Among the narratives everybody has been following this NFL preseason took a brand new twist Tuesday. Antonio Brown, who simply days in the past reportedly threatened to retire as a result of he could not use his outdated helmet, returned to Raiders coaching camp. Jadeveon Clowney, a camp holdout who has been extensively anticipated to report back to the Texans later this month, now seems prone to be traded, based on a report.
And there may be extra to Andrew Luck’s calf damage than has been reported.
These tales and extra in Tuesday’s version of NFL Information and Notes.
Three issues that matter
Antonio Brown returns to coaching camp
Antonio Brown opened a brand new chapter in his unusual preseason Tuesday, returning to the Raiders’ coaching camp in Napa, California. Accompanied by his agent, Drew Rosenhaus, and adopted by the manufacturing crew for HBO’s “Hard Knocks,” Brown mentioned he was excited to be again.
“I’m dealing with a lot of adversity … but I’m excited to be back with my teammates,” Brown mentioned.
Brown mentioned he would not know when he’ll have the ability to return to apply, however head coach Jon Gruden mentioned he expects he can be prepared for the common season.
“We’ll work him back in, obviously it’s great to have him back,” Gruden mentioned.
Rosenhaus mentioned Brown returned to camp as a result of he had accomplished therapy on his toes, which reportedly have been frostbitten throughout cryotherapy. Rosenhaus did not supply particulars, citing potential authorized motion. Nevertheless, Rosenhaus mentioned Brown’s toes have been the actual cause he missed camp. Brown had reportedly been absent from camp over a dispute involving what helmet he may put on. The All-Professional broad receiver has needed to make use of his outdated helmet, which isn’t on the NFL’s authorised checklist. He had even reportedly threatened retirement if he could not use the helmet.
The NFL has reached a compromise with Brown permitting him to make use of an outdated mannequin whether it is lower than 10 years outdated. Rosenhaus mentioned Brown has situated a number of older fashions he plans to submit for approval. No phrase on whether or not Brown discovered any of these helmets via his Tuesday morning tweet in search of a helmet in alternate for an autographed jersey.
Texans’ Jadeveon Clowney reportedly on the buying and selling block
Jadeveon Clowney, who needs a contract extension the Texans do not need to supply proper now, has been a coaching camp holdout, however had extensively been anticipated to report back to camp later this month.
However a report Tuesday suggests the Texans are actively buying Clowney. The Houston Chronicle’s John McClain reported he would “be surprised” if Houston would not commerce Clowney earlier than the beginning of the season.
The Texans put the franchise tag on Clowney within the offseason, however he has not signed it but.
McClain instructed the Texans may be seeking to transfer Clowney for a left sort out. Quarterback Deshaun Watson was sacked 62 instances final season, greater than some other NFL quarterback.
I’ll be stunned if Jadeveon Clowney is not traded. They want an improve at LT to guard Deshaun Watson. LTs do not develop on bushes so I don’t know who it will be presently of 12 months.
– John McClain (@McClain_on_NFL) August 13, 2019
McClain didn’t consider, nevertheless, the Texans would pursue Redskins sort out Trent Williams, who has additionally reportedly requested a commerce.
Andrew Luck’s ‘small little bone’ subject may be drawback for Colts
Colts quarterback Andrew Luck’s calf damage could also be extra sophisticated than has been reported.
Luck has missed all however three coaching camp practices as a result of the Colts are being cautious with the damage he suffered this spring, however Colts proprietor Jim Irsay advised SiriusXM NFL Radio Luck is coping with a “small little bone” injury in his decrease left leg.
“I feel very confident he’s going to find a way through this thing. I think after the (Kevin) Durant thing, everyone is erring on the side of caution, but quite frankly, this is not even in the Achilles tendon,” Irsay mentioned. “It’s a bone. I’m not good at these things, but it’s a small little bone.”
Colts head coach Frank Reich advised reporters final week that Luck will miss a number of extra practices and sit out the staff’s second preseason recreation this Saturday in opposition to the Browns.
This may very well be only a minor factor, however the truth Irsay has revealed this element on Luck’s damage suggests it may be one thing extra. And see how the timeline on Luck’s full return to motion has modified. Reich mentioned in June that Luck would have the ability to play if there have been an everyday season recreation arising. But he is been a spectator most of coaching camp, and now has one thing occurring with a “small little bone.” Recall how, all through the spring and summer season of 2017 the Colts saved shifting again the goalposts on when Luck would return from offseason shoulder surgical procedure. He ended up lacking your entire season.
Nobody is suggesting this can find yourself being the same state of affairs, however the parallels are attention-grabbing.
Luck made his fourth Professional Bowl final season after throwing for 4,593 yards with 39 touchdowns and 15 interceptions. The Colts desperately want him wholesome to prepare for the season.
Two issues that do not matter
Giants proprietor John Mara hopes rookie Daniel Jones ‘by no means sees the sphere’ this 12 months
Giants proprietor John Mara raised some eyebrows Tuesday when requested concerning the staff’s quarterback state of affairs this season involving veteran Eli Manning and rookie Daniel Jones.
“I hope Eli has a great year and Daniel never sees the field,” Mara advised reporters Tuesday. “That would be an ideal world where you would like to see that. Again, at the end of the day it’s going to be the decision by the head coach (Pat Shurmur) as to when or if Daniel ends up playing this year.”
When pressed on whether or not he’d be pleased if Jones did not play “one snap” this 12 months, Mara did not again down.
“I’d be very happy about that because that means we’re having a great year and Eli’s having a great year.”
To only look at Mara’s quotes, which have been featured in quite a few headlines, is to think about the proprietor is a kindred spirit to these Giants followers who ripped the staff for choosing Jones No. 6 total within the NFL Draft. Regardless of the awkward soundbites, nevertheless, Mara was merely expressing the opinion that if Manning performs properly, that most likely means the Giants are excelling. Virtually something can be higher than final season’s 5-11 mark.
The 38-year-old Manning is ready to open the season because the starter, however Jones has turned heads to this point. He accomplished all 5 of his passes for 67 yards and a landing in his NFL preseason debut in opposition to the Jets on Thursday.
Regardless of who’s beneath middle, the Giants passing recreation will face a tricky time early this season. The NFL has denied Golden Tate’s enchantment of a four-game suspension for violating the league’s coverage on performance-enhancing substances, Corey Coleman suffered a season-ending torn ACL and Sterling Shepard is enjoying with a fractured thumb.
Josh Rosen takes first-team reps at Dolphins apply
Josh Rosen, locked in a quarterback battle with Ryan Fitzpatrick, took first-team reps for the primary time at Tuesday’s apply.
In order that’s it, proper? Rosen, acquired from the Cardinals within the offseason, has seized management of the job, proper?
Not so quick. Fitzpatrick continues to be scheduled to begin the second preseason recreation in opposition to the Buccaneers, simply as he did the opener, with Rosen seemingly approaching to play a lot of the recreation. However Tuesday’s growth is a giant step for Rosen, given head coach Brian Flores has studiously prevented giving him first-team reps in camp.
Flores was not precisely effusive in his reward for the second-year QB Tuesday, saying he did an “OK job.”
“I thought it was a lot of fun,” Rosen told reporters afterward. “Got a lot to study tonight, overall it was a positive.”
Backside line: This competitors’s not over but.
One video you need to see
O.J. Simpson tweeted a video that touched on all the pieces from Dak Prescott’s and Ezekiel Elliott’s contract negotiations to Simpson’s fantasy soccer league (he says Prescott would not even be drafted within the prime 10) to how a lot the sport has modified (“God forbid you hit a wide receiver too hard downfield”).
Tuesday tweet of the day
Simply whenever you thought the Antonio Brown helmet saga could not get any stranger … it acquired stranger. Tuesday morning, Brown tweeted out a plea to assist him find a helmet: “I’m looking for a Schutt Air Advantage Adult Large Helmet that was manufactured in 2010 or after. In exchange I will trade a signed practice worn @Raiders helmet.”
“I’m on the lookout for a Schutt Air Benefit Grownup Massive Helmet that was manufactured in 2010 or after. In alternate I will commerce a signed apply worn @Raiders helmet.”
– AB (@AB84) August 13, 2019