NFLPA files appeal on Ray Rice's behalf
Ray Rice | FA
(September 16, 2014 9:14 PM EDT)
The NFLPA has officially filed an appeal on Ray Rice's indefinite suspension.
"The NFLPA appeal is based on supporting facts that reveal a lack of a fair and impartial process, including the role of the office of the Commissioner of the NFL. We have asked that a neutral and jointly selected arbitrator hear this case as the Commissioner and his staff will be essential witnesses in the proceeding and thus cannot serve as impartial arbitrators," reads the statement. It's just a formality at this point. Rice's hearing should be held within 10 days. Even if his suspension is reduced, Rice won't be playing in the NFL this season.
Cowboys DE Lawrence (foot) out of boot
Demarcus Lawrence | DAL
(September 16, 2014 9:00 PM EDT)
Cowboys DE Demarcus Lawrence (foot, short-term I.R.) is off crutches and out of his walking boot.
Lawrence broke his foot in late July and isn't eligible to return to game action until Week 9. He's yet to begin running, but Lawrence is lighting weights. The Cowboys have just three sacks, but Pro Football Focus has surprisingly graded Dallas out as a top-three pass-rushing defense through two weeks.
Dallas Morning News
John Abraham still dealing with concussion
John Abraham | ARZ
(September 16, 2014 8:47 PM EDT)
Updating a previous item, Cardinals OLB John Abraham didn't pass through the concussion protocol Tuesday and will try again on Wednesday.
Abraham suffered the concussion in Week 1 and left the team to mull his future. He returned to the club Monday, but is yet to be symptom-free. The Cardinals took a flier on OLB Victor Butler Tuesday. Abraham remains day-to-day.
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Arians: Palmer could miss a day or a month
Carson Palmer | ARZ
(September 16, 2014 8:44 PM EDT)
Coach Bruce Arians said Carson Palmer (shoulder) has a "nerve that just won't fire," and it "could be a day, or it could be a month" before he returns to the lineup.
It gels with what Arians said Monday. Palmer is anywhere from day-to-day to week-to-week. Consider him highly questionable for Week 3 against the 49ers at 4:05 PM ET. Drew Stanton will continue to start for however long Palmer is out. Stanton is merely a game manager with accuracy issues.
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Lamar Miller (ankle) practices on Tuesday
Lamar Miller | MIA
(September 16, 2014 7:04 PM EDT)
Lamar Miller (ankle) practiced on Tuesday.
The Dolphins don't issue official injury reports for their Tuesday sessions, but it obviously puts Miller on track to start Sunday's game against the Chiefs. With Knowshon Moreno (elbow) out 4-8 weeks, Miller is getting yet another chance to establish himself as an RB2.
Miami Herald
Shembo and Bartu rotate series for Falcons
Prince Shembo | ATL
(September 16, 2014 6:59 PM EDT)
Falcons ILB Prince Shembo rotated series with starter Joplo Bartu in Atlanta's Week 2 loss to Cincinnati.
This wasn't a situation where one player was in the base and the other rotated in on passing downs. It was a straight up platoon, with the fourth-rounder playing 31 snaps to Bartu's 42. Shembo saw just 13 percent of the Falcons' defensive snaps in Week 1, so it would appear the Atlanta coaching staff's confidence in the rookie is growing.
Jeff Ratcliffe on Twitter
Colts DL Arthur Jones out 2-4 weeks
Arthur Jones | IND
(September 16, 2014 6:16 PM EDT)
Colts DL Arthur Jones (high-ankle sprain) is expected to miss 2-4 weeks.
It's a big loss for the Colts' undermanned front seven. Ricky Jean-Francois and Zach Kerr will pick up the bulk of Jones' lost snaps.
Ian Rapoport on Twitter
Vikings could 'reverse course' on Peterson
Adrian Peterson | MIN
(September 16, 2014 6:01 PM EDT)
Profootballtalk reports the Vikings could "reverse course" on Monday's decision to reinstate Adrian Peterson.
Instead of dying down, the firestorm has only intensified since the Vikings welcomed back their franchise back, with the NFL looking into the case and the governor of Minnesota calling for AD to be suspended. Although the Vikes are unlikely to release Peterson outright like the Ravens did with Ray Rice, they'll probably do the same math. That would be concluding that the controversy isn't worth it, and suspending AD until his legal situation is resolved. He's less than 50-50 to be active for Week 3.
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LaMichael James works out for Dolphins
LaMichael James | FA
(September 16, 2014 5:58 PM EDT)
Free agent RB LaMichael James worked out for the Dolphins on Tuesday.
It's James' first-known workout since he was cut by the 49ers last week. The Dolphins are extremely thin at running back after losing Knowshon Moreno to an elbow injury in Week 2, resorting to re-signing Daniel Thomas on Monday.
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Peanut Tillman plans to continue career
Charles Tillman | CHI
(September 16, 2014 5:54 PM EDT)
Speaking Monday, Bears CB Peanut Tillman (triceps, injured reserve) strongly suggested he plans to continue his career in 2015.
"I know this feeling way too well, but this isn’t the end of the road for me," Tillman said after his triceps sent him to injured reserve for the second time in as many seasons. It's an admirable sentiment, but the league isn't kind to aging cornerbacks. Tillman turns 34 in February. Perhaps he'll be open to playing safety in 2015.
Chicago Sun-Times