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Josh Gordon Could Face One-Year Suspension

Jan 25, 2015 6:33 PM

Josh Gordon tested positive for alcohol and will now be subject to a one-year suspension.

"Clearly we are very disappointed to hear the latest report regarding Josh," the Browns said in a statement. "At this point, due to the confidential nature of the NFL's substance-abuse policy, we have not been made aware by the league of a failed test. We are in the process of gathering more information and will provide further comment at the appropriate time."

Gordon was arrested on July 5, 2014, and charged with driving while impaired after speeding down a street in Raleigh, North Carolina. Gordon was previously suspended for the first two games of the 2013 season for violating the league's substance-abuse policy.

Gordon would have been suspended for all of 2014 were it not for a new drug testing and punishment policy the NFL implemented that allowed him to return after missing the first 10 games.

Gordon caught 24 passes for 303 yards in five games this season. He led the NFL with 1,646 yards in just 14 games in the 2013 season.

Adam Schefter/ESPN

Tags: Cleveland Browns, Fantasy, Misc Rumor, Suspension

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Belichick: Patriots Followed Every Rule

Jan 25, 2015 6:37 PM

Bill Belichick stated that the New England Patriots "followed every rule" in preparing their footballs for last Sunday's AFC Championship Game, offering several potential reasons behind the "Deflategate" controversy that has followed his team during the last week.

Belichick had an unscheduled press conference on Saturday one day after the NFL announced it has not drawn any conclusions yet on the underinflated footballs.

"I believe now 100 percent that I have personally and we as an organization have absolutely followed every rule to the letter," Belichick said.

ESPN

Tags: New England Patriots, Suspension

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Forsett: Ravens Express Interest In Re-Signing

Jan 24, 2015 3:34 PM

Justin Forsett averaged 5.4 yards per carry in 2014, which led the NFL.

Forsett said the Baltimore Ravens have expressed interest in bringing him back.

"That is the plan, they gave me my shot, they trusted me and believed in me enough to give me that shot so I'd like to stay," Forsett told Around The NFL after Friday's Pro Bowl practice.

Forsett bounced around before finding a home with the Ravens.

"They expressed that they want me back. I want to be back, so we'll see what happens," he said.

Kevin Patra/NFL.com

Tags: Baltimore Ravens, Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor

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Bryce Petty Believes He's Best Quarterback In Draft

Jan 23, 2015 6:55 PM

Bryce Petty of Baylor believes he's the best quarterback prospect in the 2015 NFL Draft.

Most scouts prefer either Marcus Mariota or Jameis Winston.

"I feel like I'm No. 1. I really do," Petty told newsday.com from Mobile, Ala., where he is preparing to play in Saturday's Reese's Senior Bowl. "That's not a cocky thing, it's not an arrogant thing. It's just me being confident in what I do and understanding that I have a learning curve [to adjust to]."

Petty ran a shotgun spread attack at Baylor.

"Those (scouts) are good at what they do, but I'm good at what I do," he said. "And I understand that my capabilities and potential for learning an NFL offense are sky-high."

Chase Goodbread/NFL.com

Tags: Draft, Draft Misc, NCAA

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Investigation Of Deflated Balls Led By Pash, Wells

Jan 23, 2015 2:10 PM

The NFL issued a statement Friday to provide an update on the league's investigation if the Patriots intentionally deflated footballs in the AFC Championship Game against the Colts.

The league announced that the investigation is being led by NFL executive vice president Jeff Pash and Ted Wells, an attorney from the Paul Weiss law firm. Wells was tapped to conduct the league's investigation concerning allegations of workplace misconduct with the Miami Dolphins in November 2013.

The statement is below in full:

"Our office has been conducting an investigation as to whether the footballs used in last Sunday's AFC Championship Game complied with the specifications that are set forth in the playing rules. The investigation began based on information that suggested that the game balls used by the New England Patriots were not properly inflated to levels required by the playing rules, specifically Playing Rule 2, Section 1, which requires that the ball be inflated to between 12.5 and 13.5 pounds per square inch. Prior to the game, the game officials inspect the footballs to be used by each team and confirm that this standard is satisfied, which was done before last Sunday'€™s game.

"The investigation is being led jointly by NFL Executive Vice President Jeff Pash and Ted Wells of the law firm of Paul Weiss. Mr. Wells and his firm bring additional expertise and a valuable independent perspective. The investigation began promptly on Sunday night. Over the past several days, nearly 40 interviews have been conducted, including of Patriots personnel, game officials, and third parties with relevant information and expertise. We have obtained and are continuing to obtain additional information, including video and other electronic information and physical evidence. We have retained Renaissance Associates, an investigatory firm with sophisticated forensic expertise to assist in reviewing electronic and video information.

"The playing rules are intended to protect the fairness and integrity of our games. We take seriously claims that those rules have been violated and will fully investigate this matter without compromise or delay. The investigation is ongoing, will be thorough and objective, and is being pursued expeditiously. In the coming days, we expect to conduct numerous additional interviews, examine video and other forensic evidence, as well as relevant physical evidence. While the evidence thus far supports the conclusion that footballs that were under-inflated were used by the Patriots in the first half, the footballs were properly inflated for the second half and confirmed at the conclusion of the game to have remained properly inflated. The goals of the investigation will be to determine the explanation for why footballs used in the game were not in compliance with the playing rules and specifically whether any noncompliance was the result of deliberate action. We have not made any judgments on these points and will not do so until we have concluded our investigation and considered all of the relevant evidence.

"Upon being advised of the investigation, the Patriots promptly pledged their full cooperation and have made their personnel and other information available to us upon request. Our investigation will seek information from any and all relevant sources and we expect full cooperation from other clubs as well. As we develop more information and are in a position to reach conclusions, we will share them publicly."

NFL.com

Tags: New England Patriots, Suspension

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Haslam: Browns Need To Get A Quarterback

Jan 23, 2015 1:52 PM

Jimmy Haslam hasn't ruled out starting Johnny Manziel at quarterback for the Cleveland Browns in 2015, but he also said "every option is on the table."

The Browns also started Brian Hoyer and Connor Shaw at quarterback this season.

"We've got to get a quarterback and got to get it fixed," Haslam said Thursday night, via the Elyria Chronicle-Telegram. "What I would say to our fans is, we're going to continue to work really hard to find that quarterback who can make us a championship team."

The Browns used a first round pick on Manziel last year.

"Johnny has to show on and off the field he can be a professional," Haslam said. "He knows that. Everybody in the organization has told him that. It'll be up to Flip and (coach Mike Pettine) to decide whether he can be the kind of quarterback we need him to be. He knows what we expect of him on and off the field, and it's up to him to prove he can do that."

Chris Wesseling/NFL.com

Tags: Cleveland Browns, Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor

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Ravens Release Terrence Cody

Jan 23, 2015 1:49 PM

The Baltimore Ravens have released Terrence Cody, who is being investigated for animal cruelty involving a dog.

Cody was a 2010 second round pick and would have been an unrestricted free agent on March 10.

Brandon Williams has excelled at defensive tackle and Cody wasn't expected to re-sign with the Ravens.

Jamison Hensley/ESPN

Tags: Baltimore Ravens, Misc Rumor, Waiver

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Colts Suspend Trent Richardson For Two Games

Jan 23, 2015 1:11 PM

the Indianapolis Colts suspended Trent Richardson for two games, though it is unclear if it is for the final games of 2014 or will carryover to 2015.

Richardson was deactivated for Sunday’s loss to the Patriots after not traveling with the club. He missed the club’s Saturday walk-through, though Richardson indicated it was for a “serious family emergency,” per ESPN.

The Colts traded a No. 1 pick in 2013 to the Cleveland Browns for Richardson.

Mike Wilkening/Pro Football Talk

Tags: Indianapolis Colts, Suspension

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NFLPA Files Grievance Against NFL For New Personal Conduct Policy

Jan 23, 2015 11:05 AM

The NFLPA has filed a non-injury expedited grievance against the NFL to challenge the league's new personal conduct policy.

The union maintains that the policy is in violation of the collective bargaining agreement and seeks a cease and desist order to enjoin implementation of the policy.

In the grievance, the NFLPA emphasizes that "the NFL adopted the new Policy without the consent, and over the objections, of the NFLPA."

 

The NFL responded to the union's grievance in a statement Friday morning.

"The league's revised conduct policy was the product of a tremendous amount of analysis and work and is based on input from a broad and diverse group of experts within and outside of football, including current players, former players, and the NFL Players Association," the statement read.

"We and the public firmly believe that all NFL personnel should be held accountable to a stronger, more effective conduct policy. Clearly, the union does not share that belief."

Adam Schefter/ESPN

Tags: Legal, Suspension

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49ers Hire Eric Mangini As Defensive Coordinator

Jan 22, 2015 5:19 PM

Eric Mangini has been be hired by the San Francisco 49ers as defensive coordinator on a three-year contract.

Mangini has been with the 49ers as a special assistant over the past few seasons.

Mangini was a head coach with the New York Jets and Cleveland Browns, as well as a defensive coordinator with the New England Patriots.

Adam Schefter/ESPN

Tags: San Francisco 49ers, Misc Rumor

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Clay Matthews Fined $22,050 Fined For Hit On Wilson
Clay Matthews has been fined $22,050 for an illegal blindside hit on Russell Wilson.

Rob Demovsky/ESPN

DeFilippo Unsure If Browns Already Have Their QB On Roster
John DeFilippo met Johnny Manziel before last year's draft and said he's ready and eager to work with him.

Pat McManamon/ESPN

Tom Brady Claims He Didn't Alter Footballs
Tom Brady said he would never break the NFL's rules.

ESPN

Tony Sparano Hired By 49ers As Tight Ends Coach
Tony Sparano was most recently interim head coach of the Raiders.

Adam Schefter/ESPN

All Three 2015 London Games Will Have 9:30 AM EST Kickoff
The NFL will have a 9:30 AM EST kickoff for all three London games in 2015.

RealGM Staff Report

Andrew Luck 'Feels A Little Deflated' In Days Following Loss
Andrew Luck appeared to unintentionally make that reference to the Patriots' deflated footballs controversy, but that of course is a Freudian slip of epic proportions.

RealGM Staff Report

Marshawn Lynch Fined $20,000 For Grabbing Crotch During TD
The NFL is also considering fining Marshawn Lynch "significantly more" than the $50,000 it has each of the past two seasons for not speaking to the media.

Adam Schefter/ESPN

Bill Belichick 'Shocked' To Learn Of Deflated Footballs
Bill Belichick denied having knowledge of deflated footballs during the AFC Championship Game.

ESPN

Adam Gase Hired By Bears As Offensive Coordinator
Adam Gase was a head coaching candidate for multiple openings.

Chris Mortensen/ESPN

Peyton Manning Intends To Return In 2015
The Broncos have asked Peyton Manning to inform them of his plans by March 9.

Woody Paige/ESPN

Browns Hire John DeFilippo As Offensive Coordinator
John DeFilippo will be in charge of figuring out how to maximize the effectiveness of Johnny Manziel.

Alex Marvez/Fox Sports

NFL Investigation Finds Patriots' Footballs Two Pounds Under-Inflated
The Patriots say they will continue to cooperate with the NFL's probe.

Chris Mortensen/ESPN

Eagles Will Try To Move Up For Marcus Mariota
The Eagles have the 20th overall pick and Marcus Mariota is expected to be one of the first five selections.

Mark Eckel/Trenton Times

49ers Considering Eric Mangini As Defensive Coordinator
Eric Mangini served as the teamís tight ends coach last season and was an offensive consultant with the 49ers the year before that.

Matt Barrows/Sacramento Bee

Adam Gase, Charlie Weis Emerge As Bears' OC Candidates
Charlie Weis and Adam Gase are among the candidates for the Bears' offensive coordinator vacancy.

Michael David Smith/Pro Football Talk

Ravens Hire Marc Trestman As Offensive Coordinator
Marc Trestman replaces Gary Kubiak, who left the Ravens to become head coach of the Broncos.

RealGM Staff Report

Jim Harbaugh Hires Son For Assistant Coach Job At Michigan
Jay Harbaugh likely will be the youngest full-time assistant coach in the Big Ten in 2015.

Adam Rittenberg/ESPN

Washington Hires Joe Barry As Defensive Coordinator
Washington will hire Joe Barry as defensive coordinator to join Jay Gruden's staff.

Ian Rapoport/NFL.com

Doug Marrone Hired By Jaguars As Offensive Line Coach
Doug Marrone still will be paid $4 million by the Bills for 2015.

Michael David Smith/Pro Football Talk

Vic Fangio Agrees To Join Bears As Defensive Coordinator
Vic Fangio runs a 3-4 defense, which aligns with the defensive philosophy of John Fox.

Jason La Canfora/CBS Sports