The offseason is formally within the rearview mirror. NFL training camps kicked off in earnest this week, and there’s loads of damage and roster information to type by. We’ll begin our tour across the league in Cincinnati, the place Bengals quarterback Joe Burrow will miss a while after present process an operation.
Joe Burrow to have appendix eliminated
Burrow might be briefly sidelined after present process surgical procedure to take away his appendix, based on Ian Rapoport of NFL Network. Restoration time after appendix removing is often 1-3 weeks, so Burrow may very well be again in time for Cincinnati’s first preseason recreation (though he’s extremely unlikely to play in that contest even when he’s obtainable).
Within the meantime, backup quarterback Brandon Allen will take the vast majority of snaps underneath middle. The Bengals will even get an prolonged have a look at former UDFA Jake Browning, who initially joined the follow squad final September. Cincinnati may add one other developmental signal-caller within the coming days.
Broncos’ Randy Gregory, Billy Turner head to PUP
The Broncos might be with out two potential starters as coaching camp begins. Each edge rusher Randy Gregory and offensive lineman Billy Turner have been positioned on the physically unable to perform (PUP) list.
Gregory, who signed a five-year, $70 million take care of Denver this offseason after posting six sacks and 47 pressures for the Cowboys, underwent shoulder surgical procedure in March. If he stays on the PUP into the common season, Gregory might be pressured to overlook at the very least 4 video games. Nevertheless, he’s recovering properly and is anticipated to be prepared for Week 1, as basic supervisor George Paton advised reporters.
Turner is competing to turn out to be Denver’s beginning proper deal with, however lacking time on the outset of camp received’t assist him defeat Bobby Massie and Calvin Anderson in that coaching camp battle. The veteran lineman is “progressing properly,” per Mike Klis of 9News, and it appears like he’ll be obtainable for the beginning of the season as properly. Given his expertise all alongside the entrance 5, the Broncos may flip him right into a utility lineman.
Colts not speaking to Julio Jones
The Colts may use extra broad receiver depth, and a reunion between Matt Ryan and Julio Jones may make sense for all events. However basic supervisor Chris Ballard stated Indianapolis will not be speaking to the free agent receiver.
“I do know there’s stories on the market, however these stories are improper,” Ballard advised reporters right now, including that he doesn’t really feel any “desperation” about Indy’s pass-catching depth chart.
Nevertheless, Ballard did say the Colts are nonetheless “within the combine” to re-sign WR T.Y. Hilton, who stays on the open market after spending the final decade with Indianapolis. Hilton, 32, has reportedly acquired curiosity from at the very least two unknown groups this offseason after posting a 23-331-3 line in 2021. He performed final 12 months on a one-year, $8 million contract.
Michael Pittman Jr. is an ascending star for the Colts, however they’ve little in the way in which of confirmed choices behind him. Second-round rookie Alec Pierce is a candidate to begin, as is Parris Campbell, though accidents have restricted him to eight video games by three seasons. Ashton Dulin, Mike Strachan, Dezmon Paton, and Keke Coutee fill out the remainder of Indy’s WR room.
Roquan Smith holding in at Bears camp
The NFL’s new CBA has made holdouts a factor of the previous by making fines necessary and irrevokable, however “hold-ins” — the place a participant attends camp however doesn’t follow — will proceed. That’s the technique Bears linebacker Roquan Smith is utilizing as he seeks a brand new contract.
Smith is heading into the ultimate 12 months of his rookie deal, and he’ll be paid $9.375 on his fifth-year choice. The 2-time second-team All-Professional is probably going looking for at the very least $18 million yearly on his subsequent pact, and he might cross the $19 million threshold that solely Fred Warner and Shaquille (previously Darius) Leonard have reached.
In the meantime, veteran edge rusher Robert Quinn has additionally reported to Bears camp, nevertheless it’s unclear if he’ll follow. The 32-year-old isn’t a match for a rebuilding Chicago crew, and the Bears may possible get one thing in trade for him after he posted 18 1/2 sacks in 2021. Nonetheless, Bears GM Ryan Poles stated he hasn’t mentioned a possible commerce with Quinn.
Panthers ship LB Shaq Thompson to PUP
The Panthers have positioned linebacker Shaq Thomspon on the PUP checklist, however head coach Matt Rhule advised reporters he expects Thomspon to be prepared for Week 1. The longest-tenured member of Carolina’s protection, Thompson underwent knee surgical procedure over the offseason. He’s the veteran on a unit that features younger playmakers like Brian Burns, Jaycee Horn, and Jeremy Chinn.
Veteran CB Buster Skrine retires
Longtime NFL cornerback Buster Skrine has determined to retire, Titans head coach Mike Vrabel advised reporters right now. Skrine, 33, joined Tennessee final November and performed properly in seven video games. He wasn’t anticipated to begin in 2022, however he may have been a beneficial veteran choice behind younger corners like Caleb Farley, Kristian Fulton, Elijah Molden, and Roger McCreary.
Skrine was a fifth-round choose of the Browns within the 2011 NFL Draft. After 4 years in Cleveland, he signed a $25 million take care of the Jets. Skrine spent 2019-20 with the Bears earlier than wrapping up his profession with the 49ers and Titans final season. All advised, he appeared in 158 video games (95 begins) and posted 10 interceptions over an 11-year profession.