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|7/2/2015||Brandon Ivory, Hou, DT|
|The Houston Texans have released defensive lineman Brandon Ivory a day after he was charged in a residential burglary in Tuscaloosa. The team announced his departure on Thursday. The 23-year-old Ivory, a former Alabama standout, signed a free-agent contract with the Texans in May.
Analysis: Police said Wednesday that Ivory was arrested with a second man after two people said two men busted down a door and took two Apple iPads and cash. One of the suspects was allegedly armed with an assault rifle and the other had a knife.
|7/2/2015||Antonio Gates, SD, TE|
|Gates was suspended without pay Thursday for the first four games of the 2015 season for violating the NFL's policy on performance-enhancing substances.
Analysis: The NFL said in a statement that Gates can participate in training camp and preseason games. He will be able to return to the team's active roster after the Chargers' Oct. 4 game against the Cleveland Browns. Gates issued a statement through the team apologizing to the Chargers, his teammates, fans and fantasy owners.
|7/2/2015||Datone Jones, GB, DE|
|Jones has been suspended for the first game this season for violating the NFL's substance abuse policy. The league said in a statement Thursday that Jones will be out for the Sept. 13 game at Chicago and eligible to return for the home opener in Week 2 against Seattle.
Analysis: Jones, who turns 25 this month, was a first-round pick (26th overall) out of UCLA in 2013. He had his first three starts last season and has five sacks in 29 games.
|7/2/2015||Sheldon Richardson, NYJ, DT|
|Richardson has been suspended without pay for the first four games of the regular season for violating the NFL's substance abuse policy.
Analysis: Richardson will be eligible to return to the Jets' active roster on Monday, Oct. 5 after the team's Oct. 4 game against the AFC East rival Miami Dolphins. "I apologize for letting down my family, teammates, this organization and the fans," Richardson said in a statement.
|7/2/2015||Rolando McClain, Dal, LB|
|McClain has been suspended for the first four games for violating the NFL's substance abuse policy.
Analysis: The league said in a statement Thursday that McClain would be suspended without pay and eligible to return for Dallas' Week 5 game against New England.
|7/1/2015||Brandon Ivory, Hou, DT|
|Ivory has been charged in what police describe as a residential burglary in Tuscaloosa. Authorities say the 23-year-old Ivory, a former Alabama standout, was arrested with another man Wednesday after two people said a pair of men busted down a door and took two Apple iPads and cash. One of the suspects was allegedly armed with an assault rifle and the other had a knife.
Analysis: The 6-foot-4 Ivory, who weighs about 310 pounds, and 21-year-old Nicholas Gerald Gibson III are both charged with two counts of burglary. Each man is in the county jail with bond set at $120,000. Ivory is from Memphis, Tennessee. He signed a free-agent contract with Houston in May.
|7/1/2015||Wayne Hunter, Buf, T|
|Hunter signed with the Bills on Wednesday. The 6-foot-5 and 318-pound Hunter has been out of football since being released by St. Louis following the 2012 season.
Analysis: Hunter has 25 starts in 77 games, including a four-year stint with the Jets that overlapped Bills new coach Rex Ryan's tenure in New York. He was released by the Seattle in May 2006 after being charged with misdemeanor assault following a dispute at a sports bar. Hunter was also arrested in 2003 for a minor assault against his girlfriend, and was twice suspended for violating the NFL's personal conduct policy.
|6/29/2015||John Moffitt, Phi, G|
|The Philadelphia Eagles have signed guard John Moffitt to a one-year contract and released guard Cole Manhart.
Analysis: The 6-foot-4, 319-pound Moffitt was drafted by Seattle in the third round in 2011 and last played in the NFL two years ago with Denver. Moffitt started 15 games for Seattle in 2011-12, played in two games for the Broncos in 2013 and spent last season out of football. The Eagles released starting guards Evan Mathis and Todd Herremans in the offseason.
|6/25/2015||Malcolm Butler, NE, CB|
|The NFL Players Association has complained to the league about whether the Patriots improperly disciplined cornerback Malcolm Butler during voluntary workouts. NFLPA spokesman George Atallah said Thursday that the union has a responsibility to pursue all violations of the collective bargaining agreement consistently.
Analysis: The Patriots are accused of holding Butler out of voluntary workouts because he was late for the first of the team activities. The Patriots and Butler have not publicly acknowledged the discipline, though Butler did tell reporters when he turned up at workouts that he had to deal with someone taking something away from him. Butler became a Super Bowl hero last season when he intercepted Russell Wilson on the goal-line in the final minute.
|6/22/2015||Taylor Mays, Det, S|
|The Detroit Lions have signed free agent safety Taylor Mays. The team announced the move Monday.
Analysis: Mays is entering his sixth NFL season after stints with San Francisco in 2010 and Cincinnati from 2011-14. He played in all 16 games for the Bengals last season, primarily as a special teams contributor.
|6/22/2015||Terrelle Pryor, Cle, WR|
|The Browns have been awarded quarterback Terrelle Pryor on waivers from Cincinnati and will give him a chance to make their roster as a wide receiver.
Analysis: The former Ohio State star was recently released by the Bengals. The 6-foot-4, 233-pounder has appeared in 15 NFL games and made 10 career starts at quarterback. Pryor went 31-4 in three years as a starter for the Buckeyes. A superb athlete, he'll get to show what he can do as a pass catcher with the Browns.
|6/19/2015||Malcom Brown, NE, DT|
|The New England Patriots have signed Brown from Texas. The Patriots chose Brown with the 32nd pick after his three-year college career in which he had 8 1/2 sacks, two fumble recoveries and 165 tackles in 39 games, 26 of them starts.
Analysis: It was the second straight year in which the Patriots took a defensive lineman in the first round. Last year, they chose Dominique Easley from Florida. He played in a backup role and finished the season on injured reserve.
|6/19/2015||Jeremiah Poutasi, Ten, G|
|The Tennessee Titans have signed rookie offensive tackle Jeremiah Poutasi of Utah. The Titans announced Poutasi's signing Friday.
Analysis: The 6-foot-5, 335-pound Poutasi was the 66th selection overall when the Titans drafted him in the third round. Poutasi started 35 of his 36 games at Utah, spending his first season at right tackle as a true freshman before playing left tackle his final two seasons.
|6/19/2015||Odell Beckham Jr., NYG, WR|
|Bothered again by a hamstring injury, Beckham did little in minicamp with the New York Giants.
Analysis: Beckham's injury is a concern. He missed the first four games of his rookie season after hurting his hamstring in early training camp, and now there is a second hamstring injury. Coach Tom Coughlin is worried. He thought Beckham would be ready for minicamp and he wasn't. The plan is now for Beckham to be ready when the team reports for training camp July 30.
|6/18/2015||Johnathan Joseph, Hou, CB|
|Joseph has signed a contract extension with the Houston Texans. The two-time Pro Bowler was entering the final year of the contract he signed when he signed as a free agent in 2011. The new deal will keep him in Houston for the next three years.
Analysis: The 31-year-old Joseph started each game for the Texans last season and had a career-high 75 tackles and two interceptions. In his four years in Houston he has 240 tackles, 11 interceptions and has defended 52 passes. He also has returned two interceptions for touchdowns, forced three fumbles and recovered two. His 11 interceptions with the Texans are tied for second in franchise history.
|6/18/2015||Terrelle Pryor, Cle, WR|
|The Bengals waived quarterback Terrelle Pryor at the conclusion of their minicamp on Thursday, leaving one less candidate for the job of backing up Andy Dalton.
Analysis: The former Ohio State quarterback signed with the Bengals on May 10 following a tryout during rookie camp. He was competing with AJ McCarron and Josh Johnson for the backup job.
|6/18/2015||Tony Romo, Dal, QB|
|Romo walked off the field after the Dallas Cowboys finished their final minicamp practice without stopping to speak with reporters.
Analysis: The four-time Pro Bowl quarterback said plenty by taking part in every organized offseason workout for the first time in three years. Romo was the NFL's top-rated passer last season, when he completed 70 percent of his passes (304 of 435) for 3,705 yards with 34 touchdowns and nine interceptions.
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