Baltimore Ravens will spend their 2016 season without tight end Ben Watson‘s help.
The reliable veteran suffered a right Achilles tendon tear in the first tranche of attack of the preseason game against the Detroit Lions.
That is a big blow for the Ravens as they spent a lot of effort to woo Watson, the former New Orleans Saints player, in this offseason. Watson’s teammates Dennis Pitta, who suffered a seemingly incurable hip injury, is recovering after a surgery and he is now being treated for a broken finger.
Nick Boyle was suspended, Maxx Williams missed training and did not attend the preseason game. Quarterback Joe Flacco felt sad for the loss of his position. “It would be very cruel to us,” he told reporters.
The injury apparently let people doubt Watson’s future. Watson, 35-year-old, has been surprisingly stable during his career in the league for 12 seasons. Could Watson implement the contract until the ending of his career?
Denver Broncos defensive end Derek Wolfe is expected to miss some practice with an ankle injury, but an MRI on Wednesday afternoon showed no significant damage.
Wolfe left Wednesday’s joint practice with the San Francisco 49ers and did not return. Broncos coach Gary Kubiak later said Wolfe “had rolled his ankle, so we’ll get it looked at.”
Following practice, Wolfe underwent the MRI, revealing the sprain. Later Wolfe told ESPN’s Josina Anderson: “It’s nothing serious, and if it were a regular-season game, I would be playing.”
Wolfe, who did not take part in the team’s walk-through Wednesday evening, is expected to be held out of on-field work and is not expected to play Saturday night against the 49ers. The injury comes in a week when defensive end Vance Walker suffered a season-ending knee injury in Monday’s practice. Walker tore his right ACL and will have surgery when the swelling goes down.
Rookie Adam Gotsis and Jared Crick will get more work with the starters in the days ahead. Gotsis played 27 plays in the Broncos’ preseason opener in Chicago — 52 percent of the defensive snaps — and had a tackle for a loss. Crick was one of the most active and efficient players in the Broncos defense in the 22-0 win over the Bears, with two tackles, including a sack, and two hits on the quarterback in his 16 plays.
New England Patriots No.1 wide receiver Julian Edelman has been in a state of his rehabilitation since May this year when he received a foot surgery, and therefore he was placed on the injury reserve at the beginning of training camp, but several reporters confirmed the news on Sunday that Edelman finally returned to the field.
Previously, Patriot announced that have moved Edelman out of the injury reserve. NFL official reporter Ian Rapoport expresses the Patriots’ movement is earlier than a lot of people expected to, even so, Edelman did not participate in the team’s confrontational training.
When a reporter asked Edelman after training about whether he can catch the first week of the regular season game, Edelman without a positive response but to said if he can train with equipment before the start of the season is a good thing.
Now, Edelman’s timely return is a very good news for the Patriots, especially considering the core quarterback Tom Brady can not attend the first four games in the regular season. Backup quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo in need of powerful helpers to lead the team through difficult times.
Darius Slay gets the league’s top seventh cornerback salary after got a big contract on Friday.
The NFL’s reporter Ian Rapoport said that Slay agreed to renew a new contract with Detroit Lions which worths $48 million for 4-year, including $23.1 in guaranteed. Slay will enter the final year of his rookie contract and will receive $50.2 million over the next five years. This new contract makes his salary ranked seventh during the league’s cornerback.
Slay has grown into one of the best league’s cornerback even though person mostly ignored the growth of him, he succeeded. Slay has four steals in the past two seasons and he was voted the second best cornerback on the Internet last year.
Nevin Lawson, four-round pick in 2014, is ecpected to be the parner of Slay. Slay has shown the ability of man-mark opponents top wide receiver and is likely to assume a more important task in the new season.
Lion need to keep Slay after the loss of offensive line and defensive line. The Slay’s new contract can ecsure he will play for the Lion in the foreseeable future.