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|5/21/2013||Rob Gronkowski, TE||Gronkowski's agent says the tight end's latest surgery is expected to be the last on his forearm.
Analysis: The New England Patriots' star had his fourth surgery on Monday on the left forearm that he broke on Nov. 18 while blocking for an extra point against the Indianapolis Colts. He broke it again early in the Patriots' first playoff game, a win over the Houston Texans. Gronkowski's agent, Drew Rosenhaus, said Tuesday that the surgeons said the latest operation went as well as they could have hoped for and that Gronkowski was in good spirits afterward.
|5/21/2013||Josh Portis, QB||The Seattle Seahawks have waived Portis a day after news surfaced of his arrest for driving under the influence earlier this month.
Analysis: The Seahawks announced the decision to cut Portis Tuesday morning. Portis was on the field and an active participant during the Seahawks' first OTA workout Monday. Portis was arrested on investigation of driving under the influence May 5 and faces a court arraignment next week. Portis was pulled over for driving 80 mph in a 60 mph zone on Interstate 90. He registered .092 and .078 in breath tests. The legal limit in Washington state is .08.
|5/21/2013||Stevie Johnson, WR||Johnson resumed practicing for the first time since hurting his back during the team's first spring minicamp session last month.
Analysis: Johnson says he was limited to practicing individual drills on Tuesday, during a session closed to media not employed by the team. Calling the injury a "strain," Johnson says he felt some soreness. He says he is ahead of the initial prognosis of needing six to eight weeks to recover. The session marked the first time Johnson has worked in a practice setting with Buffalo's new quarterbacks: veteran free-agent addition Kevin Kolb, and rookie first-round pick EJ Manuel.
|5/21/2013||Jamoris Slaughter, S||The Browns have signed running back Brandon Jackson to a 1-year contract and Slaughter to a 4-year deal.
Analysis: Slaughter is the first member of the 2013 rookie class to sign with the Browns, who selected the former Notre Dame player in the sixth round. He missed most of last season with an Achilles injury, but the Browns feel he's close to returning or they wouldn't have released safety Eric Hagg.
|5/21/2013||Brandon Jackson, RB||The Browns have signed Jackson to a 1-year contract and rookie safety Jamoris Slaughter to a 4-year deal.
Analysis: Jackson has returned after spending the past two seasons with Cleveland, which signed him as an unrestricted free agent in 2011 from Green Bay. Jackson missed the entire '11 season with a toe injury and he appeared in just two games last season.
|5/21/2013||Tony Romo, QB||Romo will miss at least three weeks of offseason workouts after a procedure to remove a cyst from his back.
Analysis: The team's website reported Tuesday that Romo underwent the procedure last month and could return for the mandatory minicamp that starts June 11. He will be ready for training camp in July. Romo signed a six-year, $108 million extension with $55 million guaranteed in March.
|5/20/2013||Josh Freeman, QB||Freeman is back on the practice field, feeling good about himself and the future of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. The fifth-year pro who's entering the final season of his contract said Monday that he still considers the Bucs his team to guide to the playoffs, despite the club's decision to draft another young quarterback to potentially take his place.
Analysis: Just importantly, coach Greg Schiano reiterated Freeman is his starter before making another attempt to dispel what he said is a misconception about his desire to increase competition at virtually every position, including quarterback. Freeman became Tampa Bay's first 4,000-yard passer a year ago, however his inconsistency contributed to a 7-9 finish and energized speculation about his future with the team.
|5/20/2013||Charles Woodson, S||Woodson will receive quite a greeting from Oakland Raiders fans when he makes a free agent visit to the team's facilities on Tuesday. A few of his potential teammates in Oakland will give him a warm reception as well. Several Oakland fans began an online campaign via Facebook and Twitter asking others to gather at the Raiders facility in anticipation of Woodson's arrival.
Analysis: Woodson spent his first eight NFL seasons with the Raiders after being selected with the fourth overall pick in 1998. He signed with Green Bay following the 2005 season and helped the Packers win a Super Bowl title five years later before being released by the team in February.
|5/20/2013||Brian Cushing, LB||Cushing will miss Houston Texans' OTAs as he recovers from left knee surgery.
Analysis: Cushing says he has no restrictions on the knee, but coaches are playing it safe.
|5/20/2013||Ed Reed, S||Houston Texans coach Gary Kubiak says safety Ed Reed is doing "really well" as he recovers from hip surgery. The
Analysis: The nine-time Pro Bowler signed a three-year, $15 million contract in free agency and will miss all of the Texans' organized team activities, which began Monday.
|5/20/2013||Calvin Johnson, WR||Calvin Johnson is downplaying whatever was wrong with his fingers last year. He was coy when asked Monday how badly his fingers were hurt last year, saying he "had a couple injuries to them" - but nothing that affected his play much.
Analysis: Johnson caught 122 passes for an NFL-record 1,964 yards last season, putting up incredible numbers despite the fact that the rest of the offense was inconsistent. The Lions went 4-12, but after signing Reggie Bush in the offseason, they hope Johnson will have a little more help this year.
|5/20/2013||Vince Williams, LB||The Pittsburgh Steelers have signed sixth-round draft pick Vince Williams to a four-year contract. Terms were not disclosed. Pittsburgh selected Williams with the 206th overall pick, the team's second pick of the sixth round. Williams is the second of Pittsburgh's nine draft picks to sign. Fourth-round pick Shamarko Thomas agreed to terms last week.
Analysis: The 23-year-old Williams recorded 140 tackles with three sacks during his junior and senior seasons at Florida State and was an All-ACC honorable mention selection last fall. He is expected to compete for a backup position behind Lawrence Timmons and Larry Foote. The Steelers begin organized team activities on Tuesday.
|5/20/2013||Darren Fells, TE||The Seahawks re-signed tight end Darren Fells on Monday.
Analysis: Seattle originally signed Fells on March 6 but released him on May 8.
|5/20/2013||Christine Michael, RB||Second-round pick Christine Michael and the Seattle Seahawks have reached an agreement on a multi-year contract just as organized team activities begin. Michael, the Seahawks top pick in April's draft out of Texas A&M, signed with the club on Monday. Terms of his contract were not released.
Analysis: Michael was taken with the final pick of the second round and is the ninth of Seattle's 11 draft picks to sign. Only cornerback Tharold Simon (fifth round) and tackle Michael Bowie (seventh round) remain unsigned.
|5/20/2013||Daryl Washington, LB||Washington has pleaded not guilty to charges accusing him of assaulting his ex-girlfriend, who authorities have said is the mother of his baby daughter. A Maricopa County Superior Court spokesman says Washington entered the plea Monday. Washington is charged with aggravated assault and criminal trespass. He has been free since he posted $2,400 bond after being arrested May 3.
Analysis: Phoenix police have said Washington's ex-girlfriend claimed he grabbed her by the throat and shoved her to the ground following an argument at her apartment. Washington led the Cardinals with 134 tackles and nine sacks last season. He signed a six-year contract extension in September. He was suspended for the first four games of the 2013 season for violating the NFL's substance abuse policy.
|5/20/2013||Mario Williams, DE||Williams denies ever contemplating suicide, and says private comments he made in text messages are being taken out of context by his ex-fiancee in a lawsuit over the possession of a $785,000 diamond engagement ring. Calling himself "completely fine," Williams says he was "venting" his feelings to someone he thought he trusted.
Analysis: Williams spoke after practice Monday, in his first chance to respond since Erin Marzouki's attorney released a series of texts the two exchanged in November. The texts portray Williams as being despondent over their breakup. In one text, Williams writes: "No money in the world should leave me with suicidal thoughts." Williams says he wrote that out of anger. He adds the decision to release the texts reveal Marzouki's true character.
|5/20/2013||Andre Fluellen, DT||The Chicago Bears have terminated the contract of vested veteran defensive tackle Andre Fluellen. The team announced the move on Monday.
Analysis: The 6-foot-2, 302-pound Fluellen has played in 56 games with six starts over five seasons with Detroit (2008-12) and Miami (2012). He has 52 tackles, 2.5 sacks and one forced fumble.
|5/20/2013||Chad Johnson, WR||Johnson has been arrested on charges that he violated probation stemming from an altercation with his now ex-wife, TV reality star Evelyn Lozada.
Analysis: A Broward County judge ordered Johnson jailed Monday until he posts a $1,000 bond. Another hearing was set for June 3. An arrest warrant was issued earlier this month when Johnson failed to meet his probation officer. The six-time Pro Bowl player formerly known as Chad Ochocinco is serving a year of probation after Lozada said he head-butted her during an argument last August. She quickly filed for divorce. They had been married only since July 4.
|5/20/2013||Robert Woods, WR||The Buffalo Bills reached an agreement early Monday to sign receiver Robert Woods, their second-round draft pick, according to a person familiar with negotiations.
Analysis: Woods spent this past weekend taking part in the NFL Players Association-sponsored "Rookie Premiere" festivities in Los Angeles. He was scheduled to return to Buffalo for the start of the team's three-day minicamp Monday. Selected 41st overall out of Southern California last month, Woods was regarded as the most polished among the draft-eligible receiver prospects following a solid three-year college career.
|5/18/2013||Dwight Freeney, LB||The San Diego Chargers have agreed to a two-year deal with star pass rusher Dwight Freeney that could be worth $13.35 million. The deal to bring Freeney to the Chargers came four days after outside linebacker Melvin Ingram tore the anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee in a padless practice. The addition of Freeney also helps cushion the loss of outside linebackers Antwan Barnes and Shaun Phillips to free agency.
Analysis: Freeney, 33, entering his 12th season, was Indianapolis' career sacks leader before the Colts decided not to re-sign him in the offseason. His sacks totals declined each of the past three years. Chargers rookie general manager Tom Telesco was with the Colts before being hired by San Diego in January.
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