NFL, NFLPA finishing up new drug policy
by R.J. White |
(9/16/2014) The NFL and the NFL Players Association are finalizing a new drug policy Tuesday evening, and a formal announcement is expected to be made by Wednesday morning, NFL insider Jason La Canfora reports.

The NFLPA has begun to notify players of the revamped suspensions under the new policy, including Browns receiver Josh Gordon officially having his suspension reduced to 10 games. Broncos wide receiver Wes Welker, Rams wide receiver Stedman Bailey and Cowboys cornerback Orlando Scandrick are among the handful of players who should be able to rejoin their respective teams Wednesday in preparation of playing in Week 3.

However, Dolphins defenders Dion Jordan and Reshad Jones are not expected to be affected by the change in policy, the Palm Beach Post reports, leaving their suspensions active for two more games.

Raiders make it official, sign Vincent Brown
by Larry Hartstein |
(9/16/2014) The Raiders made it official Tuesday, signing former Chargers wideout Vincent Brown. He had 41 catches for 472 yards and a touchdown last season with San Diego.

Browns makes changes to practice squad
by Larry Hartstein |
(9/16/2014) The Browns signed linebacker Allen Bradford to their practice squad and released wideout Ifeanyi Momah from the squad, reports the Cleveland Plain Dealer.

Giants send two players to IR, promote two
by Michael Hurcomb |
(9/16/2014) The Giants announced Tuesday they placed cornerback Walter Thurmond (pectoral) and wide receiver Jerrel Jernigan (foot) on season-ending injured reserve. 

Thurmond had surgery Tuesday for a torn pectoral muscle and will need 3-4 months recovery. Jernigan has a mid-foot sprain, but he will not need surgery. There is no timetable for his recovery.

The Giants filled the openings on the roster by promoting wide receiver Julian Talley and linebacker Dan Fox from the practice squad.

Texans make roster moves
by Larry Hartstein |
(9/16/2014) The Texans signed linebacker Ricky Sapp and waived linebacker Jason Ankrah, reports Houston also released wideout Travis Labhart from the practice squad and filled his spot with safety Josh Aubrey.

Bears sign two players, release three
by Michael Hurcomb |
(9/16/2014) The Bears announced Tuesday they promoted defensive back Isaiah Frey and wide receiver Rashad Ross from the practice squad. The team also released running back Shaun Draughn, wide receiver Chris Williams and tight end Matthew Mulligan.

Falcons resting Roddy White because of quick turnaround
by Michael Hurcomb |
(9/16/2014) Even though Falcons wide receiver Roddy White was absent from Tuesday's practice due to a hamstring injury, coach Mike Smith seemed more concerned about resting White for the short turnaround for Thursday's game against the Bucs than the injury.

"It's not important for Roddy to practice,'' Smith said, per ESPN. "We'd like for Roddy to practice, but it's all about getting Roddy ready on a short week. And some of these guys across the league that have some age with them, on a short week, you've got to get them to Thursday. And that's our intention. 

"Right now, our goal is to have Roddy as healthy as he can be for the ball game on Thursday night.''

No setbacks for Alshon Jeffery
by Larry Hartstein |
(9/16/2014) Bears receiver Alshon Jeffery did not suffer any setbacks with his hamstring injury in Sunday night's win in San Francisco, reports the Chicago Tribune. Coach Marc Trestman said he knows Jeffery played at less than 100 percent but expects the third-year pro to benefit from an added day of rest before Monday night's game at the Jets.

Jags add Tavarres King
by Larry Hartstein |
(9/16/2014) The Jaguars signed receiver Tavarres King off the Panthers' practice squad, reports the Florida Times-Union.

Rams say Tavon Austin has a chance to play Week 3
by Larry Hartstein |
(9/16/2014) Rams receiver Tavon Austin has a mild knee strain, coach Jeff Fisher told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, saying he wouldn't rule out Austin from Sunday's game against Dallas. Austin suffered the injury in the win at Tampa Bay. He has three catches for 34 yards this season.

Earlier reports suggested Austin would miss about two weeks.

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