Best of Tuesday’s NFL minicamps: Aaron Donald excused from camp, but where is Stefon Diggs?

This week in the NFL is the busiest of the minicamp season as 21 teams are holding workouts. Last week, nine teams held minicamps, including the Dallas Cowboys and Detroit Lions. Two teams, the New York Jets and Philadelphia Eagles, chose not to have mandatory minicamps.

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Rams excuse star DL Aaron Donald from minicamp

Defensive lineman Aaron Donald is not with the team for its mandatory minicamp this week. The three-time Associated Press Defensive Player of the Year had previously been excused from organized team activities in May because of family reasons.

Odell Beckham Jr. makes Ravens debut at minicamp

Getting back on an NFL field for the first time in 16 months, Odell Beckham Jr. caught a pass from Lamar Jackson and playfully did pushups after slipping on a route in a limited workout. He participated in a handful of team drills at Ravens mandatory minicamp on Tuesday, which marked his anticipated return from injuring his left knee in Super Bowl LVI in February 2022.

Chargers CB J.C. Jackson ‘right on track’ in injury rehab

Cornerback J.C. Jackson watched from the sideline as he continued to work through rehabilitation drills. Nearly eight months removed from surgery to repair a ruptured patellar tendon in his right knee that sidelined him after Week 7 last season, Jackson expressed optimism that it won’t be long until he is cleared to return to football activities.

Coach says Stefon Diggs not at camp; agent says he is

Bills coach Sean McDermott said Tuesday that Diggs is not at the team’s mandatory minicamp, but the wide receiver’s agent had a different story. McDermott called Diggs’ absence “very concerning” prior to Tuesday’s minicamp practice. Diggs had missed voluntary workouts. But Diggs’ agent, Adisa Bakari, told ESPN’s Adam Schefter that his client is in Buffalo and has been there since Monday morning. He said Diggs took his physical, met with McDermott and general manager Brandon Beane the past two days and “will be there for the entirety of the minicamp.”

Devin White sits out Buccaneers practice but isn’t a ‘hold-in’

The Buccaneers’ Pro Bowl inside linebacker, who requested a trade earlier this offseason, reported for the start of Buccaneers’ minicamp and was present on the field Tuesday, but did not take part in practice. “No, it’s not a hold-in,” coach Todd Bowles said. “We’d like to see where he is physically. We don’t feel like we need to put him out here right now until we test him, do everything. So, two or three days of camp is not going to help him that way.”

Cardinals Budda Baker reports amid contract talks

Arizona Cardinals safety Budda Baker reported for mandatory minicamp this week but didn’t practice Tuesday while working through a contract situation. Coach Jonathan Gannon called it “just the business side of it.”

Chiefs DT Chris Jones absent from start of minicamp

The defensive tackle was absent as the Kansas City Chiefs began a three-day minicamp that concludes their offseason practice. Attendance at the minicamp is mandatory for players under contract, according to NFL rules. Jones, according to the NFL’s collective bargaining agreement, could be fined as much as $98,753 for missing the camp if he is not otherwise excused. The Chiefs did not make anyone available to speak to the situation.

Texans will have open quarterback competition at camp

Texans coach DeMeco Ryans said Tuesday the team will have an open quarterback competition going into training camp between C.J. Stroud and Davis Mills. “We’ll see where their process goes in training camp and see as the competition continues,” Ryans said after the first day of mandatory minicamp. “We’ll see who separates themselves.”

Vikings’ Justin Jefferson pledges to be at camp amid negotiations

Jefferson rejoined his teammates on the practice field Tuesday morning. And a few hours later, the Vikings’ All-Pro wide receiver pledged to be with them when training camp opens in July — whether or not he has agreed to a contract extension by then. “Will I be here?” Jefferson said. “Oh yeah. Yeah.” Jefferson has two years remaining on a rookie contract that would pay him $2.4 million in 2023 and $19.7 million in 2024.

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Top Highlights from Tuesday’s NFL Minicamps: Aaron Donald Given Leave from Camp, But Stefon Diggs’ Whereabouts Unknown?

21 NFL teams are holding workouts during this week’s busiest minicamp season. Nine teams held minicamps last week, including the Dallas Cowboys and Detroit Lions. Two teams, the New York Jets and Philadelphia Eagles, chose not to have mandatory minicamps. ESPN’s NFL Nation reporters are on the scene at this week’s activities and have reported that defensive lineman Aaron Donald has not joined the Los Angeles Rams for mandatory minicamp this week. Odell Beckham Jr. has returned to the NFL field for the first time since his injury in Super Bowl LVI in February 2022.

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