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The Facts: More than a week after unt was caught on video attacking a woman in an incident that brought his playing career to a screeching halt, he seems to be taking steps in the right direction. According to sources with knowledge of his situation, Hunt entered into counseling this week for alcohol and anger management.
Diehards Line: While it's a long process and there is no resolution expected any time soon, it does show he acknowledges the seriousness of his situation. Hunt knows his every move will be scrutinized. Hunt is being investigated by the NFL for three separate incidents -- the February altercation captured on video, one from June where he was accused of punching a man and an apparent skirmish at a nightclub in January. Sources say the Chiefs knew those three incidents occurred, but did not know specific details of each. Hunt has been in touch with representatives from the NFL Players Association and the NFL over the past week and he's expected to meet with league officials for his interview in the next few weeks. Until there is finality on how long his suspension is (it's expected to be more than six games), Hunt will use the time to attempt to improve his life and find the root of his issues.
The Facts: The Bills cut Benjamin on Tuesday. He found a new home on Thursday. After a visit to Kansas City, Benjamin will sign with the Chiefs, according to multiple reports.
Diehards Line: As PFT notes, Benjamin becomes another weapon in the NFL’s third-ranked offense, joining Tyreek Hill, Sammy Watkins, Chris Conley, among others, in the team’s receivers room. Benjamin made 23 catches for 354 yards with the Bills this season. He entered the NFL as a first-round pick of the Panthers in 2014. Carolina sent him to Buffalo at the trade deadline in 2017. Benjamin will become a free agent after the season.
The Facts: Steelers running back Jaylen Samuels says that he will start in Week 14 against the Raiders.
Diehards Line:Even though he is going to get the start, Stevan Ridley is still expected to see a role in this game and the two backs could end up splitting the carries. Chances are the team will give Samuels the first nod and role with the hot hand. The matchup is a favorable one, giving Samuels RB2/RB3 upside this week, but it comes with risk.
The Facts: The Denver Broncos fear that wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders tore his Achilles today at practice.
Diehards Line:This is not the news that the Broncos or Sanders wanted today. He is set to miss the season and Coutland Sutton will operate as the No. 1 receiver for Denver moving forward. Hoping for a speedy and healthy recovery for Sanders.
The Facts: The Redskins have signed quarterback Josh Johnson.
Diehards Line:Early in the week it was reported that the Redskins were likely going to sign Johnson, but it now became official. Colt McCoy is done for the season after suffering a broken leg in Week 13, so the Redskins needed depth at the position. Mark Sanchez is expected to start for Washington the rest of the way, with Johnson backing him up.
The Facts: The Bills have released wide receiver Kelvin Benjamin.
Diehards Line:This move comes to no surprise as Benjamin really never got things going in Buffalo and has been a non-factor all season long, catching just 23 passes for 354 yards and one touchdown. Still young, the 27 year old could get a shot on another team.
The Facts: Panthers tight end Greg Olsen will be placed on the injured reserve with a foot injury.
Diehards Line:This comes to no surprise, as Olsen suffered a ruptured plantar fascia in Week 13. Even though this is a different injury from his previous foot injury, it is reportedly stemming from it. He missed three games with the injury this season, before it finally gave out last week. We wish Olsen a healthy and speedy recovery.
The Facts: Conner is out this week, coach Mike Tomlin tells reporters.
Diehards Line: The tests came back and showed it was more serious than their initial read. He now describes Conner's injury as a sprain, not a contusion. Jaylen Samuels, Stevan Ridley and the just-promoted Trey Edmunds will be next men in line when the Steelers take on the Raiders this weekend.