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Jamaal Charles Not Worried About Workload; Neither Is Reid (8/12 2:05 PT)

The Facts: Charles doesn't see any reason carrying one of the NFL's heaviest loads should take a toll on his longevity. The two-year contract extension Charles, 27, signed last month runs through the 2017 season, and the three-time Pro Bowl pick sees himself continuing to produce well beyond that. "I'll hopefully be in the Hall of Fame one day and stay healthy and hopefully, I can play to 34, 35 years old, man," Charles said. "Other people think running backs die down past 30, so just try and do (it). Think outside the box." Reported by USA Today

Diehards Line: As USA Today's Tom Pelissero noted, by historical standards, Charles' total of 329 touches last season – 259 carries for 1,287 yards, plus 70 catches for 693 yards and 19 total touchdowns – isn't extraordinary. (James Wilder set the single-season record of 492 in 1984.) It wasn't even the highest total in the NFL last season. But that doesn't mean it won't be this year. Charles is a perfect fit for Andy Reid's offense and the coach isn't afraid to lean on his star halfback. "All the great ones, they just want one (back)," Reid said. "That's a tough position, and you've got to have the right mindset to play it. Unfortunately, that mindset and sitting on the bench a couple plays – that doesn't go together." Reid said he's comfortable if Charles hits 320 touches for the third straight year, in large part because of the way Charles takes care of his body. ... So how many times does Charles want the ball in his hands this season? "I don't know, man," Charles said. "Sometimes, I would like 11 touches (in a game). Sometimes, I would like 20 touches. It depends how the game goes. Sometimes, I have 11 carries for 100 yards. Sometimes, I have 25 carries for 100 yards. "It doesn't matter how Coach gets me the ball. Once I get in the rhythm and I'm in the game, I just feel so comfortable now. I'm 27 years old. I know what I want, and I know what the team wants. ..." Fantasy owners should count on the touches being what they want.

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Texans Release RB Andre Brown (8/11 7:10 PT)

The Facts: The handwriting was on the wall when he didn’t play on Saturday night. It’s now been reduced to a pink slip. Per a league source, the Texans have dumped Brown. Reported by Profootballtalk.com

Diehards Line: A fourth-round pick of the Giants in 2009, he has bounced around the league, with four different teams in 2010 (Broncos, Colts, Panthers, Washington). He found a home with the team that drafted him in 2011, spending three years in New York. Brown signed a one-year, $645,000 contract with the Texans in the offseason, after a pair of 100-yard games for the Giants last season. His breakout game came on a Thursday night in 2012, when he gained 113 yards and scored a pair of touchdowns against the Panthers. The Texans now have Jonathan Grimes, Alfred Blue and Dennis Johnson behind Arian Foster. The team worked out veteran free agents Ronnie Brown, Brian Leonard and William Powell earlier today.

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Marvin Jones To Miss Time After Surgery To Repair Broken Foot (8/11 4:55 PT)

The Facts: According to Geoff Hobson of the team’s official website, Jones will miss “a few weeks” after breaking a bone in his foot Saturday. Surgery was performed to put a pin in his fifth metatarsal. Reported by Profootballtalk.com

Diehards Line: According to PFT, it's similar to the injury that cost Mohamed Sanu the last month of the 2012 season. Jones emerged as a playmaker last season, catching 51 passes for 712 yards and 10 touchdowns, and paired with A.J. Green for one of the AFC’s top tandems of wideouts. ... At this point, fantasy owners would be wise to lay off -- at least until we get a better idea of the actual timetable and Jones' likely return date. In the meantime, Sanu moves a bit higher on the radar.

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Marshawn Lynch Being Investigated In Assault Allegation (8/11 1:31 PT)

The Facts: The Bellevue Police Department is investigating an allegation of assault and personal property damage involving Lynch alleged to have occurred early Sunday morning. Police spokesman Seth Tyler said there is no further information at this time and reiterated that “this is only an allegation. We haven’t even verified that he was involved.” Reported by the Seattle Times

Diehards Line: The press release issued by police says in part, "The female victim alleged that the suspect was Marshawn T. Lynch. No domestic violence or sexual assault was involved in the allegation. The case has been assigned to a detective and is an active investigation. The Bellevue Police Department is in the process of gathering the facts of this alleged incident, including verifying whether or not Mr. Lynch was in fact involved. No arrests have been made. There is no further information available at this time. ..." In other words, nobody should get too far in front on this story. The Seahawks practiced Sunday at the and Lynch participated throughout, having what HC Pete Carroll said later was “a very good practice.” We'll follow up as needed.

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Rob Gronkowski Still Not Cleared For Full Contact (8/11 12:36 PT)

The Facts: When the Patriots went to Richmond last week for joint practices with the Redskins, they left Gronkowski behind. On Sunday, the first day back on the field in Foxboro, Gronk was back with his teammates and suited up in full pads, although he remained limited in the kind of work he could do. “I’m going full-speed in the drills I’m doing," he said. "But they’re just limiting the drills I can do. Most likely, when I’m cleared for contact, it will be full-go, too.”  Reported by Patriots.com

Diehards Line: Gronkowski insisted he had “no setbacks” last week while he focused on his rehabilitation with team trainers. He continues to work his way back slowly from a right knee injury sustained against Cleveland last December. Gronkowski’s training camp practices have consisted mostly of individual and position drills. He has yet to take part in 7-on-7 or 11-on-11, but often works with QB Tom Brady and cornerback Darrelle Revis on red zone route-running and pass catching. “It’s good just to have a defender out there, instead of running all my routes against air. To break off a guy right in front of you, just like it’s a game,” Gronk added. When he'll be cleared to work at full speed, remains a mystery. Gronkowski asserted that he and the team’s medical staff have no timeline for his return to full practice activity. He would only say repeatedly that he’s “getting better every day.”

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Josh Gordon, Browns Awaiting Word On Appeal (8/10 12:10 PT)

The Facts: Gordon continues to face a minimum suspension of one calendar year. On Thursday, PFT reported that no settlement talks had commenced. Mary Kay Cabot of the Cleveland Plain Dealer reports that no settlement talks will happen... If not, that points to an all-or-nothing, full-year-or-no-suspension outcome, since the plain language of the substance-abuse policy contains no wiggle room.  Reported by Profootballtalk.com

Diehards Line: As his appeal remains pending, Gordon remains eligible to practice and play as he awaits the resolution of his appeal. He was in the starting lineup against the Lions. ... But the long-term outlook -- in terms of this season isn't good. The league maintains that hearing office Harold Henderson has no discretion to do anything other than impose a full-year suspension, if he finds that Gordon tested positive while in Stage III of the Substance-Abuse Policy. Since Henderson also serves as the executive V.P. of labor relations for the NFL, it would be a surprise if he doesn’t apply the policy generated by labor negotiations as written. And the policy states that a player who tests positive in Stage III “will be” suspended for a minimum of a full year. While the NFLPA believes/hopes that Henderson will show lenience, the policy seems to prevent any lenience other than a finding of no violation. ... Stay tuned. The decision should be announced within the next two weeks.

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LeSean McCoy Aiming For 2,000-Yard Rushing Season (8/8 1:04 PT)

The Facts: Realistic or not, everyone has goals. Wise or not, plenty of people talk publicly about their goals. The latest NFL players to aim high is McCoy, who has made it clear that he’s aiming to become the eighth man in NFL history to rush for 2,000 yards. “This is THE YEAR!!!!” McCoy declared on Twitter. “My potential is #2000yards. Will I reach it? Stepping up my training and signs point to yes.” Reported by Profootballtalk.com

Diehards Line: As PFT's Mike Florio notes, McCoy has rushed for 5,473 yards in five seasons, with a career high of 1,607 yards in 2013. He reached that number via 314 carries and a 5.1-yard average. He’d need 392 total carries to get to 2,000 yards, at that fairly gaudy average. If he increases either the carries, the average, or both high enough to get to 2,000, McCoy will join Eric Dickerson (2,105), Adrian Peterson (2,097), Jamal Lewis (2,066), Barry Sanders (2,053), Terrell Davis (2,008), Chris Johnson (2,006), and O.J. Simpson (2,003) as members of the 2,000-yard club. McCoy’s career year from 2013 lands at No. 50 on the all-time single-season rushing yardage list.

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Adrian Peterson Won't See Much Preseason Action (8/7 1:44 PT)

The Facts: Peterson has not played a preseason game since 2011 and there was every indication Tuesday that streak will continue. HC Mike Zimmer said the star running back was unlikely to play in Friday night's preseason opener against the Oakland Raiders at TCF Bank Stadium. Reported by the St. Paul Pioneer-Press

Diehards Line: Peterson has accepted his diminished workload and might only lobby for a few carries before the Sept. 7 regular-season opener in St. Louis. "It all depends on how I'm feeling," Peterson said. "I haven't played a preseason game in two or three years, so we'll see. With the new offense, I might want to go out there and get a few plays in, but I'll sit down with Zimmer and see what he thinks. ..." As the Pioneer Press notes, Peterson was a virtual ghost throughout 2012 training camp and did not play a preseason snap as he continued rehabilitating from ACL surgery stemming from his Dec. 24, 2011 injury. He rushed for 2,097 yards that season. Fantasy football owners shouldn't be worried. In fact, they should embrace everything that preserves Peterson until the snaps are meaningful in September.

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Knowshon Moreno Passes Physical; Ready To Practice (8/6 11:52 PT)

The Facts: Moreno, who missed the first two and half weeks of training camp while on the physically unable to perform list, has passed his physical and is now active and ready to work. Reported by the Miami Herald

Diehards Line: Moreno, 27, immediately joins a running back competition that so far has been dominated by Lamar Miller, who has taken nearly 80 percent of the snaps with the first-team offense. Moreno is expected to compete for the starting job but more likely will share the position and get much if not most of his time as the team's third down back -- a spot that takes advantage of his prowess as a blocker. Moreno is practicing today but he is highly unlikely to play Friday evening when the Dolphins open their preseason at Atlanta.

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Browns Holding Out Hope For Josh Gordon; But They Aren't Counting On Him (8/6 2:07 PT)

The Facts: The Browns are bracing themselves for at least an eight-game suspension for Gordon, league sources told cleveland.com. The star receiver's appeal hearing wrapped up Monday afternoon in New York City, and the decision on his indefinite ban could take anywhere from one to three weeks, a source said. If he wins, he'll resume his career without interruption, and if he loses, he'll be banished from the team and the league for at least a year. But the two sides can also hammer out a settlement, and that's what the Browns are hoping for. Realistically, the best-case scenario would probably be about eight games, the source said.  Reported by the Cleveland Plain Dealer

Diehards Line: But as Plain Dealer staffer Mary Kay Cabot notes, the Browns certainly aren't counting on it. They know that no NFL player has ever won an appeal based on second-hand smoke and that Gordon will be hard-pressed to end up with anything less than the indefinite ban. But Gordon's legal team drove home the point that Gordon has tested negative 70 times since his rookie year in 2012 and that he barely tested positive for marijuana this time around. In the event Gordon's ban is reduced to eight games, he'd be eligible to return Nov. 6 at Cincinnati, a Thursday night game on NFL Network. The final eight contests include three AFC North contests, two against the Bengals and one against the Ravens in the finale. Of course, Gordon would have to stay clean during his time away, and efforts are underway to make sure that he has the right support system around him during the ban. In the meantime, Gordon is practicing with the team, making big plays in practice -- including several big catches during a challenge period at the end of Tuesday's session -- and gearing up for Saturday's preseason opener in Detroit. ... Stay tuned.

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Wilson: Tony Romo Still Not Throwing The Deep Ball As Well As He Will (8/5 8:45 PT)

The Facts: According to Romo and the Dallas Cowboys front office brass, the veteran is 100 percent recovered from December back surgery. Wade Wilson, who has monitored Romo as closely as anybody over the past nine years as the team's QBs coach, agrees with that overall assessment, save for one exception. Wilson said Romo has had problems throwing the deep ball since coming back to practice following back surgery. "It’s been OK. I think the deeper the ball goes down the field, it’s a little bit more inconsistent," Wilson said. "It’s the nine routes and the deep posts. Those things have been a little inconsistent. I think that’s all due to his back." Reported by the Fort Worth Star-Telegram

Diehards Line: Wilson believes Romo is not cutting it loose completely and is a little tentative when it comes to the deep ball. But Wilson is not overly concerned, partly because the Cowboys don't feature the go-route in the game plan as much anymore. Wilson also said Romo will get better at throwing the deep ball with more rehab and as he gets more comfortable. "He can get the ball down the field," Wilson said. "That’s not an issue. As camp goes on, he’ll just get nothing but stronger and more confident in his throws." Wilson believes that could happen at soon as Saturday, considering that Romo took Tuesday off and won't play Thursday. Official team off days on Wednesday and Friday give Romo four consecutive days off before the next practice. "Hopefully with four days of complete rehab, he can come back on Saturday and start to look like his old self completely," Wilson said. ... We'll see.

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Josh Gordon's Hearing Is Over; Decision Should Come Within A Week Or So (8/4 2:25 PT)

The Facts: After 9.5 hours on Friday and another three on Monday, the hearing on Gordon’s appeal of a one-year suspension has concluded. Under the substance-abuse policy, a ruling must be issued by hearing officer Harold Henderson within a “reasonable time.” Reported by Profootballtalk.com

Diehards Line: According to PFT's Mike Florio, the current expectation is that a decision will come in a week or so. Florio went on to note that until a ruling is issued, it’s possible that the two sides will work out an agreement that would impose something less than a year but more than zero games. Without a settlement, the rules contemplate an all-or-nothing decision from Henderson. Meanwhile, Gordon remains eligible to participate in training camp and preseason games. If he is suspended for a year, the decision becomes immediate and final. ... Stay tuned.

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Marquess Wilson Suffered A Fractured Clavicle (8/4 1:46 PT)

The Facts: According to Chicago Tribune staffer Rich Campbell, Wilson suffered a fractured clavicle. HC Marc Trestman told reporters, "It's extremely disappointing. He was continuing to ascend." Reported by Twitter.com

Diehards Line: There is no timetable for his return. This is obviously bad news for Wilson and fantasy football owners hoping to land a late-round wideout with considerable upside. Wilson has been impressing coaches and teammates alike all offseason. We'll be watching for word on that timetable and pass it along as soon as possible.

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Montee Ball Undergoing An Appendectomy; Should Be Ready For Week 1 (8/4 1:09 PT)

The Facts: Ball will undergo an appendectomy today but is expected to be ready for regular-season opener vs. Colts, a source tells ESPN's Adam Schefter. Reported by Twitter.com

Diehards Line: The expected return for Week 1 notwithstanding, this clearly isn't what fantasy football owners who already drafted Ball as a top-10 RB wanted to hear. That said, best to get it out of the way now. In fact, the additional work might give C.J. Anderson a chance to work his way back into the good graces of coaches after reporting for training camp at over 230 pounds. According to ESPN.com's Jeff Legwold, Anderson was sluggish and lacked the spark he had shown in his 2013 training camp. Anderson has lost weight and shown a little more pop and has consistently worked as the No. 3 back so far behind Ball and Ronnie Hillman. As for Ball? We'll obviously be following up as needed.

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Report: Giants Doctors Shutting David Wilson Down For Now... And Likely Beyond (8/4 12:04 PT)

The Facts: Following up on the ongoing story. ... According to ESPN's Josina Anderson, Giants doctors are shutting down Wilson due to the neck injury that he sustained last year and most recently re-injured in camp. There is a belief that the injury could be career ending. Reported by Twitter.com

Diehards Line: Neither the immediate shutdown and the possibility the injury could be career-ending come as a great surprise. The Giants are pretty well stocked at the position with Rashad Jennings and rookie Andre Williams leading the way. Peyton Hillis and Michael Cox will provide depth. But if Wilson isn't on board, the team will lack the kind of explosive threat capable of threatening defenses as a change of pace to the rest of the more powerful cast. ... Stay tuned. We'll be following up.

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Tony Romo Confirms He'll Skip The Exhibition Opener (8/4 9:17 PT)

The Facts: Romo expects to sit out Thursday’s preseason opener against the San Diego Chargers, which led to extended work for the quarterback Sunday. “We’ve talked about it a little bit, and we’re going to be smart,” Romo said. “… Most likely I’ll probably sit out the San Diego game and play in Game 2 and go from there.”  Reported by the Fort Worth Star-Telegram

Diehards Line: No surprise here. In 2013, Romo sat out the Hall of Fame Game before playing 12 plays against Oakland in the second of five preseason games. Romo, who had surgery to repair a herniated disk in December, returned to practice Sunday after back-to-back days off. He took the most reps he’s had so far in training camp, throwing 25 passes in 7-on-7 and team drills. The Cowboys practice Monday and Tuesday before departing for San Diego. Romo said he expects to take one of those days off.

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Andy Dalton, Bengals Agree To Contract Extension (8/4 9:16 PT)

The Facts: According to ESPN's Adam Schefter and Adam Caplan, the Bengals and Dalton reached agreement on a six-year, $115 million contract extension. Reported by FootballDiehards.com

Diehards Line: While the details of the contract are not available, the new deal is a clear indication of the Bengals' commitment to Dalton. As Profootballtalk.com pointed out, the former second-rounder has kept them consistently competitive, but hasn’t delivered a playoff win yet. Clearly the Bengals expect that to change. ... Stay tuned. We'll have more details as they come to light.

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Rob Gronkowski Won't Work In Joint Practices With Washington (8/4 9:15 PT)

The Facts: The Patriots are getting some work in against the Redskins this week, but they’re not using one of their biggest stars. According to Ben Volin of the Boston Globe, Gronkowski is being held out of the joint workouts. Reported by Profootballtalk.com

Diehards Line: There have been no reported setbacks in Gronkowski’s return from knee surgery. He said recently he wasn’t going to change his playing style, but the Patriots are clearly modifying his work load so that he’s ready for the regular season opener. He’s been doing individual work during Patriots camp and all indications are he's on schedule to be ready Week 1. Fantasy football owners can understand and appreciate the team's desire to keep it that way.

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Josh Gordon Practicing While Awaiting Word On Appeal (8/4 9:14 PT)

The Facts: There has been no news on Gordon’s appeal of his potential suspension, after his hearing went all day Friday and was scheduled to continue today. But even if he won’t continue to play for the Browns this season, he’s going to get in a little work. According to Tony Grossi of ESPNCleveland.com, Gordon was in uniform and practicing this morning with the team.  Reported by Profootballtalk.com

Diehards Line: As PFT notes, the Browns have backed Gordon throughout the process and owner Jimmy Haslam has said the team wasn’t going to cut the talented-but-troubled wideout. But the decision on whether he'll play this year or not should come soon. In the meantime, Gordon is on the field doing his thing.

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Aaron Rodgers Thinks Tougher Officiating Will Help Passing Attacks (8/4 12:44 PT)

The Facts: Rodgers expects passing offenses around the NFL to be even more productive this season than they were last season, thanks to a stricter emphasis on illegal contact, pass interference and defensive holding. Rodgers said after officials worked a Packers practice that the way the officials are calling those penalties this year, it can only help quarterbacks and wide receivers. “I think you’re going to see the passing game reffed a little more tightly this year,” Rodgers said. Reported by Profootballtalk.com

Diehards Line: As PFT's Michael David Smith reminded readers, the best pass defense in the NFL last year was in Seattle, where opposing teams often complained that the Seahawks’ defensive backs got away with grabbing and holding receivers. Rodgers said he hopes penalties are called just as strictly in the Packers’ season opener at Seattle as they were when officials visited the Packers’ practice. “I was joking with this crew that we might want them to head up to the Pacific Northwest in about a month,” Rodgers said. Smith went on to suggest that if the NFL is serious about its officials getting strict with defensive backs, that will be bad news for teams like the Seahawks with physical pass defenses, and good news for teams like the Packers who rely on their passing offenses. And that will be good news for fantasy football owners as well.

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