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NFL Training Camp Notes: Thomas gets paid, Green likely to miss opener

We are yet another day closer to the NFL season, and the news keeps rolling in.

  • We'll start with a big payday as the Saints and star wideout Michael Thomas agreed to a five-year, $100 million extension that will keep him in New Orleans until 2024, per Adam Schefter. Whether Drew Brees will still be throwing the three-year vet the ball then remains to be seen, but for now, rest assured at least that that connection remains intact for the upcoming regular season.

  • A.J. Green's torn ankle ligaments needed to be addressed surgically, and he is now likely to miss at least a couple games to start the season, according to Paul Dehner Jr. of The Athletic. That timetable could change if the 31-year-old recovers more quickly than expected, but given his age and injury history, I wouldn't count on it. For however long Green is absent, Tyler Boyd becomes the no. 1 receiver on the Bengals, and John Ross will also help pick up the slack if he recovers from a hamstring injury that's expected to sideline him for a couple weeks.
  • Aaron Jones was held out of Packers practice with hamstring tightness, according to Rob Demovsky of ESPN. The injury is not supposed to keep the 24-year-old out for long, however, so Week 1 is not currently in jeopardy.
  • Derrick Henry, expected to be out about two weeks with a strained calf, is already out of the walking boot he had been spotted in earlier in the week, lending credence to Adam Schefter's original report that the Titans do not deem the injury serious and are being cautious.
  • Christian McCaffrey could see even more touches this season while seeing fewer snaps, David Newton of ESPN reports. If this turns out to be true, then the Stanford product would simultaneously see a hike in value while theoretically getting more rest, a true win-win for his owners.
  • We have a best-shape-of-his-life report! Rashaad Penny has trimmed down to under 230 pounds and is looking spry and making plays in Seahawks camp to date. He's already shown off his versatility in the passing game, catching a touchdown out of the slot in a recent practice. Chris Carson is still slated to be the lead back in Seattle though.
  • Marquise Brown finally made his practice debut, doing some individual and positional activities. Baltimore will continue to take it easy on their first-round pick, but the rookie should see 11-on-11 work soon and seems on pace to be a starter for the Ravens once the regular season gets rolling.