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Roundup: Lavonte David underwent knee surgery

Tampa Bay Buccaneers starting linebacker Lavonte David underwent a procedure on his knee.

Coach Bruce Arians told reporters Monday that David had surgery to repair a slight tear to his meniscus, per Greg Auman of The Athletic.

Arians noted that the issue shouldn't impact the start of the regular season for the linebacker.

David missed practices late last week while dealing with the knee issue.

A pivotal player in the middle of Todd Bowles' new defense in Tampa, the 29-year-old had been garnering rave reviews from the coaching staff during the start of Bucs camp. The procedure should be just a hiccup as long as he's fully healed by the time the regular season kicks off in September.

Here are other news we are monitoring on Monday:

  1. Free agent CB Morris Claiborne has been suspended four games for violating the NFL Substance Abuse Policy, NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport reported. The former sixth overall pick in 2012 played for the Jets the last two seasons; in 2018, Claiborne started in 15 games -- for the only the third time in his career (2012, 2017) -- and had career-highs in tackles (57) and interceptions (2), and earned his first career pick-six against the Colts in Week 6.
  1. Seattle Seahawks receiver D.K. Metcalf (oblique strain) was once again held out of scrimmaging but did catch throws and participate in position drills, according to Gregg Bell of The News Tribune.

Also missing time during Monday's practice was Seahawks linebacker Bobby Wagner, who underwent a minor medical procedure to his "lower body," coach Pete Carroll told reporters Monday. Carroll added that Wagner will need "a little break here to get right." Carroll did not detail exactly what the procedure was or how long Wagner would be out, but Bell reported that the LB received "a platelet-rich plasma (PrP) therapy injection."

Rookie offensive lineman Demetrius Knox, who had a foot injury in his last season at Ohio State, was carted off the field, per Bob Condotta of The Seattle Times.

  1. The Buffalo Bills announced offensive tackle LaAdrian Waddle and cornerback EJ Gaines suffered injuries during Sunday's practice and will not practice today.

"L.A. Waddle has a quad and EJ Gaines has a groin-hip area injury," coach Sean McDermott said.

Rapoport reported Waddle's torn quad will require surgery and is a possible season-ending injury.

  1. New York Jets coach Adam Gase told reporters defensive end Leonard Williams was held out of practice with a hip irritation.
  1. Cleveland Browns wideout Odell Beckham, Jr. is not practicing because of an illness, according to the team.
  1. Atlanta Falcons coach Dan Quinn said guard James Carpenter is seeing a doctor today about his hip flexor injury and will have an update on his status tomorrow, according to James Butt with The Athletic.
  1. Houston Texans pass rusher J.J. Watt said his groin tightened up in practice but he will be OK. But Watt isn't expected to practice Tuesday, per coach Bill O'Brien.
  1. Jacksonville Jaguars inside linebacker James Onwualu was carted off the practice field with an unknown injury, NFL Network's Steve Wyche reported.

Cornerback A.J. Bouye (hamstring) is watching practice in shorts today, NFL Network's James Palmer reported. He's had issues with things like this dragging on in the past and that's exactly what they want to avoid, Palmer added.

  1. Chicago Bears tight end Trey Burton missed his third consecutive practice Monday. Burton underwent hernia surgery in the offseason, and the Bears are taking a cautious approach. Burton could sit out the entire preseason as he works toward being ready for the Packers in the NFL season opener.
  1. Miami Dolphins linebacker Mike Hull is expected to miss the 2019 season after being placed on the reserve/PUP list, according to Palm Beach Post reporter Joe Schad. Hull, 28, was placed on injured reserve last September with a knee injury but was activated a month later. He finished 2018 with nine tackles in eight appearances (one start).
  1. Green Bay Packers general manager Brian Gutekunst says it sounds like cornerback Kevin King (hamstring) will be OK and he hopes he's back out there "pretty quickly."
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