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Kyle Shanahan planning to play Trey Lance in first and third preseason games

The 49ers begin their preseason slate this week with Friday’s matchup against the Packers.Quarterback Trey Lance appears likely to play.Head coach Kyle Shanahan said before Tuesday’s practice that he’d like “some” of the team’s starters — including Lance — to play in the first and third preseason games.“We’ve got a pretty good idea. I definitely [more]

Jimmy Haslam: Browns will “respect and honor” the Deshaun Watson appeal process

Last week, the Browns issued a strange statement in the aftermath of the decision from Judge Sue L. Robinson, who suspended quarterback Deshaun Watson for six games. The Browns, among other things, seemed to be trying to get the league to respect her ruling. For obvious reasons.Now, with designee Peter Harvey considering the NFL’s appeal [more]

NFLPA backs off notion of an injunction that would let Deshaun Watson play in Week One

Not long ago, some connected to the NFL Players Association were floating the notion that a lawsuit arising from a lengthy suspension imposed by the NFL on Browns quarterback Deshaun Watson could potentially result in Watson playing in Week One against the Panthers. Now, the NFLPA seems to have backed away from that argument.“The tide [more]

When will Peter Harvey issue a Deshaun Watson ruling?

The Personal Conduct Policy and the Collective Bargaining Agreement say nothing about when a decision must be made by Peter Harvey in the appeal of Deshaun Watson‘s six-game suspension. The only requirement is that the process must be “expedited.”There’s one specific wrinkle that could delay the expedition process. Although the policy and the CBA do [more]

Pharaoh Brown says he lost weight because blocking tight ends get paid the minimum

Texans tight end Pharaoh Brown had some financial motives for losing weight this offseason.Brown, who signed a one-year, $3.5 million contract this year, says he lost 18 pounds on the theory that if he’s more of a receiving tight end rather than a blocking tight end, he can get a better contract in 2023.“I was [more]

Jerry Jones unsurprised owner misconduct included in argument on behalf of Deshaun Watson

In his argument for Deshaun Watson, the NFL Players Association specifically pointed to owners who weren’t punished at all or weren’t punished significantly for actual or potential violations of the Personal Conduct Policy. The NFLPA focused on Daniel Snyder, Robert Kraft and Jerry Jones.On Sunday, Jones spoke to Clarence Hill of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram [more]

In the Deshaun Watson appeal, will Peter Harvey give the NFL anything other than what the NFL wants?

Commissioner Roger Goodell has decided not to personally handle the appeal of the Deshaun Watson suspension, even though the Commissioner had the power to do so under the Personal Conduct Policy. He has instead delegated the matter to former New Jersey Attorney General Peter Harvey.There’s no specific deadline for Harvey to issue a ruling, but [more]

Refusal to negotiate settlement of first civil claim ended up costing Deshaun Watson plenty

At some point before March of 2021, Houston attorney Tony Buzbee contacted the representatives of then-Texans quarterback Deshaun Watson regarding a civil claim against Watson. It is common if not routine for lawyers to attempt to settle claims before filing them in court. In this case, however, Watson’s camp flatly refused to even talk.In hindsight, [more]

NFLPA floats notion of Deshaun Watson playing Week One, but it remains highly unlikely

As the NFL’s appeal, to the NFL, of the six-game suspension imposed on Browns quarterback Deshaun Watson heads toward an “expedited” (by rule) resolution, the NFL Players Association seems to be trying to create any leverage that it can for a settlement. This effort includes floating the notion to some in the media that Watson [more]

Deshaun Watson case has damaged the relationship between the NFL, NFLPA

In the aftermath of the 2020 Collective Bargaining Agreement, thing were as good as they’ve been in years between the NFL and the NFL Players Association. All good things, however, come to an end.Per a source with knowledge of the situation, the Deshaun Watson case has driven a major wedge between league and union. The [more]

Tony Buzbee vaguely hints at potential litigation against the NFL

During his Thursday press conference that primarily focused on criticizing the NFL for its handling of the discipline of Browns quarterback Deshaun Watson — even though the NFL continues to try to suspend Watson for at least one year — attorney Tony Buzbee  provided a vague hint regarding his potential plans for the future.While addressing [more]

Kyle Shanahan: Jimmy Garoppolo’s just trying to get his body ready for his next situation

The Jimmy Garoppolo conundrum with San Francisco seems like it could be a lot more awkward than it currently is.Garoppolo has been cleared to practice, but he’s not doing so while the 49ers await a suitable trade offer — one that may or may not come before the start of the regular season. Instead, Garoppolo [more]

Burglary charge against Texans’ Darius Anderson dropped

Texans running back Darius Anderson no longer faces criminal charges in Houston, the district attorney announced today.Anderson, who had been charged with felony burglary, had his charges dropped today. The district attorney’s office said there was insufficient evidence to move forward with the case.Texans coach Lovie Smith said Anderson was adamant that he had not [more]

Vernon Hargreaves among five players who worked out for Bears

The Bears worked out five players Thursday, including former first-round draft selection Vernon Hargreaves.The Buccaneers used the 11th overall choice on Hargreaves in 2016, and he started every game as a rookie. Injuries limited him to 10 games over the next two seasons.He played nine games for Tampa in 2019 before the Bucs cut him.Hargreaves [more]

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