Josh Robinson DB MIN 12 hours ago
Robinson is recovering from a partially torn pectoral muscle suffered in early June, Ben Goessling of ESPN.com reports.
Robinson's health concern stems from a practice prior to the Vikings' minicamp last month, which places his status in some doubt for training camp at the end of July. If he's at all hindered to start the season, first-round pick Trae Waynes is poised to move up the depth chart and potentially be an every-down starter from Week 1.
Andrew Quarless TE GB 14 hours ago6 Comments
Quarless was arrested in Miami on Saturday morning on a charge of discharging a firearm in public, the Miami New Times reports.
According to a police report cited by the Miami New Times, Quarless is accused of firing a gun twice -- once in the air, and once in an unspecified but seemingly target-less direction -- around 5:30 am. The other details are less clear, but the report cites a parking attendant's claim that Quarless fired the gun from his Porsche during a conflict with a group of women in a nearby car. The attendant quoted one of the women as yelling "No, get away, leave me alone," though Quarless is not yet accused of doing anything aside from firing the gun. Still, this is a bizarre incident that could reveal something worse yet, so Quarless' standing with Green Bay could be on notice for now.
Khiry Robinson RB NO 2 days ago
Robinson said he isn't worried about the Saints' investments in fellow running backs Mark Ingram and C.J. Spiller, ESPN.com reports.
The departure of Pierre Thomas briefly opened up a potential path to more touches, but the Saints then signed C.J. Spiller to a four-year contract, in addition to bringing back Mark Ingram. Spiller figures to be heavily involved as a receiver and passing-down back, with Ingram likely getting most of the carries and goal-line work. Robinson may be third on the depth chart, but he'll have a significant role if Ingram can't stay healthy. An injury to Spiller probably wouldn't provide the same boost, as Robinson's skill set is much more similar to Ingram's.
Ladarius Green TE SD 2 days ago5 Comments
With Antonio Gates suspended for the first four games of the season, Green will have a chance to prove that he's the Chargers' tight end of the future, ESPN.com reports.
This is the third consecutive offseason in which Green has been hyped as a breakout candidate, but with Antonio Gates finally out of the way, at least temporarily, the 25-year-old actually has an easy path to consistent snaps this time. It remains to be seen whether Green can turn his excellent physical traits into solid production, and even if he does, there's some chance the stats will dry up once Gates returns.
Datone Jones DL GB 2 days ago
Jones has been suspended one game for a violation of the NFL's substance abuse policy, Aaron Wilson of the Baltimore Sun reports.
Selected 26th overall in the 2013 NFL Draft, Jones has yet to make a significant impact with the Packers. Through 29 career games, he's so far tallied 32 tackles (24 solo), five sacks, one interception, and one fumble recovery. The suspension will keep Jones out of the season opener on Sept. 13 at Chicago, meaning his debut will take place in a Week 2 showdown against the Seahawks.
Antonio Gates TE SD 2 days ago5 Comments
Gates will be suspended for the first four games of the 2015 season after violating the league's substance abuse policy.
With the suspension of Gates the Chargers will look to Ladarius Green and David Johnson to fill the void at the onset of the season. Gates' value should certainly take a hit come draft day, but his 12 touchdowns and 821 receiving yards from last season proves that he could still be a legitimate pick in the final rounds of standard-sized leagues for the upcoming campaign. The first opportunity for the veteran to make his 2015 debut comes against the Steelers on Oct. 12.
Rolando McClain LB DAL 2 days ago
McClain (knee) has been suspended for four games for violating the league's substance abuse policy, Mike Garofalo of Fox Sports 1 reports.
The middle linebacker seemed to get his career back on track last season with the Cowboys, but McClain will now have to sit until Week 5 before returning to the lineup. Sean Lee and Anthony Hitchens are the most likely candidates to fill in for McClain while he's out, who at least will get extra time to recover from his arthroscopic knee surgery before he does get on the field.
Sheldon Richardson DL NYJ 3 days ago1 Comment
Richardson has been suspended for the first four games of the coming season for violating the league's policy and program for substances of abuse, NFL.com reports.
As a result, Richardson, who is coming off a season in which he recorded 67 tackles and eight sacks, will see a reduction in his IDP value in re-draft formats, but he'll be worthy of an in-season pickup once his suspension is complete.
E. J. Bibbs TE CLE 3 days ago
Bibbs, an undrafted rookie, has a shot to stick with the Browns as a depth tight end, the team's official site reports. "(Bibbs) has had a real good spring for us," Coach Mike Pettine noted of the tight end during mini-camp. "He's kind of come out of nowhere. We feel that we have some depth in the room and some future depth in that room that we're very pleased with."
Bibbs notched 45 receptions for 382 yards for Iowa State in 2014 to along with eight touchdowns in 10 games. The 6-foot-2, 258-pounder is viewed as both a capable blocker and pass-catcher, with his versatility an asset as he tries to secure a depth role in a Browns' TE corps that also features Jim Dray, Gary Barnidge, and Rob Housler.
Sam Barrington LB GB 3 days ago
Barrington is poised to make the defensive calls in Green Bay this season, Chris Wesseling of NFL.com reports.
Barrington tallied at least five tackles in six of the Packers' final seven games of 2014, including playoffs, accruing 47 (30 solo) during that stretch. Over the course of a full campaign, such production equates to 107 stops, which would make him relevant in IDP formats. Expect Barrington to work in conjunction with Clay Matthews at inside linebacker in the coming season.