Player Notes

  • Philly Police confirm two cops hospitalized
    Philadelphia Police confirmed two off-duty officers were hospitalized after an altercation inside a nightclub early Sunday morning.

    Advice: The two off-duty officers were allegedly assaulted by four assailants after an argument over a bottle of champagne at approximately 2:45 a.m. Sunday morning. LeSean McCoy is believed to be one of the alleged assailants. One of the officers suffered a laceration to his right eye, a broken nose, broken ribs and a sprained thumb. The other officer needed stitches over his left eye and is receiving treatment for a possible skull fracture. The investigation into the incident is ongoing. Today, 9:37 am
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  • Reggie Bush (knee) says he is not retiring
    Impending free agent Reggie Bush (knee) said he is not retiring.

    Advice: Bush's first and likely only season with the 49ers ended early after he slipped on the concrete at the Edward Jones Dome and tore his meniscus Week 8. Bush should be ready for training camp, but it is not a given he will find a new home before then. Soon-to-be 31, Bush has played in 16 games total the last two seasons. Today, 7:35 am
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  • Seahawks confirm Marshawn Lynch retiring
    The Seahawks' official Twitter account confirmed Marshawn Lynch is retiring.

    Advice: Lynch posted a tweet with a "deuces" emoji and a picture of his green cleats hanging on a telephone wire during the fourth quarter of the Super Bowl. The Seahawks' official Twitter quoted the tweet and added the hashtag #ThankYouBeastMode. The timing and cryptic nature of the announcement is a fitting end to the spectacular career of one of the game's most enigmatic stars. Lynch finishes his career with 11,091 total yards and 83 total touchdowns across 127 NFL games and ranks 36th on the all-time rushing list. Though the stats are not overly impressive, Lynch was one of the most dominant backs in the game for the early part of this decade and made his mark with several memorable performances. The most iconic of which was his 67-yard touchdown run to clinch an upset Wild Card win against the Saints in 2011. Lynch was a First-Team All-Pro in 2012 and won a Super Bowl with the Seahawks in 2013. Today, 5:42 am
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  • Stewart struggles as Panthers fall in SB50
    Jonathan Stewart managed 29 yards and a touchdown on 12 carries in the Panthers' Super Bowl 50 loss, catching one pass for a loss of one.

    Advice: Stewart gave the Panthers an early scare when he limped off with a first-quarter foot injury, but he missed only a few series and hit pay dirt from a yard out in the second quarter, jackknifing head first over the pile. Stewart didn't have a run longer than five yards until the fourth quarter, when he ripped off a gain of 12. The Panthers largely abandoned the run when they fell down by two scores. J-Stew had a workmanlike 2015 season (242-989-4.1-6), but is no longer an asset in the passing game and turns 29 this May. The Panthers need to think about adding explosion to their running back stable this offseason. Yesterday, 7:58 pm
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  • Mike Tolbert loses fumble in loss to Denver
    Mike Tolbert rushed five times for 18 yards and missed his lone target in the Panthers' Super Bowl loss to Denver.

    Advice: Tolbert's lowlight occurred on a short second-quarter run, at the end of which Broncos FS Darian Stewart helmeted the ball loose and ILB Danny Trevathan recovered for a Denver turnover. A 2015 Pro Bowl selection, Tolbert is headed into free agency at age 30. We suspect he'll return to the Panthers on a cost-effective short-term deal. Yesterday, 7:56 pm
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  • Hillman remains ineffective in SB50
    Ronnie Hillman failed to gain a yard on five carries and missed his lone target in the Broncos' Super Bowl win over the Panthers.

    Advice: After C.J. Anderson opened the game with consecutive runs of 8 and 12, struggling Hillman was promptly thrown for a three-yard loss on Denver's very next snap. Anderson was utilized as the Broncos' clear-cut feature back in this one, while Hillman operated as a lightly used change of pace. Hillman was wholly ineffective throughout the playoffs, managing 54 yards on 32 carries (1.69 YPC). Continually buried at the line of scrimmage and weak in pass protection, Hillman will take the bad tape into unrestricted free agency. Yesterday, 7:27 pm
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  • Anderson rushes 23-90-1 against Panthers
    C.J. Anderson rushed 23 times for 90 yards and a touchdown and caught 4-of-4 targets for ten yards in the Broncos' Super Bowl win over the Panthers.

    Advice: Anderson finally and deservedly got the start over Ronnie Hillman and capitalized early with runs of 8 and 12 on his first two carries. Anderson added a tackle-busting 34-yard burst in the second quarter. His one-yard touchdown in the fourth quarter put icing on Denver's win. Although Anderson's slow start and committee with Ronnie Hillman rendered him a fantasy football disappointment, Anderson was very arguably the Broncos' best offensive player from Week 7 on. 25-year-old Anderson now heads to restricted free agency, where he should earn at least a second-round tender. Yesterday, 7:26 pm
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  • Panthers declare Super Bowl inactives
    Panthers declared RB Cameron Artis-Payne, WR Brenton Bersin, CB Lou Young, S Dean Marlowe, RB Brandon Wegher, WR Kevin Norwood, and DE Ryan Delaire inactive for Super Bowl 50 against the Broncos.

    Advice: Fifth-round rookie Artis-Payne has been inactive since losing a red-zone fumble in Carolina's Divisional Round win over the Seahawks. He'll return in 2016 to compete for the top backup job behind Jonathan Stewart. RE Jared Allen (foot) and WLB Thomas Davis (arm) are active, as expected. Yesterday, 1:45 pm
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  • Broncos declare Super Bowl inactives
    Broncos declared RB Juwan Thompson, QB Trevor Siemian, S Lorenzo Doss, DB Taurean Nixon, DL Darius Kilgo, G/C Sam Brenner, and OG Robert Myers inactive for Super Bowl 50.

    Advice: With Thompson in street clothes, the Broncos' only active tailbacks versus Carolina will be Ronnie Hillman and C.J. Anderson. Thompson is an impending restricted free agent and probably 50:50 to return to the Broncos in 2016. Yesterday, 1:44 pm
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  • Dolphins view Jay Ajayi as a starter
    The Dolphins believe they have a starting-caliber running back in Jay Ajayi.

    Advice: Beat writer Barry Jackson believes Miami will try to retain Lamar Miller, but Olivier Vernon remains the team's top priority in free agency. Part of the Dolphins' willingness to move on from Miller stems from the potential they see in Ajayi, who flashed explosiveness as both a runner and receiver as a rookie. If Miller leaves, Ajayi could be close to an every-down back if the Dolphins don't pursue serious competition. Yesterday, 7:42 am
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  • Matt Forte a possibility for New England?
    Mike Reiss of ESPN Boston believes the Patriots will "explore the possibility" of signing impending free agent Matt Forte.

    Advice: The Patriots were painfully one-dimensional on offense after losing Dion Lewis and LeGarrette Blount to season-ending injuries. Forte would be a tremendous upgrade for New England, particularly given his all-around skill set. Yesterday, 5:26 am
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  • Todd Gurley wins Offensive Rookie of the Year
    Todd Gurley was named the Associated Press' 2015 Offensive Rookie of the Year.

    Advice: Gurley was one of the top running backs in the league despite missing the first two games recovering from ACL surgery. He led all rookies in rushing yards (1,106), yards per carry (4.8) and touchdowns (10). Gurley also ranked fourth in the NFL in rushing yards per game and finished behind only Doug Martin in 20-plus yard runs. Gurley garnered 27 first-place votes, finishing well ahead of runner-up Jameis Winston's 17. Amari Cooper (4), Tyler Lockett (1), and David Johnson (1) rounded out the OROY voting. Saturday, 5:20 pm
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  • Rawls (ankle) expects to be ready for camp
    Thomas Rawls (ankle) expects to be ready for training camp.

    Advice: Rawls avoided surgery, but is in the early stages of rehab. He could be limited for OTAs. With Marshawn Lynch not expected back, Rawls should open 2016 as Seattle’s clear-cut starter. Saturday, 3:31 pm
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  • Le'Veon Bell has not yet been cleared to run
    Le'Veon Bell (MCL, PCL) has not yet been cleared to run.

    Advice: Bell tore both his MCL and PCL early in November. Bell is expected to be ready for Week 1, but he is facing a tricky recovery which could linger longer than expected. Bell's recovery will be a hot topic throughout the offseason. Medical experts consider Le'Veon's injury more severe than an ACL tear. Saturday, 8:31 am
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  • Cowboys would want Murray on reworked deal
    ESPN Cowboys reporter Todd Archer believes Dallas would be interested in bringing back DeMarco Murray "if the numbers are reworked."

    Advice: Murray said he wants to remain with the Eagles, but NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reported Murray and the organization "are not in a good place." The contract is an obstacle, but it is highly unlikely Dallas will get a shot at Murray regardless. The guaranteed money in Murray's deal makes cutting him difficult, and trades between division rivals rarely happen. Murray's future in Philadelphia remains murky, but it is unlikely he returns to Dallas. Saturday, 7:15 am
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  • Stevan Ridley unlikely to return to Patriots
    ESPN Patriots reporter Mike Reiss thinks it is unlikely impending free agent Stevan Ridley returns to New England.

    Advice: The Patriots need running back help, and Ridley was drafted by and had his best seasons in New England. The pair divorced for a reason last offseason, however, and an unsuccessful stint with the Jets likely did not change Ridley's opinion on his potential workload with the Patriots. Ridley will likely find a cold market in a loaded running back class, but a reunion remains unlikely. Saturday, 6:27 am
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  • Montee Ball arrested after domestic incident
    Free agent RB Montee Ball was arrested Friday morning in Madison, Wisconsin following an altercation with his girlfriend.

    Advice: Police were called to Ball's hotel around 3:40 a.m. after he allegedly pushed his girlfriend into a table. "The woman told police she had a dispute with her boyfriend," said police spokesman Joel DeSpain. "She said he put his hands on her, picked her up and threw her." The woman reportedly suffered a cut that required stitches. Ball was taken to Dane County Jail on a tentative charge of "substantial battery." Ball spent time on New England's practice squad late last year, but didn't see any game action and was rumored to be significantly out of shape. It's quite possible Ball's NFL career is over. Friday, 11:22 am
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  • Melvin Gordon: I should be ready in 2 months
    Speaking in a Thursday radio interview, Melvin Gordon (knee cartilage surgery) suggested he'll be back to 100 percent in two months.

    Advice: The exact nature of Gordon's operation has never been disclosed. The Union-Tribune San Diego simply labeled it "knee-cartilage surgery." The nearly three-month timeline from his operation date suggests it was a bit more than a simple clean-up procedure. Either way, Gordon should be 100 percent healthy well in advance of June's minicamp. Thursday, 4:31 pm
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  • Doug Martin: I want to re-sign with the Bucs
    Free agent Doug Martin says he wants to re-sign with the Bucs.

    Advice: "I love Tampa and Tampa loves me," Martin said. "I’ve got a house out there so I do wish I’ll go back to Tampa." Martin also said he wouldn't complain if slapped with the franchise tag. The Bucs are well on the record as wanting Martin back. An accord will likely be reached. Thursday, 2:24 pm
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  • Eddie Lacy played season near 260 pounds?
    The Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel believes it's "a good bet" Eddie Lacy played "at least" 25 pounds heavier than his playing weight of 234.

    Advice: In other words, beat writer Rob Reischel thinks Lacy was near 260. Lacy's weigh-in at Alabama's 2013 Pro Day was 5-foot-11, 231. We've gone back to check Lacy's college tape as a comparison tool, and he looks considerably more fit and slender in Crimson Tide than Lacy appeared to be this past year. Wrote Reischel, "In fact, from the waist down, you couldn't tell the difference between Lacy and 301-pound center Corey Linsley." Wednesday, 9:04 pm
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