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NFL News – Friday June 11, 2021 • First and Ten

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In Thursday’s NFL news: Belichick talks about Newton’s injury, Bears sign Justin Fields, Packers TE suspended for violating substance abuse policy, and more. Don’t miss the NFL news.

Bill Belichick talks about Cam Newton’s injury

Cam Newton’s hand injury after hitting a teammate’s helmet will continue to keep him out of the game. minicamp For the Patriots, however, head coach Bill Belichick doesn’t seem too concerned about it: “He’s doing well. He will not participate today, but he is improving, “Belichick said in a press conference on Thursday, and when asked if Newton’s injury was serious, he replied:” Well, he is not there. [en el minicamp], but I think it will be fine. “

As Belichick mentions, Newton’s injury is not considered serious, however New England will not pressure him to return to the remaining workouts of this offseason and both rookie Mac Jones and Jarret Stidham and veteran Brian Hoyer will see repetitions during practices. This week.

The Patriots scheduled to make their minicamp Mandatory next week, June 15-17. It only remains to be seen if Newton returns by then or if the team decides to keep him off the field until the end of July, when the games begin. training camp.

Who will be New England’s starting quarterback next season?

Los Bears firman a Justin Fields

New Bears quarterback Justin Fields accepted his rookie contract Thursday as reported by Tom Pelissero from NFL Network.

The collective bargaining agreement between the NFL and NFLPA does not leave much room for maneuver in negotiating rookie contracts, yet Fields landed a $ 18,871,952 million fully guaranteed four-year contract, which includes a signing bonus of 11,085. 056 MDD. In addition, after Fields’ third season, the Bears will be able to decide whether to extend his contract to a total of five years.

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At the moment, Chicago has veteran Andy Dalton as its starting quarterback, but it will be only a matter of time before Fields relieves him, and the Bears hope he will hold that position for many years, becoming the franchise quarterback he so badly needs. to this team.

Johnathan Joseph retires from NFL after 15 seasons

Another long NFL career comes to an end. This time it’s Johnathan Joseph, a cornerback who was selected in the first round of the 2006 NFL Draft by the Cincinnati Bengals. Joseph started out as a high-impact player as a rookie and for 2011 moved to Houston for a 5-year, $ 48.75 million contract, making him one of the highest-paid cornerbacks in the NFL at the time.

In the end, he spent nine seasons with the Texans, was selected to two Pro Bowls (2011, 2012) and twice designated to the All-Pro NFL second team (2011, 2015). However, already 36 years old, in 2020 he played half the season with the Titans and the other with the Cardinals, starting in only six meetings between the two.

With his official goodbye from the NFL, the South Carolina graduate retires with 32 total interceptions, 7 defensive touchdowns, 200 passes defended and 787 tackles in a 15-year career.

What do you think of Johnathan Joseph’s career in the NFL?

Players who fall into the reserve due to COVID will continue to have salary

On Thursday, during a press conference, DeMaurice Smith, executive director of the NFLPA, pointed out that no player may be cut from the roster of any team for not wanting to be vaccinated, in addition, he said that everyone, without exception, must be paid beyond whether or not they are vaccinated: “The union has protected its members. They cannot be cut and they will be paid as much if they are vaccinated or not, “Smith said at a press conference.

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This means that anyone who falls on the reserve list for COVID-19 in 2021, will continue to receive their full salary, even when there have already been vaccination campaigns available. However, from the economic side, it is not convenient for any franchise to pay his entire salary to a player who, having the option to get vaccinated at hand, decided not to do it and cannot be on the field of play because he contracted the virus. Therefore, players who are not prime and are not vaccinated are likely to be more susceptible to being cut before the start of the regular season.

“There really should be no excuse [para estar desinformados sobre las vacunas]”Smith pointed out. “We have talked about this for four months. Your agents know it, your financial advisers know it. They have access to team doctors, access to our website, and they have access to me. (…) There should be no excuse for not having answers to the questions you have [respecto a la vacunación]Smith concluded.

What do you think about those players who don’t want to get vaccinated? Are they putting your team at risk?

Packers TE suspended for violating substance abuse policy

In more NFL news, amid Aaron Rodgers’ novel with Green Bay, the team should also focus on the league’s decision to suspend tight end Jace Sternberger, without pay, for the first two games of the 2021 regular season. The reason is that he violated the league’s substance abuse policy.

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Sternberger will be eligible to continue participating in all offseason practices, in addition to the three preseason games, then will have a two-game break against New Orleans and Detroit, but will be able to return to the active Packers roster on Tuesday, September 21, being available for Week 3, when Green Bay meets San Francisco.

The Packers tight end was a third-round pick in the 2019 Draft and has played 18 games with one start in two seasons, recording a total of 12 receptions for 114 yards and a touchdown.

Will Sternberger’s discharge affect the depth chart from Green Bay in the beginning of the regular season?

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