2022 NFL Training Camp News, Notes and Live Updates

Quarterback Battles

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.