“Nick’s in Florida,” Shanahan said, via Nick Wagoner of ESPN. “I’ve been talking to Nick since February on this. He came out in February for a while to get checked up on his knee and stuff. With him coming off the ACL and everything, it’s going great. … He’s got a good setup out there with his brother and the guy who works with his knee. They’re in contact with our guys all the time and just didn’t want to take him off his routine right now. I totally agree with him out there. He’s going to show up at some time during this, but he won’t be going out there doing anything coming off the ACL, but we fully expect him to be ready for training camp.”
Shanahan also said that 49ers DE Dee Ford (back) has been rehabbing at the team’s facility since February but won’t fully return until training camp.
“Everyone knows the sensitivity of his injury with his back and stuff, but he’s been putting in a lot of work here and we feel it’s going the right direction,” Shanahan said. “Last week, we sent him home because he had been here so long, to go back to his hometown, see his doctor and plan on coming back here in the next couple of weeks. But don’t expect to see him till training camp on the field.”
Cowboys CB Jourdan Lewis wasn’t too sure that he’d be back in Dallas after last season. In the final year of his rookie deal, the defense struggled and Lewis didn’t particularly stand out. But the new defensive staff liked him enough that the team offered him a three-year, $13.5 million deal to stay.
“After that year I just wasn’t too sure about the performance,” Lewis said via the Athletic’s Jon Machota. “And we didn’t have our (defensive coordinator) come back, so it was up in the air. They hit me up and said, ‘We’d love to have you back. We’ve got some things for you to do.’ And I was like, ‘I’m for it.’”
Lewis has primarily been a nickel corner and that should continue, though with perhaps more responsibility in new DC Dan Quinn‘s defense.
“I’m going to be in the box,” Lewis said, “I’m going to be able to make plays around the field and move around the field. It’s going to be cool.”
Dolphins WR Lynn Bowden revealed that he knew the Raiders’ true feelings about why they traded him after he overheard the coaching staff talking about the raid on his family house.
“Nobody was sticking up for me,” Bowden said, via Tyler Dunne of GoLongTD.com. “It was, ‘Well, you know it is a drug house, it’s a gang-related house. So, he could’ve been in it.’ I’m hearing it! This is my first time even telling anybody this shit. I’m hearing ‘em! So I’m already knowing what their mindset is.”