Derek Wolfe DL DEN 4 days ago
Denver Broncos defensive end Derek Wolfe has been suspended for the first four games of the upcoming season for violating the NFL's policy on performance-enhancing drugs, according to ESPN.com. Wolfe, who recorded 38 tackles and 1.5 sacks in 16 starts last season, said the violation stemmed from a medication he took during the offseason. "During the off-season I took a medication which is on the banned substance list," Wolfe said on Friday. "The medication is not a substance which would enhance my on-field performance in any way, and I genuinely was unaware that it was prohibited, but players are responsible for what is in their bodies. I will certainly exercise far greater caution in the future and will seek advice relating to the permissibility of any and all medications. I'm very disappointed that I can't help my team for the first four weeks of the season, but I look forward to a great season with the Broncos and can't wait to get back on the field in week five." Wolfe should be expected to return to his starting role when he returns from his suspension.
Sean Smith DB KC 4 days ago
Kansas City Chiefs cornerback Sean Smith has been suspended for the first three games of the 2015 season after pleading guilty last month to driving under the influence, according to ESPN. Smith recorded 49 tackles and one interception in 16 starts last season and will miss games against the Houston Texans, Denver Broncos and Green Bay Packers.
Joseph Randle RB DAL 4 days ago
Dallas Cowboys running back Joseph Randle received deferred adjudication Thursday for an arrest on shoplifting charges last October, according to the Dallas Morning News. Randle will now be on probation for 180 days and will have his charges dismissed if he can stay out of trouble during that time. "He’s just relieved and ready to move on and focus on training camp," Randle's attorney Steven Bell said. "He regrets the situation. He’s a good young man." Minor theft is a relatively uncommon offense for a professional athlete so there is little precedent for the NFL to follow in regard to this case, but it appears that they do not plan to pursue a suspension at this time. Randle is currently atop the running back depth chart for the team and could solidify his position as the starter with a strong training camp.
Sam Bradford QB PHI 5 days ago
Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Sam Bradford is expected to be ready to participate in 11-on-11 drills once training camp starts next week after recovering from a knee injury, according to NJ.com. Bradford, who was acquired from the St. Louis Rams earlier this offseason, is recovering from his second torn ACL in the last two years. "If I'm not ready for 11 on 11 by training camp, then something has gone horribly wrong," Bradford said. "That's the plan right now. We're going to keep plugging away and be ready when camp starts." The 27-year-old is expected to start this season, but will face competition in training camp from Mark Sanchez. Bradford has not played in a regular season game since Week 7 of the 2013 season, as he suffered his second ACL tear in training camp with St. Louis last August. Barring a setback, he appears on track to start Week 1.
Tarell Brown DB NE 5 days ago
Free-agent cornerback Tarell Brown signed with the New England Patriots on Thursday, according to ESPN.com. Brown started 56 games between the San Francisco 49ers and Oakland Raiders over the past four seasons.
Kelvin Benjamin WR CAR 5 days ago
Carolina Panthers wide receiver Kelvin Benjamin is expected to be fully healthy for the start of training camp after recovering from a hamstring injury, according to NFL.com. Benjamin was limited for most of the team's offseason activities due to a couple of setbacks involving the hamstring, but should be a full go for training camp after having some time to get up to speed.
Rolando McClain LB DAL 6 days ago
Dallas Cowboys linebacker Rolando McClain could begin training camp on the physically unable to perform list as he continues to recover from a knee injury, according to the Dallas Morning News. McClain has not participated much during offseason workouts and the team can afford to bring him along slowly, as he will serve a four-game suspension to start the year.
Dez Bryant WR DAL 6 days ago
Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Dez Bryant will likely be limited at the start of training camp after missing all of organized team activities and minicamp while holding out for a new contract, according to the Dallas Morning News. Bryant held out for a long-term contract, but he should have plenty of time to get up to speed before the start of the regular season after he joins the team next week. "We have to get our hands around Dez, he hasn’t been in a competitive training offseason and you want to make sure you don’t throw him to the wolves," Cowboys executive vice president Stephen Jones said. "He works hard but there’s nothing like working with your teammates in a competitive environment. It’s an art to get through the preseason without significant injuries. Those things happen but we’re going to do everything we can to manage and be better at it."
Marcus Mariota QB TEN 7 days ago
Tennessee Titans quarterback Marcus Mariota agreed to terms on a four-year contract Tuesday, according to the team's official website. Mariota was selected second overall in this year's draft, but he had yet to sign his rookie deal as his representatives clashed with the team over offset language. "We are glad to have the deal with Marcus done, and I'd like to thank both Marcus and his representatives for their diligence in working with us to finalize this contract," Titans executive vice president and general manager Ruston Webster said. "We were confident that Marcus would be under contract before training camp, and we look forward to him starting his career on time with his teammates when we open camp next week. This is an exciting time for the Tennessee Titans organization, and we look forward to a bright future." Mariota is the favorite to start this season, though he will have to beat out Zach Mettenberger and Charlie Whitehusrt once training camp begins.
Justin Hunter WR TEN 7 days ago
Tennessee Titans wide receiver Justin Hunter was released from a Virginia jail on $25,000 bond Tuesday, according to The Tennesseean. Hunter, who turned himself in and was charged with malicious wounding following a bar fight earlier this month, is expected to report to training camp next week.