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Aaron Rodgers' Rehab Apparently Going Well Thursday, February 11, 2016 | Time: 1:33 PT |  Reported by
The Facts: Following up on a previous item. ... Rodgers looked fine while making the rounds at Super Bowl 50 and is scheduled to take part in the PGA Tour's ATT Pro-Am event in Pebble Beach, California starting on Thursday.
Diehards Line: Rodgers had arthroscopic knee surgery shortly after the team’s season-ending loss to the Cardinals in the playoffs. The operation was described as a minor clean-up procedure that isn’t expected to have much, if any, impact on Rodgers’ preparation for the 2016 season. Rodgers’ schedule for this week suggests that’s an accurate assessment. As PFT's Josh Alper suggests, there’s obviously a big difference between hitting balls in a golf tournament and playing quarterback in the NFL, but you’d imagine that Rodgers would find another way to spend the weekend if there was a risk of damaging the knee.
$10 Million Of Drew Brees' 2016 Salary Now Guaranteed Thursday, February 11, 2016 | Time: 1:26 PT |  Reported by
The Facts: Following up on the ongoing story. ... Brees isn't going anywhere in 2016. The veteran quarterback all but stamped a ticket for his 11th season in New Orleans on Wednesday, when $10.85 million of his $20 million salary in 2016 became guaranteed.
Diehards Line: NFL Media's Albert Breer reported there is an additional $10 million in prorated money from Brees' deal on the Saints' salary cap, locking the team into $20.85 million of Brees' astronomical $30 million cap hit. As suggests, the bigger question becomes whether New Orleans wants to sign Brees to a new deal that eases their salary cap burden while giving their 37-year-old quarterback more security. Brees is entering the final year of his deal.
Andy Dalton Not Throwing Yet Thursday, February 11, 2016 | Time: 1:25 PT |  Reported by
The Facts: When the Bengals entered the postseason in early January, HC Marvin Lewis suggested Dalton had a slim chance to play through a broken throwing thumb. As it turns out, Dalton could not have returned in January. Dalton indicated this week that his thumb is finally healthy, but he's going to hold off on throwing for now. "Not throwing yet because we are being very conservative with it," Dalton said in a text to Geoff Hobson of the team's official website. "I feel like I can throw but no reason to push anything right now. I have plenty of time now to get 100 percent."
Diehards Line: Dalton might have been ready to play had the Bengals advanced to Super Bowl 50, but any time before that would have been a "close, dicey call," per Hobson. An MVP candidate through midseason, Dalton has a chance to build on his 2015 success by returning for offseason workouts beginning April 18. As's Chris Wesseling suggests, it will be an interesting offseason for Dalton's offense, with quarterbacks coach Ken Zampese replacing Hue Jackson at coordinator and wide receivers Marvin Jones and Mohamed Sanu slated for free agency.
Reggie Bush Isn't Looking To Retire Thursday, February 11, 2016 | Time: 1:14 PT |  Reported by the Detroit Free Press
The Facts: A pending free agent, Bush said his rehab is going well - he's scheduled to start running in two weeks - and has no plans to retire. "I'm not retiring," Bush said. "I'm still playing. No, I'm not done. And I would never – knock on wood - I never want to end my career like that, going out with that."
Diehards Line:Bush signed as a free agent with the 49ers this season, but played just five games before tearing the anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee when he slipped on concrete during a game at the Edwards Jones Dome in St. Louis. "It sucks," Bush said. "I’d rather have gotten injured on the field, somebody tackle me or something. Not like that. But it is what it is. I’m going to get myself healthy and get back on the field again."
Report: Police Recommending LeSean McCoy Be Charged Wednesday, February 10, 2016 | Time: 5:07 PT |  Reported by
The Facts: McCoy is moving closer to returning to Philadelphia for reasons unrelated to football. According to in Philadelphia, police have recommended that McCoy be charged with, among other things, aggravated assault following a weekend fight in a Philadelphia nightclub.
Diehards Line: Per the report, a group of off-duty police officers had ordered multiple bottles of champagne. One of the men with McCoy took one of the bottles from an officer’s hands. A fight ensued, and one of the officers was “punched, kicked and stomped on his body and head multiple times” by McCoy and three other suspects. As PFT suggests, the final decision on charges for McCoy and anyone else will come from prosecutors. If, however, the police are recommending charges, prosecutors will be more likely to proceed, given the symbiotic relationship between police departments and those who use the work of police departments to obtain convictions of those who break the law. The NFL began investigating the incident immediately after news of it emerged. The league also said that placement of McCoy on paid leave is not imminent because players currently are not with their teams. ... We'll continue to follow up.
Conflicting Reports On Eagles' Interest In Nick Foles Wednesday, February 10, 2016 | Time: 5:03 PT |  Reported by
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The Facts: On Sunday, Adam Schefter of ESPN reported that the Eagles are interested in bringing Foles back to Philadelphia a year after trading him to the Rams for Sam Bradford.
Diehards Line:Although Schefter put the report out again on Monday, Zach Berman of the Philadelphia Inquirer contends that the Eagles have not had internal discussions about pursuing a Foles return. Berman also reports that the Eagles have made no decisions regarding Bradford. Sounds like more smoke than fire here. But we'll follow up as needed.
Report: Arrest Warrant Imminent For LeSean McCoy Tuesday, February 9, 2016 | Time: 8:54 PT |  Reported by
The Facts: McCoy hasn't been arrested yet in the wake of a reported altercation that sent a pair of off-duty police officers to the hospital. That could change, soon. Mark Schwarz of ESPN reports that arrest warrants are "imminent" in the case.
Diehards Line:Citing an unnamed official in the Philadelphia police department, Schwarz says McCoy was “definitely involved,” and that arrest warrants could surface in the next 24-48 hours. The delay results from the high-profile nature of the case, and the involvement of police officers. Both have broken ribs, and one has an orbital fracture. Although they weren’t on duty and didn’t identify themselves as police officers, the system tends to operate a little more zealously when police officers are the victims of criminal conduct. So McCoy and the Bills could soon be facing a major distraction this offseason.
The Eagles Release WR Riley Cooper Monday, February 8, 2016 | Time: 9:21 PT |  Reported by
The Facts: The Eagles announced the release of Cooper on Monday.
Diehards Line:Cooper was due to make $4.5 million in 2016. He’d signed a five-year deal worth a guaranteed $8 million prior to the 2014 season. He’ll still count for $2.4 million against the cap in 2016. Cooper caught 21 passses and two for touchdowns last season after having caught 102 passes and scored 11 touchdowns over the 2013-14 seasons. With those declining numbers, Chip Kelly gone and the Eagles having drafted Nelson Algholor in the first round last year, the move is not surprising.
LeSean McCoy Accused Of Assaulting Off-Duty Police Officers Monday, February 8, 2016 | Time: 9:49 PT |  Reported by
The Facts: McCoy is accused of assaulting two off-duty police officers early Sunday morning, ABC-6 in Philadelphia reported Monday.
Diehards Line:The report says both officers were hospitalized after the incident that occurred around 2:30 a.m. Sunday at the Recess Lounge in Philadelphia’s Old City district. The report said neither McCoy nor a friend who was also involved were arrested. An investigation is ongoing. ... Stay tuned.
Archie Thinks Peyton Manning Is Done... In Denver Monday, February 8, 2016 | Time: 12:25 PT |  Reported by
The Facts: It's unclear whether Manning, who wasn't ready to make an announcement one way or the other after Sunday night's Super Bowl 50 win, will play in 2016. To his father, it's very clear that Peyton won't play for the Broncos in 2016. "I think Peyton's done in Denver," Archie Manning told Jeff Darlington of NFL Media. "He may be done everywhere. So that's my — you know what? I don't stick my nose in it, so I don't know that. I don't know that. But that's my guess."
Diehards Line:Remember, the Rams reportedly are interested in Manning, and they’d surely let him run the offense however he wants. But as PFT notes, we’ll find out Peyton’s plans soon enough. For now, there’s a clear piece of evidence to support the idea that, even if Peyton plays again, he’ll never play another game as a member of the Broncos.