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|8/1/2014||Brandon Hardin, S||The New York Jets have released safety Brandon Hardin.
Analysis: Hardin, a third-round pick by Chicago in 2012, was dealing with plantar fasciitis and missed the last few days of practice with the injury. He was released by the Bears last October and signed to a reserve/future contract by the Jets in January.
|8/1/2014||Michael Smith, RB||The New York Jets have signed running back Michael Smith.
Analysis: Smith was a seventh-round pick of Tampa Bay out of Utah State in 2012. The speedy 5-foot-9, 205-pound running back had three kickoff returns for the Buccaneers as a rookie, but didn't play in a game last season. He was released in May. He adds depth to a Jets backfield that includes Chris Johnson, Chris Ivory, Bilal Powell, Darryl Richardson and Alex Green.
|8/1/2014||Jerry Rice Jr., WR||Rice Jr. has a torn labrum in his left shoulder and will have surgery. Rice was hurt during Thursday's practice when he fell on his shoulder while trying to catch a pass in the end zone.
Analysis: Coach Jay Gruden indicated Friday that Rice will probably be placed on injured reserve. Rice was undrafted out of UNLV and had tryouts with the Baltimore Ravens and the San Francisco 49ers this offseason before signing with the Redskins.
|8/1/2014||Ray Rice, RB||NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell says his decision to suspend Ray Rice for only two games following a domestic violence arrest is consistent with the league's previous actions.
Analysis: Goodell spoke Friday in Canton, Ohio, leading to this weekend's Pro Football Hall of Fame induction ceremony. It was his first opportunity to answer questions regarding Rice since the league disciplined him on July 24. The length of the suspension has been criticized as too lenient. Goodell says he felt it was appropriate and calls it important that Rice has expressed regret and assumed responsibility.
|8/1/2014||Josh Gordon, WR||Gordon is meeting with NFL officials in New York to appeal a possible indefinite suspension for violating the league's substance abuse policy. Gordon's attorney is expected to argue that Gordon tested positive for marijuana because of secondhand smoke.
Analysis: Gordon has not been at training camp the past two days. Cleveland coach Mike Pettine does not know if the Pro Bowler will be at Saturday's scrimmage in Akron.
|8/1/2014||Sanders Commings, S||The news isn't good surrounding second-year defensive back Sanders Commings."He had very similar to a high ankle sprain, but to the extreme where he needed surgery to repair that high ankle sprain," Chiefs head athletic training Rick Burkholder said.
Analysis: Burkholder said Commings had surgery Thursday and is home recovering. Burkholder didn't offer a timetable for Commings' return. "He's got some rehab ahead of him," Burkholder said.
|8/1/2014||Eric Berry, S||The Kansas City Chiefs received good news on the injury to All-Pro safety Eric Berry. Berry, who left Thursday's training camp practice with what the team said was a sore ankle, has a right heel injury according to team spokesman Ted Crews.
Analysis: Berry did not practice Friday, but was observed walking without a noticeable limp.
|8/1/2014||Shaun Suisham, K||The Pittsburgh Steelers have given kicker Shaun Suisham a four-year contract extension that runs through the 2018 season. The team made the announcement on Friday. He's made 95-of-109 field goals and all 128 extra points for 412 points since 2010.
Analysis: Suisham established a team record in 2013, connecting on 30-of-32 field goal attempts for a 93.8 percent conversion rate. He ranks first in team history with an 87.2 percent field goal conversion mark and fifth in field goals made with 95.
|8/1/2014||Allen Robinson, WR||Robinson will miss extended time with another hamstring injury. Robinson strained his right hamstring in practice Thursday. It's the same leg that kept him out during organized team activities.
Analysis: A second-round draft pick from Penn State, Robinson had been one of the stars of training camp. But his injury may keep him out for the rest of camp and maybe the entire preseason.
|8/1/2014||Nick Fairley, DT||Fairley won't spend time in jail after being convicted of drunken driving and reckless driving in his hometown of Mobile, Alabama. District Judge George Hardesty ordered Fairley to spend one year on probation and pay $750 in fines plus court costs during a hearing Thursday.
Analysis: Fairley wasn't in court. The judge says he accepts a defense attorney's explanation that the player didn't know about the hearing.
|7/31/2014||Calvin Pryor, S||Pryor, the team's first-round draft pick, has returned to practice on a limited basis as he recovers from a concussion.
Analysis: Pryor wore a red, no-contact jersey Thursday during positional drills after being cleared for physical activity by team doctors. He still has yet to be cleared for physical contact as he goes through the NFL's protocol for head injuries. Once Pryor is cleared for contact, he will be able to take part in team drills. The No. 18 overall pick out of Louisville was injured Saturday during a kickoff and sat out the past three practices.
|7/31/2014||Johnny Manziel, QB||Manziel says he's competing with more than Brian Hoyer in the competition to be Cleveland's starting quarterback. "It's really me versus the playbook right now," he said following Thursday's practice. The rookie QB acknowledged he's had some ups and downs in his first week in training camp as he learns Cleveland's offense. Manziel, though, believes he's making some progress.
Analysis: Browns offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan said there is no clear leader between Hoyer and Manziel. Shanahan is hoping one of the QBs takes off and makes the decision easier for Cleveland's coaching staff. Manziel has yet to work with Cleveland's first-string offense, but coach Mike Pettine said that will change soon.
|7/31/2014||Ray Rice, RB||Rice says his actions against his then-fiancee were "totally inexcusable" and insisted he had never been a part of any domestic violence incidents before.
Analysis: Rice was arrested on assault charges following a Feb. 15 altercation in New Jersey in which he allegedly struck Janay Palmer. Rice has been accepted into a diversion program, which upon completion could lead to the charges being dropped. He received a two-game suspension from the NFL and a fine in excess of $500,000. He said he never intended to appeal the punishment.
|7/31/2014||Donald Thomas, G||Thomas will require season-ending surgery to repair his injured right quad. Coach Chuck Pagano said Thursday an MRI confirmed the diagnosis.
Analysis: Thomas also missed most of last season with a torn right quad in Week 2. The Colts also said he had offseason surgery to repair a torn biceps. Indy thought Thomas' return would solidify an offensive line that couldn't stay healthy in 2013, struggled to open running lanes and allowed franchise quarterback Andrew Luck to be hit far too many times. Rookie Jack Mewhort, Indy's second-round pick, and NFL veteran Lance Louis will now compete for the open job.
|7/31/2014||Eric Berry, S||Berry left Chiefs practice on Thursday after hurting his lower right leg, the second injury that the Pro Bowl safety has sustained so far in training camp. Berry missed some time earlier with a dislocated finger.
Analysis: It was unclear what happened to Berry during one of the early sessions of practice at Missouri Western. He was checked by trainers in the injury tent next to the field, then talked with other team officials on the sideline before leaving the field on a cart. Berry was able to put weight on the leg, but was noticeably limping.
|7/31/2014||Vincent Brown, WR||Brown missed another practice on Wednesday because of a sore calf.
Analysis: Brown is hoping for a rebound season, but he hasn't taken a rep since straining his left calf on Friday, the Chargers' second day of camp.
|7/31/2014||Rod Streater, WR||Streater made a quick recovery from the concussion he suffered early in training camp and is expected to be cleared for full contact for Thursday's practice.
Analysis: Streater didn't participate in any team work Wednesday and was limited to light duty wearing shorts and shoulder pads while the rest of the team worked out in full gear. He ran crisp patterns during passing drills and made a handful of nice catches after missing one practice after getting hurt over the weekend.
|7/31/2014||Chris Lewis-Harris, CB||Lewis-Harris was suspended for two games Wednesday for violating the NFL's substance abuse policy.
Analysis: Lewis-Harris can participate in preseason games and practices. He'll miss the first two games without pay and can return to the active roster on Monday, Sept. 15.
|7/31/2014||Quintin Payton, WR||The Detroit Lions have claimed wide receiver Quintin Payton off waivers from Tampa Bay. Detroit made the move Wednesday, adding the undrafted rookie from North Carolina State two days after he was cut by the Buccaneers.
Analysis: The 6-foot-4, 212-pound Payton will get a chance to compete for a roster spot at a position led by Calvin Johnson and Golden Tate.
|7/31/2014||Cordarrelle Patterson, WR||Patterson and Captain Munnerlyn made their training camp debuts for the Minnesota Vikings on Wednesday after missing the first four days with injuries.
Analysis: Patterson, the team's dynamic second-year receiver and kick returner, had missed time with a foot injury.
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