Breakfast: Michael Thomas is back!  Dee Ford at the door

Breakfast: Michael Thomas is back! Dee Ford at the door

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Saints: Michael Thomas is back!

Finally. Eighteen months after his injury, Michael Thomas (WR, Saints) returned to training on Wednesday. He didn’t participate in the 11-on-11 exercises, but he was there for all the other workshops. Fluid and without special protection on the ankle, according to ESPN.

“I don’t have the words,” Thomas told the press, moved, for his first intervention since 2020. “I didn’t want to come see you and be all moved. But it was a blessing to be back with my teammates. »

Falcons: no debate, Marcus Mariota holds

Desmond Ridder (QB, Falcons) will obviously not have the opportunity to shake up the hierarchy right away. Falcons quarterback coach Chris London told The Athletic that his franchise plan is clear.

“We have a plan for each of them. Marcus [Mariota] is the owner. That’s how we approach things. »

As a result, Mariota takes all snaps with the starters.

Dee Ford fired by 49ers

It never really worked out for Dee Ford (DE) in San Francisco. And it is now over. Hampered by injuries during his three years in California, Ford was officially cut by his team on Wednesday. He only played 6 games last year before being placed on the injured list for back problems.

A Pro Bowler in 2018 when he was playing with the Chiefs, Ford could find another chance elsewhere. At 31, it’s not impossible. But he will have to regain his health.

Ravens rookie on strike

It is a rarity. Since the establishment of a salary scale for rookies, the signing of their contract is a formality. Not for David Ojabo (LB, Ravens), who reportedly didn’t show up for Baltimore training camp and still hasn’t signed his first deal. He is the only Ravens player to miss the replay, according to ESPN.

Selected in the second round of the last Draft, Ojabo tore his Achilles tendon during his Pro Day last spring. He should therefore not play in 2022. This gives him time to negotiate.

KJ Wright retires with the Seahawks

33 years old for a few days. 11 seasons in the NFL. And end of course for KJ Wright (LB). On Wednesday, the linebacker signed a one-day contract with the Seahawks, before officially retiring under the colors of the franchise for which he played for ten years, before wearing the Raiders jersey last year.

Wright was part of the incredible Seahawks defense that ruled the NFL between 2012 and 2015, recording the fewest points per game every year for four seasons. The highlight of his career will remain winning the Super Bowl in 2013-14. Again, the defense had made the difference, by massacring Peyton Manning during the Big Game.

Echoes of the training camps

Deebo Samuel (WR, 49ers) is present for his team’s training camp, but not on the field. He negotiates a new contract and will not find his teammates until he has reached an agreement. Kyle Shanahan explained to the press that his player will still work on his physical condition alone on the sidelines.

– Exactly like Samuel, DK Metcalf (WR, Seahawks) is present at the camp, but only to negotiate his next contract. (ESPN)

– Receiver. Contract. Camp. Coaching. Yes, Diontae Johnson (WR, Steelers) is also present at the training camp to negotiate, while waiting to train when he has had what he wishes. Mike Tomlin confirmed to the press on Wednesday that Johnson did not take part in the entirety of the day’s session, and that it was not a choice of the coach (Pittsburgh Post-Gazette)

– Brandon Staley confirmed to the press that Derwin James (S, Chargers) does not take part in group training. He too is negotiating a new contract.

Mekhi Becton (OT, Jets) is back on the field, but he changes positions. Robert Saleh has announced to the press that the lineman is slipping to the position of right tackle, which he occupied during Wednesday’s training. It is George Fant who recovers the protection of the left side.

– Shared job for Baker Mayfield (QB) and Sam Darnold (QB) at the Panthers. According to NFL Network, Matt Rhule announced Wednesday that it was Darnold who worked with the starters on Wednesday, and it will be Mayfield’s turn on Thursday.

Transactions

Davon Godchaux (DT, Patriots) signed a 2-year contract extension for $20.8 million, with $17.85 million guaranteed. The 27-year-old had 65 tackles, 1 sack and 1 forced fumble in 16 games last year.

Signatures: Cameron Fleming (OT, Broncos)

Pensions: Rashaan Melvin (CB, Panthers)

injuries

Joe Burrow (QB, Bengals) operated well for appendicitis on Tuesday. He was due to leave the hospital on Wednesday. Zac Taylor confirmed it to the press, assuring that everything went well. The coach clarified that he does not yet know exactly when his quarterback will be back in training.

David Bakhtiari (LT, Packers) no end to operations. On Wednesday, Brian Gutekunst admitted to ESPN that his player underwent further knee surgery during the offseason, before April. This is at least the third time the attacking lineman’s joint has been operated on since he tore the anterior cruciate ligament in his knee on December 31, 2020. Bakhtiari explained to the press that the ligament will no longer be an issue , but that it is other problems that prevent him from returning for the moment.

Kayvon Thibodeaux (DE, Giants) is deep. Limited by a hip injury in the spring, the rookie participated normally in the first session of training camp on Wednesday.

They are placed on the PUP list (list of physically unfit players): Roquan Smith (LB, Bears), Bailey Gaither (WR, Ravens), Jaycee Horn (CB, Panthers), Tyson Alualu (DE, Steelers), Shaq Thompson (LB, Panthers), Michael Gallup (WR, Cowboys)

They come out of the PUP list: Tyquan Lewis (DE, Colts), Rodney McLeod (S, Colts), George Fant (OT, Jets), Alex Cappa (OG, Bengals), Samaje Perine (RB, Bengals), Clyde Edwards-Helaire (RB, Chiefs)

They are placed on the Non-Football Injured List (NFI) : Ben Cleveland (OG, Ravens),

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