NFL Training Camp Day 2: Giants’ Solder, Chiefs’ Williams among latest to opt out

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Here’s what we learned around the NFL on Day 2 of training camps.

Giants’ Nate Solder announces opt-out with heartfelt statement

Offensive tackle Nate Solder announced Wednesday he won’t be suiting up this season. The New York Giants veteran made his announcement via an emotional statement released on Twitter:

Solder’s five-year-old son, Hudson, has been battling a rare form of pediatric kidney cancer since being diagnosed at just three months old. Solder, too, is a cancer survivor.

Chiefs’ Williams opts out

When the Kansas City Chiefs begin their quest to defend their title, they’ll do so without their top running back in Damien Williams.

Williams was integral to the Chiefs’ running success last year and was a star in the Super Bowl — his two touchdowns late in the game helped clinch the victory over the 49ers.

Beasley misses second day of testing with Titans

Tennessee Titans linebacker Vic Beasley didn’t report to camp for COVID-19 testing on Tuesday, and Wednesday brought another no-show, with reports indicating there has been no communication between player and team regarding the veteran pass-rusher’s whereabouts.

Beasley signed a one-year deal with the Titans back in March.

49ers lock up GM Lynch

The San Fransisco 49ers reportedly signed general manager John Lynch to a multi-year extension on Wednesday, according to Mike Garafolo of NFL Network.

Lynch has overseen the 49ers since 2017, taking the club from rebuild to Super Bowl runners-up.

Big Ben is back

Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger played just three games last season, as elbow surgery ended his season all the way back in September. The veteran QB is back now back at camp, and while his on-field activities haven’t begun just yet all signs point to him being ready and able to get back under centre.

Tua is good to go

It looks like the Miami Dolphins’ quarterback of the future is ready for action now.

Lingering health concerns threatened to drop Tua Tagovailoa’s draft stock back in April after the talented QB’s draft year was cut short due to a serious hip injury.

Patriots’ Patrick Chung talks about why he opted out

On Tuesday, New England Patriots safety Patrick Chung announced he would not play in the upcoming season due to COVID-19 concerns, becoming the sixth Patriots player to opt-out.

The NFL and its players association agreed to terms that would allow camps to open this week, and within that agreement also approved an opt-out plan for players considered high-risk or wishing to remain sidelined for personal and family reasons.

Teams share photos of socially-distanced locker rooms

There’s no doubt that training camp will feel different this year as the sports world copes with the trials of returning during an ongoing global pandemic. So far, things are looking different too. Take the locker rooms, for one thing — social distancing protocols are being put in place in many club facilities.

The Lions have made changes to each position group’s meeting rooms to allow for distancing:

Players and team staff mask up and urge others to do the same

Frank Reich gives us a glimpse at NFL’s tracing technology

Chapelle Russell with the most relatable first-day moment

Tampa Bay’s rookie linebacker was a little starstruck after a run-in with his new quarterback on Day 1 on Tuesday:

Bengals expected to sign Brandon Allen

The Cincinnati Bengals signed their No. 1 guy Joe Burrow on Tuesday to open camp, and now it looks like they’re closing in on his backup.

Another probable pending signing:

Eagles’ Johnson test positive for COVID-19

Philadelphia Eagles offensive tackle Lane Johnson announced Wednesday that he has tested positive for COVID-19.

He’s starting camp on the Eagles’ reserve/COVID-19 list, and will now need to quarantine and follow NFL protocols before being cleared to join the team.

As a league-mandated rule, teams are not allowed to discuss players’ specific medical statuses. In this case, Johnson himself announced his diagnosis.

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