This year’s subject of the HBO series “Hard Knocks” is the silver and black, and AB is reality-show gold. He has the potential to lead the sports headlines any time he opens his mouth, or really, anytime he leaves his house. This used to be the case for several Seahawks when they were the brashest, most mercurial team in the NFL. But now is there anyone you can picture piquing that kind of attention outside the lines?
The NFL has conditionally reinstated Patriots wide receiver Josh Gordon. Commissioner Roger Goodell notified Gordon that on Sunday, Gordon can rejoin the team for meetings and conditioning and individual workouts. After that, according to a league statement, “Subject to appropriate progress on clinical care and other arrangements, he will be permitted to participate in team activities, including practice.”
Pete Carroll is starting his ninth season as coach of the Seattle Seahawks – two Super Bowl appearances, one championship, now two years into his first NFL rebuild – and coaching is maybe the one thing he takes more seriously than pickup basketball. And Carroll, 67, isn’t just the afternoon game’s mastermind; he’s a chucker, an elbow thrower, a real menace when chasing a loose ball.
Mike Zimmer knows the potential and importance of running back Dalvin Cook to the Minnesota Vikings, so the coach is taking the cautious approach to Cook’s workload during the preseason. The advantage is two-fold: Cook stays fresh and injury-free, while the Vikings get a long look at a quartet of players who are trying to seize a vital spot as Cook’s backup this season. After ranking third-to-last in the NFL in rushing last year, Zimmer has voiced his preference to run the ball more in 2019.
Bobby Wagner was back in pads and on the practice field for the Seattle Seahawks although it remains unclear whether the All-Pro linebacker will see any action during the preseason. Wagner missed most of the past two weeks following a minor procedure on his knee. He took part in Seattle’s mock game on Aug. 3 then became a spectator.
A person familiar with the nature of the injury says New York Jets linebacker Avery Williamson has a torn knee ligament that will sideline him for the season. Williamson injured the anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee in the second quarter of the team’s 22-10 preseason win at Atlanta on Thursday night.
Los Angeles Chargers safety Derwin James will likely miss the start of the regular season because of a foot injury. The All-Pro safety suffered a stress fracture of the fifth metatarsal of his right foot during Thursday’s practices with the New Orleans Saints. He was wearing a walking boot as practice started Friday.
Lamar Jackson directed two scoring drives during a limited appearance, had an impressive touchdown run erased by a penalty and sparked the host Baltimore Ravens to a 26-13 victory over the Green Bay Packers, who played Thursday night without quarterback Aaron Rodgers.
Steelers mourning Darryl Drake’s death as training camp ends. The team attended a memorial Tuesday evening for the longtime NFL and college position coach who joined the Steelers prior to last season. Drake, who was 62, was beginning his 16th consecutive season as an NFL wide receivers coach.
Chris Carson ran for more than 1,100 yards last year for the Seattle Seahawks. Still there is a good chance Carson will find himself sharing the workload this season with second-year back Rashaad Penny. Penny is primed for a potential breakout season as Carson’s complement and the Seahawks want to reap the benefits of having a potent rushing duo.
Of all the things the Kansas City Chiefs wanted to accomplish during their three-week getaway to training camp at Missouri Western, returning home with everyone healthy probably topped the list. Not only did they accomplish that, they actually improved their roster depth. Now the trick is to remain healthy while preparing for the regular season back in Kansas City, where the Chiefs will resume their camp next week.
Remember when Jay-Z was a dynamic hip-hop artist whose stark lyrics gave voice to the oppressed and downtrodden? Well, those days are over. He may have 99 Problems – but a conscience certainly ain’t one.
ESPN has hired former Jacksonville Jaguars and Oakland Raiders coach Jack Del Rio as an analyst. His first appearance will be Friday on “NFL Live.” Del Rio appeared as a guest analyst on ESPN during March. He will appear on various programs as well as analyze some games on ESPN Radio during the season. Del Rio spent a year away from the game after being fired by Oakland following the 2017 season.
Los Angeles Chargers running backs Justin Jackson and Austin Ekeler are showing why they should be in the mix to get more carries this season. Both running backs have made a strong impression on coaches while starter Melvin Gordon has been holding out from training camp. They will figure prominently as LA hosts New Orleans for joint workouts Thursday and Friday and then a game Sunday.
What was an already nomadic NFL path for Tyler Ott took a particularly unexpected turn in January 2017.
It didn’t take Ryan Fitzpatrick long to get re-acclimated a familiar setting. The journeyman quarterback who’s preparing for his 15th NFL season is back on the practice fields at the Tampa Bay Buccaneers training facility this week, this time competing for a starting job with the Miami Dolphins. Coach Brian Flores has said Fitzpatrick is the front-runner, but second-year pro Josh Rosen may be gaining.
Bears cornerback Prince Amukamara has had a solid training camp and both he and the Chicago Bears secondary look to add to their league-leading interception total of last year despite the changes made in personnel and to the coaching staff.
Jimmy Garoppolo had a practice to forget in his final session before facing an opposing defense for the first time since suffering a season-ending knee injury in September. Garoppolo threw interceptions on five straight pass attempts at practice for the San Francisco 49ers. It was by far his worst session in his return from the torn ACL that cut short his 2018 season after three games.
J.J. Arcega-Whiteside is already a trailblazer before catching his first touchdown pass. Arcega-Whiteside became the first player born in Spain drafted in the NFL when the Philadelphia Eagles selected him with the 57th overall pick in the second round in April.
New York Giants wide receiver Golden Tate III is considering taking legal action against the doctor who prescribed a fertility drug that led to his four-game suspension at the start of the season. The suspension will cost Tate $1.2 million in salary.