Wednesday, May 25, 2016

RPT: Dion Lewis 'looking good' in ACL recovery


New England Patriots running back Dion Lewis is steadily making his way back since tearing his left ACL last season.

According to Mike Reiss of ESPN Boston, "things are going well.":
Some close to Lewis feel that he's about one month away from being able to play in a game, which naturally means that his availability for the season opener Sept. 11 in Arizona is looking good at this point (assuming no unexpected setbacks).
Lewis tore the ACL on November 8 and underwent surgery 10 days later.

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Revis nursing March wrist surgery through OTAs


New York Jets cornerback Darrelle Revis is recovering from offseason wrist surgery, so he understandably is spending OTAs on the sideline. The surgery was done in March on his right wrist.

He'll be ready for Week 1, but according to NJ.com, it's unclear whether he'll be a go when training camp kicks off in late July.

Coach Todd Bowles couldn't say for sure, but added that "as long as he gets his conditioning in, he'll be fine."

He's not expected to get any work next month during minicamp.

Williams looking forward to working opposite Wake


Defensive end Mario Williams is ready to prove himself to the Miami Dolphins, and he's looking forward to doing so opposite Cameron Wake.

Per the Palm Beach Post:
“It’s going to be great,” Williams said Wednesday. “Over the years, (Wake) has definitely caused a lot of havoc. Being able to play alongside him, it’s just going to make it a little bit easier for the whole defense.”
The pair have a combined eight Pro Bowls under their collective belt... They also have some years (by football standards), with Wake at 34 years old and Williams 31.

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Patriots file amicus brief in Deflategate case


The New England Patriots' team attorney Daniel L. Goldberg filed an amicus brief in federal court Wednesday on behalf of the team, defending quarterback Tom Brady.

Via the Providence Journal:
[T]he 13-page brief takes several shots at the NFL. The point of the brief is to support Brady’s legal team, which filed for an en banc hearing on Monday, after two judges ruled 2-1 to reinstate the quarterback’s four-game suspension. 
"Under the existing 2-1 decision, the Patriots stand to lose their All-Pro quarterback for 25 percent of the upcoming regular season based on a severely flawed process,” Goldberg wrote. “But the impact of the majority opinion is not limited to professional football. It threatens to undermine vital principles governing arbitration of collective bargaining agreements throughout the national economy."

Rex: Watkins won't miss any regular season time


Buffalo Bills wide receiver Sammy Watkins had surgery to repair a small broken bone last month. Coach Rex Ryan asserts that leaves plenty of time for him to make it back by Week 1.

"He's not going to miss any time," Ryan said Tuesday, via Tyler Dunne of The Buffalo News. "By the time the regular season comes around, Sammy Watkins is not going to miss any time. Now, do we have a timetable on when he comes back specifically? No, we're not going to give you that. But I'll tell you this, he'll be ready to go in the regular season."

According to Dunne, Watkins was present for Tuesday's OTA practice, on crutches with the recently repaired foot in a boot.

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Jets pick up undrafted running back, waive tight end


The New York Jets signed undrafted running back Romar Morris and waived tight end Jerome Cunningham.

Per the team's website:
Morris, one of the 22 tryout players at the Jets' recent rookie minicamp, is a 5'9", 190-pound back out of North Carolina. He played in 50 games with 13 starts over his four seasons with the Tar Heels. For his career he had 213 carries for 1,024 yards (4.8 yards/carry) and 12 touchdowns and added 54 receptions for 499 yards (9.2 yards/catch) and two TDs.

Rex says he's not involved with team's media policy


The Buffalo Bills made some waves Tuesday, releasing some curious standards regarding media coverage during OTAs.

Per Tyler Dunne of the Buffalo News, it is now apparently "prohibited" to report on play outcomes, who plays where in the depth chart, or pretty much anything having to do with an injury -- at least until the end of July.

While the team clarified that the new standards only pertain to activities leading up to training camp, Rex Ryan was still asked about it, to which he answered, "Our media policy isn’t something that I’m involved with."

'Phins land 2020 Super Bowl for NFL's centennial year


After a decade of quiet Februarys, the Super Bowl is headed back to South Florida.

Miami was awarded the bid for the 2020 season finale Tuesday, according to the Sun Sentinel, simultaneously ending the longest drought between Super Bowls in Miami and setting the record for the most by one city.

It is also the 100th season for the NFL, with owner Stephen Ross saying, "You can’t think of a better place to celebrate and have a party than Miami."

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Monday, May 23, 2016

Ryan Fitzpatrick: 'I'm playing football next year'


Ryan Fitzpatrick plans to play in 2016--hopefully with the New York Jets.

The 33-year-old free agent quarterback told reporters Monday he "would like to be back" with Gang Green this year, and that "I'm playing ... I'm playing football next year."

Per ESPN New York:
Fitzpatrick, whose contract talks with the organization have been at an impasse for three months, said he didn't want to comment on what he called "negotiations." He made it clear, however, he has no plans to walk away, refuting a recent report that said he'd consider retirement if the Jets don't make him what he considers a fair offer.
The Jets reportedly initially offered Fitzpatrick an $8 million deal. They have since drafted Penn State quarterback Christian Hackenberg in the second round.

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Tom Brady's camp files petition for suspension removal


New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady’s legal camp filed a petition Monday afternoon for a rehearing of his suspension case against the NFL in the U.S. Second Circuit Court of Appeals in New York.

Via WEEI:
If the court accepts the petition, there would be a stay of Brady’s four-game suspension until the new ruling, and he’d be eligible to play. 
If the court chooses not to rehear the case, Brady could petition the U.S. Supreme Court and ask for a stay of the second circuit decision. If the second circuit doesn’t grant a stay, Brady and his lawyers can ask for a stay of the decision from the Supreme Court.
According to legal experts, this kind of decision usually takes about a month.