No communication between Chiefs, Jones
KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Chiefs coach Andy Reid said Wednesday there has been no communication with Chris Jones, one day after the All-Pro defensive tackle indicated on social media that his contract holdout could stretch well into the regular season.
Jones is entering the final year of a four-year, $80 million deal. The Chiefs had been talking with his representatives about a long-term contract, but those negotiations have seemingly grown more contentious as the sides dig in, and with their Super Bowl title defense beginning in a little more than two weeks against the Lions.
“There’s been no communication so I don’t know what’s going to happen there,” Reid said. “The game goes on. That’s how it works.”
Jones posted a photograph of a chalkboard on social media Tuesday with the message, “If it’s out of your hands, it deserves freedom from your mind also.” That led to a back-and-forth with fans, and when one asked how long he was willing to stay away from the team, Jones replied that he could make an appearance around Week 8 — nearly halfway through the season.
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Giants TE Sweeney collapses
The New York Giants say tight end Tommy Sweeney is stable and alert after collapsing during practice and being carted away from the field. The Giants say Sweeney “had a medical event” and was “conversant” while under the care of physicians.
The former Boston College standout is now in his fourth NFL season and first with the Giants. He spent his first three seasons with Buffalo.
In 2020 he was diagnosed with myocarditis after contracting COVID-19. Myocarditis is an inflammation of the heart. Sweeney was cleared to resume playing the following offseason.
It’s not immediately clear whether there’s a connection between Sweeney’s health history and Wednesday’s episode.
Cowboys DE Williams arrested
FRISCO, Texas — Dallas Cowboys defensive end Sam Williams was arrested on charges of possession of a controlled substance and unlawful carrying of a weapon, police said Wednesday.
Police in the Dallas suburb of Frisco said Williams was arrested Sunday. The department wouldn’t provide further details, saying a public information request had to be filed.
Williams was on the practice field again Wednesday after going through a full workout Tuesday.
While Williams could face discipline under the NFL’s personal conduct policy, owner/general manager Jerry Jones said the club had no plans to sit the 24-year-old.
“I don’t anticipate this impacting his time on the field,” Jones said. “I do have all of the details, and there’s some lessons to be learned there for everybody.”
It’s the second arrest for Williams this year. In January, the second-year player turned himself in to police in Plano, another Dallas suburb, on a reckless driving charge stemming from an accident a few days before Christmas last year.
Tua barks back at Clark
Dolphins quarterback Tua Tagovailoa responded pointedly to comments made by ESPN NFL analyst Ryan Clark that questioned his offseason work ethic.
Clark, a former NFL player, said earlier this week that Tagovailoa “wasn’t in the gym” during the offseason.
“He might spend a lot of time in the tattoo parlor,” Clark said. “He was not at the dinner table eating what the nutritionist had advised. He looks ‘happy.’ He is thick.”
After Dolphins practice on Wednesday, Tagovailoa defended his offseason preparation and asked Clark to keep “my name out your mouth.”
“He probably knows more about me than I know about myself,” Tagovailoa said. “Ryan’s been out of the league for some time. I don’t know. It’s a little weird when other people are talking about other people when they’re not that person. It was just a little weird.
Commanders’ McLaurin sprains toe
ASHBURN, Va. — Terry McLaurin will miss some practice time after spraining a toe in the Washington Commanders’ second preseason game. Coach Ron Rivera says the team will keep the top receiver off his feet for a couple of days and expects McLaurin back on the field next week.
Rivera confirmed an MRI on McLaurin’s injured toe did not show any significant damage and reiterated that X-rays were negative. The Commanders remain optimistic McLaurin should be able to play in their season opener Sept. 10 against Arizona.
Jets lose one, gain one
FLORHAM PARK, N.J. — New York Jets wide receiver Corey Davis announced he is stepping away from football. The 28-year-old Davis said on Instagram he has been searching his heart what to do and feels not playing the game right now is the best decision for him.
Davis was entering his third season with the Jets after beginning his NFL career with the Tennessee Titans as the No. 5 overall pick in the 2017 draft.
Davis didn’t use the word “retirement” in his statement but said he looks forward to spending more time with his family. Davis had missed the last week of practices because the wide receiver was “dealing with a personal matter,” according to coach Robert Saleh.
On the good news side, left tackle Duane Brown has been activated from the physically unable to perform list and will practice this week for the first time in training camp. Saleh said Brown was medically cleared after having his surgically repaired left shoulder evaluated by doctors in Houston on Tuesday.
He won’t play in the preseason finale against the Giants on Saturday but is expected to be ready to play in the regular-season opener against Buffalo on Sept. 11.
Hall finalists announced
Randy Gradishar, Steve McMichael and Art Powell are finalists for the Pro Football Hall of Fame’s class of 2023. The three were picked as the three senior candidates from a list of 12 semifinalists.
They will get into the Hall if they are supported by at least 80% of voters next January.
Gradishar was a key part to Denver’s “Orange Crush” defense in the 1970s. McMichael anchored the defensive line on Chicago’s famed “46 defense” that won the Super Bowl after the 1985 season. Powell was one of the most dangerous deep threats in the old AFL.
Graham returns to practice
METAIRIE, La. — Saints tight end Jimmy Graham returned to practice on Wednesday for the first time since his arrest last week following what team officials have described as a “medical episode.”
Saints team physician John Amoss has said Graham likely had a seizure and was disoriented when he was picked up by Newport Beach police on Friday night.
Graham did not play in New Orleans’ 22-17 victory over the Chargers in Los Angeles on Sunday night and he also sat out practice on Tuesday.
Lance’s future up in air
SANTA CLARA, Calif. — Sam Darnold has won the backup quarterback job in San Francisco, putting Trey Lance’s status with the 49ers in doubt less than three years after the team traded three first-round picks to draft him.
Coach Kyle Shanahan told flagship radio station KNBR that Darnold recently took control of the race to be Brock Purdy’s backup and that he told the quarterbacks about the decision Tuesday night.
Lance didn’t take part in practice Wednesday and the 49ers are considering all options, including a possible trade if a partner can be found. But Shanahan said he hopes to have Lance on the roster when the season starts.
Stroud to start Sunday
HOUSTON — Rookie C.J. Stroud will start Houston’s final preseason game Sunday night at New Orleans. Coach DeMeco Ryans made the announcement Wednesday, but the first-year coach still hasn’t said the second overall pick will be the team’s starting quarterback for the season.
Despite this, it seems clear that the former Ohio State standout will replace Davis Mills this season. Stroud has started both of Houston’s first two preseason games and has worked almost exclusively with the first team throughout training camp.
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