Teams have wrapped up OTA’s, and most will begin mini-camps this week. The “real” practices however, won’t start until training camp gets underway in late July. But that doesn’t mean there isn’t a lot going on in the NFL. There’s always something going on. Let’s face it, the NFL is a 365 day a year juggernaut. Here are some of the happenings around the league.
Ravens Rookie Perriman can’t Catch a Break
Baltimore took wide receiver Breshad Perriman with the 25th overall pick in the 2015 draft. He has yet to play a game for them. Perriman missed all of his rookie season with a PCL injury. He came back strong and was performing well in OTA’s when disaster struck again. On June 9, Perriman suffered a partially-torn ACL, which will require surgery. According to ESPN’s Adam Shefter, the surgery will take place on June 14.
Ravens’ WR Breshad Perriman will undergo arthroscopic surgery Tuesday to determine if reconstruction surgery is necessary, per source.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) June 13, 2016
Shefter also reported that there is still a chance that Perriman sees the field in 2016, depending on the severity of the tear. The Ravens really need his services considering 37-year old Steve Smith is coming off an Achilles tear, and Dennis Pitta missed most of last season with a hip injury.
The Von Miller Saga Continues
Denver’s all-world outside linebacker is still at odds with his team when it comes to contract negotiations. Miller is looking to become the highest paid defensive player in the league, but John Elway and the front office aren’t budging. Last week it was reported by ESPN’s Shefter that Denver offered Miller $114 million over 5 years.
That would make Miller the highest paid defender, but the sticking point continues to be the structure of the guaranteed money. So while both parties seem to be at a standstill, Miller took a social media shot at John Elway.
Miller posted a picture of himself, Peyton Manning, DeMarcus Ware, and Gary Kubiak on the White House lawn. If you look closely, you will also see that there is somebody standing to Manning’s immediate left. For some reason, that person is cropped out of the picture. Oh wait, it’s John Elway. The saga continues.
Trump wants Brady, Roethlisberger to speak at RNC
Donald Trump, in typical Donald Trump fashion, plans to do things a little differently at the upcoming Republican National Convention. He recently came out and declared that he would like some NFL Stars to speak on his behalf at the event, which is scheduled for July 18-21 in Cleveland.
Trump mentioned Tom Brady and Ben Roethlisberger as part of a group that “really like him a lot” and, therefore could speak at the convention. He also mentioned Bobby Knight and UFC president Dana White. Roethlisberger balked at the notion that he would speak for Trump.
It was reported yesterday that Big Ben has no plans to represent Trump at the convention, or in any other capacity. The Steelers quarterback has not, nor will he, endorse the republican nominee for president. Oh well Donald, maybe Johnny Manziel is available. I bet he likes you a lot too.
Philly Receiver accused of Sexual Assault
And, of course, we couldn’t go a week without having a player involved in a strip club-related incident. This week’s installment takes us to Philadelphia where receiver Nelson Agholor was accused of raping an exotic dancer at Cheerleaders Gentleman’s Club. Details are sketchy at this point.
What we do know is that the incident happened around 3 pm on June 9. These NFL players and their inability to stay away from strip clubs is pretty amazing. Agholor was a rookie in 2015, and finished with just 283 yds. and 1 touchdown. Philly expected much more after having taken him with the 20th overall pick out of USC.
That’s all for now. Stay tuned for more news and notes later in the week. Hopefully we won’t have any arrests to report, but that’s highly unlikely.
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