Now that the preseason is formally underway, increasingly more NFL information is popping out.
We’re monitoring the newest from across the league – from suspensions to 1 participant threatening to retire – on this version of NFL information and notes.
Three issues that matter
President Donald Trump feedback on Colin Kaepernick’s scenario
Only a couple days after Colin Kaepernick despatched a message to NFL groups with an intense exercise video, saying he is “nonetheless prepared,” President Donald Trump weighed in on the previous 49ers quarterback’s scenario. Trump mentioned he would “love” to see Kaepernick return to the NFL, however solely “if he is ok.”
Trump went on to say (by way of ESPN): “If he was ok, they’d rent him. Why would not he play if he was ok? … I do know so lots of the homeowners – if he is ok, they’d signal him. I do know these individuals. They’d signal him in a heartbeat. They’d do something they’ll to win video games. So I might prefer to see it.”
Kaepernick, who hasn’t performed within the NFL since 2016, was the primary participant to kneel through the nationwide anthem to protest social and racial inequality. He began a motion amongst gamers, drawing criticism from Trump and plenty of others. Kaepernick filed a grievance in opposition to the league and its possession, which was settled in February, accusing NFL homeowners of colluding to maintain him out of the sport.
Preseason stars make large NFL debuts
With the primary slate of preseason video games behind us, a number of notable rookies made a powerful debut with their respective groups. Kyler Murry, this yr’s No. 1 general draft decide, was practically good in his first sport with the Cardinals. He accomplished his first six passes for 44 yards and had a 92.9 quarterback score in opposition to the Chargers. “It is actually loopy. It appears like a dream come true to lastly be right here in entrance of the followers,” Murray mentioned after the sport.
One other star of the preseason has been Patriots backup quarterback Jarrett Stidham. The rookie accomplished 14 of 24 passes for 179 yards with one landing and no interceptions within the Patriots’ 31-Three preseason win over the Lions. “You may see why the workers needed to have him right here,” New England veteran tight finish Ben Watson mentioned.
Christian Wade was one other star to steal the present Thursday because the Payments operating again, who’s a transformed rugby participant, took his first carry 65 yards for a landing in opposition to the Colts. “It provides me the constructive power that I am making strides in the fitting path. I do know I’ve acquired a great deal of work to do,” Wade mentioned.
Extra preseason accidents
With preseason video games, comes preseason accidents. The 2 most notable ones that we’re following are: Lions receiver Jermaine Kearse and Eagles No. 2 quarterback Nate Sudfeld.
Kearse injured his leg within the first quarter of the Lions’ sport in opposition to the Patriots. He was blocking throughout a run play lower than three minutes into the sport, however stayed down on the sphere and was then carted off with an air forged round his leg. He reportedly suffered a damaged leg. He had been anticipated to be the Lions’ No. four receiver.
Sudfeld suffered a damaged bone on his non-throwing wrist in Thursday’s preseason opener and underwent surgical procedure Friday. He went down towards the top of the primary half in opposition to the Titans. He went 10 for 18 passing for 177 yards and a landing earlier than struggling the harm. He is anticipated to overlook six weeks, which suggests Cody Kessler is now in line to be Carson Wentz’s main backup.
Two issues that do not matter
Antonio Brown brings extra drama to Oakland
Antonio Brown’s time with the Raiders goes precisely as anticipated. The extensive receiver has knowledgeable Raiders officers he is not going to play for the workforce except he can use his previous helmet, which is now prohibited underneath NFL guidelines, in accordance with ESPN. Brown began coaching camp on the non-football harm checklist with a “minor harm,” and it was later reported that he acquired frostbite on his ft from a cryotherapy machine after utilizing it “with out the correct footwear.”
Whereas protection of Brown’s absence had centered on the star’s foot points, it seems the difficulty might as an alternative have been about his head. ESPN reported Brown has filed a grievance with the NFL over modifications to its helmet guidelines, which can stop him from carrying the helmet mannequin he has used all through his professional profession.
Earlier Friday, Pittsburgh NBC affiliate WPXI reported the previous Steeler has gone “radio silent” and the Raiders have “zero clue the place he’s or what the progress of the foot harm is.”
Brown tends to be on the middle of drama, so this seems it’s going to blow over.
Browns’ Antonio Callaway going through four-game suspension
The Browns must wait to have their full offense collectively for the 2019 season as receiver Antonio Callaway is going through a four-game suspension for violating the league’s substance abuse coverage.
“We’re disillusioned in Antonio,” normal supervisor John Dorsey mentioned.
The suspension stems from an August 2018 incident during which Callaway was cited for marijuana possession and driving with a suspended license. Callaway had argued on the time that he wasn’t liable for what police described as a “small quantity” of marijuana discovered underneath a seat after he was pulled over in Strongsville, Ohio.
“I take full duty for my actions. I made a mistake and I personal that,” Callaway mentioned in a press release.
Callaway is eligible to take part in all preseason practices and video games, however he will not be allowed to return to the Browns’ energetic roster till Monday, Sept. 30. But suspensions are a part of the sport, and it is time for the proverbial “subsequent man” to step up within the Browns’ receiving corps.
One video you must see
A really feel good second of the day: Odell Beckham Jr. and a younger fan share a particular handshake at Browns coaching camp.
Friday tweet of the day
Let’s return to the Antonio Brown story for a second. For sure, there was an enormous response to the growing information because the receiver threatens to retire over a … helmet rule. This is the most effective reactions:
Do not let the helmet saga (#helmetgate) distract from the very fact the dude has frostbitten ft from refusing to put on the fitting footwear in a cryo chamber.
Possibly AB ought to take this tools recommendation
– Matt Miller (@nfldraftscout) August 9, 2019