Deadspin.com "If we learned anything from the NBA's Donald Sterling saga, it was that public outrage alone is not enough to force sports leagues to act. It only became clear that the NBA would take a serious stand with Sterling when sponsors began fleeing the Clippers in droves. A similar moment may be..." September 16
CBSSports.com "VikingsMessageBoard.com, which has been in existence since at least 2005, has shuttered its virtual doors for good. Not surprisingly, this has everything to do with running back Adrian Peterson, who was released Saturday on $15,000 bond following his arrest for "reckless or negligent injury to..." September 16
TMZ.com "Sources close to the investigation tell TMZ the reason the case went nowhere is because Adrian did NOT strike the boy in the forehead -- but instead the child accidentally hit his head on a carseat while Adrian was punishing him. We're also told the form of discipline was "not impermissible."..." September 16
Players to be reinstated: WR Wes Welker, WR Steadman Bailey, DB Orlando Scandrick, OL Eric Herman, DE Spencer Nealy via @mortreport and me.
Arizona Republic "Veteran outside linebacker John Abraham will return to the Cardinals on Tuesday after spending the past week away from the team contemplating retirement, coach Bruce Arians announced. Abraham, the NFL's active sacks leader with 133½, needed some time to assess his career after suffering a..." September 16
USA Today "The Minnesota Vikings are standing behind Adrian Peterson. The team announced Monday that its star halfback will fully participate in meetings and practice this week and is expected to play Sunday against the New Orleans Saints. The Vikings had deactivated Peterson, 29, for their game..." September 16
Fox Sports "Charles Woodson is what some might call a "straight shooter." Woodson's Oakland Raiders looked absolutely dismal for the second consecutive week, being shut out for three quarters en route to a 30-14 loss to the Houston Texans. After the game, the veteran cornerback was asked what he thought..." September 16
New York Post "All-Pro running back Adrian Peterson could be on the trading block if even uglier details emerge from his felony child abuse case in Houston, The Post has learned. An NFL source familiar with the thinking of the Vikings’ ownership group said Sunday the only certainty is Peterson won’t be..." September 16
Pro Football Talk "Vikings running back Adrian Peterson is expected to return to the lineup in Week Three after missing Sunday’s loss to the Patriots after being indicted on charges of reckless or negligent injury to a child in Houston last week. Peterson released a statement on Monday saying that he “very much”..." September 15
The #Bears are planning on placing starting CB Charles Tillman (triceps) on season-ending injured reserve, a source said.
The NFL announces establishment of VP for Social Responsibility, hires experts to help w/domestic violence, other social issues.
Washington Post "The dirty little secret in Ashburn is that Coach Jay Gruden actually thought Kirk Cousins was better suited to his offense, that Robert Griffin III wasn’t getting it and there was no way to delicately make a change at any point this season without causing major problems throughout the..." September 15
CBSSports.com "After San Diego's 30-21 win over Seattle on Sunday, several Charger players said the team's offense 'exposed' Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman. Chargers wide receiver Keenan Allen took those comments one step further, saying that Sherman's not the 'shutdown corner' he claims to be. "He's..." September 15
Pro Football Talk "Ray Rice hasn’t said or done much since he was cut by the Ravens and suspended indefinitely by the NFL last Monday. This Monday, he’ll say plenty. According to multiple league sources, Rice will appeal the indefinite suspension on Monday. The appeal will be handled by the NFLPA and by an..." September 15
Newark Star-Ledger "Sheldon Richardson’s voice is bold, noticeable and prominent – a hearty baritone with a tinge of a twang, from his St. Louis roots. The second-year defensive tackle is one of the most talkative players in the Jets’ locker room. He speaks often and he speaks loudly and he never shies from..." September 15
San Diego Union-Tribune "An MCL sprain can sideline a player anywhere from a minimal amount to eight weeks. For Ryan Mathews, the timetable appears to fall somewhere in between. A recent MRI has confirmed a sprained MCL for the Chargers running back, and he is expected to miss four to five weeks, according to the..." September 15
CSN Washington "Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III told reporters today that he does not have a fractured bone in his left ankle and that he will know more about how long he will be out with the injury later today. Griffin said that it was "positive news". He will not have to undergo surgery, a procedure..." September 15
St. Louis Post-Dispatch "Injured quarterback Shaun Hill tested his strained thigh more than 2½ hours before game time Sunday at Raymond James Stadium. But coach Jeff Fisher said after the Rams’ 19-17 victory that there was never a chance Hill was going to start against Tampa Bay. “At no point was there a chance for..." September 15
"It doesn't look to be a real severe one, but it does have the component of a high ankle sprain." #Chiefs coach Andy Reid on Jamaal Charles
CSN Bay Area "Tight end Vernon Davis sat out the final 10 minutes of the 49ers’ 28-20 loss to the Chicago Bears on Sunday night with an ankle injury. Davis sprained his left ankle when his foot was caught underneath Bears linebacker Jonathan Bostic as he was tackled after an 8-yard gain in the fourth..." September 15
SNY TV "Pro Football Talk is reporting that CB Walter Thurmond has a torn pectoral muscle and will miss the remainder of the season (PFT, Sept. 15). Thurmond will have surgery this week. He pulled himself from Sunday’s loss to the Cardinals in the second half." September 15
Fox Sports "Former NFL quarterback Tim Tebow made his debut as a "Good Morning America" contributor Monday, introducing a story about Deven Jackson, a Pennsylvania youth who had both legs amputated but hasn't let that stop him from playing football. It was another case of Tebow branching out in life after..." September 15
Saints will be without RB Mark Ingram for about a month, source confirms. Hand injury, as @AdamSchefter tweeted. Surprise there.
SI.com "There was pomp and circumstance, there were fireworks and party favors: each fan in brand-spanking-new Levi’s Stadium received an “Inaugural Season Home Opener Commemorative Ticket.” The stars were out – Dwight Clark, Jerry Rice and Joe Montana saluted the fans; Snoop Dogg rocked the house at..." September 15
Source: #Rams WR Tavon Austin has a sprained MCL and is out roughly 2 weeks. Just doesn’t stop today.
TE Marcedes Lewis (high ankle) will be out 6-to-8 weeks. #Jaguars
The Dolphins and Daniel Thomas have agreed on a contract for the rest of the season, agent Tony Fleming tells me.
As for John Abraham possibly returning to the team, hopefully he's focused/motivated. Obviously the Cards need someone to rush the passer.
News on #Washington WR DeSean Jackson is promising today. Woke up "sore" from shoulder injury, but looks like no serious structural damage.
Pro Football Talk "Good news, Chiefs fans. Per a league source, X-rays were negative on the ankle injured by Chiefs running back Jamaal Charles on Sunday. It doesn’t mean Charles will be back in action next week. An MRI on Monday is likely, which will reveal the extent of any damage to the ligaments holding the..." September 15
Pittsburgh Tribune Review "The Steelers spent approximately $137 million during the offseason adding free agents, locking up their rookie class and re-signing veterans such as Marcus Gilbert and Cortez Allen to multi-year contracts. What do they have to show for it after two games? A 1-1 record, an ongoing inability to..." September 15
Pro Football Talk "As the christening of the Field of Jeans approaches, a key player will be there, despite a lengthy holdout. And while guard Alex Boone did indeed work out a deal that gives him some more money on what otherwise would be the last two years of his current deal, the 49ers had a chance to get Boone..." September 15
USA Today "Johnny Manziel has made his NFL debut, but it was hardly an exhilarating start. The Cleveland Browns sent Manziel into the huddle in the third quarter, and he handed off the ball to running back Isaiah Crowell for a three yard gain. And then he was gone, and starter Brian Hoyer was back...." September 15
CBSSports.com "With Vikings All-Pro running back Adrian Peterson facing an indictment on child abuse charges after allegedly striking his four-year-old son repeatedly with a branch, and the NFL announcing it is reviewing the case under the league's personal conduct policy, his future, short and long-term, is in..." September 14
Update ... Carson Palmer is not starting. It will be Drew Stanton for Arizona.
Greg Hardy is INACTIVE.
SI.com "What would it take for sponsors to cut ties with the NFL? That was the question posed to executives at two companies who have done business with NFL teams and to marketing experts who closely track the relationship between the league and its corporate partners. Their answers varied, but most..." September 14
CBSSports.com "The public statements by NFL ownership groups continue to mirror what these owners are saying to one another and in private. Namely that their support of Roger Goodell, even in this time of great crisis, with the Ray Rice investigation launched, is firm and few scenarios exist whereby that would..." September 14
Pro Football Talk "Three cheers for the four-letter network. While most of the public and the media have swallowed the hook regarding the notion that former FBI director Robert Mueller will be conducting an “independent” investigation into the many questions regarding the Ray Rice video, ESPN has been at the..." September 14
Rams DE Robert Quinn signed 4-year, $66.575M extension that includes $41.2M gtd tying him to team through 2019, agent Tony Fleming confirmed
ESPN.com "Washington Redskins owner Dan Snyder made it clear that he still supports NFL commissioner Roger Goodell, who has come under fire for his handling of the Ray Rice situation. Snyder issued a three-sentence statement Saturday backing Goodell as many have called for the commissioner to resign or..." September 14
CSN Bay Area "Embattled NFL commissioner Roger Goodell will not follow-through on his 2012 promise to attend the regular-season opener at Levi’s Stadium, a source said. As late as Friday evening the 49ers were expecting Goodell to attend Sunday night’s nationally televised game against the Chicago Bears to..." September 14
Pro Football Talk "The NFL has confirmed that Adrian Peterson, who was indicted on a charge of injury to a child for striking his 4-year-old son, could be disciplined under the league’s personal-conduct policy. “This will be reviewed under the NFL’s personal conduct policy,” the league said in a brief..." September 14
National Football Post " San Francisco 49ers defensive tackle Ray McDonald's court hearing has been postponed. McDonald has been arrested on suspicion of domestic violence, but a decision on whether formal charges will be filed hasn't been determined. He was originally scheduld to go to court on Monday." September 14
Bloomberg "UltraViolet, a women’s advocacy organization, will take to the sky tomorrow to call for the ouster of National Football League Commissioner Roger Goodell over his handling of the Ray Rice domestic violence case. Ultraviolet said it will fly planes over three NFL stadiums prior to Week 2 games..." September 14
NFL confirms still no drug policy agreement. Deadline has come and gone to activate players for Sunday. So Welker, Scandrick, etc. wait.
USA Today "Minnesota Vikings star running back Adrian Peterson landed in Houston and turned himself in to authorities in Montgomery County, Texas, early Saturday where he was booked on a charge of injury to a child before posting $15,000 bond and being released. Peterson arrived at the jail and was let in..." September 13
ESPN.com "New Orleans Saints tight end Jimmy Graham expressed his "love" for quarterback Drew Brees on Friday when asked about a recent ESPN The Magazine story that described some tension in their relationship this summer. When asked if that was real, Graham said, "Nah. No, Drew's my guy. I love..." September 13
#Browns Josh Gordon has been notified that his suspension is now a total of 10 games. That's pending final approval of the new drug policy.
Pro Football Talk "On Friday night, the NFLPA announced that its board of player representatives had approved a new, comprehensive drug policy. On Saturday morning, both the league and the union have said that the new drug policy isn’t finalized yet. NFL spokesman Greg Aiello tells PFT that the policy is “not..." September 13