1 » Former Florida Gators safety Matt Elam struggled during his second season with the Baltimore Ravens in 2014. Looking to bounce back and regain his starting role this season, Elam may be faced with an even greater obstacle to overcome. According to The Baltimore Sun’s Aaron Wilson, Elam “may have torn his biceps” and was scheduled to undergo an MRI on Sunday to determine whether he has indeed suffered a season-ending injury. A completely torn biceps would sideline Elam for the season; a partial tear would likely put him on the physically unable to perform (PUP) list for the start of the campaign, though his return would still be questionable. Elam has been fighting with fellow former Florida safety Will Hill for the starting strong safety job; Hill supplanted Elam at the position during the 2014 campaign.
Update: ESPN‘s Ed Werder confirmed Tuesday that Elam’s injury is indeed a full tear of his biceps; Elam will therefore miss the entire 2015 season. He will be placed on the Ravens’ injured reserve and look to rejoin the team in 2016.
2 » Florida redshirt freshman quarterback Will Grier has gained 14 pounds since the spring and 24 from the start of the 2014. According to his father, who posted this picture of Grier (below) on Twitter, Grier now weighs in at 215 pounds and has added some much-needed muscle mass to his 6-foot-2 frame. The quarterback competition between Grier and sophomore Treon Harris is expected to be a fierce one this fall, but Grier now seemingly has the frame and muscle mass that Gators head football coach Jim McElwain traditionally prefers in his signal callers.
— Chad Grier (@ChadGrier_) July 30, 2015
3 » New England Patriots defensive end Dominique Easley (knee) and Washington tight end Jordan Reed (knee) both took the field with their respective teams in training camp this past week even though both were expected to miss some time ahead of the preseason. Easley was pulled off the PUP list by the Patriots, while Reed was never placed on the list but was thought to need some time to receive after receiving a stem cell shot in his knee this past May. During his rookie campaign, Easley saw limited action with New England; Reed has proven to be an effective playmaker for Washington when healthy, which has been rare throughout his short NFL career.
Additionally, Dallas Cowboys defensive end Jeremy Mincey, who was holding out for a new contract, has been activated from the team’s “did not report” list and will likely sign a slightly richer deal with the Cowboys. He has reportedly already received a $500,000 bonus that he came inches shy of hitting in 2014, pushing his 2015 earnings to nearly $2 million.
4 » McElwain surprised a longtime Gators season ticket holder, who has attended games at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium since 1939, by arriving at his house unannounced and handing him a signed football and custom jersey. Check it out below.
5 » A Mercedes convertible owned by former Florida wide receiver Chris Doering was involved in a hit-and-run crash on July 19; it was found abandoned in Haile Plantation after allegedly running through a stop sign, hopping a curb and crashing into a sign behind some bushes, only for its front tire to catch fire after the driver attempted to accelerate through the debris. According to WCJB, “an SUV arrived on the scene” to pick up the two individuals in the car. “A single witness recalls a female exiting the SUV and telling ‘Chris’ to get into the vehicle,” the station noted. There have been no additional developments in the case over the last two weeks.
6 » Cleveland Browns cornerback Joe Haden is a total sneakerhead, so it was a dream come true for him this summer when Nike’s Jordan brand officially signed him as a brand ambassador. Haden opened up a sneaker shop in downtown Cleveland called “The Restock” last November, proving his tremendous love for kicks. Complex.com got a private look at Haden’s “new and improved” shoe closet, which you can check out below.
— Joe Haden (@joehaden23) July 12, 2015