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Vikings placed Adrian Peterson on the NFL's exempt/commissioner's permission list until his child-abuse case is resolved.

Under heavy public pressure after bungling the situation Monday, the Vikings caved. Now it's up to Peterson to get his legal issues resolved as soon as possible, face his punishment and get back on the field. All that is unlikely to happen anytime soon, leaving him out indefinitely. (Peterson's first court hearing isn't even scheduled until October 8). Reliable yet plodding Matt Asiata will be the Vikings' feature back for the foreseeable future. Freak talent Jerick McKinnon also needs to be owned.
Source: ESPN.com
Sep 17 - 2:08 AM

The NFLPA has officially filed an appeal on Ray Rice's indefinite suspension.

"The NFLPA appeal is based on supporting facts that reveal a lack of a fair and impartial process, including the role of the office of the Commissioner of the NFL. We have asked that a neutral and jointly selected arbitrator hear this case as the Commissioner and his staff will be essential witnesses in the proceeding and thus cannot serve as impartial arbitrators," reads the statement. It's just a formality at this point. Rice's hearing should be held within 10 days. Even if his suspension is reduced, Rice won't be playing in the NFL this season.
Sep 16 - 9:14 PM

Cowboys DE Demarcus Lawrence (foot, short-term I.R.) is off crutches and out of his walking boot.

Lawrence broke his foot in late July and isn't eligible to return to game action until Week 9. He's yet to begin running, but Lawrence is lifting weights. The Cowboys have just three sacks, but Pro Football Focus has surprisingly graded Dallas out as a top-three pass-rushing defense through two weeks.
Sep 16 - 9:00 PM

Updating a previous item, Cardinals OLB John Abraham didn't pass through the concussion protocol Tuesday and will try again on Wednesday.

Abraham suffered the concussion in Week 1 and left the team to mull his future. He returned to the club Monday, but is yet to be symptom-free. The Cardinals took a flier on OLB Victor Butler Tuesday. Abraham remains day-to-day.
Sep 16 - 8:47 PM

Coach Bruce Arians said Carson Palmer (shoulder) has a "nerve that just won't fire," and it "could be a day, or it could be a month" before he returns to the lineup.

It gels with what Arians said Monday. Palmer is anywhere from day-to-day to week-to-week. Consider him highly questionable for Week 3 against the 49ers at 4:05 PM ET. Drew Stanton will continue to start for however long Palmer is out. Stanton is merely a game manager with accuracy issues.
Sep 16 - 8:44 PM

Lamar Miller (ankle) practiced on Tuesday.

The Dolphins don't issue official injury reports for their Tuesday sessions, but it obviously puts Miller on track to start Sunday's game against the Chiefs. With Knowshon Moreno (elbow) out 4-8 weeks, Miller is getting yet another chance to establish himself as an RB2.
Sep 16 - 7:04 PM

Falcons ILB Prince Shembo rotated series with starter Joplo Bartu in Atlanta's Week 2 loss to Cincinnati.

This wasn't a situation where one player was in the base and the other rotated in on passing downs. It was a straight up platoon, with the fourth-rounder playing 31 snaps to Bartu's 42. Shembo saw just 13 percent of the Falcons' defensive snaps in Week 1, so it would appear the Atlanta coaching staff's confidence in the rookie is growing.
Sep 16 - 6:59 PM

Colts DL Arthur Jones (high-ankle sprain) is expected to miss 2-4 weeks.

It's a big loss for the Colts' undermanned front seven. Ricky Jean-Francois and Zach Kerr will pick up the bulk of Jones' lost snaps.
Sep 16 - 6:16 PM

Profootballtalk reports the Vikings could "reverse course" on Monday's decision to reinstate Adrian Peterson.

Instead of dying down, the firestorm has only intensified since the Vikings welcomed back their franchise back, with the NFL looking into the case and the governor of Minnesota calling for AD to be suspended. Although the Vikes are unlikely to release Peterson outright like the Ravens did with Ray Rice, they'll probably do the same math. That would be concluding that the controversy isn't worth it, and suspending AD until his legal situation is resolved. He's less than 50-50 to be active for Week 3.
Sep 16 - 6:01 PM

Free agent RB LaMichael James worked out for the Dolphins on Tuesday.

It's James' first-known workout since he was cut by the 49ers last week. The Dolphins are extremely thin at running back after losing Knowshon Moreno to an elbow injury in Week 2, resorting to re-signing Daniel Thomas on Monday.
Sep 16 - 5:58 PM

Speaking Monday, Bears CB Peanut Tillman (triceps, injured reserve) strongly suggested he plans to continue his career in 2015.

"I know this feeling way too well, but this isn’t the end of the road for me," Tillman said after his triceps sent him to injured reserve for the second time in as many seasons. It's an admirable sentiment, but the league isn't kind to aging cornerbacks. Tillman turns 34 in February. Perhaps he'll be open to playing safety in 2015.
Sep 16 - 5:54 PM

Lions signed CB Danny Gorrer and LB Julian Stanford.

A journeyman, Gorrer appeared in seven games for the Bucs last season. Stanford suited up in four games for the Lions, and all 16 for the Jags in 2012. Both players will primarily contribute on special teams, though Gorrer could get some run in the Lions' thin secondary.
Sep 16 - 5:47 PM

Lions placed CB Nevin Lawson on injured reserve with a dislocated ankle, ending his season.

A fourth-round rookie, Lawson suffered the injury in Sunday's loss to the Panthers. Filling in at nickel back for Bill Bentley (ACL), Lawson had already played 63 snaps on defense this season. The Lions have extremely little depth in their secondary. Thanks to his draft pedigree, Lawson should get the benefit of the doubt when competing for a roster spot next summer.
Sep 16 - 5:43 PM

Cardinals signed OLB Victor Butler.

Butler is a pass-rushing flier for a team with few edge threats. Butler was viewed as an up-and-coming player when he signed a two-year, $3 million deal with the Saints in March 2013, but missed all of last season with a torn ACL, and couldn't even make it to final cuts this summer. He's not guaranteed to stick around in the desert.
Sep 16 - 5:27 PM

Cardinals released OLB Marcus Benard.

The move clears a roster spot for OLB John Abraham, who is coming off the reserve/left squad list. Benard notched 7.5 sacks as an NFL sophomore in 2010, but hasn't been the same since an October 2011 motorcycle accident. Now 29, Benard was inactive for the Cardinals' first two games.
Sep 16 - 5:23 PM



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