If you thought the first week of preseason was intense, the second should bring even more excitement.
One player won’t be around to see it firsthand after announcing his retirement Monday, while another notable absence from last week could come to an end soon.
Three things that matter
Arbitrator rules against Antonio Brown
This isn’t the news Antonio Brown wanted to hear considering the Raiders wide receiver threatened to sit out this season if he isn’t allowed to wear his old helmet and reportedly vowed to hold the league liable for any future head injuries he may endure. On top of his equipment issue, Brown is also dealing with blisters that stem from frostbite on his feet after he used a cryotherapy machine without the correct footwear.
“The player can’t practice or play in games with equipment that’s not approved,” NFL spokesperson Brian McCarthy said in a statement. “If he doesn’t play or practice he is in breach of his contract and doesn’t get paid.”
An arbitrator ruled against Brown on Monday and he later commented on the issue, saying he is “working on getting back to full health and looking forward to rejoining my teammates on the field.” Does that mean he’s over “Helmetgate” already? We’ll keep the popcorn handy.
Veterans still lead starting QB battle in Washington
Redskins coach Jay Gruden won’t make his starting quarterback decision until after the team’s third preseason game, but he appears to have the depth chart in mind as he said No. 15 overall pick Dwayne Haskins is chasing Colt McCoy and Case Keenum.
“I’d say the vets probably have a little bit of a leg up on him, just because they’re vets and they’ve played,” Gruden said on The MMQB. “But they have a little bit of a leg up on (Haskins), just because of their knowledge of third down and red zone concepts. There’s a lot Dwayne still has to learn, but he can get there.”
McCoy stepped in for an injured Alex Smith last season, only to suffer a broken leg a couple weeks later. Keenum got the start in Washington’s preseason opener against the Browns last week, but there’s still plenty of time for McCoy and Haskins to get some work in, too.
Jamal Adams volunteers to change positions amid Jets injuries
While it’s unlikely to happen, the Jets safety felt the need to offer his services at cornerback to highlight the severity of the situation in New York after Trumaine Johnson went down with an injury Sunday at practice. While Johnson is listed as week to week, coach Adam Gase couldn’t guarantee his availability for the regular-season opener Sept. 8 against the Bills.
“That’s just going to be time,” Gase said, via ESPN. “I don’t think it will be months, but, I mean, we’ll see. It’s week to week right now. It’ll be about how his body responds to the rehab.”
Adding insult to injury, undrafted rookie cornerback Kyron Brown is dealing with a hamstring injury.
Two things that don’t matter
Tom Brady’s Boston-area home is for sale
But that’s no reason to panic, as Brady assured his lavish mansion will require some time to find an earnest buyer.
“You shouldn’t read into anything,” Brady said on WEEI Radio. “It takes a long time to sell a house.”
The 42-year-old quarterback also addressed his contract situation and the ongoing rumors that his career could be nearing an end as he reiterated that he’s not serious about retirement yet.
“I am certainly at a place — we have been at the same place for a long time and I love playing for the Patriots,” Brady added. “I have such a great relationship with Mr. Kraft and Coach Belichick and our team. We’ll worry about that when that happens. This isn’t the time to worry about it.”
Rishard Matthews retires after release from Saints
Two days after he was cut by New Orleans with a left squad designation for leaving training camp, the 29-year-old wide receiver has decided to call it a career in an unusual and fiery way.
“Rishard Matthews the football player (sic) No Longer Exist & it’s okay. In life regardless of the right or wrong decisions I’ve made,” Matthews wrote on Instagram. “I’ve always moved forward with the understanding that regardless of what I’m going through someone is going through something a s— ton worse than my bull—. For athletes it’s important to understand (sic) & Move the f— on.”
Matthews had requested his release from the Titans last September and signed with the Jets the following month, but ended last season on injured reserve. He signed with the Saints in June and appeared in last week’s preseason opener before deciding to hang up his helmet for good.
One video you have to see
Colts rookie cornerback and 2019 second-round draft pick Rock Ya-Sin is already turning heads with his physicality on this snag.
— Indianapolis Colts (@Colts) August 12, 2019
Monday tweet of the day
Thought the Lamar Jackson hype was over after one season? The second-year quarterback is just getting started, it seems.
“It’s safe to say [Lamar] Jackson will average 10 rushing attempts per game, which would set another NFL single-season record for carries by a quarterback, like he did in 2018.” https://t.co/Pdu3xcEm7H
— Field Yates (@FieldYates) August 12, 2019