Chargers’ Melvin Gordon reportedly had microfracture surgery on knee

But as Gehlken writes, not all microfractures are the same. Reggie Bush reportedly had microfracture following the 2008 season and followed that up with a career high 5.6 yards-per-carry average in 2009.

“Typically, I know especially in the NBA and the NFL, when people hear ‘microfracture surgery,’ they are going to think it could be a potentially career-ending injury,” Dr. Brian Schulz, an orthopedic surgeon at Kerlan-Jobe Orthopaedic Clinic in Los Angeles, told Gehlken. “Normally, it’s more directly related to the size of the defect, what’s going on in the rest of the knee. If it’s a relatively small lesion that’s localized to a specific point, the microfracture has worked pretty well, even in professional athletes. … I don’t think microfracture is quite the kiss of death that everyone makes it out to be.”

If Gordon is healthy — and his recovery is expected to take 4-6 months — he gives Philip Rivers another young offensive threat to go along with rookie tight end Hunter Henry, the 35th pick in the 2016 NFL Draft.

One of the biggest ongoing dramas of the offseason has been the Colin Kaepernicksituation in San Francisco.

Although the 49ers quarterback demanded a trade back in February, there was no deal to be had. Now it looks like he’s going to be stuck with the 49ers in 2016, which isn’t necessarily a good thing, at least according to Joe Montana.

Although some teams might view as an honor to open the season on national television, that’s not how Gettleman sees things. The Panthers’ general manager says the Thursday night game puts his team at a competitive disadvantage.

“To me, playing in the opening game, on that Thursday night, is a little bit of a competitive disadvantage to those teams, compared to the other 30, because of the way the 53 cut is set up,” Gettleman told PFT Live recently.

Teams generally cut their roster down from 75 to 53 players on the Saturday before the Thursday night kickoff game, which gives the two teams in the opener just five days between final cuts and their first regular-season game.

Cardinals reportedly ‘deep’ in talks with Tyrann Mathieu on rich extension

The Arizona Cardinals have a lot of impressive pieces on their defense and are reportedly working hard to lock up one of the key pieces before the offseason really begins.

According to Ian Rapoport of NFL.com, Arizona is “deep in negotiations” with Tyrann Mathieu to try and work out a new deal with the safety, one that could even make him the highest-paid player at the position.

Lions Announce Jersey Number Changes, Assignments

With offseason workouts underway, the 2015 NFL Draft complete and rookie mini-camp right around the corner, the Detroit Lions announced some jersey number updates Tuesday.

Linebacker Kyle Van Noy will switch from No. 95 to No. 53.

Ndamukong Suh’s No. 90 will go to new defensive tackle Gabe Wright, who wore it at Auburn. The Lions traded into the fourth round of last week’s draft to select Wright.

Reggie Bush’s No. 21 will go to new running back Ameer Abdullah, whom the Lions took with their second-round pick.

Fullback Michael Burton, the team’s fifth-round pick this season, will wear No. 46. Cornerback Quandre Diggs, the team’s sixth-round pick, will wear No. 36. Offensive tackle Corey Robinson, the team’s seventh-round pick, will be No. 70.

Wide receiver Andrew Peacock is switching from No. 1 to No. 18, and cornerback Nevin Lawson is moving from No. 43 to No. 24.

The NFL is estimating that by the time the NFL Draft ends Saturday night, more than 250,000 people will have made their way through the league’s draft festival in Chicago’s Grant Park.

Hand warmer Bears Fan: Since the draft was in Chicago this year, you knew some rabid Bears fans would show up. What I didn’t expect was that an actual bear would show up. This guy’s bear head and hand warmer earned him a spot on the craziest fans list.

Marcus Dolphinus: If Hollywood ever decides to make a Gladiator sequel and wants that sequel to star a Miami Dolphins fan, then this guy should be perfect. He was at the draft festival with a Bears fan, but she didn’t really seem interested in being in the picture.

Ram man: Ram man wasn’t the only fan in Chicago who wore a full football uniform, but he was the only fan who wore a full football uniform and a giant ram hat on his head.