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Jul 19 2017 - Ezekiel Elliott (Cowboys), RB Ezekiel Elliott had the investigation into his alleged assault suspended on Wednesday by the Dallas Police Department, which cited a lack of witnesses and an inability to contact the victim. "(The Dallas Police Department has) made several attempts to contact the victim through various ways but at this time have not been able to make contact," the police said in a statement. The alleged incident occurred at Clutch Bar in Dallas late Sunday night and left a 30-year-old man hospitalized with a nose injury, according to a police report. No arrests were made, and police did not name any suspects.
Jul 19 2017 - Mike Williams (Chargers), WR Mike Williams reportedly may need back surgery that would end his rookie season. The Chargers are still hoping Williams will respond positively to a recent second epidural on his herniated disk in a last-ditch effort to have the wide receiver ready at some time during training camp, league sources told ESPN's Adam Schefter on Wednesday. Williams, 22, was diagnosed with a herniated disk in the lower back after his first practice during rookie minicamp last month and did not practice again. It is unclear if the injury took place before minicamp.
Jul 19 2017 - Mitchell Trubisky (Bears), QB Mitchell Trubisky, the No. 2 overall pick in the 2017 NFL Draft, signed a four-year contract with the Chicago Bears on Wednesday. Bears general manager Ryan Pace traded multiple picks to swap spots with the San Francisco 49ers in April, sliding up to select Trubisky even after signing Mike Glennon to a three-year deal with $18.5 million guaranteed this season. Trubisky's contract is on par with 2016 No. 2 pick Carson Wentz, who landed a fully guaranteed four-year, $26.67 million deal.
Jul 19 2017 - Dante Fowler Jr. (Jaguars), DE Dante Fowler Jr. of the Jacksonville Jaguars was arrested in St. Petersburg, Fla., on Tuesday night on charges of simple battery and mischief. Fowler, 22, was arrested in his hometown by St. Petersburg police for the misdemeanor charges at 9:02 p.m. and released at 1:43 a.m. Wednesday on $650 bond. Fowler struck a man and then stomped on his prescription glasses after a brief verbal confrontation, according to the police report obtained by the Tampa Bay Times. Fowler got out of his car to confront the man after he made a comment about Fowler's driving, according to the report. Police said Fowler then "took the victim's grocery bag, with recently purchased liquor, and threw it in a lake." Police said the victim was not injured. The 6-3, 255-pound Fowler, who was the third overall selection in the 2015 NFL Draft out of Florida, recorded 32 tackles and four sacks in 16 games for the Jaguars last season.
Jul 18 2017 - Armonty Bryant (Lions), DL Armonty Bryant of the Detroit Lions was suspended for the first four games of the 2017 season for violating the NFL's substance abuse policy. The ban is the third for Bryant in one year. He was suspended four games with the Browns last season and, upon being claimed off waivers by the Lions, drew a three-game suspension for off-field conduct. Bryant pleaded guilty to attempted drug possession to resolve a 2015 case, prompting the league ruling. Bryant played in five games with the Lions in 2016 and had three sacks.
Jul 18 2017 - Michael Oher (Panthers), T Michael Oher didn't take too kindly to those who reveled in Monday's firing of Carolina Panthers general manager Dave Gettleman. Oher voiced his view on Instagram Tuesday, saying he "hated to hear" the decision and that Gettleman was someone "who really cares about you as a person not just a player." Oher's support came one day removed from several former Panthers -- including wide receiver Steve Smith, running back DeAngelo Williams and cornerback Josh Norman -- taking shots over social media that Gettleman had been fired. Oher, 31, addressed the comments to conclude his own Tuesday. "For the people who were happy and had something to do with it downstairs, Karma's a (expletive)," Oher wrote.
Jul 18 2017 - Kirk Cousins (Redskins), QB Kirk Cousins told WFJK-FM on Tuesday that he has no qualms about playing on a year-to-year contract with the Washington Redskins, one day after the deadline passed for franchise-tagged players to sign long-term deals. Cousins, who will make $23.9 million this season, and the Redskins can't negotiate a long-term deal until the season ends by virtue of being unable to come to an agreement by Monday's deadline. After the deadline, Redskins president Bruce Allen delivered a statement that said the team offered Cousins a contract with $53 million in fully guaranteed money -- and $72 million guaranteed for injury. Cousins threw for 4,917 yards with 25 touchdowns and 12 interceptions in 2016 and also posted a 97.2 passer rating last season. Cousins' 12,113 yards in five seasons with Washington ranks sixth on the franchise's all-time passing yards list. He is 239 yards behind Billy Kilmer for fifth.
Jul 18 2017 - Ezekiel Elliott (Cowboys), RB Ezekiel Elliott is appealing a misdemeanor conviction for a speeding citation issued in early April, according to court documents. Elliott's Dodge Charger was clocked on April 4 at 100 mph in Frisco, Texas, a clear 30 mph above the speed limit on the Dallas North Tollway. The appeal bond was posted Friday and the case was forwarded to the Collin County, Texas, court on Monday, the Dallas Morning News reported.
Jul 18 2017 - Lucky Whitehead (Cowboys), WR/KR Lucky Whitehead announced the return of his beloved dog that had been held for ransom. "Look who made it home safely!!!" Whitehead posted with a short video of his dog, Blitz, on Snapchat early Tuesday morning. "THANKS EVERYONE."
Jul 18 2017 - Trumaine Johnson (Rams), CB Trumaine Johnson was unable to reach an agreement on a contract extension Monday with the Rams, and he will become an unrestricted free agent after this season.
The Rams previously placed the franchise tag on Johnson, and the deadline for signing such players to long-term contracts was Monday. Johnson will be paid $17 million this season before reaching free agency.
Johnson was slowed by an ankle injury and only intercepted one pass last season, yet he became the first cornerback to be tagged for a second straight season since Charles Woodson in 2005.
Jul 17 2017 - Le'Veon Bell (Steelers), RB Le'Veon Bell will play on a $12.12 million exclusive franchise tag this season after Monday's deadline came and went without a long-term deal. The Steelers can tag the versatile Bell for the second straight season in 2018 at $14.54 million or re-sign him. The two sides cannot resume negotiations until the season ends. The franchise tag still has Bell as the league's highest-paid tailback in 2017, with Buffalo Bills star LeSean McCoy the next closest in per-year salary. McCoy averages $8 million on his five-year deal. The Steelers rode Bell to the playoffs in 2016. He rushed for 1,268 yards (4.9-yard average) and seven touchdowns in 12 games, and caught 75 passes for another 616 yards and two touchdowns during the regular season, becoming the first player in NFL history to average 100 rushing yards and 50 receiving yards per game.
Jul 17 2017 - Kirk Cousins (Redskins), QB Kirk Cousins of the Washington Redskins became the first signal caller to play under the franchise tag for a second consecutive season after failing to sign a long-term deal. Cousins, who will earn $23.9 million this season, and the Redskins can't negotiate a long-term deal until the season ends by virtue of being unable to come to an agreement by Monday's deadline. The 28-year-old is open to working a deal with the Redskins after this season, a source familiar with the situation told ESPN's Adam Washington offered Cousins a five-year deal worth approximately $20 million per season earlier in the offseason with "low guarantees," ESPN reported, citing a source.
Jul 17 2017 - Ezekiel Elliott (Cowboys), RB Ezekiel Elliott of the Dallas Cowboys was involved in a late-night altercation at a Dallas bar, according to multiple reports Monday morning. A Dallas Police Department spokesperson told Mike Fisher of 105.3 FM The Fan in Dallas and ESPN's Adam Schefter that no arrests were made in connection with the incident, which took place at the Clutch Bar and Restaurant on Sunday night. A source also confirmed to the Dallas Morning News that Elliott was involved in the altercation. Elliott, 21, and a bouncer reportedly were involved in the incident. Officers were dispatched to the bar around 9:40 p.m. and a 30-year-old man said he was physically assaulted but could not identify who assaulted him, according to Dallas police. The man was taken to the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.
Jul 16 2017 - Kirk Cousins (Redskins), QB Kirk Cousins is not expected to sign a long-term deal by Monday's deadline to sign franchise players to long-term contracts. If Monday's 4 p.m. ET deadline passes with no long-term contract, Cousins is open to doing a deal with the Redskins after this season, a source familiar with the situation told ESPN's Adam Schefter. The Redskins could make a last-minute push to get a deal done with Cousins, who was franchised for the second consecutive year. Cousins, who turns 29 on Aug. 19, wants to play this season under his franchise tag, worth $23.94 million.
Jul 16 2017 - Johnny Manziel (Free Agent), QB Johnny Manziel is "really hopeful" of a second chance in the NFL. The 24-year-old Manziel sat out the entire 2016 season after being cut by the Cleveland Browns, but he said he had a couple of conversations with teams about returning to the league.
"I know the situation that I put myself in," Manziel told the Dallas Morning News on Saturday at the fantasy football convention in Dallas. "I know the year I took off and obviously the mistakes that I made. Right now, I'm hopeful. I'm really hopeful. I think that I made some progress in that regard. But we'll see. Whenever I get a call, I'll do whatever I can to make the most of it."
Manziel was the 22nd overall selection by the Browns in 2014 and he eventually wore out his welcome. He won the Heisman Trophy at Texas A&M in 2012 but couldn't match his college success during his stint with the Browns. He appeared in 14 games and passed for 1,675 yards, seven touchdowns and seven interceptions and Cleveland won only two of his eight starts.
Jul 16 2017 - DOnta Foreman (Texans), RB D'Onta Foreman was arrested early Sunday morning in Austin, Texas, and charged with marijuana possession and unlawful carrying of a weapon. Foreman of the Houston Texans, a third-round pick from the University of Texas, was arrested around 3 a.m. Sunday by the campus police department. The University of Texas Police Department said officers initially responded to a call at 12:24 a.m. about marijuana smell coming from three cars parked outside a residence hall. The drug charge carries a $1,000 bond and the bond for unlawful carrying of a weapon is $3,500. Foreman was released around noon on Sunday. Foreman won the Doak Walker Award as the nation's top running back after rushing for 2,028 yards as a junior at Texas last season. He is expected to compete for a backup running back job with the Texans.
Jul 15 2017 - Tyler Higbee (Rams), TE Tyler Higbee of the Los Angeles Rams entered into an agreement to avoid jail time, pleading guilty to an assault charge in a 2016 incident in Kentucky that left a man hospitalized. The 24-year-old Higbee, a former Western Kentucky standout, pleaded guilty Friday to assault under extreme emotional disturbance. Bowling Green (Ky.) Police said Higbee punched Nawaf Alsaleh during a fight in April 2016. Alsaleh was later diagnosed with a concussion. A month after his arrest, the 6-6, 257-pound Higbee was drafted in the fourth round by the Rams in 2016. He caught 11 passes for 85 yards and a touchdown in 16 games last season.
Jul 14 2017 - Martavis Bryant (Steelers), WR Martavis Bryant wants to have a word with Ben Roethlisberger after the Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback tossed critical comments in his direction. Roethlisberger told the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette last year that Bryant lied to him and that the team felt "let down" by the wideout after he was suspended for the season. "I feel like we need to (talk)," Bryant told ESPN. "We should have a man-to-man. Because some of the things he put out there about me, I kind of didn't agree with how he did it. So I want to sit down and hear his own opinion, man-to-man, about why he did that." Bryant was suspended four games in 2015 and the entire following season for violations of the league's substance abuse policy.
Jul 14 2017 - Michael Floyd (Vikings), WR Michael Floyd has been suspended without pay for the first four games of the 2017 season for violating the NFL Policy and Program for Substances of Abuse, the league announced Friday. Floyd was arrested for DUI on Dec. 12 in Scottsdale, Ariz., prompting his release two days later from the Arizona Cardinals. He pleaded guilty in February to extreme DUI (blood alcohol content of .150-.199) and served 24 days in Maricopa County (Ariz.) Jail before having to serve 96 days on house arrest.
Jul 14 2017 - Mike Thomas (Rams), WR Mike Thomas has been suspended without pay for the first four games of the 2017 regular season for violating the NFL policy on performance enhancing substances, the league announced Friday. Thomas will be eligible to return to the Rams' active roster on Monday, Oct. 2 following the team's Oct. 1 game against the Dallas Cowboys. He is eligible to participate in all preseason practices and games. The league did not give specifics on Thomas' violation.
Jul 14 2017 - Ezekiel Elliott (Cowboys), RB Ezekiel Elliott is expected to respond next week to a report from the NFL on the league investigation into a 2016 domestic violence accusation for which the Dallas Cowboys' star could face a one- or two-game suspension. ESPN's Adam Schefter reported the possibility of suspension Friday although the NFL denied it made a decision on a course of disciplinary action. Schefter said the sense around the Cowboys was a "short" suspension would be levied. The NFL personal conduct policy affords the option of up to a six-game suspension for first-time offenders even if they're not convicted of a crime or face legal punishment. The length of the suspension can be reduced based on mitigating factors. In July 2016, Elliott was questioned by authorities. But even after Elliott, 21, was cleared of any legal wrongdoing after the Columbus, Ohio, city prosecutor's office determined there wasn't enough substance to pursue charges after a lengthy investigation, the NFL began its own probe and declined a status update in January and again in February during commissioner Roger Goodell's state of the league address in Houston.
Jul 13 2017 - Richard Sherman (Seahawks), CB Richard Sherman declared NFL players need to be willing to strike in order to secure large guaranteed contracts like those being signed this offseason by NBA players. When asked by ESPN's Jalen Rose on Wednesday if NFL players would have to consider such a stance to get similar deals, Sherman was quick with a response. "Oh, 100 percent," said Sherman, who is also a member of the NFL Player Association's Executive Committee."If we want as the NFL, as a union, to get anything done, players have to be willing to strike. That's the thing that guys need to 100 percent realize. You're going to have to miss games, you're going to have to lose some money if you're willing to make the point, because that's how MLB and NBA got it done. They missed games, they struck, they flexed every bit of power they had, and it was awesome. It worked out for them."
Jul 12 2017 - DeAngelo Williams (Steelers), RB DeAngelo Williams is hoping to latch on to a team for the upcoming 2017 season, although the free-agent running back dismissed four clubs right out of the chute -- including a familiar one.
Williams told ESPN's Adam Schefter in his "Know Them From Adam" podcast that he'd rather not play for the Cleveland Browns, Jacksonville Jaguars and Dallas Cowboys as well as his initial NFL team, the Carolina Panthers.
Williams is open to returning to the team with which he spent the last two seasons -- the Pittsburgh Steelers. Pittsburgh drafted third-rounder James Conner and signed veteran Knile Davis for tailback depth.
Jul 5 2017 - Damien Wilson (Cowboys), LB Damien Wilson was arrested during a Fourth of July celebration on Tuesday and charged with two counts of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, according to Frisco (Texas) Police. Wilson was arrested after he "intentionally backed his truck into a female while parking" at Toyota Stadium, home of FC Dallas of Major League Soccer. The 24-year-old Wilson then "brandished a rifle at another male, causing him to be in fear," according to the report. Wilson was released on a $10,000 bond for each count. Wilson recorded 34 tackles and a half-sack in 16 games last season.
Jul 4 2017 - Darren McFadden (Cowboys), RB Darren McFadden revealed over social media that three relatives were among those injured over the weekend in a shooting at a nightclub in Little Rock, Ark.According to multiple reports, 28 people were injured in the shooting at the Power Ultra Lounge on Saturday morning. None of the injuries are considered life-threatening. "The other night, while at home, I received a call from my nephew that there was a shooting at the club (Power Ultra Lounge) where he and some of my relatives were," the 29-year-old McFadden said in a Twitter message on Monday night. "He told me that he got shot, many other people were shot and that some of my relatives were among those shot. Out of concern for all of the people affected by this horrible tragedy, I went down to the scene to check on my relatives and to offer any help I could."