NFL Recent Player News
|7/28/2015||Brodrick Bunkley, NO, NT|
|The New Orleans Saints have released Bunkley, citing a failed physical.
Analysis: The 6-foot-2, 306-pound Bunkley has spent three seasons in New Orleans, starting all but two of 38 games in which he played. He hasn't had a sack since 2012, but was often effective holding his position at the line of scrimmage and occupying blockers.
|7/28/2015||R.J. Stanford, Det, CB|
|Stanford has signed with the Detroit Lions. The Lions announced the move Tuesday.
Analysis: The 27-year-old Stanford has spent the past three seasons with the Miami Dolphins. He played in five games for the Dolphins last season, making one start.
|7/28/2015||James Sample, Jax, S|
|The Jacksonville Jaguars have placed defensive tackle Sen'Derrick Marks and Sample on the physically unable to perform list.
Analysis: Sample, a fourth-round draft pick in May, broke his forearm during organized team activities in June and had surgery the following day. He is expected to miss at least the first two weeks of camp.
|7/28/2015||Sen'Derrick Marks, Jax, DT|
|The Jacksonville Jaguars have placed Marks and safety James Sample on the physically unable to perform list.
Analysis: Marks tore a knee ligament in last season's finale, but is on pace to return during camp.
|7/28/2015||Dontari Poe, KC, DT|
|Poe will miss all of training camp and could miss part of the season after the Pro Bowl run-stuffer had surgery last week on his ailing back.
Analysis: Poe first hurt his back during offseason workouts, but coach Andy Reid said Tuesday that he aggravated the injury training at home. Poe was diagnosed with a herniated disc and had surgery July 15, and trainer Rick Burkholder said he will be out indefinitely.
|7/28/2015||Andrew Furney, NYJ, K|
|The Jets have signed wide receiver Austin Hill and released Furney, one day before the team reports for training camp.
Analysis: Furney spent last summer with the Jets, and kicked a 51-yard game-winning field goal in New York's preseason opening win over Indianapolis. He was cut after training camp, but re-signed to a reserve-future contract last December. The move Tuesday leaves veteran Nick Folk as the only kicker on the Jets' roster.
|7/28/2015||Austin Hill, NYJ, WR|
|The Jets have signed Hill and released kicker Andrew Furney, one day before the team reports for training camp.
Analysis: Hill was signed by Oakland as an undrafted free agent out of the University of Arizona by Oakland in May, but released two weeks later. He had 49 catches for 635 yards and four touchdowns last year after missing the 2013 season with a knee injury.
|7/28/2015||Muhammad Wilkerson, NYJ, DE|
|A person familiar with Wilkerson's plans says the defensive end will report for training camp with the Jets despite being unhappy with his contract. The person spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity Tuesday because neither Wilkerson nor the Jets announced the decision.
Analysis: Wilkerson reported for mandatory minicamp last month, but was non-committal about showing for training camp. He stayed away from the team's facility during voluntary workouts and practices earlier in the offseason while looking for a long-term deal. Wilkerson, one of the key parts of new coach Todd Bowles' defense, is in the last year of his rookie contract and is due to make $6.97 million this season.
|7/28/2015||Tom Brady, NE, QB|
|Brady's four-game suspension for his role in using underinflated footballs during the AFC championship game last season has been upheld by NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell.
Analysis: The New England Patriots' star quarterback was suspended by NFL executive Troy Vincent in May following a league-sanctioned investigation by Ted Wells. The Patriots were fined $1 million and docked a pair of draft picks. The team didn't appeal its penalty, but Brady and his lawyers made their case during a 10-hour appeal hearing on June 23.
|7/28/2015||Ryan Williams, Dal, RB|
|Williams, one of the possible replacements for NFL rushing champion DeMarco Murray, has been released by the Cowboys. The oft-injured Williams was among three players cut Tuesday before the team left for training camp in Oxnard, California. The first workout is Thursday.
Analysis: The 25-year-old Williams was a second-round pick by Arizona in 2011 but has appeared in just five games because of knee and shoulder injuries. He missed most of this offseason with knee problems.
|7/28/2015||Josh Freeman, Mia, QB|
|Freeman has re-signed with the Dolphins four days after they released him.
Analysis: The moves involved a contractual issue. Freeman re-joined the team Tuesday, two days before the start of training camp. The 2009 first-round draft pick first signed with Miami in April. He has 60 career starts but hasn't played since October 2013, and will try to challenge Matt Moore for the backup job behind Ryan Tannehill.
|7/27/2015||Jadeveon Clowney, Hou, LB|
|The Houston Texans have placed outside linebacker Jadeveon Clowney on the physically unable to perform list.
Analysis: The move means the No. 1 overall pick in last year's draft will not be ready for the start of training camp this weekend. But Clowney will be able to return to practice whenever he is ready. Clowney played just four games as a rookie last season before having season-ending microfracture surgery in December.
|7/27/2015||Mike Brewster, NO, C|
|The Saints waived Brewster on Monday.
Analysis: The Saints cited a non-football injury.
|7/27/2015||Junior Galette, NO, LB|
|The New Orleans Saints have formally releasing outside linebacker Junior Galette.
Analysis: Galette's agent, Alvin Keels, told The Associated Press on Friday that Galette, whose 10 sacks led the Saints last season, would be released Monday if he passed a physical over the weekend. The Saints apparently were concerned about NFL reviews of Galette's actions off the field, including a domestic violence arrest for which charges were dropped and a video of a beach melee that appeared to involve the player.
|7/27/2015||Cole Manhart, NO, G|
|The New Orleans Saints have added Manhart and tight end Kevin Brock after formally releasing outside linebacker Junior Galette.
Analysis: Manhart, a rookie out of Nebraska-Kearny, plays guard and center.
|7/27/2015||Kevin Brock, NO, TE|
|The New Orleans Saints have added Brock and offensive lineman Cole Manhart after formally releasing outside linebacker Junior Galette.
Analysis: The 20-year-old Brock has played in 20 games with Buffalo, Kansas City and Cincinnati since 2011.
|7/27/2015||Mike Wallace, Min, WR|
|Wallace has joined Minnesota's offense as more than just a wide receiver for deep routes.
Analysis: Coming off a couple of rocky seasons with Miami, Wallace has brought a renewed appreciation for the importance of leadership as he's integrating himself with the Vikings. Two days into training camp, Wallace has already made an impression with his attitude and hustle. That's great news for fantasy owners.
|7/27/2015||Jonathan Martin, Car, T|
|Martin, the lineman harassed during the Miami Dolphins' 2013 bullying scandal, is contemplating retirement following a back injury.
Analysis: Martin's agent Ken Zuckerman told The Associated Press his client recently injured his back during a workout. Zuckerman says doctors informed Martin he's not allowed to do any activity for six weeks and needs surgery.
|7/26/2015||Blair Walsh, Min, K|
|The Minnesota Vikings have signed kicker Blair Walsh to a contract extension. Terms weren't disclosed.
Analysis: Walsh was a sixth-round draft pick in 2012 out of Georgia entering the final year of his rookie contract. Walsh set an NFL record by making 12 consecutive field goals from 50-plus yards to start his career, 10 of which came in his first season. Since then, Walsh's productivity has fallen off, with a 74.3 percent field goal rate in 2014. He made 92.1 percent in 2012 and 86.7 percent in 2013.
|7/26/2015||Gosder Cherilus, Ind, T|
|The Indianapolis Colts released Cherilus on Sunday, a surprising move less than a week before players report to training camp.
Analysis: Cherilus had been a staple of the offensive line the past two seasons. He started 29 games, including two playoff games, in 2013.
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