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The Crow’s Nest: Brady had COVID, big blow for Cowboys, and storylines

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Cowboys' Zack Martin will miss Week 1 game at Buccaneers after positive COVID-19 test - CBSSports.com
Ezekiel Elliot called Martin 'our best player on offense'

Four days from opener, Jordan Whitehead is the only Bucs player not practicing - ProFootballTalk
The good news for the Buccaneers is that only one player isn’t currently able to practice due to injury. The bad news is that it’s safety Jordan Whitehead, a key presence in the secondary.

Tom Brady Sheds Knee Sleeve After 13 Years: 'I'm Not Going to Turn into Michael Vick' | Bleacher Report | Latest News, Videos and Highlights
Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady said he's planning to play the 2021 NFL season without a sleeve on his left knee for the first time in 13 years....

Tom Brady reveals he contracted COVID-19 shortly after Bucs' SBLV championship boat parade
As the NFL's COVID-19 vaccination rate continues to rise, Bucs QB Tom Brady reveals his bout with the virus shortly after the Super Bowl LV championship parade.

Big Picture: 5 Storylines for Cowboys & Buccaneers
As if this game needed more storylines with the Cowboys getting Dak Prescott back and traveling to face Tom Brady and the defending champion Bucs in Week 1. Now, the Cowboys will be without one of their best players.

Russell Gage has steadily developed into a well-rounded wide receiver - The Falcoholic
From being considered as a gadget player and special teams specialist coming out of LSU, Gage has blossomed into a consistent wide receiver and third-down specialist.

CSC Mailbag: Who are the starting wide receivers? Cornerbacks? That and more. - Canal Street Chronicles
All of that and more in this week’s mailbag.

Panthers 2021 season opener countdown: 8 days to go - Cat Scratch Reader
We’re counting down the days until the Panthers kick off the 2021 season.

Super Bowl LVI predictions: Chiefs vs. 49ers in L.A.?
Which teams will hit Los Angeles in February for Super Bowl LVI? Who'll take home the Lombardi Trophy? Our analysts provide their picks, with eight different winners.

NFL Network's James Jones, David Carr highlight the most anticipated storylines entering Week 1
Check out some of the most anticipated storylines entering Week 1.

2011 NFL Draft class worthy of greater appreciation a decade after entering league
Jim Trotter examines the highly decorated 2011 NFL Draft class' place in history a decade after it entered the league and discusses the topic with some members of the group who are still adding to their legacy.