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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.
Source: TMZ Sports
Jul 27 - 10:21 AM

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.
Jul 27 - 10:13 AM

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.
Source: ESPN.com
Jul 27 - 9:51 AM

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.
Jul 27 - 9:39 AM

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.
Source: ESPN.com
Jul 27 - 9:23 AM

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."
Jul 27 - 8:59 AM

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.
Source: ESPN.com
Jul 27 - 8:55 AM

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.
Jul 27 - 8:46 AM

The Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel's Pete Dougherty estimates Eddie Lacy reported to camp "around the 240-pound mark."

It would be a 20-pound loss from where Lacy reported at last year's camp. Lacy's ideal weight is 231-235, but he could easily sweat off several more pounds practicing in the heat. He remains a boom-bust investment in fantasy drafts.
Jul 27 - 12:59 AM

Packers TE Jared Cook (foot surgery) could be out until the second week of the preseason.

Currently on active/PUP, Cook appears likely to miss the first two weeks of training camp and the Hall of Fame Game against the Colts. The missed time will lower Cook's chances of opening the season starting over Richard Rodgers.
Jul 27 - 12:47 AM

The Miami Herald's Barry Jackson considers Arian Foster "the favorite" to start over Jay Ajayi as long as Foster is "completely healthy."

Coach Adam Gase has been talking up Foster the past week-plus since Foster signed a one-year deal. Ajayi is an unproven second-year pro who has some injury concerns of his own and doesn't have the pass-game skill set Foster possesses. Foster is no sure thing from an injury standpoint, either, but signs have been pointing to him being very involved since signing a contract last week. At this point, Foster will probably have to get hurt and/or Ajayi will need an incredible summer to take back the top spot on the Dolphins' depth chart.
Jul 26 - 11:06 PM

The New York Daily News's Ralph Vacchiano would put a "healthy bet" on Victor Cruz catching fewer than 50 passes this season.

It's a reminder that even with Cruz (knee, calf) back to 100 percent, we can't assume he's going to be the player he was two years ago before all the injuries. Cruz has played all of 1.5 games with Odell Beckham since OBJ came into the league, and over all the missed time Beckham has since developed into the league's top receiver. Sterling Shepard was drafted to be the No. 2, and new coach Ben McAdoo is expected to feature the backs and tight ends more in the pass game. Cruz isn't even worth drafting in regular-sized fantasy leagues.
Jul 26 - 10:36 PM

The San Francisco Chronicle's Eric Branch believes Carlos Hyde could be in line for a "monster season" as long as he's able to stay healthy.

As noted by Branch, LeSean McCoy carried the ball 300-plus times each of coach Chip Kelly's first two seasons in Philadelphia, so he's not afraid to ride one running back. And Kelly's scheme is similar to the system Hyde ran in college at Ohio State. The problem for Hyde, however, has been the injury bug; he's missed 11-of-32 games since entering the pros. Also working against Hyde will be the 49ers' lackluster roster, which will likely put them behind on the scoreboard often. If -- big "if" -- Hyde is able to stay healthy, he should easily push 250 carries. Hyde looks like a high-end RB2 with RB1 upside and no clear backup to spell him.
Jul 26 - 10:12 PM

The Santa Rosa Press Democrat's Grant Cohn reports 49ers GM Trent Baalke's "head is under the guillotine," and he's on the hot seat this season.

Owner Jed York is putting the pressure on Baalke after elevating executive Tom Gamble to assistant GM on Monday. Gamble has been with the organization since 2005 except for a two-year stint with the Eagles from 2013-2014 when Gamble had to move back east to be near his sick father. Gamble rejoined the 49ers before last season and has seen numerous GM interviews around the league. Baalke is best-known for winning with now-Redskins GM Scot McCloughan's roster and then winning a power struggle with now-Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh, forcing him out of town. Baalke has drafted terribly in recent years despite often having the most picks at his disposal. This 49ers roster isn't set up to win games in 2016.
Jul 26 - 8:37 PM

Saints placed WR Vincent Brown on injured reserve with a calf injury, ending his season.

Brown was placed on the active/PUP list Monday, but the Saints are simply ending this by booting him off the 90-man roster. Brown will likely be released with an injury settlement at some point. He was signed back in May after beating out Hakeem Nicks at a tryout, but was always a roster long shot.
Jul 26 - 8:31 PM


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