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Payton Pritchard is done with Celtics Summer League after stellar run

Pritchard is done with Celtics Summer League after stellar run originally appeared on NBC Sports Northwest

Payton Pritchard’s run with the Boston Celtics’ NBA Summer League team in Las Vegas has come to an end.

“We were able to talk as a team and an organization and Payton won’t be with us the rest of the way,” Celtics Summer League coach Joe Mazzulla told reporters Friday. “That’s a prior engagement he made months ago and it’s something we honored. We’ll be moving forward”

Pritchard looked amazing in Boston’s first three summer league games, all of which were wins, including a dominant 108-71 victory over the Orlando Magic on Thursday night.

The 2020 first-round draft pick averaged 20.3 points, 8.7 assists, 4.7 rebounds and 2.0 steals per game for the Celtics in the 2021 NBA Summer League. He also shot 51.4 percent from the field with an impressive 57.7 percent rate

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Sean Payton expresses frustration that Michael Thomas’ surgery wasn’t done sooner

New Orleans Saints wide receiver Michael Thomas had an injury-plagued 2020 season. He played in just seven games with five starts, and the team was hoping he’d bounce back and play a full, productive season. That won’t be the case, as Thomas underwent ankle surgery in June and will miss the start of the regular season.

Many, including Saints head coach Sean Payton, wondered why Thomas didn’t opt for surgery earlier in the offseason. Payton expressed frustration Wednesday night over that fact, but declined to elaborate why he waited to have the procedure.

“Well, look, it appears we’re gonna have to spend some time without him. It’s disappointing,” Payton said during his opening training camp videoconference before the Saints’ first practice Thursday, via ESPN. “And we’ll work through it with the other players that are here. But the surgery took place, and obviously we would’ve

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Charles Woodson elected to Pro Football Hall of Fame Class of 2021, Russell Wilson named Walter Payton Man of the Year

Former Green Bay Packers and Oakland Raiders safety Charles Woodson became the first member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame Class of 2021 Saturday night.

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The Heisman Trophy winner from Michigan was announced early in the NFL Honors show on CBS. 

Woodson played in 254 games over 18 seasons, making sudden impact as the defensive rookie of the year for the Packers.   

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His 65 interceptions is tied for fifth in league history and includes at least one in each of his pro seasons. He led the NFL in interceptions twice, with nine in 2009 and seven in 2011.



Oakland Raiders free safety Charles Woodson after playing his final home in 2015


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Oakland Raiders free safety Charles Woodson after playing his final home in

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