Joe Flacco says he’s taking his back injury day-by-day.
The Ravens quarterback says he’s basically just resting and there is no timetable for him to get back on the field. Flacco made it clear they are being conservative and cautious about the issue. He added no one is more disappointed than him that he’s not out there, but they aren’t going to rush it. Right now, Flacco feels “great” and isn’t really doing anything right now because he doesn’t want to push it. Flacco flatly stated this won’t affect him all season and he just needs to let the issue die down a little bit so that it doesn’t affect him all season—that’s why he’s resting now. So basically, the hope is that some rest will eliminate the issue so Flacco can be 100% and not deal with the issue throughout the year. He sounded confident it’s just a minor issue, which is a great sign.
Free agent receiver Victor Cruz is visiting the Jaguars, according to Tom Pelissero.
Of course, Cruz played for Tom Coughlin—who is now running the Jaguars football operations—with the Giants. The Jaguars have a deep receiving group, but they are young, so maybe they want to bring a veteran in the mix.
Martellus Bennett needed help getting up and appeared to be limping during a non-contact drill at Packers practice.
Packers reporter Chris Barriere said Bennett was grabbing his left leg. Non-contact injuries are always a concern, but at least he got up and walked off instead of needing a cart. Hopefully it’s some sort of minor hamstring/quad tweak instead of a knee/ankle, but we will keep you updated when we hear more.
Adam Schefter reports Kirk Cousins is "open" to signing a long-term deal with the Redskins after the season.
Cousins reportedly will not be getting a long-term deal before tomorrow's 4:00 PM ET deadline, so he has to play out the season on the franchise tag. His situation is already one of the most intriguing storylines for next offseason. The Redskins can tag Cousins again for 2018, but it'll cost them about $34 million. The 49ers—led by head coach Kyle Shanahan, who loves Cousins—will almost certainly be trying to sign him if he becomes an unrestricted free agent after the season. The Redskins and Cousins agreeing to a deal after this season will likely come down to the team's success in 2017.
The Chargers are expecting a timetable on Mike Williams (back) this weekend.
Chargers GM Tom Telesco says his rookie receiver has “been responding well” to the second epidural shot he had in his back for his disc issues. Telesco said “he’ll see our doctors this weekend and will get more of a timetable of where he is.” Hopefully Williams and the team receive good news, as it’d be a tough blow for him to miss most or all of his rookie season.
According to The Tennessean, Titans receiver Tajae Sharpe and teammate Sebastian Tretola have been accussed of assault.
A Nasvhille man accussed the players of the assault, and there is an investigation. Sharpe denied the accusation through a statement from his agent. We will update you as more information becomes available.
Rob Kelley hopes to incorporate parts of Le’Veon Bell’s and Devonta Freeman’s game into his.
The second-year Redskins running back says he’s been watching film on Bell, Freeman, and David Johnson, according to ESPN’s John Keim. Kelley says he needs to get more patient after he cost himself by being impatient at times as a rookie last season. Not many people can do what Le’Veon Bell does behind the line of scrimmage, but Kelley realizes he won’t be able to do that and instead wants to find his own “niche.” Adding a little more patience like Bell, while keeping in mind decisive, aggressive running like Devonta Freeman, it should help Kelley become a better runner overall. He’s opening training camp as the starter, but rookie Samaje Perine could be a big factor in the running game. Head coach Jay Gruden has indicated he they could both get a lot of carries.
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