Report: LB Dane Fletcher back with Patriots
The trend of bringing back familiar faces has apparently continued for the
Fletcher played for New England from 2010 to 2013 before hightailing it for one season to Tampa Bay. He played in all 16 games, but started just four and contributed to a career-high 27 tackles.
He would be expected to provide depth along with Brandon Spikes, who has also returned to the Patriots after one year away.
Falcons rookie OLB Vic Beasley will 'more than likely' attend OTA
The outside linebacker can sign an injury protection form that states if he gets injured, the club will still negotiate in good faith based on his draft position (eighth overall).
Report: Falcons WR Julio Jones will attend OTA on Tuesday
Jones can become an unrestricted free agent after this season, yet no talks on a new deal have been discussed despite the expressed desire from front office personnel to keep him on the team. General manager Thomas Dimitroff traded away five picks in the 2011 draft in order to select him.
The 26-year-old Jones has been worth the gamble. He landed a Pro Bowl spot last season, setting the franchise record with 1,593 receiving yards on a whopping 104 catches while coming back from a fractured foot sustained the previous year.
Report: Dolphins DT Ndamukong Suh likely to practice Tuesday
The presence of the prized defensive tackle had been in doubt since he skipped all but the first day of voluntary OTAs so he could work out with his private trainer. Joe Philbin has been adament about his desire for every player to attend OTAs.
Suh signed a six-year, $114 million contract in the offseason. He is not required to join the team until the three-day minicamp, which is scheduled to begin June 16.
Report: Ravens LT Eugene Monroe entrenched as starter
Hurst excelled as an undrafted free agent last year while Monroe proved inconsistent after signing a hefty free-agent deal. He also dealt with injuries that forced him to miss five games.
Chargers OLB Melvin Ingram sheds 20 pounds
During the offseason, Ingram changed his eating habits and dropped 20 pounds — going from 266 to 246. Ingram stopped eating beef and pork, electing to consume chicken, fish, vegetables, fruit and rice. He's no longer eating breads, pastas or potatoes either.
"Being at 260 or 265, 266, wasn't working, really," Ingram told the San Diego Union-Tribune. "I felt quick but I kept getting injured. You've got to nitpick at your own body, your own self, your own game. ... I felt like playing lighter would be a better thing for me. The lighter you are, the less stress it is on your body, the less stress it is on your knees, your hips, your joints or your ankles, your toes — everything."
Ingram now only has a body fat of eight percent and underwent a new training program while away in Miami. Now, Ingram said he feels ready to show what he can do on the football field this season.
"I feel it's going to be a whole different explosion, a whole different Melvin," Ingram said. "I feel like that 260-Melvin is gone."
Report: Tom Brady appeal won't be heard by Wednesday
Brady is appealing his four-game suspension as a result of the investigation into deflated footballs prior to the AFC Championship Game.
The NFL collective bargaining agreement requires appeals to be heard within 10 days, a window that expires on Wednesday. As of Monday, no hearing had been scheduled.
Appeals can be heard after the 10-day window, if the league and players union agree to extend the deadline, which is likely to occur in the Brady case.
Falcons could be without Beasley, Reed when OTAs start
According to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution's D. Orlando Ledbetter, first-round pick
Beasley has yet to sign his rookie contract, which could keep him away from the team's facility. Reed is dealing with a groin injury that could keep off of the practice field.
Reed's absence is understandable due to to it being an injury. Beasley, however, is a different issue since there is little to negotiate due to the rookie wage scale.
The remaining draft picks the Falcons selected have signed.
Bears release troubled DT Ray McDonald after second arrest
McDonald was arrested in California for domestic violence and child endangerment. It marked his second arrest in six months. He received the same fate in December for sexual assault and domestic violence before signing with the Bears in the offseason.
The 30-year-old McDonald has been a full-time starter in the NFL since 2008. He was an All-Pro in 2011.
Chargers S Eric Weddle not expected to attend OTAs
Weddle is in the final season of his deal, but has been extremely vocal about his desire to have a new contract in place before taking part in team activities. Weddle contributed to 114 tackles last season and has averaged 103 over his last seven years.
While attendance is voluntary, Weddle's absence could mark the start of a long stalemate between the parties.
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