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8/28/2014 Sammy Watkins, WR Watkins hurt his ribs after being struck in the side during the first quarter of Buffalo's preseason finale against the Detroit Lions on Thursday night. Watkins was hurt on Buffalo's second possession, when he cut in from the right side on a slant pattern. Quarterback EJ Manuel never looked Watkins off and was a little late on the throw. Watkins reached out to knock down the ball, when he was hit by linebacker Ashlee Palmer.

Analysis: The rookie first-round draft pick held his side before making his way to the sideline where he was attended to by Bills doctor John Marzo. Watkins did not play against Tampa Bay on Saturday because of bruised ribs. The Bills said Watkins' return to the game was questionable.
8/28/2014 Peyton Manning, QB Manning has been docked a reported $8,268 for taunting Houston Texans safety D.J. Swearinger in a preseason game last week.

Analysis: The Denver Broncos quarterback laid into the safety for hitting Wes Welker in the head, which left the slot receiver with his third concussion in 10 months. Manning was irked by the hit on Welker and after throwing a 29-yard TD pass to Emmanuel Sanders on the next snap, he ran up to Swearinger and let him know it.
8/28/2014 Adrian Peterson, RB Peterson is reiterating that he hopes to remain in Minnesota until he retires in response to a report that he reached out to Jerry Jones about playing for the Dallas Cowboys this summer. The 29-year-old Peterson is in the fourth year of a seven-year contract.

Analysis: Peterson issued a statement on Thursday after ESPN reported that he asked Jones about playing in Dallas. Peterson says it "was a casual conversation between NFL colleagues in which I never indicated I wanted to leave the Vikings. I have always said I understand the NFL is a business but that I would love to retire as a Viking."
8/28/2014 Josh Gordon, WR A person familiar with Josh Gordon's situation says the suspended wide receiver wants to play in the Canadian Football League, but is prohibited from doing so.

Analysis: Under CFL rules, a player suspended by the NFL and under contract is not eligible to play in Canada. But of the Cleveland Browns released Gordon, he would be able to play elsewhere.
8/28/2014 Jakar Hamilton, S Hamilton has been suspended for the first four games for violating the league's policy on substance abuse. The second-year player will be eligible for the final preseason game against Denver on Thursday night.

Analysis: Hamilton is the second Cowboys defensive back to get banned the first four games. Starting cornerback Orlando Scandrick was suspended for violating the league's policy on performance-enhancing drugs.
8/27/2014 Cam Newton, QB Newton says he feels great and "there's no doubt" in his mind he'll be ready to play in the Panthers season opener Sept. 7 against Tampa Bay.

Analysis: Carolina's fourth-year quarterback is recovering from a hairline fracture to multiple ribs and says he's improving with each day.
8/27/2014 Josh Gordon, WR Gordon has been suspended by the NFL one year for violating the league's substance abuse policy. Gordon's suspension is effective immediately and he will miss the entire 2014 season. He will have to apply for reinstatement following the season.

Analysis: Gordon had appealed his yearlong suspension and met with a league arbitrator in New York on Aug. 4. Arbitrator Harold Henderson upheld the suspension. The Browns have been waiting four months for a resolution on Gordon's case. The 23-year-old led the league with 1,646 yards receiving last season despite being suspended the first two games for a failed drug test. He became the first player in league history to record consecutive 200-yard games.
8/27/2014 B.J. Raji, DT Raji was lost for the season following a right biceps injury in a preseason game against Oakland.

Analysis: Raji had been having a good camp after moving back inside to nose tackle.
8/27/2014 NaVorro Bowman, LB Bowman will open 2014 on the PUP list for the Niners.

Analysis: Bowman suffered a gruesome torn anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee in the playoffs last year.
8/26/2014 Dez Bryant, WR Bryant figures he has about a week left to work out a contract extension with the Dallas Cowboys because he doesn't want negotiations going on during the season.

Analysis: The fifth-year receiver is entering the final year of his rookie contract after teammate Tyron Smith, drafted a year later, recently got an eight-year extension that pushed the value of his deal to more than $100 million. Bryant has a base salary of $1.8 million in 2014, and the average of the highest-paid receivers is around $12 million.
8/26/2014 Brandon McManus, K Denver acquired McManus from the New York Giants for a conditional seventh-round pick in 2015.

Analysis: McManus will fill in for the suspended Matt Prater after connecting on both of his field goal attempts, from 46 and 47 yards, and recording touchbacks on 10 of 11 kickoffs for the Giants this preseason. His 10 touchbacks rank second in the NFL this preseason.
8/26/2014 Mitch Ewald, K Denver released Ewald after acquiring first-year kicker Brandon McManus from the New York Giants for a conditional seventh-round pick in 2015.

Analysis: Ewald was unimpressive at Broncos camp, never quite finding a rhythm at altitude despite working alongside Prater, whom he studied while in college.
8/26/2014 Brady Quinn, QB Quinn says he has been released by the Miami Dolphins. Quinn announced the move himself Tuesday afternoon on Twitter, about an hour before the Dolphins had to meet an NFL deadline and officially pare their roster down to 75 players.

Analysis: Quinn says his time with the Dolphins "was short lived, but I enjoyed every second." He also wished the remaining players and coaches well. The Dolphins signed Quinn on Aug. 12.
8/26/2014 DJ Hayden, CB Hayden will miss at least the first six weeks of the season after being placed on the physically unable to perform list with a stress fracture in his right foot.

Analysis: The move Tuesday is the latest setback to Hayden since being drafted 12th overall in 2013 with general manager Reggie McKenzie's first first-round pick in Oakland.
8/26/2014 Tim Wright, TE The Tampa Bay Buccaneers addressed a need to upgrade their struggling offensive line by obtaining six-time Pro Bowl guard Logan Mankins from the New England Patriots for Wright and a draft pick.

Analysis: The deal Tuesday comes less than 24 hours after the Bucs met with Richie Incognito to try to determine if one of the central figures in the Miami Dolphins bullying scandal might be an answer to their problems at guard.
8/26/2014 Logan Mankins, G The Tampa Bay Buccaneers addressed a need to upgrade their struggling offensive line by obtaining Mankins from the New England Patriots for tight end Tim Wright and a draft pick.

Analysis: The deal Tuesday comes less than 24 hours after the Bucs met with Richie Incognito to try to determine if one of the central figures in the Miami Dolphins bullying scandal might be an answer to their problems at guard.
8/26/2014 Dominique Davis, QB The Tennessee Titans have signed Davis to the roster, giving them depth for their preseason finale Thursday night at a position where Jake Locker is expected to play little and backup Charlie Whitehurst still is nursing a sore right pinkie.

Analysis: The Titans announced the move Tuesday before practice. The 6-foot-3, 210-pound Davis spent two seasons in Atlanta as an undrafted free agent of East Carolina, and he played in one game last season. The Falcons waved him in June.
8/26/2014 Jordan Palmer, QB Thad Lewis is out and Palmer is in following the Buffalo Bills' late preseason shuffle of backup quarterbacks.

Analysis: Palmer was signed Tuesday, two days after being cut by the Chicago Bears, where he lost the backup competition to Jimmy Clausen. In five NFL seasons, Palmer has appeared in just four games and completed 10 of 15 passes for 59 yards and two interceptions.
8/26/2014 Thad Lewis, QB Lewis is out and Jordan Palmer is in following the Buffalo Bills' late preseason shuffle of backup quarterbacks.

Analysis: Lewis' release comes as a surprise after he went 2-3 last year while filling in for injured rookie starter EJ Manuel. Acquired in a trade with Detroit last August, Lewis went 93 of 157 for 1,092 yards passing with four touchdowns and three interceptions. Lewis, however, struggled during training camp and fell behind Jeff Tuel in the competition for the No. 2 job.
8/26/2014 Josh Gordon, WR The attorney for Josh Gordon says the Cleveland Browns receiver's hearing on a drunken-driving charge in North Carolina has been rescheduled for November.

Analysis: Gordon was due to appear in Wake County court Tuesday on charges of driving while impaired and speeding. Attorney Trey Fitzhugh says Gordon had a waiver to miss the pretrial appearance and the case is continued until Nov. 18.
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