Tuesday's NFL: Danny Amendola, ex-Lion and two-time Super Bowl winner with Pats, retires
Danny Amendola, who earned two Super Bowl rings with the Patriots and became one of Tom Brady’s favorite playmakers during his five seasons in New England, is retiring.
The veteran 36-year-old receiver posted a video on social media that featured highlights of his 13 NFL seasons with only one line: “Wouldn’t have it any other way.”
The former Texas Tech standout made his NFL debut with the St. Louis Rams in 2009 as an undrafted free agent and spent his first four seasons there before being signed by the Patriots in 2013. He also had stops in Miami (2018), Detroit (2019, 2020) and Houston last season.
He ends his career with 617 career receptions for 6,212 yards receiving and 24 touchdowns.
Though undersized at 5-foot-11, he shined in New England’s system, scoring a touchdown in the Patriots’ Super Bowl win over Seattle to cap the 2014 season.
He earned a second championship with them in 2016 during a championship run that included a catch during the Patriots’ historic comeback win over Atlanta.
“He was a very good player for us,” Patriots coach Bill Belichick said. “Had a lot of skill, mostly played inside, but could play outside. Could return, very smart, tough, dependable, great hands and concentration. … He was tough and he was a good football player.”
Injuries ultimately slowed down Amendola after he left New England. He totaled just five touchdowns over the past four seasons.
Browns place Ward, Conklin on active/PUP list as camp opens
CLEVELAND (AP) — Pro Bowl cornerback Denzel Ward and starting right tackle Jack Conklin will begin Cleveland's training camp on the sideline after being placed on the active/PUP list Tuesday.
Ward injured his left foot on the final day of minicamp last month. While tests showed no structural damage, the 25-year-old isn't ready to practice at full speed.
The fourth overall pick in 2018, Ward signed a five-year, $100.5 million contract extension in May.
The former Michigan State star Conklin is still rehabbing his right knee and isn't able to practice. A two-time All-Pro, the 27-year-old Conklin had surgery in December after rupturing his right patellar tendon against Baltimore and missing the final five games last season.
Coach Kevin Stefanski has expressed optimism Conklin will be ready for the Sept. 11 season opener against Carolina.
Also, linebacker Anthony Walker Jr. (groin) and defensive tackle Sheldon Day (back) were placed on the non-football injury list, a designation reserved for injuries sustained away from team activities.
Wide receiver Javon Wims went on the non-football illness list.
Last week, rookie receiver David Bell was placed on the PUP list with a foot injury that's not believed to be serious. Bell was selected in the third round this year and is expected to have a major role in Cleveland's offense.
The injured players can be activated once they've passed a physical.
Chase Young starting Commanders camp on PUP list
Ashburn, Va.— Chase Young is starting Washington Commanders training camp on the physically unable to perform list as he works back from surgery to repair a torn ACL in his right knee.
The team put Young, tight end Logan Thomas and centers Chase Roullier and Tyler Larsen on the PUP list Tuesday after players arrived at the practice facility on the eve of the first practice of camp. Offensive tackle Cornelius Lucas was placed on the non-football injury list with an illness designation.
Young, the 2020 Defensive Rookie of the Year, injured the knee during a game in November. After leading rookies with 7½ sacks the previous year, he had just 1½ before his second NFL season was cut short.
Doctors grafted part of the patellar tendon from Young’s left knee to help fix the tear. Coach Ron Rivera has been reticent to define a timeline for Young's recovery, with the 23-year-old Ohio State product and trainers taking a methodical approach to the rehab process this offseason.
Young was present for some spring workouts even though he hadn't yet been cleared to practice. It's not immediately clear how much he'll be around while continuing to receive treatment, and there’s no guarantee Young will be ready to play in the season opener Sept. 11 against Jacksonville.
In the first season known as the Commanders, Washington is counting on Young's return to help the defense bounce back after failing to live up to expectations in 2021.
Thomas tore multiple ligaments in his left knee, Roullier broke his left fibula and Larsen tore his left Achilles tendon last season.
Saints add Brown; Mathieu excused for personal matter
Metarie, La. — The New Orleans Saints have signed veteran NFL running back Malcolm Brown on the eve of their first training camp practice, general manager Mickey Loomis announced.
The Saints also have excused Tyrann Mathieu from the opening of training camp while the newly acquired safety and former LSU star attends to a personal matter.
The Saints hold their first practice of camp on Wednesday at their suburban New Orleans headquarters.
The signing of Brown adds depth behind top running back Alvin Kamara, who could face a multi-game suspension because of his arrest in Las Vegas that stemmed from a fight that resulted in an injury during the most recent Pro Bowl weekend.
The 5-foot-11, 225-pound Brown has played six seasons for the Rams and spent last season with Miami. He has averaged 4 yards per carry for his career and has 12 touchdowns rushing to go with 46 receptions for 337 yards and one touchdown.
The Saints also added center Nick Martin and defensive end Scott Patchan while waiving punter Daniel Whelan, offensive lineman Derek Schweiger and cornerback Jordan Miller.
Martin, who is 6-4 and 295 pounds, was a second-round draft choice by Houston in 2017 and spent four seasons with the Texans and last season with the Las Vegas Raiders. He has appeared in 79 career regular season games with 62 starts.
The 6-4, 251-pound Patchan is an undrafted rookie out of Colorado State who was first signed by Indianapolis in May and cut by the Colts on Saturday.
Seahawks release RB Chris Carson after failing physical
Renton, Wash. — The Seattle Seahawks released running back Chris Carson with a failed physical designation on Tuesday, potentially signaling an end to his career because of a neck injury suffered last season.
Carson’s future was in doubt the entire offseason after he was injured in Week 4 last year and eventually underwent neck surgery. Seattle coach Pete Carroll cautioned that Carson may not be able to return and Tuesday’s move finalized the situation.
Tuesday was reporting day for the Seahawks with their first on-field practice scheduled for Wednesday.
“Ever since the first time I saw Chris on film, I loved his style, and I was thrilled when we were able to get him when we did,” Carroll told the Seahawks website on Tuesday. “To see him grow and become such an impacting part of our program with such a great style and all of that, it was a thrill to watch. We’ll miss him and everything he brought to our program.”
Carson was a seventh-round pick of the Seahawks in 2017 that quickly developed into one of Carroll’s favorite players during his tenure in Seattle. Carson’s reckless, punishing running style was notably similar to former Seattle star Marshawn Lynch and yielded great success while also taking a physical toll.
Carson played more than 12 games only twice in his five seasons. Carson’s best season was 2019 when he rushed for 1,230 yards and seven touchdowns in 15 games.
During minicamp in June, Carroll said Carson had yet to regain complete range of motion in his neck following the surgery. Seattle was prepared for the chance Carson wouldn't be able to return after drafting running back Ken Walker III and re-signing Rashaad Penny in the offseason.
“He’s been an incredible pro, a guy who brings an amazing energy about him. His running style is what we’ve always wanted here in Seattle. He’s the type of runner that the whole team feeds off of. The type of player defensive players get off the bench to watch him run — they can feel his energy. He’s the type of runner whose style affects the whole team, not just the offense,” Seattle general manager John Schneider said. “It’s a big disappointment. We took it as long as we possibly could with him, he saw a number of specialists, but unfortunately he wasn’t able to pass our physical.”
Carson’s situation mirrored two previous Seahawks standouts that had their careers cut short because of neck injuries. Both former Detroit Lions defensive end Cliff Avril and safety Kam Chancellor suffered neck injuries in the 2017 season that caused both to step away from the game.