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|8/22/2014||LeGarrette Blount, RB||Blount and Le'Veon Bell played in a preseason game one day after they were arrested for marijuana possession.
Analysis: Blount apologized for his poor decision. "I just want to apologize to my team, to the coach and the organization for causing that distraction," he said.
|8/22/2014||Le'Veon Bell, RB||Bell and LeGarrette Blount played in a preseason game one day after they were arrested for marijuana possession.
Analysis: Bell apologized for his poor decision. "I'm sorry to be a distraction to the team but I'm only going to answer football questions now," Bell said.
|8/21/2014||LeSean McCoy, RB||McCoy left the game with a right thumb injury after a 22-yard TD catch gave Philadelphia a 7-0 lead.
Analysis: X-rays on McCoy's thumb were negative, but he didn't return. McCoy showed no effects of a toe injury that forced him to miss one practice earlier in the week.
|8/21/2014||Joe Mays, LB||The banged-up Kansas City Chiefs suffered another blow Thursday when linebacker Joe Mays was told he would need surgery on the wrist he injured last weekend at Carolina.
Analysis: Mays, who was expected to start alongside Derrick Johnson at inside linebacker, will likely have the procedure later this week, according to a person familiar with the situation who spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the team had not revealed the surgery.
|8/21/2014||Michael Brockers, DT||Brockers doesn't know all the technical jargon for what kept him out of much of training camp. He just knows he's ready to go.
Analysis: The third-year defensive tackle suffered a high right ankle sprain in early August just prior to the St. Louis Rams first scrimmage Aug. 2. He missed the team's first two preseason games and didn't get much practice in until Tuesday. He has shown few signs of the injury bothering him and expects to play Saturday when St. Louis travels to Cleveland for its third preseason game.
|8/21/2014||Rishaw Johnson, G||The Chiefs have acquired safety Kelcie McCray from the Tampa Bay Buccaneers for offensive guard Rishaw Johnson in a move that should bolster depth for both teams.
Analysis: Johnson has appeared in three games over parts of two seasons for Kansas City. He had slid down the depth chart after the Chiefs acquired several other linemen in the draft and free agency.
|8/21/2014||Kelcie McCray, S||The Chiefs have acquired safety Kelcie McCray from the Tampa Bay Buccaneers for offensive guard Rishaw Johnson in a move that should bolster depth for both teams.
Analysis: McCray entered the league with Miami as an undrafted free agent out of Arkansas State. He's appeared in 15 games over the past two seasons with the Dolphins and Buccaneers.
|8/21/2014||DeVonte Holloman, LB||Holloman has what coach Jason Garrett describes as a career-ending neck injury.
Analysis: Garrett said Thursday that Holloman has been dealing with a neck issue for a couple of weeks. The linebacker played in Saturday's preseason game against Baltimore, but came out midway through the fourth quarter.
|8/20/2014||LeGarrette Blount, RB||Pittsburgh Steelers running backs Le'Veon Bell and Blount will be charged with marijuana possession following a traffic stop Wednesday afternoon.
Analysis: Ross Township police say a traffic officer pulled over a Camaro operated by Bell around 1:30 p.m. after the officer noticed a strong odor of marijuana coming from the vehicle. Bell, Blount and a female passenger were arrested and are expected to receive notice of formal charges through the mail. The possession and DUI charges are both misdemeanors.
|8/20/2014||Le'Veon Bell, RB||Bell and LeGarrette Blount will be charged with marijuana possession following a traffic stop Wednesday afternoon.
Analysis: Ross Township police say a traffic officer pulled over a Camaro operated by Bell around 1:30 p.m. after the officer noticed a strong odor of marijuana coming from the vehicle. The officer found a 20 gram bag of marijuana inside the car. Bell was taken to a hospital to have blood drawn and is expected to be charged with driving under the influence of marijuana.
|8/20/2014||Dexter McDougle, CB||The New York Jets have placed rookie cornerback Dexter McDougle on season-ending injured reserve after he had surgery Wednesday to repair a torn knee ligament.
Analysis: McDougle, a third-round draft pick out of Maryland, tore the anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee during training camp practice on Aug. 10. McDougle wrote on Twitter on Tuesday that he was having the surgery Wednesday, and the move by the Jets was expected.
|8/20/2014||Stevenson Sylvester, LB||Sylvester has been placed on the season-ending injured reserve list.
Analysis: Sylvester missed the past two practices at training camp because of a knee injury.
|8/20/2014||Johnny Manziel, QB||Manziel will begin the season as the backup to Brian Hoyer.
Analysis: Coach Mike Pettine delayed his decision after both Hoyer and Manziel played poorly in a 24-23 exhibition loss at Washington on Monday. During that game, Manziel gave the finger to the Redskins sideline, an act Pettine said would be factored into the decision. Manziel will likely be fined by the league for his gesture.
|8/20/2014||Brian Hoyer, QB||Hoyer will open the season as Cleveland's starting quarterback after winning his summer competition over rookie Johnny Manziel.
Analysis: Browns coach Mike Pettine picked Hoyer over Manziel to start the Sept. 7 at Pittsburgh, finally ending a competition that dragged through the summer. Hoyer is the choice for now, but the real test for him will be how long he keeps it from Manziel.
|8/20/2014||Malcolm Smith, LB||Smith was back at practice Tuesday.
Analysis: Smith has been sidelined throughout the entire offseason while recovering from ankle surgery this spring. He showed Tuesday that he's itching to get back to work with his teammates. Smith may not play this Friday in Seattle's third preseason game against the Chicago Bears, but he is on track to be ready by the start of the regular season.
|8/20/2014||Marcell Dareus, DT||Saying he's "a grown man," Buffalo Bills defensive tackle Marcell Dareus intends to focus on putting his best foot forward to straighten around a career that was nearly derailed by an offseason string of troubles.
Analysis: Dareus spoke during an impromptu gathering with reporters following practice at the Bills' training camp facility in suburban Rochester. It marked the first time he's spoken publicly since late May, when the 2011 first-round draft pick's on- and off-field problems began to grow. Dareus was arrested twice in the span of four weeks in May.
|8/20/2014||DJ Hayden, CB||Oakland Raiders coach Dennis Allen said Tuesday the team will decide by next week whether cornerback DJ Hayden is healthy enough to start the season on the active roster or if he will go on the physically unable to perform list.
Analysis: Hayden is recovering from surgery in June on a stress fracture in his right foot and has been unable to practice this summer. He has done limited running on the side and is making progress. But time is running out if he wants to play to start the season.
|8/20/2014||Glenn Dorsey, DT||The San Francisco 49ers have signed defensive lineman Glenn Dorsey to a two-year contract extension through the 2016 season.
Analysis: Dorsey, 29, is sidelined with a torn left biceps muscle that required surgery. He was injured Aug. 1, but hasn't been ruled out for the season. He is expected to miss significant time after arriving for training camp as the projected starting nose tackle.
|8/20/2014||Brett Keisel, DE||The Pittsburgh Steelers are planning to re-sign defensive end Brett Keisel to bolster a reconfigured line that has struggled to produce much of anything in the first two weeks of the preseason. Keisel posted on his Twitter feed Tuesday "I am very excited to finish what I started in 2002 with the (at)steelers. Time to get to work!!"
Analysis: The Steelers decided not to re-sign Keisel in the offseason after the 35-year-old finished with four sacks in 12 games in 2013. Keisel, who turns 36 on Sept. 19, was effective when healthy last season. But with the team up against the salary cap he wasn't going to command anywhere near the $4.9 million cap number he received last year.
|8/20/2014||Kenjon Barner, RB||The Philadelphia Eagles have acquired running back Kenjon Barner from the Carolina Panthers for a conditional seventh-round draft choice in 2015.
Analysis: Last year, Barner was drafted in the sixth round by the Panthers. The 25-year-old Barner played in eight regular-season games and one playoff game with the Panthers. The Oregon product played for Chip Kelly in college so fantasy owners may want to take advantage and pick him up cheaply.
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