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  Patriots | Dont'a Hightower back on field    Fri May 25, 04:36 PM

New England Patriots LB Dont'a Hightower (shoulder) participated in organized team activities Thursday, May 24.

Footballguys view: Hightower has almost always dealt with injuries of some kind, and he hasn't played a full 16-game season since 2013. Last year, Hightower only made it through five games before this torn pec knocked him out. This season, the Patriots need Hightower to stay healthy and play up to his potential as an enforcer.

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  49ers | Reuben Foster at workouts    Thu May 24, 06:18 PM

San Francisco 49ers LB Reuben Foster reported for organized team activities Thursday, May 24.

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  Rams | Mychal Kendricks may not be option for LAR    Wed May 23, 10:59 PM

Free-agent LB Mychal Kendricks (Eagles) does not appear to be an option for the Los Angeles Rams at this point, but he could be pursued if defensive coordinator Wade Phillips is interested in him, in the opinion of the Los Angeles Daily News' Vincent Bonsignore.

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  49ers | Charges against Reuben Foster dropped    Wed May 23, 08:31 PM

San Francisco 49ers LB Reuben Foster had two felony domestic violence charges against him dropped on Wednesday, May 23, for insufficient evidence.

Footballguys view: General manager John Lynch said he is cleared to return to the team as early as Thursday, May 24.

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  Eagles | Mychal Kendricks released    Tue May 22, 03:46 PM

Philadelphia Eagles LB Mychal Kendricks was released Tuesday, May 22, according to a source.

Footballguys view: He should be designated as a post-June 1 release, leaving $1.5 million in dead money while freeing up about $6 million in cap space. Kendricks is recovering from "clean-up" ankle surgery he had back in March, but the two-down run-stuffer shouldn't be on the open market for long.

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  Packers | Numerous Packers absent from OTAs    Tue May 22, 02:39 PM

Green Bay Packers WR Trevor Davis (hamstring), WR Colby Pearson (hamstring), LB Clay Matthews (knee), LB Nick Perry (ankle), OG Lane Taylor (ankle), OT Bryan Bulaga (knee), TE Emanuel Byrd (hamstring), S Ha Ha Clinton-Dix (undisclosed) and CB Tramon Williams (undisclosed) did not participate in organized team activities Tuesday, May 22.

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  Bills | Two competing for OLB job    Mon May 21, 12:24 PM

Buffalo Bills LBs Matt Milano and Ramon Humber will compete for the strongside linebacker job during offseason workouts and training camp.

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  NFL | Junior Galette may retire    Mon May 21, 12:03 PM

Free-agent LB Junior Galette (Redskins) has received some offers this offseason but has not signed with a team because he is considering retirement.

Footballguys view: Three offers on the table for Galette to be exact, but it sounds like they aren't enough for the veteran pass rusher. He was injured for all of 2015 and 2016, but he played for Washington in 2017 and notched 3.0 sacks and 20 total tackles as a part-time player. We'll see if he walks away from the game or is tempted to play for another team in 2018.

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  Vikings | Minnesota hoping to extend three key players    Sun May 20, 03:09 PM

Minnesota Vikings WR Stefon Diggs, DE Danielle Hunter and LB Anthony Barr are the three players the team is hoping to sign to lucrative deals this offseason, according to Chip Scoggins of the Minneapolis Star-Tribune.

Footballguys view: Diggs is in the final year of his rookie contract and is set to make a little over $700,000 in 2018. The Vikings spent a ton of money to get QB Kirk Cousins, but they should be able to find a way to get Diggs a contract.

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  Bears | Three Bears may be camp PUP candidates    Sat May 19, 03:14 PM

Chicago Bears WR Allen Robinson (knee), LB Leonard Floyd (knee) and OG Kyle Long (elbow, neck, shoulder) could all start training camp on the Physically Unable to Perform list, in the opinion of The Chicago Tribune's Brad Biggs.

Footballguys view: Robinson is the player fantasy owners are monitoring closely here. All reports about Robinson's recovery have been positive and Bears coach Matt Nagy said Robinson is "ahead of the game" in his rehab.

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  49ers | Eli Harold may start again    Fri May 18, 08:14 PM

San Francisco 49ers LB Eli Harold appears to be the leading candidate for the starting strongside linebacker job, in the opinion of the Sacramento Bee's Matt Barrows.

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  Cowboys | Jaylon Smith falling out of favor?    Thu May 17, 10:26 PM

Dallas Cowboys LB Jaylon Smith will likely become a part-time player on the strong side in 2018 after LB Leighton Vander Esch was selected in the 2018 NFL Draft, according to Gregg Rosenthal of NFL.com.

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  49ers | Reuben Foster's accuser says she lied    Thu May 17, 07:39 PM

San Francisco 49ers LB Reuben Foster's ex-girlfriend told a court on Thursday, May 17, that she lied about an alleged domestic violence incident in order to get Foster in trouble because she was upset with him. Additionally, she also confessed to trying to get domestic violence charges against a different boyfriend in 2011 when he tried to end the relationship.

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  Ravens | Terrell Suggs not considering retirement    Wed May 16, 09:51 PM

Baltimore Ravens LB Terrell Suggs said he plans to play beyond the 2018 season and believes he will continue to play for the Ravens during that time.

Footballguys view: A first-round pick all the way back in 2003, Suggs is still capable of playing at a high level. He's set to make $4 million in 2018, the last year of his current contract.

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  Eagles | Two moves made by Eagles    Tue May 15, 05:47 PM

Free-agent LB LaRoy Reynolds (Falcons) was signed by the Philadelphia Eagles Tuesday, May 15. S Dominick Sanders was waived in a corresponding move.

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  Cowboys | Jaylon Smith no longer wearing brace    Sun May 13, 11:28 AM

Dallas Cowboys LB Jaylon Smith is no longer wearing a brace on his left ankle and foot due to drop foot. He said he hasn't worn it since resuming workouts in February.

Footballguys view: Two years removed from his major knee injury, Smith is poised to do more for the Cowboys in 2018. He started only six games in 2017 but appeared in every regular season contest. We'll see if without the brace Smith begins to look like the player he once was in college at Notre Dame.

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  Colts | Indy adds Rakeem Nunez-Roches    Fri May 11, 06:50 PM

The Indianapolis Colts claimed DE Rakeem Nunez-Roches off waivers from the Kansas City Chiefs Friday, May 11. The team also waived LB Joshua Perry.

Footballguys view: The Colts now take over Nunez-Roches' entire $1.9 million salary for 2018. It's a bit of an odd pairing given the Colts defensive scheme, but we'll see if a fresh start can do Nunez-Roches some good.

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Joshua Perry player page


  NFL | Akeem Ayers to sit four games    Fri May 4, 04:53 PM

Free-agent LB Akeem Ayers (Giants) has been suspended for the first four games of the 2018 regular season, according to a source.

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  Raiders | Cory James waived    Fri May 4, 04:43 PM

Oakland Raiders LB Cory James (knee) was waived Friday, May 4, with a failed physical designation.

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  Dolphins | No fifth year for Stephone Anthony    Wed May 2, 09:08 PM

Miami Dolphins LB Stephone Anthony's fifth-year option was declined Wednesday, May 2.

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  Broncos | No option for Shane Ray    Wed May 2, 12:39 PM

Updating a previous report, Denver Broncos LB Shane Ray won't have his fifth-year option exercised.

Footballguys view: Ray had an injury-plagued 2017, with a wrist injury limiting him to eight games. He had flashed as a part-time player with the Broncos earlier in his career, and Ray had 8.0 sacks just two years ago. Things change quickly around here, and it looks like the selection of Bradley Chubb in the first round led to the Broncos deciding they can move on from Ray after this year.

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  Bengals | Cincinnati cuts two players    Mon Apr 30, 04:39 PM

Cincinnati Bengals LB Carl Bradford and LB Connor Harris were released Monday, April 30.

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  Jets | David Bass back with Jets    Mon Apr 30, 01:06 PM

Free-agent LB David Bass (Jets) re-signed with the New York Jets Monday, April 30. Terms of the contract were not disclosed.

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  Falcons | Atlanta officially picks up Vic Beasley's option    Wed Apr 25, 04:10 PM

Atlanta Falcons DE Vic Beasley's fifth-year option was officially picked up Wednesday, April 25.

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  Panthers | Shaq Thompson's option picked up    Mon Apr 23, 06:14 PM

Carolina Panthers LB Shaq Thompson's fifth-year option was picked up Monday, April 23, according to a source. He is now under contract through 2019.

Footballguys view: Thompson is being groomed to eventually take over completely for Thomas Davis. With Davis up there in age (and suspended the first four games of 2018), Thompson should get the largest role he's had as a pro this season.

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  Broncos | Shaquil Barrett signs tender    Mon Apr 23, 03:29 PM

Denver Broncos restricted free-agent LB Shaquil Barrett signed his tender Monday, April 23, according to a source.

Footballguys view: Barrett had a second-round tender placed on him and that kept teams away. He'll make $2.9 million this year for one season before hitting the open market as an unrestricted free agent in 2019. The Broncos should try and sign Barrett to a long-term deal before he gets to that point.

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  Jets | NYJ looking at Lamarr Houston    Mon Apr 23, 12:06 PM

Free-agent DE Lamarr Houston (Bears) is working out for the New York Jets Monday, April 23.

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  Steelers | Bud Dupree's option exercised    Mon Apr 23, 10:01 AM

Pittsburgh Steelers LB Bud Dupree had his fifth-year option exercised Monday, April 23. Financial terms weren't disclosed.

Footballguys view: Dupree has not been as productive as some thought he would be coming out of Kentucky as a first-round pick in 2015. However, he is coming off a career high 6.0 sacks in 2017 and is trending in the right direction. The option is only guaranteed for injury.

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  Texans | Whitney Mercilus at full strength    Sat Apr 21, 10:28 PM

Houston Texans LB Whitney Mercilus (pectoral) is fully recovered from his torn pectoral muscle.

Footballguys view: More great news for the Texans here. Their defense should have the dominant look they had in 2016 with a healthy Mercilus and J.J. Watt on the field. Mercilus should be full go for OTAs and minicamp.

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  Broncos | Shane Ray expects option to be picked up    Sat Apr 21, 04:37 PM

Denver Broncos LB Shane Ray said he expects the team to exercise his fifth-year option this offseason.

Footballguys view: The Broncos have to decide whether or not they want Ray for the fifth season. He was injured most of last year and turned in a disappointing 1.0 sack performance for the entire season. Healthy now, Ray could push for 7-8 sacks in 2018.

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  Broncos | Shane Ray adds weight    Sat Apr 21, 04:35 PM

Denver Broncos LB Shane Ray (wrist) said he currently weighs 240 pounds and plans to play the 2018 season at 240 or 245 pounds. He was down to 223 pounds at the end of the 2017 season because his wrist injury would not let him work out fully.

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  Bears | Leonard Floyd not on the field    Sat Apr 21, 12:17 AM

Chicago Bears LB Leonard Floyd (knee) didn't participate in Chicago's three-day minicamp as he continues to recover from a right knee injury, but head coach Matt Nagy said he isn't concerned about Floyd moving forward.

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  Colts | Jabaal Sheard set to shine?    Fri Apr 20, 10:06 PM

Indianapolis Colts LB Jabaal Sheard will move to defensive end in 2018 when the defense moves to a 4-3 base, according to general manager Chris Ballard, and Ballard believes Sheard 'will take off' in his new role.

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  Colts | John Simon to move to DE    Fri Apr 20, 09:59 PM

Indianapolis Colts LB John Simon will move to defensive end in 2018 when the defense shifts to a 4-3 base, according to general manager Chris Ballard.

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  Colts | Three players to line up at DE    Fri Apr 20, 06:39 PM

Indianapolis Colts LBs John Simon, Tarell Basham and Jabaal Sheard will be lining up at defensive end in the team's 4-3 defensive alignment, according to general manager Chris Ballard.

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  Broncos | Shaquil Barrett to sign next week    Fri Apr 20, 04:41 PM

Denver Broncos restricted free-agent LB Shaquil Barrett is expected to sign his one-year tender offer Monday, April 23, according to a source.

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  Bills | Two LBs competing for MLB job    Wed Apr 18, 05:07 PM

Buffalo Bills LBs Tanner Vallejo and Julian Stanford are competing for the starting middle linebacker job at this point, according to LB Lorenzo Alexander.

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  Raiders | Lamarr Houston visits Oakland    Wed Apr 18, 01:13 PM

Free-agent DE Lamarr Houston (Bears) worked out for the Oakland Raiders Wednesday, April 18, according to a source.

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  Chiefs | Dee Ford feeling good    Tue Apr 17, 12:13 PM

Kansas City Chiefs LB Dee Ford (back) underwent surgery in the offseason to repair a back issue that dogged him most of last season.

Footballguys view: Ford has plenty of talent as a pass rusher if he can ever stay healthy. While he was vague with reporters about his planned participation for OTAs this spring, he is expected to be fully healthy by training camp.

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  NFL | James Harrison retiring    Mon Apr 16, 08:00 AM

Free-agent LB James Harrison (Patriots) announced on Instagram Monday, April 16, that he's retiring.

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  Colts | John Simon ready for any role    Sun Apr 15, 10:35 PM

Indianapolis Colts LB John Simon said he hasn't been told if he will play defensive end or outside linebacker with the defense moving to a 4-3 base in 2018, but he is ready to 'do a little bit of everything and whatever the team needs.'

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  49ers | Reuben Foster won't attend OTAs    Sun Apr 15, 09:16 PM

San Francisco 49ers LB Reuben Foster 'will not participate in team activities as he is tending to his legal matters,' the team announced.

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  Eagles | Mychal Kendricks could still be available    Sat Apr 14, 04:03 PM

Philadelphia Eagles LB Mychal Kendricks could still be a trade candidate this offseason if the team receives the right trade offer, in the opinion of NJ.com's Eliot Shorr-Parks.

Footballguys view: Here we go again. Being involved in trade rumors is nothing new for the veteran linebacker. Kendricks is recovering from "clean-up" ankle surgery last we heard, and he's a quality two-down player when healthy. We'll see if something comes to fruition on draft day.

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  Bengals | Vontaze Burfict's suspension official    Thu Apr 12, 04:15 PM

Updating a previous report, the NFL has officially suspended Cincinnati Bengals LB Vontaze Burfict four games for violating the league's policy on performance-enhancing drugs.

Footballguys view: You have to think Burfict is about out of chances, but the NFL allows a lot of leeway for talented players. Is is his talent outweighed by his baggage? So far, it doesn't seem like it.

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  Dolphins | Terence Garvin signing with Miami    Wed Apr 11, 12:05 PM

Free-agent LB Terence Garvin (Seahawks) will sign with the Miami Dolphins Wednesday, April 11, according to a source.

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  Cowboys | Jaylon Smith feeling better    Tue Apr 10, 07:51 PM

Dallas Cowboys LB Jaylon Smith (knee) feels substantially better two years removed from a severe knee injury that even caused nerve damage.

Footballguys view: 'I'm prepared and I'm ready to tackle even more this year,' Smith said. 'It's going to be a great year.' Smith expects to remain at middle linebacker, but he could shift to strongside linebacker.

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  Panthers | Shaq Thompson ready to capitalize    Sun Apr 8, 10:08 PM

Carolina Panthers LB Shaq Thompson is expected to play a lager role while LB Thomas Davis serves his four-game suspension, and Thompson said Friday, April 6, that he is ready to make the most of the opportunity. 'Those are big shoes to fill,' Thompson said. 'TD has made his mark on this franchise. But I'm ready. I'm ready to take on that role.'

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  Panthers | Thomas Davis suspended    Fri Apr 6, 06:15 PM

Carolina Panthers LB Thomas Davis said he has been suspended four games for violating the NFL's policy on performance-enhancing drugs.

Footballguys view: The Panthers won't be the same without Davis on the field for the first month of the season. However, he was going to take on a smaller role in 2018. While he's out, Shaq Thompson will be asked to do more for the Panthers defense.

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  Cardinals | Markus Golden fine with a possible DE move    Fri Apr 6, 06:02 PM

Arizona Cardinals LB Markus Golden said he would not have a problem with the possibility of moving to defensive end in the team's new 4-3 defensive alignment. Golden could still see some playing time at linebacker.

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  Raiders | Oakland hosting Junior Galette    Thu Apr 5, 12:28 PM

Free-agent LB Junior Galette (Redskins) has a visit scheduled with the Oakland Raiders Friday, April 6, according to a source.

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