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Former NFL DE Armonty Bryant Retires

Former NFL defensive end Armonty Bryant has announced his retirement in an Instagram post.

“However hard this may be, and although not the way I wanted to end my career, God has a funny way of timing things out in our lives,” Bryant’s statement reads. “Just before I got a chance to finish my career strong I was diagnosed with end stage renal failure.

Due to this I am forced to announce my official retirement from the sport I have eaten, breathed, slept, dreamt [sic] and loved for my entire life. But this isn’t the end. This is just the beginning of so much more that is coming. I have started a business with a woman I soon get to call my wife. And these opportunities we have together are endless.”

Bryant, 28, entered the league as a Browns seventh-round pick in 2013, and went on to appear in 31 games with Cleveland over the next three seasons. In 2016, Bryant was hit with the first of several suspensions (but his only performance-enhancing drug ban), and was subsequently waived by the Browns.

Claimed off waivers by the Lions, Bryant played in five games for Detroit, but also served two substance abuse suspensions during his time in the Motor City. After being cut by the Lions last October, Bryant hit the workout circuit, but failed to land a new contract until April, when he inked a one-year deal with the Raiders. After less than a month in Oakland (and presumably after he was diagnosed with severe kidney issues), Bryant was cut with a non-football illness designation.

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Raiders Cut Cory James, Armonty Bryant

The Raiders announced that they have waived linebacker Cory James with a failed physical designation. The Raiders also cut defensive end Armonty Bryant with a non-football illness designation.

Oakland drafted James in the sixth round two years ago and deployed him as a starter frequently over the past two years. The former Colorado State linebacker started 14 games during his first two seasons and could be an intriguing offseason waiver addition.

Although James’ play didn’t stop the Raiders from continuing to look for additional linebacker starters, he saw action on 455 snaps last season. He finished last season on IR, though, with a knee injury. The nature of this exit could well stall an immediate path to another team.

Entering what would be a sixth NFL season, Bryant has struggled to stay on the field because of suspensions. The NFL suspended the edge defender three times since 2016, and the Lions parted ways with him after his most recent ban ended. Bryant signed with the Raiders in April.

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Raiders Sign DE Armonty Bryant

The Raiders have announced the signing of free-agent defensive end Armonty Bryant, who last appeared in five games for the Lions in 2016. Bryant became the Raiders’ second free-agent addition to their defense Friday, also signed cornerback Senquez Golson.

Bryant, 27, had three sacks, four tackles and forced a fumble in his time with the Lions, his only season with the team. They released him after he was suspended for the first four games of the 2017 season for violating the NFL’s substance-abuse policy and he didn’t appear in a game last season.

The terms of Bryant’s deal have yet to be reported. He had a career-high 5 1/2 sacks while playing in 14 games in 2015 with the Browns, who drafted him in the seventh round of the 2013 draft out of East Central (Okla.).

Bryant is the Raider’ second addition to their defensive line via free agency. The team also signed former 49ers defensive end Tank Carradine to a one-year deal.

Khalil Mack and Mario Edwards Jr. are slated to start at defensive end for the Raiders. They also have Jihad Ward, James Cowser, Fadol Brown and Joby Saint Fleur on the roster at defensive end, along with Bryant and Carradine.

NFL Workout Updates: 11/14/17

Today’s workout updates, with all links going to veteran NFL reporter Howard Balzer’s Twitter account unless otherwise noted:

Chicago Bears

Cincinnati Bengals

  • T Laurence Gibson (link)

Detroit Lions

Houston Texans

  • TEs Brandon Barnes, Gabe Holmes (link)

Indianapolis Colts

Jacksonville Jaguars

  • LSs Ryan DiSalvo, Andrew East, Drew Ferris (link)

New Orleans Saints

New York Giants

Philadelphia Eagles

San Francisco 49ers

Seattle Seahawks

Washington Redskins

NFL Workout Updates: 10/24/17

Today’s workout updates, with all links going to veteran NFL reporter Howard Balzer’s Twitter account unless otherwise noted:

Buffalo Bills

Carolina Panthers

Dallas Cowboys

  • LS Trent Gow (link)

Detroit Lions

  • WR Jake Kumerow (link)

Green Bay Packers

Houston Texans

Indianapolis Colts

New Orleans Saints

Oakland Raiders

Jets Work Out DE Armonty Bryant

Former Lions defensive end Armonty Bryant worked out for the Jets on Wednesday, according to Field Yates of ESPN.com (on Twitter). Bryant was released by Detroit just before he was due to return from a four-game suspension. Armonty Bryant (vertical)

Bryant has been banned by the NFL for three times in the past year. The most recent suspension was for a violation of the league’s substance abuse policy.

Despite playing in just five games in 2016, Bryant managed to tally three sacks. In the previous season, he racked up 5.5 sacks across 14 games. He is not a world-beater, but he could be a viable option for the Jets as they look to fortify their edge rushing depth.

On Tuesday, the Jets auditioned former Bucs defensive end Jacquies Smith.

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Lions Release DE Armonty Bryant

The Lions have released defensive end Armonty Bryant, the club announced today. Bryant, who was coming off a four-game suspension, had to either be added to Detroit’s 53-man roster or released by today when his roster exemption expired.Armonty Bryant (vertical)

Bryant, who was banned for violating the NFL’s substance abuse policy, has been suspended three times in the past year. The Lions claimed Bryant off waivers from the Browns last October, and while he appeared in just five games in 2016, he did tally an impressive three sacks during his short campaign. In the best season of his four-year career, 2015, Bryant totaled 14 appearances and 5.5 sacks.

Detroit ranks sixth in defensive DVOA, but that’s largely because of the club’s secondary, as the Lions’ defensive line is just 17th in adjusted sack rate and 28th in adjusted line yards, per Football Outsiders. Anthony Zettel, a 2016 sixth-round pick, has given the Lions incredible production (four sacks) and currently ranks as the league’s No. 9 edge defender, per Pro Football FocusEzekiel Ansah and free agent addition Cornelius Washington have been serviceable, as well, meaning Detroit has more depth than originally thought.

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Lions Won’t Activate DE Armonty Bryant This Week

The Lions will not activate defensive end Armonty Bryant from suspension before Sunday’s Week 5 contest against the Giants, according to Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press (Twitter link). Detroit holds a roster exemption on Bryant that expires on Monday, meaning it must either add him to the 53-man roster or release him by that time.Armonty Bryant (vertical)

Detroit ranks sixth in defensive DVOA, but that’s largely because of the club’s secondary, as the Lions’ defensive line is just 17th in adjusted sack rate and 28th in adjusted line yards, per Football Outsiders. Anthony Zettel, a 2016 sixth-round pick, has given the Lions incredible production (four sacks) and currently ranks as the league’s No. 9 edge defender, per Pro Football Focus. Ezekiel Ansah and free agent addition Cornelius Washington have been serviceable, as well, meaning Detroit has more depth than originally thought.

That’s not to say a Bryant return wouldn’t be welcomed, however. Kerry Hyder, who had been penciled in as a Detroit starter, is done for the year after tearing his Achilles in the preseason, while defensive tackle Khyri Thornton won’t come back from suspension until Week 7.

Bryant, who was banned for violating the NFL’s substance abuse policy, has been suspended three times in the past year. The Lions claimed Bryant off waivers from the Browns last October, and while he appeared in just five games in 2016, he did tally an impressive three sacks during his short campaign. In the best season of his four-year career, 2015, Bryant totaled 14 appearances and 5.5 sacks.

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Extra Points: Titans, Lions, Colts, Giants

As had been expected, Titans quarterback Marcus Mariota will be a gametime decision in Week 5, as Ian Rapoport of NFL.com tweets. Mariota is day-to-day with a strained hamstring, and backup Matt Cassel will start against the Dolphins if Mariota is unable to play. Tennessee signed veteran signal-caller Brandon Weeden earlier this week, passing over other free agent options such as Colin Kaepernick.

Here’s more from around the league:

  • The Lions haven’t decided whether they’ll activate defensive Armonty Bryant — who is returning from a four-game suspension — before Sunday’s contest against the Panthers, according to Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press. Detroit has a roster exemption for Bryant, and it must either add him to the 53-man roster or release by Monday. Given how thin they are along the defensive line (Kerry Hyder is out for the year, Khyri Thornton is still banned), Bryant seems likely to claim a roster spot by next week at the latest.
  • Before signing with the Bears’ practice squad on Friday, defensive end Howard Jones worked out for the Colts, tweets veteran NFL reporter Howard Balzer. Jones, 27, had drawn a good deal of interest since being non-tendered by the Buccaneers earlier this year, as he’d also met with the Titans and Jets. Still recovering from a torn ACL suffered in November of 2016, Jones wasn’t a major contributor in eight games last season before going down, but he did manage five sacks in a rotational role for Tampa Bay in 2015.
  • Speaking of workouts, the Giants auditioned a large group of free agents today, reports Jordan Raanan of ESPN.com. New York focused on front five as it worked out the following players: offensive linemen Kareem Are, Willie Beavers, Ethan Cooper, Kaleb Johnson, Cameron Jefferson, Storm Norton, Jeremiah Poutasi, Cyril Richardson, Kristjan Sokoli, and Zach Voytek, plus defensive tackle Greg Milhouse.
  • The Buccaneers will be without defensive end for two-to-four weeks Ryan Russell after he suffered a shoulder injury against the Patriots, per Rapoport (Twitter link). Russell, 25, has managed four tackles on 110 defensive snaps as a rotational end this season. If Tampa Bay is looking for depth, the club could potentially promote Channing Ward from its practice squad.

Lions Set 53-Man Roster

The Lions have met the NFL’s 53-man maximum requirement by making the following transactions:

Traded:

Released:

Waived:

Suspended:

Placed on non-football injury list:

Placed physically unable to perform list: