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July 29 Training Camp Notes: Washington Commanders' Chase Young and Dallas Cowboys' Michael Gallup's Week 1 availability, Ryan Kerrigan's retirement and more

Arlington, Texas, USA; Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Michael Gallup (13) reacts after making a first down in the first quarter against the Atlanta Falcons at AT&T Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Tim Heitman-USA TODAY Sports

Washington Commanders EDGE Chase Young won’t be ready for start of regular season

  • Young tore his ACL in Week 10 of last season and head coach Ron Rivera described the injury as “a little more severe” than some other ACL injuries.
  • Starting the season on the physically unable to perform (PUP) list or injured reserve (IR) is a possibility, according to Rivera. In both scenarios, he would miss a minimum of four games.
  • Young earned the NFL's Defensive Rookie of the Year honors in 2020 with 44 tackles, 7.5 sacks and four forced fumbles. His 87.1 PFF grade that season ranked fifth among all qualifying edge rushers.
  • He’s also been one of the more productive players at the position against the run, grading in the 92nd percentile among all edge defenders in PFF run-defense grade since entering the league.

Ryan Kerrigan retires

  • Kerrigan signed a one-day contract with the Commanders to make the news official.
  • A first-round pick in 2011, Kerrigan spent 10 years with Washington, where he recorded the most sacks in franchise history with 95.5.
  • The four-time Pro Bowler was also very dependable, as he never missed a game until his ninth season, appearing in 139 consecutive games.
  • Kerrigan accumulated 73.0-plus pass-rush grades in six of his first seven seasons and never had a year under 67.0 in his 10 years with Washington. He would go on to spend his final year in 2021 with the Philadelphia Eagles.

San Francisco 49ersArik Armstead will miss a few weeks due to knee sprain

  • Armstead injured his knee in a collision with an offensive lineman during Wednesday’s practice.
  • “It’s nothing we’re too concerned about but it will take him some time away,” head coach Kyle Shanahan said. “He thought it was just a bruise because it didn’t bother him that bad, but it was hurting him a little after, then got the MRI, so we’ve got to hold him out a little bit.”
  • Armstead has been a steady force for San Francisco, recording a 74.0-plus PFF grade in four consecutive seasons.
  • His 155 total pressures over the last three years are top-20 among all defensive linemen.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers C Ryan Jensen will miss “months” due to knee injury, likely entire teason

  • Head coach Todd Bowles told reporters Jensen will miss significant time and that the team is waiting for the final word on the severity as the swelling goes down.
  • NFL Media reported that the team is fearing it is going to be a season-ending injury.
  • Jensen re-signed with Tampa this offseason on a three-year, $39 million deal. He has not missed a single start since originally joining the team in 2018.
  • Robert Hainsey, a third-round pick in 2021, is next in line to take over the center position. Former Browns center J.C. Tretter is currently PFF's highest-rated available center on the open market.

Dallas Cowboys WR Michael Gallup unlikely to be ready for start of regular season

  • Gallup tore his ACL in Week 16 of last season while making a touchdown grab.
  • Speaking to reporters on Thursday, Gallup admitted a Week 1 return “is not a realistic possibility” for him. 
  • In nine games last year, the former third-round pick caught 35 passes for 445 yards and two touchdowns. He earned a 73.4 PFF grade.
  • Dallas re-signed him to a five-year, $62.5 million deal this offseason.
  • His most productive statistical season came in 2019 when he caught 66 passes for 1,107 yards and six touchdowns.
  • With Amari Cooper and Cedrick Wilson no longer on the team, Gallup is slated to have a major role once he’s able to return alongside CeeDee Lamb.
  • Dallas is scheduled to kick off their season on Sunday Night Football against Tampa Bay.

Houston Texans CB Derek Stingley should be ready for Week 1

  • Stingley, the third overall pick in April’s draft, is slowly being brought in as he returns from a Lisfranc injury suffered in college.
  • Although Stingley ran full speed at his pro day in April, the Texans have not put him in team drills throughout OTAs or training camp, but he has participated in other drills as he gets acclimated to the NFL level.
  • Head coach Lovie Smith said he anticipates Stingley being ready come Week 1 against the Indianapolis Colts: “Whenever a player is coming out with a major injury, this ramp-up period, that's what it's for,” Smith said. “We're going to ease him into it. He's healthy, seeing him run around. We had him doing a few plays… So he's on schedule.”
  • The Texans are hoping they get the 2019 freshman version of Stingley, when he produced a 91.9 coverage grade, which led all FBS cornerbacks.

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