Cardinals take care of old vets, give Palmer and Fitzgerald extensions

Both players are nearing the end of their careers, but they were very productive in 2015. Palmer had 4,671 yards and 35 touchdowns, although most people will probably remember him struggling in the playoffs. Fitzgerald had 109 catches, 1,215 yards and nine touchdowns. Palmer and Fitzgerald are big reasons the Cardinals are Super Bowl contenders this season. Depending on how the extensions are structured, it should create some cap space for the Cardinals, perhaps to lock up recently-acquired defensive end Chandler Jones to an extension. Jones will be a free agent after this season.

Cardinals fans might be concerned about Palmer and Fitzgerald slowing down soon. But they don’t need to worry about them suiting up with another team for the next couple seasons.

When Philadelphia hosts the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Thursday night, Eagles wideout Jordan Matthews won’t be on the field.

Coach Doug Pederson announced Monday that the third-year receiver will miss a couple of weeks with knee soreness. The hope is that Matthews will be ready to play in Philly’s critical third preseason tilt against the Indianapolis Colts.

Pederson emphasized that Matthews suffered no structural damage to the knee, which he first tweaked last week. Still, it’s a problematic development for the Eagles, who initially expected Matthews to skip just a few days.

Jacksonville Jaguars

The Jaguars will determine Tuesday whether left tackle Kelvin Beachum (knee) and wide receiver Marqise Lee (hamstring) will play in Thursday’s preseason opener against the Jets. Beachum hasn’t practiced since last Wednesday, and coach Gus Bradley said it’s unlikely he’ll play. Lee, however, returned to practice after missing seven practices, and there’s a good chance he’ll see the field. He hasn’t played in a preseason game since his rookie season in 2014. — Mike DiRocco

Tennessee Titans

Running back Bishop Sankey, a second-round pick in 2014, hasn’t been playing very high in the rotation. The Titans’ unofficial depth chart includes six running backs ahead of him. There are some in the organization from the old regime who think he has never been given a fair chance. But he’s going to have to show something big in his preseason chances to move into position to win a spot.– Paul Kuharsky

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