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|7/23/2014||Jamaal Charles, RB||Charles has reached a two-year contract extension with the Kansas City Chiefs. A person familiar with the contract said the deal will keep Charles in Kansas City through the 2017 season. He spoke Wednesday on condition of anonymity because the team has not disclosed details.
Analysis: The six-year NFL veteran ran for 1,287 yards and 12 touchdowns last year as the Chiefs reached the playoffs. He also had 70 catches for 693 yards and seven more TDs as Kansas City went 11-5 before losing to Indianapolis in an AFC wild-card game.
|7/23/2014||Michael Higgins, TE||The Minnesota Vikings have signed Higgins.
Analysis: Higgins, out of NCAA Division II Nebraska Omaha, played for New Orleans in 2011 and 2012.
|7/23/2014||Spencer Nealy, DE||The Minnesota Vikings have waived Nealy and signed tight end Mike Higgins.
Analysis: The NFL announced two weeks ago that Nealy will be suspended for the first four games of the season for violating rules against performance-enhancing drugs. He was a member of the practice squad for six weeks last year. In a statement distributed by the NFL Players Association after the punishment was revealed, Nealy said he took a supplement with a banned stimulant and that he took responsibility for his action.
|7/23/2014||Sidney Rice, WR||Rice is retiring from the NFL after an injury-plagued career that included issues with concussions. The Seahawks announced Rice's decision Wednesday, two days before the start of training camp. The news was first reported by Pro Football Talk.
Analysis: Rice missed half of last season with the Seahawks after tearing his ACL against St. Louis. Rice re-signed with Seattle in the offseason on a $1 million, one-year deal. But he was going to be pushed to make the Seahawks' final roster with the additions of draft picks Paul Richardson and Kevin Norwood and a healthy Percy Harvin.
|7/23/2014||Alameda Ta'amu, DT||Arizona's Tyrann Mathieu and Ta'Amu will begin training camp on the physically unable to perform list as they recover from last season's injuries.
Analysis: Ta'Amu tore his ACL in a season-ending loss to San Francisco. No timetable has been set for their return.
|7/23/2014||Tyrann Mathieu, S||Mathieu and nose tackle Alamdea Ta'Amu will begin training camp on the physically unable to perform list as they recover from last season's injuries.
Analysis: Considered a risky pick after his legal troubles at LSU, Mathieu rehabilitated his image with a superb rookie season after the Cardinals drafted him in the third round. Mathieu's season ended in early December when he tore two knee ligaments while returning a free kick against St. Louis.
|7/23/2014||Lane Johnson, T||Johnson has been suspended for the first four games of the season for violating the NFL's performance-enhancing drugs policy.
Analysis: The fourth pick in the 2013 draft will be eligible to return to the Eagles' active roster Sept. 29. He'll miss games against Jacksonville, Indianapolis, Washington and San Francisco. Johnson started all 16 games and played all but one snap in a solid rookie year. Johnson is allowed to practice and play in the preseason.
|7/23/2014||Jeff Cumberland, TE||Cumberland was excused from the first day of Jets camp Wednesday for personal reasons, and will report to camp on Thursday - the first day of on-field practice.
Analysis: Cumberland wrote on Twitter that he was attending the funeral of a family member.
|7/23/2014||Antwan Barnes, LB||Barnes was on the active/physically unable to perform list as the Jets reported to training camp Wednesday.
Analysis: Barnes is recovering from knee surgery.
|7/23/2014||Willie Colon, G||Colon was on the active/physically unable to perform list as the Jets reported for training camp Wednesday.
Analysis: Colon is recovering from knee surgery.
|7/23/2014||Jason Babin, LB||New York Jets have agreed to terms on a two-year deal with Babin, giving Rex Ryan's defense a veteran pass rusher.
Analysis: Babin had 7 1/2 sacks last season for Jacksonville, and was released in the offseason.
|7/23/2014||Fred Davis, TE||Police say Davis is wanted in a domestic violence case. District of Columbia Police said Wednesday they are searching for the 28-year-old Davis, who lives in Leesburg, Virginia. He's suspected in a domestic assault that occurred in the early morning hours of June 2 in the Adams Morgan neighborhood, known for its nightlife.
Analysis: Davis was suspended indefinitely by the NFL in February for his second violation of the league's substance-abuse policy. He said he was suspended for taking a supplement that included a banned substance. He says it wasn't for marijuana, which was the reason for his first suspension. A day after his suspension was announced, he was charged in Virginia with driving while intoxicated. Davis played for the Redskins from 2008-2013 and is now a free agent.
|7/23/2014||Rob Gronkowski, TE||Gronkowski has been cleared to play at the New England Patriots training camp. Coach Bill Belichick says the star tight end has been cleared after offseason knee surgery. The Patriots hold their first public practice of camp on Thursday.
Analysis: Gronkowski missed the last three regular-season games and both playoff games after suffering a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee when he was hit by Cleveland Browns safety T.J. Ward. Gronkowski underwent surgery in January. He also missed the first six games while recovering from forearm and back operations. He played just seven games last season and finished with 39 catches and four touchdowns.
|7/23/2014||Evan Rodriguez, RB||Buffalo Bills reserve tight end Chris Gragg is in the hospital receiving treatment for heat-related cramps. Coach Doug Marrone said after practice Wednesday that Rodriguez was also treated for the same problem and released from the hospital earlier in the day.
Analysis: Both players missed the past two days of practice. They last practiced Monday, during a 2 1/2-hour afternoon session in muggy conditions and temperatures in the high 80s in suburban Rochester.
|7/23/2014||Chris Gragg, TE||Gragg is in the hospital receiving treatment for heat-related cramps. Coach Doug Marrone said after practice Wednesday that fullback Evan Rodriguez was also treated for the same problem and released from the hospital earlier in the day.
Analysis: Marrone isn't providing any further details on Gragg's condition or when he was sent to the hospital. Both players missed the past two days of practice. They last practiced Monday, during a 2 1/2-hour afternoon session in muggy conditions and temperatures in the high 80s in suburban Rochester.
|7/22/2014||Geno Atkins, DT||The Bengals expect cornerback Leon Hall to be ready for the start of training camp and defensive tackle Geno Atkins to join them for full workouts sometime later.
Analysis: Hall and Atkins are their two biggest questions heading into camp. Both are starters who mean a lot to a defense that ranked third in the NFL last season. Atkins tore a knee ligament Oct. 31. Coach Marvin Lewis says Atkins won't be cleared to practice at the outset, but he expects him to be back sometime during camp.
|7/22/2014||Leon Hall, CB||The Bengals expect cornerback Leon Hall to be ready for the start of training camp and defensive tackle Geno Atkins to join them for full workouts sometime later.
Analysis: Hall and Atkins are their two biggest questions heading into camp. Both are starters who mean a lot to a defense that ranked third in the NFL last season. Hall tore his right Achilles tendon midway through last season, the second time he's sustained such an injury. Coach Marvin Lewis said Tuesday that he expects Hall to be cleared for full practices when camp opens Thursday.
|7/22/2014||Rolando McClain, LB||An Alabama judge has denied a motion from Dallas linebacker Rolando McClain to delay his trial because of training camp.
Analysis: Decatur Municipal Court Clerk Jessica Haggard said Tuesday that Judge Bill Cook Jr. declined to push back the trial set for Friday on charges of resisting arrest and disorderly conduct. McClain's local attorney, Carl Cole, had filed a motion to reschedule because the Cowboys start camp on Thursday. Dallas acquired the rights to McClain from Baltimore on July 1. He was the eighth overall pick by Oakland out of Alabama in 2010 but had retired and hasn't played since 2012.
|7/22/2014||T.J. Ward, S||Ward is scheduled to be in court for charges stemming from an incident at a strip club.
Analysis: Ward faces misdemeanor assault and disturbing the peace charges for allegedly throwing a glass mug at a female bartender May 10 at PT's All Nude Club. Ward's hearing in Denver County Court is scheduled for 8:30 a.m. Tuesday. The 27-year-old Ward signed a four-year, $22.5 million deal with Denver this spring. He is coming off a Pro Bowl season in Cleveland, where he also earned second-team All-Pro honors last year.
|7/22/2014||David Tyree, WR||The New York Giants have hired former receiver David Tyree as director of player development.
Analysis: Tyree's spectacular catch against his helmet was a key play in the team's 2008 Super Bowl upset of undefeated New England. He replaces Charles Way, who became the head of the NFL's Player Engagement Department earlier this month. The 34-year-old Tyree played for the Giants from 2003-08. He spent the last two years working in player engagement and development at the NFL office.
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