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|5/26/2015||Ndamukong Suh, Mia, DT|
|Suh drew attention for his absence from offseason training sessions in recent weeks, but he was on the field with the rest of his new teammates Tuesday for the Dolphins' first organized team activity.
Analysis: Like the training sessions, attendance at OTAs is voluntary but strongly encouraged by coaches. Taking part in the OTA was an easy decision, Suh said, but he declined to discuss why he missed the training sessions. Suh's attendance record is being monitored more closely in the wake of his new six-year contract. He looked fit and active in his first practice with the Dolphins, making his way into the backfield several times.
|5/26/2015||Chris Clemons, Jax, DE|
|Clemons skipped the first day of the team's organized team activities. Clemons was the only player missing from Jacksonville's 90-man roster Tuesday. Jaguars coach Gus Bradley spoke to Clemons in recent days and expressed his desire to have everyone in attendance for the voluntary workouts. But Clemons didn't show.
Analysis: Since the workouts are voluntary, Clemons is under no obligation to attend. The 12-year veteran skipped voluntary OTAs last year in Jacksonville and previously with Seattle. Bradley said: "We want everybody here and he knows that. That's a choice he makes. ... I have faith in Chris Clemons. I know that he'll come back. He's never not come back ready to go, but I don't want to assume that. I would like to see him back here, but we'll work through it."
|5/26/2015||Chris Boyd, Dal, WR|
|Dallas waived Boyd on Tuesday.
Analysis: Boyd doesn't have a catch in his career.
|5/26/2015||A.J. Jenkins, Dal, WR|
|Dallas has signed Jenkins after working him out last week.
Analysis: Jenkins, the 30th overall pick by San Francisco in 2012, didn't catch a pass in three regular-season and two playoff games as a rookie for the 49ers. He was traded to Kansas City during training camp in 2013, then had 17 catches for 223 yards and started only three of the 28 regular-season games he played the past two seasons.
|5/26/2015||Antonio Brown, Pit, WR|
|Brown insists the only number on his mind is 2015, not his salary. The Pittsburgh Steelers All-Pro wide receiver was on the field with the rest of his teammates when the Steelers began organized team activities on Tuesday. Brown brushed aside questions about whether he planned to sit out the activities and minicamp in search of a new deal.
Analysis: Brown led the NFL with a team-record 129 receptions in 2014. He downplayed the idea he was unhappy with the six-year $43-million contract he signed in 2012. The 26-year-old Brown promised he will be at Saint Vincent College when the Steelers begin training camp in July and that any contract issues are for agent Drew Rosenhaus to figure out.
|5/25/2015||Tom Brady, NE, QB|
|Two people familiar with the situation tell The Associated Press that Tom Brady's appeal of his four-game suspension for his role in the deflated footballs scandal won't be heard by Wednesday's 10-day deadline.
Analysis: Both sources spoke on condition of anonymity Monday because no date for the appeal has been set. The collective bargaining agreement calls for it to be heard within 10 days. However, the league and the players' union can agree on delaying the hearing. The two sides don't agree on much else.
|5/25/2015||Ray McDonald, Chi, DE|
|The Bears have released McDonald following a domestic violence arrest in Northern California that police say stemmed from him assaulting a woman who was holding a baby.
Analysis: Bears General Manager Ryan Pace released a statement saying McDonald did not meet the expectations set out for him when he was signed. In December, the 49ers released McDonald. Last year, McDonald was accused in a separate domestic violence incident during August birthday party at his Northern California home. A different woman has also accused McDonald of rape. Charges have not been filed.
|5/24/2015||Adrian Peterson, Min, RB|
|A person with knowledge of the situation tells The Associated Press that Peterson has informed Minnesota Vikings coach Mike Zimmer that he will not be attending the team's optional practices that start on Tuesday. Peterson is not required to attend any team functions until a mandatory minicamp next month.
Analysis: Peterson has been unhappy with the Vikings for a perceived lack of support from within the organization while he addressed child abuse charges last season. The person spoke Sunday on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to speak publicly on the issue. The Vikings have said they have no plans to trade Peterson, who could lose out on a $250,000 workout bonus by skipping the practices this week.
|5/22/2015||Michael Sam, Dal, DE|
|Sam, the first openly gay player drafted in the NFL, signed a two-year contract Friday with the Montreal Alouettes of the Canadian Football league.
Analysis: Sam came out before last year's NFL draft. He was selected in the seventh round by the St. Louis Rams and cut in training camp. The Dallas Cowboys signed him to their practice squad but released him in October. Sam then made another unsuccessful attempt at an NFL job at this year's veterans combine. The 25-year-old defensive end will be introduced at a news conference Tuesday in Montreal. The regular season opens June 25 when Montreal hosts Ottawa.
|5/22/2015||Orlando Scandrick, Dal, CB|
|Scandrick signed a one-year contract extension Friday, adding $9.5 million to what's now a five-year deal worth $20 million through 2019.
Analysis: It's the second time in three years the Cowboys have reworked contract terms for Scandrick, who missed the first two weeks of voluntary offseason workouts in hopes of getting more money. He reported this week. The 28-year-old Scandrick was Dallas' best cornerback last year but was set to make just $1.5 million this season. Now he'll get $4 million, half of what Brandon Carr will make without a pay cut after his first season without an interception.
|5/21/2015||Neiron Ball, Oak, LB|
|The Raiders have signed Ball, announcing the deal Thursday.
Analysis: Ball was selected 161st overall by the Raiders. He played four seasons at Florida, starting 16 of his 45 games over his career. He had 94 tackles, three sacks, one interception, four passes defensed, two fumble recoveries and one forced fumble.
|5/21/2015||Antonio Smith, Den, DE|
|Smith is under investigation in Texas over a criminal allegation the local sheriff describes as "sexual in nature."
Analysis: Smith has not been arrested and no charges have been filed. TMZ first reported the investigation on Thursday.
|5/21/2015||Marcell Dareus, Buf, DT|
|Dareus will miss the season opener after being suspended without pay by the NFL for violating the league's substance abuse policy.
Analysis: The NFL announced the suspension on Thursday. The suspension means the two-time Pro Bowl selection will miss Buffalo's home game against Indianapolis on Sept. 13. The punishment stems from Dareus being arrested and charged with possession of a controlled substance and drug paraphernalia after being stopped by Alabama State Police on May 5.
|5/21/2015||Ray Rice, Bal, RB|
|A judge in New Jersey has dismissed domestic violence charges against Rice, who was captured by a surveillance camera knocking his then-fiancee unconscious in a hotel elevator.
Analysis: Judge Michael Donio dismissed the charges Thursday after the Atlantic County prosecutor told him the former Baltimore Ravens running back had completed the terms of his pretrial intervention.
|5/20/2015||Will Beatty, NYG, T|
|Beatty is going to be sidelined up to six months after tearing a pectoral muscle.
Analysis: Beatty has started at left tackle for the Giants since the 2011 season. He started all 16 games last season despite sustaining a broken leg late in the 2013 season.
|5/20/2015||Geno Smith, NYJ, QB|
|Offensive coordinator Chan Gailey says Wednesday that Geno Smith is the team's starter "right now," and the Jets expect it to be that way heading into the season opener in September.
Analysis: Gailey says it "wasn't a thought" to hold a competition in camp because of the talent they've seen on film from Smith, who has mostly struggled in his first two seasons.
|5/19/2015||Shayne Graham, NO, K|
|The New Orleans Saints have cut veteran kicker Shayne Graham.
Analysis: The 37-year-old Graham, a 15-year NFL veteran out of Virginia Tech, has played for nine clubs and joined the Saints late in the 2013 regular season. He spent all of 2014 New Orleans, hitting 19 of 22 field goals.
|5/19/2015||Carson Palmer, Ari, QB|
|Palmer says he has rehabbed from his knee injury with an intensity driven by the knowledge that his days as an NFL quarterback are drawing to a close. Palmer turned 35 last December.
Analysis: Palmer tore the ACL in his left knee against the St. Louis Rams last Nov. 9, ending what had been perhaps the most promising season of his long career. The Cardinals were 6-0 with him as starter, 5-5 without him.
|5/18/2015||Deshon Foxx, Sea, WR|
|The Seattle Seahawks have signed Foxx after he participated in the team's rookie minicamp as a tryout player.
Analysis: Foxx started 23 of 38 games in his college career at Connecticut and caught 73 passes for 918 yards and three touchdowns. He was also a threat as a runner, carrying the ball 40 times for 277 yards and one TD.
|5/18/2015||Justin Smith, SF, DT|
|San Francisco 49ers star defensive lineman Justin Smith is retiring.
Analysis: Smith played 14 seasons in the NFL after being drafted in the first round by Cincinnati in 2001. After seven seasons with the Bengals, he signed as a free agent in San Francisco and had his best success in seven years with the 49ers. He was a defensive stalwart on a team that made three straight NFC championship games and played in one Super Bowl. Smith is a two-time All-Pro and a five-time Pro Bowler.
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