NFL Recent Player News
|7/30/2015||Lamar Holmes, Atl, T|
|The Atlanta Falcons have placed offensive tackle Lamar Holmes on the physically unable to perform list after he sustained another foot injury. The move was announced Thursday, the day before the first practice of training camp under new coach Dan Quinn.
Analysis: A third-round draft choice in 2012, Holmes has played in 21 games with the Falcons, including 19 starts. But foot problems have hampered his progress. Holmes had surgery and played in only one game as a rookie, and he missed most of last season with a foot injury.
|7/30/2015||Sheldon Richardson, NYJ, DT|
|Richardson is facing legal troubles after being charged Thursday in St. Charles County, Missouri, with resisting arrest and traffic violations on July 14 - just two weeks after his NFL-issued four-game drug suspension.
Analysis: According to a release issued by the St. Charles County Prosecuting Attorney's Office, Richardson was driving at "exceedingly high rates of speed" on Interstate 64 in "what appeared to be a road race." In the police incident report, an officer stated that Richardson took off at speeds as high as 143 mph. Richardson eventually exited the car, along with two adult passengers and a 12-year-old boy.
|7/30/2015||Greg Little, Cin, WR|
|The Bengals signed Little on Thursday at the start of training camp, giving him a second chance to show he can catch the ball consistently.
Analysis: The former Browns star signed with Cincinnati last season when injuries depleted the receiving group. He played in six games and had only six catches for 69 yards. He didn't catch a pass during a first-round playoff loss at Indianapolis.
|7/30/2015||Keith Rivers, Dal, LB|
|Rivers has decided to retire rather than report to training camp with the Dallas Cowboys.
Analysis: Coach Jason Garrett said he spoke with the 29-year-old Rivers about two hours before the team boarded a flight Tuesday for California. The Cowboys placed Rivers on the reserve/retired list before the first camp workout Thursday. He signed with Dallas in March and went through offseason workouts.
|7/30/2015||Jason Pierre-Paul, NYG, DE|
|The Giants have no firsthand knowledge about the extent of the hand injuries Pierre-Paul sustained in a July 4 fireworks accident in Florida.
Analysis: A seemingly frustrated co-owner John Mara disclosed Thursday that most of the Giants' knowledge about JPP's condition has come from his agents and through text messages with the 26-year-old, who was tagged as a franchise player and due to make at least $14.8 million this season.
|7/30/2015||Tim Jennings, Chi, CB|
|Jennings pleaded guilty to reckless driving stemming from an arrest in Georgia in January.
Analysis: Karla White, office manager of the Gwinnett County Recorder's Court clerk in Georgia, said Thursday that Jennings was sentenced to 40 hours of community service and must complete a substance abuse program. He paid a $1,147 fine.
|7/29/2015||Jake Long, StL, T|
|The Denver Broncos want to see if former No. 1 draft pick Jake Long is healthy enough to bolster their offensive line to protect 39-year-old Peyton Manning. Long is scheduled to visit the Broncos on Thursday. He's also visited with the Giants and Falcons this week.
Analysis: The first overall pick by Miami in 2008 and a four-time Pro Bowler, Long missed nine games last season in St. Louis with a second torn ACL in two years. The Rams released him this spring. The Broncos lost star left tackle Ryan Clady to a season-ending knee injury in May, leaving second-round draft pick Ty Sambrailo as Manning's presumed blindside protector.
|7/29/2015||Stephen Hill, Car, WR|
|Hill has been cited for knowingly possessing drug paraphernalia with intent to use.
Analysis: Concord Police Department records indicate Hill was cited Tuesday - two days before players report to training camp - near Charlotte Motor Speedway for possessing two grinders with marijuana residue and a marijuana bowl used to process, prepare and store.
|7/29/2015||Jeremy Mincey, Dal, DE|
|Mincey hasn't shown up for training camp, and executive vice president Stephen Jones says the Cowboys won't discuss a new contract with him until he does.
Analysis: Mincey is due to make $1.5 million in the final year of a two-year contract. He led the Cowboys with six sacks last season and provided leadership and stability for a defense that improved from one of the NFL's worst units in 2013.
|7/29/2015||Ryan Kerrigan, Was, LB|
|Kerrigan has agreed to a multi-year contract extension with the Washington Redskins on the eve of training camp.
Analysis: The 6-foot-4, 260-pound Kerrigan ranked second in the NFC last season with a career-high 13.5 sacks.
|7/29/2015||Gosder Cherilus, Ind, T|
|A person familiar with the visit tells The Associated Press that free-agent offensive tackle Gosder Cherilus is meeting with the Buffalo Bills to determine their interest in signing him.
Analysis: The visit takes place three days after the 31-year-old was released by the Indianapolis Colts, and as the Bills prepare to open training camp in suburban Rochester on Friday.
|7/28/2015||James Sample, Jax, S|
|The Jacksonville Jaguars have placed defensive tackle Sen'Derrick Marks and Sample on the physically unable to perform list.
Analysis: Sample, a fourth-round draft pick in May, broke his forearm during organized team activities in June and had surgery the following day. He is expected to miss at least the first two weeks of camp.
|7/28/2015||Sen'Derrick Marks, Jax, DT|
|The Jacksonville Jaguars have placed Marks and safety James Sample on the physically unable to perform list.
Analysis: Marks tore a knee ligament in last season's finale, but is on pace to return during camp.
|7/28/2015||Dontari Poe, KC, DT|
|Poe will miss all of training camp and could miss part of the season after the Pro Bowl run-stuffer had surgery last week on his ailing back.
Analysis: Poe first hurt his back during offseason workouts, but coach Andy Reid said Tuesday that he aggravated the injury training at home. Poe was diagnosed with a herniated disc and had surgery July 15, and trainer Rick Burkholder said he will be out indefinitely.
|7/28/2015||Andrew Furney, NYJ, K|
|The Jets have signed wide receiver Austin Hill and released Furney, one day before the team reports for training camp.
Analysis: Furney spent last summer with the Jets, and kicked a 51-yard game-winning field goal in New York's preseason opening win over Indianapolis. He was cut after training camp, but re-signed to a reserve-future contract last December. The move Tuesday leaves veteran Nick Folk as the only kicker on the Jets' roster.
|7/28/2015||Austin Hill, NYJ, WR|
|The Jets have signed Hill and released kicker Andrew Furney, one day before the team reports for training camp.
Analysis: Hill was signed by Oakland as an undrafted free agent out of the University of Arizona by Oakland in May, but released two weeks later. He had 49 catches for 635 yards and four touchdowns last year after missing the 2013 season with a knee injury.
|7/28/2015||Muhammad Wilkerson, NYJ, DE|
|A person familiar with Wilkerson's plans says the defensive end will report for training camp with the Jets despite being unhappy with his contract. The person spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity Tuesday because neither Wilkerson nor the Jets announced the decision.
Analysis: Wilkerson reported for mandatory minicamp last month, but was non-committal about showing for training camp. He stayed away from the team's facility during voluntary workouts and practices earlier in the offseason while looking for a long-term deal. Wilkerson, one of the key parts of new coach Todd Bowles' defense, is in the last year of his rookie contract and is due to make $6.97 million this season.
|7/28/2015||Tom Brady, NE, QB|
|Brady's four-game suspension for his role in using underinflated footballs during the AFC championship game last season has been upheld by NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell.
Analysis: The New England Patriots' star quarterback was suspended by NFL executive Troy Vincent in May following a league-sanctioned investigation by Ted Wells. The Patriots were fined $1 million and docked a pair of draft picks. The team didn't appeal its penalty, but Brady and his lawyers made their case during a 10-hour appeal hearing on June 23.
|7/28/2015||Ryan Williams, Dal, RB|
|Williams, one of the possible replacements for NFL rushing champion DeMarco Murray, has been released by the Cowboys. The oft-injured Williams was among three players cut Tuesday before the team left for training camp in Oxnard, California. The first workout is Thursday.
Analysis: The 25-year-old Williams was a second-round pick by Arizona in 2011 but has appeared in just five games because of knee and shoulder injuries. He missed most of this offseason with knee problems.
|7/28/2015||Josh Freeman, Mia, QB|
|Freeman has re-signed with the Dolphins four days after they released him.
Analysis: The moves involved a contractual issue. Freeman re-joined the team Tuesday, two days before the start of training camp. The 2009 first-round draft pick first signed with Miami in April. He has 60 career starts but hasn't played since October 2013, and will try to challenge Matt Moore for the backup job behind Ryan Tannehill.
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