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NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports there will be no decision on Josh Gordon's suspension appeal this week.

Per FOX Sports' Mike Garofolo, the NFL Players Union and Gordon's reps were expecting a decision by the end of this week. RapSheet says one isn't coming, however. The holdup is believed to be due to a high volume of testimony on both sides stemming from Gordon's latest failed drug test. Gordon failed several drug tests in college, as well. He'll remain in limbo until appeals officer Harold Henderson makes a decision. Hopefully, it'll happen next week.
Aug 22 - 3:56 PM

Updating a previous item, BenJarvus Green-Ellis is sidelined by a hip injury at Bengals camp.

The Cincinnati Enquirer previously called the injury "unknown." Law Firm has "worked minimally" since the Bengals' second preseason game, and was not on the practice field Friday. He won't play in Sunday's exhibition contest.
Source: bengals.com
Aug 22 - 3:40 PM

The 49ers are expected to use their injured reserve/designated for return tag on NT Glenn Dorsey (torn biceps).

Dorsey tore his left biceps in early August, and the 49ers are hopeful he can make a late-season return. ILB Navorro Bowman (ACL, MCL) will open the year on the PUP list. The 49ers may view anything they get this year as a "bonus" from Dorsey. Their run defense will surely suffer without Dorsey and Bowman.
Aug 22 - 3:02 PM

Dolphins waived TE Michael Egnew.

One of ex-GM Jeff Ireland's seemingly countless misfires, Egnew was exposed as a product of Mizzou's spread offense quickly after the Dolphins made him a top-80 pick in the 2012 draft. It's particularly telling that the new Dolphins regime saw more potential in Arthur Lynch, Gator Hoskins, and Brett Brackett.
Aug 22 - 2:53 PM

NFL fined Saints TE Jimmy Graham $30,000 for dunking footballs over the goal posts.

Graham did this twice in Week 2 of preseason, which upset coach Sean Payton and obviously drew the ire of league brass. Graham has stated publicly he won't be dunking footballs over the goal posts anymore going forward.
Aug 22 - 2:42 PM

NFL suspended Chiefs RT Donald Stephenson four games for violating the league's policy against performance-enhancing drugs.

Stephenson was a below-average starter to begin with, but it's still a big hit to an already shaky Kansas City line. LT Eric Fisher has been pulverized in preseason games after a rough rookie year, while the Chiefs' interior line isn't much better. In Zach Fulton, Kansas City has a sixth-round rookie penned in at right guard. Line-play differential is one reason to support LeSean McCoy over Jamaal Charles as the No. 1 overall pick in 2014 fantasy drafts.
Aug 22 - 2:37 PM

Kam Wimbley and Derrick Morgan are expected to open the season as the Titans' starting outside linebackers.

Wimbley and Morgan have taken "virtually all" of the first-team reps, with Shaun Phillips and Akeem Ayers on the outside looking in. 30-year-old Wimbley received negative pass-rush marks from Pro Football Focus in 2013, while Morgan is playing outside linebacker for the first time in his life. Expect the Titans' defense to get worse before it gets better transitioning to a 3-4.
Aug 22 - 2:34 PM

The Nashville Tennessean's John Glennon says he's "now more inclined to jump on the hype wagon" after watching Justin Hunter's training camp.

Glennon admits he entered camp skeptical of Hunter, but the sophomore wideout has "progressed faster than imagined," while combining "freakish" skills with a more confident approach. "Hunter appears ready to become a consistent big-play threat," Glennon concludes. Still regularly available in the tenth round of fantasy drafts, Hunter remains an ideal, high-ceiling WR4.
Aug 22 - 2:29 PM

Coach Rex Ryan reiterated this week that he doesn't anticipate that "one guy is just going to carry the load" in the Jets' backfield this season.

Chris Johnson had one run of 25-plus yards last year. Chris Ivory had five carries of 25-plus yards on 97 fewer attempts. Johnson continues to talk himself up as an annual 1,000-yard rusher -- he is, because he's stayed healthy and compiled numbers -- but based on recent efficiency, CJ?K isn't the best runner in the Jets' backfield. New York plans to use a committee approach this season.
Aug 22 - 2:06 PM

BenJarvus Green-Ellis is uncertain to play in the Bengals' third preseason game Sunday due to an "unknown" injury.

It's believed he suffered the injury in Cincinnati's second preseason game, where Law Firm exited after just one carry for three yards. Green-Ellis' likely absence paves the way for rookie Jeremy Hill to run with Cincy's No. 2 tailback job. Cedric Peerman and UDFA James Wilder will also get more carries.
Aug 22 - 1:33 PM

CBS Sports' Jason La Canfora reports there is "not a chance" the Chiefs agree to a long-term deal with OLB Justin Houston before this season is over.

La Canfora reports the sides are "far apart," echoing a similar story from PFT published earlier this month. Houston is clearly seeking top-pass-rusher dollar, which is understandable after a dominant 2013 season. Still only 25 years old, Houston would surely break the bank on the 2015 free agent market.
Aug 22 - 1:09 PM

Colts FS Delano Howell's neck injury is not believed to be career-ending.

Howell has spent much of the week in Minneapolis meeting with a specialist to determine the next course of action. The Colts will talk to the doctors Friday. Howell remains out indefinitely. Mike Adams is filling in next to LaRon Landry.
Source: ESPN.com
Aug 22 - 12:58 PM

Colts rookie LG Jack Mewhort had arthroscopic surgery on his right knee following minicamp in the spring, and he's now experiencing some discomfort.

Mewhort hasn't practiced this week and is questionable for the Colts' third preseason game. Originailly not expected to start, Mewhort is penciled in as the Colts' starting left guard following Donald Thomas' season-ending torn quad. Indianapolis' offensive line is a major area of concern, especially the interior.
Source: ESPN.com
Aug 22 - 12:34 PM

Coach Lovie Smith called Doug Martin the Bucs' "bell cow" at running back.

"With Mike James going down with an injury and with Charles Sims going down, Doug is our bell cow," Smith said. "He likes that role. He's had a good camp, hasn't missed a beat. He's going to rush for a lot of yards for us this year." Martin's had a quiet summer, leading some to believe he's more RB2 than RB1, but he's the lead dog in an offense that projects to lean heavily on its run game. We think Martin has tremendous value at his current early-third-round ADP. The offensive line being able to open holes consistently is a major question mark.
Aug 22 - 12:07 PM

The NFL fined Johnny Manziel $12,000 for directing a middle finger at the Redskins' bench in Monday night's second preseason game

Manziel can appeal the fine and have it reduced to 25 percent of his weekly check, which would be about $6,000. It's really a non-issue, but became one because of who Manziel is and that it was caught on national television.
Aug 22 - 11:54 AM



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