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NFL-wide headlines, Preseason Week 2

Teams are attempting to navigate the preseason gauntlet without dealing with the most penalizing aspect of all: injuries.

Indianapolis Colts QB Andrew Luck leaves the field after playing in the Colts’ preseason opener against the Seattle Seahawks, August 9, 2018.
Indianapolis Colts QB Andrew Luck leaves the field after playing in the Colts’ preseason opener against the Seattle Seahawks, August 9, 2018.
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Cleveland Browns GM John Dorsey and coach Hue Jackson are standing by WR Antonio Callaway who claims that he wasn’t smoking any lepoticus during a traffic stop at 3am on Sunday. While some weed was found in his car, Callaway claimed that he had loaned the car to his younger brother for a while and that the weed was old. That being said, Jackson and Dorsey will be looking to regain full trust in the 21-year old reciever’s decision making moving forward.

Callaway had a 54-yeard TD reception in the Browns first preseason game.

Although Dorsey claimed that free agent WR Dez Bryant wouldn’t return his calls, Bryant has made it clear that his visits will start soon, and that Cleveland will be among his stops. The Browns recently traded former first round selection WR Corey Coleman for a pittance which makes the Browns appear to be a logical home for Dez. Josh Gordon has not reported to camp yet, while he focuses on his “overall health and treatment plan”.

The New England Patriots are adding $5m dollars in incentives to quarterback Tom Brady’s deal. Brady is currently playing under a bargain contract of $15m. The Patriots have taken a similar approach to compensating star tight end Rob Gronkowski in the past.

Apparently the Pittsburgh Steelers backup quarterback Mason Rudolph was using a football that felt “like a marshmellow” in the Steelers opening preseason game, according to Philadeplhia Eagles sideline reporter Howard Ekin. We’ll see if Rudolph ends up in Federal Court.

Andrew Luck continues to wade back into the pool, participating in his first action in over a year. He took a hit from Seattle Seahawks Booby Wagner and described it as “most excited I have been and will ever be for getting hit”. Luck went 6/9 for 64 yards.

Aaron Donald isn’t the only star defender holding out. Of course, in Oakland EDGE Khalil Mack seems to be locked into a situation that is at least equally icy. He is planning on skipping tonight’s Oakland Raiders game, and will be fined $814,000-the equivalent of a 2-bedroom home in Los Angeles.

DC Coach Jay Gruden said that rookie running back Derrius Guice suffered a knee injury and will undergo an MRI today. Guice played through nagging injuries at LSU, but seems to think this one will not be too serious.

The Minnesota Vikings have lost their starting guard Nick Easton who will be undergoing surgery to repair a hermiated disk in his neck. Easton had already missed camp practices while seeking a second opinon. The surgery is not expected to be career threatening.

Kansas City Chiefs starting safety Daniel Sorensen will be having knee surgery and missing the first part of the season. The Chiefs are currently working Eric Berry back into the mix after he missed last season. As they slowly bring him back, the Chiefs will be a bit thin at safety for a while.

Adam Schefter is reporting that Los Angeles Chargers defensive end Joey Bosa, who was recently hobbled with a foot injury, “should be fine.”

The Arizona Cardinals’ starting center A.Q. Shipley tore his ACL and will be out for the 2018 season. The Cardinals, along with the Chargers, have been one of the more snakebitten franchises in recent years as far as injuries go.

Also, there were a few protests to draw attention to racial injustice, and of course, a few tweets from the president-you may have seen them.