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NFL suspended Cardinals ILB Daryl Washington for "at least" a year for violations of the league's substance abuse policy.

FOX Sports 910 in Arizona first had the report, and it's now confirmed. The NFL announced this suspension is specifically for substance abuse violations and "unrelated to Washington’s recent plea bargain for an assault charge," which perhaps explains why the announcement was "at least" a year. (He could face further discipline.) Washington was also suspended four games in 2013 for substance abuse violations. A dynamic coverage linebacker, pass rusher, and run defender, Washington's ban is an enormous blow to Arizona's defense. They'll turn to sophomore Kevin Minter and Steelers retread Larry Foote as underwhelming replacements.
Fri, May 30, 2014 01:14:00 PM

All charges stemming from ex-Cowboys WR/KR Lucky Whitehead's petty larceny case have been dropped.

This is a bad look for the Cowboys, who instantly cut Whitehead when news of the (false) accusation broke. The warrant for Whitehead's arrest was "rescinded" when Virginia police discovered they "had the wrong guy." Whitehead was a largely-ineffective gadget player/special teamer, anyway, but you can be sure the media is going to let the Cowboys have it, particularly in light of their unflinching stance that Ezekiel Elliott is innocent of multiple far-more-sinister alleged crimes.
Jul 25 - 11:43 AM

Broncos hired ex-coach Gary Kubiak in a scouting/advisor role.

Kubiak stepped away from head coaching following a number of health issues, but he always made it known he wanted to stay in football in some capacity. One of GM John Elway's best friends -- as well as Elway's backup during their playing days -- Kubiak will now be a trusted personnel hand for Denver's front office.
Jul 25 - 11:20 AM

NFL.com reports Greg Olsen will play out his contract.

Olsen also said, "after (ex-GM Dave) Gettleman was fired he did not want to be a further distraction." Despite his slow contract negotiations probably contributing toward Gettleman's firing, Olsen is now oddly accepting his current contract. As the most reliable component of the Panthers' offense and one of the NFL's top tight ends Olsen certainly deserves to be paid as such.
Jul 25 - 10:55 AM

Redskins WRs coach Ike Hilliard continued to talk up fourth-year WR Ryan Grant at the start of training camp.

The Redskins had a rift over Grant when Scot McCloughan was still GM; McCloughan preferred speedier, more athletic Rashad Ross, while Grant was a coaches' pet and remains so. "I'm easily Ryan Grant's biggest fan," said Hilliard. "He's always been our best pure route runner out of everyone, even with Pierre (Garcon) and DJax (DeSean Jackson) here." Grant worked ahead of first-round pick Josh Doctson throughout Redskins OTAs and minicamp.
Source: ESPN.com
Jul 25 - 10:37 AM

CSN Bay Area's Matt Maiocco writes that Vance McDonald "is not assured a roster spot" entering training camp.

The new 49ers brass went as far as to openly admit they tried trading McDonald before, during, and after the draft. The 49ers have "already identified" rookie George Kittle "as a legitimate red-zone option," and are expected to give Kittle every opportunity to beat out McDonald for the starting job.
Jul 25 - 10:18 AM

Suspended RB Kenneth Dixon will undergo meniscus surgery on Tuesday.

The standard timeline for a torn meniscus is 6-8 weeks depending on the severity of the tear. While Dixon is already suspended the first four games for violating the league's policy on PEDs, having to return from meniscus surgery is another barrier on his path to playing time. Suffering his third knee injury in 12 months -- he injured and later aggravated a multi-week MCL sprain last season -- Dixon's longevity may be in question. Dixon can be scratched off fantasy draft cheatsheets while Terrance West and Danny Woodhead maintain job security entering the season.
Jul 25 - 9:36 AM

Marcus Mariota plans to play at 215 pounds this season.

Mariota came out of Oregon at 222 and is listed at that weight on the Titans' website. The team told him to bulk up to the 225-230 range this year, but Mariota instead opted to side with his personal trainer and instead cut weight. The thinking is that Mariota will be faster and more elusive to avoid hits, but 215 is borderline-fragile for an NFL quarterback and could make Mariota even more prone to injury if he does get squared up for a big hit by a defender. It will be interesting to see if the Titans force him to put on weight during camp.
Source: Oregon Live
Jul 24 - 9:45 PM

CSN Philly's Reuben Frank expects Wendell Smallwood to have a "pretty significant role" with the Eagles this season.

Smallwood has been talked about as potentially needing a big camp to even make the team after the Eagles signed LeGarrette Blount and drafted Donnel Pumphrey, but Frank believes the team "really likes" Smallwood. Last year's fifth-rounder appeared to be the No. 4 back in the spring. However, there are roles to be carved out in this backfield, and Blount isn't going to be ridden hard like he was in New England. This likely will remain a committee. And an unreliable one at that. Blount and Darren Sproles are the only two being drafted in 12-team leagues right now.
Jul 24 - 8:10 PM

Free agent Robert Griffin III will work out for the Chargers on Tuesday.

It will be RGIII's first known visit and workout since he was released by the Browns on March 10. According to ESPN's Adam Schefter, Griffin has been working out down in Florida with ex-Colts and Stanford OC Pep Hamilton, who also worked briefly with the Browns. The Bolts have Kellen Clemens currently as their backup.
Jul 24 - 7:15 PM

The San Jose Mercury News' Jimmy Durkin suggests the Raiders could hold Marshawn Lynch under 200 carries.

Durkin believes Lynch equaling Latavius Murray's 195-carry total from last year "should suffice," even suggesting Lynch could end up with "perhaps less" if sophomores DeAndre Washington and Jalen Richard earn increased roles. After Lynch took a year off from football, it's hard to imagine the Raiders suddenly forcing him back into 300-carry usage, particularly in an offense so explosive in the passing game. Lynch remains a health risk at age 31 after his body broke down in 2015, leading Lynch into a year-long "retirement." Lynch is one of the riskiest early-round fantasy picks on the board this year.
Jul 24 - 6:12 PM

Gregg Rosenthal mentioned on the most recent Around the NFL podcast that he's heard Carlos Hyde could be a surprise training camp cut.

A former longtime Rotoworld editor, Rosenthal now writes for NFL.com, frequently appears on NFL Network, and has cultivated enough connections that what he's hearing is noteworthy. Since the 49ers' new regime took over, coach Kyle Shanahan and GM John Lynch have been outwardly clear that San Francisco's running back situation needs upgrading, whether by signing (Tim Hightower), trading for (Kapri Bibbs), and drafting (Joe Williams) backs or Shanahan's suggestion that Hyde has personal improvement to make. We still believe Hyde could fetch something via trade, even in a contract year at a devalued position. The Niners would probably be willing to part with Hyde for a fourth-round pick, if not less.
Jul 24 - 5:43 PM




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