Football is back, so that’s good news. You know who else is? Former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Alex Smith.
Smith, who spoke to ESPN while filming an update for his E:60 documentary, “Project 11,” is going through COVID-19 testing and expects to report Monday to the team’s facility, where he will undergo a team physical. Once there, the team is expected to determine the next steps for Smith’s eventual participation in training camp.
“Everyone was in agreement that my bone was in a really good place,” Smith told ESPN on Friday. “I had healed a lot. They said that given the combination of the rod and where I was with the healing process, I had zero limitations and could even resume some football activities.
“To hear them say that, from a life standpoint, they wouldn’t restrict me from doing anything — I could go skiing or snowboarding tomorrow if I wanted — then on top of that, to get the green light that I could practice, get contact, that I had healed up, that much was pretty wild to hear. I didn’t know if I would ever hear those words.”
So it seems the 49ers may acquire Adams soon. Maybe even during training camp.
Adams told the New York Daily News he wants off the Jets on principle, not because of money. He said Douglas, the Jets GM, promised to send Adams an offer for a contract extension this offseason, but never sent an offer and then lied about promising to send one.
The 49ers fit that description. And so do their division rivals, the Seahawks. And Adams told ESPN’s Adam Schefter he’d be open to play for either team. And the 49ers and Seahawks have shown interest in trading for Adams, per multiple reports.
Kansas City Chiefs starting right guard Laurent Duvernay-Tardif has announced his intention to opt out of the 2020 season. “This is one of the most difficult decisions I have had to make in my life but I must follow my convictions and do what I believe is right for me personally,” he wrote. “That is why I have decided to take the Opt Out Option negotiated by the League and the NFLPA and officially opt out of the 2020 NFL season. Being at the frontline during this offseason has given me a different perspective on this pandemic and the stress it puts on individuals and our healthcare system. I cannot allow myself to potentially transmit the virus in our communities simply to play the sport that I love. If I am to take risks, I will do it caring for patients.”
The NFLPA informed players Friday night that 12 rookies have tested positive for COVID-19, NFL Network’s Tom Pelissero reported, per an informed source.
Pelissero added the results are from the nine NFL teams that have already received test results from the initial round of leaguewide screening that recently took place.
Faced with the expectation that there would be players that tested postive, the NFL plans to isolate those individuals and prevent the spreading of the virus through robust testing, contact tracing and education, Pelissero reported.