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|5/24/2013||Mike Goodson, RB||A person familiar with the situation tells the Associated Press that Jets running back Mike Goodson is expected to return to practice Tuesday despite his legal troubles.
Analysis: The person spoke on condition of anonymity Friday because the team hasn't announced anything regarding Goodson's status. He missed the Jets' first three Organized Team Activity practices this week after being arrested last Friday on multiple charges of drug and weapons possession. He offered a plea of not guilty to all charges Wednesday in Morris County Superior Court in Morristown, N.J.
|5/24/2013||Ronnie Hillman, RB||Hillman, who was down to 180 pounds by January, is pushing 200 pounds in his quest to get more playing time in 2013.
Analysis: Hillman's rookie season was marred by a pulled hamstring in camp and weight loss during the season, two factors that combined to keep him from honing his blitz pickup skills that are a prerequisite for playing alongside Peyton Manning.
|5/24/2013||Jordan Reed, TE||The Washington Redskins have signed third-round pick Jordan Reed, putting all of their draft selections under contract for the 2013 season. The Redskins announced the deal Friday for the tight end from Florida.
Analysis: Reed led the Gators in receiving last year with 45 catches for 559 yards.
|5/24/2013||Josh Brent,||A judge has ordered more alcohol monitoring for a Dallas Cowboys defensive tackle awaiting trial on an intoxicated manslaughter charge. Brent is charged in the Dec. 8 crash that killed Jerry Brown Jr., a Cowboys' practice squad player. Police say Brent's blood-alcohol level was twice the legal limit.
Analysis: Brent appeared in court Friday for a hearing. He's been free on $100,000 bond, but prosecutors say he violated the terms of his release by setting off an alcohol monitoring device and failing to download data from it as required. Judge Robert Burns said Friday that he would not raise Brent's bond, but ordered the extra monitoring.
|5/23/2013||Sanders Commings, CB||The Kansas City Chiefs have signed safety Sanders Commings, the fifth of their eight draft choices to agree to terms on a contract.
Analysis: Commings was the Chiefs' fifth-round draft pick out of Georgia. He played primarily cornerback in college, starting 35 games and making 154 tackles. But he's been playing safety for the Chiefs during their first two weeks of organized team activities. The Chiefs selected Commings, who was once drafted by the Arizona Diamondbacks, despite a domestic violence charge that resulted in a suspension last season. The signing was announced Thursday.
|5/23/2013||Edmund Kugbila, G||Carolina announced Thursday it has signed Kugbila.
Analysis: Kugbila, the 108th overall selection and a native of Ghana, is expected to compete with veteran Geoff Hangartner for a starting spot at right guard. Considered a dominant run blocker, he helped Valdosta State to the Division II national championship last season.
|5/23/2013||Josh Brent,||Prosecutors say Dallas Cowboys defensive tackle Josh Brent has violated conditions of his bond and want it revoked pending trial on an intoxicated manslaughter charge. Brent is free on a $100,000 bond after being charged in the Dec. 8 crash that killed practice squad player Jerry Brown Jr., a passenger in the car. Police say Brent had a blood-alcohol level twice the legal limit for driving.
Analysis: Prosecutors allege Brent violated conditions of his release by tampering with a device that monitors his body for the presence of alcohol. That device raised one such alert. A hearing is scheduled for Friday morning on the bond revocation motion. Brent's football career remains on hold pending the outcome of this case. He's scheduled for a fall trial date.
|5/23/2013||Kawann Short, DT||Carolina announced Thursday it has signed Short.
Analysis: Short was a second-round pick from Purdue.
|5/23/2013||Star Lotulelei, DT||Carolina announced Thursday it has signed first-rounder Star Lotulelei.
Analysis: Lotulelei, the 14th overall pick in the NFL draft, is expected to start alongside veteran Dwan Edwards at defensive tackle as a rookie. Lotulelei started 28 games at Utah and finished his career with 107 tackles, 22.5 tackles for loss, seven sacks, four forced fumbles and five fumble recoveries after transferring from Snow College.
|5/23/2013||Kenjon Barner, RB||Carolina announced Thursday it has signed sixth-round selection Kenjon Barner from Oregon, assuring all of their draft picks will be at training camp on time.
Analysis: Barner, who the Panthers view as a potential scat back, ran for 3,623 yards rushing and 41 TDs at Oregon.
|5/23/2013||A.J. Klein, LB||Carolina announced Thursday it has signed fifth-round draft pick A.J. Klein from Iowa State.
Analysis: Klein is a three-time All-Big 12 Conference linebacker who recorded 117 tackles in each of the last two seasons.
|5/23/2013||Josh Wilson, CB||Washington Redskins coach Mike Shanahan says Wilson is recovering from offseason surgery.
Analysis: Shanahan said Wilson had surgery to repair a nagging shoulder injury.
|5/23/2013||Pierre Garcon, WR||Washington Redskins coach Mike Shanahan says Garcon is recovering from offseason surgery.
Analysis: Shanahan revealed Thursday that Garcon had a procedure for what the coach called a "chest" injury suffered in the final game of the season. Garcon has not been cleared to take part in the full offseason practices and instead has been catching passes from Robert Griffin III, who is recovering from a knee injury.
|5/23/2013||Tyrann Mathieu, S||Mathieu has signed a four-year contract with the Arizona Cardinals. The team's third-round draft pick, Mathieu did not play last season after repeated off-field issues.
Analysis: Nicknamed "Honey Badger," Mathieu was a Heisman Trophy finalist in 2011. He was kicked off LSU's team before the start of last season for failed drug tests. His image and NFL future took another hit a few weeks later when he and three former teammates were arrested on marijuana charges after police officers found 10 bags of pot and drug paraphernalia in his Baton Rouge apartment.
|5/23/2013||Robert Griffin III, QB||Griffin says he cried after his knee surgery and changed his cellphone passcode to the date of the Washington Redskins season opener as he began his rehabilitation process.
Analysis: The electrifying Griffin held his first in-depth news conference Thursday since his reconstructive knee surgery in January. He also took part in an offseason practice session in which he wore a large black brace and ran drills with other teammates recovering from injuries. He remains confident will be play in that season opener on Sept. 9.
|5/23/2013||Johnthan Banks, CB||Banks has agreed to a four-year contract with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, leaving the team with one unsigned rookie.
Analysis: Banks was the Bucs' top selection in the draft out of Mississippi State - No. 43 overall. He will compete for playing time in a revamped secondary bolstered by the addition of three-time All-Pro cornerback Darrelle Revis. Revis was obtained in a trade that sent Tampa Bay's first-round selection - No. 13 overall - to the New York Jets.
|5/23/2013||Le'Veon Bell, RB||Bell is eager to make an impact in the crowded race for the starting job.
Analysis: The Steelers took Bell in the second round of last month's draft hoping he can help the team replace Rashard Mendenhall, who left as a free agent for Arizona in the offseason. Bell ran for 1,793 yards and 12 touchdowns at Michigan State in 2012 and was an effective receiver out of the backfield. The Steelers hope Bell's versatility will take some of the pressure off quarterback Ben Roethlisberger.
|5/23/2013||Henry Hynoski, RB||Hynoski will have surgery Friday after hurting his left knee in the team's organized training activity.
Analysis: The three-year veteran was hurt on the second play from scrimmage during an 11-on-11 drill on Wednesday at the team's first OTA. He had an MRI in the afternoon. The Giants say a doctor examined Hynoski and found two injuries. He'll need surgery to repair the medical collateral ligament and a chip fracture.
|5/22/2013||Mike Goodson, RB||Goodson has pleaded not guilty to drug and weapons charges in New Jersey. He appeared in court in Morristown on Wednesday morning.
Analysis: He was arrested early last Friday along with a friend after they were found in a car stopped on Interstate 80. The men were charged with marijuana possession, possession of drug paraphernalia and weapons offenses stemming from a 45-caliber semi-automatic handgun that included a hollow-point bullet found in the vehicle. Goodson's attorney said Wednesday his client realizes he was at the wrong place at the wrong time and is remorseful.
|5/22/2013||Brian Urlacher, LB||Urlacher says he's retiring after spending 13 seasons with the Chicago Bears, announcing it through social media accounts Wednesday.
Analysis: Urlacher was the face of the Bears' franchise and leaves as one of the game's great linebackers. In March, he and the Bears were unable to reach a contract agreement and he became a free agent. He started 180 games from 2000 through 2012, and recorded a team-record 1,779 tackles. He has 41 1/2 sacks, 22 interceptions, 16 fumble recoveries and 11 forced fumbles. He was the AP's defensive player of the year in 2005 and helped lead the 2006 team to the Super Bowl.
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