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Fred Jackson Agrees To One-Year Deal With Seahawks Friday, September 4, 2015 | Time: 7:06 PT |  Reported by Profootballtalk.com
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The Facts: Jackson, the aging veteran running back who was cut by the Bills this week, has agreed to a one-year deal with the Seahawks, according to Adam Schefter of ESPN.
Diehards Line:The 34-year-old Jackson appears to have lost a step and is coming off a season in which he averaged a career-low 3.7 yards a carry. But he can still provide valuable depth behind Marshawn Lynch in the Seahawks’ backfield, and he’s also excellent at picking up the blitz, which will help keep Russell Wilson upright behind an unproven Seattle offensive line. Lynch and Jackson were previously teammates in Buffalo, and they remain close friends. Now they’ll be the 1-2 punch in Seattle.
Eagles Trade Matt Barkley To The Cardinals Friday, September 4, 2015 | Time: 3:08 PT |  Reported by Profootballtalk.com
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The Facts: Barkley lost the third-string quarterback job to Tim Tebow on Thursday night, and now Barkley is heading to Arizona.
Diehards Line:Jay Glazer of FOX Sports reports that the Cardinals are sending a conditional draft pick to Philadelphia to acquire Barkley. According to Adam Schefter of ESPN, the Eagles get a seventh-round pick from the Cardinals if Barkley is on the Cardinals roster for six games.
Report: Judge Nullifies Tom Brady's Suspension Thursday, September 3, 2015 | Time: 9:24 PT |  Reported by SI.com
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The Facts: Brady's four-game suspension was nullified by federal judge Richard Berman in a ruling reported by the Associated Press.
Diehards Line:The decision may not mark the end to the legal battle between Brady and the NFL. The NFL can appeal the decision, which could result in the lawsuit continuing for several more months. But the upshoot appears to be that Brady will be New England's starting quarterback when they open the season on Sept. 10 against the Pittsburgh Steelers. Indeed, NFL Network's Ian Rapoport advised his Twitter followers not to expect the NFL to seek an injunction to keep Brady off the field as they appeal this ruling. "Basically," Rapoport tweeted, "he’s playing this season."
LeSean McCoy's Week 1 Status Of Some Concern? Wednesday, September 2, 2015 | Time: 11:32 PT |  Reported by Profootballtalk.com
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The Facts: Josina Anderson of ESPN reports that the Bills worry that McCoy won't be able to go when they open the season on September 13 against the Colts. A source told Anderson that McCoy is "not even close" to full speed and has missed so much work that there's "no way he can be in great football shape" when the season starts. "I can't say for sure he's going to be with us Week 1. I can't say that at all," the source said.
Diehards Line: McCoy has been sitting out the last two weeks with a hamstring injury and the Bills' public stance has indicated the former Eagle would be good to go come the regular season. Now As Profootballtalk.com's Michael David Smith suggests, the questionable status of McCoy for Week 1 makes the decision to cut running back Fred Jackson more surprising. The other running backs expected to make the Bills’ 53-player roster are Anthony Dixon, Bryce Brown and Karlos Williams, and they’d all be likely to share carries if McCoy is out. However, a league source tells PFT that McCoy himself is confident he’s going to be good to go for Week 1.
Report: Julius Thomas To Have Surgery Tuesday, September 1, 2015 | Time: 5:01 PT |  Reported by Profootballtalk.com
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The Facts: Following up on the previous item. ... Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports that Thomas will have the surgery on Wednesday and that he could miss the next month while recovering.
Diehards Line:On Monday, GM David Caldwell said that Thomas was headed for a second opinion on the finger he broke in the team’s preseason opener and that surgery was a possibility depending on the evaluation. That’s the same general timeline Caldwell gave while discussing the possibility of surgery on Monday. It’s a blow to the Jaguars, who spent big to get Thomas as a free agent so that he could provide Blake Bortles with a reliable target in Bortles’ second season with the club. Bortles is 39-of-60 for 461 yards and a touchdown in the preseason. Assuming the timeline holds up, Thomas should return to the lineup sometime around the team’s Week 4 game against the Colts. Clay Harbor and Marcedes Lewis are the next tight ends up for the Jaguars, who will also likely look to second-year wideouts Allen Robinson, Allen Hurns and Marqise Lee more often with Thomas out of the lineup.
Judge Says Tom Brady Decision Coming By End Of Week Tuesday, September 1, 2015 | Time: 4:24 PT |  Reported by Profootballtalk.com
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The Facts: On Monday, Judge Richard Berman said that he fully expected to issue a ruling in the Tom Brady case on Tuesday or Wednesday. It's after 5 p.m. on Tuesday in New York and there's been no ruling issued yet, so it seems unlikely to be delivered on September 1. September 2 may not be the day either based on an order issued by Berman on Tuesday afternoon. "The Court anticipates issuing its Decision and Order by the end of the week," Berman wrote, via Bob McGovern of the Boston Herald.
Diehards Line: As Profootballtalk.com's Josh Alper notes, that leaves more time to go over the potential rulings that Berman could make and the responses that the NFL and/or Brady could have to those rulings. We'll obviously be watching for and passing along this news as soon as it's released.
Travis Kelce Has Minor Ankle Sprain Tuesday, September 1, 2015 | Time: 2:10 PT |  Reported by Profootballtalk.com
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The Facts: Kelce went down in Monday's practice with what looked to be a leg or ankle injury, giving the team a scare. Before Tuesday's practice, though, HC Andy Reid told reporters that Kelce just suffered a sprained ankle, not the dreaded high ankle sprain, and would be ready to play this week if the team had a regular-season game.
Diehards Line: The Chiefs open the season Sept. 13, and there’s no reason for the team to rush its talented young tight end back for Thursday’s preseason finale. So,as PFT suggests, as long as Kelce can get back on the field Saturday or Sunday when the Chiefs really begin preparing for their opener vs. the Texans, Monday’s injury will quickly be forgotten.
Report: Randall Cobb Should Be Ready For Week 1 Tuesday, September 1, 2015 | Time: 11:51 PT |  Reported by FOXSports.com
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The Facts: Cobb should be good to go for Green Bay's regular-season opener against Chicago. An NFL source told FOX Sports on Tuesday that all "indicators" point to Cobb being able to play after he suffered an A/C sprain during Saturday night's preseason game against Philadelphia. "He's going to be fine," the source said. "He feels good about it."
Diehards Line: Cobb hurt his shoulder when hitting the turf on a sideline pass. He left the game in the first quarter and didn’t return. With the Packers having lost Jordy Nelson (knee) for the year earlier in the preseason, Cobb will be taking over the role as Green Bay’s top wide receiver. He posted career highs last year in catches (91), receiving yards (1,287) and touchdowns (12). Cobb and other Packers starters aren’t expected to play in Thursday’s preseason finale against New Orleans.
Report: Julius Thomas Expected To Need Surgery; Could Miss 4-5 Weeks Monday, August 31, 2015 | Time: 3:33 PT |  Reported by ESPN.com
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The Facts: According to ESPN's Adam Schefter, Thomas is expected to need surgery on tendon in his finger and is expected to miss 4-5 weeks.
Diehards Line: Thomas will get a second opinion on Tuesday. We'll follow up as needed but those drafting now should keep this in mind when considering Thomas' value.
It's Official: Martavis Bryant's 4-Game Suspension Announced By Steelers Monday, August 31, 2015 | Time: 2:51 PT |  Reported by Steelers.com
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The Facts: Bryant has been suspended without pay for the first four games of the 2015 regular season for violating the NFL Policy and Program for Substances of Abuse.
Diehards Line: Bryant will be eligible to return to the Steelers’ active roster on Friday, October 2 following the team’s October 1 game against the Baltimore Ravens. He is eligible to participate in all preseason practices and games. Steelers GM Kevin Colbert issued the following statement: "We are disappointed in Martavis’ actions that has led to his four-game suspension. It is a disappointment to our entire organization as well as our fans, but we will continue to support Martavis during his suspension. It is very unfortunate his actions have put our team in this situation to begin the year, but we are confident he will learn from his mistake and return in excellent shape in Week 5." In the meantime, the team will lean more heavily on Markus Wheaton as the starter opposite Antonio Brown. They'll also hope rookie Sammie Coates can help fill the void.