Markus Wheaton had an appendectomy this morning.
Head coach John Fox just said this at today’s media press conference. The timetable isn’t exactly known, but it should be anywhere from one week to four weeks. It’s unfortunate for someone that was looking to step up as the number one receiver. GM Ryan Pace said yesterday that Wheaton was really standing out so far too. Hopefully he has a quick recovery and can get back on the field to continue gaining chemistry to Mike Glennon.
Le’Veon Bell told Ike Taylor he wants to be paid as a top running back AND a No. 2 receiver.
Ike Taylor, who now works for NFL Network, was a long-time Steelers corner so he has connections with Bell. Being paid as a top running back and as a number two receiver would be—if we had to guess what Bell is thinking—around $15 million per year. The Steelers reportedly did not offer that much, and it sounds like Bell wasn’t really close to accepting their offer. Bell is an elite receiving back in addition to his great running ability, and he wants to be paid for both to get what he feels he’s worth. Pittsburgh could always franchise tag Bell again next season, but he could be headed elsewhere in 2018 if he hits free agency.
Charegers rookie receiver Mike Williams is not expected to practice during the preseason.
The team announced Williams met with the team doctors yesterday as planned and will continue to “rehab and strengthen his back” while expecting to miss all of training camp. The good news is the team thinks Williams will be able to rehab and receiver to hit the field this season. If they thought the injury was bad enough, presumably they would have had him undergo surgery and get ready for 2018. Alex Flanagan said on NFL Network that Williams was resting his back and is now moving on to rehab. Hopefully the rehab works out and we can see the seventh overall pick on the field this year. He’s questionable at best for Week 1, and probably doubtful.
Multiple reports: The Dallas PD has suspended the investigation involving Ezekiel Elliott from over the weekend.
Elliott was not ever named a suspect, but he was placed around the altercation by multiple witnesses, with some saying he threw the punch that knocked the victim out. The Dallas PD said in a statement that they have been unable to contact the victim after multiple attempts, and the case has been suspended “due to the lack of a complaint.” This should be the end of this case legally for Elliott, but the NFL is still looking into it and we would guess they take it into account when weighing a potential suspension for the star back.
Redskins running back Keith Marshall is out for the season, according to John Keim.
Marshall was carted off the field at practice yesterday, and Keim reports he tore his patella tendon. It’s very unfortunate news, and it’s Marshall’s second straight season being sent to IR. The 23-year-old also battled injuries throughout his career at Georgia, so it’s hard not to feel for him. Hopefully Marshall can get healthy and go on to have a productive NFL career.
Ian Rapoport says surgery is not on the table for Mike Williams.
Rapoport cites “two sources with direct knowledge” who say it is “NOT on the table now.” According to Rapoport, surgery was being considered 3-4 weeks ago, and Williams is improving. So it appears we have conflicting reports over whether Williams’ rookie season could end before it starts. The team should shed light on the situation soon.
Bucs GM Jason Licht told ESPN Doug Martin is not guaranteed starting spot when he returns from suspension.
Martin is suspended for the first three games of the season, and Tampa has a few backs capable of filling in. Licht said they like the committee of Jacquizz Rodgers, Charles Sims, Peyton Barber, and rookie Jeremy McNichols to fill in while Martin is out, but “somebody can kind of jump out there” and runaway with the job. Martin told ESPN he understands the situation, but said if he shows the “2012 Doug…2015 Doug…everything else will fall into place.” The former All-Pro is expected to return as the starter when he comes back from suspension, but anything can happen if someone else plays lights out while Martin is suspended—it’s why Martin is going in the later rounds of some fantasy drafts.
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