Chargers rookie receiver Mike Williams is dealing with mild disc herniation in his lower back.
The team says Williams will miss the final two weeks of offseason training. Williams is missing valuable time to get acclimated to the offense, but his health is more important. Hopefully Williams heals up and is ready to be full-go for training camp. Keenan Allen, Travis Benjamin, Tyrell Williams, and Dontrelle Inman should be considered likely to be ahead of Williams on the depth chart, but that can change when the big rookie receiver gets on the field.
Mike Williams continues to sit out Chargers' OTAs with a back injury.
Williams had back tightness last week, and he isn't recovered yet. The Chargers would like Williams back on the field so he can get acclimated to the offense and form a connection with Philip Rivers, who says Williams can catch up but is missing "valuable time." Williams will try to battle for a starting job as a rookie in a good Chargers receiving group. Either way, he'll get a good amount of playing time and should be a factor in the red zone as a rookie.
Shocker: The Chiefs have released Jeremy Maclin.
This is about as big of a surprise as you'll get this time of year. Maclin is one of the better receivers in the NFL on a contending team, but the Chiefs have decided to part ways with their number one receiver. Just two years ago, Maclin signed a five-year, $55 million contract with the Chiefs. Now Kansas City will go with dynamic second year player Tyreek Hill as their number one wide receiver, along with star tight end Travis Kelce. Maclin tweeted "crazy business this is" in a thank you to the Chiefs fans. Maclin will have little trouble finding a new team, as he should receive a ton of interest on the open market and is likely to receive a nice contract.
Redskins head coach Jay Gruden says Josh Doctson has "been impressive" at OTAs.
Doctson appears to be fully over his Achilles injury/issues that caused him to miss most of his rookie season. The injury is "pretty much nonexistent now." Gruden says Doctson is getting better each day. There is a prime opportunity for the second year wideout to make an impact, as DeSean Jackson and Pierre Garçon left in free agency. If he steps up, the Redskins might not miss a beat without Jackson and Garçon. Doctson has a chance to deliver good fantasy value this season as a late round pick.
The Browns and Eagles "have expressed some level of interest" in Jeremy Maclin, according to Mike Rodak.
Maclin is scheduled to visit Buffalo today, then Baltimore on Wednesday. The Browns and Eagles are reportedly also interested in Maclin, and there are sure to be other teams as well. Rodak says a decision is likely to come this week on where Maclin will sign with. If not this week, it'd almost certainly be by the end of next week.
Jeremy Maclin says the Chiefs "deserve better" from him.
Maclin said last season was not up to his standards, and that it's not about numbers. "I just… didn't play as well as I could have," Maclin said via The Kansas City Star. Maclin didn't seem himself at times last season, and battling a groin injury that caused him to miss four-plus games didn't help. Maclin got married just a few days ago, but he's committed to bouncing back and reported to OTAs when he could be at a honeymoon right now. As one of the most underrated players in the league, Maclin should bounce back this season.
Dennis Pitta suffered a dislocated hip, according to Mike Garafolo.
This was the fear and seemed to be the case, but Garafolo says doctors confirmed the hip was dislocated. This is obviously horrible news, and could mean the end of Pitta's career. His life after football has to seriously be taken into consideration, as this is his third bad hip injury in four years.
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