NFL news roundup: Latest league updates from Friday, Aug. 5

Chris Godwin is back in pads.

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers wide receiver took the practice field Friday for the first time since tearing his ACL late last season. Godwin wore a brace on his surgically repaired knee as he participated in individual position drills and got the first reps alongside Mike Evans as wideouts took passes.

The veteran’s presence on Friday suggests a recovery timeline that’s ahead of schedule based on when he sustained the knee injury (Dec. 19), which included a torn MCL. Tampa expected Godwin back during training camp by keeping off the physically unable to perform list. The club’s confidence in his recovery was furthered this offseason with a new three-year, $60 million contract.

Limited to 14 games last season, Godwin is coming off a career-high 98 receptions (1,103 yards, five touchdowns) in 2021. Godwin joins a bolstered receiving corps that added Julio Jones and Russell Gage this offseason as quarterback Tom Brady enters his 23rd season at the age of 45.


  • Signed DL Trevon Coley.
  • Signed CB Devontae Harris.
  • Waived DT Auzoyah Alufohai.
  • Waived S Jon Alexander.

  • Signed P Sterling Hofrichter.
  • Waived P Tommy Heatherly.


  • LB Tre Walker has decided to retire from football, coach Ron Rivera announced to reporters on Friday.

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