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Drug Policy Now Official; Welker, Bailey, Scandrick Reinstated (9/17 10:58 PT)

The Facts: The NFL and NFL Players Association announced Wednesday a new agreement to the league's steroids policy. Reported by NFL.com

Diehards Line: The new policy means players such as Denver Broncos wide receiver Wes Welker, Dallas Cowboys cornerback Orlando Scandrick and St. Louis Rams wide receiver Stedman Bailey will be judged by the new rules and are eligible to play in Week 3. Browns wide receiver Josh Gordon has seen his year-long suspension reduced to 10 games. Gordon has already served two games of the ban and is eligible to return in Week 11. He has also been cleared to return to the Browns' facility, a provision the team had sought since the beginning.

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About Face: Vikings Place Adrian Peterson On Exempt List; RB Out Indefinitely (9/17 1:19 PT)

The Facts: The Vikings announced early Wednesday that they have placed Peterson on the Exempt/Commissioner's Permission list until he resolves his legal situation regarding allegations of child abuse. The star running back must "remain away from all team activities while allowing him to take care of his personal situation until the legal proceedings are resolved." Reported by NFL.com

Diehards Line: The Vikings sat Peterson for Week 2's loss the the New England Patriots, but then reactivated him for next Sunday's game against the New Orleans Saints. That decision is now reversed. In summing up the move, the Vikings said: ""We will support Adrian during this legal and personal process, but we firmly believe and realize this is the right decision. We hope that all of our fans can respect the process that we have gone through to reach this final decision. ..." And with that, Matt Asiata is the Vikings' starting running back. Again.

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Josh Gordon Pleads Guilty To DUI In Move To Avoid Additional Suspension (9/16 1:03 PT)

The Facts: Gordon has pleaded guilty to driving while impaired. Under the new drug policy, a first offense will trigger a two-game suspension. Under the old drug policy, a first offense results in no suspension and a maximum fine of $50,000. Per a source with knowledge of the situation, Gordon pleaded guilty now to ensure that he will not receive a two-game suspension for the DUI charges. Reported by Profootballtalk.com

Diehards Line: The guilty plea was submitted by Gordon’s lawyer; he was not required to appear personally in court. In exchange for the plea, Gordon received a 60-day suspended sentence. He also must pay a $100 fine. His driver’s license has been suspended. Gordon is expected to be suspended a total of 10 games under the new substance-abuse policy. Previously, he had been suspended for the entire 2014 season.

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Minnesota Governor Calls For Vikings To Suspend Adrian Peterson (9/16 12:57 PT)

The Facts: Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton said Tuesday that the Vikings should suspend Peterson until accusations of child abuse against him have been resolved in the criminal justice system. Calling the allegations and their fallout "an awful situation," Dayton said he believes Peterson is innocent until proven guilty and that he deserves due process. But he also called the allegations, that Peterson used a wooden switch to discipline his four-year-old son, "a public embarrassment to the Vikings organization and the state of Minnesota."  Reported by the Minneapolis Star Tribune

Diehards Line: Dayton's remarks came in a statement from his office. "Whipping a child to the extent of visible wounds, as has been alleged, should not be tolerated in our state," Dayton said. Peterson has denied being a child abuser, saying he was using the same disciplinary methods that he experienced as a child. The Vikings had kept Peterson out of Sunday's game, but announced Monday that he would be reinstated and playing next Sunday. ... That still stands. For now.

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Report: Vernon Davis Avoided Serious Injury (9/16 12:54 PT)

The Facts: Davis avoided a significant ankle injury and could be back on the field Sunday for the 49ers’ game against the Arizona Cardinals, a source said. Davis underwent an MRI examination on Monday that revealed a deep bruise and no structural damage to his left ankle, according to the source. Reported by CSNBayArea.com

Diehards Line: Davis sustained the injury on a fourth-quarter play in which his foot got caught under Chicago Bears linebacker Jonathan Bostic at the end of Davis’ 8-yard reception. Davis did not return for the final 10 minutes of the game, and was seen on crutches in the 49ers’ locker room afterward. It is not known if Davis will participate in practices this week, as the 49ers prepare for a matchup against the NFC West’s only unbeaten team. The status of 49ers backup tight end Vance McDonald is not known. McDonald sustained a right knee injury on Frank Gore’s second-quarter touchdown run that was nullified due to a penalty. Derek Carrier is the only healthy tight end on the 49ers’ 53-man roster. He had the first three receptions of his NFL career for 41 yards in the 49ers’ 28-20 loss to the Bears.

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Dez Bryant's Shoulder Will Be Monitored This Week (9/16 12:35 PT)

The Facts: The injury to his right shoulder didn’t stop Bryant from returning to Sunday’s game and finishing with 10 receptions for 103 yards and a touchdown. It remains to be determined whether it will prevent Bryant from being a full participant in practice this week.  Reported by ESPN.com

Diehards Line: “Dez is a very, very tough individual,” HC Jason Garrett said. “He’s physically tough and he’s mentally tough. We went to him a number of different times in the game, and over and over and over again he made the plays. Made plays to keep drives alive. He made big plays. Scored the touchdown down in close. Again very productive once he came back. Anticipate taking his injury day by day. Hopefully he’ll be ready to do something Wednesday in practice. And then we’ll have a good week of preparation for St. Louis. ...” That seems likely. ... Meanwhile, reserve running back Joseph Randle will have to pass the NFL’s concussion protocol tests after exiting in the third quarter of Sunday's win over the Tennessee Titans.

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Vernon Davis' Status Remains Uncertain (9/16 12:31 PT)

The Facts: Following up on a previous item. ... Davis is undergoing further observation on his left ankle, HC Jim Harbaugh said Monday. “He’s getting looked at right now,” Harbaugh said during his noon press conference. Davis is likely undergoing an MRI examination at Stanford Hospital. Reported by CSNBayArea.com

Diehards Line: Davis sustained an ankle sprain that prevented him from playing in the final 10 minutes of the 49ers’ 28-20 loss to the Chicago Bears on Sunday night. He was on crutches in the locker room after the game. Tight end Vance McDonald sustained a right knee injury Sunday but returned to action in the second half. Derek Carrier, the 49ers’ No. 3 tight end, could be in line for a larger role on Sunday against the Arizona Cardinals. Carrier caught three passes for 41 yards.

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Report: Adrian Peterson Has Already Been Cleared In Second Case (9/16 12:07 PT)

The Facts: Following up on the report that Peterson is under investigation for a second child abuse case involving one of his other children, sources close to the investigation tell TMZ the reason the case went nowhere is because Adrian did NOT strike the boy in the forehead -- but instead the child accidentally hit his head on a carseat while Adrian was punishing him. We're also told the form of discipline was "not impermissible." Under Texas law parents are allowed to administer reasonable punishment. Reported by TMZ.com

Diehards Line: Peterson's attorney, Rusty Hardin, also told TMZ an adult witness backed him up, saying Adrian "did nothing inappropriate with his son." For the record, this new investigation involves an incident that allegedly went down in June 2013 ... and the probe was launched after the then 4-year-old boy went home to his mother with a scar on his forehead. The mother reported the incident to Child Protective Services, but no charges were ever filed against Peterson. ... Still, not a good look for Peterson, the Vikings or the NFL.

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Panthers Expect DeAngelo Williams To Return This Week (9/16 12:06 PT)

The Facts: The Panthers expect Williams to return to practice on Wednesday and be ready for Sunday night's game against Pittsburgh.  Reported by ESPN.com

Diehards Line: Williams missed Sunday's 24-7 victory against Detroit that improved Carolina to 2-0 with a thigh injury that flared up after Wednesday's practice. Without him, the Panthers rushed for only 62 yards, the team's fewest since Week 10 of the 2012 season when it had 52 yards on 21 carries against Denver. Thirty-seven of those came from Jonathan Stewart, and 22 of those came on one run. "It was a tough day,' Carolina coach Ron Rivera said on Monday. Rivera hopes Williams, who led the team in rushing with 72 yards on 14 carries in the opener, will provide a boost. If anything, he will restore depth to a unit that saw Mike Tolbert suffer a shoulder contusion in the second half and Fozzy Whittaker go down with a quad injury. Rivera said Whittaker would be listed as week to week. Tolbert appears all right.

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Rod Streater Has An MRI On Hip; Week 3 Status Unclear (9/16 12:01 PT)

The Facts: Streater had an MRI taken on a hip flexor injury Monday, HC Dennis Allen announced. Reported by CBSSports.com

Diehards Line: Streater suffered the injury at some point during Week 2's loss to the Texans, though it isn't exactly clear when. How this might affect Streater's availability for Week 3 against the Patriots will be clearer when the team updates his status Wednesday. That said, the addition of former Chargers wideout Vincent Brown might be an indication of that.

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Eric Decker's Week 3 Status Still Uncertain (9/15 11:59 PT)

The Facts: Decker's hamstring injury is a concern, but HC Rex Ryan expressed optimism that the wide receiver could be back on the field for next Monday night's game against the Bears. “We don’t know right now, we’ll see,” Ryan said. “Hopefully he’ll be ready to roll on Monday.” Reported by ESPN.com

Diehards Line: Decker had four catches for 63 yards and a touchdown Sunday at Green Bay, but was unable to play in a crucial -- and scoreless -- fourth quarter. Decker dealt with a hamstring injury during training camp. Jets quarterback Geno Smith said the team had other options if Decker -- the Jets' No. 1 wide receiver -- isn’t in the game. “We’ve got viable weapons,” Smith said. ... It's true. But Decker is still the team's WR1 for a reason. ... We'll be following up.

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Dexter McCluster Dealing With A Sore Foot (9/15 11:58 PT)

The Facts: HC Ken Whisenhunt told reporters that running back Dexter McCluster has a sore foot Monday, and that additional details will be known Wednesday.  Reported by CBSSports.com

Diehards Line: McCluster was spotted leaving the locker room with a walking boot on his foot after Sunday's game. ... The boot and subsequent stonewalling don't seem promising, but we'll be following up.

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Adrian Peterson Being Investigated In Second Abuse Case Involving Another Son (9/15 6:58 PT)

The Facts: If, as it appears, Peterson didn’t see anything wrong with spanking one of his children with a switch until the boy’s flesh ripped open and bled, logic suggests that it wasn’t a one-time occurrence. According to multiple reports, it may not have been. KHOU 11 in Houston and FOX 9 in Minneapolis report that Peterson is being investigated for a second abuse case involving another one of his sons. Reported by Profootballtalk.com

Diehards Line: The Vikings reinstated Peterson on Monday after a one-game deactivation arising from Friday’s indictment on charges of reckless of negligent injury to a child in Texas. Stay tuned for more details regarding the second case -- and for how it might (or might not) change the Vikings' handling of the situation.

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Eagles-Colts Inactives; No Surprises Tonight (9/15 6:17 PT)

The Facts: The Eagles and Colts have announced their inactive lists for tonight's game in Indianapols and there are no surprises. Reported by FootballDiehards.com

Diehards Line: The Eagles will be without WR Josh Huff, who is nursing a shoulder injury. The Colts have declared Da'Rick Rogers and newly-signed RB Dion Lewis inactive. You can get the complete list for both teams on our Inactives Page.

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Adrian Peterson's Arraignment Delayed Until Oct. 8 (9/15 6:11 PT)

The Facts: Following up on the ongoing story. ... Peterson's first day in court has been delayed. The Minnesota Vikings' star running back's initial court date concerning a charge of reckless or negligent injury to a child -- his 4-year-old son -- has been moved to Oct. 8 at 9 a.m. CT, the Montgomery County (Texas) District Attorney's office confirms to NFL Media.  Reported by NFL.com

Diehards Line: Peterson was indicted Friday and faces up to two years in prison and a $10,000 fine if convicted. He flew to Texas and turned himself in early Saturday morning to the Montgomery County Sheriff's Office and was released after posting a $15,000 bond. The Vikings deactivated Peterson for Sunday's game against the New England Patriots, but the team announced the 29-year-old was reactivated and will fully practice this week. He is expected to play against the New Orleans Saints in Week 3. Peterson's arraignment was scheduled for Wednesday, but it was delayed to October because his attorney, Rusty Hardin, is out of the country this week.

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Vincent Brown Signs With Raiders (9/15 5:50 PT)

The Facts: Brown worked out with the Raiders and signed a one-year contract Monday afternoon, a source said. Reported by the San Diego Union-Tribune

Diehards Line: Brown was waived-injured in late August due to a calf injury that forced him to miss all but one practice in training camp. The Chargers drafted Brown in the 2011 third round. Fittingly, his best career games have come versus Oakland. He caught seven passes for 117 yards, both personal highs, last year at O.co Coliseum. As a rookie, he had five catches for 97 yards and a touchdown versus the Raiders. The Chargers will see him when they travel north on Oct. 16. He's shown to be a versatile and effective route runner, and he has a knack for the deep ball, able to high-point it with a good catch radius, particularly for a 5-foot-11 receiver. But he also has struggled with lower body injuries.

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Report: New Drug Policy Should Be In Place By Wednesday (9/15 4:01 PT)

The Facts: According to ESPN's Adam Schefter, upon agreement of term sheet for new drug policy, these players will be reinstated: Broncos WR Wes Welker, Rams WR Steadman Bailey, Cowboys DB Orlando Scandrick, Giants OL Eric Herman and former Vikings DE Spencer Nealy. Reported by FootballDiehards.com

Diehards Line: WRs Josh Gordon and former Colt LaVon Brazill will have their season-long suspensions reduced to 10 games. Gordon continues to be allowed to work out at the Browns’ training facility. The seven above names are part of the estimated 20 who will be affected by the new policy once it is approved by the NFL, which is likely to occur in the next 24 hours.

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Lewis: A.J. Green's Injury Isn't A Long-Term Issue (9/15 3:17 PT)

The Facts: Following up on the ongoing story. ... HC Marvin Lewis said Monday, via the team, that Green doesn’t have a “long-term injury.” Lewis didn’t elaborate on the nature of the injury or how short a term the team is looking at, however. Reported by Profootballtalk.com

Diehards Line: Green suffered what is believed to be a strained ligament in his foot early in the Bengals’ victory over the Falcons and any absence from a player of his stature is cause for concern. It doesn’t sound like anyone in Cincinnati is overwrought, however. As PFT suggests, if Green doesn’t practice this week or play against the Titans, he’ll have a lot of time to get ready for their Week 5 game against the Patriots because their bye will fall in between the two games.

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John Abraham Returning To Cardinals (9/15 2:59 PT)

The Facts: According to Darren Urban of the team’s official website, Cardinals coach Bruce Arians said that Abraham was returning to the team. Reported by Profootballtalk.com

Diehards Line: Last week when he stepped away from the Cardinals, Abraham said he was missing the desire to play. He apparently found it this weekend. ... Abraham is in the process of being cleared from a recent concussion, and there were concerns that he was suffering from memory loss as a result. Arians said he wasn’t worried about Abraham’s commitment to the team, but the question should be able his ability to play a role.

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Giants Lose CB Walter Thurmond For Rest Of The Season (9/15 2:58 PT)

The Facts: As if the New York Giants' Sunday implosion wasn't depressing enough, they are now dealing with the loss of a valuable member of their secondary. Thurmond is set to undergo surgery for a torn pectoral and will miss the remainder of the season. Reported by NFL.com

Diehards Line: A free-agent acquisition in March, Thurmond was one of the NFL's premier nickelbacks as part of the Seahawks' historically great 2013 pass defense. The Giants will welcome Jayron Hosley back from suspension if the league's new drug policy goes through this week, but it's still a steep downgrade from Thurmond. Depth is a concern in an era in which most offenses utilize three- and four-wide receiver sets.

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