NFL Camps: Washington hopes to keep playing
For an undrafted rookie out of Tiffin University, Tennessee Titans receiver Nate Washington has had a pretty good career.
He’s going into his 10th NFL training camp and insists he’s nowhere close to being done.
“By the grace of God, I’m still here and still grinding away,” Washington said. “But I never questioned what was going to be the next move for me in this league. As long as they give me that opportunity to be on that field, they’re going to have to put me out.”
Washington is a long way from 2005 when he was a rookie in camp with Pittsburgh just praying that he would make a roster. Now he has two Super Bowl rings from four seasons with the Steelers and preparing for his sixth with the Titans in what he calls a long journey. It’s the final year on his current contract, though Washington says the future can wait.
“I’m not too much worried about what next year’s going to bring because this year means so much more to me,” Washington said. “I have a lot of friends in this locker room and I have a lot of friends in this city. We owe a lot to this community. I’m just excited about the opportunity to go out and give everything I can. Whatever happens after the season, it’ll handle itself.”
Washington, who turns 31 on Aug. 28, ranks only behind Wes Welker and Antonio Gates for career yards receiving among active NFL players who came into the league undrafted.
Benjamin OK: The Panthers are breathing a sigh of relief over rookie wide receiver Kelvin Benjamin.
Panthers coach Ron Rivera said an MRI revealed the team’s first-round draft pick has a bone bruise in his left knee and will miss at least a few days of training camp.
“We got a bit of good news,” Rivera said Monday. “It’s stable and everything is fine. There’s nothing structurally wrong. It is bruised. There is a swelling and what we refer to as a hot spot.”
Lions won’t talk contract with Suh: The Detroit Lions are postponing contract talks with All-Pro defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh until after the season.
Suh is entering the final season of his contract, and team president Tom Lewand and general manager Martin Mayhew said before practice Monday that negotiations are being tabled. Lewand and Mayhew both expressed optimism that a deal can eventually be reached.
Fists flying in Philly: This Eagles’ defense won’t be pushed around.
For the second straight day at Philadelphia’s training camp, a fight broke out between an offensive and defensive player. Cornerback Bradley Fletcher took on wide receiver Jeremy Maclin Monday. Linebacker Trent Cole got into it with All-Pro running back LeSean McCoy a day earlier.
Pinkston still not cleared for Browns: The Browns say offensive guard Jason Pinkston has not been medically cleared to practice.
The team and Pinkston’s agents released a joint statement Monday saying the four-year veteran has been in communication with the Browns.