Drew Lock Tests Positive for COVID-19
Seattle Seahawks QB Drew Lock has tested positive for COVID-19, according to a report from ESPN’s Adam Schefter. He will miss this week’s preseason game against the Chicago Bears on Thursday. Lock is currently engaged in a QB battle with Geno Smith for the starting position in Seattle.
Seahawks’ QB Drew Lock has tested positive for COVID-19 and will miss Thursday’s game vs. the Chicago Bears on ESPN.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) August 17, 2022
Raiders Trade Safety to Tennessee
The Las Vegas Raiders have traded second-year safety Tyree Gillespie to the Tennessee Titans for a conditional late-round pick. Gillespie appeared in 12 games for the Raiders, primarily as a special teamer and recorded three tackles.
Las Vegas Raiders trading Tyree Gillespie to the Tennessee Titans, per a league source @PFN365
— Aaron Wilson (@AaronWilson_NFL) August 16, 2022
Patriots’ Secondary Takes Another Hit With Loss of CB Butler
On the same day the New England Patriots lost Joejuan Williams for the season with a shoulder injury, New England added another cornerback to Injured Reserve in Malcolm Butler. Butler came out of a one-season retirement to return to New England this year, the franchise for which he is best remembered playing for over his seven-year career. Butler was a one-time Pro Bowler and All-Pro in New England, where he played from 2014-2017, and made a goal-line interception against Russell Wilson and the Seahawks to help New England win Super Bowl XLIX.
The Patriots have placed CB Malcolm Butler on IR.
— Field Yates (@FieldYates) August 16, 2022
Zach Wilson’s Surgery a Success
New York Jets quarterback Zach Wilson’s arthroscopic knee surgery was deemed a success, according to Rich Cimini of ESPN. There were no complications and he’ll be on the road to recovery soon. The team feels comfortable with Joe Flacco at quarterback, so they won’t rush his recovery until he is fully ready to see the field.
BREAKING: Zach Wilson's arthroscopic knee surgery was deemed a success, source tells ESPN. There were no surprises from the original diagnosis. They won't put him on the field until he's 100%, but good news for the Jets . #Jets
— Rich Cimini (@RichCimini) August 16, 2022
Ikem Ekwonu a Full-Fledged Starter
The Carolina Panthers and head coach Matt Rhule were taking the development of sixth overall pick Ikem Ekwonu a bit slower, making him earn the starting left tackle job outright instead of slotting him in there based on draft status. Now, after the first preseason game and a few weeks in training camp, Ekwonu is the outright starter at left tackle, per Rhule.
Matt Rhule: Ickey Ekwonu now the starter at LT.
— Joe Person (@josephperson) August 16, 2022
Teven Jenkins Starting Inside
The Chicago Bears have been bouncing 2021 second-round Teven Jenkins around since he arrived in Chicago. He’s started at left tackle, moved to right tackle, and has been working with the second-team offensive line. After his Week 1 preseason game, it looks like Teven Jenkins is now moving inside to right guard with the starting group.
Teven Jenkins was the Bears’ first-team right guard today.
— Kevin Fishbain (@kfishbain) August 16, 2022
Fighting in Foxborough
With the Patriots and Panthers squaring off in a joint practice today in Foxboro, it didn’t take long for tempers to flare. Reports indicate that a fight began near the Carolina sideline when New England receiver Kristian Wilkinson began jawing with Carolina players. Wilkinson and fellow receiver Kendrick Bourne were eventually sent off. The 33rd Team’s Bill Polian addressed the issue of fighting in joint practices in an article published earlier this week.
HUGE fight taking place, started with shoving and ended with a lot of punches being thrown. Both fields were cleared. Chaos in Foxboro. pic.twitter.com/BU2YrzEVAE
— Ethan Hurwitz (@HurwitzSports) August 16, 2022