NFL Recent Player News
|5/24/2016||Le'Veon Bell, Pit, RB|
|The Pittsburgh Steelers running back took the field with his teammates Tuesday for the first time since tearing the MCL in his right knee last November against Cincinnati. Bengals linebacker Vontaze Burfict twisted Bell awkwardly as the two tumbled out of bounds just a few yards away from where Bell's 2014 season ended after taking a shot to the same knee from Cincinnati's Reggie Nelson.
Analysis: While Bell is one of the league's most versatile and dynamic backs when healthy, he's missed 15 games (including playoffs) in three seasons. He understands concerns about being injury prone will linger, though he attributed his problems to a couple of "nasty tackles" more than anything.
|5/24/2016||Byron Bell, Ten, G|
|Tennessee coach Mike Mularkey says offensive lineman Byron Bell will miss the season after dislocating his left ankle on the Titans' first day of organized team activities.
Analysis: Mularkey says it's an unfortunate injury with Bell having worked hard and competing for a starting job. Bell signed a one-year deal with the Titans this offseason after four seasons with Carolina.
|5/24/2016||Reggie Ragland, Buf, LB|
|The Buffalo Bills have signed their second-round draft pick, linebacker Reggie Ragland. At 6-foot-1 and 247 pounds, he's a hard-hitting player who is being counted upon to win a starting job as part of coach Rex Ryan's revamped defense this season. The signing was announced Tuesday.
Analysis: The Bills traded up eight spots in the draft to select the Alabama prospect and 2015 SEC defensive player of the year with the 41st pick. Ragland was two-year starter and was a unanimous All-American, leading the Crimson Tide with 102 tackles last year, including 60 solo.
|5/24/2016||Jalen Ramsey, Jax, CB|
|Ramsey had surgery Tuesday to repair a torn meniscus in his right knee, and the Jacksonville Jaguars expect him to be ready for training camp.
Analysis: Ramsey hurt his knee last week during an on-field workout, becoming the team's second rookie to go down with an injury. Seventh-round draft pick Jonathan Woodard tore his right Achilles tendon the previous week and had season-ending surgery.
|5/23/2016||Shaq Thompson, Car, LB|
|Thompson was cited for a head-on accident that injured former Duke quarterback Anthony Boone over the weekend, a North Carolina Highway Patrol trooper said Monday.
Analysis: Trooper John Burgin told The Associated Press that Thompson's vehicle collided with one driven by Boone on Sunday morning near Weddington, located about 20 miles southeast of Charlotte. Burgin said Thompson told authorities in his statement that he reached down to pick up his dropped cellphone, leading to a citation for driving left of the center line. Burgin said Boone broke his pelvis but his injuries weren't life-threatening. Thompson wasn't injured.
|5/23/2016||Brian Hartline, Cle, WR|
|Cleveland cut Hartline on Monday. The Browns drafted four receivers in April, including their first-round pick, Corey Coleman of Baylor.
Analysis: Hartline, 29, spent only one season with the Browns. A native of nearby Canton, Ohio, he had 46 receptions for 523 yards and two touchdowns in 2015 after signing a two-year deal worth $6 million, including $3 million guaranteed. Cleveland will save $3 million against the salary cap. Hartline spent his first six NFL seasons with the Dolphins. His best seasons were 2012 and 2013, when he had more than 1,000 yards receiving in both years.
|5/23/2016||Vincent Brown, NO, WR|
|Brown's agent says the receiver has signed with the New Orleans Saints. Ken Sarnoff confirmed to The Associated Press on Monday that his client had signed with the Saints. Brown had participated in the Saints' rookie camp earlier this month on a tryout basis.
Analysis: The 5-foot-11 Brown has played in parts of four NFL seasons since 2011, when he was drafted by the San Diego Chargers out of San Diego State. His best season was 2013, when he caught 41 passes for 472 yards and a touchdown. The 27-year-old Brown had 12 receptions in seven games with the Oakland Raiders in 2014. Last season, he returned to play in one game for the Chargers, catching one pass for 22 yards.
|5/23/2016||Ryan Fitzpatrick, NYJ, QB|
|Fitzpatrick told reporters Monday that he wants to return to the Jets and has no plans to retire.
Analysis: Speaking at former teammate Willie Colon's charity golf tournament, Fitzpatrick refuted previous reports that he would rather walk away from the game than accept a perceived below-market offer from the Jets. The 33-year-old free agent and the Jets have been at an impasse in negotiations throughout the offseason.
|5/23/2016||Jonathan Woodard, Jax, DE|
|Woodard is expected to miss his rookie season after tearing his right Achilles tendon during a workout earlier this month.
Analysis: Woodard, a seventh-round pick from Central Arkansas, will be placed on the physically unable to perform list. He's the team's second 2016 draft choice to suffer a notable injury this spring, with No. 5 overall pick Jalen Ramsey sustaining a small tear to the meniscus in his knee last week.
|5/23/2016||Jack Conklin, Ten, T|
|The Titans have agreed to terms with Conklin, the team's first-round pick in this year's draft.
Analysis: Tennessee traded up from the No. 15 spot to No. 8 to select Conklin, a three-year starter at Michigan State who's expected to be immediately installed as the team's right tackle.
|5/22/2016||Jalen Ramsey, Jax, CB|
|The Jaguars have officially signed Ramsey to a four-year contract.
Analysis: Ramsey, the fifth overall pick in last month's draft, will earn more than $23 million in guaranteed money under the NFL's rookie salary slotting system. The former Florida State All-American could miss the start of his rookie campaign after sustaining a small meniscus tear in his right knee during a workout earlier this week.
|5/20/2016||Rico Gathers, Dal, TE|
|The Cowboys signed Gathers on Friday.
Analysis: Gathers, their sixth-round pick, hasn't played football since he was 13. The 6-foot-8, 275-pound Gathers projects as a tight end after deciding against pursuing a career in the NBA.
|5/20/2016||Jaylon Smith, Dal, LB|
|The Dallas Cowboys signed Smith, their second-round draft pick, and former Baylor basketball player Rico Gathers on Friday.
Analysis: While playing for Notre Dame, Smith tore two ligaments and sustained nerve damage in his left knee in his final college game at the Fiesta Bowl. The Cowboys say even though he has a long rehabilitation in front of him, they are confident he can work his way back.
|5/19/2016||Darrelle Revis, NYJ, CB|
|Revis, one of the NFL's highest-paid players among non-quarterbacks the past several years, has fired his longtime agents.
Analysis: ESPN first reported Thursday that Revis had parted ways with Neil Schwartz and Jonathan Feinsod, the cornerback's agents since his rookie year in 2008. Schwartz and Feinsod negotiated a few huge deals for Revis, who has made $101 million in his career, according to Spotrac.com. He is due to make $17 million in guaranteed money this season.
|5/19/2016||Jalen Ramsey, Jax, CB|
|The Jags said Thursday that Ramsey, the fifth overall selection in the NFL draft, sustained a "small tear to the meniscus" in his right knee during an on-field workout earlier this week. The former Florida State standout will get a second opinion next week before deciding the next course of action.
Analysis: Ramsey started all 41 games in three years in college, finishing with 180 tackles, 23 passes defended, five sacks, three interceptions and three forced fumbles. He played cornerback and safety for the Seminoles, and also ran track.
|5/18/2016||William Jackson III, Cin, CB|
|The Bengals have two draft picks left unsigned _ including Jackson.
Analysis: It's uncertain where the team is on the negotiations.
|5/18/2016||David Onyemata, NO, DT|
|The New Orleans Saints signed Onyemata to a four-year contract Wednesday.
Analysis: The Saints selected Onyemata in the fourth round of the draft with the 120th overall pick. The 6-foot-4, 300-pound Nigerian played in Canada at the University of Manitoba. In 37 career games, Onyemata had 166 tackles, 9 1/2 sacks, two passes defensed, one forced fumble and one fumble recovery. Last season, he had 50 tackles, five sacks, one pass defensed, one forced fumble and one fumble recovery over nine starts.
|5/18/2016||Ezekiel Elliott, Dal, RB|
|Elliott has signed a four-year contract with the Dallas Cowboys that includes a $16 million signing bonus and is worth nearly $25 million overall for the Ohio State running back who was the fourth overall draft pick.
Analysis: Elliott is only the third running back the Cowboys have taken with a top-20 pick in franchise history. The other two are Hall of Famers Tony Dorsett and Emmitt Smith, the NFL's career rushing leader.
|5/17/2016||David Johnson, Pit, TE|
|The Pittsburgh Steelers bolstered their tight end depth on Tuesday, signing veteran David Johnson to a one-year deal.
Analysis: The signing is a homecoming for Johnson, taken by the Steelers in the seventh round of the 2009 draft. Johnson spent five years with Pittsburgh before signing with San Diego in 2014. Used primarily as a blocker, Johnson has 24 receptions for 224 yards and a touchdown in his career.
|5/17/2016||Andre Roberts, Was, WR|
|The Redskins have released Roberts, saving approximately $4 million in cap space for next season.
Analysis: Washington signed Roberts to a four-year, $16 million contract in March 2014, but he started just four games and recorded 47 catches for 588 yards and two touchdowns over two seasons. He became further expendable with Washington's selection of TCU wide receiver Josh Doctson in the first round of last month's draft.
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