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|5/22/2013||Rokevious Watkins, T||Watkins has been suspended without pay for the season opener for violating the NFL's substance abuse policy.
Analysis: The 338-pound Watkins was a fifth-round pick last year and played in one game his rookie season before going on injured reserve with an ankle injury. He's expected to contend for playing time this season and is eligible to participate in offseason and preseason practices and games.
|5/22/2013||Arthur Brown, LB||Brown will be sidelined for at least a month while he recovers from sports hernia surgery.
Analysis: Brown, the Ravens' second-round draft pick, had the operation two weeks ago following the team's first rookie minicamp. He did not practice Wednesday at a voluntary offseason camp and is also expected to miss the mandatory three-day minicamp that begins June 11. He is expected to be fully recovered by the time Baltimore begins training camp in late July.
|5/22/2013||Jeris Pendleton, DT||The Jaguars have signed first-year receiver Jeremy Ebert and waived Pendleton.
Analysis: The 29-year-old Pendleton had been a long shot to make Jacksonville's roster even though he was a seventh-round pick in 2012. The rebuilding Jaguars are looking to get younger at every position, making it hard to keep an inexperienced backup who will turn 30 during the season.
|5/22/2013||Jeremy Ebert, WR||The Jaguars have signed Ebert and waived defensive tackle Jeris Pendleton.
Analysis: Ebert was a seventh-round draft pick by New England Patriots in 2012. He also spent time on Philadelphia's practice squad last season. He re-signed with the Patriots on Jan. 21 and was waived April 29. Ebert had 173 receptions for 2,400 yards and 21 touchdowns at Northwestern. He led the team in receiving his final two seasons, including 75 catches for 1,060 yards and 11 touchdowns as a senior.
|5/22/2013||Michael Crabtree, WR||Crabtree is not on the practice field for Wednesday afternoon's organized team activity, though the team has provided no update regarding his absence amid reports he tore his Achilles tendon. USA Today reported that Crabtree was hurt during Tuesday's OTA, citing an unidentified source. A torn Achilles tendon usually sidelines a player for several months, even as long as a year.
Analysis: The 25-year-old Crabtree, the team's 10th overall pick in the 2009 draft out of Texas Tech, had career highs last season with 85 receptions for 1,105 yards and nine touchdowns for the NFC champion Niners, who lost 34-31 to the Ravens in the Super Bowl.
|5/22/2013||Demetrius McCray, CB||The Jacksonville Jaguars have signed McCray, a seventh-round draft pick, to a four-year contract.
Analysis: McCray is the second of the team's eight draft picks to sign. Fellow cornerback Jeremy Harris signed a similar deal Monday. Under the NFL's rookie slotting system, McCray gets a signing bonus around $70,000. He will count about $420,000 against the team's salary cap in 2013.
|5/22/2013||Hakeem Nicks, WR||Nicks surprised coach Tom Coughlin Wednesday when he failed to show up for the team's first voluntary workout. The coach was given no explanation.
Analysis: Nicks had arthroscopic surgery on his left knee in the offseason so it is doubtful he would have been able to participate fully in the workout anyway. Louis Murphy played well with Victor Cruz and Nicks missing.
|5/22/2013||Heath Miller, TE||Miller is pleased with his recovery from a devastating knee injury but says it's too early to tell when he'll return.
Analysis: Miller tore the ACL in his right knee during a loss to Cincinnati last December. He underwent surgery to repair the damage and said Wednesday he's already running.
|5/22/2013||Tim Tebow, QB||Philadelphia Soul part owner Ron Jaworski says he's serious about his offer to Tebow to join the AFL team. Jaworski, a former Philadelphia Eagles quarterback, reached out to Tebow a day after the Jets released him in April. Jaworski has yet to hear from Tebow, but expects to eventually.
Analysis: Tebow was brought to New York to be a dynamic addition to the offense, a complement to Mark Sanchez and a merchandising touchdown for the Jets. Instead, he attempted just eight passes for 39 yards and rushed 32 times for 102 yards - and no touchdowns.
|5/22/2013||James Rogers, CB||The Kansas City Chiefs have signed free agent safeties Quintin Demps and Malcolm Bronson and released safety Justin Glenn and Rogers, a cornerback.
Analysis: Rogers played in 46 games over four seasons at Michigan.
|5/22/2013||Justin Glenn, S||The Kansas City Chiefs have signed free agent safeties Quintin Demps and Malcolm Bronson and released Glenn and cornerback James Rogers.
Analysis: Glenn was trying to make the Chiefs after playing in 40 games over four seasons for the University of Washington.
|5/22/2013||Malcolm Bronson, S||The Kansas City Chiefs have signed free agent safeties Quintin Demps and Bronson and released safety Justin Glenn and cornerback James Rogers.
Analysis: Bronson went undrafted out of McNeese State, where he made 230 tackles in 40 career games.
|5/22/2013||Quintin Demps, S||The Kansas City Chiefs have signed free agent safeties Demps and Malcolm Bronson and released safety Justin Glenn and cornerback James Rogers.
Analysis: Demps played for new Chiefs coach Andy Reid while both were in Philadelphia from 2008-09, and spent the past three seasons with the Texans. The former fourth-round draft pick has 61 tackles, three interceptions and one fumble recovery in 48 career games.
|5/22/2013||Geno Smith, QB||Smith has chosen hip-hop star Jay-Z's new sports agency to represent him.
Analysis: Smith, who slipped out of the first round last month and fell to the Jets in the second round at No. 39 overall, fired his agents - Select Sports - shortly after the NFL draft. The former West Virginia star met with a handful of agents before announcing Wednesday that he had chosen Jay-Z's Roc Nation Sports, which is partnered with Creative Artists Agency.
|5/22/2013||De'Quan Menzie, CB||The Detroit Lions have claimed Menzie off waivers from the Kansas City Chiefs.
Analysis: Kansas City drafted Menzie last year in the fifth round and he didn't play as a rookie because of a hip injury. He started 20 of 25 games over two seasons at Alabama.
|5/22/2013||Mike Goodson, RB||Goodson has pleaded not guilty to drug and weapons charges in New Jersey. He appeared in court in Morristown on Wednesday morning.
Analysis: He was arrested early last Friday along with a friend after they were found in a car stopped on Interstate 80. The men were charged with marijuana possession, possession of drug paraphernalia and weapons offenses stemming from a 45-caliber semi-automatic handgun that included a hollow-point bullet found in the vehicle. Goodson's attorney said Wednesday his client realizes he was at the wrong place at the wrong time and is remorseful.
|5/22/2013||Brian Urlacher, LB||Urlacher says he's retiring after spending 13 seasons with the Chicago Bears, announcing it through social media accounts Wednesday.
Analysis: Urlacher was the face of the Bears' franchise and leaves as one of the game's great linebackers. In March, he and the Bears were unable to reach a contract agreement and he became a free agent. He started 180 games from 2000 through 2012, and recorded a team-record 1,779 tackles. He has 41 1/2 sacks, 22 interceptions, 16 fumble recoveries and 11 forced fumbles. He was the AP's defensive player of the year in 2005 and helped lead the 2006 team to the Super Bowl.
|5/21/2013||Jamoris Slaughter, S||The Browns have signed running back Brandon Jackson to a 1-year contract and Slaughter to a 4-year deal.
Analysis: Slaughter is the first member of the 2013 rookie class to sign with the Browns, who selected the former Notre Dame player in the sixth round. He missed most of last season with an Achilles injury, but the Browns feel he's close to returning or they wouldn't have released safety Eric Hagg.
|5/21/2013||Brandon Jackson, RB||The Browns have signed Jackson to a 1-year contract and rookie safety Jamoris Slaughter to a 4-year deal.
Analysis: Jackson has returned after spending the past two seasons with Cleveland, which signed him as an unrestricted free agent in 2011 from Green Bay. Jackson missed the entire '11 season with a toe injury and he appeared in just two games last season.
|5/21/2013||Tony Romo, QB||Romo will miss at least three weeks of offseason workouts after a procedure to remove a cyst from his back.
Analysis: The team's website reported Tuesday that Romo underwent the procedure last month and could return for the mandatory minicamp that starts June 11. He will be ready for training camp in July. Romo signed a six-year, $108 million extension with $55 million guaranteed in March.
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