Tom Brady QB NE 23 hours ago
New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady authorized the NFL Players Association on Tuesday to appeal the league's upholding of his four-game suspension in federal court, according to ESPN.com. Brady previously appealed the suspension, which was handed down for his violation of the league's Policy on Integrity of the Game, but he did not receive a reduced punishment. The NFL upheld the suspension based on new information that he intentionally disposed of potentially relevant evidence after it was discovered Brady had his phone destroyed prior to meeting with investigators. Brady is expected to pursue an injunction that would allow him to play while the legal process unfolds, but it is unclear at this time how likely he would be to receive one. The veteran is currently scheduled to miss the first four games of the season and would return in Week 6 against the Indianapolis Colts.
Marques Colston WR NO 23 hours ago
The New Orleans Saints placed wide receiver Marques Colston on the physically unable to perform list Tuesday for an undisclosed reason, according to the New Orleans Times-Picayune. Colston is eligible to be activated whenever he is ready to play,
Dontari Poe DL KC 24 hours ago
Kansas City Chiefs defensive lineman Dontari Poe will report to training camp Friday, but he is not expected to participate fully as he continues to recover from a back injury, according to the Kansas City Star. Poe underwent surgery to repair a herniated disk July 15 and has since been prescribed two epidurals in addition to rest. The 24-year-old first experienced pain during OTAs earlier this offseason and exacerbated the issue while training. "He was home training," Chiefs trainer Rick Burkholder said. "He was doing great and then he hurt his back again. We brought him back to Kansas City. He had successful surgery, microdiskectomy. He had that disk removed. He's in Memphis right now. He's not doing a whole lot of rehab or treatment. He's resting, but he's doing great. He's going to be up here with us on Friday, and he'll have extensive treatment and rehab."
Vontaze Burfict LB CIN 1 day ago
Cincinnati Bengals linebacker Vontaze Burfict was placed on the active/physically unable to perform list Tuesday as he continues to recover from a knee injury, according to the Cincinnati Enquirer. Burfict underwent microfracture surgery last October after injuring his knee in Week 5 last season and is currently without a timetable for his return. The 24-year-old is eligible to be activated at any time during camp but will need to prove that he is able to handle the rigors of football activities before he returns to practice. "He's doing well," head coach Marvin Lewis said Tuesday. "When he proves he's ready to sustain football play day after day and the doctors feel good about it, then he'll be out there." Burfict has racked up 333 total tackles and four sacks in just 37 career games and will be a huge boost to the Bengals defense once he returns.
Le'Veon Bell RB PIT 1 day ago
Pittsburgh Steelers running back Le'Veon Bell's three-game suspension was reduced to two games by the NFL on Tuesday, according to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Bell is being punished for violating the league's policy on substance abuse prior to last season, but he ultimately had his suspension reduced following a settlement that was reached Tuesday. The 23-year-old was among the most valuable players in the league last season as he racked up 2,215 total yards and 11 touchdowns, and his availability for even one extra game is important to the Pittsburgh offense. He will now miss only the season opener versus the New England Patriots and the Week 2 matchup versus the San Francisco 49ers while he serves his ban. With the depth at the skill positions, the solidity of the team's offensive line and the return to form of quarterback Ben Roethlisberger, Bell could still rival last season's numbers even in a shortened season.
Tom Brady QB NE 1 day ago
New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady had his four-game suspension upheld by the NFL on Tuesday, according to the Boston Herald. Brady was suspended for violating the league's Policy on Integrity of the Game, stemming from his alleged role in "Deflategate", and had appealed the ruling in June. The 37-year-old had been working on a settlement with the league that could have reduced his suspension, but new information became available that revealed he had impeded the investigation by ordering his cell phone to be destroyed. "On or shortly before March 6, the day that Tom Brady met with independent investigator Ted Wells and his colleagues, Brady directed that the cell phone he had used for the prior four months be destroyed," the NFL announced. "He did so even though he was aware that the investigators had requested access to text messages and other electronic information that had been stored on that phone. During the four months that the cell phone was in use, Brady had exchanged nearly 10,000 text messages, none of which can now be retrieved from that device. The destruction of the cell phone was not disclosed until June 18, almost four months after the investigators had first sought electronic information from Brady." Brady will now be eligible to return for Week 6 of the regular season.
Todd Gurley RB STL 1 day ago
St. Louis Rams running back Todd Gurley passed his conditioning test Tuesday as he continues his recovery from a knee injury, according to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. Gurley was the 10th overall pick in this year's NFL Draft despite tearing the ACL in his left knee last November and had been placed on the Non-Football Injury list, but will now begin training camp on the team's active roster.
Justin Hunter WR TEN 1 day ago
Tennessee Titans wide receiver Justin Hunter will be with the team to begin training camp Thursday, according to ESPN. Hunter is facing possible legal charges and a suspension from the league due to his involvement in a bar fight on July 3.
Albert Wilson WR KC 1 day ago
Kansas City Chiefs wide receiver Albert Wilson is currently penciled in as the favorite to start opposite Jeremy Maclin, according to ESPN. Wilson stepped into a larger role in the final four games of last season, but will face competition from rookie wide receiver Chris Conley for the starting spot.
Muhammad Wilkerson DL NYJ 1 day ago
New York Jets defensive lineman Muhammad Wilkerson will report to training camp on time Wednesday, according to ESPN New York. Wilkerson has publicly stated his desire for a new contract before the start of the season, but seemed unlikely to pursue a holdout after reporting to mandatory minicamp last month. The 25-year-old has blossomed into one of the top defensive tackles in the game and has recorded 237 total tackles and 24.5 sacks in his first four seasons in the NFL. Wilkerson will make roughly $7 million this season, well below his market value, but the team could still improve its future salary cap flexibility by giving him a long-term contract, as the cap is expected to increase significantly in 2016. His agent will continue to negotiate with the front office throughout training camp as both sides have expressed a desire to get a deal done.