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Report: NFL upholds suspension for Steelers WR Martavis Bryant
by Elliott Smith | Staff Writer
(3:29 pm ET) Martavis Bryant will be suspended for the first four games of the season, as the player's appeal was denied Monday, per the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Bryant violated the NFL's substance-abuse policy, and his absence will leave the Steelers short-handed as they open the season next Thursday without Bryant and star running back Le'Veon Bell, who will also be serving a substance-abuse suspension. 

Bryant had a breakout campaign in the second half of last season, grabbing 26 catches for 549 yards and eight touchdowns. 


Bills coach Rex Ryan officially tabs Tyrod Taylor as QB
by Elliott Smith | Staff Writer
(3:19 pm ET) Bills coach Rex Ryan made the news official at a press conference Monday, naming Tyrod Taylor the team's starting quarterback, citing his "explosiveness" at the position, per The Buffalo News

Taylor has put up impressive numbers during the preseason, going 24-for-31 for 236 yards, but has not started a game since the 2011 Orange Bowl when he was the signal-caller for Virginia Tech. He has played in 14 games as a backup with the Ravens.

Ryan said that Taylor is "on top of what we are doing," and that with a team built to win now, Taylor gives them the best chance over fellow quarterbacks EJ Manuel and Matt Cassel. 

Taylor is scheduled to make $833,333 this season, but that figure could increase to $2 million with performance- and playing-time bonuses. 


Lions activate RB Joique Bell, DT Haloti Ngata
by Elliott Smith | Staff Writer
(3:08 pm ET) The Lions activated two of their most important players Monday, removing running back Joique Bell from the physically unable to perform list and removing defensive tackle Haloti Ngata from the non-football injury list, per the team's website. 

Bell was recovering from knee and Achilles surgeries, while Ngata was dealing with hamstring issues. Both players practiced Monday and are expected to be ready for the team's season opener. 


Browns LB Barkevious Mingo (knee) returns to practice
by Elliott Smith | Staff Writer
(2:48 pm ET) Less than a month after undergoing arthroscopic knee surgery, Browns linebacker Barkevious Mingo returned to practice Monday, per Ohio.com.

Mingo participated in drills, but is not expected to play in the team's final preseason game. Browns coach Mike Pettie was optimistic, however, that Mingo could play in the regular season opener on Sept. 13. 

"I think that target is still up in the air, but it could be for the opener," he said. 


Colts WR T.Y. Hilton suffers concussion
by Elliott Smith | Staff Writer
(2:01 pm ET) Colts wide receiver T.Y. Hilton suffered a concussion in Saturday's preseason contest and is currently in the league's protocol, per ProFootballTalk.com. 

Hilton reported symptoms of a concussion during the games, and he was evaluated by team doctors. The league will have the clear the Colts' No. 1 receiver in order for him to take the field in Week 1. 


Giants bring back S Stevie Brown
by Elliott Smith | Staff Writer
(1:43 pm ET) The Giants announced Monday they have signed safety Stevie Brown, who was a member of the team from 2012-14 but was signed by the Texans in the offseason before being released. 

Brown had eight interceptions for the Giants in 2012 but missed the entire 2013 season and struggled to regain his form in 2014. Still, with the Giants' defensive backfield in flux, bringing back a familiar face was an easy decision. 

"Pretty exciting just being able to come back here," he said. "[It] seems like a position of need and it is a good fit [so] definitely exciting to come back."


Panthers S Colin Jones (groin) out for extended period
by Elliott Smith | Staff Writer
(1:37 pm ET) Panthers pecial teams ace and reserve safety Colin Jones will miss an extended period of time due to a groin injury, the team reported Monday. 

Jones, who hurt himself at the team's penultimate training camp practice, will see a specialist to determine the severity of the injury. 

"That's much more than a tweak," coach Ron Rivera said. "He's going to see a doctor and we'll go from there."


Redskins name Kirk Cousins starter for 2015
by Elliott Smith | Staff Writer
(12:48 pm ET) The Redskins made it official Monday, with coach Jay Gruden saying in a press conference that Kirk Cousins will be the team's starting quarterback in 2015, usurping former starter Robert Griffin III, per The Washington Post

"It's Kirk's team," Gruden said. "He's proven that he is the best quarterback on our roster at this time."

Cousins is entering his fourth season with the Redskins. In nine career starts, he is 2-7. Last year, he started five games and led Redskins quarterbacks in passing yards (1,710) and touchdowns (10), but also threw nine interceptions.


Dolphins C Mike Pouncey (knee) returns to practice
by Elliott Smith | Staff Writer
(12:13 pm ET) After suffering a knee injury in Saturday's preseason game, Dolphins center Mike Pouncey didn't express much concern, a feeling that would prove to be valid, as an MRI came back negative and the lineman was back at practice Monday, per the Miami Herald.

Pouncey said that he expects to be ready for the season opener. He recently signed an extension worth more than $40 million. 


Raiders OL Menelik Watson ruptures Achilles, out for season
by Elliott Smith | Staff Writer
(11:57 am ET) The Raiders' offensive line took a big hit Sunday, when starting right tackle Menelik Watson ruptured his Achilles tendon in the first half. He will miss the entire 2015 season, per the San Francisco Chronicle

"He was having a great camp for us and really playing well," Raiders coach Jack del Rio said. 

Watson will be replaced by sixth-year veteran Austin Howard, who started at guard for Oakland last season.


 
 
 
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