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2022 NFL Training Camp News, Notes and Live Updates

Jessie Bates
Dec 26, 2021; Cincinnati, Ohio, USA; Cincinnati Bengals free safety Jessie Bates (30) celebrates during the fourth quarter against the Baltimore Ravens at Paul Brown Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Joseph Maiorana-USA TODAY Sports

Tuesday AUG. 23

Jessie Bates Returns to Bengals

2020 Second-team All-Pro safety Jessie Bates reported to the Bengals today. Cincinnati—coming off a Super Bowl Appearance—placed the franchise tag on their star DB back in March. Bates decided to hold out in hopes of negotiating a new long-term deal. Without a deal in place, and with the regular season approaching, Bates decided to essentially end his holdout and rejoin the team.

Lions to Put Rookie WR Jameson Williams on NFI List

The Detroit Lions are expected to put Jameson Williams on the NFI list today.Williams suffered a torn ACL in the National Championship game in January, and the Lions expect him to be ready to play by midseason.

Monday AUG. 22

Raiders Plan to Release RB Kenyan Drake

The Las Vegas Raiders plan to release veteran-running back Kenyan Drake. Las Vegas will owe the 28-year old $2.5 million in guarunteed money. Drake has rushed for 3,384 yards and 29 touchdowns in his six-year NFL career.

Bills Trade OL Cody Ford to the Cardinals

A second-round pick in the 2019 NFL draft, Ford was in danger of not making the final 53-man roster for the Buffalo Bills due to their excellent depth. Instead, they trade former Oklahoma Sooner to reunite with his college quarterback Kyler Murray. In exchange, the Bills received a fifth-round pick in the 2023 NFL draft. With guard and tackle flexibility, Ford gives the Cardinals another capable player in an offensive line room that isn't the strongest.

Giants LB Darrian Beavers Tore ACL, Out for the Season

The Giants were waiting on Beavers' test results and unfortunately got the worst possible news, as he is done for the season with a torn ACL. He injured his knee in Sunday night's game versus the Cincinnati Bengals. He was the Giants final selection in the 2022 NFL draft picked at 182 in the sixth round.

San Francisco 49ers Sign S Tashaun Gipson

The 49ers upgraded the safety room by signing Gipson. An 11-year veteran, Gipson spent the last two seasons with the Chicago Bears and will be on his fifth team in his career.

Nick Mullens Traded to the Minnesota Vikings

After the Vikings had struggles from both Kellen Mond and Sean Mannion this preseason, they make a move to get an improvement to their quarterback room. Acquiring Mullens from the Raiders for just a conditional seventh-round pick in 2024, the Vikings get a massive upgrade to their quarterback room.

Washington Activates TE Logan Thomas From PUP List

After suffering an ACL tear this past season, Thomas' road back to the field is one step closer. He passed his physical and was activated from the physically unable to perform list.

Giants Bracing for Bad Injury News

With injuries suffered to rookies Kayvon Thibodeaux and Darrian Beavers Sunday night against the Bengals, the Giants are awaiting news. While there is hope for Thibodeaux, the are preparing for the worst with Beavers.

Matt Araiza, Also Known as "Punt God", Wins Punter Job

Known in draft circles as a rebel punter, Araiza spurned punting dogma for his own. He doesn't go for hangtime but rather straight distance. That ended up winning him the job, as his counterpart Matt Haack was released Monday morning.

Brady Returns

Three-time NFL MVP Tom Brady has returned to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and is expected to practice today. The star quarterback took time off from the team for undisclosed purposes, with the permission of the Bucs organization. Brady returns after a nearly two-week hiatus to a squad, hoping to get back to the Super Bowl for the second time in three seasons.

Sunday, AUG. 21

Packers Activate David Bakhtiari off of PUP List

The Packers are a little bit closer to getting their star-left tackle back. Bakhtiari was activated off the PUP list today, Pete Dougherty reports. Bakhtiari is coming off of multiple knee surgeries, including one for a torn ACL. It's unclear if he will be ready for Week 1, but this is an important step for the former All-Pro.

David Moore Out for Season

The Chicago Bears have placed wide receiver David Moore on injured reserve, ending his season. Moore was carted off the practice field with an apparent lower leg injury on Aug. 9. The Bears signed Moore this offseason hoping he would help bolster a wide receiver room that lacked elite talent. Now, they'll have to lean ever harder on players like Equanimeous St. Brown, Velus Jones Jr. and Byron Pringle.


Roquan Smith Returns to Practice for Chicago

Star linebacker Roquan Smith, who had been participating in a "hold-in" while awaiting a new contract, returned to practice Saturday for the Bears. While a new contract hasn't been announced, former head coach Dave Wannstedt said Friday that "Maybe the Bears playing great defense against Seattle will be a little bit of an eye-opener and he’ll say, “You know what, maybe they don’t need me, let’s get this done." After returning to practice, Smith said he was going to play out the final year of his contract and bet on himself.

Panthers Rookie QB Corral out for Season

Carolina Panthers' third-round pick quarterback Matt Corral is confirmed to have a lisfranc injury in his left foot. This is likely a season-ending injury. Corral had made some good plays in the Panthers' Week 2 game against the New England Patriots but suffers an unfortunate start to his NFL career.

Patriots Rookie WR Thornton to Miss Significant Time

The Patriots will be without rookie WR Tyquan Thornton who has suffered a collarbone injury. The second-round pick made waves at the combine with a 4.21 unofficial 40-yard dash time and has been impressive at training camp according to local reports. A later update revealed Thornton's timeline to be around 8 weeks, but that felt cautiously optimistic.


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