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NFL news roundup: Latest league updates from Wednesday, Aug. 24

Trey Flowers has played the waiting game long enough to reach Week 3 of the preseason without a team. He'll at least audition for one this week.

Flowers is set to work out for the Miami Dolphins, NFL Network Insiders Ian Rapoport and Tom Pelissero reported Wednesday, per sources.

Flowers, a product of the Patriot Way, would have been a very logical fit under the Dolphins' previous regime headed by Brian Flores, but Flowers spent his last two seasons playing under another former Patriots coach, Matt Patricia, in Detroit. The Lions eventually fired Patricia in late November, and released Flowers this offseason after he played in just 14 games combined over the last two seasons.

Flowers began his career in New England, where he ascended from fourth-round pick to quality starter, averaging seven sacks per season from 2016 to 2018. His production earned him a three-year, $56 million deal with the Lions in 2019, but he struggled to stay healthy enough to earn it.

Miami has addressed its defensive edge this offseason, re-signing Emmanuel Ogbah and adding veteran Melvin Ingram. It appears the Dolphins are exploring additional options in preparation for the regular season. We'll wait to see whether they believe Flowers is a fit.



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  • LB Deion Jones (shoulder) returned to the practice for the first time since training camp on Wednesday after being activated from the physically unable to perform list. Jones took part in the team's joint practice with the Jaguars.
  • QB Joe Burrow (appendectomy) told reporters that he will have no limitations during Wednesday's joint practice with the Rams. Burrow returned to practice last week, 19 days after getting his appendix removed during the first week of training camp.
  • CB Eli Apple will not practice Wednesday or Thursday after undergoing a procedure to drain fluid from his quad, per head coach Zac Taylor.
  • LT Tyron Smith is getting an MRI on his left knee after leaving Wednesday's practice early, Rapoport reported. Smith had gone down with a non-contact injury during a play, but walked off of the field under his own power.
  • C Ryan Kelly will be held out of practice after testing positive for COVID-19, the team announced.
  • P Rigoberto Sanchez tore his Achilles during Tuesday's practice, the team confirmed Wednesday. NFL Network Insider Mike Garafolo reported on Tuesday that the initial fear was Sanchez tore his Achilles. Those fears have come to fruition as the Colts lose their punter with a season-ending injury less than two weeks ahead of Week 1.
  • DE Kwity Paye suffered a knee injury during Wednesday's practice.
  • WR Joshua Palmer cleared concussion protocol.
  • CB J.C. Jackson underwent ankle surgery to address discomfort, not treat a legitimate injury, coach Brandon Staley told reporters Wednesday. Jackson's recovery time remains the same at approximately 2-4 weeks. Said Staley: "It's just more about his peace of mind moving forward, to do it now. That's what he wanted to do and we supported that."
  • WR Sterling Shepard is returning to practice on Wednesday, coach Brian Daboll told reporters. Shepard, who began training camp on the physically unable to perform list, is attempting to come back from a torn Achilles he suffered late in the 2021 season. Said Daboll: "It will be good to have him out there."
  • WR Collin Johnson has suffered a torn Achilles, NFL Network Insider Mike Garafolo reported. The team confirmed the news, and later announced that Johnson had been placed on injured reserve.
  • WR Marcus Kemp was placed on injured reserve with a hamstring injury.
  • LB Jon Rhattigan was placed on the team's reserve/PUP list. He will miss at least the first four games of the regular season.
  • LB Monty Rice placed on reserve/physically unable to perform list.
  • WR Cam Sims is in concussion protocol and is unlikely to play in Saturday's preseason finale, per coach Ron Rivera.


  • P Matt Haack is signing with the Colts, NFL Network Insider Mike Garafolo reports, per a source. Garafolo adds that Haack beat out six other punters the Colts were working out on Wednesday. The signing of the former Bills punter comes after Rigoberto Sanchez suffered an Achilles tear that will end his season.
  • Claimed WR Jaylon Moore off waivers from the Ravens, NFL Network Insider Tom Pelissero reported, per a source.
  • Claimed CB Harrison Hand off waivers from the Vikings.
  • Claimed WR Bailey Gaither off waivers from the Ravens.
  • Terminated the contract of TE Jordan Akins.


  • OT Duane Brown is among all starters that will play in Sunday's preseason finale versus the Giants, coach Robert Saleh announced Wednesday. Brown was signed following Mekhi Becton's season-ending knee injury. Saleh says he plans on Jets starters playing between one full quarter or one full half.
  • QB Geno Smith will get the start in Friday's preseason finale in Dallas, coach Pete Carroll said Wednesday. Competing with Smith for Seattle's starting QB job, Drew Lock is set to for an abundant amount of snaps on Friday after missing last week's preseason game due to COVID, per Carroll.


  • LB Shaquem Griffin on Wednesday announced his retirement from football after four seasons in the NFL. Griffin, the only know one-handed player in NFL history, was a fifth-round selection by the Seattle Seahawks in the 2018 NFL Draft. The 27-year-old also announced he has accepted a position within the league's Legends Community to help mentor current and former NFL players.

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