NFL.com "Josh Gordon's fate for 2014 has finally been decided. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reports that the NFL has suspended the Cleveland Browns wide receiver for one season on Wednesday for violating the league's substance abuse policy, according to a source. Last year's league-leading wideout..." August 28
#Browns WR Josh Gordon can apply for reinstatement after the season, not one calendar year as drug policy dictates for Stage 3 offenders.
NFL.com "The Cleveland Browns waited nearly four months for the NFL to drop its one-year suspension on wide receiver Josh Gordon. NFL Media's Aditi Kinkhabwala told NFL Network on Wednesday that the elongated timeline left the organization "extremely frustrated with the way that this dragged..." August 27
St. Louis Post-Dispatch "Rams coach Jeff Fisher remains angry over an ESPN report that dealt in part with the "showering habits" of defensive end Michael Sam by ESPN reporter Josina Anderson. "I'm extremely disappointed in her piece," Fisher told the Post-Dispatch on Wednesday, not long before the team boarded buses..." August 27
Washington Post "Several NFL announcers have, in recent days, grappled with whether or not they will say “Redskins” during their broadcasts this season. CBS’s Greg Gumbel apparently resolved that issue three years ago, without anyone noticing. The play-by-play man told at least two interviewers in recent days..." August 27
Seahawks & Pete Carroll collectively fined by than $300,000 by NFL for violation of off-season non-contact rules, per sources.
ESPN.com "Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton, who suffered a hairline fracture to his ribs, said Wednesday he'll be ready to start Week 1 of the regular season against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Newton was injured during Friday night's 30-7 preseason loss at New England. He will not play in Thursday..." August 27
CBSSports.com "The gift of being Adrian Peterson is being a freakish athlete with the strongest grip known to man. The curse of being Adrian Peterson? Sometimes the rest of the world doesn't live up to your standards. Peterson's been on some bad Vikings teams since being drafted in 2007 and he's had to carry..." August 27
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel "Eddie Lacy of the Green Bay Packers is perfectly capable of leading the National Football League in rushing this season. "Without a doubt," Sam Gash, the team's running backs coach, said Monday. "He has the capability of being the leading rusher and maybe even combined yards if he catches a..." August 27
Denver Post "Wes Welker was cleared to fly with the Broncos for their final preseason game against the Dallas Cowboys. Welker has not yet been medically cleared from his concussion to engage in contact, so he won't play in the game Thursday night at AT&T Stadium. Then again, none of the Broncos' other..." August 27
James Harrison tentatively scheduled to take physical for #azcardinals Fri. deal isn't foregone conclusion, per source.
CBSSports.com "An anti-Semitic comment by Chargers radio announcer Hank Bauer has landed him a one-game suspension, meaning he won't be working the team's final preseason game this Thursday. The comment by Bauer with less than a minute to play in the Chargers preseason game last week came when he made a..." August 27
CSN Washington "The Washington Redskins organization has “started the process” of designing a new stadium to serve as the team’s home, owner Dan Snyder told Comcast SportsNet in an exclusive interview Wednesday. “Whether it's Washington, D.C., whether it's another stadium in Maryland, whether it's a stadium in..." August 27
The Cardinals will be signing Tommy Kellly
Titans DT Jurrell Casey has signed a 4-year contract extension worth $36 mil with $20.5 mil guaranteed, per agent Drew Rosenhaus.
SB Nation "A skirmish between cornerback Richard Sherman and a teammate at an offseason minicamp brought some hefty fines down on the Seahawks. The Seattle Seahawks were just hit with a hefty fine that totaled more than $300,000, thanks to once again dipping into the well of violating the rules of..." August 27
Sporting News "The ripple effect of the Logan Mankins trade between the Patriots and Buccaneers may reach all the way to Indianapolis. The veteran guard's arrival in Tampa Bay reduced the odds of Richie Incognito signing there and Colts head coach Chuck Pagano told reporters Tuesday that they were open to..." August 27
Dallas Morning News "Talks between the Cowboys and receiver Dez Bryant on a new contract continue. Depending on where you look online, you will read something that suggests these discussions are either dragging along or accelerating at a rapid pace. Both extremes contain an element of truth. How? Because..." August 27
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette "Good morning, A fellow who plays fantasy football asked me yesterday if I thought Le’Veon Bell would be suspended for the first game of the season. I told him no. He said that was good because he just drafted him in the fifth round for his fantasy football team. No one was interested in him,..." August 27
Oft-asked question: NE-TB trade has to mean Pats are worried about Gronk, no? Answer: No. Gronk in good spot. This provides depth, options.
Titans working out veteran kickers Jay Feely and Rian Lindell, per source.
Indianapolis Star "Linebacker Robert Mathis begins his NFL-imposed four-game suspension at 4 p.m. Saturday. At that time, he isn't allowed at the Colts complex and is prohibited from having any contact with team personnel. "Zero. Zero. Players, coaches, nobody," Pagano said. "Got a memo (from the league) with a..." August 27
USA Today "How many are too many? Was one concussion enough to start the ticking time bomb in Wes Welker's brain? Were three? Or can the Denver Broncos wide receiver take a few more hits before he does irreversible damage that will rob him of his memory, set his moods swinging like a pendulum and make..." August 27
NFL.com "It didn't take long for Derek Cox to find a new employer. The Ravens plan to sign the veteran cornerback on Wednesday, two days after he was released by the Minnesota Vikings, according to The Baltimore Sun's Aaron Wilson. The former Jaguars and Chargers defender is expected to play in..." August 27
Cincinnati Enquirer "Veteran cornerback Terence Newman had more to say on Tuesday about linebacker Vontaze Burfict's contract status than Burfict did when Burfict took questions from the media for the first time since it was reported nationally last Wednesday that he and the Bengals had agreed to a contract..." August 27
San Jose Mercury News "Colin Kaepernick is slated to play in Thursday night's exhibition finale, and for the 49ers' sake, they'd certainly like a repeat of last year's cameo. Kaepernick played only the first series but delivered a touchdown drive in the 2013 exhibition finale at San Diego. That history isn't..." August 27
CBSSports.com "Tuesday's SportsCenter featured an awkward break down of Michael Sam -- Rams defensive lineman and the first openly-gay player in the NFL -- and his shower habits. While Josina Anderson reported Kendall Langford said Sam is "one of the guys and seems to be taking a rookie approach in terms of..." August 27
NFL.com "Dez Bryant said Monday there is a "big chance" he and the Dallas Cowboys will reach agreement on a contract extension before the start of the 2014 season. It might happen even sooner. NFL Media columnist Michael Silver reports, via sources in Dallas, that negotiations have intensified..." August 27
New York Daily News "Injured Giants guard Geoff Schwartz got good news on Monday when he learned his toe injury was “just a minor setback” and that he may even be back sometime next month. Schwartz, who dislocated his right big toe on Friday night, will not even need surgery for his injury, according to the Giants...." August 27
St. Paul Pioneer Press "Ten miles from the Grand Ole Opry, Christian Ponder wants to put on a show of his own Thursday night in Tennessee. But he insists he doesn't consider it an audition. Ponder, the Vikings' third-string quarterback after being the primary starter the previous three seasons, expects to play a..." August 27
SI.com "The NFL has reportedly made a decision on Cleveland Browns receiver Josh Gordon's appeal of a one-year suspension for a positive drug test, Adam Schefter said on SportsCenter Tuesday. According to Schefter, the decision on the suspension has been made, but league appeals officer Harold..." August 27
CSN Bay Area "The 49ers’ plan at the No. 3 receiver remains a mystery -- even, apparently, to quarterback Colin Kaepernick. “That’ll be a coaches decision,” Kaepernick said Tuesday. “Whoever’s out there, I’ll be throwing to them.” When asked if he likes the 49ers' options at wide receiver beyond starters..." August 27
CSN Philly "He’s indispensable but not invincible. How well the Eagles do this season, whether they repeat as NFC East champions and go deep into the postseason, has quite a bit to do with LeSean McCoy. More specifically, it has quite a bit to do with McCoy’s health. A year ago, McCoy led the NFL in..." August 27
Detroit News "The Lions looked through the dozens of players cut around the NFL, but with no clear upgrades available at defensive back, they’ve turned to the possibility of a trade, according to a report. CBS Sports reported Tuesday night the Lions are “making calls” with hopes of bolstering what is..." August 27
Fox Sports "Former New England Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez won a potentially significant legal victory Tuesday when a judge barred prosecutors from using evidence taken from two cell phones and three tablet computers that had been seized from the player’s home in the early days of a 2013 murder..." August 27
Seahawks & Pete Carroll collectively fined by than $300,000 by NFL for violation of off-season non-contact rules, per sources.
ESPN.com "Washington Redskins safety Brandon Meriweather will appeal his two-game suspension for another illegal hit, amid strong support from teammates and coaches -- and fellow safety Ryan Clark calling out Troy Vincent. The NFL suspended Meriweather on Monday for two games based on what it deemed a..." August 26
Yahoo! Sports "Sean Gilbert and DeMaurice Smith need to go at it, town-hall style battle-royale style in a debate. After all, these are the two men who could go head-to-head for the NFLPA executive director spot soon, even if the sitting executive director Smith has no plans of leaving his post. Gilbert, the..." August 26
Boston Globe "St. Louis Rams defensive end Michael Sam, the first openly gay draftee in the NFL, may or may not survive the cuts this week when the team whittles down to 53 players, but ESPN is already onto more pressing matters. Namely, trying to track where Sam is while his teammates are taking a shower. " August 26
NESN "The New England Patriots are parting with their All-Pro left guard. The Patriots are trading Logan Mankins to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers for tight end Tim Wright and a draft pick, FOX Sports’ Jay Glazer reported Tuesday. Mankins had a $10.5 million cap hit for the 2014 season, and his contract ran..." August 26
Herald Net "As the flags continue to fly this preseason, there has been a lot of talk about the Seahawks defense, and their secondary in particular. When the NFL decided to make defensive holding and illegal contact a point of emphasis for 2014, the assumption made by most was that it was basically a “Legion..." August 26
Fox Sports Southwest "The Cowboys are in scramble mode along their defensive line, planning to activate injured end Anthony Spencer, hoping tackle Henry Melton knocks some rust off in time for Week 1 against the 49ers, scanning the waiver wire for bodies that represent upgrades. But they also have hopes for a return..." August 26
Pro Football Talk "Former Washington quarterback Joe Theismann recently sparked a firestorm by suggesting that, if his old team had an open competition at quarterback, Kirk Cousins would win the job over Robert Griffin III. “Let’s stop beating around the bush,” Theismann, a color analyst working for the team,..." August 26
USA Today "The NFL has suspended Washington Redskins safety Brandon Meriweather for the first two games of the regular season following an illegal hit on Baltimore Ravens receiver Torrey Smith in Saturday's exhibition game – Meriweather's sixth violation of player safety rules. Meriweather, 30, can appeal..." August 26
ESPN.com "The Steelers could be without one or both of their top running backs when they open the regular season in two weeks against the visiting Cleveland Browns. Steelers coach Mike Tomlin reiterated Monday that Le'Veon Bell and LeGarrette Blount will be punished after getting arrested on marijuana..." August 26
USA Today "New York Jets cornerback Dimitri Patterson denied reports that he went AWOL over the weekend after temporarily rejoining the team Monday. "There's no need for concern," Patterson told USA TODAY Sports before practice. "The reports about me going AWOL are totally false. I have my reason for..." August 26
ESPN Dallas "Dallas Cowboys receiver Dez Bryant wants to be paid what he believes he deserves, but he plans to table his contract negotiations with the team if he doesn't have a new deal by the beginning of the regular season. "I don't want to talk about it anymore," Bryant said Monday evening after an..." August 26
Yahoo! Sports "In what seems like the greatest Saturday Night Live sketch never written, Sarah Palin has leaped to the support of Mike Ditka in a battle against the forces of darkness threatening to strip the Washington Redskins of their team name. Now, you're probably sick of hearing about the Redskins name..." August 26
CBSSports.com "Former Bills quarterback Jim Kelly was at Ralph Wilson Stadium on Saturday to see Buffalo play Tampa Bay and it doesn't sound like he was too impressed with what he saw. What he saw was Bills quarterback EJ Manuel go 9 of 18 for 67 yards in the first half of Buffalo's 27-14 loss. Kelly was..." August 26