Bay’s
The Patriots training camp drew a crowd of 12,393, which is more than 12 different Tampa Bay Rays home games.
Brandon Marshall and Antonio Brown set wager –
Brandon Marshall set a challenge for Antonio Brown. Marshall bet that he would have a bigger year the Brown and that if he didn’t he would give Brown his Porsche, but if Marshall does Brown would have to give him his Rolls Royce. Brown old TMZ yesterday, “If he really serious, CALL ME… I’ll gladly accept. Don’t internet it.” I must say, I think Marshall may have just cost himself his Porsche.