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NFL Notes: Buccaneers, Lions, Raiders, Redskins


Buccaneers RB Doug Martin was involved in a car accident Thursday but sustained just minor cuts and bruises.

Martin and Tampa Bay GM Jason Licht released the following statements:


Lions veteran DT Haloti Ngata mentioned that he met with a neurologist to see if there are any signs of possible brain damage he sustained during his playing career before deciding to return for the 2017 season.

“I went and talked to a neurologist, wanted to make sure my head was good, all that,” Ngata said, via Justin Rogers of the Detroit News. “He said everything was pretty good, really good actually. I was like, ‘All right, I’m going to keep on playing.’ My wife was like, ‘I guess so.’ ”

“With all the things that going on with brain stuff throughout the league, you definitely keep an eye on it,” Ngata said. “You hear that stuff and you don’t want to have problems when you’re older. I want to be able to raise my kids and be able to play with them when they’re older and still be able to beat them in wrestling matches and stuff when they’re teenagers.


Raiders GM Reggie McKenzie mentioned during an interview with Sirius XM NFL Radio that they believe RB Marshawn Lynch has plenty left in the tank and can be a “highly productive” player for them.

We think he has more than enough left to be a highly productive running back in this league — even back to his latter couple years when he was playing,” McKenzie said, via EastBayTimes.com. “So we think he’s going to be highly productive and we’re excited to have him and he is extremely excited to be here, playing for the Oakland Raiders.”

Once it was word that he may come out of retirement and Oakland was a place to land, I was really excited,” McKenzie added. “So when that team took off, we stayed in pursuit and I was happy that it worked out.


  • Jason Cole of B/R reports that the Redskins submitted a plan to the NFL in which they would not fill the GM position after the fired Scot McCloughlin back in March.

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