ALLEN PARK, Mich. — The Detroit Lions are postponing contract talks with All-Pro defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh until after the season.
Suh is entering the final season of his contract, and team president Tom Lewand and general manager Martin Mayhew said before practice Monday that negotiations are being tabled. Lewand and Mayhew both expressed optimism that a deal can eventually be reached.
“He’s told me he wants to be here. I have a good relationship with him,” Mayhew said. “I know I want him to be here. I don’t know what else to tell you.”
Broncos’ Thomas returns
ENGLEWOOD, Colo. — Peyton Manning’s top target is back. In the building, at least.
Demaryius Thomas returned from bereavement leave Monday, but his flight from Georgia didn’t get back in time for him to participate in a spirited practice at Dove Valley that featured three scuffles.
Thomas missed the first five days of training camp for the AFC champs following the death last week of his grandmother.
- The Panthers are breathing a sigh of relief over rookie wide receiver Kelvin Benjamin.
- Panthers coach Ron Rivera said an MRI revealed the team’s first-round draft pick has a bone bruise in his left knee and will miss at least a few days of training camp.
- The Vikings are making a sizable investment in Kyle Rudolph, 24, banking that he soon will become one of the NFL’s best tight ends.
- The Vikings signed Rudolph to a five-year contract extension that makes him one of the NFL’s highest paid players at his position. Rudolph caught 109 passes for 1,055 yards and 15 touchdowns his first three NFL seasons.