National Football League roundup
Star running back Le’Veon Bell is only hurting himself with his holdout, Pittsburgh Steelers general manager Kevin Colbert told the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.
Bell, who has yet to sign his $12.12 million franchise tender, can’t be fined for his absence from training camp because he doesn’t have a contract. The 25-year-old isn’t allowed to receive a long-term deal this season because the deadline for tagged players passed on July 17.
“My feeling is there’s nothing to be gained by a holdout,” Colbert said Wednesday. “The situation won’t change; it can’t really change from our part on a long-term deal.
Indianapolis Colts center Ryan Kelly was spotted using crutches after exiting practice with an undisclosed injury.
“I didn’t see it,” Colts coach Chuck Pagano said of the injury to Kelly. “I think I was on the other field. I heard after a while they took him off. I’ll wait and see what the docs and trainers have to say.”
Houston Texans offensive tackle David Quessenberry was admittedly emotional after playing in a preseason game on Wednesday.
The contest wasn’t just your run-of-the-mill game for Quessenberry. The 26-year-old was playing in an NFL game for the first time since being diagnosed with non-Hodgkin T-lymphoblastic lymphoma three years ago.
Quessenberry finished his last chemotherapy treatment in April and returned to the practice field for the first time during OTAs.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers cornerback Jude Adjei-Barimah suffered a patellar fracture in his right knee and will require surgery that will probably end his season.
Adjei-Barimah dealt with a similar injury late last season and rehabilitated the knee in the offseason. The latest setback was diagnosed during an MRI exam.
Aaron Rodgers is on record as saying that he’d like to still be playing professional football when he’s 40.
While that gives the current Green Bay Packers quarterback plenty of time on the field, a certain long-time inhabitant of Lambeau Field has a question for Rodgers.