BOLTS’ WILLIAMS ON THE PUP LIST
COSTA MESA, CALIF.» The Chargers placed rookie wide receiver Mike Williams on the physically unable to perform list with a back injury Saturday.
The Chargers are still optimistic that the No. 7 pick in the draft can avoid major surgery. The former Clemson star suffered a herniated disc in his lower back the first day of the Chargers’ offseason program.
Last week, general manager Tom Telesco said Williams expects to know more about his short-term prognosis after meeting with the Chargers’ team doctors this weekend.
“He’s been responding well (to treatment),” Telesco said. “The path right now is rehab and strengthening. That’s good news, obviously.”
Williams recently had a second epidural shot to help in his recovery. The Chargers want to get Williams on the field at some point during training camp to prepare for his first pro season, but they are unwilling to risk the long-term health of a premier playmaker.
Return of Luck on hold. INDIANAPOLIS» Colts quarterback Andrew Luck tried to ease all doubts about his surgicallyrepaired right shoulder Saturday.
He will have to return to the field to actually prove it — and nobody knows when that will be.
For the first time in six NFL seasons, Luck will not suit up when his teammates have their first training camp practice Sunday. Instead, he will continue coaching them in meetings and from the sideline, just like he has done for months.
“It does feel different than it did last year,” Luck said. “I still have a ways to go in terms of regaining the strength, but I know every day it’s improving. I can see the light at the end of the tunnel.”
Fuller will miss another year.
Falcons FLOWERY BRANCH, GA.» wide receiver Devin Fuller will miss this season because of a knee injury, marking the second consecutive year he’s had a season-ending injury before playing a game.
Fuller, a seventh-round pick from UCLA in 2016, suffered a torn anterior cruciate ligament in practice Friday. Coach Dan Quinn said Saturday that Fuller will need season-ending injury after the noncontact injury.
Fuller missed the 2016 season because of a shoulder injury.
Penn officially a holdout. NAPA, CALIF.» The Raiders opened training camp without Pro Bowl offensive tackle Donald Penn on the field.
The NFL Network reported Friday that Penn is holding out because he wants to renegotiate his contract. Penn and his agent have not responded to requests for comment, but Penn wasn’t on the field for the Raiders when their first practice started Saturday.
Hoyer is 49ers’ top QB. It took SANTA CLARA, CALIF.» nine NFL seasons and a sixth franchise for Brian Hoyer to come into training camp as the unquestioned starting quarterback of his team.
Signed by the 49ers in March to replace the departed Colin Kaepernick, Hoyer is entrenched as the starter to begin the team’s first camp under new coach Kyle Shanahan.
Whitehead lands with Jets. Lucky FLORHAM PARK, N.J.» Whitehead said being released by the Cowboys was “kind of shocking,” adding that the past week was “crazy” for him.
The wide receiver and kick returner was claimed off waivers by the Jets on Wednesday, two days after the Cowboys cut him. He was released by Dallas after a shoplifting charge in what turned out to be a case of mistaken identity.
Footnotes. Collette Smith made her debut as the first female member of the Jets’ coaching staff during the team’s opening practice of training camp. Smith is serving as a coaching intern on Todd Bowles’ staff through the summer and is working as an assistant under defensive backs coach Dennard Wilson. … The Lions placed defensive lineman Ziggy Ansah on the active/ physically unable to perform list. — The Associated Press
Chargers receiver Mike Williams, the No. 7 pick in the draft and a former Clemson star, is unable to participate in training camp because of a back injury.