Lamar Jackson is not practicing due to COVID-19 issues.
According to multiple reports, it’s not clear what’s going on with Jackson’s test (or reporters just don’t want to say that a former league MVP has tested positive for the virus again after he did so last November). But for now, he’s away from the Ravens, which is obviously not ideal as training camp gets underway. Hopefully Jackson is feeling OK and can rejoin his team soon.
The Bears signed Justin Hardy.
With Anthony Miller traded to Houston, Hardy will now compete for a role in the receiver room for the Bears. The East Carolina product did not play last season, but he spent his first five seasons with the Falcons after Atlanta took him in the fourth round of the 2015 draft.
Curtis Samuel has been placed on the PUP list.
Samuel is apparently dealing with a groin injury that also kept him out last month, so hopefully he’s able to get to 100% soon. Washington will get a closer look at rookie Dyami Brown and others across from Terry McLaurin for as long as Samuel is on the sideline.
The Packers have waived Jake Dolegala, according to Joe Buscaglia.
Aaron Rodgers showing up for training camp has led to Dolegala and Blake Bortles being let go, and Green Bay now has three quarterbacks on the roster. This move could open the roster spot for a possible trade with Randall Cobb rumored to be set for a second stint with the Packers.
The Packers are releasing Blake Bortles, according to ESPN’s Rob Demovsky.
Bortles was signed in May when the Aaron Rodgers saga essentially began, and the team is now comfortable with the three other quarterbacks on the roster aside from the reigning NFL MVP. The former No. 3 overall pick will hope to get a shot elsewhere in the near future, especially with preseason games back on the schedule for 2021.
The Packers are acquiring Randall Cobb, according to multiple reports.
The deal is reportedly either done or right at the finish line, and it was almost like a condition to get Aaron Rodgers to play for the Packers this season. Texans wide receiver Brandin Cooks tweeted a goodbye to Cobb after the two were teammates last season. Cobb spent his first eight seasons in Green Bay and was a reliable target for Aaron Rodgers. The veteran figures to slide into a prominent role in the slot in the Packers offense in 2021.
Odell Beckham Jr. (knee) will not begin camp on the PUP list.
While Odell might be relatively limited compared to other players to start camp, he’s ready to go on Day 1. Coming off a torn ACL, OBJ will look to get re-acclimated within the Browns offense with Cleveland coming off its first playoff berth in nearly two decades.
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