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Speaking about Jahvid Best (concussions) Wednesday, Lions GM Martin Mayhew said he's "not at all inclined to rely on his return."

It sounds like the Lions are beginning to move on from their 2010 first-round pick. By most accounts, Best is currently healthy, but can't find a doctor who will clear him to take more potential concussion-inducing hits. If the Lions decide to opt out of the final two years of Best's rookie contract, it's possible no team will be willing to gamble on his health.
Wed, Jan 2, 2013 07:13:00 PM

Browns moved RB Terrance West off active/NFI and onto the active roster.

Jul 24 - 12:57 PM

Jonathan Stewart pulled his hamstring prior to training camp and will miss the first 1-2 weeks.

Coach Ron Rivera says the pull isn't as serious as some hamstring injuries can be, and added that Stewart will remain on the active roster. Still, it's not the way to start off a season for a player that's missed so much practice time due to nagging injuries over the last few years. DeAngelo Williams will soak up first-team reps as he forges his nose in front of this committee attack.
Jul 24 - 12:32 PM

Coach Chuck Pagano said he'd like to have a "bell cow" at running back this season.

In the same breath, Pagano added that he's not against employing a running back by committee. The message is clear. Ideally, Trent Richardson will find the form that made him the No. 3 overall pick in the 2012 draft and be 260-carry kind of workhorse this season. But he'll be on a short leash, with Ahmad Bradshaw and Vick Ballard both ready to fill roles if Richardson faceplants again. For now, we've placed T-Rich 26th among running backs in our Draft Guide -- a ranking that will rise if he separates in camp.
Jul 24 - 11:29 AM

Suspended Jaguars WR Justin Blackmon was arrested on marijuana possession charges Wednesday night.

According to police in Edmond, Oklahoma, Blackmon was stopped for a traffic violation and officers could smell an odor of marijuana coming from the car. After a search, marijuana was found and Blackmon was taken into custody. It's the latest transgression for the Jaguars wideout, who was suspended indefinitely last October following repeated violations of the substance-abuse policy. This certainly won't help Blackmon as he aims to get reinstated for the 2015 season. Blackmon has now been suspended three times since 2010.
Source: Newson6.com
Jul 24 - 10:17 AM

NFL suspended Ray Rice for the first two games of the 2014 season.

Rice was arraigned on felony aggravated assault charges following an ugly April domestic incident with his fiancee (now wife) at an Atlantic City hotel. He avoided trial by completing a pretrial-intervention program, and this is his first violation of the league's personal conduct policy. Still, it's a bad look for the NFL as Rice gets off lightly while Josh Gordon faces a 16-game ban for marijuana. As for the on-field fallout, Bernard Pierce will serve as the feature back and quality RB2 against the Bengals in Week 1 and Steelers in Week 2. Rice will have to show improved form to wrestle back his job after looking done in 2013 (3.08 YPC).
Jul 24 - 10:15 AM

Eagles LG Evan Mathis is not holding out.

Mathis created a stir around draft time when he asked for a raise on the five-year, $25 million deal he signed in 2012. The Eagles responded by allowing the All-Pro to seek a trade. That's all water under the bridge now, as 32-year-old Mathis attended the offseason program and has now reported to training camp. He'll be a major cog in one of the game's best offensive lines.
Jul 24 - 8:56 AM

Falcons signed WR Roddy White to new four-year contract worth up to $30 million.

It's a three-year extension with $10 million guaranteed. White was entering the final year of a six-year, $48 million deal he signed in August of 2009. Now he's tied to the Falcons through 2017 and will get $18 million over the next two years. It's a long deal for a 32-year-old receiver, but White showed he has plenty left in the tank by averaging 8.6 catches for 100.4 yards with two touchdowns over the final five weeks of last season. The career-long Falcon will remain a focal point of the offense along with Julio Jones, forming one of the game's best receiving duos. White's current fantasy ADP is the fourth-/fifth-round turn, where he is a value pick with lower-end WR1 potential, particularly in PPR leagues.
Jul 24 - 8:10 AM

Josh Gordon will appeal his one-year suspension in a meeting with the NFL on Aug. 1.

Gordon's appeal doesn't have much teeth. Since the latest failed drug test that triggered Gordon's ban, a "passenger" in his car was cited for marijuana and he was arrested in North Carolina on suspicion of DWI. It would be a shock if the 16-game suspension is reduced. The Browns are just hoping to get Gordon back in 2015. He led the NFL in receiving yards last season and became the first player in league history with back-to-back 200-yard receiving games.
Source: ESPN.com
Jul 24 - 8:08 AM

Coach Mike Zimmer said Cordarrelle Patterson will continue to return kickoffs despite his increased offensive role.

Patterson was the best kick returner in the NFL last season. "We want our best players to get their hands on the ball as much as possible," Zimmer said. "We’re not going to keep him from returning kicks because he is such a dangerous weapon there." Zimmer suggested the jury remains out on whether Patterson will become an equally dynamic wide receiver. "For him to take the next step," Zimmer said, "we’re going to have to see how he gets off a jam and the things that people will try to do to take him away."
Jul 23 - 9:48 PM

The Cleveland Plain Dealer reports Terrance West (NFI) will practice on Friday.

This appears to be a true non-story. West says he passed his conditioning test. If he does indeed practice Friday with the other Cleveland first-year players, he'll miss zero meaningful time. The Browns' full-squad workouts don't begin until Saturday. West versus Ben Tate is one of the biggest competitions of summer.
Jul 23 - 6:13 PM

Chiefs signed RB Jamaal Charles to a two-year, $18.1 million contract extension through 2017.

So much for that holdout. Charles is now the second-highest paid running back in the league behind Adrian Peterson and is locked up through his age-31 campaign. On his previous deal, Charles was scheduled to make $3.9 million in salary and bonuses this season. He'll now make $8.3 million in 2014. It's well deserved after Charles put the Chiefs' offense on his back and carried them to the playoffs in 2013. Charles is entering his age-28 season. He's a locked-in top-three fantasy back, along with Peterson and LeSean McCoy.
Jul 23 - 4:39 PM




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