The surgery marked Hughes’ second of the offseason. In January, he had surgery to repair torn ligaments in his wrist that he suffered during the preseason.
Hughes missed practice time during the season with a groin injury, but he played in every game for Buffalo this season, including its wild-card game against the Houston Texans.
The 10-year veteran has played all 16 regular-season games for eight consecutive seasons. The 31-year-old Hughes, who signed a two-year, $21 million extension prior to the 2019 season, recorded 4.5 sacks and 6 tackles for a loss in 2019.
Todd Gurley not dwelling on lack of touches with Rams
The three-time Pro Bowler appeared on former teammate Chris Long’s “Green Light” podcast this week and was asked about his lack of touches the past few seasons. Gurley, who has dealt with a left knee issue, had 254 touches in 15 games in 2019, his lowest total since his 250 touches in 13 games during his rookie season. Gurley had a career-high 343 touches in 15 games during the 2017 season, when he was the NFL’s Offensive Player of the Year with 19 touchdowns and 2,093 yards from scrimmage.
Gurley’s decline in touches came to light during the 2019 NFC championship game, when he had five touches for 13 total yards. In Super Bowl XLIII the highest-paid running back in NFL history was limited to 11 touches and 34 total yards in a 13-3 loss to New England.
“I try not to press the issue about nothing, so that’s just kind of, just sit back and do my job,” Gurley told Long about the decline in touches. “Like it’s not my job to tell who to give me the ball, so if it happens, it happens. I’m not going to bitch about anything. I’m just going to keep quiet and do my part. But when I get the ball, you know I’m going to do good with it for the most part, especially when stuff is going good. But I don’t know what happened, man. All I know is I’m with the Falcons now.”
Gurley, 25, seemed unfazed about his release from the Rams, mainly because he was able to catch on with Falcons almost instantly. He mentioned Falcons star receiver Julio Jones going to his house to check on him, and Gurley expressed to Jones his desire to get back to the “A” after starring in college at the University of Georgia.
Long pressed Gurley on why he took the release so well — Gurley jokingly posted on social media about getting fired on his day off.
“I didn’t see it coming, but obviously I’ve seen the process over the years, so I understand the business and I understand how it goes,” Gurley said. “But I’m also the same type of person like when someone else is getting cut, I’m joking on them. So I can’t get mad if somebody jokes on me. I joke on myself all the time. If you knew me, you know that’s me. And it’s all jokes. It’s some truth to every little joke.
“But I’m still just having fun with it. And that’s the only thing I can do. Stuck in the house all day. I know people are drinking and having fun, so I’m going to have fun with y’all.”
The Falcons and Gurley agreed to a one-year deal with a salary of $6 million. The Rams still owe Gurley $7.5 million. And there’s an offset that subtracts $2.5 million from the total, meaning Gurley is scheduled to earn $11 million and remain among the highest-paid running backs.
In regards to that check coming from the Rams, Gurley said, “I’ve been checking my direct deposit, too. … Hey, if the new logo can get up, I can get my money.”
Gurley has a chance to be a part of a Falcons offense that could make history by fielding 11 former first-round draft picks at the same time.
NFL draft to go on as scheduled April 23-25, memo says
The NFL draft will go on as scheduled April 23-25, commissioner Roger Goodell said in a leaguewide memo distributed Thursday.
Goodell said in his memo, obtained by ESPN’s Adam Schefter, that the NFL Management Council Executive Committee had met earlier Thursday and was “unanimous and unequivocal that the draft should go forward as scheduled,” despite the coronavirus pandemic that has disrupted work for most of the nation.
Goodell acknowledged there will have to be significant changes and told teams to prepare to conduct the draft outside team facilities and with a limited number of people. Prospects and their families will not be present on-site at the draft, according to the memo.
“Everyone recognizes that the public health conditions are highly uncertain and there is no assurance that we can select a different date and be confident that conditions will be significantly more favorable than they are today,” he wrote.
“I also believe that the Draft can serve a very positive purpose for our clubs, our fans and the country at large, and many of you have agreed,” he wrote.
Bruce Arians says Antonio Brown on Bucs not happening
On the Tiki and Tierney Show on CBS Sports Network Thursday, Arians was asked by Tiki Barber about the likelihood of Brown coming to Tampa Bay.
“Yeah, it’s not gonna happen,” Arians said. “There’s no room. And probably not enough money. But it’s not gonna happen — it’s not a fit here.”
Brandon Tierney did point out that there is room since the Bucs lost speedster Breshad Perriman in free agency to the Jets, before asking if he’d be willing to sign him at the veteran minimum, just so he could play with pal Brady.
“No,” Arians said. When asked if it was because he didn’t trust what Brown would do for the culture of the team, Arians said, “Yeah, I just know him, and — it’s not a fit in our locker room.”
Arians, who worked with Brown when they were with the Pittsburgh Steelers, said last year on the Adam Schefter Podcast that Brown was “too much of a diva.”
“I’ve heard so many stories — I like Antonio — he plays as hard as anybody on Sunday, and he practices hard. He’s just gotta make better decisions off the field, be on time, do some of those little things,” Arians said before recalling Browns’ practice battles against Emmanuel Sanders. Brown responded by taking a shot at Arians and Sanders.
The move would have made little sense to begin with, even with Brady and Brown’s relationship. The Bucs already have two Pro Bowl 1,100-yard receivers in Mike Evans and Chris Godwin. It’s also considered a very deep draft class at the position.
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