A. Peterson says in statement, 'Go Vikings'
Adrian Peterson | MIN
(May 27, 2015 8:52 PM EDT)
Adrian Peterson issued a statement regarding his absence from OTAs, saying he is sitting out as a "business" decision.
Perhaps most notably, Peterson ended the statement by saying "Go Vikings," which would seemingly strongly suggest he intends to be playing football for Minnesota in 2015. "The reason I'm not attending OTAs has nothing to do with wanting to be traded," Peterson insisted. "It's about securing my future with the Vikings. It's business, not personal and I understand that firsthand. Go Vikings." It sounds like the sides are still haggling over something related to Peterson's contract, which is scheduled to pay him $12.75 million in base salary this season, but is not guaranteed. Adding guarantees to the contract could be one way for the Vikings to appease Peterson, who turned 30 in March.
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Hardy appeal begins Thursday morning
Greg Hardy | DAL
(May 27, 2015 8:34 PM EDT)
The appeal hearing on Cowboys RE Greg Hardy's ten-game suspension will begin Thursday morning.
The NFLPA will encourage arbitrator Harold Henderson to reduce Hardy's ban "dramatically." The Players Association is said to have good arguments, and NFL Network's Albert Breer recently tweeted he thinks Hardy's ban will be reduced by "a significant number." A decision is not necessarily expected by Thursday, however. The NFL has not yet set a date for Tom Brady's appeal.
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Eagles holding Bradford out of team drills
Sam Bradford | PHI
(May 27, 2015 8:27 PM EDT)
The Eagles are holding Sam Bradford (ACL surgeries) out of team drills at OTAs.
He's being "limited" early in the offseason, as expected, while Mark Sanchez is running the first-team group. Coach Chip Kelly is expected to provide an update on Bradford's recovery on Thursday. During last month's draft, Kelly stated Bradford's rehab was "on schedule." Bradford threw during individual drills in early May, but was curiously absent from practices the following week.
Philadelphia Inquirer
Robert Ayers avoids structural damage
Robert Ayers | NYG
(May 27, 2015 8:16 PM EDT)
Tests on Giants LE Robert Ayers revealed no structural damage to his ankle.
The Giants can breathe a sigh of relief after Ayers was carted off the field at Wednesday's OTA practice. Although 2009 first-round pick Ayers never developed into a big-time pass rusher, he's an excellent run stopper at left end.
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'Smart money' on AP eventually showing up
Adrian Peterson | MIN
(May 27, 2015 8:09 PM EDT)
USA Today's Tom Pelissero believes the "smart money" is still on Adrian Peterson reporting to the Vikings before Week 1.
Pelissero acknowledges that Peterson may not report until mid-August, but even then "no one is going to advise him" to pass up the $12.75 million base salary Peterson is owed. Pelissero -- a former Vikings beat reporter -- refers to a Peterson trade as a "pipe dream." Coach Mike Zimmer made it clear on Wednesday that Peterson "can play for us, or not play" football in 2015.
USA Today
Joseph Randle criticizes DeMarco Murray
Joseph Randle | DAL
(May 27, 2015 8:00 PM EDT)
Joseph Randle criticized outgoing Cowboys workhorse back DeMarco Murray on Wednesday, suggesting Murray left too many yards on the field in 2014.
Murray led the NFL in yards after contact and ranked second to only Marshawn Lynch in missed tackles forced, per PFF's grades. Underwear burglar Randle seems to believe he can do a better job. "I got to sit back and watch a lot," Randle said, "and I felt like there was a lot of meat left on the bone." Randle is competing with Darren McFadden and Ryan Williams to replace Murray.
Dallas Morning News
Dezmen Southward undergoes knee surgery
Dezmen Southward | ATL
(May 27, 2015 7:54 PM EDT)
Falcons CB Dezmen Southward underwent knee surgery on Wednesday.
It's likely a clean-up procedure after Southward was limited by a knee issue in OTAs. Southward will miss valuable practice reps as he attempts to transition to corner. His status for training camp is questionable.
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Free agent Mike Patterson visits with Detroit
Mike Patterson | FA
(May 27, 2015 7:33 PM EDT)
Free agent DT Mike Patterson visited with the Lions.
Patterson appeared in all 16 games for the Giants last year, making eight starts. He would give Detroit a situational run stopper behind Haloti Ngata and Tyrunn Walker. 31-year-old Patterson won't cost more than the veteran minimum.
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Teddy on TE Rudolph: 'Biggest weapon we have'
Teddy Bridgewater | MIN
(May 27, 2015 7:31 PM EDT)
Speaking at Vikings OTAs on Wednesday, Teddy Bridgewater called Kyle Rudolph "the biggest weapon we have right now."
"He's like a new player out there," Bridgewater said of Rudolph, who endured yet another injury-ruined season in 2014. Rudolph, Bridgewater, and Charles Johnson spent the offseason training together. Still only 25 years old, Rudolph will be worth a late-round flyer in 2015 fantasy drafts. Durability remains the biggest obstacle in the way of Rudolph realizing his potential.
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Chiefs ILB Derrick Johnson cleared for OTAs
Derrick Johnson | KC
(May 27, 2015 7:19 PM EDT)
Chiefs ILB Derrick Johnson (Achilles) has been cleared for OTAs.
Johnson has been a full participant in Kansas City’s offseason program. Nine months removed from Achilles surgery, he should be close to 100 percent. The Chiefs are counting on the return of Johnson and Mike DeVito to improve what was one of the worst run defenses in the league last season.
Kansas City Star