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|7/21/2017||Deone Bucannon, Ari, LB|
|The Cardinals put Bucannon on the physically unable to perform list Friday. Bucannon had ankle surgery in May to repair a lingering problem.
Analysis: Bucannon was selected as a safety in the first round out of Washington State in 2014. The Cardinals soon moved him to inside linebacker because of a need at that position and he's been there since. Bucannon led the team in tackles each of the last two seasons. He had 127 two seasons ago and 100 last year.
|7/21/2017||Adam Jones, Cin, CB|
|Jones has been suspended one game for violating the NFL's personal conduct policy.
Analysis: The penalty is for Jones pleading guilty to a reduced charge of obstruction of official business for an incident at a Cincinnati hotel in January. The 33-year-old allegedly resisted arrest and spit on a nurse after being involved in an altercation. He'll sit out the Bengals' Sept. 11 opener against Baltimore but will be eligible for all preseason practices and games.
|7/21/2017||Trai Turner, Car, G|
|The Panthers have signed Turner to a four-year, $45 million extension through the 2021 season. The deal includes a $15 million signing bonus and contains $20.5 million in guaranteed money.
Analysis: A third-round pick of Carolina in the 2014 draft, Turner has emerged as one of the NFL's better guards and was selected to a second straight Pro Bowl this past season. The 24-year-old, who's started 38 consecutive games, is now the league's third highest-paid guard behind Cleveland's Kevin Zeitler and Oakland's Kelechi Osemele.
|7/20/2017||Michael Oher, Car, T|
|The Carolina Panthers released Oher on Thursday after he failed a physical.
Analysis: Oher, a first-round pick in 2009, has been in the NFL concussion protocol since last September. Oher has started all 110 NFL games in which he participated, but he played in just three games last season.
|7/20/2017||Geronimo Allison, GB, WR|
|The NFL has suspended Allison without pay for the season opener on Sept. 10 against Seattle for violating the league's substance-abuse policy. The league said in a statement on Wednesday that Allison would be eligible for all preseason practices and games.
Analysis: Allison was charged with misdemeanor marijuana possession last September stemming from a traffic stop in Manitowoc County. He reached a plea deal with prosecutors in April, paying $330 to settle the charge after it was amended to a local violation. Allison had 12 catches for 202 yards and two scores last season, with eight catches over the final two regular-season games.
|7/18/2017||Armonty Bryant, Det, DE|
|Bryant has been suspended for the first four games of the season for violating the NFL's substance-abuse policy. He can return to the active roster on Oct. 2.
Analysis: Bryant re-signed with Detroit in March after he had three sacks in five games. Detroit signed Bryant after he was cut by the Browns at the end of a four-game suspension for violating the league's policy on performance-enhancing drugs. After contributing in Detroit briefly last season, he was suspended three games for violating the NFL's policy on substances of abuse. Bryant had 5 1/2 sacks for the Browns in 2015 and has 11 1/2 sacks in his 36-game, four-year career.
|7/17/2017||Trumaine Johnson, LAR, CB|
|Johnson was unable to reach an agreement on a contract extension Monday with the Los Angeles Rams, and he will become an unrestricted free agent after this season.
Analysis: The Rams previously placed the franchise tag on Johnson, and the deadline for signing such players to long-term contracts was Monday. Johnson will be paid $17 million this season before reaching free agency. Johnson, who was the Rams' third-round pick in 2012, has recorded 16 interceptions in five seasons, including a career-high seven in 2015.
|7/17/2017||Le'Veon Bell, Pit, RB|
|Bell will play the 2017 season on a $12.1 million franchise tender after he and the Steelers could not come to an agreement on a long-term contract prior to Monday's deadline.
Analysis: Bell is unquestionably one of the league's best all-purpose backs, though the fact that he's missed 14 games over the past two seasons due to injuries or suspensions likely made the Steelers hesitant to agree to a multi-year commitment. The 25-year-old is coming off an excellent 2016 campaign in which he led the NFL in scrimmage yards per game (157.0) and scored nine touchdowns in 12 games.
|7/17/2017||Ezekiel Elliott, Dal, RB|
|Elliott was involved in a late-night altercation at a Dallas bar, according to multiple reports Monday morning. This is bad news for Elliott, who could already face a suspension for a separate incident.
Analysis: ESPN reported no arrests were made in connection with the incident, which took place at the Clutch Bar and Restaurant on Sunday night. ESPN reported a 30-year-old man who said he was physically assaulted was taken to the hospital. But the alleged victim could not identify who had assaulted him. Elliott is currently under investigation by the NFL stemming from a 2016 domestic violence accusation that caused police in Columbus, Ohio, to question him.
|7/16/2017||Kirk Cousins, Was, QB|
|Cousins and the Redskins did not come to a long-term contract agreement prior to Monday's deadline to negotiate with franchise-tagged players. The Pro Bowl quarterback will instead play under the $23.94 million tender before becoming a free agent in 2018.
Analysis: Cousins will play under the tag for a second straight season, though it's unlikely the Redskins would franchise him again in 2018 at the cumbersome cost of $34.7 million. The 28-year-old has publicly stated he would be open to renewing contract discussions following the upcoming season. After throwing for 4,166 yards and 29 touchdowns in his first full season as a starter in 2015, Cousins set a franchise record with 4,917 yards this past campaign.
|7/16/2017||D'Onta Foreman, Hou, RB|
|Foreman was arrested early Sunday morning by University of Texas police after the officers found three occupied vehicles with marijuana in each and a firearm in one of them. The rookie running back was charged with unlawful carrying of a weapon and marijuana possession.
Analysis: Not a good start to Foreman's pro career. The 2017 third-round pick is considered a candidate to back up Lamar Miller after winning last year's Doak Walker Award by rushing for 2,028 yards and 15 touchdowns as a junior with the Longhorns.
|7/15/2017||Tyler Higbee, LAR, TE|
|Higbee will avoid jail time after pleading guilty to an assault charge in a 2016 incident in Kentucky that left a man hospitalized. The second-year tight end was ordered to pay the victim an undisclosed amount and enter a five-year diversion program in which he must perform 250 hours of community service and is forbidden from carrying a gun or drinking alcohol.
Analysis: Higbee is still subject to potential discipline from the NFL over the incident. The 2016 fourth-round pick showed some fantasy potential as a rookie by catching 11 passes for 85 yards and a touchdown.
|7/14/2017||Michael Floyd, Min, WR|
|Floyd has been suspended for the first four games of the 2017 season for violating the NFL's substance abuse policy.
Analysis: It's an expected outcome after Floyd pleaded guilty to extreme DUI for being found unconscious behind the wheel of his SUV in Scottsdale, Arizona in February, landing him a 120-day jail sentence in which he served most of it under house arrest. He later violated his probation by testing positive for alcohol, though he contended the result was triggered by drinking Kombucha tea. The Vikings signed the former first-round pick to a one-year deal in May.
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