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July 30, 2021 05:00 PM
Football Team's Chris Miller: Shifts to COVID list
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The Football Team placed Miller (undisclosed) on the reserve/COVID-19 list Thursday.

Miller was one off three players moved to the COVID list by Washington on Thursday. Since going undrafted in 2020, Miller has spent time in Washington, Seattle and Arizona.

July 30, 2021 04:48 PM
Theo Riddick: Chooses retirement
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Riddick is retiring, Paul Gutierrez of reports.

Placed on the reserve/COVID-19 list for the start of training camp, Riddick now will retire from football. The two things may be unrelated, as he was far from a sure thing to make the Week 1 roster in Las Vegas, where Josh Jacobs, Kenyan Drake and Jalen Richard should have the backfield in good shape.

July 30, 2021 04:44 PM
49ers' Marcell Harris: Lining up at linebacker
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Harris has taken reps are linebacker more regularly than safety through the early days of training camp, Matt Barrows of The Athletic reports.

Harris lined up at linebacker during his last appearance for the 49er, and it's possible that the team would rather primarily use him there than at safety. In any case, the 27-year-old's versatility makes him a valuable reserve option for San Francisco.

July 30, 2021 04:40 PM
Cardinals' Shawn Williams: Multi-week absence likely
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Coach Kliff Kingsbury said he expects Williams (undisclosed) to be out a couple weeks but doesn't have an exact timeline for the safety's return, Darren Urban of the Cardinals' official site reports.

Williams is on the non-football injury list. It sounds like he has a chance of healing up in time for the Aug. 13 preseason opener against Dallas, but Williams' absence may extend beyond that point as well.

July 30, 2021 04:40 PM
Broncos' Teddy Bridgewater: Not separating from Lock
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Coach Vic Fangio said Friday that he hasn't seen any separation in the competition between Bridgewater and Drew Lock, Zac Stevens of reports.

Lock got the first snap of training camp, but with the stipulation that Bridgewater would take just as many reps with the starters this summer. While that may be the case for a few more weeks, the Broncos eventually will want to focus on preparing one or the other for Week 1 against the Giants. Until then, we'll look for any possible signs of one QB moving ahead of the other in their battle for the starting job.

July 30, 2021 04:36 PM
Browns' Chris Hubbard: Back in action
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Coach Kevin Stefanski said Thursday that he's excited to have Hubbard (knee) back at practice, Scott Petrak of the Elyria Chronicle-Telegram reports.

Hubbard suffered a season-ending dislocated kneecap last December, so it's quite encouraging that he's able to participate in the start of training camp. The veteran lineman is primed to repeat a key reserve role for Cleveland.

July 30, 2021 04:36 PM
Browns' JoJo Natson: Knee injury's in rear view mirror
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Natson worked as a punt returner in Cleveland's first practice Wednesday, showing that he's recovered from his knee injury, Zac Jackson of The Athletic reports.

Natson tore his ACL in Week 3 of the 2020 season but has regained health. His role on offense has been nearly nonexistent in recent years, so Natson's ticket to a roster spot will be winning the punt returner job on special teams.

July 30, 2021 04:28 PM
Colts' Carson Wentz: Could miss Week 1
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Wentz (foot) would be likely to miss the start of the regular season if he had surgery, but he still hopes to avoid the procedure and suit up Week 1, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.

Wentz will meet with foot specialist Robert Anderson before coming to a final decision. The quarterback felt a twinge in his foot at the end of Thursday's practice and then was held out Friday while Jacob Eason led the first-team offense. Previous reports suggested any surgery would be minor, but the latest update is saying Wentz could be out beyond mid-September even if he has surgery in early August.

July 30, 2021 04:24 PM
Derrick Willies: Placed on reserve/retired list
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Willies (knee) was placed on the reserve/retired list Friday, Zac Jackson of The Athletic reports.

Willies appeared in five games for the Browns in 2018 and one in 2020, totaling three catches for 61 yards. Placing Willies on the reserve/retired list will allow the Browns to retain the 26-year-old wide receiver's contract rights if he comes out of retirement.

July 30, 2021 04:20 PM
Dax Raymond: Time up in Pittsburgh
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The Steelers cut Raymond (undisclosed) with an injury designation Friday, James Palmer of NFL Network reports.

Raymond was replaced by tight end Marcus Baugh in a corresponding move. The nature of Raymond's injury remains undisclosed for the time being.

July 30, 2021 04:16 PM
Steelers' Marcus Baugh: Gets chance in Pittsburgh
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The Steelers signed Baugh on Friday, James Palmer of NFL Network reports.

Baugh appeared in eight games for Washington last season, in which span he caught his only target for two yards. He'll now get an opportunity to compete for a reserve role in Pittsburgh.

July 30, 2021 04:12 PM
Vikings' Bisi Johnson: Exits with leg injury
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Johnson left Friday's practice with an apparent leg injury, Courtney Cronin of reports.

Johnson, a 2019 seventh-round pick, is hoping to win back the No. 3 role he occupied as a rookie. Slot specialist Chad Beebe took the job last year and remains with the Vikings, but he'll need to fend off Johnson, Dede Westbrook and rookie fifth-round pick Ihmir Smith-Marsette this summer. It's a situation where Johnson could win the No. 3 job or could miss out on the Week 1 roster.

July 30, 2021 04:08 PM
Bears' Robert Quinn: Spotted at practice
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Quinn (back) took part in Thursday's practice, the Chicago Tribune reports.

Quinn missed time during June mandatory minicamp due to a lower-back injury, but it looks like he's since returned to full health. The veteran is looking to bounce back after having been limited to a career-low two sacks in 2020.

July 30, 2021 04:08 PM
49ers' Mohamed Sanu: Battling for third WR spot
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Sanu is competing for the No. 3 receiver job in San Francisco, Matt Maiocco of NBC Sports Bay Area reports.

Sanu has bounced around the league since his departure from Atlanta, including three appearances for the 49ers early last season. He later played seven games for Detroit, before landing back in San Francisco this offseason. Turn 32 in August, the veteran wideout says he's feeling much better this year, after battling an ankle condition last season. Competition for the No. 3 role is led by Richie James and Jalen Hurd, while starters Deebo Samuel and Brandon Aiyuk are safely atop the depth chart. The No. 3 WR spot might be important to San Francisco's offense, but it isn't likely to come with more than three or four targets per game when Samuel, Aiyuk and TE George Kittle are healthy at the same time.

July 30, 2021 04:04 PM
Bears' Bilal Nichols: Takes part in practice
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Nichols (toe) practiced Thursday, the Chicago Tribune reports.

Nichols suffered a toe injury back in June, so it's encouraging to see him back on the practice field in the early days of training camp. The veteran looks set to reprise his usual starting role at defensive end across from Akiem Hicks (foot).

July 30, 2021 03:52 PM
Panthers' Troy Pride: Ready for camp
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Pride (undisclosed) has recovered from his injury and is ready for the start of camp, Darin Gantt of the Panthers' official site reports.

There had been worries about Pride's availability for the start of camp, but the 2020 fourth-round pick was able to heal up. He'll compete for a starting cornerback spot with the Panthers but is more likely to wind up in a reserve role.

July 30, 2021 03:52 PM
Buccaneers' Jordan Whitehead: Clears COVID-19 protocols
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Whitehead was activated from the reserve/COVID-19 list Friday, Scott Smith of the Buccaneers' official site reports.

Whitehead spent just one week in the COVID-19 protocols before clearing them. The starting free safety will rejoin his teammates at practice moving forward.

July 30, 2021 03:48 PM
Cardinals' Kelvin Beachum: Joins teammates on COVID list
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The Cardinals placed Beachum (undisclosed) on the reserve/COVID-19 list Thursday, Josh Weinfuss of reports.

Beachum and fellow starting offensive linemen Rodney Hudson (undisclosed) and Justin Pugh (undisclosed) were all sent to the COVID list Thursday. None of the three will be eligible to return to training camp until such time that they fully clear of the league's related protocols.

July 30, 2021 03:44 PM
49ers' George Kittle: Helping rookie QB adjust
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Kittle is already showing chemistry with rookie QB Trey Lance at training camp, Matt Maiocco of NBC Sports Bay Area reports.

Kittle makes things easy on his quarterbacks, and he's played with a bunch of them early in his career, in part due to Jimmy Garoppolo's injury woes. Coach Kyle Shanahan has said multiple times that he views Garoppolo as his starter, but history suggests Lance -- a No. 3 overall pick -- will end up taking snaps one way or another before the end of the season. That might not be good for Kittle's receiving stats in the short term, but it'll work out for him in the long run if Lance becomes the player the Niners expect.

July 30, 2021 03:44 PM
Cardinals' Justin Pugh: Sent to COVID list
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

The Cardinals placed Pugh (undisclosed) on the reserve/COVID-19 list Thursday, Josh Weinfuss of reports.

Pugh joins fellow offensive linemen Rodney Hudson (undisclosed) and Kelvin Beachum (undisclosed) on the COVID list. He'll need to clear all related protocols before returning to training camp.

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