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NFL news roundup: Latest league updates from Friday, Aug. 5

Chris Godwin is back pads.

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers wide receiver took the practice field Friday for the very first time since tearing his ACL late last season. Godwin wore a brace on his surgically repaired knee as he participated in individual position drills and received passes.

“Its good to see him on the market,” said coach Todd Bowles, who said Godwin is really a good way from time for a complete routine. “We’re not getting our hopes up.”

The veteran’s presence on Friday suggests a recovery timeline that’s before schedule predicated on when he sustained the knee injury (Dec. 19), including a torn MCL. Tampa expected Godwin back during training camp by keeping off the physically struggling to perform list. The club’s confidence in his recovery was furthered this offseason with a fresh three-year, $60 million contract.

While Godwin’s presence was reassuring, Bucs WR Mike Evans left Friday’s practice early. Bowles said he might have tweaked his hamstring, which appears to be a reoccurring issue during camp for the veteran. Bowles also announced that Tom Brady was excused from Friday’s practice but couldn’t guarantee the quarterback’s return for Saturday.

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