Around the NFL: Clunker in Canton, Stafford Dealing With Elbow Soreness, Godwin Practices, Mike Evans Tweaks Hamstring, More

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Around the NFL: Clunker in Canton, Stafford Dealing With Elbow Soreness, Godwin Practices, Mike Evans Tweaks Hamstring, More

Chicago Bears

It didn’t take long to realize why preseason football sucks last night.

Raiders Top Jags In HOF Game

Football is back, and it’s nice to see it on our TVs, but last night’s clunker in Canton was a reminder of how much preseason football sucks, even when you haven’t seen an NFL game since the Super Bowl in February.

Limited starters (that’s being generous), a weather delay, and some pretty shoddy football were what we were delivered. But it’s football. And hey, the No. 1 overall pick in the NFL Draft got a sack last night!

That was the highlight of the night for the Jaguars, who lost to the Raiders 27-11. Last night scratched the itch a little, but I can’t wait for the real thing.

Matthew Stafford Dealing With Elbow Pain

Sean McVay confirmed on Thursday that Matthew Stafford wouldn’t be participating in team drills for the time being as he deals with elbow pain that McVay categorized as “a little bit abnormal” for a QB.

NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport reported on Thursday that Stafford was dealing with tendinitis:

“My understanding, this elbow issue, which actually cropped up in the spring, is described to me as bad tendinitis,” Rapoport said. “It is a tendon issue in his throwing elbow. [He] had a little of a procedure — not a surgery, but a procedure — more of a PRP-type deal in the offseason to try to manage it. Did not get to a place where he really needs it to be. I think long-term, everyone in L.A. thinks this is going to be fine. I don’t sense any stress about it, but it’s a quarterback. It’s a throwing arm. Obviously, something we need to monitor going forward.”

McVay wouldn’t confirm that the issue was tendinitis. While Stafford is sitting out of team drills, for the time being, he did throw in 7-on-7 drills yesterday.

Extra Points

  • Mike Evans left Friday’s Bucs practice early with a hamstring injury, an injury that he dealt with (and missed one game) last season. Todd Bowles confirmed to reporters after practice that Evans left with a hamstring injury.
  • On the good news front for the Buccaneers, Chris Evans practiced for the first time since tearing his ACL late last season on Friday. While Godwin was wearing a brace on his right knee as he went through the workout, he was active and was not placed on the PUP list at the start of camp, so that’s good news for Bucs fans hoping that he’ll be ready for the season opener next month.
  • For the second time in as many weeks, the Washington Commanders have had a player decide to retire. This time, it’s undrafted rookie Tre Walker. Walker was a linebacker who signed with the team after making 105 tackles in 11 games in his last season at Idaho. The Commanders also had Antonio Gandy-Golden retire last week.
  • Dolphins cornerback Byron Jones hasn’t been on the practice field for Miami while Jones works his way back from March surgery on his leg. Still, Miami head coach Mike McDaniel said that the team expects to have him in the lineup for the regular season opener as long as he doesn’t experience a setback physically.
  • Josh Allen says veteran wideout Isaiah McKenzie is working hard in training camp. McKenzie figures to inherit a more significant role in the offense this season with former slot receiver Cole Beasley gone.
  • Cardinals running backs coach James Saxon has been placed on administrative leave, according to Josh Weinfuss, after Saxon was arrested and charged with two counts of domestic battery stemming from an alleged incident in May.
  • Weinfuss details in his story at ESPN: “Saxon is accused of assaulting the woman in front of two children during an argument at the home that she shares with her mother. According to her account in the probable cause affidavit, Saxon pushed her repeatedly, including one time that caused her to fall into the garage door. At one point during the argument, the woman alleged that James yelled at her, “You got your gun? You might as well just shoot me now!”
  • Cowboys linebacker Anthony Barr has been placed on the PUP list:
  • Dionate Johnson got PAID:
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Author: Patrick K. Flowers

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