Week In Review

5 Key NFL Stories: 10/15/17 – 10/22/17

Quarterbacks go down in Green Bay, Arizona. Aaron Rodgers will be sidelined for at least eight weeks after suffering a broken a collarbone in Week 8, and while there’s a chance he could return later this year (and into the postseason), some reports indicate that the Packers aren’t expecting Rodgers back. Green Bay won’t add a veteran quarterback, meaning 2015 fifth-round pick Brett Hundley will handle starting duties. The Cardinals, meanwhile, will be without Carson Palmer for eight weeks, as well, as the veteran signal-caller broke his left arm on Sunday. Like Rodgers, could conceivably play again this season, but if Arizona is out of contention, it’s unlikely he’ll return.

Zeke’s suspension on hold…again. Ezekiel Elliott was granted yet another temporary restraining order last week, ensuring his availability for the Cowboys’ Week 7 contest against the 49ers. Next up is a hearing on October 30, meaning that Elliott should be available in Week 8, as well. However, the NFL is pushing for an expedited hearing (with a target date of October 27). And despite reports to the contrary, the league has no interest in discussing a possible settlement with Elliott.NaVorro Bowman (Vertical)

NaVorro Bowman stays in the Bay Area. After securing his release from the 49ers, Bowman signed on with the Raiders, inking a one-year deal worth $2MM. The veteran linebacker will be able to “double dip,” as the lack of offset language in his San Francisco deal means he’ll be able to collect a paycheck from both the 49ers and Raiders. The Niners had originally agreed to trade Bowman to the Saints a week ago, but Bowman wanted to hit free agency and choose his next club. He had a visit lined up with the Cowboys before signing with Oakland.

Colin Kaepernick alleges collusion. With no teams showing serious interest in Kaepernick despite several injuries around the league, the free agent signal-caller initiated a collusion lawsuit against the NFL, accusing the league’s owners of keeping him unemployed because of his social activism. Kaerpernick has a broader goal in mind, however, as he reportedly wants his lawsuit to lead to the termination of the NFL’s collective bargaining agreement. All the latest on Kaepernick and the NFL’s anthem protests can be found here.

Beast Mode suspended. Marshawn Lynch was banned for one game after making contact with an official in Thursday night’s Raiders victory. Lynch, who was ejected following the incident, is appealing the suspension. League spokesman Joe Lockhart seemingly indicated Lynch would also be heavily fined for the contact, but the league is surprisingly not hitting Lynch with a financial penalty.

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5 Key NFL Stories: 10/8/17 – 10/15/17

Ezekiel Elliott‘s suspension reinstated: The NFL’s ongoing legal battle with Elliott took another turn last week, as the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals ruled in favor of the league, a decision which resulted in the restoration of the Cowboys running back’s six-game ban. Elliott still has options — he can re-file in either New York or Texas and keep himself on the field — but if he and his team don’t take action, he’ll be suspended until November 24, the day after Dallas’ Thanksgiving Day game against the Chargers. If Elliott decides to accept his ban, the Cowboys will turn to Alfred Morris and Darren McFadden as their primary backs.

Cardinals acquire Adrian Peterson: The Saints quickly abandoned any plans they had to utilize Peterson in 2017, as they shipped the former All Pro to Arizona for a conditional 2018 sixth-round pick. Peterson had lost time to fellow backs Mark Ingram and Alvin Kamara in New Orleans, and had posted only 27 rushing attempts through four games. Peterson says he did not request a trade, but he’ll now have a chance to be the lead back for the Cardinals, who subsequently released veteran Chris Johnson. General manager Steve Keim & Co. didn’t take much of a risk in acquiring Peterson, as Arizona owes him only ~$700K for the rest of the season.Odell Beckham Jr.

Giants lose all their wideouts: Not only is Big Blue now winless to start the season, but it’s witnessed injuries to their top four wide receivers. Odell Beckham Jr. (ankle), Brandon Marshall (ankle), and Dwayne Harris (foot) are all out for the rest of the year, while Sterling Shepard is expected to miss multiple weeks with a health issue of his own. New York has added several pass-catchers in recent days, but the club is not interested in a reunion with Victor Cruz (despite his best lobbying efforts). As if the Giants’ receiving problems weren’t enough, cornerback Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie has now been suspended indefinitely following multiple incidents.

Texans down their best defenders: J.J. Watt (tibial plateau fracture) and Whitney Mercilus (torn pectoral) are both out for the rest of the year, leaving Houston with only Jadeveon Clowney as the club’s only star along its front seven. For Watt, who is arguably still the NFL’s best defensive player, this latest injury means he’s now been sidelined by health questions in each of the past two seasons. For what it’s worth, the Texans did agree to terms with free agents Lamarr Houston (link) and Kendall Langford (link), but neither of those players can be counted on to replace the production of Watt and/or Mercilus.

End of an era in San Francisco: After unsuccessfully attempting to trade him, the 49ers released veteran linebacker NaVorro Bowman, who had spent his entire career in the Bay Area. San Francisco had actually agreed to ship the former All Pro to New Orleans, but Bowman preferred to become a free agent and pick his next club. Thus far, the Raiders have expressed the most interest, and Bowman will meet with Oakland in the coming days.

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5 Key NFL Stories: 10/1/17 – 10/8/17

OBJ done for the year? The Giants’ 2017 season can’t get any worse — not only did Big Blue fall to 0-5 after losing to the Chargers today, but star wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. suffered a fractured ankle and could now require season-ending surgery. Beckham, who at times seems to represent the entirety of New York’s offense, had been pushing for a new contract, but that almost assuredly won’t happen with him on the mend. Even if OBJ can return later this year, the Giants may choose to hold him out given the club’s record.

Rookie running back goes down. Two NFC contenders — the Vikings and Seahawks — both lost their starting running backs in Week 4, as Minnesota’s Dalvin Cook suffered a torn ACL while Seattle’s Chris Carson broke his leg. Although Cook was a second-rounder and Carson wasn’t selected until the seventh round, both first-year players had been contributing to their respective offenses. The Vikings will turn to veteran Latavius Murray, who inked a three-year, $15MM deal earlier this year, while the Seahawks will use a combination of Eddie Lacy and Thomas Rawls.Mitch Trubisky (Vertical)

Bears choose a new quarterback. Mike Glennon signed a three-year deal worth $45MM with Chicago in March, but he’s already been benched after just four games. The former Buccaneers signal-caller ranked near the bottom of the league in nearly every quarterback metric, meaning the Bears had little choice to turn to No. 2 overall pick Mitch Trubisky. Chicago sacrificed a haul of draft pick capital to move up one spot for Trubisky, and the UNC product will face a stiff test against the division-rival Vikings on Monday Night Football.

Raiders, Titans without QBs. Derek Carr and Marcus Mariota went down at a similar time in 2016, and they’ve done so again in 2017. The signal-callers reportedly face different timetables however, as Carr is apparently eyeing a return in Week 6 after suffering a transverse process fracture in his back. Mariota, meanwhile, was originally considered day-to-day after straining his hamstring, but Adam Schefter of ESPN.com reported today that Mariota could be dealing with a two-to-four week injury.

Bucs have kicking problems (again). Tampa Bay worked through rookie kicker Roberto Aguayo‘s struggles in 2016 before ultimately waiving him earlier this year, and now the club is experiencing trouble again. Veteran Nick Folk missed three kicks in a game the Buccaneers ultimately lost by five points on Thursday night, leading Tampa to look at Andrew Franks, Josh Lambo, Mike Nugent, and Cairo Santos. Still, it’s not inconceivable that the Bucs simply stick with Folk.

5 Key NFL Stories: 9/24/17 – 10/1/17

Danny Trevathan punished by NFL. Following a jarring helmet-to-helmet hit on Packers wide receiver Davante Adams on Thursday, Trevathan was suspended two games by the league, meaning he’ll miss the Bears’ contests against the Viking and Ravens. Trevathan can appeal the ban, however, and possibly see it reduced. From an on-field perspective, Chicago can ill-afford to lose another linebacker, as Jerrell Freeman is already on injured reserve while fill-in Nick Kwiatkoski is dealing with a pectoral issue. Adams, thankfully, escaped the violent play with only a concussion.

Quarterback returns on the horizon. Andrew Luck could potentially return for the Colts by Week 6, although his lack of practice time could delay that timeline. Luck didn’t practice last week, and would likely need some sort of ramp up period before getting back to game action. Still recovering from offseason shoulder surgery, Luck would give Indianapolis a massive boost if he can return in the near future. Vikings signal-caller Teddy Bridgewater, meanwhile, should be ready to play by Week 7, which could complicate a Minnesota quarterback room that includes an injured Sam Bradford and backup Case Keenum.Darren Sproles (vertical)

Darren Sproles done for season, possibly career. Sproles suffered both a broken arm and a torn ACL on the same play in Week 4, meaning he won’t play again during the 2017 campaign. Whether or not he’ll return in 2018 is something of an open question — Sproles had indicated he’d retire following this year but backtracked on confirming it ahead of this season. Now that won’t finish out what could have been his final NFL season, Sproles could rethink his position. The Eagles signed old friend Kenjon Barner to join a backfield that includes LeGarrette Blount, Wendell Smallwood, and Corey Clement.

Canadian Football League in the news. The CFL was linked to two out-of-work quarterbacks this week, as both Colin Kaepernick and Johnny Manziel were attached to north of the border clubs. The Montreal Alouttes reached out to Kaepernick regarding his interest in joining the league, but Kaepernick reportedly doesn’t want to sign with a CFL team. Manziel, meanwhile, has been barred from playing in the CFL this season but is eligible to join the league in 2018.

Dolphins reinstate Lawrence Timmons. Miami allowed Timmons to return to the club following an indefinite suspension, one that was levied after Timmons went AWOL during the Dolphins’ Week 2 contest. Timmons reportedly visited his old team — the Steelers — during Miami’s Week 1 bye and expressed his regret at signing in South Beach. On the field, Timmons’ return is important given that the Fins already lost rookie ‘bakcer Raekwon McMillan for the season.

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5 Key NFL Stories: 9/17/17 – 9/24/17

Injuries, injuries, injuries. Several contenders lost key players to health issues last week, including the Ravens, who saw All Pro guard Marshal Yanda join a ever-growing list of Baltimore contributors that is done for the year. Tight end Greg Olsen is done for at least eight weeks after suffering a broken foot, but there’s hope he could return to the Panthers later in 2017. Elsewhere in the NFC South, Falcons edge rusher Vic Beasley is expected to miss at least a month with a hamstring ailment, but he won’t go on injured reserve. And the Chargers’ string of poor injury luck continued, as No. 1 corner Jason Verrett decided to undergo season-ending knee surgery.

Adversaries get new deals. The NFL is still expected to extend commissioner Roger Goodell through the 2021 season, although the contract has taken a bit longer than expected to get done. That may have been because Cowboys owner Jerry Jones reportedly attempted to influence the process in the hopes of expanding the field of candidates. The NFLPA, meanwhile, re-elected DeMaurice Smith as executive director, although civil rights lawyer Cyrus Mehri is expected to contest the results.Andrew Luck

Andrew Luck possibly nearing return. While the Colts are without Luck during Week 3 (but still winning), Indy could see its franchise quarterback back on the field in the near future. Week 6 is looking like a realistic date for Luck’s return, meaning the Colts would need to get through only two more games — against the Seahawks and 49ers — with Jacoby Brissett under center. If Indianapolis can hold onto against the Browns today, the club would be in a much better position if/when Luck comes back.

Dolphins’ linebacker room shaken up. Free agent addition Lawrence Timmons went AWOL prior to Miami’s Week 2 game, and has since been suspended indefinitely for conduct detrimental to the team. Not only that, but Timmons took a bizarre trip to visit his old team — the Steelers — during the Dolphins’ Week 1 bye. Miami has since acquired former first-round linebacker Stephone Anthony from the Saints, although that deal was reportedly in the works before the Timmons saga began.

Su’a Cravens won’t play in 2017. The Redskins officially placed Cravens — who considered retirement earlier this year — on the reserve/left squad list, ensuring that he won’t suit up this season. Cravens had been planning to report to Washington, but that won’t happen now. He wants to continue his career in 2018, but it’s unclear if that will happen with the Redskins.

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5 Key Stories: 9/10/17 – 9/17/17

Bengals reshuffle staff after 0-2 start: The Bengals have scored nine points in two games and fired their offensive coordinator as a result. OC Ken Zampese is out in Cincinnati, and the team promoted quarterbacks coach Bill Lazor to its top offensive post. The son of longtime NFL assistant Ernie Zampese, Ken Zampese just began his second season as Bengals OC. But he did not appear to win over his players, who may or may not have assembled something of a mutiny to force the franchise to make a key change. Lazor’s previous OC gig ended when the Dolphins fired him from that post in November 2015. As a result of Cincy’s rampant struggles, longtime starter Andy Dalton may not be free from a demotion. Some Bengals players are also voicing support for a Colin Kaepernick signing.

Raiders re-up Donald Penn, again: Reporting late during the preseason after a lengthy holdout, the longtime left tackle received a belated extension after starting the season. The Raiders and Penn agreed to a two-year, $21MM extension. Despite Penn being 34, he’s remained one of the game’s best left tackles and is now signed through his age-35 season. Penn playing for Oakland in 2018 would mark a five-year Raiders run, and this contract leaves open the possibility of a 2019 stay as well. Penn won’t make top-10 left tackle money like he sought, but his new $10.5MM deal represents a healthy raise from his previous two-year, $14MM extension signed in 2016.

David Johnson out for months: The Cardinals’ hopes at returning to the playoffs encountered a significant barrier early this week, when their All-Pro running back opted for wrist surgery. He of more than 2,100 yards from scrimmage last season, Johnson will be out for months and is now on IR. Arizona signed both D.J. Foster off the Patriots’ practice squad and re-signed Chris Johnson, bringing the latter back for a third season. CJ2K started for the Cards in 2015 but was not nearly as productive as his successor.

More Pro Bowlers go down: Week 2 brought brutal injuries to some of the NFL’s best, with Marshal Yanda and Greg Olsen‘s seasons set to be cut short. While Olsen’s broken foot looks to shelve him “for several weeks,” Yanda broke his ankle and is out for the season. This continues a vicious spate of maladies for the Ravens, who also placed Danny Woodhead on IR this week. Yanda, though, has been a vital Baltimore cog for many seasons. He signed an extension in 2015 and has made six consecutive Pro Bowl teams. Olsen’s booked Pro Bowl spots in each of the past three campaigns.

More PED-related trouble for Brian Cushing: The Texans linebacker will serve a 10-game suspension after testing positive for performance-enhancing substances. This will be the second such ban Cushing’s served in his nine-year career. The Pro Bowl ‘backer served a four-game ban for this offense in 2010. After appealing the 2010 suspension, Cushing will not fight this one and began serving it in Week 2.

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5 Key Stories: 8/20/17 – 8/27/17

Patriots lose Julian Edelman for the year. On track to stand head-and-shoulders above the rest of the AFC, the Patriots will have to defend the Super Bowl title without the help of Edelman, who will miss the 2017 campaign after tearing his ACL in New England’s third preseason contest. Edelman, who posted 98 receptions and 1,106 yards a year ago, signed an extension this spring that will keep him with the Patriots though 2019. While Edelman is clearly a loss, most executives seem to believe New England will get by without him.

Quarterback battles take shape. The Broncos will use Trevor Siemian as their starting quarterback for the second consecutive season after he beat out 2016 first-round pick Paxton Lynch for the gig, but other clubs around the NFL are still deciding who will be under center come Week 1. The Jaguars have officially named Blake Bortles as their starter after opening their quarterback competition to a battle that included veteran Chad Henne. And with the Browns going with rookie DeShone Kizer, Cleveland is attempting to trade Brock Osweiler.Le'Veon Bell (Vertical)

Le’Veon Bell to report to Steelers. Pittsburgh should have its full complement of weapons in 2017, as Bell announced his intention to report to the Steelers on Friday, September 1, one day after the club’s final preseason game and nine days prior to Pittsburgh’s regular season opener. Bell, 25, will earn north of $12MM on the franchise tag (which he’ll presumably sign when he reports), meaning he’ll be the league’s highest-paid running back by a wide margin. One of the more dynamic backs in the NFL, Bell has topped 1,200 total yards in three of his four professional seasons.

Surprise personnel moves in the AFC East. Fewer than two weeks after signing with the Bills, veteran wide receiver Anquan Boldin announced his retirement from the NFL, leaving Buffalo with Zay Jones and Jordan Matthews as its starting wideouts. While Boldin claimed he would’ve signed with the Bills with or without the now-traded Sammy Watkins on the roster, Buffalo general manager Brandon Beane admitted it’s a “fair question” as to whether the Bills would’ve dealt Watkins had they known Boldin would hang up his cleats. The Patriots, too, will be without a notable player in 2017, but that’s of their own choosing — New England waived defensive end Kony Ealy Saturday after acquiring him from Carolina earlier this year.

Jaguars owner open to Colin Kaepernick. While some clubs may shy away from Kaepernick due to his social activism, the Jaguars aren’t one of the teams, as owner Shad Kahn said he’d give his front office approval to sign the former 49ers quarterback. However, Jacksonville decision-makers Tom Coughlin and David Caldwell haven’t given any indication they want to add Kaepernick (or any other external quarterback option).

5 Key Stories: 8/13/17 – 8/20/17

Ezekiel Elliott officially files appeal. The Cowboys running formally appealed his six-game suspension, and a hearing is now set for August 29. While that’s still more than a week away, it’s already clear that Elliott and his legal team intend to shed doubt on his accuser’s credentials, highlighting the alleged victim’s inconsistencies and indicating that she sought to profit from her connection to Elliott. Harold Henderson — the man who reduced Greg Hardy‘s ban in 2015 — will hear Elliott’s case.

Tramaine Brock finds a home. After being released by the 49ers earlier this year following domestic violence allegations, Brock will stay in the NFC West after inking a one-year deal with the Seahawks. It’s not often that a starting corner with Brock’s track record reaches the open market this late in the offseason, but San Francisco opted to not wait for a resolution on the charges against Brock (which were ultimately dropped). Brock, 29, will give Seattle options at corner while DeShawn Shead recovers from a torn ACL.Aaron Donald (vertical)

Aaron Donald, Le’Veon Bell still holding out. The Rams control Donald, arguably the NFL’s best defensive player not named J.J. Watt, through the 2018 campaign at a relative pittance. Scheduled to earn just $1.803MM for the upcoming season, Donald wants a raise, and could potentially miss regular season action in order to achieve that goal. Bell, meanwhile, is expected to report before the season gets underway (he’ll earn north of $12MM in 2017). The Steelers reportedly thought they had a long-term agreement with Bell in place earlier this year.

Eagles release Ryan Mathews. As had been expected, Philadelphia finally parted ways with Mathews, only doing so after he could pass a physical so the club wouldn’t be on the hook for injury protection. While the Eagles are set to go forth with LeGarrette Blount, Darren Sproles, Wendell Smallwood, and Donnel Pumphrey in the backfield, Mathews is now on the open market, and he may be the perfect backup running back.

Work stoppage possibly on the way. NFLPA chief DeMaurice Smith calls a strike or lockout after the expiration of the current contractual bargaining agreement in 2020 “a virtual certainty.” While Smith cautions the stoppage may not lead to the loss of actual games, the strife between the player’s union and the owners is clear, as Smith says the league “lied and cheated” last time around. NFL players, including a union rep, confirmed that negotiations between the two sides will be difficult.

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6 Key NFL Stories: 8/6/17 – 8/13/17

Jay Cutler to the Dolphins. After starting quarterback Ryan Tannehill went down with another ACL injury, Miami turned to former Adam Gase pupil Jay Cutler, luring the veteran signal-caller out of retirement with a one-year, $10MM deal. Cutler was the Dolphins’ primary target from the get-go, but he wasn’t the only candidate discussed, as Miami also talked about Colin Kaepernick, Robert Griffin III, Teddy Bridgewater, and others. Tannehill, meanwhile, is fully expected to be ready for the 2018 season.Sammy Watkins (vertical)

Buffalo takes over the trade market. The Bills are squarely looking towards the future, as they shipped out two of their best players last week in exchange for lesser players plus draft picks. First, Buffalo sent wide receiver Sammy Watkins and a sixth-round choice to the Rams for cornerback E.J. Gaines and a second-rounder. Then, the Bills dealt cornerback Ronald Darby to the Eagles in exchange for wide receiver Jordan Matthews and a third-round pick. Buffalo now earns two selections in the first, second, and third round of the 2018 draft.

Zeke finally gets a resolution. The NFL officially brought the hammer down on Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott, suspending him for six games as punishment for his involvement in a domestic violence episode. The ban, which is lengthier than most expected, reportedly made Cowboys owner Jerry Jones “furious,” and Elliott is expected to appeal the suspension (he has until Wednesday to do so). Elliott is also not ruling out using the court system to fight the penalty.

Falcons extend their running back. Atlanta finally reached a long-term deal with running Devonta Freeman, extending him through the 2022 campaign. The new five-year pact is worth $41.25MM, which means Freeman is now the NFL’s highest-paid running back in a multi-year pact (Le’Veon Bell is earning north of $12MM on the one-year franchise tag). Freeman, 25, received more than $18MM in full guarantees, and will now attempt to top 1,500 total yards for the third consecutive season.Branden Albert (vertical)

The Branden Albert saga is over. Finally fed up with his antics, the Jaguars officially released left tackle Branden Albert from the reserve/retired list last week. Jacksonville acquired Albert from the Dolphins in the spring, but won’t have to sacrifice a pick now that Albert won’t make the roster. Albert, who un-retired last week and attempted to report to camp, is now a free agent and can sign immediately. The Jaguars will move forward with rookie Cam Robinson on Blake Bortles‘ blindside.

The trials and tribulations of Roberto Aguayo. Just 16 months after trading up in the second round to acquire him, the Buccaneers waived kicker Roberto Aguayo after only one NFL season. Aguayo, who will arguably go down as one of the NFL’s worst draft picks, converted only 71% of his field goal attempts during his rookie season. Luckily for Tampa Bay, the Bears claimed Aguayo today, relieving the Bucs of $428K in guaranteed money owed to Aguayo.

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5 Key Stories: 7/30/17 – 8/6/17

Dolphins lure Jay Cutler away from FOX: A lot happened in Miami over the past few days. Ryan Tannehill went down with what now looks like a season-defining injury, and although an initial report indicated the 29-year-old starter dodged a bullet by avoiding ligament damage, Armando Salguero of the Miami Herald notes Tannehill suffered another partially torn ACL. Three days after the injury, the Dolphins brought Jay Cutler out of retirement. Adam Gase made an aggressive pitch for the FOX analyst-to-be, and Miami raised its offer to entice the 34-year-old quarterback. The Dolphins considered Colin Kaepernick for this post but went with familiarity; Cutler and Gase worked together on the 2015 Bears.

Impact NFC defenders sign third deals: Kam Chancellor angled for a new Seahawks contract as early as the start of the 2015 season, when the safety staged a holdout. He finally signed a third Seattle deal this week. The Vikings have been on an extension bender for defenders, and Linval Joseph‘s re-up followed Everson Griffen and Xavier Rhodes. Chancellor’s future Seattle years will have $12MM salaries associated with them; the impact defender is now among the highest-paid performers at his position. The Vikes, meanwhile, continue to lock down cornerstone members of their stellar 2016 defense.

Gareon Conley cleared of charges: The Raiders rolled the dice by using a first-round pick on a player accused of sexual assault, but the Ohio State cornerback won’t face charges for that alleged April incident — an accusation Conley vehemently denied. As a result, Oakland snagged a value pick and will bring a highly touted young talent into the fold for a team that didn’t have much in the pipeline. Although the Raiders still have veteran starters, Conley joins an ascending Raiders team that now has more options in the secondary than in previous years.

Ravens divided on Kaepernick: Joe Flacco is without a definitive timetable to return to practice, and the Ravens are light on quarterback depth. Steve Bisciotti confirmed the team was considering Colin Kaepernick to join a contingent that also includes Ryan Mallett. The owner said Robert Griffin III was a consideration, but the former No. 2 overall pick was dropped from that group soon after. Kaepernick, though, may have Baltimore’s brass divided. Diana Russini of ESPN.com reported Ozzie Newsome and John Harbaugh are in favor of the polarizing quarterback, but Bisciotti is not as warm to the idea. The Ravens have done extensive temperature measurement on a Kaepernick addition this week, but key Baltimore veterans would be on board.

Camp injuries strike: Several teams lost key players either for the season for extended periods of time. Already operating without their first-round pick for the time being, Chargers saw their second-round pick go down. Forrest Lamp is out for the year with a torn ACL. The 49ers lost starting outside linebacker Malcolm Smith, whom they signed to a five-year deal to come over from the Raiders, to a season-ending torn pectoral. The Ravens, after losing Dennis Pitta, saw another tight end go down in Crockett Gillmore. They subsequently waived him to clear roster space for Austin Howard. The Rams planned to give Dominique Easley an increased workload but lost the defensive lineman for the season. It’s Easley’s third torn ACL. Texans No. 2 wideout Will Fuller will miss months because of a broken collarbone, and Jets No. 1 target Quincy Enunwa is out for an uncertain period of time with a neck injury.

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