NFL news roundup: Latest league updates from Friday, Aug. 5 – NFL.com

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Chris Godwin is back in pads.
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers wide receiver took the practice field Friday for the first time since tearing his ACL late last season. Godwin wore a brace on his surgically repaired knee as he participated in individual position drills and received passes.
“Its good to see him out there,” said coach Todd Bowles, who said Godwin is a long way from returning to a full routine. “We’re not getting our hopes up.”
The veteran’s presence on Friday suggests a recovery timeline that’s ahead of schedule based on when he sustained the knee injury (Dec. 19), which included a torn MCL. Tampa expected Godwin back during training camp by keeping off the physically unable to perform list. The club’s confidence in his recovery was furthered this offseason with a new three-year, $60 million contract.
While Godwin’s presence was reassuring, Bucs WR Mike Evans left Friday’s practice early. Bowles said he may have tweaked his hamstring, which seems to be a reoccurring issue during camp for the veteran. Bowles also announced that Tom Brady was excused from Friday’s practice but couldn’t guarantee the quarterback’s return for Saturday.
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If Steelers rookie Kenny Pickett knows whether it’ll be him or Mitchell Trubisky starting under center in Week 1 against the Bengals, he isn’t saying — and isn’t particularly worried about it at this point.
Following nearly 40 years with the organization and 23 in his current roles, Ted Phillips announced Friday he will retire as Chicago Bears team president and chief executive officer following the conclusion of the 2022 season.
Members of the Houston Texans traveled to Uvalde, Texas, this week to visit with the Uvalde High School football team ahead of its home opener Friday night.
Jared Bernhardt has only been a football wide receiver since May but showed enough this summer to make the Falcons’ initial 53-man roster.
New York cornerback Ahmad Gardner is ready to earn his nickname. The rookie has gone by “Sauce” since childhood, but, much like his time at Cincinnati, Gang Green teammates are making him earn the nickname before it becomes a staple.
Giants wide receiver Kadarius Toney missed seven games in 2021, underwent a knee procedure early in the offseason that kept him out of spring practices, and has been dealing with an undisclosed leg injury during training camp that kept him out of preseason action.
The Cowboys famously haven’t won multiple playoff games in a season or made the NFC Championship Game since 1995. Dallas also has not made it to the postseason in back-to-back campaigns since 2006-2007.
Blake Martinez’s once-promising tenure with the Giants ended on Thursday when the team released him after two seasons.
Niners QB1 Trey Lance doesn’t believe anything changes with Jimmy Garoppolo staying with the team, and Jimmy G stressed his ego is in check going from a starting QB to a backup.
Tight end O.J. Howard, formerly with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Buffalo Bills, is signing with the Houston Texans, NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport reported on Thursday.
Arizona cornerback Antonio Hamilton was placed on the reserve/non-football injury list after spilling oil and badly burning his foot while cooking at his home, NFL Network Insiders Ian Rapoport and Mike Garafolo reported Thursday.
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