NFL News: Player News and Updates for 2/7/15
NFL Updates: News From Around the League, Off-Season Schedule and More
February 7, 2015
We’ve reached the weekend, and it’s a little odd not having NFL football to talk about in the upcoming days. That said, there are still plenty of headlines around the league as we move toward the draft and all the other off-season activities, so let’s take our daily look at the major news stories and see what’s happening out there.
The NFL handed out some fines yesterday, tied to the brawl that occurred at the end of the Super Bowl. Let’s check out the offenders and see how much they’ll be paying.
The most notable name here is Patriots TE Rob Gronkowski, who was hit with a $8,268 fine. Fellow New England TE Michael Hoomanawanui and Seattle DE Michael Bennett earned the same amount.
The big loser here was Seahawks OLB Bruce Irvin, who will have to pay $10,000 for his role in the brawl.
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The Steelers’ Le’Veon Bell is going to be entering into a court-ordered drug program stemming from his drug charges late last summer.
He was arrested in August and charged with DUI and marijuana possession, but if he’s able to complete the drug program he’ll get those charges dropped. It’ll take 15 months for him to complete. In the meantime, the NFL may choose to discipline him as well.
Former teammate LeGarrette Blount was arrested in the same incident but was able to complete 50 hours of community service to get his charges dropped.
The Lions look like they’re ready to turn the page at center. After releasing Dominic Raiola, Detroit will likely be promoting Travis Swanson to the No. 1 slot. He’s a 2014 third-round draft pick.
Swanson played a little at right guard this past year and also filled in for Raiola in the season finale due to a suspension.
Will big Vince Wilfork be back with the Patriots this coming year? Well, if it’s up to him, he’d like to return for at least one more season and he’d like it to be in New England.
Wilfork was coming off an Achilles injury but was able to stay healthy in 2014. The one drawback to him getting another year with the Pats is his hefty $8.9 million cap number in 2015.
Off-Season Key Dates: Now let’s check out a few of the notable dates on the NFL’s off-season calendar. Here’s a quick overview.
February 16: Teams can designate franchise players
Feb 17-23: NFL Scouting Combine (Indianapolis)
March 10: 2015 league year begins; free agency begins at 4 PM ET and all teams must be under salary cap
March 22-25: Annual meeting
April 30-May 2: NFL Draft (Chicago)
May 8-11: Rookie mini-camps begin
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