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Wednesday
Apr292015

Dolphins DE Dion Jordan Suspended for Entire 2015 Season 

Joel Auerbach/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Miami Dolphins defensive end Dion Jordan was suspended by the NFL for the entire 2015 season for violating the league's drug policy for the third time in two years.

“We were disappointed to learn about Dion Jordan’s most recent suspension for violating the NFL’s Policy and Program for Substances of Abuse,” the team said in a statement. “A player’s health and well-being are of the utmost importance to us. We have made every effort to support Dion, both on and off the field, and we will continue to do so to the extent allowable under NFL guidelines.”

According to ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter, Jordan did not fail a drug test, but the NFL deemed that one of his test samples was diluted, which in Jordan's case counts as a violation. The 25-year-old will not appeal the suspension.

Jordan was almost traded to the Philadelphia Eagles in February, but once it was found that Jordan had submitted a diluted test sample, the deal was called off.

Jordan was selected by the Dolphins with the third overall pick of the 2013 NFL Draft. Since then, he's played in 26 games for the team, recording 46 tackles and three sacks.


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Saturday
Dec202014

Seahawks Sign Avril to 4-Year Extension

Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- The Seattle Seahawks signed defensive end Cliff Avril to a four-year contract extension Friday.

ESPN NFL Insider John Clayton reports the deal is worth $28.5 million, with $16 million guaranteed.

“I’m just happy to be in a situation where the team is as good as it is and to be a part of it and they want me to be a part of it,” Avril said.  “I’m fortunate enough to get a deal done so I can continue to be a part of it.”

Avril, who signed a two-year deal with Seattle before the 2013 season, has played in 14 games this season, recording 20 tackles, 4.5 sacks and one forced fumble.

"Cliff has been instrumental in what we've been building on the defensive side of the ball and we are excited that he'll be with us for another four years," Seahawks general manager John Schneider said. "He has been relentless in his approach to the game and his passion for winning is contagious. This is another great day for the Seahawks and the 12s."

This is the second straight day the Seahawks have signed one of their core defensive players. Thursday, they locked up linebacker K.J. Wright to a four-year, $27 million extension.


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Wednesday
Dec032014

ESPN: Robert Ayers' Season Is Over

Scott Boehm/Getty Images(EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J.) -- The New York Giants defensive end Robert Ayers' season is over, according to ESPN New York.

Ayers tore his pectoral muscle in the second half of the team's loss to Jacksonville Sunday and was placed on injured reserve Tuesday.

The 29-year-old Ayers, who signed a two-year contract with the Giants in March, has played in all 12 of New York's games this season. He is tied with Jason Pierre-Paul for the team lead in sacks with five, and has one forced fumble.

Ayers was originally selected by the Denver Broncos with the 18th overall pick in the 2009 NFL Draft. Since then he's played in 84 regular season games, registering 169 tackles, 17 sacks, four forced fumbles, and one touchdown.


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Wednesday
Oct222014

Report: Pats Lose Chandler Jones for About a Month

Comstock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- New England Patriots defensive end Chandler Jones has a hip injury that will sideline him for about a month, according to the Boston Globe.

Jones is a tough loss for a Patriots defense that's already playing without defensive tackle Sealver Siliga and linebacker Jerod Mayo.

The 24-year-old Jones has done well this season, leading the Patriots with 4.5 sacks. Jones also has 26 tackles, two passes defended, one forced fumble, and a blocked field goal that he recovered and returned for a touchdown.

The Boston Globe also reports that due to Jones' injury, the Patriots traded for linebacker Akeem Ayers from the Tennessee Titans and will sign defensive lineman Alan Branch.

The Patriots have a tough schedule coming up. This weekend they play the Chicago Bears, followed next week by the Denver Broncos -- both at home -- before getting a bye week and then going to Indianapolis to take on the Colts.


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Wednesday
Aug272014

Rams DE Sam Survives First Cut

Joe Robbins/Getty Images(EARTH CITY, Mo.) -- St. Louis Rams rookie defensive end Michael Sam, who is the first openly gay active player in NFL history, survived the team's first round of cuts Tuesday.

Sam, who was selected by the Rams in the 7th round of the 2014 Draft by the Rams, has five tackles and three sacks through three preseason games.

The Rams made four moves to make the league mandated 75-player roster limit. The team released defensive end Sammy Brown and safety Matt Daniels, and placed quarterback Sam Bradford and center Demetrius Rhaney on injured reserve.

The Rams have one more preseason game before they must reduce their roster to 53 players by Saturday at 4 p.m. ET. Sam's main competition for making the team is fellow rookie lineman Ethan Westbrooks.

"I think they're both doing well right now," Rams head coach Jeff Fisher said. "No different than any other positional races on this football team. They're both doing well. You know me, I'm not going to say who's one or who's two."


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Friday
Jun062014

Texans Sign Top-Pick Clowney

Cliff Hawkins/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- The Houston Texans signed the No. 1 overall pick in this year's NFL Draft Jadeveon Clowney, the team announced Friday.

The Houston Chronicle reports the deal is for four years, includes a fifth-year option, and is fully guarenteed. The Chronicle also reports the contract is worth $22.272 million and comes with a signing bonus worth $14.518 million.

The 6-foot-5, 266 pound Clowney played three seasons at South Carolina where he recorded 24 sacks including a school record 13 in 2012. The two-time first-team All-Southeastern conference selection finished his college career with 130 tackles, 24 sacks, 47 tackles for a loss and nine forced fumbles.

Clowney, who played defensive end in college, is transitioning to outside linebacker in Houston's 3-4 system.


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Friday
May092014

Texans Take Clowney with First Pick in NFL Draft

Cliff Hawkins/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- The Houston Texans selected defensive end Jadeveon Clowney with the first pick of the NFL Draft Thursday.

While there seemed little doubt to most prognosticators that Clowney would go first, there was at least one person that wasn't sure of that; Clowney.

"I'm feeling overwhelmed," said Clowney, who only found out Houston had selected him three minutes before the team's clock hit zero. "I'm feeling great right now. It's just a blessing, man. I appreciate it. I'm just glad to be a part of the Houston Texans."

Clowney becomes the first defensive player to be selected with the first pick since 2006, when the Texans selected defensive end Mario Williams.

The 6-foot-5, 266-pound Clowney played three seasons for South Carolina. During that time he recorded 24 sacks, the third most in school history.

Rounding out the top five Thursday were offensive tackle Greg Robinson (Rams), quarterback Blake Bortles (Jaguars), receiver Sammy Watkins (Bills) and linebacker Khalil Mack (Raiders).

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Sunday
Apr272014

Cowboys Re-Sign Spencer to One-Year Deal

Peter G. Aiken/Getty Images(IRVING, Texas) -- The Dallas Cowboys have re-signed defensive end Anthony Spencer to a one-year deal worth up to $3.5 million Saturday, according to a tweet by Spencer's agent Jordan Woy.

Spencer, who has played his entire seven season NFL career with the Cowboys, only played in one game last season after suffering a knee injury that required microfracture surgery.

Spencer has been rehabbing at the team's Valley Ranch facility and it is hoped he can return for training camp in July.

Spencer, 30, is a former Pro Bowler and has 255 tackles, 32.5 sacks and 12 forced fumbles in 91 career games.

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Saturday
Mar082014

Jaguars Agree to Four-Year Deal with DE Red Bryant

National Football League(JACKSONVILLE, Fla.) -- Defensive end Red Bryant agreed to a four-year deal with the Jacksonville Jaguars.

The 29-year-old Bryant was part of last season's Super Bowl champion Seattle Seahawks team. He has spent his entire six-season career in Seattle.

Bryant is reunited with Jaguars head coach Gus Bradley, who was the defensive coordinator in Seattle from 2009-2012.

The 6-foot-4, 323-pound Bryant was released by the Seahawks on Feb. 28 allowing him to sign with the Jaguars before the official start of free agency on Tuesday.

During his time in Seattle, Bryant played in 69 games recording 127 tackles, 3.5 sacks and two interceptions.

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Sunday
Feb092014

Missouri Defensive End Michael Sam Announces He's Gay

Stacy Revere Getty Images Sport(NEW YORK) --  Missouri defensive end Michael Sam announced in interviews with ESPN's Outside the Lines and the New York Times on Sunday that he is gay.

The 6-foot-1, 260-pound Sam told his teammates and coaches at Missouri about his sexual orientation in August.

"I came out to my teammates and they took it great," Sam told ESPN. "They rallied around me, they supported me and I couldn't ask for more."

Sam, who was the SEC's 2013 Co-Defensive Player of the Year, is eligible to be drafted in May. If drafted, Sam would become the first openly gay player in NFL history.

Sam had an SEC-leading 11.5 sacks, and 19 tackles for a loss, last season. 

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