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|9/2/2014||Wes Welker, WR||Welker is facing a four-game suspension for violating the NFL's performance-enhancing drug policy, according to published reports.
Analysis: ESPN reported the violation had to do with amphetamines. The Broncos didn't immediately return a message from The Associated Press requesting comment Tuesday. NFL Media reported Welker was notified Tuesday he had lost his appeal, which was heard two weeks ago.
|9/2/2014||Demarcus Lawrence, DE||Lawrence will miss at least half the season after being placed on the short-term injured list because of a broken right foot. With the anticipated move Tuesday, the second-round draft pick won't be eligible to return to practice until after the sixth game, and not able to be play until after the eighth game.
Analysis: Lawrence, a second-round pick from Boise State, broke his foot early in training camp and needed surgery. He was in a one-on-one drill with Pro Bowl tackle Tyron Smith when his foot got caught as Smith pushed him to the ground.
|9/2/2014||Ryan Griffin, QB||The Saints waived Griffin on Tuesday.
Analysis: The move was done in order to keep New Orleans' roster at the regular season maximum of 53 players following the re-signing of Shayne Graham.
|9/2/2014||Shayne Graham, K||The New Orleans Saints have re-signed Graham, who had been with the club since late last season and throughout training camp before being cut on Saturday.
Analysis: The Saints had two kickers on the roster throughout training camp, with Graham, a 13-year veteran, competing with Derek Dimke, a second-year pro out of Illinois who hasn't kicked in a regular season game. Both kickers made all of their field goals in the preseason. Graham missed one extra point in the preseason opener from 32 yards.
|9/2/2014||Vinston Painter, T||The Browns have signed offensive lineman Vinston Painter to their active roster off Denver's practice squad.
Analysis: The 6-foot-4, 310-pound Painter was drafted by the Broncos in the sixth round last year from Virginia Tech. He spent most of his rookie year on the Broncos' practice squad. He was elevated to the roster for Denver's final two postseason games but was inactive. Painter played in all four exhibition games this summer.
|9/2/2014||Joe Mays, LB||The Kansas City Chiefs placed linebacker Joe Mays on injured reserve on Tuesday with a designation to return.
Analysis: Mays had surgery to repair damage in his wrist that he sustained during a preseason game. The veteran linebacker, who has played in 61 games over the course of six seasons, was being counted on to start alongside Derrick Johnson in the middle of the Chiefs' defense.
|9/2/2014||Kurt Coleman, S||The Kansas City Chiefs signed veteran safety Kurt Coleman on Tuesday.
Analysis: Coleman made 29 starts and appeared in 59 games over four seasons in Philadelphia, three of those under current Chiefs coach Andy Reid. He was released by the Vikings during the final round of cuts on Saturday after spending the offseason and training camp with them.
|9/2/2014||Rob Gronkowski, TE||One day after Gronkowski pronounced himself ready to return, Bill Belichick reminded him it will be the coach's decision.
Analysis: Belichick said during a conference call Tuesday he will decide whether the tight end is ready to take the field after a knee injury. Offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels says they'll use Gronkowski however they can. Gronkowski has been a Pro Bowl-caliber player when healthy. After injuring his arm in the 2012 season, he tore ligaments in his right knee last Dec. 8. He has not played in the preseason, but he said at his locker Monday he was "super excited" to be back.
|9/2/2014||Bobby Felder, CB||The Buffalo Bills have reached an injury settlement and released cornerback Bobby Felder.
Analysis: Felder had been sidelined by a groin injury for part of training camp and placed on the team's reserve/injured list last week.
|9/2/2014||J.J. Watt, DE||A person with knowledge of the deal tells The Associated Press that star defensive end J.J. Watt has agreed to terms on a contract extension with the Houston Texans.
Analysis: The person spoke on condition of anonymity Tuesday because the deal had not been signed. Multiple media reports said the agreement was for six years and $100 million, with $51.8 million guaranteed and a $10 million signing bonus. Watt had two years left on his contract that was due to pay him $1.9 million this year and just under $7 million in 2015.
|9/1/2014||Alex Boone, G||Boone has passed his physical and rejoined the team for its Week 1 preparation ahead of Sunday's opener at Dallas. The 27-year-old right guard reached agreement on a restructured $6 million, two-year contract Sunday. The San Francisco 49ers requested a roster exemption and Boone must be added to the 53-man roster before he can play.
Analysis: As part of his new deal, fines for missing the mandatory minicamp and training camp were waived. Boone is a key member of a veteran offensive line and the unit struggled to protect quarterback Colin Kaepernick during the preseason. Boone has started every game the past two seasons.
|9/1/2014||Marvin Jones, WR||Jones has a broken foot that will sideline him for several weeks, according to coach Marvin Lewis.
Analysis: Big things were expected of Jones entering 2014 after he had 51 catches for 712 yards and 10 touchdowns in 2013, his second season in the league. It's unclear exactly when he'll be able to make his season debut.
|9/1/2014||Ryan Succop, K||Succop has agreed to a one-year deal with the Tennessee Titans who chose to go with experience rather than an undrafted rookie.
Analysis: The Chiefs released Succop on Saturday, going with an undrafted option at kicker. Succop, 27, hit 81 percent of his field goals over his past five seasons and his career-long is 54 yards. He has spent the past five seasons with the Chiefs who drafted him with the final pick of the 2009 draft.
|9/1/2014||Rob Gronkowski, TE||Gronkowski stood in front of his Gillette Stadium locker Monday and announced he will be playing in the New England Patriots' opener at Miami this Sunday.
Analysis: Gronkowski, who tore his right ACL and MCL on Dec. 8, is a two-time Pro Bowler and was an All-Pro in 2011. He has 226 catches with 42 touchdowns in 50 regular-season games.
|9/1/2014||Odell Beckham Jr., WR||It might be a few weeks before New York Giants first-round draft pick Odell Beckham Jr. plays in a game. Frustrated about repeated questions about the wide receiver, coach Tom Coughlin on Monday said it might be another three weeks until Beckham gets on the field.
Analysis: Beckham missed almost all of training camp with a hamstring injury and did not play in any of the team's five preseason games. He did not practice Monday as the Giants began preparations for the regular-season opener at Detroit next Monday night.
|9/1/2014||Cam Newton, QB||Newton returned to the practice field wearing an oversized flak jacket designed to provide added protection for his fractured ribs. Newton smiled and even stopped to pose for a picture Monday with his newly enhanced armor before walking into practice, throwing passes and going through drills as normal.
Analysis: It was the Newton's first practice since Aug. 22 when he had his ribs stepped on during a preseason game against the New England Patriots.
|9/1/2014||Wes Welker, WR||Welker returned to practice Monday for the first time since sustaining a concussion in an Aug. 23 preseason game against the Houston Texans. The Denver slot receiver ran short routes during the 20-minute viewing period open to the media.
Analysis: Welker's concussion was his third in 10 months. He got hurt on a hard hit from D.J. Swearinger that prompted Peyton Manning to swear at the swaggering safety.
|8/31/2014||Terrence Cody, NT||Cody was placed on the physically-unable-to-perform list Saturday.
Analysis: The defensive lineman has missed the entire preseason for the Baltimore Ravens while recovering from hip surgery. He's unavailable for at least the first six games.
|8/31/2014||Trindon Holliday, WR||Holliday was placed on injured reserve Saturday.
Analysis: A former Bronco, Holliday was signed by the Giants in the offseason with the hope that he might star in the return game. He injured a hamstring early in training camp and did not play in a game.
|8/31/2014||Thomas Keiser, LB||Keiser was cut by the Chargers.
Analysis: Keiser pleaded guilty to misdemeanor battery in March stemming from an attack on a downtown restaurant employee in December. He was sentenced to probation, ordered to pay a fine and complete 20 hours of counseling for anger management.
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