RENTON, Wash. — Marshawn Lynch is not expected to be present for the first day of the Seattle Seahawks’ training camp according to close friend and former teammate Michael Robinson.
Appearing on NFL Network on Thursday night, Robinson said he spoke with Lynch and Seattle’s star running back plans to hold out of the camp that begins Friday.
At dispute is Lynch’s contract. Lynch can make up to $5.5 million this season in base pay and roster bonuses. It’s the third year of a four-year contract Lynch signed with Seattle before the 2012 season.
Lynch nearly skipped June’s mandatory minicamp because he wants the final two years of his contract reworked. He ultimately showed to avoid a hefty fine, but did not participate with what coach Pete Carroll said was an ankle issue.
WR GORDON’S STATUS MAY BE DETERMINED NEXT WEEK: In Cleveland, the Cleveland Browns may soon learn whether they’ll have Josh Gordon this season.
The Pro Bowl wide receiver will have an appeal hearing with NFL officials in New York on Aug. 1, a person with knowledge of the meeting told The Associated Press on Thursday. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because of the sensitive nature of the discussions.
The game-breaking playmaker is facing a possible one-year ban for violating the league’s substance abuse policy for at least the third time. Gordon, who had a history of marijuana abuse in college, was suspended for the first two games last season.
He still led the NFL with 1,646 yards receiving.
The 23-year-old player is expected to report to training camp Friday and he’ll be on the field Saturday as the Browns have their first practice under new coach Mike Pettine.
If Gordon loses his appeal, he could be banned by Commissioner Roger Goodell for a minimum of one year. He would then have to apply for re-instatement.
WR Wayne back on field: In Anderson, Ind., Reggie Wayne is back to being his old self.
A little more than nine months after injuring his right knee, the perennial Pro Bowler was finally back on the practice field catching passes from Andrew Luck and working overtime catching balls from the JUGS machine. Yep, things are getting back to normal for the Colts.
“This is what I worked hard for. This is all the two and three-a-days and rehabbing and stuff like that. This is what it’s about,” Wayne said after hauling in two balls Thursday afternoon. “Today felt pretty doggone good.”
WR White agrees to 4-year extension: In Flowery Branch, Ga., the Atlanta Falcons agreed to a four-year extension with receiver Roddy White on the eve of training camp on Thursday.
Terms haven’t been released.
With players reporting for camp throughout the afternoon, White was not available for comment.
Coming off a 4-12 season, Atlanta is counting on a return to full health for both White and receiver Julio Jones.
White, a four-time Pro Bowl selection, missed three games last year with ankle and hamstring injuries before finishing with 43 catches for 502 yards and two touchdowns over the last five weeks.
Jones broke his foot in an Oct. 7 home loss to the New York Jets. He was leading the NFL with 41 catches and ranked second in yards receiving at the time.
RB Johnson practices fully with Jets: In Cortland, N.Y., CJ2K is feeling A-OK.
Running back Chris Johnson was a full participant at practice Thursday for the first time since joining the New York Jets after recovering from offseason knee surgery.
“I felt good,” he said. “I felt no pain or anything like that.”
Johnson, who signed with the Jets in April, had surgery on a torn meniscus in his right knee after last season.
He played through the injury most of last season, when he ran for 1,077 yards — the second-lowest total of his career.
Smith plans to meet soon with Goodell: In Santa Clara, Calif., San Francisco 49ers linebacker Aldon Smith expects to sit down with NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell “in the near future” to discuss any potential suspension for his off-field issues.
Smith was sentenced last Friday to serve three years of probation and to spend 11 days with a work crew after he pleaded no contest to drunken driving and weapons charges.
Smith said he hasn’t had time to begin the work yet, and will do so as his time permits.
WHITWORTH GOES ON PUP LIST: The Cincinnati Bengals put former LSU offensive lineman Andrew Whitworth on the physically unable to perform list because of a sore calf.
FAULK GOES ON NON-FOOTBALL INJURY LIST: The Cleveland Browns placed former LSU offensive lineman Chris Faulk on the non-football injury list.
OT Taylor Lewan AGREES TO DEAL: In Nashville, Tenn., the Tennessee Titans have agreed to terms with left tackle Taylor Lewan, making the 11th overall selection out of Michigan the last of this year’s draft picks to reach a deal.
The Titans announced the deal Thursday. The Titans report for training camp Friday.
The team did not release terms. Lewan reportedly received a four-year deal worth $11.5 million with a signing bonus of $6.7 million.
The third tackle selected in the draft behind Greg Robinson and Jake Matthews, Lewan practiced at both tackle spots this offseason and will be competing with right tackle Michael Oher and veteran left tackle Michael Roos.
Spencer, Leary on active injured list: In Oxnard, Calif., the Dallas Cowboys have placed defensive end Anthony Spencer and guard Ron Leary on the active physically unable to perform list to start training camp.
Both players can practice once they are cleared medically. Spencer is still recovering from knee surgery almost a year ago and Leary has a hamstring injury.
The Cowboys have their first practice Thursday.
Spencer had a career-high 11 sacks in 2012 but played just the opener last year because of knee trouble that started in the offseason.
Former Bills QB Jim Kelly, who is recovering from cancer treatments, will participate in the coin toss at the Hall of Fame game on Aug. 3 in Canton, Ohio. . . . A Buffalo Bills prospective ownership group that includes rocker Jon Bon Jovi has conducted a feasibility study into buying the franchise and building a stadium in Toronto, a person close to the situation said.