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Geno Smith will start Sunday's Week 1 game against the Bucs, as expected.

Mark Sanchez never really had a chance. Coach Rex Ryan and the front office have reportedly "moved on" from the overpaid Sanchez, instead choosing to rebuild around their second-round rookie. Once Sanchez injured his throwing shoulder, the decision was easy. Smith backs into the starting role after going 22-of-37 (59.5 percent) for 246 yards with one touchdown and three interceptions in the preseason. He did not record any rushing statistics. Even owners in two-quarterback leagues should be able to do better this week. Smith is a virtual lock to struggle against Darrelle Revis and company Sunday.
Wed, Sep 4, 2013 09:38:00 AM

Wes Welker, Cowboys CB Orlando Scandrick, and Rams WR Stedman Bailey are all allowed to return to their teams immediately and play Week 3 after the NFL and NFLPA agreed to a new drug policy Wednesday.

All three players can return to their respective teams' facilities Wednesday morning and begin practicing with their clubs. Welker has already been cleared of his preseason concussion and should be back in the lineup Sunday against the Seahawks. The Broncos will have to see where Welker is at physically after he hasn't practiced with the teams for a few weeks, but we'd expect him to be out there at least in a limited role. He'll eventually be on the WR2/3 map.
Sep 17 - 10:53 AM

The NFL and NFLPA have officially agreed to an overhauled drug policy.

The two sides have agreed to "wide-ranging improvements" to their policy on performance-enhancing drugs. Among other things, the league will now test for HGH and start that process this season. Final details of the new agreement on the substance-abuse policy are still being worked out. The NFL announced Wes Welker, Orlando Scandrick, and Stedman Bailey can rejoin their teams immediately. A first positive test for steroids, HGH, stimulants or other banned substances will result in a four-game ban. A second violation is a 10-game suspension, while a third positive test will be a two-year ban.
Sep 17 - 10:49 AM

The Washington Post's Mark Maske reports the Panthers are considering placing RE Greg Hardy on the exempt/commissioner's permission list.

It's the same tactic the Vikings used on Adrian Peterson. The Vikings are choosing to pay Peterson while he's away, but they reportedly have the option not to. With the firestorm that has hit the NFL regarding its off-field issues, it seems likely the Panthers are going to do something with Hardy. He was deactivated for Week 2, and the Panthers didn't miss a beat. Hardy's $13.116 million salary on the franchise tag is fully guaranteed.
Sep 17 - 10:27 AM

ESPN's Adam Schefter reports the Vikings "intend to bring back" Adrian Peterson once his legal case is resolved.

Fantasy owners of A.P. are left in the dark as they wait for the court's decision. It's worth noting Peterson is a first-time offender with no known criminal background, so it's entirely possible he merely gets a slap on the wrist for punishing his son too harshly. Peterson's first court hearing is not until October 8, but expect his attorneys to push hard for a quick resolution. Matt Asiata needs to be owned everywhere, as does rookie Jerick McKinnon. Now that the Vikings know they may not have Peterson for awhile, Cordarrelle Patterson's rushing usage could spike as well.
Sep 17 - 8:55 AM

Giants placed WR Jerrel Jernigan on injured reserve with a mid-foot sprain, ending his season.

WR Julian Talley will take his place on the 53-man roster. It suggests Jernigan is dealing with a dreaded Lisfranc injury, though the Giants say he won't need surgery. Called out by coach Tom Coughlin in training camp, Jernigan had not been an effective as the Giants' fill-in No. 3 receiver this season, catching 6-of-9 targets for 40 yards through 110 snaps. Preseason star Corey Washington should now be in for a bigger role as the Giants await first-rounder Odell Beckham's (hamstring) return. A 2011 third-rounder, Jernigan is in the final year of his rookie contract. He has just 38 career catches.
Sep 16 - 5:00 PM

The Falcons are not concerned about Roddy White's (hamstring) Week 3 status.

White didn't miss a snap in Sunday's loss. "It's not important for Roddy to practice,'' coach Mike Smith said after White sat out Tuesday's session. "We'd like for Roddy to practice, but it's all about getting Roddy ready on a short week." Even if White sits again on Wednesday, you won't have to sweat his status for Thursday's game against the Bucs.
Source: ESPN.com
Sep 16 - 4:24 PM

Jaguars placed TE Marcedes Lewis (ankle) on injured reserve/designated to return.

Lewis suffered a severe high-ankle sprain in Sunday's loss to the Redskins. He'll be first eligible to return in Week 12, as the Jaguars are on bye in Week 11. Lewis is wholly droppable in 14-team leagues. Lewis' backup, Clay Harbor, is still recovering from a long-term calf injury, and is questionable for Week 3. Journeyman Mickey Shuler is the next man up on the depth chart. The Jags have also promoted TE Marcel Jensen from the practice squad.
Sep 16 - 2:27 PM

Doug Martin (knee) participated in Tuesday's practice, and was running with the first-team offense.

It's a sign the Bucs fully expect Martin to go for Thursday night's game against the Falcons. The question is what his role will be. Martin struggled mightily in Week 1, while backup Bobby Rainey went off against the Rams in his absence in Week 2. For now, owners should consider Martin a borderline RB2 against a Falcons run defense that's been gashed through the season's first two games.
Sep 16 - 2:00 PM

Josh Gordon has pled guilty to DWI charges in Wake County, North Carolina, and been sentenced to 12 months of unsupervised probation.

He must also pay a $390 fine. The league's new drug policy mandates a two-game suspension for players who are convicted or plead out in drunk-driving cases, but Gordon's arrest occurred under the old policy. Per Profootballtalk, he'll only be subject to a fine, and won't have his current 10-game ban lengthened. NFL.com's Albert Breer reports Gordon has been "assured" that's the case. It means he's still on track to return in Week 12, and no longer has any outstanding legal issues. Now hopefully Gordon can stay on the straight and narrow.
Sep 16 - 1:49 PM

Jaguars waived RT Cameron Bradfield.

The Jaguars' fill-in right tackle while Austin Pasztor recovers from hand surgery, Bradfield got positively roasted in Sunday's loss to the Redskins, a game where the Jags surrendered a hard-to-fathom 10 sacks. Bradfield was charged with two of those by Pro Football Focus. Bradfield also struggled in Week 1 against the Eagles. The Jags figure to turn to journeyman Sam Young until Pasztor returns. It's unlikely to be a major upgrade. Bradfield has 27 games of starting experience, but could easily pass through waivers unclaimed.
Sep 16 - 1:41 PM

A source tells CSN Bay Area that Vernon Davis has avoided a significant left ankle injury.

Davis' Monday MRI revealed a deep bruise and no structural damage, meaning he could suit up for Sunday's Week 3 game against the Cardinals. It sounds like a mild, "low" kind of sprain. If Davis does have to sit a game out, the 49ers may have to turn to Derek Carrier at tight end with Vance McDonald (knee) questionable.
Sep 16 - 1:29 PM




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