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NFL News: Player News and Updates for 7/5/14

NFL Updates: News From Around the League, Off-Season Schedule and More

July 5, 2014

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We’ve reached the end of yet another week, and the countdown to training camp season has begun in the NFL. It won’t be too much longer before our Sundays are completely consumed by football yet again, but in the meantime let’s keep our eyes on the headlines and see how things are shaping up as we cruise toward the 2014 season.

Dion Jordan, DE, Miami Dolphins: Big news out of Miami this morning, as their off-season continues on its rocky pace. Second-year man Dion Jordan has been slapped with a four-game suspension for violating the league’s policy on performance-enhancing drugs.
Jordan released a statement after the announcement, admitting that he used “stimulants,” but didn’t go any further than that. He’s coming off a pretty tough rookie season as he tried to figure out the Dolphins’ scheme, and posted only two sacks through 2013. Jordan will be eligible to return to the field Week 5.

NFL News: Player News and Updates for 7/5/14

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LaVon Brazill, WR, Indianapolis Colts: While we’re on the subject of suspensions, let’s look at Brazill, who also got slapped with a sanction late this week. He’ll be out for at least one year (without pay) for violation of the NFL’s substance abuse policy.
Brazill failed multiple drug tests and missed out on the first four games of 2013. He had a few breakout moments last year, and the team was hopeful that he could take the next step this season as the Colts’ fifth receiver.
Indy will have to go on without Brazill, and the presence of Reggie Wayne (who’s now healthy), T.Y. Hilton, Coby Fleener, Hakeem Nicks and Dwayne Allen should help them get over it relatively quickly.

Josh Gordon, WR, Cleveland Browns: Gordon (somehow) managed to escape being named along with the suspended players this week, and it’s looking like his story will drag out for a little while longer.
Gordon’s suspension appeal hearing is scheduled for the end of July, according to sources, which means we could see him in training camp (July 26) for a little while as that date nears.
Most people think Gordon is destined for at least a one-year ban this time after yet another failed drug test, but there’s a chance that the NFL Players Association could bargain down and get that sentence reduced. Looks like we’ve got another few weeks to find out if that’s the case.

Week 1 Schedule: Now that the schedules have been released, we can start looking forward to the on-field action as we warm up for the 2014 campaign. Here’s a look at the first week of the season, which begins September 4.

Thursday, September 4, 2014:

8:30 PM ET:
Green Bay Packers at Seattle Seahawks (NBC)

Sunday, September 7, 2014:

1:00 PM ET:
New Orleans Saints at Atlanta Falcons (FOX)
Minnesota Vikings at St. Louis Rams (FOX)
Cleveland Browns at Pittsburgh Steelers (CBS)
Jacksonville Jaguars at Philadelphia Eagles (CBS)
Oakland Raiders at New York Jets (CBS)
Cincinnati Bengals at Baltimore Ravens (CBS)
Buffalo Bills at Chicago Bears (FOX)
Washington Redskins at Houston Texans (FOX)
Tennessee Titans at Kansas City Chiefs (CBS)
New England Patriots at Miami Dolphins (CBS)

4:25 PM ET:
Carolina Panthers at Tampa Bay Buccaneers (FOX)
San Francisco 49ers at Dallas Cowboys (FOX)

8:30 PM ET:
Indianapolis Colts at Denver Broncos (NBC)

Monday, September 8, 2014:

7:10 PM ET:
New York Giants at Detroit Lions (ESPN)

10:20 PM ET:
San Diego Chargers at Arizona Cardinals (ESPN)

NFL Off-Season Key Dates: We’re now back to full-on anticipation mode for the 2014 campaign. Here’s a look at some of the noteworthy dates from this off-season period that should keep us occupied until the league kicks off again.

Important 2014 Dates Remaining:

July 24: Training Camp Opens
September 4: First Game of the 2014 Season

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