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2012 Draft Prep: 12-team standard draft

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Every draft features difficult decisions for Fantasy owners to make. When do you draft a quarterback? Is this the right time to take a tight end? Did I get the right food for my draft party?

Our recent 12-team standard mock draft featured many tough decisions -- although none involved food. It started in Round 1 with the No. 6 overall pick. Five running backs were drafted in a row with Arian Foster, Ray Rice, LeSean McCoy, Ryan Mathews and Chris Johnson.

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Nathan Zegura decided to stop that run there, taking the first quarterback in Aaron Rodgers. He also passed on the No. 1 receiver in Calvin Johnson, but he was looking for the most consistent option, which in his view is Rodgers.

Two other quarterbacks (Tom Brady and Drew Brees) went in the first round, and Johnson wasn't drafted until No. 10 overall by Adam Aizer. He decided to go the unconventional route of drafting receiver-receiver with his first two picks, taking Larry Fitzgerald in Round 2.

Aizer didn't draft his first running back until Round 4 because for some reason, Cam Newton dropped into the third round, as did Matthew Stafford. You can't fault Aizer for his first three picks even if his running back corps started out a little thin with Doug Martin and Willis McGahee. He did say following the draft if he had to do it again, he might have taken Matt Forte ahead of Fitzgerald.

Dave Richard and I did something you might see a lot this year, going running back-running back with our first two picks at the end of the first round. Richard ended up with Darren McFadden and Michael Turner, and I took Trent Richardson and DeMarco Murray with the swing picks. I was extremely happy with those two selections based on their potential coming into the season.

Some other interesting decisions included Nando Di Fino drafting Michael Vick over Stafford and Newton to start Round 3. Di Fino said he likes Vick's upside based on his rushing ability, the return of a "happy" DeSean Jackson and he doesn't believe Newton will repeat his 2011 prowess.

Rob Gronkowski and Jimmy Graham also fell to Round 3, which isn't crazy in a standard draft. What was interesting was Peter Madden drafting Gronkowski and then taking Jermichael Finley as his flex player in Round 8. There's no way Finley should have been on the board that late, and drafting two elite tight ends when you can use one as a flex -- in standard or PPR leagues -- is underrated, especially when they produce like standout receivers. Madden also took advantage of other great value picks by drafting Hakeem Nicks in Round 4 and Mike Wallace in Round 5. There's obvious risk involved if Nicks (foot) and Wallace (holdout) are out for an extended period of time, but if they are active and ready for Week 1 then his team should be tough to beat.

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 touchdowns are worth six points, and we award one point for every 10 yards rushing and receiving and one point for every 25 yards passing. We feature a starting lineup of QB, 2 RB, 2 WR, TE, K, DST and a FLEX (RB/WR/TE). There will also be five reserve spots for a 14-round draft. This lineup reflects our CBSSports.com free Fantasy Football game.

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We also had a special guest join us for this draft as Kevin Leonard -- a randomly-selected reader -- was chosen on Twitter to mock with us. This is something we plan to do going forward, so be on the lookout for your chance to draft with us.

Our draft order is as follows ...

1. Nando Di Fino, Senior Fantasy Writer
2. J. Darin Darst, College Football Production Editor
3. Aleese Kopf, Social Media Coordinator
4. Jeff Tobin, Associate Managing Editor
5. Bill Passonno, Fantasy Writer
6. Nathan Zegura, Senior Fantasy Writer
7. Peter Madden, Editorial Director, Fantasy Sports
8. Will Brinson, Senior NFL Blogger
9. Kevin Leonard, Twitter follower
10. Adam Aizer, Podcast/Video Host
11. Dave Richard, Senior Fantasy Writer
12. Jamey Eisenberg, Senior Fantasy Writer

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

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Player News
Browns OL Michael Bowie itching to compete for starting spot
by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(10:47 am ET) Browns offensive lineman Michael Bowie is not required to report to training camp until the end of July. But never mind that - he's heading out after the last Independence Day firework explodes in the sky.

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.


Redskins OLB Ryan Kerrigan nearly recovered from knee surgery
by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(9:32 am ET) Redskins outside linebacker Ryan Kerrigan appears to be on target to join the team for training camp after undergoing arthroscopic knee surgery that prevented him from participating in earlier offseason activities.

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."

Kerrigan added that he's been running and now only needs to regain strength to insure his place at training camp.


Texans waive DT Brandon Ivory
by Jason Butt | CBSSports.com
(7/2/2015) The Texans waived rookie defensive tackle Brandon Ivory on Thursday, according to ESPN.com

Ivory was arrested on first degree burglary charges in Tuscaloosa, Ala. just one day ago. Ivory's agent Jeff Guerriero said Ivory is not guilty of the charge. 

"I spoke to Brandon he is not guilty and his name will be cleared of all charges," Guerriero said. 


Chargers TE Antonio Gates suspended 4 games for PED use
by Jason Butt | CBSSports.com
(7/2/2015) Chargers tight end Antonio Gates has been suspended four games for violating the NFL's performance-enhancing drugs policy, the team announced. 

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."

With Gates out for four games, the Chargers will turn to Ladarius Green as the team's top tight end, though it was expected for Green to continue getting more looks in the passing game. Green is entering the final season of his rookie contract. 

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."  


Packers' Datone Jones out 1 game for substance-abuse violation
by Jason Butt | CBSSports.com
(7/2/2015) Packers defensive lineman Datone Jones will be suspended for one game for violating the NFL's substance-abuse policy, according to NFL.com. 

Jones will miss Green Bay's season-opener against the Bears. In 2014, Jones totaled 22 tackles and 1 1/2 sacks in 13 games played. 


Cowboys LB Rolando McClain suspended four games for 2015
by Jason Butt | CBSSports.com
(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.

In 2014, McClain, who had previously retired twice before being traded from the Ravens to the Cowboys, totaled 81 tackles and a sack in 13 games played.


Jets DL Sheldon Richardson suspended four games
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(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.


Embattled Brandon Spikes pleads guilty to leaving scene of crash
by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(7/1/2015) Former Patriots and Bills linebacker Brandon Spikes has pleaded guilty to leaving the scene of a recent car crash and has received a fine and year of probation, per WBZ, which is further reporting that he has lost his license and will be forced to attend a driver's safety class.

Spikes has lost far more than his license. He has lost his livelihood, having been cut by New England for hitting another car and abandoning his vehicle on the highway. He later told the police that he had hit a deer.

No other teams have been rumored to be targeting Spikes for the coming season.


Terrelle Pryor ready to embrace new role with Browns
by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(6/30/2015) Terrelle Pryor once declared that he could not play football if he could not play quarterback.

Reality has since set in.

Pryor has been cut twice and is now playing on a Cleveland Browns team desperate for a quarterback, but apparently not desperate enough to give him a shot. He is instead embracing what he is calling a "slash-player" role.

"I'm going to give (it) a chance," he told the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. "I just want to play football. I'm a playmaker, and I believe if I can touch the ball, I can go to the house, especially if I have space. This should definitely open up some opportunities."

Pryor has already taken the first step by contacting Steelers receiving stud Antonio Brown and making plans to work out with him and Randy Moss so they can teach him the nuances of the position.

He also figures there's another reason he's ahead of the game.

"The thing that helps me is that I played quarterback, and I know what the quarterback wants," Pryor said.


 
 
 
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