In a nice change of pace, there’s been some football news over the last few days that isn’t pandemic related. Of course, none of it is particularly good news for the teams involved. Nevertheless, let’s check out what’s going on.
After a growing disconnect between Jamal Adams and the Jets, Adams has officially requested a trade away from the team. Adams is upset with contract negotiations and could end up holding out, as the Jets appear to have no interest in trading him right now.
Adams has two years left on his rookie deal but would like an extension before the start of the season. He has reportedly given the Jets a list of seven teams he’d like to play for, including the Ravens, Eagles, Cowboys, and 49ers.
The San Francisco 49ers could be without wide receiver Deebo Samuel at the start of the 2020 season. Samuel broke his foot earlier this week while working out with teammates in Nashville.
He underwent surgery on Thursday that has a recovery time of roughly six to eight weeks. However, the 49ers haven’t given a specific timeline.
If there are no complications, Samuel could be back in time for Week 1. But the type of fracture he suffered, a Jones fracture, is known to be tricky. Samuel is expected to be San Francisco’s No. 1 receiver this season, so there is reason to be concerned about the injury.
Much like Samuel, Seattle Seahawks tight end Colby Parkinson suffered a Jones fracture in his foot. He reportedly had surgery for it on June 2, which could allow him to be back in time for training camp if there are no setbacks.
The Seahawks drafted Parkinson in the fourth round of this year’s draft. Of course, with Greg Olsen, Will Dissly, and Jacob Hollister in the picture, the Seahawks weren’t counting on needing Parkinson to get a lot of reps at tight end this year.
Guess who might be coming back to the NFL? Josh Gordon has reportedly applied for reinstatement after the NFL suspended him indefinitely in December for violating the league’s policy on substance abuse and PEDs.
His attorney says that Gordon’s fifth drug-related suspension came after the passing of his brother, and he is now in a better position to combat his drug problem. Gordon caught seven passes for the Seahawks last season and has remained in the Seattle area. If reinstated, he would be an unrestricted free agent but might favor a reunion with the Seahawks.
To put a damper on things, Dr. Anthony Fauci said this week that the NFL should consider a bubble format for the 2020 season, much like the NBA is doing with its restart. Fauci says it’s important for players to be tested regularly and remain isolated from the general public, which would be difficult during the season.
He says that football creates a perfect situation to spread the disease, given the close contract of the players on every play. The NFL intends to go ahead with its schedule, although there are lingering fears from experts like Fauci, who believe a second wave of the coronavirus in the fall could interfere with that.
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