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Sep 2 2014 - Wes Welker (Broncos), WR Wes Welker has been suspended four games for using performance-enhancing drugs, specifically amphetamines.
Welker reportedly tested positive in May and appealed the decision. Participants were notified Tuesday that his appeal was denied.
"Wes Welker of the Denver Broncos has been suspended without pay for the first four games of the 2014 regular season for violating the NFL policy on performance enhancing substances," the NFL said in a statement Tuesday. "Welker will be eligible to return to the Broncos' active roster on Monday, October 6 following the team's October 5 game against the Arizona Cardinals."
Welker, who suffered his third concussion since Nov. 17 this preseason, just returned to practice Monday, although he hasn't yet been cleared for contact. He is a free agent after the season and caught 73 balls, including 10 touchdowns, for 778 yards last season.
"Tonight's news regarding Wes is very disappointing for our team, but we understand the league's authority in this area." Broncos head coach John Fox said. "While it's unfortunate to not have him to start the year, I have full confidence in our wide receivers and expect that group to continue playing at a high level. I have no doubt that Wes will remain focused on his preparations for the season and stay in excellent shape during his time away from the team."
Sep 2 2014 - J.J. Watt (Texans), DE J.J. Watt signed a six-year, $100 million contract extension Tuesday. The deal includes a guaranteed $51,876,000, a league record for a defensive player.
"I hope the people of Houston don't mind me sticking around for a little while longer because I like it here very much," Watt said at a press conference in Houston. "I promise to do everything in my power to prove that I can earn this and to be the best player I can be.
"I want to go out there and try to (pretend) like I'm underpaid. I'm gonna work my butt off."
The previous highest-paid defender in league history was defensive end Mario Williams, who left the Texans to sign a six-year, $96 million deal with the Buffalo Bills in 2012. Williams' contract guarantees him $50 million.
"Money doesn't motivate me, greatness does," Watt said. "I'm so fortunate I don't have to worry about the money, so I can focus on the greatness."
Watt was set to make $1.9 million this year before reworking his contract. The new pact starts in 2016 and runs through 2021.
Texans owner Bob McNair said rewarding the 2012 NFL Defensive Player of the Year with a rich deal made sense.
"We normally wouldn't do this at this stage, but we just felt his performance had been so outstanding, his attitude so great, his work ethic, he's such a role model for everyone on our team that we felt that he deserves special consideration and that's why we agreed to look at this situation," McNair said. "And then when you look at his performance."
The 11th overall draft pick in 2011, Watt started all 48 games through his first three NFL seasons. He recorded 5.5 sacks as a rookie, then 20.5 in 2012. He had 10.5 sacks last season, when he also forced four fumbles for the second year in a row. Watt's combined total of 31 sacks in 2013 and 2014 leads the league.
Sep 1 2014 - Sammy Watkins (Bills), WR Sammy Watkins is day to day after aggravating an injury to his ribs in the preseason finale. He practiced Monday but the team would not commit to how much he will practice Wednesday.
Aug 27 2014 - Josh Gordon (Browns), WR Josh Gordon was suspended for one year by the NFL on Wednesday for violating the league's substance-abuse policy.
Gordon will not be eligible to return to any team activity for an entire year. He will have to apply for reinstatement following the season.
Gordon, 23, acknowledged that the league upheld his suspension in a statement released by the NFL Players Association.
"I'd like to apologize to my teammates, coaches, the Cleveland Browns organization and our fans," Gordon said in the statement. "I am very disappointed that the NFL and its hearing office didn't exercise better discretion and judgment in my case. I would like to sincerely thank the people who have been incredibly supportive of me during this challenging time, including my family, my agent, my union, my legal team, and the Cleveland Browns staff."
Gordon met with league arbitrator Harold Henderson in New York to appeal the suspension on Aug. 4.
The league confirmed the suspension with a statement:
"Appeals officer Harold Henderson has upheld the suspension for the 2014 NFL season of Cleveland Browns wide receiver Josh Gordon for violating the NFL Policy and Program for Substances of Abuse. The suspension is effective immediately."
Gordon tested positive for marijuana during the offseason, a violation of conditions required as a repeat offender. Gordon hired lawyer Maurice Suh to represent him at his appeal hearing. Suh argued the positive test was the result of second-hand smoke. Gordon has been tested nearly 70 times and passed every test but this particular one, the Cleveland Plain Dealer reported.
Gordon led the league in receiving yards last season with 1,646 despite missing two games for violating the substance-abuse policy.
Aug 26 2014 - Logan Mankins (Buccaneers), G Logan Mankins was traded to the Buccaneers in exchange for second-year tight end Tim Wright and a fourth-round pick in the 2015 NFL Draft.
The deal, shipping a six-time Pro Bowler and team captain to Tampa Bay less than two weeks before the regular season sent shockwaves through the New England locker room.
Even head coach Bill Belichick acknowledged the enormity of the trade in a written statement announcing the deal.
"Logan Mankins is everything we would ever want in a football player," Belichick said. "It is hard to imagine a better player at his position, a tougher competitor or a person to represent our program. He is one of the all-time great Patriots and the best guard I ever coached. Logan brought a quiet but unmistakable presence and leadership that will be impossible to duplicate. Unfortunately, this is the time of year when difficult decisions have to be made - and this is one of the most difficult we will ever make - but like every other decision it was made for what we feel is in the best interests of the team."
His teammates, who were informed of the deal just before the day's practice, were seemingly still coming to grips with the loss of a veteran leader who'd spent the last nine-plus seasons as a mainstay on the team.
"What an awesome player," left tackle Nate Solder said. "So honored to play with that guy, to get to know him and his family. I can't say enough good things about him. He and his family have great morals, great ethics, great work ethic. Tremendous guy. He does what he says. Everything about the guy is genuine and authentic.
"It's all coming to us pretty quickly, so, really, I just reflect. I truly hope to have a great relationship with him as we go ahead in life."
"He's the type of guy that you don't know if you'll get that type of teammate ever again," Patriots co-captain Devin McCourty said. "He's a tough guy – the different injuries he's played through, being out there every snap, every chance he could
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