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Since then, police reportedly have been called to his house on five different occasions. According to TMZ, the most recent incident happened on Saturday.
Per the report, Mason’s family is concerned about his mental health. During one of the police visits, he agreed to check into a facility. He apparently didn’t.
Mason has not yet been accused of assaulting family members. On one occasion, a family member told police that Mason hadn’t slept in days, and that the family member was concerned if Mason left the house “he will get hurt.”
Mason didn’t participate in OTAs this year, excused from the voluntary sessions for “personal reasons.” The next question for the Rams is whether Mason, a third-round pick in 2014, will be welcomed to training camp — and whether he’ll even show up for it.
Eagles coach Doug Pederson remains committed to Sam Bradford as his starting quarterback.
Pederson said he doesn’t see anything happening in the preseason that would change his quarterback depth chart.
“You’ve got to get through four games and a lot of preseason. But going into September 11, Sam’s the guy. I’ll stick with that. Chase is our No. 2, and Carson is our No. 3,” Pederson said.
The Eagles, more than any other team, poured resources into the quarterback position this offseason: They signed Bradford to a two-year, $35 million contract, signed Daniel to a three-year, $21 million contract and traded up to the second overall pick to draft Wentz. With all those resources going into the position, they’d better have a good starting quarterback. Pederson thinks they have one in Bradford.
He hopes he’s not the only one for long, and has shared the research he’s done on the topic. But he hopes time will see the plant’s stigma subside, and that the league will spend as much time researching as he has.
“I just take the NFL for their word: If they say that long-term health and player safety are top priorities of the league, then why aren’t you looking into all the options for health care that are out there?” Morgan told Paul Kuharsky of ESPN.com. “It’s definitely incumbent upon them to really delegate some time and some resources to look into it.”
Morgan is pushing the medical benefits of cannabis, and wants to draw the line between the possible pain-relief potential the plant holds and the recreational smoking many have made synonymous.
Morgan said he’s never failed a drug test for marijuana, and hasn’t used it because of the league’s rules against it. But he also thinks demonizing the drug by grouping it alongside things such as LSD and heroin keeps people from seeing the protection it could offer players.
“CTE, all this stuff is real … that’s unsettling as a player,” he said. “You want to be able to think that you are going to be there for your family in full capacity, that you’re going to be able to be an active member, contributing member of society. With something like that, I’ve got to look at what my options are. If this happens to be an option, which I think it will be, then I’m going to look into it, . . .
“Every player is in a different position. But at the root of it, if your motivation is being proactive about preserving your health, then I don’t think you should have to tippy-toe around anything.”
At the moment, he’s the only current player even tippy-toeing, but hopes more will join him.
Longtime NFL defensive tackle Mark Wheeler, who once started a Super Bowl for the Patriots, has been arrested on drug charges in Texas.
According to KBTX, 46-year-old Mark Wheeler was taken into custody after Texas A&M police said they found him sitting in a truck on campus with marijuana and cocaine.
According to the report, the officer noticed a marijuana cigarette on the console of his truck, but he told them it was medical marijuana.
Upon searching, two bags of marijuana were found hidden in water bottles (less than 15 grams) and a small bag of cocaine inside a Tylenol bottle (setting up another medicinal defense).
A former third-round pick by the Buccaneers in 1992, Wheeler played eight seasons in the NFL. He started for the Patriots in Super Bowl XXXI, and also played for the Eagles.
Marshall can now call off the search.
Fresh off playing in the American Century Championship golf tournament in South Lake Tahoe, Nev. this past weekend, Fitzpatrick has made a stop in Chicago to see his (former?) teammate. Marshall posted a photo to his instagram page on Monday night of Fitzpatrick and his two sons hanging out on a rooftop in the Windy City.
Fitzpatrick remains at an impasse in reaching a contract agreement with the Jets, despite multiple offers being floated by the team in hopes of finding a resolution. He didn’t renew the lease on his New York apartment and an end to the saga appears far from imminent.
Promising pass rusher Kenny Anunike will begin training camp on the physically unable to perform list for the Denver Broncos.
The third-year defensive end has been hampered by injuries early in his career. He missed all but three games last season due to a knee injury that required surgery in August and eventually landed him on injured reserve.
He flashed his raw ability in last year’s preseason opener against the Seattle Seahawks. Anunike had eight tackles, a sack and a forced fumble.
He has just one tackle in his regular season career.
A player can be activated from the PUP list any time during the preseason. However, a player must be placed on PUP prior to the start of training camp in order to be eligible for the reserve/PUP list for the regular season.
It’s uncertain whether Anunike has suffered some kind of a setback from the issues that plagued him last season or if the move is just to provide the Broncos with roster flexibility and the time needed for Anunike to get back to full speed.
The report from Bob Raissman of the New York Daily News that Tom Jackson will leave ESPN provided some wiggle room for the veteran analyst to return to Sunday NFL Countdown for what would be his 30th season. Multiple industry sources tell PFT that the decision has been made: Jackson won’t be coming back.
As one source explained it, ESPN’s decision to bring back Trent Dilfer after his contract had expired and it appeared he would leaving arose in part from Jackson’s decision to leave.
Jackson had long been regarded as being tied at the hip with on-air partner Chris Berman. With Berman reportedly entering his last year at ESPN, it’s somewhat odd that Jackson wouldn’t want to do a victory lap with Berman.
Unless, of course, that victory lap will be all about Berman and/or consist of Berman complaining about the fact that ESPN management has apparently nudged him out.
The CFL often does thing differently than the NFL. In some cases, the CFL’s differences make the Canadian version of pro football better.
A little-known change for 2016 has invites speculation regarding whether a similar change in the NFL would be good for business.
As explained by Scott Mitchell of the Calgary Herald, the CFL for the first time in 2016 allows the coach-to-quarterback communication system to operate to the snap, and beyond.
Calgary Stampeders coach Dave Dickenson called the change an “executive decision” of which he wasn’t aware until the season began. Dickenson also said that his team has not yet used the system during a play to tell the quarterback what to do with the ball in real time.
“In theory, they can,” Dickenson said. “We don’t feel like it’s the best thing to say, ‘Go deep,’ or ‘Take the flat.’ The game’s going so fast and, I think, it might be easier from the booth to see stuff, what pops and what doesn’t pop, but I don’t yell into his ear. I think coaches, in that case, would be trying to be more important than they are. Just stay out of the way. You need to coach your quarterback well enough that he sees what he sees and he trusts his eyes and he throws it.”
“We kind of found out, I think, in Week One,” Calgary quarterback Bo Levi Mitchell said. “I remember Dave coming and telling me about it and I was kind of skeptical about it at first because we didn’t do it in training camp.”
Bo Levi Mitchell has only one specific request when it comes to the use of the technology.
“I told him it was something that, ‘Hey, if you’re comfortable saying it then I trust you when you say things,'” Bo Levi Mitchell said. “Obviously, the only time I don’t want it is when I’m in the huddle trying to talk to guys. You can’t have somebody yelling in your ear and you can’t hear anything.”
For the NFL, where the system cuts off 15 seconds before the snap, the question becomes whether it makes sense to allow a coach to continue speaking to the quarterback beyond that point, including during the live play. Given that the CFL teams apparently didn’t know the change was coming until the season began, it’s still too early to know whether it will be an improvement, given that teams really didn’t get a chance to experiment with it or to plan for using it.
If 2016 will be, as it appears, Chris Berman’s last year at ESPN, he possibly won’t be joined for his farewell tour by Tom Jackson.
Bob Raissman of the New York Daily News reports that the 65-year-old Jackson “likely will not return” to ESPN’s Sunday NFL Countdown this year.
“He’s still weighing his options,” an industry source told Raissman. “This will be Tommy’s call. It’s up to him. Tommy’s driving the train on this one. The situation is fluid.”
Regardless of whether it’s fluid, the clock is ticking toward the start of the season. Just last week, ESPN announced that Randy Moss will be joining the show. Charles Woodson and Matthew Hasselbeck also are in, and holdovers like Mike Ditka, Keyshawn Johnson, and Cris Carter are out. If Jackson goes — and Raissman’s source predicts Jackson will indeed leave — Berman will be the only common link among the core group on the show.
Jackson played 14 years with the Broncos before joining ESPN after the end of his career. The coming season would be his 30th at ESPN.
“I’m blessed and grateful to be granted this opportunity,” Gordon said. “I can’t wait to get back out there and play the game I love in front of the great fans of Cleveland. I want to thank the NFLPA, Commissioner Goodell, the Haslam family and Browns organization, my agent Drew Rosenhaus, as well as my mentors for their continuous support along the way.
“I’ve heard only good things from my teammates about the positive direction the organization is heading and I want to do everything I can to be there to help further that process not only for the team but to better myself as well. Thank you.”
Based on the team’s statement about Gordon’s reinstatement, the Browns sound like they’re willing to work with Gordon if he’s willing to play by the rules. He’s played in just five games the last two years due to suspensions but led the NFL in receiving in 2013.
Gordon will be suspended for the first four games of this season if he meets conditions of his reinstatement but will be allowed to participate in team meetings during those four weeks.
The Browns open full camp Friday, but rookies and injured players reported Monday. Gordon hasn’t been allowed to be around the team, so it’s expected he would fly from Los Angeles — he apparently was there when he was seen on Johnny Manziel’s Snapchat videos Monday morning — to Cleveland as soon as possible so the requisite meetings can take place and the team can lay down its ground rules for Gordon.
The Raiders announced a host of pre-camp roster moves Monday, including the expected procedural move of putting veteran running back Roy Helu Jr. on the active/physically unable to perform list.
Helu had surgery on both hips last winter and didn’t participate in the team’s offseason program. Helu played in nine games as a backup running back and special teams player last season, his first with the Raiders after three seasons with the Redskins.
Players on active-PUP and active-NFI count against the team’s 90-man roster limit and can be activated during camp when they’re cleared by doctors.
Plenty of people have heaped plenty of praise on Dennis Green, the former Vikings and Cardinals coach who died three days ago at the age of 67. One Hall of Famer who played for Green admits that, without Green, the gold jacket and bronze bust never would have been issued.
“No, absolutely not,” receiver Cris Carter told PFT Live on Monday regarding whether he would have made it to the Hall of Fame without Green. “I mean, he made me the focal point of the offense. He challenged me in ways no one ever challenged me as a man. He challenged me every game. I mean his pregame speech was, ‘Football’s a team game but it’s individual battles and in those individual battles I need you to whoop your man.’ He would just single me out, be like, ‘Chris Carter, are you gonna whoop your man?’ and I was like, ‘Yes sir.’
“‘They’re gonna double team you probably sixty to seventy percent of the time, are you gonna whoop your man?’ and I’d be like, ‘Yes, sir,'” Carter added.
“We had a roll call and Denny would go down through the locker room and ask them, ‘Johnny Randle are you gonna whoop your man?’ and then he typically would finish [with], ‘Don’t worry, I’m gonna whoop the other coach.'”
Part of whooping the other coach was having a keen eye for talent and the ability to get the most out of that talent. When it comes to the many quarterbacks who thrived under Green, Cris Carter had very strong comments about a guy who started only 10 games during Green’s 10-year career as head coach.
“He did an unbelievable job with Jeff George,” Carter said. “Man, I wish we could’ve played more with Jeff George because his story would be totally different. The vibe that he had with Denny and the relationship he had with the other players, where he didn’t have to be a leader. . . . Jeff George was truly an amazing talent and, man, we had no problems, no issues with Jeff George. Loved him in the locker room and got great results from him on the field.”
George left the Vikings after only one season, joining Washington as a free agent. After a failed attempt to woo Dan Marino to Minnesota, Green opted to go with Daunte Culpepper, a 1999 first-round pick who carried the Vikings to the NFC title game in 2000, a season overshadowed by a 41-0 embarrassment against the Giants.
Throughout the investigation arising from the allegations in an Al Jazeera documentary regarding quarterback Peyton Manning, one clear path existed to getting to the bottom of the situation: Reviewing all relevant documents in the possession, custody, or control of the Guyer Institute regarding the treatment Manning and his wife received.
Although the statement released by the NFL seemed a bit vague on this point, a source with direct knowledge of the investigation tells PFT that, indeed, all relevant documents was provided to the NFL regarding the treatment the Mannings received.
Per the source, Peyton Manning was interviewed by the league recently. The session was lengthy and thorough.
Some may still say that the league didn’t try hard enough or that documents were falsified or anything other than, “The case should now be closed.” While skepticism often has its place, there’s really nothing more that can be done other than to accept that the NFL looked into the situation, that the Mannings cooperated fully, and that there was no credible evidence of a PED violation.
But if there are lingering suspicions that, a year after the NFL applied a scorched-earth approach to the Patriots and quarterback Tom Brady, the league didn’t pursue Manning aggressively enough, the NFL can blame only itself for allowing over the past few years a perception to arise that investigations are conducted with the desired ending point firmly in mind. That perception works to the detriment not only of the NFL but also to the detriment of people like Peyton Manning, who deserves the type of clear, unequivocal exoneration that becomes impossible if some have a plausible basis to decline to accept the league at its word.
In this specific case, there’s no reason not to accept the league at its word.
Saints cornerback Keenan Lewis said recently that he expects to be on the field for the first day of training camp, but the team appears to have other ideas.
Lewis was on one of four Saints placed on the physically unable to perform list on Monday, leaving him short of clearance to take part in practice after an offseason that saw him have knee, hip and sports hernia surgeries. Lewis’ health woes limited him to six games last season and he didn’t play particularly well when he was on the field, so both team and player will be hoping things play out differently this season.
Left tackle Terron Armstead is also on the PUP list. Armstead, who signed a five-year extension this offseason, dealt with a knee injury last year, but practiced this spring so it’s likely a precautionary move by the team.
Defensive end Hau’oli Kikaha is on the list after tearing his ACL in OTAs and placing him on the list leaves open the possibility, however slim, that he could play this season. Wide receiver Vincent Brown rounds out the group of Saints players not yet cleared for practice.
The Patriots are starting training camp with a big contingent on the Physically Unable to Perform list.
That’s probably not a reason to be concerned, however. Players often open camp on PUP if they’re recovering from even minor injuries, and many players who open camp on PUP are ready to go before the start of the preseason.
It’s likely that all six starters will be on the field for Week One. If there’s a concern in New England, it’s that Tom Brady won’t be joining them.