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CSN Bay Area's Matt Maiocco reports the 49ers are "bracing" for a 6-8 game suspension for OLB Aldon Smith.

A 6-8 game ban would be a bit longer than expected, as most observers have been anticipating a 4-6 game penalty. Smith was in New York meeting with Roger Goodell on Thursday. Maiocco reports the 49ers "do not know" Goodell's verdict yet, but it does sound like Smith's camp emerged from the meeting under the impression that Smith could miss as much as half the season. Losing Smith for 6-8 games would be an enormous blow to San Francisco's defense.
Thu, Aug 7, 2014 11:20:00 PM

Cowboys signed CB Orlando Scandrick to a one-year, $9.5 million contract extension through 2019.

See, holding out does work sometimes. The total value of Scandrick's new five-year deal is worth $20 million. Scandrick skipped voluntary workouts earlier this offseason before reporting to the team this week. He was already under contract through 2018, but was scheduled to earn just $1.5 million this season and $3 million in each of 2016-2018. With Brandon Carr and Morris Claiborne on the roster bubble, keeping Scandrick happy was a necessity for Dallas.
May 22 - 9:39 AM

Carlos Hyde has been missing time at OTAs with an "undisclosed leg injury."

"Trust in God's timing," Hyde tweeted Thursday as he missed practice. It's unclear the nature of Hyde's injury, but we'd have to assume he's day-to-day until we learn more. Any missed time is a concern for Hyde; the 49ers are looking to replace Frank Gore and the competition appears to at least be mostly open with Hyde considered the heavy early favorite. But with the additions of Reggie Bush and Mike Davis, along with the return of Kendall Hunter, it's a battle to watch.
May 22 - 8:55 AM

Free agent RB Daniel Thomas worked out for the Cowboys on Thursday.

Thomas was part of a group of backs that also included Felix Jones (!) and Ben Tate. The owner of a career 3.6 YPC, Thomas rushed the rock only 44 times for the Dolphins last season, averaging 3.8 yards per carry. Thursday is the first time we've heard his name since the start of free agency.
May 21 - 7:18 PM

Vikings coach Mike Zimmer says he has an "indication" of when disgruntled RB Adrian Peterson will report back to the team.

Zimmer didn't offer much in the way of elaboration. "It's up to Adrian, really," Zimmer said in a radio interview. "It's the voluntary time of year right now, and it's his decision in what he wants to do." Peterson has slowly accepted the reality that he's not going to be traded. Perhaps he'll skip next month's minicamp, but there's zero reason to believe he'll be absent for the start of training camp.
May 21 - 7:15 PM

NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports the Chargers are "optimistic" about signing contract-year QB Philip Rivers to an extension.

In March, Rivers said "nothing" could change his mind about not signing an extension, but his tone has softened dramatically in recent weeks. Perhaps Rivers has come around on the idea of playing in Los Angeles, or believes the Bolts won't bolt San Diego. Rivers' attitude adjustment has coincided with the de facto end of trade season. Where he once appeared intent on playing hardball, Rivers now seems likely to sign an extension with the only team he's ever known.
May 21 - 7:10 PM

CBS Sports' Jason La Canfora reports the NFL's desire to have a team in Los Angeles by 2016 "cannot be understated."

Per La Canfora, "several sources" at this week's league meetings considered the Chargers/Raiders' joint bid in Carson, Cal. as the "early favorite" over Rams owner Stan Kroenke's project in Inglewood. La Canfora reports there are concerns Kroenke couldn't break out of the Gateway City "without a protracted fight." That may be true, but Kroenke has vaster resources than his L.A. rivals, and remains ahead with his stadium plan. Contradictory reports will likely continue through the end of the year, but the league's L.A. return appears poised to come to a head early next winter.
Source: CBS Sports
May 21 - 4:19 PM

NFL suspended Bills DT Marcell Dareus one game for violating the league's substance-abuse policy.

Dareus was arrested for possession of synthetic marijuana in his native Alabama last May. The ban shouldn't come as a surprise to the Bills, who will be missing Dareus against the Colts. They'll get him back for Week 2 against the Patriots. Going into the final year of his rookie contract, Dareus remains a strong candidate for an extension.
May 21 - 3:47 PM

Free agent RB Ben Tate is working out for the Cowboys Thursday.

Tate's 2014 season was draped in red flags as he was outplayed by Isaiah Crowell/Terrance West in Cleveland, complained about his role and was released. He then bounced to Minnesota and Pittsburgh, continuing to show zero burst. So it's highly unlikely he'd provide Dallas an upgrade on their current underwhelming stable of Joseph Randle, Darren McFadden, Ryan Williams and Lance Dunbar. Still, the Cowboys' desire to at least kick the tires on Tate suggests they're not done tinkering at the running back position.
May 21 - 9:29 AM

ESPN Bears reporter Jeff Dickerson says Marquess Wilson "needs a strong preseason to ensure he’s on the 53-man roster."

Wilson was a pet project of the Phil Emery regime, but we'd still expect him to stick under Ryan Pace and John Fox. Wilson is a promising size/speed prospect with untapped potential who won't turn 23 years old until September. The Bears should keep him as their No. 4 wideout behind Alshon Jeffery, Kevin White and Eddie Royal. At the same time, it's worth considering that Wilson is a holdover seventh-round pick who didn't exactly light it up in six 2014 starts, no matter what Drew Dinkmeyer tells you. Wilson needs to make an impression in preseason games.
May 21 - 9:27 AM

Bills RBs coach Anthony Lynn said he would love for LeSean McCoy to lead the league in carries.

McCoy proved he was capable of shouldering massive workloads over the last two seasons, rushing a league-high 626 times. The Rex Ryan regime acquired Shady to be the workhorse in a ground-n-pound scheme that will be trying to hide an ugly quarterback situation (again). In six years under Ryan, the Jets ranked 4th, 5th, 6th, 16th, 2nd and 1st in team rushing attempts. McCoy is an excellent bet for 300-plus carries.
May 21 - 7:58 AM

Bills RBs coach Anthony Lynn said he'd like to see Fred Jackson's snaps cut in half this year.

Jackson played 548 snaps last season, averaging 14.7 touches per game. He finished with a career-low 3.72 YPC. "I think he wore down a little bit at the end of the season," Lynn said. "If we could take half of that off his plate, I think you’re going to see a fresher Fred Jackson and a more explosive Fred Jackson." That statement assumes F-Jax, 34, will even make the final roster out of training camp. The Bills traded for LeSean McCoy and drafted Karlos Williams this offseason, pushing the veteran to the bubble.
May 21 - 7:53 AM

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