Report: Rookie Drew Ogletree will miss the season with a torn ACL

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Colts rookie tight end Drew Ogletree injured his knee in Wednesday’s practice, and coach Frank Reich expressed pessimism about the extent of the injury afterward. An MRI confirmed the bad news.

Ogletree tore an anterior cruciate ligament, ending his season, NFL Media reports.

“We’ll wait and see what the docs say,” Reich said. “It didn’t look good. Tough, tough guy, though. Just going up to him, he’s wanting to get himself off the sideline so the team can play. That’s a guy we want. We’re hoping for the best, but it looked like a pretty significant knee injury.”

The Colts selected Ogletree in the sixth round out of Youngstown State, and he made one catch for 5 yards in the preseason opener.

Mo Alie-Cox, Kylen Granson and third-rounder Jelani Woods are atop the depth chart at the position in Indianapolis.

Malcolm Rodriguez practices with first team in joint practice

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Lions rookie linebacker Malcolm Rodriguez, one of the stars of Hard Knocks’ first two episodes, worked with the first team in a joint practice with the Colts on Wednesday.

The sixth-round selection has impressed coaches and veteran teammates with his study habits, technique and instincts, per Kyle Meinke of Rodriquez is outshining veterans Chris Board and Jarrad Davis as well as Derrick Barnes, a fifth-round pick in 2021, as he seeks to win a starting job alongside Alex Anzalone.

The Lions haven’t had a rookie drafted as late as Rodriguez win a starting job out of training camp since linebacker Dennis Gibson, an eighth-round selection in 1987.

“I mean if the coaches want me to start, I’ll start,” Rodriguez said after practice, via Meinke. “It’s not a big deal. It’s just one of those things where I’ll step in that role and just be that vocal leader out here.”

Linebackers coach Kelvin Sheppard praised Rodriguez during a recent film session in the meeting room, a scene shared on Hard Knocks. Sheppard admitted he was trying to find a reason not to play Rodriguez, while challenging the veteran players to keep him out of the lineup.

Rodriguez has earned the nickname “Rodrigo!” among the team, and fans have been chanting his nickname after seeing Hard Knocks. Rodriguez insists he isn’t letting the sudden attention or the promotion go to his head.

“I really just stick around my family,” Rodriguez said. “I just kind of listen to the family, go about my way and stay off social media. I just kind of stay to myself and have a small circle right around me.”

Ken Walker had a “procedure,” but Seahawks hope he’s back for season opener

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On Tuesday, Seahawks running back Ken Walker III missed practice with what Pete Carroll called “a little hernia thing.” A day later, Carroll announced Walker had a procedure but wouldn’t elaborate other than to specify that it’s not a hernia or a core muscle issue.

The Seahawks hope Walker can return for the Sept. 12 season opener against the Broncos.

Walker started in the preseason opener Saturday against the Steelers with Rashaad Penny out with a groin issue. Walker played 12 snaps and had five carries for 19 yards, one catch for 11 yards and a kickoff return for 22 yards.

The Seahawks drafted Walker 41st overall to pair with Penny, who returned to practice Tuesday.

Report: Dawson Deaton tore his ACL in Monday’s practice

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The Browns are hurting at center.

They lost starting center Nick Harris to a season-ending injury on the second play of the preseason opener. Three days later, rookie center Dawson Deaton was carted off the practice field with a knee injury.

An MRI confirmed Deaton tore an anterior cruciate ligament, Mike Garafolo of NFL Media reports.

The Browns, who are replacing JC Tretter, still have Ethan Pocic and Brock Hoffman at the position with Pocic expected to start.

Cleveland drafted Deaton in the seventh round out of Texas Tech. He started 35 games for the Red Raiders in his college career.

Drake London leaves with knee injury

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Falcons rookie receiver Drake London caught a 24-yard pass from Marcus Mariota on the opening drive, but he won’t see any more action against the Lions.

London left the game with a knee injury and will not return tonight, the Falcons announced.

London bounced up and ran off after safety DeShon Elliott tackled him, but the team’s medical staff was looking at London’s knee afterward.

London missed the final four games of USC’s 2021 season with a broken ankle but was fully healthy by the time the Falcons drafted him in the first round.

He caught 88 passes for 1,084 yards with seven touchdowns in 2021, leading the Pac-12 in receptions and was earning Pac-12 offensive player of the year despite not playing the full schedule.

The Falcons scored on their first drive, going 82 yards on 12 plays with Mariota running it in for a 6-yard touchdown. The Lions scored on both of their drives to take a 10-7 lead early in the second quarter.

John Harbaugh disputes Tyler Linderbaum has Lisfranc injury

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Ravens coach John Harbaugh disputed a report that Tyler Linderbaum is dealing with a Lisfranc injury. Harbaugh said the rookie center has a soft-tissue injury in his foot.

“It’s a different ligament,” Harbaugh said Monday of Linderbaum’s injury, via Jonas Shaffer of the Baltimore Sun. “So he’s had the Lisfranc before. There’s no separation. There’s no Lisfranc sprain, per se. That’s my understanding. I’m not a doctor, but I play one in press conferences, as you know. But that’s what I was told.”

NFL Media reported Linderbaum was diagnosed with a Lisfranc sprain, but Harbaugh said “it’s not a serious thing.” The Ravens expect Linderbaum to miss 1-2 weeks.

Linderbaum played through a Lisfranc injury at Iowa.

“We want it to be right and healed, so it’s going to take a little bit of time, but it’s not a Lisfranc,” Harbaugh said.

The Ravens are counting on Linderbaum, the No. 25 overall selection, to start at center for them this season.

Giants rookie Marcus McKethan tears ACL


Giants rookie offensive lineman Marcus McKethan tore his anterior cruciate ligament in Friday’s practice. The team announced Saturday it has placed him on season-ending injured reserve.

The Giants drafted McKethan with a fifth-round selection, one of three offensive linemen drafted by the team this spring.

He was spending most of his time as a backup at right guard, though he also had taken snaps at right tackle. His injury puts yet another dent in the team’s depth along the line.

Offensive tackle Matt Gono left the team to have his neck examined for a possible career-ending injury.

On Friday, the Giants added veteran tackle Will Holden as a replacement for Gono.

Skyy Moore returns to practice after tweaking hip Tuesday

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Chiefs rookie receiver Skyy Moore left practice early Tuesday. He later was diagnosed with a hip injury.

Moore, though, was back at practice Wednesday.

He walked up the hill under his own power to the indoor practice facility after being injured instead of riding in a cart. Moore later addressed his early departure on social media.

“I’m okay,” he wrote.

The Chiefs made Moore a second-round choice to help replace Tyreek Hill, whom they traded to the Dolphins this offseason.

Moore made 95 receptions for 1,292 yards and 10 touchdowns last season for Western Michigan.

David Ojabo signs rookie contract, the last of the NFL’s 262 picks to sign

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And then there were none.

The last of the NFL’s 262 draft picks signed his deal Tuesday. The Ravens announced second-round selection David Ojabo now is under contract, ending his holdout.

Ojabo is recovering from a torn Achilles tendon at Michigan’s Pro Day in March. But since he hasn’t signed his deal, he will have to rehab away from the team facility.

In 2021, he had 11 sacks and five forced fumbles in 14 games.

He played for Ravens defensive coordinator Mike Macdonald at Michigan.

Seahawks activate Tyreke Smith from PUP, sign Antonio Valentino

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The Seahawks activated rookie outside linebacker Tyreke Smith from the active/physically unable to perform list. The team announced Smith passed his physical.

Smith, a fifth-round pick out of Ohio State, missed the first three practices of camp with a hip injury. He instead worked with trainers on the side.

Smith totaled 55 tackles, seven sacks, and 10 tackles for loss in four collegiate seasons.

The Seahawks also made a move Monday to add depth to their interior defensive line. They announced the signing of rookie defensive tackle Antonio Valentino.

Valentino, who went undrafted out of Florida this year, initially signed with the Giants. New York waived him earlier this spring.

Valentino spent his first four seasons of college at Penn State, appearing in 40 games and recording 51 tackles, 12.5 tackles for loss and six sacks. Valentino joined the Gators as a graduate transfer in 2021, starting eight of 12 games played and recording 23 tackles and three tackles for loss.

Cowboys rookie Matt Waletzko injures shoulder

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Cowboys rookie offensive tackle Matt Waletzko will miss some time after injuring his shoulder in Thursday’s practice, David Moore of the Dallas Morning News reports.

No surgery is required for Waletzko at this time. He will rehab for the time being and see what it looks like later in camp.

The Cowboys drafted Waletzko in the fifth round with the selection they obtained from the Browns in the trade of Amari Cooper.

“We’re still looking at his shoulder injury,” coach Mike McCarthy said, via Moore. “Once we get to next week we’ll have a better handle on it.”

The Cowboys already were thin behind starters Tyron Smith and Terence Steele at tackle, so the team might have to seek some short-term help.

Charlie Kolar to undergo sports hernia surgery

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Ravens rookie tight end Charlie Kolar will undergo sports hernia surgery early next week, coach John Harbaugh announced Thursday.

Harbaugh said it was a lingering injury from college that Kolar previously had surgery to repair.

“We’ll get it cleaned up now,” Harbaugh said, via Ryan Mink of the team website. “Would have loved to have gotten it cleaned up earlier, but we didn’t really have it earlier. I think he thought he could manage it, but it’s gotten to the point where it needs to get fixed.”

The fourth-round selection will miss significant time.

Ravens receiver Rashod Bateman had a similar surgery in mid-August last year to fix a college injury, and he missed the first five games.

Kolar was one of two tight ends the team drafted. The Ravens also made Isaiah Likely a fourth-round choice. Kolar was the 128th overall choice and Likely the 139th.

Likely already has stood out for the Ravens, catching a long touchdown from Lamar Jackson in Tuesday’s practice.

Kolar made 168 receptions for 2,181 yards and 23 touchdowns in his career at Iowa State. That includes 62 catches for 756 yards and six touchdowns last season.

Colts remove Eric Johnson from non-football injury list

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When the Colts placed Eric Johnson on the active/non-football injury list earlier this week, General Manager Chris Ballard said he didn’t expect the defensive tackle’s stay on the list to be long. It wasn’t.

The Colts removed Johnson from the list Thursday, the team announced.

Johnson tweaked his back while working out on his own during the summer break.

The team made Johnson a fifth-round choice this spring out of Missouri State. He will compete for playing time on the interior of the defensive line behind DeForest Buckner and Grover Stewart.

Ravens’ second-rounder David Ojabo is NFL’s last unsigned draft pick

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And then there was one. . . .

The Seahawks’ signings of draft picks Kenneth Walker III (second round) and Coby Bryant (fourth round) has left only one NFL draft selection unsigned. Ravens rookie outside linebacker David Ojabo has not agreed to terms.

The second-round choice did not report to training camp Tuesday.

The league’s other 261 draft selections have signed.

At least three 2022 second-round selections have signed contracts with guaranteed money in the fourth year of their deals. It is unknown whether negotiations over guaranteed money in the final year of hte deal is the reason Ojabo hasn’t signed.

The No. 45 overall choice, is slotted to make some $7.9 million in his rookie contract.

Ojabo is recovering from a torn Achilles tendon at Michigan’s Pro Day in March. But since he hasn’t signed his deal, he will have to rehab away from the team facility.

In 2021, he had 11 sacks and five forced fumbles in 14 games.

Cade Otton signs rookie deal

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The Buccaneers wrapped up their draft class signings, getting tight end Cade Otton under contract. The team previously signed the other seven members of the draft class as Bucs rookies reported to camp Saturday.

The Bucs made Otton a fourth-round selection out of the University of Washington.

Otton had ankle surgery last year and did not take part in practices in the Bucs’ offseason program as a result, but the team’s medical staff has cleared him for training camp.

He spent five seasons at UW, appearing in 39 games. Otton totaled 91 receptions for 1,026 yards and nine touchdowns.

Otton earned first-team All-Pac-12 honors for his performance during the 2020 season. He also was one of eight semifinalists for the 2020 John Mackey Award, given annually to college football’s top tight end.

The Bucs are replacing Rob Gronkowski and recently agreed to a deal with veteran Kyle Rudolph to join a tight end group that also includes Cameron Brate, Codey McElroy and sixth-round pick Ko Kieft.