Rod Taylor

NFL Bans Rod Taylor

The NFL has suspended free agent guard Rod Taylor indefinitely, according to Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle (on Twitter). Taylor is no stranger to the NFL’s disciplinary program and this latest ban could be his last. 

Taylor, 25, has now been hit with three separate suspensions from the NFL. First, there was a four-game suspension in September, believed to be tied to PEDs. Then, in October, he was handed a ten-game suspension for reasons unknown.

Taylor was a 2018 seventh-round draft choice by the Bengals. He ended up missing his entire rookie campaign after tearing his ACL on the first day of training camp. The team was confident he’d make the roster prior to the injury, but they didn’t like what he looked like when he returned. Taylor was ultimately waived by the organization in June.

As a senior at Ole Miss in 2017, Taylor started all 12 games at right tackle. Cincinnati had converted him to a guard before he went down. He’s versatile and talented, but Taylor will have a serious mountain to climb if he ever wants to play in the NFL again.

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FA OL Rod Taylor Suspended 10 Games

Rod Taylor‘s hope of returning to the NFL took another hit yesterday. Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle reports (via Twitter) that the free agent offensive lineman was slapped with a 10-game ban.

The 24-year-old had just wrapped up a four-game suspension that was handed out back in September. The 10-game ban would seemingly indicate that this is the player’s second violation related to banned substances or PEDs.

Taylor was a 2018 seventh-round draft choice by the Bengals. He ended up missing his entire rookie campaign after tearing his ACL on the first day of training camp. The team was confident he’d make the roster prior to the injury, but they didn’t like what he looked like when he returned. Taylor was ultimately waived by the organization in June.

As a senior at Ole Miss in 2017, Taylor started all 12 games at right tackle. Cincinnati had converted him to a guard before he went down. Considering his versatility and youth, it’s certain that an NFL team will eventually give the lineman another look. However, the 10-game suspension means Taylor probably won’t be auditioning for teams prior to the offseason.

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Free Agent OL Rod Taylor Suspended 4 Games

Free agent Rod Taylor has been dealt a blow in his quest to get back in the league. The young offensive lineman has been suspended four games, according to veteran NFL reporter Howard Balzer (Twitter link).

It’s unclear what the ban is for, although a four-game suspension is often for violations related to banned substances of PEDs. Taylor entered the league last year as a seventh-round pick of the Bengals. He missed his entire rookie season after tearing his ACL on the first day of training camp in late July. The team was apparently confident he was going to make the roster before the injury, but they didn’t like what he looked like when he returned.

Back on June 10th the Bengals cut him, and we haven’t heard of any interest since. As a senior at Ole Miss in 2017, Taylor started all 12 games at right tackle. Cincinnati had converted him to a guard before he went down. Perhaps he’ll be able to latch on somewhere in a few weeks when he’s done serving his suspension.

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Chargers Slash Roster To 53

In addition to the Chargers’ Russell Okung announcement, they finalized their 53-man roster.

Cardale Jones did not make the team, with Los Angeles going with Tyrod Taylor and rookie Easton Stick behind Philip Rivers. The XFL has openly mentioned Jones on multiple occasions, so the former Bills and Ohio State passer could be a high-profile candidate for the upstart league.

Here are the Bolts’ Saturday cuts:

Minor NFL Transactions: 8/4/18

Today’s minor moves:

Cincinnati Bengals

Dallas Cowboys

Detroit Lions

Green Bay Packers

Los Angeles Rams

  • Waived/injured: LB Garrett Sickels
  • Waived from injured reserve: WR Aaron Lacombe

Seattle Seahawks

  • Signed: DE Ricky Ali’ifua
  • Waived: C Marcus Henry, DE Eddy Wilson

Tennessee Titans

Bengals’ OL Rod Taylor Tears ACL

It looks like Bengals rookie offensive lineman Rod Taylor will have to wait until 2019 to make his NFL debut. Jim Owczarski of Cincinnati.com reports that the seventh-rounder has torn his ACL and will miss the upcoming season.

Taylor suffered the injury during training camp on Thursday. The lineman “crumpled to the ground and grabbed his right knee” before being carted off the field by trainers. He was seen using crutches in the locker room on Friday, and it didn’t take long for an official diagnosis. Owczarski notes that the rookie will eventually be placed on the injured reserve, but the team isn’t in a rush as they evaluate the “surgical options.”

The six-foot-three, 320-pound lineman started all 12 games at right tackle for Mississippi last season. The Bengals ended up selecting him with a seventh-round pick (No. 252) in this past year’s draft, as Owczarski writes that the team was confident that he’d make the roster due to his athleticism.

With 14 offensive linemen on the roster, Taylor was still going to have to prove his worth in order to make the opening day roster. With the rookie out of the picture, the likes of Kent Perkins and Justin Murray could have an increased chance of making the team.

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