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Vikings Don't Foresee Keeping Adrian Peterson Long-Term

According to Chris Mortensen of ESPN, Adrian Peterson "is in denial" about his short- and long-term future with the Minnesota Vikings.

"Several league sources say Adrian Peterson has not come to grips with the fact that his 2014 has all but officially ended," Mortensen said Sunday morning. "His goal to break Emmitt Smith's all-time rushing record is now a fading dream. And his future is in doubt after being indicted for these child abuse charges related to inflicting injuries on his four-year old son."

A source told Mortensen that Peterson "really doesn't get it" and "he is in denial" when it comes to his future with the Vikings and the 2014 season.

Mortensen reported the Vikings "themselves do not foresee Peterson in their future."

Via Chris Mortensen/ESPN (via CBS Sports)

Rob Bironas Passes Away In Car Accident

Rob Bironas has died in a car accident Saturday night near his home in Nashville.

Metro Nashville Police said Bironas, 36, lost control on a curve in his 2009 GMC Yukon Denali and crashed after 11 p.m. less than a mile from home. Police said in a statement on the department website that his SUV was speeding when it went off the road and hit a line of trees before coming to a stop upside down in a culvert.

Bironas was taken to Vanderbilt University Medical Center where he was pronounced dead. Police said there was no evidence of alcohol or drugs at the scene.

Bironas was a placekicker for the Tennessee Titans for nine seasons before his release in March.

Bironas was the fourth most-accurate kicker in NFL history, connecting on 85.7 percent of his kicks (239 of 279). 

Bironas married Rachel Bradshaw, daughter of Terry Bradshaw, in June.



Arian Foster Inactive For Week 3 With Hamstring Injury

Arian Foster has been ruled inactive for Week 3 by the Houston Texans against the New York Giants due to a hamstring injury.

Foster tested the hamstring Sunday morning after being limited all week in practice.

Foster has 241 yards and one touchdown on 55 attempts this season.

Via Kimberly Jones/NFL.com

Buccaneers In Good Position To Sign Gerald McCoy Long-Term

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are in a good position to sign Gerald McCoy to a long-term deal.

The Buccaneers don't have anyone to whom they still owe big chunks of money. They have about $30M in cap space next season and roughly $58M for 2016 projections, sources said, and have almost no players with big signing bonuses, either.

McCoy has become the face of the Buccaneers franchise.

Talks remain ongoing and progress is being made, sources said. McCoy counts $15M against this year's cap (he makes $13M this season and Suh makes $12.6M), so his franchise tag would be more manageable.

Via Jason La Canfora/CBS Sports

Lions Optimistic Ndamukong Suh Will Stay Long-Term

Sources said the Detroit Lions remain optimistic about Ndamukong Suh staying and are very enthused about his start to the season.

But there is a growing sense in conversations with numerous execs and agents around the league, including many who have been in contact with Suh's representatives, that striking a deal prior to the start of free agency will be very difficult.

Suh counts $22.4M against the cap this season and franchising him for one year, at around $27M, isn't feasible for the Lions, sources said.

Via Jason La Canfora/CBS Sports

Raiders Could Sell For $2B With Potential Move To L.A. Looming

The NFL believes the Oakland Raiders could generate $2 billion or more if sold and selling the team reamins the most likely path for a move to Los Angeles.

The NFL will be careful about who gets the Los Angeles market and Mark Davis has limitations in real estate, marketing and overall business expertise.

Convincing Davis to sell the team to one of the NFL's short-list of owners-in-waiting, headlined by Larry Ellison, would be one way to get a team back to Los Angeles.

Via Jason La Canfora/CBS Sports

Dion Jordan Suspended Four Games For Substance Abuse

Dion Jordan has been suspended without pay for the next four games for a new violation of the NFL's Policy and Program on Substances of Abuse.

Jordan's previous suspension was lifted due to the terms of the NFL's new drug policy.

NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported that the pass rusher is in a treatment center while he deals with his four-game suspension, per a source informed of the player's situation.

Via Dan Hanzus/NFL.com

Peterson Asked To Take Polygraph Test

Adrian Peterson says he requested to take a polygraph test on charges of injuring his son.

A polygraph, or lie detector, is not particularly reliable and is not admissible in court.

Peterson has already admitted to what he did to his son.

The question a jury will ultimately settle is whether that constitutes negligent or reckless injury to a child under Texas law, not whether Peterson is telling the truth about what happened.


Via Michael David Smith/Pro Football Talk

Report: Ravens Misdirected Rice Case, NFL Did Scant Investigation

"Outside the Lines" interviewed more than 20 sources over the past 11 days -- team officials, current and former league officials, NFL Players Association representatives and associates, advisers and friends of Ray Rice -- and found a pattern of misinformation and misdirection employed by the Ravens and the NFL since he assaulted Janay Rice in an Atlantic City elevator.

The NFL took an uncharacteristically passive approach when it came to gathering evidence, opening itself up to widespread criticism, allegations of inconsistent approaches to player discipline and questions about whether Roger Goodell gave Rice -- the corporate face of the Baltimore franchise -- a light punishment as a favor to his good friend Steve Bisciotti. Four sources said Ravens executives, including Bisciotti and Ozzie Newsome, urged Goodell and other league executives to give Rice no more than a two-game suspension, and that's what Goodell did on July 24.

Goodell has been committed to player discipline, but did not immediately act when he learned verbally or visually of Rice's actions.

Within hours of the elevator attack, an employee of the Ravens was describing the inside-elevator video to friends in graphic detail, telling confidants that Rice knocked out his then-fiancée with a punch and that the video was "really bad," according to a source close to a Ravens official.

John Harbaugh urged the Ravens to release Rice immediately, according to sources.

Via Don Van Natta Jr., Kevin Van Valkenburg/ESPN

Jerry Jones Insists NFL Team In England Will 'Get Done'

The Dallas Cowboys will play the Jacksonville Jaguars in London at Wembley Stadium on Nov. 9 and Jerry Jones said the NFL will soon have a team based in England.

“I think it is going to get done because I see increasing interest and I see the ability to get the fans,” Jones said. “There is incremental value to increasing the pie there.” Shepherd’s pie, no doubt.

“You can expect a more intense feeling if and when we have a team over there,” he said. “We are basically trying to gain fans in the U.K., but at the same time we should be aware that should the U.K. have a team, there is an automatic, ‘Let’s beat the hell out of New York this week, let’s tear Dallas a new one’ — that kind of thing. And so that breeds competition. You guys invented it with the soccer rivalries that go on there.”

Via Robert Wilonsky/Dallas Morning News