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2012 Draft Prep: Two-QB mock draft

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It's always fun to do a two-quarterback league draft to see when the run on the position starts. And I don't mean the usual suspects of Aaron Rodgers, Drew Brees, Tom Brady and the upper echelon guys in Round 1. We're talking about quarterbacks like Andrew Luck, Andy Dalton and Ryan Fitzpatrick.

Those three quarterbacks were drafted in Round 3, prompting Senior Fantasy Writer Nathan Zegura to say in the chat room, "this may be the only draft where Darren McFadden, DeMarco Murray and Trent Richardson go in the same round as Dalton and Fitzpatrick." And he's right.

When you start two quarterbacks, it usually puts an emphasis on most owners to draft at least one by the second round. The first round of this draft wasn't that different from most with Rodgers, Brees and Brady being selected early on. But then you had Matthew Stafford, Cam Newton and Tony Romo going in Round 1, and the second round turned out to be quite unique. Round 2 had 10 quarterbacks drafted, with elite options like Michael Vick down to reaches in Joe Flacco and Carson Palmer.

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In total, 21 of the first 36 picks were quarterbacks, and four owners – Adam Aizer, Dave Richard, Zegura and myself – drafted quarterbacks with their first two picks. Aizer (Stafford and Philip Rivers) and Richard (Romo and Vick) did quite well to come away with two starters who are Top 10 options on Draft Day.

You can debate the best strategy on when to draft quarterbacks in this format. I was pleased with my team in landing two Top 12 quarterbacks in Brees and Ben Roethlisberger, a good corps of running backs led by Murray and Doug Martin and a solid group of receivers with starters in Greg Jennings and Miles Austin. I picked at No. 6 overall, and you can see my entire roster below.

By comparison, Senior Fantasy Writer Al Melchior picked second, and he did the right thing in drafting Ray Rice in Round 1. He then went back-to-back with his quarterbacks in Round 2 and 3 and came away with Matt Schaub and Jay Cutler, who are Top 15 prospects on Draft Day. He filled out his lineup with Marshawn Lynch as his second starting running back and standout receivers in Jordy Nelson and Vincent Jackson.

You can judge for yourself how each owner did, and as always we ask you to share your thoughts on this draft. Take advantage of our Fantasy Football Twitter feed (@CBSFantasyFB) and post your comments there, or share your thoughts on our Fantasy Football Facebook page.

In this league, all non-passing touchdowns are worth six points. We made passing touchdowns four points each to balance the quarterback scoring. We also award one point for every 10 yards rushing and receiving and one point for every 25 yards passing. We feature a starting lineup of 2 QB, 2 RB, 2 WR, TE, K, DST and a FLEX (RB/WR/TE). There will also be five reserve spots for a 15-round draft.

Our draft order is as follows:

1. Jeff Tobin, Associate Managing Editor
2. Al Melchior, Senior Fantasy Writer
3. Josh Katzowitz, NFL Blogger
4. Will Brinson, Senior NFL Blogger
5. Nathan Zegura, Senior Fantasy Writer
6. Jamey Eisenberg, Senior Fantasy Writer
7. Peter Madden, Editorial Director, Fantasy Sports
8. J. Darin Darst, College Football Production Editor
9. Adam Aizer, Podcast Host
10. Nando Di Fino, Senior Fantasy Writer
11. Chris Towers, Fantasy Writer
12. Dave Richard, Senior Fantasy Writer

Round by Round
Round 1
Pick Owner Player
1 Tobin Arian Foster, RB, HOU
2 Melchior Ray Rice, RB, BAL
3 Katzowitz LeSean McCoy, RB, PHI
4 Brinson Aaron Rodgers, QB, GB
5 Zegura Tom Brady, QB, NE
6 Eisenberg Drew Brees, QB, NO
7 Madden Ryan Mathews, RB, SD
8 Darst Calvin Johnson, WR, DET
9 Aizer Matthew Stafford, QB, DET
10 Di Fino Chris Johnson, RB, TEN
11 Towers Cam Newton, QB, CAR
12 Richard Tony Romo, QB, DAL
Round 2
Pick Owner Player
13 Richard Michael Vick, QB, PHI
14 Towers Maurice Jones-Drew, RB, JAC
15 Di Fino Eli Manning, QB, NYG
16 Aizer Philip Rivers, QB, SD
17 Darst Peyton Manning, QB, DEN
18 Madden Matt Ryan, QB, ATL
19 Eisenberg Ben Roethlisberger, QB, PIT
20 Zegura Robert Griffin III, QB, WAS
21 Brinson Larry Fitzgerald, WR, ARI
22 Katzowitz Joe Flacco, QB, BAL
23 Melchior Matt Schaub, QB, HOU
24 Tobin Carson Palmer, QB, OAK
Round 3
Pick Owner Player
25 Tobin Josh Freeman, QB, TB
26 Melchior Jay Cutler, QB, CHI
27 Katzowitz Andrew Luck, QB, IND
28 Brinson Darren McFadden, RB, OAK
29 Zegura Trent Richardson, RB, CLE
30 Eisenberg DeMarco Murray, RB, DAL
31 Madden Andy Dalton, QB, CIN
32 Darst Ryan Fitzpatrick, QB, BUF
33 Aizer Matt Forte, RB, CHI
34 Di Fino Andre Johnson, WR, HOU
35 Towers Michael Turner, RB, ATL
36 Richard Steven Jackson, RB, STL
Round 4
Pick Owner Player
37 Richard Fred Jackson, RB, BUF
38 Towers Roddy White, WR, ATL
39 Di Fino Rob Gronkowski, TE, NE
40 Aizer Ahmad Bradshaw, RB, NYG
41 Darst Wes Welker, WR, NE
42 Madden Jimmy Graham, TE, NO
43 Eisenberg Greg Jennings, WR, GB
44 Zegura Julio Jones, WR, ATL
45 Brinson Adrian Peterson, RB, MIN
46 Katzowitz A.J. Green, WR, CIN
47 Melchior Jordy Nelson, WR, GB
48 Tobin Darren Sproles, RB, NO
Round 5
Pick Owner Player
49 Tobin Victor Cruz, WR, NYG
50 Melchior Marshawn Lynch, RB, SEA
51 Katzowitz Frank Gore, RB, SF
52 Brinson Hakeem Nicks, WR, NYG
53 Zegura Jamaal Charles, RB, KC
54 Eisenberg Doug Martin, RB, TB
55 Madden Mike Wallace, WR, PIT
56 Darst Shonn Greene, RB, NYJ
57 Aizer Demaryius Thomas, WR, DEN
58 Di Fino Steve Smith, WR, CAR
59 Towers Brandon Marshall, WR, CHI
60 Richard Jeremy Maclin, WR, PHI
Round 6
Pick Owner Player
61 Richard Marques Colston, WR, NO
62 Towers BenJarvus Green-Ellis, RB, CIN
63 Di Fino Dez Bryant, WR, DAL
64 Aizer Percy Harvin, WR, MIN
65 Darst Isaac Redman, RB, PIT
66 Madden Reggie Bush, RB, MIA
67 Eisenberg Miles Austin, WR, DAL
68 Zegura DeSean Jackson, WR, PHI
69 Brinson Aaron Hernandez, TE, NE
70 Katzowitz Jermichael Finley, TE, GB
71 Melchior Vincent Jackson, WR, TB
72 Tobin Antonio Gates, TE, SD
Round 7
Pick Owner Player
73 Tobin Stevan Ridley, RB, NE
74 Melchior Jason Witten, TE, DAL
75 Katzowitz Steve Johnson, WR, BUF
76 Brinson Sam Bradford, QB, STL
77 Zegura Vernon Davis, TE, SF
78 Eisenberg Willis McGahee, RB, DEN
79 Madden Dwayne Bowe, WR, KC
80 Darst Fred Davis, TE, WAS
81 Aizer Jonathan Stewart, RB, CAR
82 Di Fino Matt Flynn, QB, SEA
83 Towers Brandon Weeden, QB, CLE
84 Richard Mikel Leshoure, RB, DET
Round 8
Pick Owner Player
85 Richard Torrey Smith, WR, BAL
86 Towers Tony Gonzalez, TE, ATL
87 Di Fino Donald Brown, RB, IND
88 Aizer Antonio Brown, WR, PIT
89 Darst Eric Decker, WR, DEN
90 Madden Beanie Wells, RB, ARI
91 Eisenberg Brandon Lloyd, WR, NE
92 Zegura Peyton Hillis, RB, KC
93 Brinson Reggie Wayne, WR, IND
94 Katzowitz DeAngelo Williams, RB, CAR
95 Melchior C.J. Spiller, RB, BUF
96 Tobin Michael Bush, RB, CHI
Round 9
Pick Owner Player
97 Tobin Titus Young, WR, DET
98 Melchior Robert Meachem, WR, SD
99 Katzowitz James Starks, RB, GB
100 Brinson Toby Gerhart, RB, MIN
101 Zegura Denarius Moore, WR, OAK
102 Eisenberg Roy Helu, RB, WAS
103 Madden Alex Smith, QB, SF
104 Darst Darrius Heyward-Bey, WR, OAK
105 Aizer Brent Celek, TE, PHI
106 Di Fino LeGarrette Blount, RB, TB
107 Towers Matt Cassel, QB, KC
108 Richard Jacob Tamme, TE, DEN
Round 10
Pick Owner Player
109 Richard Ryan Williams, RB, ARI
110 Towers Ben Tate, RB, HOU
111 Di Fino Santonio Holmes, WR, NYJ
112 Aizer Jahvid Best, RB, DET
113 Darst Daniel Thomas, RB, MIA
114 Madden Mark Ingram, RB, NO
115 Eisenberg Ronnie Hillman, RB, DEN
116 Zegura David Wilson, RB, NYG
117 Brinson Nate Washington, WR, TEN
118 Katzowitz Jermaine Gresham, TE, CIN
119 Melchior Pierre Thomas, RB, NO
120 Tobin Greg Little, WR, CLE
Round 11
Pick Owner Player
121 Tobin Jacquizz Rodgers, RB, ATL
122 Melchior Anquan Boldin, WR, BAL
123 Katzowitz Malcom Floyd, WR, SD
124 Brinson Felix Jones, RB, DAL
125 Zegura Kenny Britt, WR, TEN
126 Eisenberg Christian Ponder, QB, MIN
127 Madden Pierre Garcon, WR, WAS
128 Darst Kevin Kolb, QB, ARI
129 Aizer Lance Moore, WR, NO
130 Di Fino Tim Hightower, RB, WAS
131 Towers Robert Turbin, RB, SEA
132 Richard Shane Vereen, RB, NE
Round 12
Pick Owner Player
133 Richard Randy Moss, WR, SF
134 Towers Michael Crabtree, WR, SF
135 Di Fino David Nelson, WR, BUF
136 Aizer Matt Moore, QB, MIA
137 Darst Brandon Pettigrew, TE, DET
138 Madden Justin Blackmon, WR, JAC
139 Eisenberg Coby Fleener, TE, IND
140 Zegura Jake Locker, QB, TEN
141 Brinson Matt Hasselbeck, QB, TEN
142 Katzowitz Mark Sanchez, QB, NYJ
143 Melchior Blaine Gabbert, QB, JAC
144 Tobin Laurent Robinson, WR, JAC
Round 13
Pick Owner Player
145 Tobin 49ers DST
146 Melchior Sidney Rice, WR, SEA
147 Katzowitz Giants DST
148 Brinson Brian Quick, WR, STL
149 Zegura Packers DST
150 Eisenberg Brandon LaFell, WR, CAR
151 Madden Bernard Scott, RB, CIN
152 Darst Delone Carter, RB, IND
153 Aizer Texans DST
154 Di Fino Brandon Jacobs, RB, SF
155 Towers Santana Moss, WR, WAS
156 Richard Ravens DST
Round 14
Pick Owner Player
157 Richard David Akers, K, SF
158 Towers Steelers DST
159 Di Fino Bears DST
160 Aizer Kevin Smith, RB, DET
161 Darst Jets DST
162 Madden Eagles DST
163 Eisenberg Patriots DST
164 Zegura Stephen Gostkowski, K, NE
165 Brinson Seahawks DST
166 Katzowitz Mason Crosby, K, GB
167 Melchior Cowboys DST
168 Tobin Mike Williams, WR, TB
Round 15
Pick Owner Player
169 Tobin Alex Henery, K, PHI
170 Melchior Sebastian Janikowski, K, OAK
171 Katzowitz Doug Baldwin, WR, SEA
172 Brinson Dan Bailey, K, DAL
173 Zegura Evan Royster, RB, WAS
174 Eisenberg Garrett Hartley, K, NO
175 Madden Matt Prater, K, DEN
176 Darst Jason Hanson, K, DET
177 Aizer Matt Bryant, K, ATL
178 Di Fino Neil Rackers, K, WAS
179 Towers Josh Brown, K, NYJ
180 Richard Tim Tebow, QB, NYJ
 
Team by Team
Adam Aizer
Rd.Pk Player
1.9 Matthew Stafford, QB, DET
2.4 Philip Rivers, QB, SD
3.9 Matt Forte, RB, CHI
4.4 Ahmad Bradshaw, RB, NYG
5.9 Demaryius Thomas, WR, DEN
6.4 Percy Harvin, WR, MIN
7.9 Jonathan Stewart, RB, CAR
8.4 Antonio Brown, WR, PIT
9.9 Brent Celek, TE, PHI
10.4 Jahvid Best, RB, DET
11.9 Lance Moore, WR, NO
12.4 Matt Moore, QB, MIA
13.9 Texans DST
14.4 Kevin Smith, RB, DET
15.9 Matt Bryant, K, ATL
Al Melchior
Rd.Pk Player
1.2 Ray Rice, RB, BAL
2.11 Matt Schaub, QB, HOU
3.2 Jay Cutler, QB, CHI
4.11 Jordy Nelson, WR, GB
5.2 Marshawn Lynch, RB, SEA
6.11 Vincent Jackson, WR, TB
7.2 Jason Witten, TE, DAL
8.11 C.J. Spiller, RB, BUF
9.2 Robert Meachem, WR, SD
10.11 Pierre Thomas, RB, NO
11.2 Anquan Boldin, WR, BAL
12.11 Blaine Gabbert, QB, JAC
13.2 Sidney Rice, WR, SEA
14.11 Cowboys DST
15.2 Sebastian Janikowski, K, OAK
Chris Towers
Rd.Pk Player
1.11 Cam Newton, QB, CAR
2.2 Maurice Jones-Drew, RB, JAC
3.11 Michael Turner, RB, ATL
4.2 Roddy White, WR, ATL
5.11 Brandon Marshall, WR, CHI
6.2 BenJarvus Green-Ellis, RB, CIN
7.11 Brandon Weeden, QB, CLE
8.2 Tony Gonzalez, TE, ATL
9.11 Matt Cassel, QB, KC
10.2 Ben Tate, RB, HOU
11.11 Robert Turbin, RB, SEA
12.2 Michael Crabtree, WR, SF
13.11 Santana Moss, WR, WAS
14.2 Steelers DST
15.11 Josh Brown, K, NYJ
Dave Richard
Rd.Pk Player
1.12 Tony Romo, QB, DAL
2.1 Michael Vick, QB, PHI
3.12 Steven Jackson, RB, STL
4.1 Fred Jackson, RB, BUF
5.12 Jeremy Maclin, WR, PHI
6.1 Marques Colston, WR, NO
7.12 Mikel Leshoure, RB, DET
8.1 Torrey Smith, WR, BAL
9.12 Jacob Tamme, TE, DEN
10.1 Ryan Williams, RB, ARI
11.12 Shane Vereen, RB, NE
12.1 Randy Moss, WR, SF
13.12 Ravens DST
14.1 David Akers, K, SF
15.12 Tim Tebow, QB, NYJ
J. Darin Darst
Rd.Pk Player
1.8 Calvin Johnson, WR, DET
2.5 Peyton Manning, QB, DEN
3.8 Ryan Fitzpatrick, QB, BUF
4.5 Wes Welker, WR, NE
5.8 Shonn Greene, RB, NYJ
6.5 Isaac Redman, RB, PIT
7.8 Fred Davis, TE, WAS
8.5 Eric Decker, WR, DEN
9.8 Darrius Heyward-Bey, WR, OAK
10.5 Daniel Thomas, RB, MIA
11.8 Kevin Kolb, QB, ARI
12.5 Brandon Pettigrew, TE, DET
13.8 Delone Carter, RB, IND
14.5 Jets DST
15.8 Jason Hanson, K, DET
Jamey Eisenberg
Rd.Pk Player
1.6 Drew Brees, QB, NO
2.7 Ben Roethlisberger, QB, PIT
3.6 DeMarco Murray, RB, DAL
4.7 Greg Jennings, WR, GB
5.6 Doug Martin, RB, TB
6.7 Miles Austin, WR, DAL
7.6 Willis McGahee, RB, DEN
8.7 Brandon Lloyd, WR, NE
9.6 Roy Helu, RB, WAS
10.7 Ronnie Hillman, RB, DEN
11.6 Christian Ponder, QB, MIN
12.7 Coby Fleener, TE, IND
13.6 Brandon LaFell, WR, CAR
14.7 Patriots DST
15.6 Garrett Hartley, K, NO
Jeff Tobin
Rd.Pk Player
1.1 Arian Foster, RB, HOU
2.12 Carson Palmer, QB, OAK
3.1 Josh Freeman, QB, TB
4.12 Darren Sproles, RB, NO
5.1 Victor Cruz, WR, NYG
6.12 Antonio Gates, TE, SD
7.1 Stevan Ridley, RB, NE
8.12 Michael Bush, RB, CHI
9.1 Titus Young, WR, DET
10.12 Greg Little, WR, CLE
11.1 Jacquizz Rodgers, RB, ATL
12.12 Laurent Robinson, WR, JAC
13.1 49ers DST
14.12 Mike Williams, WR, TB
15.1 Alex Henery, K, PHI
Josh Katzowitz
Rd.Pk Player
1.3 LeSean McCoy, RB, PHI
2.10 Joe Flacco, QB, BAL
3.3 Andrew Luck, QB, IND
4.10 A.J. Green, WR, CIN
5.3 Frank Gore, RB, SF
6.10 Jermichael Finley, TE, GB
7.3 Steve Johnson, WR, BUF
8.10 DeAngelo Williams, RB, CAR
9.3 James Starks, RB, GB
10.10 Jermaine Gresham, TE, CIN
11.3 Malcom Floyd, WR, SD
12.10 Mark Sanchez, QB, NYJ
13.3 Giants DST
14.10 Mason Crosby, K, GB
15.3 Doug Baldwin, WR, SEA
Nando Di Fino
Rd.Pk Player
1.10 Chris Johnson, RB, TEN
2.3 Eli Manning, QB, NYG
3.10 Andre Johnson, WR, HOU
4.3 Rob Gronkowski, TE, NE
5.10 Steve Smith, WR, CAR
6.3 Dez Bryant, WR, DAL
7.10 Matt Flynn, QB, SEA
8.3 Donald Brown, RB, IND
9.10 LeGarrette Blount, RB, TB
10.3 Santonio Holmes, WR, NYJ
11.10 Tim Hightower, RB, WAS
12.3 David Nelson, WR, BUF
13.10 Brandon Jacobs, RB, SF
14.3 Bears DST
15.10 Neil Rackers, K, WAS
Nathan Zegura
Rd.Pk Player
1.5 Tom Brady, QB, NE
2.8 Robert Griffin III, QB, WAS
3.5 Trent Richardson, RB, CLE
4.8 Julio Jones, WR, ATL
5.5 Jamaal Charles, RB, KC
6.8 DeSean Jackson, WR, PHI
7.5 Vernon Davis, TE, SF
8.8 Peyton Hillis, RB, KC
9.5 Denarius Moore, WR, OAK
10.8 David Wilson, RB, NYG
11.5 Kenny Britt, WR, TEN
12.8 Jake Locker, QB, TEN
13.5 Packers DST
14.8 Stephen Gostkowski, K, NE
15.5 Evan Royster, RB, WAS
Peter Madden
Rd.Pk Player
1.7 Ryan Mathews, RB, SD
2.6 Matt Ryan, QB, ATL
3.7 Andy Dalton, QB, CIN
4.6 Jimmy Graham, TE, NO
5.7 Mike Wallace, WR, PIT
6.6 Reggie Bush, RB, MIA
7.7 Dwayne Bowe, WR, KC
8.6 Beanie Wells, RB, ARI
9.7 Alex Smith, QB, SF
10.6 Mark Ingram, RB, NO
11.7 Pierre Garcon, WR, WAS
12.6 Justin Blackmon, WR, JAC
13.7 Bernard Scott, RB, CIN
14.6 Eagles DST
15.7 Matt Prater, K, DEN
Will Brinson
Rd.Pk Player
1.4 Aaron Rodgers, QB, GB
2.9 Larry Fitzgerald, WR, ARI
3.4 Darren McFadden, RB, OAK
4.9 Adrian Peterson, RB, MIN
5.4 Hakeem Nicks, WR, NYG
6.9 Aaron Hernandez, TE, NE
7.4 Sam Bradford, QB, STL
8.9 Reggie Wayne, WR, IND
9.4 Toby Gerhart, RB, MIN
10.9 Nate Washington, WR, TEN
11.4 Felix Jones, RB, DAL
12.9 Matt Hasselbeck, QB, TEN
13.4 Brian Quick, WR, STL
14.9 Seahawks DST
15.4 Dan Bailey, K, DAL

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The Titans were 24th in the league in yards after the catch last season, but with Mariota under center that can all change.

“If you have an accurate quarterback, it allows us to get more yards after that catch,” wide receiver Harry Douglas said. “And that’s one thing that makes a receiver dynamic -- first being able to catch the ball and then being able to do some things with it after you catch it. I feel like [to this point] Marcus has done everything he needs to do to get the ball to his receivers.”


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“I’m the type of person, I’m gonna get what I get and do what I do with it. So whether it’s 20 carries or one carry, I’m gonna do the best of my ability every play,” Robinson said.

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“I just gotta keep working,” Robinson. “It’s all love in the backfield. We all work together, try to help each other. So I think it’s a good thing we’ve got a full backfield again. So if anybody goes down, we’ve got another player right up there to do the same thing.”


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Bowie is itching to get started. He missed all of last season due to a shoulder injury after starting for Seattle on its Super Bowl title team in 2013. He is seeking to stay in tip-top shape in an attempt to land a starting spot on a Cleveland line that is the strength of the team.

"It's up to them to decide who is the best five," Bowie told the team website. "All I can do is take care of my business. Hopefully I can get a shot. That's what I'm working for."

Bowie participated fully in the offseason program, working mostly with the second team at right tackle. That will likely be the spot at which he competes for a starting job. Incumbent Mitchell Schwartz has not performed particularly well there and Mike Pettine has vowed there will be competition all over the field in camp.


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Kerrigan, who registered a career-high 13 1/2 sacks a year ago, had the operation to alleviate pain in the area.

"My leg feels really good and I'm glad I got the surgery - not just for football but it makes my everyday life feel better so I'm glad I got it done," he told CSN Washington. "Now it's just a matter of getting stronger and getting into shape."

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It's unknown at this time what drug Gates tested positive for. Gates, in a statement, said he was unaware that he took a banned substance

"In my 12 years in the NFL, I have taken tremendous pride in upholding the integrity of the NFL shield and all that it entails," Gates said. "I have taken extreme care of my body with a holistic approach and I have never knowingly ingested a substance that was banned by the NFL. In an effort to recover from this past season, I used supplements and holistic medicines, and unfortunately, I have now learned that those substances always present a risk because they may contain banned substances even if the ingredient list doesn’t reflect them.

"As an NFL veteran and team leader, I should have done my due diligence to ensure that what I was taking for recovery was within the NFL guidelines. I understand that I am responsible for what is in my body and I have always believed that ignorance is no excuse when it comes to these issues. I take full responsibility for my actions. I’d like to express my sincere apologies to the Chargers, my teammates, coaches, fans and the league who have always supported me and expected and gotten nothing but the highest level of integrity from me."

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The Chargers expressed disappointment in Gates for his suspension but plans to stick with the longtime veteran through the suspension. 

"We are tremendously disappointed for our team and our fans as well as Antonio, but no more disappointed than Antonio is with himself," the Chargers stated. "Antonio is a member of the Chargers' family and we will continue to support him 100-percent. We have the utmost confidence he will stay in excellent shape for the season and be ready to go when he returns in Week 5. While it's unfortunate to not have him to start the season, we have complete confidence our tight end group will continue to play at a high level."  


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(7/2/2015) The Cowboys announced that linebacker Rolando McClain has been suspended for the first four games of the 2015 season due to violating the NFL's substance-abuse policy. 

McClain hasn't been able to participate much in offseason workouts due to going under offseason knee surgery. McClain will be eligible to practice in training camp and is expected to be healthy by then. 

"I apologize to my family, the Cowboys organization, my teammates and Cowboys fans for my mistake. I will not break the rules of my profession in the future, and I regret my error," McClain said in a statement, via CSN Bay Area. "I look forward to returning to the field on week 5, when I hope to help my team beat the Patriots.

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(7/2/2015) Jets defensive lineman Sheldon Richardson was suspended four games for violating the league's substance-abuse policy, the NFL announced Thursday.

“I apologize for letting down my family, teammates, this organization and the fans," Richardson said in a statement via the Jets, per Fox Sports. "However, words aren't enough. This is something that can only be addressed by how I handle myself from this point on. I don't want this to take away from what the team is trying to accomplish. While I won't be there at the start of the regular season, I will do whatever I can to support my teammates until I'm able to return to the field.”

Richardson, who was a 2013 first-round pick, is entering his third season in the NFL. He was the AP Defensive Rookie of the Year in 2013 and was named to the Pro Bowl in 2014.

He has totaled 84 tackles and 11 1/2 sacks in 32 career games. He also has one safety.


Texans DT Brandon Ivory arrested on burglary charge
by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(7/1/2015) Texans defensive tackle Brandon Ivory was arrested Wednesday morning in Alabama and charged with first-degree burglary, according to a Tuscaloosa Police Department report obtained by SportingNews.com.

Ivory and another man were allegedly involved in a home burglary when the two entered the residence by kicking open the back door and then demanding money from the residents. The two stole money and two Ipads from the residence. Ivory and the other suspect were arrested at their apartment shortly after the incident with the stolen money and property.


 
 
 
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