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Texans Bring Back Safety Danieal Manning

Texans Bring Back Safety Danieal Manning

National Football League(NEW YORK) — Even though he left the team via free agency this offseason, veteran safety Danieal Manning is back with Houston Texans.
The Texans had originally offered Manning a pay cut following last season, but he declined and instead opted for free agency. He signed a contract with teh Cincinnati Bengals.
Manning wound up getting cut by the Bengals, and decided to reunite with his old team.
“Health wise he’s perfect,” Manning’s agent, Russel Hicks said. “He may be in better shape than when he left. His leg was fine. He was cleared to play. He played all four [preseason games]. It just wasn’t good fit for him in [Cincinnati]. It was a numbers game. It happens like that. The right fit for you is the right fit for you.”
The 32-year-old Manning is an eight-year NFL veteran who can still contribute to an NFL team. He battled injuries last season and appeared in just six games and recorded 24 tackles.
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49ers Ray McDonald Arrested for Domestic Violence

49ers Ray McDonald Arrested for Domestic Violence

Scott Boehm/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — The San Francisco 49ers find themselves with another player in trouble with the law. Defensive lineman Ray McDonald was arrested early Sunday morning on charges of domestic violence.
San Jose police Sgt. Heather Randol confirmed the arrest occured following a call at 2:48 a.m. local time. McDonald later posted bail and was released from the Santa Clara Sherrif’s Department. San Francisco general manager Trent Baalke said the team takes “such matters seriously” while a league source told ABC News the NFL is aware of the incident.
The 29-year-old defensive lineman reportedly had an altercation with his fiancé at a party celebrating his birthday. The fiancé showed police bruising on her body which led to McDonald’s arrest. This incident comes in the same week that teammate Aldon Smith was suspended by the NFL nine games for multiple off-field run-ins, including a DUI last September. McDonald was also arrested for DUI in 2010.
On Thursday, the NFL publicized new policies regarding domestic violence. First-time offenders will be suspended six games while a second arrest could mean a lifetime ban.
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Ryan Mallett Traded to Texans

Ryan Mallett Traded to Texans

Al Messerschmidt/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — The Houston Texans have acquired quarterback Ryan Mallett from the New England Patriots for a conditional sixth or seventh-round pick in 2016, a source said on Sunday.
Mallett had served as the primary backup for Tom Brady in each of the last two seasons after being drafted in the third round in 2011. A 6’6″ quarterback out of Arkansas, Mallett will enter Houston as the backup for vetern Ryan Fitzpatrick. 
The Texans will wavie Case Keenum in order to make room for Mallett and still have rookie Tom Savage on the depth chart. It was a rookie in New England that led to the trade as Jimmy Garoppolo completed 46 of 79 passes for 618 yards and five touchdowns in the preseason.
During limited action this year, Mallett was just 14-for-26 passing in three games one touchdown.
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Chiefs Sign Smith to Four-Year Deal

Chiefs Sign Smith to Four-Year Deal

Jason O. Watson/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — The Kansas City Chiefs have apparently found their quarterback of the future, signing Alex Smith to a four-year contract extension. Multiple media reports say the deal is worth approximately $68 million.
Smith was acquired last season in a trade with San Francisco for a third round pick in 2013 and 2014. The extension will keep the signal caller in Kansas City through the 2018 season as he still has one year remaining on his current contract. 
“It was a priority of ours to get this deal done and keep Alex in a Chiefs uniform long-term,” Kansas City general manager John Dorsey said in a statement. “Alex is a proven leader on and off the field. He is a special individual with a lot of ability, and we are fortunate to have him here.”
The 30-year-old posted one of the best seasons of his career last season, throwing for 23 touchdowns and a career-high 3,313 passing yards. In his first season with the Chiefs, Smith helped the team to an 11-4 record and a spot in the playoffs.
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ESPN: Sam Clears Waivers

ESPN: Sam Clears Waivers

Joe Robbins/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — Defensive end Michael Sam cleared waivers Sunday, according to ESPN.
Sam was attempting to become the first openly gay player in NFL history. He came up short when he was cut by the St. Louis Rams Saturday, when all 32 teams had to trim their rosters down to the league-mandated 53 players. That put Sam on waivers until noon Sunday, meaning any team in the league could have picked him up. But the deadline passed meaning Sam is now clear to join a NFL team’s practice squad.
Sam was cut Saturday in favor of undrafted rookie defensive tackle Ethan Westbrooks. After he was cut, Sam commented on Twitter.”The most worthwhile things in life rarely come easy, this is a lesson I’ve always known,” Sam tweeted Saturday. “The journey continues.”
Sam, who was selected by the Rams in the seventh-round of this year’s draft, had 11 tackles and three sacks in four preseason games.
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Saints Cut Bailey and Meachem

Saints Cut Bailey and Meachem

Stacy Revere/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — The New Orleans Saints made their final roster cuts on Saturday in preparation for Week One of the 2014 NFL Season. Among those left off the final 53 were veteran wide receiver Robert Meachem and cornerback Champ Bailey.
Bailey, who was also released by the Denver Broncos this year, was sidelined for three weeks during training camp with a foot injury. The 36-year old played 10 season with the Broncos before his release.
“Even though I’ve played 15 years, it doesn’t matter. Man, this is a production business,” Bailey said last week. “I think every guy going into training camp has to show what he can do. And, you know, I feel good. If they like what I do, then I’ll play a lot on Sundays. Plain and simple.”
A 29-year-old receiver, Meachem’s release is less shocking to most. The Saints have a plethora of young wide outs including Nick Toon and Joe Morgan, who sit at the bottom of the depth chart. Meachem caught 157 passes for 2,593 yards and 25 touchdowns during his six seasons in New Orleans.
The Saints also released both kickers they had brought to camp in Shayne Graham and Derek Dimke.
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ESPN: Michael Sam Released by Rams

ESPN: Michael Sam Released by Rams

Joe Robbins/Getty Images(ST. LOUIS) –  Defensive end Michael Sam was released by the St. Louis Rams on Saturday, according to ESPN.
Sam was attempting to become the first openly gay player in NFL history, but came up short as all 32 teams had to trim their rosters down to the league-mandated 53 players.  He was beat out by undrafted rookie Ethan Westbrooks, who is one of nine defensive linemen to land a roster spot.
“You know what, it’s not going to be like the draft,” Sam said earlier this week. “I’m very confident that I’m going to sleep really well tonight and I’m very confident I’m going to be on a team, the Rams or any other team in the NFL.”
Sam made headlines before the NFL scouting combine when he announced that he’s gay. He’d be the first openly gay player in NFL history.
Even with a chip on his shoulder, Sam was unable to prove to Rams coaches that as a seventh round pick, he should make the team.
Despite being let go, Sam had a very productive preseason. In four preseason games, he’s recorded 11 tackles while also registering three sacks.
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Bengals Release BenJarvus Green-Ellis

Bengals Release BenJarvus Green-Ellis

Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images(CINCINNATI) –  Veteran running back BenJarvus Green-Ellis has been cut by the Cincinnati Bengals, the team announced Friday.
The move was expected, as Green-Ellis did not dress for the Bengals’ last two preseason games.  Giovani Bernard will be the team’s starting running back, with rookie Jeremy Hill serving as the primary backup.  Cincinnati selected Hill in the second-round of this year’s NFL draft.
“It’s very difficult to release such a fine player and person as BenJarvus,” coach Marvin Lewis said. “He has been an exceptional player and teammate, as well as mentor to our younger players. He has also been a standout person in the community. We thank Bennie for all he has done and wish him the best of luck in the future.”
Green-Ellis was entering the final year of his three-year contract and was scheduled to make $2.3 million this season.  In his two seasons in Cincinnati, Green-Ellis rushed for more than 1,700 yards.  He averaged a career-low 3.4 yards per carry last season and had just four catches.
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Jim Irsay Reportedly Has Plea Deal in Place

Jim Irsay Reportedly Has Plea Deal in Place

Joe Robbins/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — Indianapolis Colts owner Jim Irsay has reportedly reached a plea deal as part of his impaired driving case. That according the Indianapolis Star, citing court officials.
Irsay was arrested in March on a pair of misdemeanor charges. The Colts owner was arrested near his home after failing a field sobriety test. Officers on the scene said he had trouble reciting the alphabet. Police reports showed that Irsay had various prescription drugs and $29,000 in cash in his position at the time of the arrest.
“I cannot provide any details of — or even verify the existence of — an agreement unless and until one would be tendered to the Court at such a hearing,” said Andre Miksha, a spokesman for the Hamilton County prosecutor.
The trial, originally scheduled for Oct. 30, was reportedly rescheduled for Tuesday. While details of the plea agreement were not released, the announcement of the plea will allow NFL commissioner Roger Goodell to deliver his punishment of Irsay.
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49ers’ LB Aldon Smith Suspended 9 Games

49ers’ LB Aldon Smith Suspended 9 Games

Brian Bahr/Getty Images(SANTA CLARA, Calif.) — San Francisco 49ers linebacker Aldon Smith has been suspended for the first nine games of the season after violating the NFL’s personal-conduct policy.
Smith was sentenced in July to 11 days of work release in a Santa Clara County (Calif.) court after his September 2013 arrest for drunken driving.
On April 13, Smith was arrested at Los Angeles International airport for making a false bomb threat after an altercation at the security checkpoint, but the Los Angeles City Attorney’s office declined to press charges.
“Our organization has known this decision would come and we have prepared for it as a team,” 49ers general manager Trent Baalke said in a statement. “Aldon has taken responsibility for his actions and has continued to show growth personally and professionally. We will continue to support him, but it is time to put this matter behind us and focus on the season ahead.”
Smith is eligible to return to the 49ers roster on Nov. 10.
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Titans Reward Jurrell Casey with Contract Extension

Titans Reward Jurrell Casey with Contract Extension

National Football League(NASHVILLE, Tenn.) — After a breakout season in 2013, the Tennessee Titans have rewarded defensive lineman Jurrell Casey with a four-year extension.
ESPN reports Casey’s deal will pay him $36 million over those four years, with $20.5 million guaranteed.
“We are excited to come to an agreement on an extension with Jurrell,” Titans general manager Ruston Webster said in a statement. “This is something Jurrell has earned not only with his play on the field but his work ethic as well. We appreciate Jurrell’s professionalism through this process and look forward to many good years to come.”
Even though the team has moved from a 4-3 defense to a 3-4, the team has assured Casey he will still be able to play like he’s used to at the pro level.
Casey is entering his fourth season with the Titans after the team selected him in the third round back in 2011. After accumulating 5.5 sacks his first two seasons, Casey exploded for 10.5 sacks in 2013 to go along with 55 total tackles.
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Adrian Peterson Excited about the Vikings Offense

Adrian Peterson Excited about the Vikings Offense

Andy Lyons/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — Running back Adrian Peterson has been carrying the Minnesota Vikings offense for years, but now he’s excited to see how the rest of the team’s playmakers have developed heading into the 2014 season.
“This is g…

Jets Suspend Cornerback Dimitri Patterson for Rest of Preseason

Jets Suspend Cornerback Dimitri Patterson for Rest of Preseason

Joe Robbins/Getty Images(FLORHAM PARK, N.J.) — After he never showed up for the team’s preseason game, the New York Jets have suspended cornerback Dimitri Patterson for the remainder of the preseason.
Patterson didn’t show up for the team’s preseason game last Friday night against the New York Giants. He went AWOL and wasn’t heard from for 48 hours.
“I think there’s a level of accountability,” guard Willie Colon said. “I think if he’s able to stand up in front of the team and say, ‘Hey, this is how I felt, such-and-such happened,’ whether it’s right, wrong or indifferent, for him to say something would be welcomed. We’ll have to proceed from there.”
Though there was speculation that Patterson could be cut, the team has decided to just suspended him until Monday as they get ready for their first game of the 2014 regular season.
The 31-year-old Patterson is a nine-year NFL veteran, but this is his first season with the Jets.
He’s battled injuries the past few seasons, as he’s played in just 15 out of a possible 48 games over the past three seasons.
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Steelers RB’s Le’Veon Bell and LeGarrette Blount Await Punishment

Steelers RB’s Le’Veon Bell and LeGarrette Blount Await Punishment

Pittsburgh Steelers/NFL(PITTSBURGH) — Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin is not worried about being without both his running backs come the season opener against the Cleveland Browns.
“Everything’s on the table,” Tomlin said regarding punishment coming to running backs, LeGarrett Blount and Le’Veon Bell.
The two were charged with marijuana possession and driving under the influence during their trip to play the Philadelphia Eagles last week and both could be suspended at the start of the regular season.
Veteran wide receiver Lance Moore defended his teammates.
“We don’t spend a lot of time talking about what happens off the field. Obviously what’s going to those guys is going to happen to those guys, and nothing we can do or say here is going to change that,” he said. “We’re not going to disown them or treat them differently. Obviously it’s a situation that we would like to have not have happened, something that maybe could have been avoided. They made a decision, [but] once we walk through these doors, it’s all work.”
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Dez Bryant Still Seeking Long-Term Deal with Cowboys

Dez Bryant Still Seeking Long-Term Deal with Cowboys

Rich Schultz/Getty Images(ARLINGTON, Texas) — Cowboys wide receiver Dez Bryant is entering the final year of his rookie deal, and if a deal is not done before week 1 of the regular season, he won’t be talking about it during the year.
Bryant will be paid $1.78 million this season and is seeking a long-term deal.
“I don’t want to talk about it anymore,” Bryant said Monday evening after an event to announce the Cowboys’ corporate sponsorship deal. “Put it behind me. I love this game. Either way, I feel like I can’t be distracted once I’m on the football field.”
“We’re in conversation,” Bryant added. “I’ll say that. We’re talking. We are talking. It only gets better from there. Let’s see what happens.”
Bryant is hoping to have a deal done before they open up on Sept. 7 against the San Francisco 49ers.
The Cowboys remain positive that both sides will be able to work out a deal.
“He obviously feels in the right circumstances he wants to get something done. We do, too. That can be good,” Cowboys owner Jerry Jones said of negotiations.
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Brandon Meriweather Suspended Two Games

Brandon Meriweather Suspended Two Games

NFL Shield(ASHBURN, Va.) — Washington Redskins safety Brandon Meriweather was suspended for the first two games of the season by the NFL on Monday.
The punishment comes after another helmet-to-helmet hit from Meriweather on Baltimore’s Torrey Smith over the weekend.
“Meriweather delivered a forceful blow to the head and neck area of a defenseless receiver with no attempt to wrap up or make a conventional tackle of this player,” said NFL executive vice president of football operations Troy Vincent in a statement.
Meriweather said after the game on Saturday that he did not believe there was anything wrong with the hit on Smith.
“I’m trying to do what the NFL asked me after going through the offseason, and working on the things I need to work on, and the first chance I get, it seems like I failed,” he said.
Meriweather has been fined five different times by the league over the course of his career, including a $42,000 fine for a hit on Packers running back Eddie Lacy in 2013. The safety was also suspended two games last year, but had it reduced to one game following an appeal.
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Broncos’ Prater Apologizes for Suspension

Broncos’ Prater Apologizes for Suspension

National Football League(ENGLEWOOD, Colo.) — One day after being suspended by the NFL for violating it’s substance abuse policy, Denver Broncos kicker Matt Prater apologized to his friends, teammates, and fans. 
“I’m definitely going to make some changes in my life,” Prater said following Monday’s practice. “Not drink at all or risk doing anything stupid like that [and] keep myself out of certain situations like not go to places where people are drinking.”
“Now I’m going to dedicate myself to working out and getting stronger in the time I have off,” he continued. “I’ll come in here and be here five days a week hitting the weights and I’ll have to kick at a high school field.”
The violation, which is alcohol-related, could have earned Prater a year-long suspension, but it was reduced to just four games. Because of a bye week in Week 4 for Denver, Prater will not be able to compete until a Week 6 matchup with the New York Jets on October 12.
Prater will be allowed to attend team functions and use the weight room, but cannot be on the field or sidelines with the team during his suspension.
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Cam Newton Suffers Fractured Rib

Cam Newton Suffers Fractured Rib

Streeter Lecka/Getty Images(CHARLOTTE, N.C.) — Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton will not play in the teams final preseason game this week after he suffered a hairline fracture of the ribs during Saturday’s game, head coach Ron Rivera said in an announcement Sunday.
Coach Rivera added he expects Newton to play in the regular season opener.
“I do, but a lot of it is he had to get past the soreness, which we expect, and we’ll see how he starts to progress,” Rivera said.
Newton underwent both an MRI and a CAT scan after showing up to practice in a great deal of pain. The tests showed that the quarterback suffered the break when New England’s Jamie Collins stepped on his back in a vulnerable spot on the flak jacket Newton was wearing.
The 2011 number one pick was 8-for-12 passing with 88 yards in Saturday’s affair, but missed some key opportunities in his return from offseason ankle surgery.
Rivera hoped to give his quarterback one more game to work on his timing. Instead, Newton will be re-evaluated over the weekend in preparation for the Sept. 7 opener at Tampa Bay.
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Rams Quarterback Sam Bradford Tears ACL, Out Entire 2014 Season

Rams Quarterback Sam Bradford Tears ACL, Out Entire 2014 Season

Scott Boehm/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — Less than two weeks before the start of the regular season, and the St. Louis Rams are dealing with a devastating injury. Quarterback Sam Bradford will miss the entire season with a torn ACL.
Bradford suffered the injury during the team’s preseason win over the Cleveland Browns on Saturday. This is the same ACL that Bradford tore last season that caused him to miss the final nine games of the season.
“Anyone that’s gone through that procedure and the rehab understands and to have it happen again within the calendar year is very, very difficult,” Rams head coach Jeff Fisher said. “We’re thinking of Sam. I met with him this morning. He’s left the building to spend time with his parents. I really can’t give you any timetable as to when he’s going to have this procedure done.”
The Rams by all accounts have one of the better rosters in the NFC, but play in the ultra-competitive NFC West, so this will certainly have an effect on their playoff hopes.
Bradford was entering his fifth season in the NFL, all with the Rams.
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Welker Leaves Game with Concussion

Welker Leaves Game with Concussion

Hyoung Chang/Denver Post(DENVER) — Wes Welker missed three games during the 2013 season after suffering a pair of concussions. On Saturday night, the Broncos wide receiver left the game when he sustained another one following a hit from Houston Texans safety D.J. Swearinger.
“It was determined it was a concussion,” said Denver head coach John Fox. “He’ll go through the protocol. The biggest thing on him is, of course, player safety.”
The hit came late in the second half as the Broncos were driving. Welker caught an 11-yard pass from Peyton Manning on the previous play, and as Manning went back to him on the next snap, Welker went into a slide and Swearinger made the tackle.
Replays showed that as the wideout slid, Swearinger led with his shoulder and forearm, hitting Welker in the head. The safety was assessed a personal foul as Welker got up and walked to the sideline before entering the locker room.
There is no timetable for Welker to return to game action. Denver went on to lose 18-17 to the Texans.
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