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Vikings RE Jared Allen had the torn labrum in his left shoulder surgically repaired on Thursday.

Allen is expected to be ready for training camp. Playing hurt all season, Allen knew about the injury as far back as August but didn't disclose it to reporters until late in the year. Although the surgery will sideline him for most or all pre-training camp activities, Allen usually skips those anyway to train on his own. Allen finished the 2012 season with 45 tackles and 12 sacks. He turns 31 in April.
Sat, Feb 2, 2013 12:20:00 AM

Colts owner Jim Irsay has been suspended six games and fined $500,000 after pleading guilty to operating a vehicle under the influence.

Irsay is not only banned from club or league functions, but social media, as well. It's a stiff penalty for a first-time offense, especially since Irsay ultimately only admitted to one misdemeanor. Prone to heavy-handed dealings with players, commissioner Roger Goodell shouldn't be accused of hypocrisy with his Irsay ruling.
Sep 2 - 2:31 PM

The Jaguars' "unofficial" Week 1 depth chart has Denard Robinson listed as the No. 2 running back ahead of Jordan Todman.

The move comes after Robinson's strong preseason. Shoelace rushed 21 times for 94 yards (4.47 YPC) and a score, adding two catches for 24 yards. Todman was far-less effective, rushing 29 times for only 63 yards (2.17 YPA) and a TD. He was 12/107/0 as a receiver. It appears Shoelace will operate as the Jags' primary change-of-pace back behind Toby Gerhart, but he'd be in a committee with Todman, and perhaps Storm Johnson, were Gerhart to go down. Robinson is not a re-draft consideration outside of exceptionally-deep PPR leagues.
Sep 2 - 2:06 PM

Steven Jackson (hamstring) confirmed he's ready for Sunday's opener.

Jackson sat out the entire preseason, but could have played in the finale. "I'm extremely excited for Week 1," Jackson said. "It's been a training camp that I missed the majority of the time, but I've been working hard physically and mentally to prepare for this coming Sunday; I feel good about it." Jackson could be on a snap count against the Saints after missing so much time in August, but will be a borderline RB2 for what could be a shootout.
Sep 2 - 1:26 PM

Patriots coach Bill Belichick says the team hasn't made a final decision about Rob Gronkowski's (knee) Week 1 status.

"I'm glad that Rob's optimistic about this situation," Belichick said of Gronk's Monday pronouncement that he'll be playing. "With all due respect to Rob — I'm glad he feels the way he does — but, in the end, we'll have to make the decision we feel like is best for the team and we'll do that as we go through the week." It's perhaps the least-surprising development of the week that Belichick is trying to confuse the situation, but it's highly doubtful Gronk would have gone on the record unless he was sure he was suiting up. We expect him to be out there against the Dolphins.
Sep 2 - 1:21 PM

Coach Mike Tomlin confirmed Le'Veon Bell and LeGarrette Blount will both play Week 1 against the Browns.

There was never any doubt. Fantasy owners can pen Bell into lineups without hesitation. Tomlin is paid to win football games, not hand out team-imposed suspensions. Bell will carry the load. Tomlin suggested he could even see upwards of 25 carries. Blount will mix in on early downs and short-yardage situations. Neither player is likely to face league discipline until the 2015 season.
Sep 2 - 12:30 PM

Colts owner Jim Irsay pleaded guilty to operating a vehicle under the influence on Tuesday, and has been sentenced to one year probation and random drug testing.

Irsay pleaded guilty to one of two misdemeanor charges, having the other one dropped as part of his plea deal. His license has also been suspended for one year after toxicology reports revealed he had oxycodone and hydrocodone in his system during his March 16 arrest. The NFL will now likely strike quickly on Irsay. The league likely doesn't want him in attendance for the Week 1 opener.
Source: ESPN.com
Sep 2 - 12:05 PM

Yahoo! Sports' Rand Getlin reports the Saints have signed OLB Junior Galette to a multi-year extension.

Galette inked a three-year, $6.3 million deal before last season before breaking out for 12 sacks under DC Rob Ryan. The 26-year-old former UDFA out of tiny Stillman has 21.5 sacks across the past three seasons and has formed a menacing pass-rush duo along with LE Cameron Jordan. Galette doesn't produce many tackles. He isn't a strong IDP player outside of sack-heavy formats.
Sep 2 - 11:37 AM

The Titans have elevated rookie Bishop Sankey to No. 2 on their tailback depth chart.

He's still behind Shonn Greene, but passed Dexter McCluster. Per beat writer Paul Kuharsky, "all three will be part of the rotation and game plans and matchups will do a lot to dictate their usage." Greene will open the season as the slight favorite for carries over Sankey, and should get almost all short-yardage and goal-line work. McCluster will play the Danny Woodhead role under ex-Chargers OC Ken Whisenhunt. Although his ascent has been slow, we still expect Sankey to emerge from this pack as the Titans' leader in 2014 touches.
Source: ESPN.com
Sep 2 - 11:14 AM

Coach Mike Pettine continued to praise Ben Tate as a three-down running back, calling Tate the "guy you can trust the most right now."

After the Browns cut Dion Lewis and Chris Ogbonnaya, Tate became the clear leader for third-down duties. He already had early-down work sewn up after a strong preseason coupled with Terrance West's disappointing summer. "He’s been solid in protection. I think he does a nice job catching the ball," Pettine said. "Probably the guy you can trust the most right now would be Ben." Look for Tate to carry the ball 15-20 times per game under OC Kyle Shanahan. There's potential for high-end RB1 production. Tate just needs to stay healthy.
Sep 2 - 9:57 AM

Texans signed LE J.J. Watt to a six-year, $100 million extension, including $51.8 million guaranteed.

The new contract technically makes Watt the highest paid defender in league history, surpassing Bills DE Mario Williams' six-year, $96 million deal. Watt was already under Texans control through 2015 at a severely underpriced $8.88 million across two years, however, and it appears this extension was simply tacked onto the back end of his rookie deal. Watt spoke publicly about his desire for a long-term commitment from Houston in mid-August, which may have sparked discussions. Watt, 25, has 36.5 sacks and eight forced fumbles across his first three NFL seasons to go with an incredible 27 pass breakups, earning him the nickname "J.J. Swatt." Pro Football Focus has graded Watt as its No. 1 overall 3-4 defensive end in back-to-back years. He's arguably -- or perhaps inarguably -- the best young player in football, regardless of position.
Sep 2 - 1:06 AM

FOX Sports' Jay Glazer reports the Raiders will start Derek Carr in Week 1 against the Jets, and have sent Matt Schaub to the bench.

The coaches informed the players on Monday. It's the right call after Schaub had a dumpster fire of a preseason, and Carr sizzled with a 105.2 passer rating on 45 throws. With Schaub nursing a sore elbow in the preseason finale, Carr carved up the Seahawks for 143 yards and three scores on 13 passes. The current regime in Oakland needs to win football games now, and Carr gives the Raiders their best chance at that. It's a tough first test for Carr on the road against a ferocious defensive line. But he should find windows to throw into against what is arguably the worst cornerback group in the league.
Sep 1 - 6:13 PM




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