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75-man roster tracker

NFL teams have until 4 PM EDT on Monday, August 27 to cut their rosters from 90 players to 75 players. We’ll track all the moves that every team makes to get down to 75 players right here.

Arizona Cardinals: Got down to the 75-player limit on Friday by putting LT Levi Brown on injured reserve, waiving fullback Jared Crank and running back Thomas Clayton with the waived-injured designation, and releasing DE Landon Cohen, WR Gino Crump, S Eddie Elder, WR Tre Gray, CB Marshay Green, WR Jaymar Johnson, FB Reagan Maui’a, LB Marcus McGraw, LB Zack Nash, CB James Nixon, K/P Ricky Schmitt and LB Paul Vassalo.

Atlanta Falcons: Got down to the 75-player limit on Saturday by putting tackle Will Svitek on injured reserve, waiving tight end Chase Coffman, linebacker Max Gruder, kicker Erik Folk, running back Richard Medlin, fullback Lee Meisner, defensive end Louis Nzegwu, receiver Kenny Stafford and tight end Aron White and reaching injury settlements with defensive tackle Elisha Joseph and cornerback Darrin Walls.  The Falcons also waived quarterback John Parker Wilson and placed defensive tackle Corey Peters on the reserve/non-football injury list.

Baltimore RavensCut nine on Sunday, including kicker Billy Cundiff, tight end Davon Drew, receiver Devin Goda, offensive lineman Addison Lawrence, cornerback Jordan Maybin, center Cecil Newton (brother of Cam), long snapper Patrick Scales, quarterback Chester Stewart, and receiver Patrick Williams. Finished things up on Monday by placing linebacker Terrell Suggs and wide receiver David Reed on reserve/PUP and placing linebacker Stevie Baggs, linebacker Darryl Blackstock, safety Emanuel Cook and defensive tackle Ryan McBean on injured reserve.

Buffalo Bills: Made 10 moves Sunday to get to the limit. They placed tight end Mike Caussin on reserve/PUP, and released nine players: Wide receiver David Clowney, cornerback Prince Miller, linebacker Danny Batten, defensive end Sean Ferguson, tight end Fendi Onobun, defensive tackle Jay Ross, wide receiver Derek Session, defensive back Nick Sukay and guard Jake Vermiglio.  Batten was waived with the designation “failure to disclose physical condition.”

Carolina Panthers: Started the process of getting down to 75 by cutting their veteran punter and their veteran kicker, Nick Harris and Olindo Mare. They also put promising wide receiver David Gettis on reserve/PUP list, and cornerback Brandon Hogan on IR, and waived wide receivers Darvin Adams, Michael Avila, Brenton Bersin and Rico Wallace (with injury settlement), running backs Josh Vaughan and Lyndon Rowells, tight end Greg Smith, guards Roger Allen and Will Blackwell and linebacker-defensive end Eric Norwood.

Chicago Bears: Made 12 moves Sunday, getting the roster to 76 the day before the deadline. They placed safety Brandon Hardin on IR, receiver Johnny Knox on reserve/PUP, and released veteran defensive tackle John McCargo. They also waived linebacker K.C. Asiodu, quarterback Matt Blanchard, safety Trevor Coston, receiver Terriun Crump, receiver Chris Summers, defensive end Derek Walker, and defensive end Thaddeus Gibson.  They also waived/injured linebacker Adrien Cole and guard Nick Pieschel. The Bears’ final move was cutting former supplemental draft pick Harvey Unga, which got them down to 75.

Cincinnati Bengals: Got down to 76 players on Friday by putting cornerback Brandon Ghee, cornerback Shaun Prater, receiver/cornerback Taveon Rodgers, safety Robert Sands, and guard Travelle Wharton on injured reserve, and releasing defensive end Luke Black, running back Aaron Brown, quarterback Tyler Hansen, and guard Matt Murphy. Wide receiver Kashif Moore was waived on Monday to complete the cuts.

Cleveland BrownsMoved to 80 on Sunday by waiving offensive lineman Jake Anderson, offensive lineman Matt Cleveland, defensive back Emanuel Davis, linebacker JoJo Dickson, punter Spencer Lanning, receiver Carlton Mitchell, receiver Bert Reed, receiver Jermaine Saffold, and receiver Owen SpencerGot to 75 on Monday by waiving with the “injured” designation defensive lineman Marcus Benard, defensive lineman Auston English, and defensive back Antwuan Reed,  placing linebacker Chris Gocong and sixth-round rookie linebacker Emmanuel Acho on injured reserve, and converting defensive lineman Phil Taylor from the active/Physically Unable to Perform list to the reserve/PUP list.

Dallas Cowboys: Dallas got down to 76 players after releasing tackle Levy Adcock, punter Delbert Alvarado, tight end Harry Flaherty, receiver David Little, tackle Tyrone Novikoff, receiver Raymond Radway, running back Javarris Williams and cornerback C.J. Wilson. They also waived/injured receiver Donavon Kemp and linebacker Caleb McSurdy, and put guard/center Kevin Kowalski on the physically unable to perform list. They got to 75 by releasing long snapper Charley Hughlett, who had a partially guaranteed contract.

Denver Broncos: Got down to 75 by cutting veteran long snapper Lonnie Paxton, putting defensive end Jason Hunter on injured reserve and waiving linebacker Elliot Coffey, wide receiver Mark Dell, wide receiver Cameron Kenney, tight end Anthony Miller, defensive end Cyril Obiozor, running back Xavier Omon, safety Anthony Perkins, tackle Mike Remmers, cornerback Ramzee Robinson, fullback Austin Sylvester and guard Austin Wuebbels.

Detroit Lions: The Lions got down to 80 players after waiving fullback James Bryant, receiver Jarett Dillard, running back Stephfon Green, safety Sean Jones, guard Jacques McClendon, linebacker Slade Norris (injured), guard J.C. Oram, defensive tackle Bobby Skinner, kicker Derek Dimke and receiver Terrence Toliver. Running back Jahvid Best’s slow recovery from a concussion landed him on the PUP list where he’ll join cornerback Chris Greenwood. Offensive linemen Jonathan Scott and Bill Nagy were placed on injured reserve and wide receiver Dominique Curry and wide receiver Isaac Madison were released.  Also, an injury settlement was reached with defensive back Don Carey, who had been on injured reserve.

Green Bay Packers: Got down to 75 on Monday by placing linebacker Desmond Bishop, running back Du’ane Bennett, tight end DeMarco Cosby, guard Ray Dominguez, defensive end Johnny Jones and receiver Shaky Smithson on injured reserve. Tight end Andrew Quarless and linebacker Frank Zombo were placed on reserve/physically unable to perform. The Packers also released fullback Jon Hoese and defensive end Jarius Wynn. Green Bay began the cuts on Friday by releasing DE Anthony Hargrove, WR Andrew Brewer, S Micah Pellerin, T Herb Taylor and CB Dion Turner.

Houston Texans: Made their moves Sunday, cutting veteran LB Omar Gaither and WR Bryant Johnson among others. They also put rookie kicker Randy Bullock on injured reserve, and waived-injured nose tackle Sunny Harris and linebacker Greg William. Linebacker Darryl Sharpton was placed on reserve-PUP, and they released the following: Tackle Nick Mondek, center Thomas Austin, punter Brett Hartmann, receiver Mario Lewis, running back Davin Meggett, defensive end Jimmy Saddler-McQueen, fullback Derrell Smith, guard Kasey Studdard and cornerback Torri Williams.

Indianapolis Colts: Got the ball rolling on Sunday by waiving cornerback Chris Rucker, cornerback Cameron Chism, cornerback Terrence Johnson, cornerback Antonio Fenelus, safety Matt Merletti, safety David Caldwell, linebacker Mike Balogun, wide receiver Quan Cosby, running back Alvester Alexander, guard Jason Foster and punter Brian Stahovich. They got to the limit Monday by placing defensive tackle Brandon McKinney and offensive tackle George Foster were placed on injured reserve, along with wide receiver Griff Whalen. Rookie defensive tackle Josh Chapman and guard Justin Anderson were placed on the reserve/PUP list, which will keep them on the shelf for at least the first six weeks.

Jacksonville Jaguars: Cut eight players on Saturday: cornerback Ashton Youboty, quarterback Nathan Enderle, receiver Chastin West, linebacker Nate Bussey, running back DuJuan Harris, cornerback Mike Holmes, tackle Dan Hoch, and linebacker Donovan Richard.  Finished the move to 75 on Monday by placing guard John Estes, guard Drew Nowak, guard/center Jason Spitz, and tight end Matt Veldman on injured reserve.  Also, fullback Brock Bolen was waived with the injured designation, and defensive end John Chick and linebacker Clint Session were shifted from the active/PUP list to the reserve/PUP list.

Kansas City Chiefs: The Chiefs cut 14 players Sunday to get to the limit. They released second-year wideout Jeremy Horne, who had yet to record a regular season catch, as well as former Army linebacker Caleb Campbell. Also released were: Fullback Shane Bannon, tight end Tim Biere, wide receivers Brandon Kinnie, Zeke Markshausen and Aaron Weaver, offensive linemen Justin Cheadle and Cam Hollland, defensive end Ethan Johnson (waived for failure to disclose physical condition), linebacker Dexter Heyman, defensive backs Dominique Ellis and Jean Fanor and kicker Matt Szymanski.

Miami Dolphins: Cut Hard Knocks star Les Brown as well as defensive tackle Chas Alecxih, cornerback Marcus Brown, safety Tyrell Johnson, cornerback Trenton Hughes, linebacker Josh Linam, running back Jerome Messam, defensive end Jacquies Smith and cornerback Jonathan Wade. Placed running back Jonas Gray on the physically unable to perform list.

Minnesota Vikings: Got down to 75 players on Saturday by waiving guard Bridger Buche, running back Derrick Coleman, guard Grant Cook, linebacker Soloman Elimimian, defensive back Corey Gatewood, tackle Levi Horn, defensive end Anthony Jacobs, receiver Kamar Jorden, receiver A.J. Love, linebacker Tyler Nielsen, defensive end Ernest Owusu, defensive tackle Tydreke Powell, cornerback Chris Stroud, receiver Kerry Taylor, and receiver Bryan Walters. The Vikings previously waived rookie receiver Greg Childs and rookie defensive back Nicholas Taylor, both of whom reverted to the team’s injured reserve list.

New England Patriots: Cleared out some veteran receivers, including Donte’ Stallworth and Jabar Gaffney. They also released were defensive linemen Gerard Warren and Tim Bulman and safety Ross Ventrone. Defensive back Will Allen, safety Josh Barrett and fullback Spencer Larsen were placed on injured reserve, and tight end Jake Ballard and defensive lineman Myron Pryor were placed on the reserve-PUP. Rookie offensive lineman Markus Zusevics was placed on the reserve-Non Football Injury list. The Patriots also claimed first-year WR Kerry Taylor off waivers from the Vikings.

New Orleans Saints: Beat the storm and made their cuts Monday, releasing veteran defensive tackle Remi Ayodele and quarterback Luke McCown. The Saints also waived the following players: Tight end Jake Byrne (who had a partially guaranteed contract), wide receivers Marques Clark, Kevin Hardy and Derek Moye, offensive linemen Hutch Eckerson, Paul Fenaroli and Brian Folkerts, defensive end Donavan Robinson, defensive tackle Swanson Miller, linebacker Aaron Tevis, cornerbacks Kamaal McIlwain and Cord Parks and safety Johnny Thomas (who had a partially guaranteed contract).

New York Giants: Reached the 75-man limit on Monday by placing tight end Travis Beckum and defensive tackle Chris Canty on reserve/PUP, placing offensive lineman Brandon Mosley on injured reserve, releasing cornerback Antwaun Molden and waiving tight end Ryan Purvis, defensive tackle Carlton Powell, defensive back Chris Horton, wide receiver Julian Talley, wide receiver Brandon Collins, tight end Christian Hopkins, defensive back Brandon Bing, defensive back Jojo Nicolas, running back Joe Martinek, tackle Joel Reinders and defensive tackle Oren Wilson.

New York Jets: Got down to 80 players on Saturday by cutting receiver Dexter Jackson, guard Terrence Campbell, long snapper Derek Chard, defensive tackle Matt Hardison, cornerback LeQuan Lewis, safety Marcus Lott, and receiver Raymond WebberCut to 74 Monday by dumping linebacker Ambrose Damario, receiver Stanley Aruke, receiver Wes Kemp, running back Jeremy Stewart, and kicker Josh Brown, and by waiving fullback/tight end Josh Baker with the “injured” designation.

Oakland Raiders: Made 12 moves Monday to get to the limit. They waived linebacker Korey Bosworth (nephew Brian) along with the following players: Defensive ends Mason Brodine and Wayne Dorsey, safeties Aaron Henry and Chaz Powell, cornerback Terrail Lambert, wide receivers Thomas Mayo and DeAundre Muhammad, quarterback Kyle Newhall-Caballero and fullback Manase Tonga. They also waived-injured fullback Rashawn Jackson and offensive lineman Ed Wang.

Pittsburgh SteelersMoved to 75 on Monday by releasing linebacker Ryan Baker, defensive tackle Mike Blanc, wide receiver Paul Cox, cornerback Andre Freeman, kicker Daniel Hrapmann, offensive lineman Kyle Jolly, long snapper Matt Katula, tight end Jamie McCoy, cornerback Walter McFadden, tight end Justin Peelle, safety Myron Rolle, wide receiver Juamorris Stewart, defensive tackle Kade Weston, and wide receiver Jimmy Young. Also waived linebacker Mortty Ivy with the “injured” designation.  (They’ve since reached an injury settlement with Ivy.)

Philadelphia EaglesCut to 80 on Saturday by releasing receiver Elvis Akpla, safety Wade Bonner, defensive end Xavier Brown, receiver Brian Hernandez (injured), receiver McKay Jacobson, receiver Tiger Jones, guard Alfred McCullough, safety Tom Nelson (injured), cornerback Kevin Thomas, and tackle Thomas Welch.  On Sunday, the Eagles moved to 79, by releasing former Oregon All-American cornerback Cliff Harris. They got down to 75 by placing tackle Jason Peters on the reserve/non-football injury list, defensive tackle Mike Patterson on the reserve/non-football illness list, guard Mike Gibson on injured reserve and waiving wide receiver Jamel Hamler.

San Diego Chargers: Released wide receiver Roscoe Parrish, placed guard Johnnie Troutman on reserve/non-football injury list, placed offensive lineman Brandyn Dombrowski on reserve/non-football illness list and waived wide receivers Jason Barnes, Taylor Embree and Phillip Payne, defensive tackle Eddie Brown, long snapper Nick Guess, running back Michael Hayes, tight end Brad Taylor and offensive tackle Phil Trautwein. The Chargers also reached injury settlements with defensive tackle Garrett Brown and tackle Michael Toudouze to get to 75 players.

San Francisco 49ers: Got to 75 players on Monday by placing linebacker Darius Fleming on the PUP list and running back Jewel Hampton on the reserve/non-football injury list. They also waived tackle Jason Slowey, running back Cameron Bell, linebacker Kourtnei Brown (injured), wide receiver Brian Tyms, safety Cory Nelms, wide receiver Joe Hastings (injured), wide receiver Ben Hannula, kicker Giorgio Tavecchio, defensive tackle Matt Masifilo, cornerback Deante’ Purvis , tight end Joe Sawyer and defensive tackle Patrick Butrym.

St. Louis Rams: Got down to 80 players on Monday by waiving defensive lineman John Gill, linebacker Noah Keller, fullback Todd Anderson, kicker Garrett Lindholm, running back Nicholas Schweiger, wide receiver Charles Gilbert, wide receiver Brandyn Harvey, offensive lineman Kevin Hughes, linebacker Alex Hoffman-Ellis and running back Calvin Middleton. The Rams got to 75 by waiving-injured wide receiver Danario Alexander, placing defensive tackle Trevor Laws on injured reserve and waiving tight end Brody Eldridge, offensive lineman Ryan McKee and long snapper Travis Tripucka.

Seattle Seahawks: Released on Sunday receiver Terrell Owens, guard Deuce Lutui, tackle Alex Barron, receiver Phil Bates, tackle Edawn Coughman, cornerback Donny Lisowski, cornerback Ron Parker, and running back Tyrell Sutton. Also waived the following players with the “injured” designation: linebacker Jameson Konz, defensive tackle Lazarius Levingston, cornerback Roy Lewis, and tight end Cameron Morrah.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers:   Reduced to 75 on Monday by waiving running back De’Anthony Curtis, long snapper Andrew DePaola, receiver Greg Ellingson, tight end Collin Franklin, receiver Ed Gant, punter Eric Guthrie, tackle Mike Ingersoll (injury settlement), linebacker Brian Smith, safety Tramain Thomas, and cornerback Marquese Wheaton.  Also placed guard Davin Joseph on injured reserve and shifted defensive end Da’Quan Bowers to reserve/PUP list.

Tennessee Titans: Got the to 75-man limit Sunday by placing receiver Marc Mariani on IR, safety Markelle Martin on reserve/PUP, and releasing the following players: running back Herb Donaldson, center William Vlachos, quarterback Nick Stephens, kicker Will Batson, tight end Joey Haynos, offensive linemen George Bias and Jonathan Palmer, safety Christian Scott, and receivers Chase Deadder, LaQuinton Evans, and Marcus Harris.

Washington Redskins: Kicker Neil Rackers was let go after losing kicking competition to Graham Gano.  The Redskins also released veteran offensive linemen Tony Moll and James Lee; waived running back Antwon Bailey, offensive lineman Chris Campbell, running back Lennon Creer, quarterback Jonathan Crompton, receiver Samuel Kirkland, linebacker Monte Lewis, guard Nick Martinez, and tight end Beau Reliford; waived receiver Lance Lewis with the injured designation; waived cornerback Morgan Trent with an injury settlement; traded cornerback Kevin Barnes to the Lions; and placed right tackle Jammal Brown on reserve/PUP.

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Broncos add a linebacker, go with one long snapper

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The Broncos made a roster move Tuesday, signing undrafted rookie linebacker Darnell Sankey and waiving rookie long snapper Nathan Theus.

Sankey was a four-year contributor at Sacramento State and was a first-team All-Big Sky pick last fall. Theus was a four-year long snapper at Georgia and signed with the Broncos after this year’s draft.

The release of Theus leaves first-year player Casey Kreiter as the lone long snapper on the Broncos’ roster. The team cut long snapper Aaron Brewer in March after he performed well for four seasons.

The Broncos start training camp Thursday.

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Report: Randy Gregory in treatment facility, facing longer suspension

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Defensive end Randy Gregory will miss the first four games of the 2016 season while serving a four-game suspension for violating the league’s substance-abuse policy, but the terms of the ban allowed him to practice and play for the Cowboys in the preseason.

It appears that won’t be happening, however. Ed Werder of ESPN reports that Gregory has checked into a treatment facility and will not be reporting to Cowboys camp, which opens later this week.

There are no specific details about what led Gregory to check into the facility, but Werder’s colleague Adam Schefter reports that Gregory has violated the substance-abuse policy again and now faces an extended suspension. Whatever the term of that suspension, Gregory’s history of problems in this area will make it hard to count on getting anything from him in 2016 or beyond.

That’s not great news for a Cowboys defense that’s also without defensive end Demarcus Lawrence for four games and linebacker Rolando McClain for 10 games as they serve suspensions of their own.

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Rosenhaus believes Browns are committed to Josh Gordon

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With a lukewarm-at-best statement from executive V.P. of football operations Sashi Brown and an unusual reinstatement coupled with a four-game suspension, some wonder whether the Browns will welcome receiver Josh Gordon back with open arms.

Agent Drew Rosenhaus believes they will. Appearing on Tuesday’s PFT Live on NBC Sports Radio, Rosenhaus addressed the basic question of whether the Browns still want Gordon.

“I do believe the Browns are a big part of Josh getting reinstated,” Rosenhaus said, via Mary Kay Cabot of the Cleveland Plain Dealer. “I do believe that Sashi Brown . . . had a lot to do with this. I believe that Hue Jackson is very committed to working with Josh Gordon. I believe that Jim Brown, who’s an integral part of this process who got to know Josh and has served as a mentor in some respects had a lot to do with this. I really do think that the Browns are committed to Josh and want to see him succeed.”

Rosenhaus believes that the earlier-than-expected reinstatement of Gordon arose directly from a meeting that occurred last week with Commissioner Roger Goodell.

“I believe that Commissioner Goodell really got to know Josh,” Rosenhaus said. “I’m convinced that he believed it would be in Josh’s best interests to go to training camp on time this week as opposed to waiting any longer. Being with his teammates, being with his coaches, and the Browns organization is going to put in a very good supporting system in place for Josh with counseling. They’ve got professionals that are going to work with him to support him moving forward so that he can be a successful football player and work within the system. I really believe the Commissioner wanted to give Josh this opportunity at the outset and see if Josh is able to grow from his experiences and make this transition.”

As to the conditional reinstatement combined with a four-game suspension, Rosenhaus recognizes that Goodell opted to depart from the strict language of the substance-abuse policy, which contemplates full excommunication of a player banished with the chance to apply for reinstatement.

“Commissioner Goodell made a major change in my opinion with this decision in that Josh, now during the four games that he is suspended, he can still work with the team,” Rosenhaus said. “That is a huge change from the past. . . . Commissioner Goodell is making a modification here for Josh that I think could benefit not only Josh but other players down the road because it’s very difficult when you’re on suspension as a young player. You need help and you’re basically on your own once you’re suspended. Now Josh can continue to be around his teammates, his coaches, administrators, people in the front office, and counselors from the Browns. That’s huge. They can still work with him, he can stay very close to everything that’s going on and not be on an island and I think that is a huge development and I thank Commissioner Goodell for that. I think this hopefully is a change that can be modified for certain young players going forward.”

Rosenhaus said Monday that Goodell explained the move was also aimed at building bridges with the NFL Players Association at a time when most bridges have been obliterated by a fundamental lack of trust.

For more from Rosenhaus, check out the podcast at iTunes or audioBoom.

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Lions adding wide receiver Anquan Boldin

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This is the time for last-minute roster-tweaking, and for veterans, a last chance to find a chair before training camps begin.

For veteran wide receiver Anquan Boldin, that means another trip to Detroit, after his visit in June.

According to Adam Schefter of, the Lions are finalizing a one-year deal with the veteran wideout today.

Boldin has some familiarity with Lions coach Jim Caldwell from their days together with the Ravens, and he gives the Lions the kind of physical receiver they may have lacked after the retirement of Calvin Johnson this offseason.

They signed free agent Marvin Jones early in free agency to go with Golden Tate, but Boldin’s a known commodity.

His numbers were down last year in San Francisco, but so were everyone else’s, and he’s been a consistently productive player over the course of his 13-year career.

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Report: Jake Long signing with Ravens

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The Ravens parted ways with a veteran tackle when they released Eugene Monroe recently and it looks like they’ll be adding another one to the roster.

Adam Schefter of ESPN reports that Jake Long is flying to Baltimore on Tuesday to sign with the Ravens. Per Schefter, it will be a one-year deal.

Long was the first overall pick of the 2008 draft by the Dolphins and spent five years as a starter in Miami before moving on to two years in the Rams lineup. Injuries slowed him down over the years, however, and he appeared in just four games without making a start while with the Falcons in 2015.

With first-round pick Ronnie Stanley pencilled in at left tackle and Ricky Wagner at right tackle, Long will likely be vying for a backup role in Baltimore.

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Rick Spielman: Cordarrelle Patterson has made “tremendous strides”

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Vikings wide receiver Cordarrelle Patterson said recently that he didn’t always work as hard as he could have or should have during his first three years in the NFL, but the guy who made Patterson a first-round pick in 2013 seems to think that wasn’t an issue this offseason.

General Manager Rick Spielman called Patterson “probably the premier kickoff returner in the league” and a “big play waiting to happen” before suggesting that the work Patterson put in will open up the possibility of Patterson making some of those big plays on offense.

“Where Cordarrelle has made tremendous strides this year is on his route running ability and becoming a better receiver,” Spielman said, via the team’s website. “He is very tuned in and very focused trying to prove to everybody, including himself, that he’s going to be not just a great athlete with the football in his hands, but a true receiver in the NFL.”

Stefon Diggs and Laquon Treadwell will have big roles on offense for the Vikings this season with Jarius Wright, Charles Johnson and Adam Thielen also back from last season. Patterson’s ability to break a big play is attractive, but he will likely need to show a consistent ability to make all kinds of plays to have a spot in the offensive mix.

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Jordy Nelson says ACL is fine: “No one needs to freak out”

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Recuperating wide receiver Jordy Nelson told fans to not panic, by giving them something else to panic out about.

According to Mike Garafolo of the NFL Network, the Packers wideout said the reason he was placed on the physically unable to perform list yesterday had nothing to do with the torn ACL which cost him last season.

“It’s not the ACL. No one needs to freak out,” Nelson said.

Nelson said he tweaked the other knee while working out this offseason, which of course is something different to worry about. According to Rob Demovsky of, Nelson described it has a “hiccup” in the other knee, and said he wasn’t worried about the regular season opener.

I’m sure the Packers faithful will remain calm. All is well.

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Report: Washington has discussed adding Greg Hardy

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With Junior Galette lost for another year with a ruptured Achilles tendon, Washington needs help at the position. Help could come in the form of free-agent Greg Hardy.

Ed Werder of ESPN reports that the team has discussed adding Hardy, who spent five years with the Panthers and last season in Dallas.

Werder points out that cornerback Josh Norman would vouch for Hardy, based on their mutual time together in Charlotte. The bigger question is whether Washington would be willing to withstand the potential P.R. fallout from adding Hardy.

Last week, the Jaguars worked out Hardy without much of a major negative reaction. Even if Washington would be criticized for giving Hardy another second chance based on his domestic violence incident from two years ago, the franchise knows a thing or two about ignoring criticism and moving forward.

Hardy has played defensive end in a 4-3 defense throughout his career. In Washington, Hardy would become a linebacker in the 3-4 attack. Ultimately, his primary role would be to rush the passer from the edge of the defensive line. That’s a skill that remains the same regardless of defensive alignment.

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Mike McCarthy: Eddie Lacy is ready

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When the Packers players reported for training camp on Monday, coach Mike McCarthy said that he thinks quarterback Aaron Rodgers is in the best shape he’s been in during their time together.

McCarthy didn’t share his thoughts about running back Eddie Lacy’s condition, which was of interest after McCarthy opened up the offseason by saying that Lacy was too heavy last season. Lacy’s fitness came up on Tuesday as the Packers got set for their first practice of camp and the review was positive, although McCarthy added that it would be the last.

“Eddie is ready,” McCarthy said, via Tom Silverstein of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. “I’m done talking about people’s weight. I felt like I gave an honest answer.”

If the Packers had doubts about Lacy’s condition, they could have put him on the PUP list to open camp but he was given the green light to get on the field Tuesday. A return to form for Lacy this year would be a big positive for the Packers offense and for his own earning potential as he enters the final year of his rookie deal.

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Kawann Short moves forward with confidence in his value

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Panthers defensive tackle Kawann Short is eligible for a new contract, but he won’t be signing one. Unless the Panthers decide to give him Muhammad Wilkerson’s deal.

That’s where Short expects to be, at some point.

With camp approaching, Short hasn’t changed his mind about showing up and laying the foundation for a great contract year. With a base salary of $1.036 million and daily fines of $40,000, Short realizes the short-term economics don’t favor a holdout. The long-term economics have Short targeting a deal worth $17 million per year or more come 2017.

The Panthers, of course, will have the ability to apply the franchise tag to Short. The Panthers did just that with cornerback Josh Norman, only to rescind the tag in late April after apparently becoming exasperated with Norman’s demands and/or concerned he’d stay away until days before Week One of the regular season.

A tag on Short could prompt a deliberate effort to get the tag rescinded. Or it could spark a long-term contract before the July 15 deadline a year from now. Or the Panthers could sign him before applying the tag.

It’s also possible that the Panthers will simply let Short leave via free agency, given the abundance of interior defensive linemen and confidence they can find and coach up more.

Either way, barring serious injury or an unexpectedly steep decline in his play, Short is going to get paid.

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Arthur Jones: You can take cough syrup and the NFL calls it a PED

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Colts defensive lineman Arthur Jones isn’t saying what substance he took to earn him a four-game suspension in the league’s performance-enhancing substance policy. But he is saying it’s something he took legally, and accidentally.

In addition to blaming his suspension on failing to read the ingredients list on a supplement, Jones pointed out today that a lot of perfectly legal medications have banned substances in them.

“I mean with the NFL you can take too much cough syrup and it says PED,” Jones said, in comments distributed by the Colts. “I’m not going to get into too much detail over that.”

Jones is correct about that: The full list of banned substances under the NFL’s PED policy includes pseudoephedrine, which is found in common cold medicines like Sudafed. However, the NFL allows the use of pseudoephedrine if a player can document that he was taking it for cold relief, on the recommendation of a team doctor.

What Jones actually tested positive for has still not been released and may never be. Jones has declined to say, and the NFL doesn’t release details of PED tests. If it was as innocent as taking an over-the-counter medication without scrutinizing the ingredients list, Jones might be better off, from a PR standpoint, explaining exactly what he took.

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Falcons G.M. says Devin Hester passed physical, release was “football decision”

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The Falcons cut the most prolific return man in NFL history Tuesday, but it wasn’t because he was having a hard time staying on the field.

According to Michael Cunningham of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Falcons General Manager Thomas Dimitroff said health issues weren’t the reason they parted ways Tuesday.

“He passed his [pre-camp] physical,” Dimitroff said. “It was a football decision for us in the end. Not to be evasive about it, but we wish him a lot of luck and we think it’s best for the organization for us to move forward.”

The 33-year-old Hester missed most of last season with a big toe injury and hadn’t participated this offseason while recovering from surgery. But he did play the final five games of last season, though he didn’t make many plays and only played one snap of offense.

Over his career, he has set league records for total return touchdowns (20) and punt return touchdowns (14), but the combination of age and rule changes which lessen the impact of return men made him expendable.

There’s also the small matter of the $3 million in base salary he was owed this season, which was likely as much of a factor as any.

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List of 2016 HOF presenters finalized

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The Pro Football Hall of Fame announced Tuesday the official list of presenters for the eight-man class of 2016 that will be inducted next week.

The group of presenters includes Hall of Fame coaches Marv Levy and John Madden; Colts owner Jim Irsay; longtime coach Dom Capers; Brett Favre’s wife, Deanna; and Lisa DeBartolo, the daughter of former 49ers owner Edward DeBartolo Jr.

Deanna Favre will become just the second wife to serve as her husband’s presenter, while Lisa DeBartolo will become the fifth daughter to present her father.

Former Rams tackle Orlando Pace will be presented by his son, Justin. Tony Dungy will be presented by his former teammate, Donnie Shell.

Capers will present former Panthers, Steelers, Rams and 49ers linebacker Kevin Greene. Irsay will present former Colts wide receiver Marvin Harrison. Madden will present former Raiders quarterback Ken Stabler, while Marv Levy will present former Lions guard Dick Stanfel.

The class of 2016 will be inducted Aug. 6 in Canton, Ohio.

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Browns waive A.J. Stamps with Josh Gordon back on roster

ATLANTA, GA - NOVEMBER 23:  Josh Gordon #12 of the Cleveland Browns warms up prior to the game against the Atlanta Falcons at Georgia Dome on November 23, 2014 in Atlanta, Georgia.  (Photo by Scott Cunningham/Getty Images) Getty Images

Word came from the NFL on Monday that Browns wide receiver Josh Gordon has been conditionally reinstated from the suspension that kept him off the field last season.

Gordon will still be suspended for the first four games of the regular season, but he’s eligible to practice and play with the team during the preseason. That left the Browns in need of a spot on the 90-man roster for Gordon.

They created it by announcing that they have waived defensive back A.J. Stamps. Stamps signed with the team in early May after going undrafted out of Kentucky and will become a free agent if he passes through waivers unclaimed.

The Browns hold their first training camp practice on Friday. Gordon reported to the team’s facility Tuesday to take a physical ahead of what will be his first on-field action with the team in a long time.

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Michael Irvin’s contract is up at NFL Network

NEW YORK - SEPTEMBER 27:  Former NFL player Michael Irvin speaks during the 25th Great Sports Legends Dinner to benefit The Buoniconti Fund to Cure Paralysis at The Waldorf=Astoria on September 27, 2010 in New York City.  (Photo by Thos Robinson/Getty Images for The Buoniconti Fund to Cure Paralysis) Getty Images

Unlike ESPN, NFL Network hasn’t undergone significant upheaval among its throng of players-turned-analysts. But one fairly big name with a gold jacket could be going elsewhere.

Via Michael McCarthy of Sporting News, Michael Irvin’s contract at NFLN will expire before the start of the 2016 season.

The timing is a bit odd; it’s far better for these deals to expire before other networks have finalized their lineups for the coming campaign. The fact that the news is trickling out now suggests that Irvin hasn’t gotten the kind of financial offer he wants to stay put. If other networks show interest, NFL Network may up the ante.

Per McCarthy, the league-owned network hopes to keep Irvin around.

If Irvin leaves, there aren’t many other options. NBC, CBS, and FOX presumably don’t have open seats. McCarthy calls ESPN a “natural landing spot,” given that Irvin worked there from 2003 to 2007.

Still, Irvin’s first stint in Bristol was rocky at times. In 2005, ESPN suspended Irvin after he failed to disclose that he had been arrested for possession of drug paraphernalia. Also, former ESPN ombudsman George Solomon criticized remarks from Irvin suggesting that Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo’s speed can be attributed to possible African-American ancestry.

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