TMZ Sports reports the Columbus (OH) city prosecutor has launched an investigation into the domestic violence allegations against Ezekiel Elliott.
We're not expecting much to come of this, but it's noteworthy. Elliott's now-ex-girlfriend, Tiffany Thompson, called the police last Friday and accused Elliott of beating her for a week straight. Witnesses deny seeing Elliott ever laying a finger on Thompson, and Elliott has text messages from the female proving she's trying to set him up. Elliott is unlikely to be charged in this matter.
Bengals special teams coordinator Darrin Simmons confirmed second-year WR Mario Alford is on the roster bubble.
"We need to see if Alford is a legitimate contender or if he’s a pretender," Simmons said. "He’s one that I think this camp is going to be huge for him. He needs to step up or we’ve got to go someplace else. It’s time for him." It's hard to be more straightforward than that. Considered a dark horse for offensive snaps earlier this offseason, Alford is now buried on the depth chart.
Free agent DE/OLB O'Brien Schofield remains in contact with the Falcons.
Coach Dan Quinn said he talks with Schofield frequently, and the two sides could soon agree to a contract. Schofield has been training with Seahawks DE Michael Bennett in Hawaii all offseason and has added 10 pounds of muscle.
Panthers contract-year DT Kawann Short reported for the first day of training camp Wednesday.
As expected. Short skipped voluntary workouts during the spring, but showed up to mandatory minicamp and isn't going to cause a stir this summer. GM Dave Gettleman reportedly is unwilling to give Short more than $15 million annually on a new deal, but Fletcher Cox and Muhammad Wilkerson both just got more than $17 million. Short might be looking at the tag next year.
ESPN Bills reporter Mike Rodak doesn't consider suspended RB Karlos Williams a lock to make the team.
Rodak admits Williams "should be safe," but this is a reminder just how bad of an offseason Williams has had since an impressive rookie year. He reported to the team considerably overweight, looked badly out of shape in side-field conditioning drills at minicamp, and then was slapped with a four-game suspension for violating the substance-abuse policy. Williams will have some depth chart climbing to do when he returns. Mike Gillislee is the favorite for No. 2 duties.
ESPN's Ed Werder reports the Jets and free agent Ryan Fitzpatrick have had "no recent talks."
Werder confirms the sides "remain far apart" with "no resolution expected soon." It's a similar report to Ian Rapoport's on Tuesday. Geno Smith will open training camp as the Jets' starting quarterback. If Geno practices well and earns respect in the locker room, perhaps the Jets would move on altogether from Fitz. In a Wednesday morning column, ESPN New York's Rich Cimini predicted that ultimately "cooler heads will prevail" and the Jets will "strike a deal" with Fitzpatrick "before the second preseason game."
Antonio Brown will not hold out of Steelers camp despite displeasure with his contract.
Brown is still working on the six-year, $43 million deal the Steelers gave him in 2012 after Mike Wallace rejected it. He caught 136 balls last season and collected a $1 million salary. Brown's salary this year is $6.25 million. As Brown is signed through 2017 and Pittsburgh has one of the worst cap situations in the league, an extension will probably be put off until next offseason.
Suspended WR Martavis Bryant is living in Nevada and "doing great," according to his agent.
"He's doing great," agent Brian Fettner assured. "He's taking everything seriously and living with his trainer, half a mile from his agent, surrounded by the right people. He's heartbroken that he's not allowed to play, but we are where we are and he's focused to not let it happen again." Bryant won't play in 2016 due to a four failed drug tests and two more missed tests. Bryant was rumored to be dealing with depression. He can apply for reinstatement next January.