NFL notebook: QB Luck expected ready for training camp

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For the first time since last October, Andrew Luck was seen throwing regulation-size footballs at the Indianapolis Colts' mandatory minicamp on Tuesday, and he is expected to be without limitations entering training camp.

The Colts' Twitter account posted video of Luck dropping back and throwing a pass to the flats, along with the caption, "Another step closer."

Luck was throwing a Wilson TDS 1205, a standard high school football that is lighter than NFL footballs.

--Bills quarterback Josh Allen, a rookie first-round pick, has worked his way into the first-team offense on a timeshare basis, Buffalo coach Sean McDermott said.

"He's worked hard," McDermott said. "This has been part of the plan from the start. But give Josh credit, he's earned it."

The Bills traded incumbent starter Tyrod Taylor to the Cleveland Browns and signed Cincinnati Bengals backup AJ McCarron as a free agent before trading up to take Allen with the seventh overall pick in the 2018 NFL Draft. McCarron will get work with the starters, and McDemott did not specify how snaps would be divided.

--Though Lamar Jackson's arrival put Joe Flacco's long-term future with the Baltimore Ravens in doubt, the team is less focused right now on a quarterback competition than it is on maximizing use of both of its signal-callers together.

Jackson, the 32nd overall pick in April's draft, has been lining up at different spots with the first-team offense alongside Flacco, the starting quarterback.

"Gosh, I sure like him out there helping us," head coach John Harbaugh told reporters of Jackson on Tuesday. "If you put two quarterbacks on the field at once, what options does it create for our offense? That's what we're trying to figure out."

--New York Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. will not participate in team drills during minicamp.

Beckham's attendance was uncertain until last week, when coach Pat Shurmur said the Giants expected the mercurial wideout to be at the first mandatory workout of the summer.

Seeking a contract extension as he enters the fifth-year option of his rookie deal, Beckham showed for the start of organized team activities -- which are voluntary -- in May but had been absent for the past two weeks.

--Green Bay Packers coach Mike McCarthy's annual tradition of giving established veterans a hall pass for mandatory minicamp continued for a third offseason.

Players with six or more years of experience in the NFL -- including quarterback Aaron Rodgers -- were dismissed the past two years. McCarthy said Tuesday the criteria for dismissal was different this time but didn't offer details. Rodgers, however, was one of the 16 players dismissed from the workouts that run Tuesday through Thursday.

Linebacker Clay Matthews (knee, nose) and left tackle David Bakhtiari also did not attend.

--Entering the final year of his rookie deal and looking to score a long-term extension that makes him the highest-paid player at his position, Tennessee Titans left tackle Taylor Lewan is skipping the team's minicamp this week.

Titans GM Jon Robinson said in a statement, "We have had several constructive conversations over the last 5-6 weeks about his contract status. He is currently under contract and we are working to keep Taylor as part of this organization for a long time."

The minicamp is mandatory, and Lewan is subject to fines if he misses the workouts.

--Holding out of camp is nothing new for Aaron Donald and the Los Angeles Rams. So when the team took the field for the first practice of minicamp on Tuesday, there was little surprise they did so without the reigning NFL Defensive Player of the Year.

Like most teams throughout the league, the Rams are holding mandatory three-day minicamp this week. And like many other high-profile players entering the final year of their contract, Donald is holding out in hopes of getting a top-level extension rather than play out his existing contract.

For Donald, a first-team All-Pro three seasons running, that could mean the biggest contract ever given to a defensive player. That distinction currently belongs to Denver Broncos linebacker Von Miller (six years, $114 million signed in 2016).

--Add Arizona Cardinals running back David Johnson to the list of NFL holdouts entering the final year of their rookie contract.

First-year head coach Steve Wilks declined to comment on the status of talks as Arizona opened a three-day minicamp.

It is expected Johnson and the club will reach an agreement on a new contract for the 2015 third-round pick. After earning first-team All-Pro honors in 2016, Johnson suffered a season-ending wrist fracture in Week 1 last season.

--After skipping all of the New Orleans Saints' voluntary workouts this offseason, running back Mark Ingram was on the practice field for the first day of minicamp.

Suspended for the first four games of the regular season for violating the NFL's performance-enhancing substances policy, the 28-year-old Ingram is entering the final year of his contract and looking for a new deal.

Potentially looking to fill the gap during Ingram's upcoming ban, the Saints will meet with free agent running backs Jamaal Charles and Terrance West on Wednesday, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter.

--Three weeks after acquiring him from the New York Jets, the Oakland Raiders waived quarterback Christian Hackenberg.

Still with two years left on his rookie contract, Hackenberg will be subject to waivers.

The Raiders agreed on May 22 to send a conditional 2019 seventh-round pick to the Jets for Hackenberg. The 23-year-old took minimal reps during organized team activities as the Raiders' fourth-stringer behind Derek Carr, Connor Cook and EJ Manuel.

--The contract of Denver Broncos defensive tackle Clinton McDonald was restructured, with the base salary dropped from $3 million to $1 million.

According to ESPN, McDonald's contract -- a two-year, $7 million deal he signed in March as a free agent -- required him to pass a June 11 physical in order to guarantee all $3 million of his base salary.

The 31-year-old had shoulder surgery earlier this offseason, and Tuesday's news likely means he remains unable to pass a physical. McDonald can still make up the $2 million trim to his base salary through weekly roster bonuses pertaining to his status on the 53-man roster and whether or not he is active on game days, per ESPN.

--A jury ordered the Los Angeles Rams to pay former NFL running back Reggie Bush $12.45 million on Tuesday in a lawsuit stemming from an injury Bush sustained at the Rams' stadium in St. Louis in 2015, according to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.

Per the Post-Dispatch, the jury awarded Bush $4.95 million in compensatory damages and $7.5 million in punitive damages after finding the then-St. Louis Rams 100 percent liable.

"I'm very happy with the verdict," Bush told the Post-Dispatch. "The people spoke and decided very fairly."

--For the second consecutive year, Cleveland Browns cornerback Howard Wilson will miss the season with a knee injury after sustaining a torn left patellar tendon, the team announced.

A fourth-round pick out of Houston in 2017, Wilson fractured his kneecap on the first day of rookie camp last May, requiring surgery that kept him out of his entire rookie campaign. It is unclear if the injuries are related.

--Browns wide receiver Josh Gordon wasn't shy when asked about the potential of a receivers group that also includes newly acquired Jarvis Landry.

"I think we're the best receiving corps in the league, in my opinion, already," Gordon told reporters after practice at Berea, Ohio. "Just based off of talent alone. You put in the playbook and some guys that are hungry enough to go do it, hopefully we go show and prove that."

--Field Level Media

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