Robert Griffin III has been throwing since April, according to his father, and seems to be on track to start the Redskins' season opener on Monday Night Football at home against the Eagles. Last year's Offensive Rookie of the Year tore his ACL and LCL during last year's playoff loss to the Seahawks and had surgery on Jan. 9.
Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski may have to have back surgery on top of the multiple surgeries he's had on his forearm, according to reports. He had an MRI on a disk and his back and the results will decide whether or not he will require surgery. If he does have back surgery, though, it could be during the time he's recovering from forearm surgery and may not add a ton of time missed.
Seahawks pass rusher Bruce Irvin has been suspended for the first four games of the season for violating the NFL's policy on performance enhancing drugs. Irvin will not be appealing the decision and is accepting his punishment. The Seahawks luckily have quite a few pass rushers on the roster.
If you're looking for a silver lining, it's that this opens up a roster spot for four weeks in which a young guy like Powell or Boatright (or others) can possibly prove himself and win a job in the rotation. Other than that, this sucks, but depth is always a major factor in the NFL. Seattle's will now be tested early.
The New York Jets decided to offer David Garrard a coaching internship during the team's training camp. Garrard was signed in the offseason by the Jets to compete for the team's starting quarterback job with Mark Sanchez and rookie Geno Smith, but he decided to hang up the cleats after he was having knee troubles.
Indianapolis Colts nose tackle Josh Chapman is really excited to contribute after missing his rookie season in 2012 due to a knee injury he suffered in October of 2011 while in college. It seemed that the Colts were going to get him on the field last year, but decided it was safer to wait and make sure he was fully healthy when he got on the field.
Tennessee Titans wide receiver Kendall Wright dropped 14 pounds this offseason to weigh in at 187 pounds in hopes of improving his play. He lost the weight by cutting out junk food, which he admitted he used to eat all the time, and working out. He'll be looking to top his 626 receiving yards and four touchdowns from 2012.
Philadelphia Eagles wide receiver Jeremy Maclin could be returning punts in 2013 as well as catching passes. Maclin not only excelled as a receiver while playing in college at Missouri, but he was an excellent kick returner as well. He hasn't returned a single punt, though, since the 2011 NFL season.
From head coach Chip Kelly:
"When you've only got a 46-man [game] roster, someone has got to go back there, and hopefully it's someone that's fielded punts before," Kelly told the media. "[Maclin] has got some experience at it, but we'll take a look at him. But does that mean he's going to be our starting punt returner? I have absolutely no idea right now."
Wide receiver Donte Stallworth has been cleared to play football after a scary hot-air balloon incident that nearly cost him his life. The 32-year-old wide receiver is currently a free agent. His one and only game in 2012 was played with the Patriots when Julian Edelman was injured.
Wide receiver and return specialist Joshua Cribbs, who recently signed with the Raiders, said that the Jets' issues with his knee was a negotiation tactic. Jets general manager John Idzic said he didn't feel the wide receiver's knee was "quite there yet," even though Cribbs says he's at 100 percent. He did fail a physical back in March with the Cardinals, though.
If nothing else, he would have provided the Jets a big upgrade in the punt return game, replacing Jeremy Kerley's automatic fair catches. This is a Jets team that seems to lack the offensive talent to string together long drives so a return guy who can make big plays and create short fields would be a real asset.
The Jets' recently-signed running back Mike Goodson was arrested for drug possession and on weapons charges. He and another man were taken into custody after they were found in an SUV in New Jersey. They were reportedly intoxicated at the time. Goodson allegedly had marijuana in his possession as well as a loaded .45-caliber handgun.
Regardless of who was driving and who the weapon belonged to, Goodson was apparently so intoxicated that he was first taken to the hospital before being taken into custody, according to Conor Orr of The Star-Ledger. Once in custody, he was charged with possession of a handgun, unlawful possession of a handgun, possession of a hollow-point bullet and possession of drug paraphernalia, per Seth Walder of the Daily News. This conflicts with Garafolo's report that the driver was charged with weapons possession (implying that Goodson wasn't). Jets' brass released a short statement this morning, saying "We are aware of the report and are gathering information".
The Eagles are going to try moving tight end Clay Harbor to the other side of the ball at the outside rush linebacker position. With the tight ends group as deep as it is, with Brent Celek, Zach Ertz, James Casey and Derek Carrier, it's likely that Harbor wouldn't get much action on the offensive side of the ball. Harbor's move may be just for "emergency situations and versatility purposes," though, according to one of his tweets.