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|8/20/2014||Vontaze Burfict, LB||The Bengals and Burfict have agreed to a three-year contract extension that will pay the Pro Bowl linebacker a maximum of $20.05 million through 2017, a person familiar with the deal tells The Associated Press.
Analysis: Burfict is making $570,000 in the final year of his original deal with Cincinnati, which took a minimal risk and signed him as an undrafted free agent from Arizona State in 2012. Under his extension, he'll make $10 million through next summer, said the person speaking on condition of anonymity because the deal hasn't been signed or announced by the team.
|8/20/2014||LeGarrette Blount, RB||Pittsburgh Steelers running backs Le'Veon Bell and Blount will be charged with marijuana possession following a traffic stop Wednesday afternoon.
Analysis: Ross Township police say a traffic officer pulled over a Camaro operated by Bell around 1:30 p.m. after the officer noticed a strong odor of marijuana coming from the vehicle. Bell, Blount and a female passenger were arrested and are expected to receive notice of formal charges through the mail. The possession and DUI charges are both misdemeanors.
|8/20/2014||Le'Veon Bell, RB||Bell and LeGarrette Blount will be charged with marijuana possession following a traffic stop Wednesday afternoon.
Analysis: Ross Township police say a traffic officer pulled over a Camaro operated by Bell around 1:30 p.m. after the officer noticed a strong odor of marijuana coming from the vehicle. The officer found a 20 gram bag of marijuana inside the car. Bell was taken to a hospital to have blood drawn and is expected to be charged with driving under the influence of marijuana.
|8/20/2014||Dexter McDougle, CB||The New York Jets have placed rookie cornerback Dexter McDougle on season-ending injured reserve after he had surgery Wednesday to repair a torn knee ligament.
Analysis: McDougle, a third-round draft pick out of Maryland, tore the anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee during training camp practice on Aug. 10. McDougle wrote on Twitter on Tuesday that he was having the surgery Wednesday, and the move by the Jets was expected.
|8/20/2014||Stevenson Sylvester, LB||Sylvester has been placed on the season-ending injured reserve list.
Analysis: Sylvester missed the past two practices at training camp because of a knee injury.
|8/20/2014||Johnny Manziel, QB||Manziel will begin the season as the backup to Brian Hoyer.
Analysis: Coach Mike Pettine delayed his decision after both Hoyer and Manziel played poorly in a 24-23 exhibition loss at Washington on Monday. During that game, Manziel gave the finger to the Redskins sideline, an act Pettine said would be factored into the decision. Manziel will likely be fined by the league for his gesture.
|8/20/2014||Brian Hoyer, QB||Hoyer will open the season as Cleveland's starting quarterback after winning his summer competition over rookie Johnny Manziel.
Analysis: Browns coach Mike Pettine picked Hoyer over Manziel to start the Sept. 7 at Pittsburgh, finally ending a competition that dragged through the summer. Hoyer is the choice for now, but the real test for him will be how long he keeps it from Manziel.
|8/20/2014||Malcolm Smith, LB||Smith was back at practice Tuesday.
Analysis: Smith has been sidelined throughout the entire offseason while recovering from ankle surgery this spring. He showed Tuesday that he's itching to get back to work with his teammates. Smith may not play this Friday in Seattle's third preseason game against the Chicago Bears, but he is on track to be ready by the start of the regular season.
|8/20/2014||Marcell Dareus, DT||Saying he's "a grown man," Buffalo Bills defensive tackle Marcell Dareus intends to focus on putting his best foot forward to straighten around a career that was nearly derailed by an offseason string of troubles.
Analysis: Dareus spoke during an impromptu gathering with reporters following practice at the Bills' training camp facility in suburban Rochester. It marked the first time he's spoken publicly since late May, when the 2011 first-round draft pick's on- and off-field problems began to grow. Dareus was arrested twice in the span of four weeks in May.
|8/20/2014||DJ Hayden, CB||Oakland Raiders coach Dennis Allen said Tuesday the team will decide by next week whether cornerback DJ Hayden is healthy enough to start the season on the active roster or if he will go on the physically unable to perform list.
Analysis: Hayden is recovering from surgery in June on a stress fracture in his right foot and has been unable to practice this summer. He has done limited running on the side and is making progress. But time is running out if he wants to play to start the season.
|8/20/2014||Glenn Dorsey, DT||The San Francisco 49ers have signed defensive lineman Glenn Dorsey to a two-year contract extension through the 2016 season.
Analysis: Dorsey, 29, is sidelined with a torn left biceps muscle that required surgery. He was injured Aug. 1, but hasn't been ruled out for the season. He is expected to miss significant time after arriving for training camp as the projected starting nose tackle.
|8/20/2014||Brett Keisel, DE||The Pittsburgh Steelers are planning to re-sign defensive end Brett Keisel to bolster a reconfigured line that has struggled to produce much of anything in the first two weeks of the preseason. Keisel posted on his Twitter feed Tuesday "I am very excited to finish what I started in 2002 with the (at)steelers. Time to get to work!!"
Analysis: The Steelers decided not to re-sign Keisel in the offseason after the 35-year-old finished with four sacks in 12 games in 2013. Keisel, who turns 36 on Sept. 19, was effective when healthy last season. But with the team up against the salary cap he wasn't going to command anywhere near the $4.9 million cap number he received last year.
|8/20/2014||Kenjon Barner, RB||The Philadelphia Eagles have acquired running back Kenjon Barner from the Carolina Panthers for a conditional seventh-round draft choice in 2015.
Analysis: Last year, Barner was drafted in the sixth round by the Panthers. The 25-year-old Barner played in eight regular-season games and one playoff game with the Panthers. The Oregon product played for Chip Kelly in college so fantasy owners may want to take advantage and pick him up cheaply.
|8/19/2014||Marcus Gilbert, T||The Steelers and Gilbert have reached agreement on a new six-year contract that runs through the 2019 season.
Analysis: Gilbert, a second-round pick in the 2011 draft, has started 34 games in three seasons. He was selected as the team's outstanding rookie after making 13 starts at left tackle in 2011. He missed the last 11 games of the 2012 season with an ankle injury and switched to right tackle last season.
|8/19/2014||Jason Phillips, LB||Phillips, one of the first players signed by the Philadelphia Eagles under coach Chip Kelly, was released Tuesday before he played in a regular-season game for the team.
Analysis: Phillips signed a two-year, $1.46 million contract as a free agent in 2013 with the Eagles, but tore the ACL in his right knee the first week of training camp in 2013 and spent the season on injured reserve. He came back healthy this year, but was released two days before the team's third preseason game against the Pittsburgh Steelers.
|8/19/2014||Drayton Florence, CB||The Detroit Lions have released Florence.
Analysis: Detroit signed the veteran defensive back earlier this month, but he was cut before practice Tuesday. Florence started five games for Carolina last season. He started three for the Lions the previous season.
|8/19/2014||Tyrann Mathieu, S||Mathieu came off the physically unable to perform list Tuesday. Mathieu is coming back from surgery to repair a torn ACL and LCL.
Analysis: The player widely as the "Honey Badger" was having a standout rookie season when he tore the ACL and LCL in his left knee against St. Louis on Dec. 8. In 13 games, he had 62 tackles, a sack, two interceptions, four tackles for loss, a forced fumble and a special teams tackle.
|8/19/2014||Montee Ball, RB||Ball returned to practice Tuesday, participating in individual drills in his first on-field workout since undergoing an appendectomy Aug. 4.
Analysis: Ball sat out the team drills when the Broncos squared off against the Houston Texans.
|8/19/2014||Delano Howell, S||Howell is seeing another specialist to determine the extent of his neck injury, and general manager Ryan Grigson says he hopes to know more before the end of this week.
Analysis: Howell entered training camp as the front runner to start opposite LaRon Landry in the secondary. But Howell has missed almost two weeks of practice.
|8/19/2014||David Wilson, RB||Two weeks after ending his NFL career due to a neck injury, Wilson is turning to track and field.
Analysis: The 23-year-old Wilson, who competed in the triple jump during high school and at Virginia Tech, intends to train in the event with an eye on making the United States team for the 2016 Rio Olympics.
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