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Josh Gordon To Argue Positive Test From Secondhand Smoke

Josh Gordon's legal team will argue that his positive marijuana test was caused from secondhand smoke.

Gordon is appealing the NFL's imposition of a yearlong suspension for a positive test for marijuana.

Gordon's legal team will argue that the positive tests are so marginal that they show uncertainty as to whether the test results were truly positive, and even if so, were the result of exposure to secondhand smoke, according to sources familiar with the case.

Gordon's "A" sample tested at 16 nanograms per milliliter, a bare one nanogram per milliliter above the 15-nanogram-per-milliliter threshold, while Gordon's "B" sample -- which should theoretically be consistent with the "A" sample, as it comes from the exact same specimen -- tested at 13.63 ng/ml, lower than the threshold.

With both samples coming from the same specimen test, the results should be consistent. 

Via Adam Schefter/ESPN


Raiders Meet With San Antonio Officials On Potential Move

Mark Davis met with officials from San Antonio on July 18 about a potential relocation of the Oakland Raiders.

Davis toured the Alamodome and other locations during a multiple day visit.

The Alamodome would likely be a temporary home until a new stadium is built.

Davis reportedly wants “a small, intimate” stadium in front of which he can place a statue of his father, the late Al Davis.

“We don’t have any information about it, so there is no reason for us to comment,” NFL spokesman Greg Aiello told the Express-News on Tuesday. “We have received no applications from any of our teams to relocate at this point, so there is nothing for us to respond to.”

Via Mike Florio/Pro Football Talk


Jim Harbaugh: I'm Paid Extremely Well

The San Francisco 49ers have made a new contract offer to Jim Harbaugh, but he has yet to respond.

"I signed my 10th contract in the National Football League in 2011, so I understand contracts. I understand how contracts work, and what they are there for," Harbaugh said. "I also know that I work at the pleasure of the San Francisco 49ers organization and at the pleasure of the York Family. And I am paid extremely well -- which I am most grateful for, and I am very proud to be part of this organization."

Harbaugh reiterated that he's "never asked to be the highest-paid coach in football" or "like a Super Bowl-winning coach," while emphasizing that he's never demanded "more power."

Via Marc Sessler/NFL.com



Seahawks Sign Eric Winston

Eric Winston has signed with the Seattle Seahawks.

The right tackle is also president of the NFLPA and has started 119 games in eight seasons with the Houston Texans, Kansas City Chiefs and Arizona Cardinals.

Winston struggled in 2013 with the Cardinals

The Seahawks have had injury concerns in the past with their offensive line.

Via Kevin Patra/NFL.com


Patriots Claim Tyler Gaffney On Waivers

The New England Patriots have claimed Tyler Gaffney on waivers.

Gaffney, a sixth-round draft choice out of Stanford by the Carolina Panthers, sustained a season-ending knee injury in a practice Friday.

The Patriots inherit Gaffney's contract, which runs through 2017 and calls for base salaries of $420,000, $510,000, $600,000 and $690,000.

Via Mike Reiss/ESPN


NCAA Settles Suit By Creating $70M Fund To Diagnose Brain Trauma

The NCAA agreed Tuesday to settle a class-action head-injury lawsuit by creating a $70 million fund to diagnose thousands of current and former college athletes to determine if they suffered brain trauma playing football, hockey, soccer and other contact sports.

College sports' governing body also agreed to implement a single return-to-play policy spelling out how all teams must treat players who received head blows, according to a Tuesday filing in U.S. District Court in Chicago. Critics have accused the NCAA of giving too much discretion to hundreds of individual schools about when athletes can go back into games, putting them at risk.

Via AP


Patrick Peterson Won't Play Offense, Scale Back Punt Returns

The Arizona Cardinals will stop using Patrick Peterson as their full-time punt returner and he also won't play offense at all this season.

“My duties are now done,” Peterson said. “But I am completely OK with it.”

Peterson is one of the NFL's best young cornerbacks.

“Do I feel I am the best cornerback? Absolutely,” Peterson said. “That answer is never going to change. But that conversation is always going to come up.

“At the end of the day I don’t believe any of those guys are going to say, ‘This guy is better than (me).’ As a man, I can’t fathom putting another guy in front of me.”

 

Via Darren Urban/NFL.com


Lions Won't Discuss New Contract With Ndamukong Suh Until After Season

The Detroit Lions have tabled contract discussions with Ndamukong Suh until after the 2014 season.

Suh is entering the final season of his initial five-year rookie contract.

"I think it's the right thing for us to do," Lions president Tom Lewand said Monday. "It's the right thing for the team. It's the right thing for everybody involved and it allows us to keep the focus where it belongs.

"I remain tremendously confident and Jim [Caldwell] said it [Sunday] in his press conference, we have a high degree of confidence that we can work out something that will be mutually satisfactory at the right time and the goal hasn't changed in the least."

That goal for Detroit is to sign Suh, who will have a cap number of $22.4 million this season, to a long-term contract after the season.

Via Michael Rothstein/ESPN


Washington Signs Everett Brown

Washington has signed Everett Brown.

Brown most recently played with the Dallas Cowboys.

Brown gives Washington depth at both defensive lineman and outside linebacker.

Via Mike Jones/Washington Post


Colts Cut Chris Rainey For Violating Team Rules

The Indianapolis Colts have cut Chris Rainey for violating team rules.

Rainey was expected to receive a big opportunity with the Colts following the ACL injury to Vick Ballard.

“I can do anything and everything," Rainey said over the weekend, via PFT. "Wherever they put me, I'm ready for it. I'm one of them play-making guys that make you miss. It just makes you smile because you know what you can do in the middle of the field. So just be ready for it when your time comes.”

As a rookie, he contributed out of the backfield and as a returner, but he was waived hours after a Jan. 2013 arrest on a simple battery charge.

Rainey had been previously arrested in 2010, while at the University of Florida, on a felony stalking charge, which was later reduced to a misdemeanor. And in Dec. 2012, a month before the Steelers cut him, Rainey was cited for defiant trespass when he entered the Meadows Racetrack and Casino near Pittsburgh, after he had signed himself onto a self-exclusion list.

Via Ryan Wilson/CBS Sports