Vikings' Adrian Peterson to begin probation on Wednesday
Peterson will begin community service, and will undergo counseling to determine whether he has a drug problem. Peterson will report to a probation officer once a month in order to take a drug test. The strict drug testing stems from an Oct. 8 pre-trail urinalysis. Peterson admitted to "smoking a little weed," though the results from the test were never disclosed.
Probation officials will also determine whether Peterson needs to attend parenting classes.
Per his plea agreement, Peterson was fined $4,000 and ordered to perform 80 hours of community service. He's required to perform at least 16 hours per month, which would allow him to complete to program prior to training camp.
Peterson is under contract with the Vikings for next season, and is set to earn $12.75 million. The team is not allowed to communicate with Peterson during his suspension.
Austin Collie signs with CFL's BC Lions
"I’m excited to be joining the Lions and very much look forward to playing in the CFL," said Collie. "The wide-open play of the Canadian game and the passion of fans across the league is going to be a lot of fun to experience."
Collie played four seasons with the Colts and one with the Patriots. In his last NFL action, he caught four passes for 57 yards in the 2014 AFC Championship Game.
Browns hire Joker Phillips to coach wide receivers
Phillips compiled a 13-27 record at Kentucky from 2010 to 2012. He has extensive coaching experience at the college level, but he will be coaching for the first time in the NFL next season.
Eagles RB LeSean McCoy: 'I don't want to take less money'
"I know how hard it is to keep a team together and I want to be part of this team. But I don't want to take less money," McCoy said. "I want to figure a way to make it happen [where] we're all together."
McCoy, who is due to count $11.95 million against the cap in 2015, turned in his fourth 1,000-yard season in the last five years in 2014, finishing with 1,319 rushing yards on 312 carries and 155 receiving yards on a career-low 28 receptions. All five of his touchdowns came on the ground.
Jets hire Jimmie Johnson to coach tight ends
Johnson was previously the tight ends coach of the Vikings from 2006 to 2013. He has 10 years of experience as an NFL tight end, including two years as a teammate of Jets head coach Todd Bowles.
The Jets also added two assistant coaches to the staff Thursday. Daylon McCutcheon, who was a starting cornerback with the Browns for seven seasons, joins the team as a defensive backs assistant. Ryan Slowik, who worked with Bowles on Arizona's staff the past two seasons, will serve as a defensive line assistant and as defensive quality control.
49ers name Tom Gamble senior personnel executive
Gamble spent eight years in the 49ers' front office before joining the Eagles during the 2013 offseason. After two seasons in Philadelphia as the vice president of player personnel, Gamble and the organization parted ways in late December. He was reportedly a candidate for several general manager openings during the 2014 offseason but declined to interview, indicating his preference to stay in Philadelphia.
In his last tenure with the 49ers, Gamble spent his last two seasons with the organization as the director of player personnel. He previously served as the team's director of pro personnel.
Bills' Rex Ryan won't commit to EJ Manuel as starting QB
When asked about who his starting quarterback would be in 2015,
"We're going to exhaust every resource we can," Ryan said. "We'll look at free agents. We'll look at the draft. We'll look at anything."
The Bills have former first-round pick
"To say that he's definitely going to be the guy, it's way too early to say that," Ryan said.
Bills RB Fred Jackson excited to play for new coach Rex Ryan
"I can't wait to play for him. I've heard nothing but good things," Jackson said Wednesday of Ryan during an interview on ESPN New York 98.7 FM. "I'm looking forward to that [first] conversation when I sit down and talk to him."
The Bills finished 9-7 in 2014, which was their best record since 2004. While Jackson believes Ryan is going to "be that catalyst that comes in and pushes us over that hump," he didn't have many bad things to say about coach Doug Marrone, who opted out of his contract New Year's Eve.
"I thought he was a tremendous coach," Jackson said. "He showed up, he worked hard, he pushed players to give their best effort. He got us to a 9-7 record -- we hadn't won nine games in 10 years. There's definitely some things about him that made him a great coach. It's just the way he exited. I don't think anybody expected that.
Justin Tuck: Raider Nation would appluad signing Ndamukong Suh
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"(He's) Raider-ish," Tuck said, per the Detroit Free Press. "And that's one of the reasons why I know Raider Nation would applaud that move, beyond the fact that he's an awesome football player. He kind of fits the mold of ... the toughness and the ferocious player that built the
It is speculated Suh will receive a contract worth at least $100 million. Tuck believes the three-time All-Pro deserves such a lucrative deal.
"The thing about him, you know what you're getting every day. Some of the tactics, you could probably do without, but he's a hell of a football player," Tuck said. "I would love to have the opportunity to line up beside of him and let him take all the double teams that I normally take."
Concussions sustained in NFL games fell by 25 percent in 2014
The rate of concussions among NFL players fell 25 percent this season, the league announced Thursday. However, injury reporting and trips to injured reserve list increased, per the Associated Press.
Data provided by the NFL stated there were 111 concussions in games during the 2014 regular season, down from 148 in 2013 and 173 in 2012, which is a 36 percent drop over the three-year span.
"Players are changing the way they're tackling," NFL senior vice president of health and safety policy Jeff Miller said. "They're changing the way they play the game."
A total of 59 concussions were caused by helmet-to-helmet or shoulder-to-helmet hits this season, which is almost exactly half as many as two years ago.
"With all the technological innovations that we've had over the past few years, I'm surprised the numbers keep going down,"
According to STATS, there were 265 players placed on injured reserve during the regular season in 2014, which was a 17 percent increase from the 226 in 2013.
The 2014 season was the first time NFL injury data was collected by all 32 teams through electronic medical records.
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