Breaking down storylines from around NFL training camps, including Cleveland Browns QB Deshaun Watson playing in Cleveland's preseason opener, Bill Belichick mum on who will call play for the New England Patriots and more.
QB Jordan Love finished the first half against the 49ers 13-of-24 for 176 yards with two touchdown passes and three interceptions. "We've just got to clean up everything around him," coach Matt LaFleur said after the 28-21 loss.
RB Elijah Mitchell's hamstring injury could force him to miss the entirety of San Francisco's preseason slate. The same is true of CB Charvarius Ward, also dealing with a strained hamstring, though both are expected to be ready for the season opener.
Atlanta Falcons wide receiver Drake London played one series, caught his first pass as a professional and in doing so, left Friday night's 27-23 preseason win over the Detroit Lions because of a knee injury.
The grass at Soldier Field is in rough shape today, just an hour before the Bears’ preseason opener against the Chiefs. Pictures on social media show the grass with divots and pockmarks, with the field in the kind of condition that often leads players to complain — and sometimes leads to injuries. Bears kicker Cairo […]
Jets quarterback Zach Wilson appears to have avoided the worst-case scenario with his knee injury. Wilson left Friday night’s preseason opener after hurting his knee and a report on Saturday morning indicated he had a bone bruise with tests for a meniscus injury still in progress. Those tests showed a tear, but not the most […]
Jets quarterback Zach Wilson left Friday night’s preseason opener with a knee injury and head coach Robert Saleh said after the game that Wilson would be going for an MRI on Saturday to assess the damage. Saleh said that the initial diagnosis was that Wilson’s ACL is intact and Jeff Howe of TheAthletic.com reports that […]
The Falcons gave starting quarterback Marcus Mariota some brief work at the beginning of Friday night’s preseason opener in Detroit, but most of the game was the Desmond Ridder show. Ridder, the rookie quarterback out of Cincinnati, delivered in the end, hitting Jared Bernhardt for a 21-yard game-winning touchdown pass in the final minute. “At […]
The Ravens added a veteran linebacker to their roster on Saturday. The team announced the signing of Trent Harris to the 90-man roster. They also cut defensive back Denzel Williams and wide receiver Devon Williams. Harris signed with the Patriots after going undrafted in 2018 and made his regular season debut as a member of […]
Panthers head coach Matt Rhule said this week that quarterbacks Baker Mayfield and Sam Darnold will both play in Saturday’s preseason opener against the Commanders, but he didn’t specify which quarterback would be starting the game. That answer came on Saturday morning. The team announced that Mayfield will start and the plan is for him […]
For the first time since early January 2021, quarterback Deshaun Watson played football on Friday night. In three series, he completed one of five passes for seven yards. Coach Kevin Stefanski assessed the performance in a post-game press conference. “I think he probably wants some throws back,” Stefanski said. “Obviously, playing football for the first […]
Receiver Antonio Brown likely is finished with football. Or, perhaps more accurately, football likely is finished with Antonio Brown. Brown seemed to acknowledge he won’t be playing again with his recent (and bizarre) “Jesus at Red Rocks” social-media post, in which he said his only regret is not being able to watch himself play. But […]
Jaguars running back Travis Etienne‘s rookie season was wiped out by a Lisfranc injury he suffered last August, so he had a long wait to get back into a game. That wait ended against the Browns on Friday night when Etienne took the field with fellow 2021 first-round pick and former Clemson teammate Trevor Lawrence. […]
There’s lingering uncertainty as to the number of games Browns quarterback Deshaun Watson will miss. There’s currently no uncertainty as to whether Watson will miss the first six of the year. Despite some chatter last weekend as to whether the NFL Players Association can pull a legal rabbit out of the hat and get Watson […]
Friday night’s game between the Eagles and Jets may have resulted in a serious knee injury for New York quarterback Zach Wilson. The other starting quarterback provided his team with a brief scare, too. Jets linebacker Quincy Williams applied a massive — and late — hit to Jalen Hurts, after he scrambled out of bounds […]
The Lions offense took the field for their preseason opener against the Falcons with quarterback Jared Goff in the lineup, but that wasn’t the original plan. After the game, Lions head coach Dan Campbell said that he planned for Goff to sit out on Friday night but changed directions after a conversation with the quarterback. […]
49ers running back Elijah Mitchell did not play against the Packers on Friday night and he’s not expected to play in the next two preseason outings either. Mitchell was limited to open training camp because he was coming off of knee surgery and, per multiple reports, a hamstring injury is expected to keep him out […]
Trey Lance didn’t play enough in Friday night’s preseason game to draw any definitive conclusions about how he looks heading into his first season as the 49ers’ starting quarterback. But what he did do was promising. Lance completed four of five passes for 92 yards, with a touchdown and no interceptions, and the 49ers scored […]
Packers quarterback Jordan Love, the 2020 first-round pick who has spent most of his career on the sideline watching Aaron Rodgers, played the first half of Friday’s preseason game. He had some bright moments, but also too many inaccurate throws, and didn’t look the way most coaches would want a first-round quarterback to look at […]
It didn’t look good, and Zach Wilson obviously didn’t feel good. But Jets coach Robert Saleh didn’t want to provide an update on Wilson’s right knee injury after the 24-21 victory over the Eagles on Friday night. “We’re going to wait on the MRI,” Saleh said in video from SNY. “I’m 0-fer, guys, with trying […]
Browns quarterback Deshaun Watson, after months of proclaiming that he did nothing wrong, apologized to the women “impacted” by his behavior in an interview that was televised before his preseason debut on Friday night. After the game, Watson had nothing to add. Via Jake Trotter of ESPN.com, Watson declined to comment on his apology, or […]
Jets fans are holding their collective breath after quarterback Zach Wilson suffered a knee injury on Friday night, in the team’s 2022 preseason opener. Via Rich Cimini of ESPN.com, Wilson was spotted walking in the team’s locker room with a limp. No further information yet has emerged as to Wilson’s status. If he will miss […]
Falcons rookie first-round receiver Drake London exited the team’s preseason opener against the Lions with a knee injury. Early indications are that London won’t miss significant time. Adam Schefter of ESPN.com reports, citing an unnamed source, that London did not suffer a “serious injury.” Atlanta coach Arthur Smith told reporters that the team would know […]
Hall of Fame quarterback Len Dawson has entered hospice care in Kansas City, KMBC-TV reports through his wife, Linda. Dawson is 87. He led the Chiefs to their first Super Bowl title in 1969, winning MVP honors of Super Bowl IV in the team’s 23-7 victory over the Vikings. Dawson earned induction into the Pro […]