NFL rumors: Latest news on preseason, injuries, free agency
Now in the third week of preseason play, NFL training camps are closer to winding down. Attention turns toward final roster cuts, developing rookies and settling the depth charts.
Elsewhere, teams expecting to contend will look to plug any surprising weaknesses and teams seeking a turnaround will see what improvements are possible.
So, what’s the latest on these teams and players? Check back often as we update below with the latest scoops on transactions, injury news and rumors.
- With Maurkice Pouncey sidelined with an ankle injury requiring surgery, the Pittsburgh Steelers signed center Doug Legursky on Tuesday. Legursky broke into the league with Pittsburgh as an undrafted free agent in 2008. He spent the last two seasons in San Diego and Buffalo. Legursky started at center for the Steelers in Super Bowl XLV.
- Four years after multiple surgeries, Peyton Manning doesn't have any feeling in his fingertips, he told The MMQB's Peter King. Despite the after effects of the surgeries, Manning has thrown for 131 touchdowns and only 36 interceptions since joining the Broncos.
- The Carolina Panthers have waived Frank Alexander with the injured designation and signed tight end Dallas Walker, reports The Charlotte Observer. If Alexander, who is out for the year with a torn Achilles, goes unclaimed, he will revert to the Panthers' injured reserve list. The team will likely not take the same risk with receiver Kelvin Benjamin, who is also out for the season. They can place Benjamin on IR after the first roster-cut deadline to ensure he is not claimed by someone else.
- Buffalo Bills wide receiver Percy Harvin returned to the practice field Tuesday, reports the Buffalo News' Ty Dunne. Harvin missed two weeks with a hip injury. However, Harvin did not wear pads during practice, reports Dunne.
- The Atlanta Falcons brought in former first-round pick Rex Grossman for a workout and physical Tuesday, reports ESPN.com's Vaughn McClure. The Falcons' current backup quarterbacks are T.J. Yates and Sean Renfree. Grossman, 35, played under Atlanta offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan in Washington and Cleveland. Grossman turned down an opportunity to join the Browns last season.
- Free-agent quarterback Michael Vick is visiting with the Steelers on Tuesday, reports ESPN'S Adam Schefter. Vick, 3-6 as a starter the last two seasons with the Eagles and Jets, could be needed after an injury to backup quarterback Bruce Gradkowski, who is having surgery for a dislocated left finger.
- Former Houston Texas center Chris Meyers announced his retirement on SportsRadio 610 in Houston on Tuesday. Myers, who went to college at Miami, played for the Texans from 2008 to 2014. He also spent three seasons in Denver at the start of his career.
- The Indianapolis Colts removed defensive end Robert Mathis from the physically unable to perform list Tuesday, the team announced. Mathis tore his Achilles early last season. Colts owner Jim Irsay expects Mathis to play in late September or early October.