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By Sports Desk July 14, 2020

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    Minnesota Vikings will be without Cameron Smith for the 2020 NFL season after the linebacker revealed he will have heart surgery.

    Smith, a fifth-round pick in the 2019 NFL Draft, will undergo open-heart surgery in order to fix a bicuspid aortic valve.

    The 23-year-old only discovered he had the condition after he returned a positive result for coronavirus and subsequently underwent further tests.

    "Although this will unfortunately end my 2020 season, it is really a blessing that we found this as my heart is severely enlarged and wouldn't have lasted much longer," Smith posted on his official Instagram account.

    "I found this out after I tested positive for COVID and had to have further testing done as protocol. 

    "There is a surgery that will allow me to continue to play football as soon as I am healed and cleared and I didn't think twice about going with that one.

    "By no means am I ready to be done playing football, there is still so much more I want to accomplish on the field. I'm going to attack this like everything else I have in life. Already looking forward to the comeback!"

  • Guice released by Washington after domestic violence arrest Guice released by Washington after domestic violence arrest

    The Washington Football Team have released Derrius Guice after he was arrested on domestic violence charges.

    Running back Guice, selected in the second round of the 2018 draft, turned himself in on Friday.

    According to the Loudon County Sherrif's Office in Virginia, Guice was charged with one felony count of strangulation, three counts of assault and battery, and one count of destruction of property.

    "On Thursday we learned of a potential domestic violence-related incident involving RB Derrius Guice," Washington said in a statement.

    "We immediately alerted the National Football League and have continued to work with them during this process. We then met with Derrius to inform him that he was excused from all team activity pending a review of this matter. This afternoon [Friday], we learned there were multiple charges filed against Derrius.

    "Upon review of the nature of these charges and following internal discussions, we have decided to release Derrius immediately."

    Guice has battled injury issues since coming into the league and missed his rookie season with a torn ACL suffered in the preseason.

    He was limited to five games last season but averaged an impressive 5.8 yards per carry as he finished the year with 245 yards and two touchdowns.

    Guice's release leaves Adrian Peterson as the likely starter in the Washington backfield, which also features rookie Antonio Gibson, Bryce Love, Peyton Barber and J.D. McKissic.

  • Glad we're not playing this Sunday! - Brady grateful for time with Bucs Glad we're not playing this Sunday! - Brady grateful for time with Bucs

    Tom Brady is grateful he still has another month to learn the ropes with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers before the 2020 NFL season begins.

    A six-time Super Bowl champion and a 20-year veteran, Brady is certainly familiar with most aspects of the NFL.

    But an offseason move from the New England Patriots - where he spent the first two decades of his decorated career - means Brady is in unfamiliarity territory in Tampa Bay.

    The coronavirus pandemic has made getting up to speed with his new team even more difficult and, after his first week in the Bucs' facility, Brady admits it will take time for him to adjust.

    "You're trying to learn a bunch of different things and you're trying to not only learn an offense but learn your way to work or learn guys' names," Brady told reporters.

    "I didn't even know where the quarterbacks' room was or [where] the full team meeting room was. You get in here and your brain is trying to figure out a lot of different things.

    "Every day that goes by it's getting a little bit better. I'm glad we're not playing a game this Sunday – I'm glad we have time to prepare.

    "It's been a good week or so being in here and I think I'm going to take advantage of the opportunity to improve myself so that I can be the best quarterback for this team that this team really deserves.

    "These guys are working really hard and I want to come in here and do a great job for them."

    Brady played under the same head coach for his entire time in New England in Bill Belichick and he had a long and successful partnership with offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels too.

    A new team means a new playbook, with Brady having to discover how Bruce Arians and Byron Leftwich want things done with the Bucs.

    "I really haven't had to do that in 19 years, so you forget. Man, that's really tough – like all of the different terminologies," he explained.

    "You're going back a very long time in my career to really have to put the mental energy in like I did.

    "I have to work at it pretty hard physically still. I put a lot of time and energy into making sure I'm feeling good in order to perform at my best, but mentally I think that's been the thing that's obviously had its challenges.

    "I think you couple that with the coronavirus situation and it became even more difficult. I think conversations we probably would've had in April, we're having now.

    "I think that part has been challenging too, but the only thing you can do is adjust to the situation, adapt the best way you can [and] put as much time and energy now as we can into it."

    The Bucs face the New Orleans Saints in Week 1 of the 2020 season, with Brady going up against Drew Brees on September 13.

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