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Report: Florida federal judge OKs New York Giants DE Jason Pierre-Paul's privacy lawsuit vs. ESPN

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Report: Florida federal judge OKs New York Giants DE Jason Pierre-Paul's privacy lawsuit vs. ESPN

A Florida federal judge has allowed a privacy lawsuit against ESPN and reporter Adam Schefter, in which Schefter tweeted a picture of Giants defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul's medical records in the aftermath of a fireworks accident, to proceed.

Lawyers for ESPN had reportedly asked for the case to be tossed, citing First Amendment protections, but Judge Marcia G. Cooke ruled in favor of Pierre-Paul's argument, per the New York Post.

The star defensive end argued that while his injury may have been “a matter of legitimate public concern,” the “chart was not.”

Pierre-Paul blew off a finger and sustained significant damage to his right hand in the accident on July 4, 2015.

“The court correctly ruled that Jason properly stated an invasion-of-privacy claim against ESPN and Adam Schefter, who we allege improperly published Jason’s medical records. Today’s ruling is a recognition of Jason’s right, as a professional athlete, to oppose the publication of his medical records without his consent,” said the football player’s attorney, Mitchell Schuster of Meister Seelig & Fein, via the New York Post.

Hub Arkush: Chicago Bears' third preseason game important for O-line, secondary

Hub Arkush: Chicago Bears' third preseason game important for O-line, secondary

LAKE FOREST, Ill. — It is hard to know when and exactly why the third exhibition games of the four-game NFL preseason became the “All-Important Third Preseason Game.”

There are of course the occasional outliers around the league like Bill Belichick, who has in some seasons given starters extended playing time in the final exhibition game.

But for the most part, it has become standard practice across the league to build throughout the preseason to the third exhibition, in which the starters get by far the most snaps of the four practice games, and then won't even dress most of the starters for Week Four as teams taper down to mend the bumps and bruises of training camps and build back fresh legs for the regular-season opener.

I asked Bears head coach John Fox Thursday if he will put extra weight in his players’ evaluations on their performances Saturday against the Chiefs.

“You know not much, it'll be the most extended play of the starters we have available will play," he said. "We've got some guys that we've evaluated on a lot of football plays before the third preseason game, so albeit it is important, we have a pretty good idea about some of our players.

“I feel good about where we are. We get an opportunity to look at some different guys, maybe even in different positions, which is all part of getting through an NFL season. “

To me the key element of that answer is when Fox said, “We have a pretty good idea about some of our players,” and that was amplified by what he told me when I asked if this game is more important to the guys fighting for those 46th through 53rd spots on the roster.

“No, I think we know them better. We've had preseason 1 and preseason 2 to look at them, we've already formulated some sort of opinion on every player and we have two more opportunities with Saturday being the third," he said.

The Bears' game with the Chiefs Saturday may be the “All Important Third Exhibition,” but in Fox’s world it will have no extra impact on how he already views his players.

What could be critical, if you listen to Fox closely, is when he says, “We get an opportunity to look at some different guys, maybe even in different positions.”

I would keep a particularly close eye on the offensive and defensive lines and the secondary versus the Chiefs and look for tackles playing guard and guards playing center or vice versa, the defensive line for DTs playing DE and vice versa and the secondary for corners playing safety, safeties playing corner and new guys in the slot, and you will probably be able to identify players fighting to land safely off the roster bubble.

Although they will be without one of the game’s premier pass rushers in Justin Houston, the Chiefs are one of the better rush teams in the league and will come from multiple looks in their base 3-4 scheme.

How the Bears' offensive line handles them without Kyle Long will be big.

In his final dress rehearsal for the big time, Kevin White needs to make some plays and be more of a solid NFL wideout than an exciting prospect in training.

With Jacquizz Rodgers seemingly a sure thing to make the team, either Ka’Deem Carey or Jordan Howard needs to take this opportunity to earn the second or third running back spot.

While it would be nice to see Leonard Floyd make a few plays, the defensive unit to focus on Saturday is the secondary.

We know who and what the front seven will be made of, but while Tracy Porter, Kyle Fuller (when healthy), Adrian Amos, Harold Jones-Quartey and Bryce Callahan (nickel) seem destined to be the opening day starters, only Porter seems certain to still be there by October.

If Jacoby Glenn, De’Vante Bausby, Deon Bush, Deiondre' Hall, DeAndre Houston-Carson and Kevin Peterson have statements to make, Saturday versus the Chiefs will certainly be the time to make them.

Would former Cleveland Browns QB Johnny Manziel be welcomed in CFL?

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Would former Cleveland Browns QB Johnny Manziel be welcomed in CFL?

Former Browns quarterback Johnny Manziel has a four-game suspension for violating the NFL's substance abuse policy, and while it appears his prospects to play in the league again are slim at best, could he be welcomed up North in the Canadian Football League?

ESPN wrote Thursday CFL commissioner Jeffrey Orridge would welcome the embattled quarterback if he assures the league that he would be an "appropriate fit for its culture", but a recent press release on Twitter from the CFL disputes the apparent claims.

"To be clear, when asked by ESPN if the CFL would welcome Johnny Manziel, Commissioner Orridge replied that we do not speculate on players who have not been offered a CFL contract. He did not say the CFL would welcome him, as some headlines have inaccurately suggested."

There's been virtually zero interest in Manziel from NFL clubs the past few months. We know the Cowboys aren't a destination.

Report: Houston Texans LT Duane Brown not expected to be ready for Week One

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Report: Houston Texans LT Duane Brown not expected to be ready for Week One

It hasn't been a sterling Thursday for the Texans offensive line with center Nick Martin done for the season with ankle surgery. Now, left tackle Duane Brown isn't expected to return for the start of the season.

Brown, 30, started 14 games last season before suffering a serious quad injury against the Jaguars. It's possible the Texans will take the cautious route, and begin Brown on the PUP list, according to NFL media's Ian Rapoport.

Seven-year veteran Chris Clark is listed as the backup behind Brown, per the Texans depth chart.

Brown has started in all 120 games he's been available for. Yet, perhaps no offense in the league has undergone such a dramatic face lift at key positions than the Texans at quarterback, running back and receiver.

In other, far better Texans news, defensive end J.J. Watt expects to practice next week, per NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport. That could be a positive sign regarding his Week One availability, less than 40 days after undergoing back surgery.

New England Patriots acquire latest reclamation project, Barkevious Mingo, from Browns

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New England Patriots acquire latest reclamation project, Barkevious Mingo, from Browns

The king of reclamation projects has found another pupil.

Bill Belichick's Patriots have acquired 2013 sixth overall pick Barkevious Mingo from the Browns, ESPN's Adam Schefter reported on Twitter. Compensation in the deal isn't immediately known.

Just this offseason, Belichick has acquired Mingo and fellow 2013 top-10 pick Jonathan Cooper in trades, and signed 2012 first-round flameout Shea McClellin in free agency.

Mingo showed up for offseason work in Cleveland down a ton of weight and looking to improve on his nondescript first three seasons, in which he managed just seven sacks in 13 starts and was oft relegated to special teams work.

Belichick has holes at outside linebacker and defensive end after the departure of Chandler Jones and injuries to Rob Ninkovich and Jabaal Sheard. The Browns have holes, well, pretty much everywhere as they continue building for their future.

Like Cooper, Mingo is in a contract year, which means he won't be too expensive for the Patriots. It's an opportunity for both players to use a new home to up their value next spring in free agency.

Belichick doesn't always salvage things in these endeavors, but he's had a lot of success over the years including Randy Moss and Corey Dillon, to name a few. But one man gathers what another one spills, and it'll be fun to see what Belichick with his latest collections. But isn't a shame he wasn't able to work Josh Gordon into the package?

Bruce Arians says in-game video usage 'helps bad coaches'

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Bruce Arians says in-game video usage 'helps bad coaches'

Bruce Arians and Mike Zimmer did it the hard way.

Two of the NFL's hottest head coaches spent a combined 36 seasons as NFL assistants and coordinators before their head-coaching numbers were called, but they've quickly transformed the Cardinals and Vikings, respectively, into powerhouses.

Interestingly, then, a pair of old-school guys aren't particularly keen on the potential new-school use of in-game video by coaches on the sidelines — a test that's underway by the NFL this preseason.

"It helps bad coaches," Arians said this week after trying the format in his club's second preseason game, adding it gives offensive gurus like himself an added edge.

"Defensively, you spend a lot of hours and time on a blitz and a guy can sit there, watch it on tape, show it to his guys and fix it in the first quarter. That’s not what it’s all about," he said.

Surprisingly, the always direct Zimmer, a defensive specialist, wasn't as blunt as Arians — but he essentially delivered a similar message.

"Well, personally I think it’s like you’re watching film," Zimmer said earlier this week. "A long time ago they outlawed having replays, video replay, up in the coaches box and things like that. Basically that’s what it is. You can watch every single play and watch who was wrong, who was right, the different blitz they put in that week. It’s the same on both sides it’s just, I guess maybe I’m older so I’m used to the pictures."

Apparently after waiting as long as they did, Arians and Zimmer don't want other coaches getting any shortcuts — which is apparently how they view the use of video tablets on the sidelines — and we tend to agree.

Report: Washington C Bryan Stork not retiring, expected to report to new club

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Report: Washington C Bryan Stork not retiring, expected to report to new club

After tracking whether former Patriots center Bryan Stork would be cut, traded or retire on Wednesday, it now appears he'll report to Washington, where he was officially traded.

NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport tweeted Thursday afternoon Stork is expected to soon be in town to begin training with his new team, nixing any retirement thoughts.

The 25-year-old has battled a pretty serious concussion history since arriving as a rookie in 2014 and had apparently been outplayed by Patriots' center David Andrews, likely leading to the eventual trade.

ESPN's Adam Schefter reported Wednesday the Patriots' compensation for Stork is a conditional seventh-round draft pick.

Stork has started 17 of 21 career games and started the Super Bowl in 2014.

Sashi Brown: Cleveland Browns 'not looking to trade Josh Gordon'

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Sashi Brown: Cleveland Browns 'not looking to trade Josh Gordon'

Are the Browns open for business when it comes to moving Josh Gordon, whom they reportedly fielded calls about trading this week?

Cleveland's interest in trading Gordon "is probably a mischaracterization," president of football operations Sashi Brown told a small group of local reporters Thursday, per Mary Kay Cabot of the

"We've said all we need to say about it. We're not looking to trade Josh."

Brown indicated Gordon is not only "a great weapon for our offense," but someone who's taking on a leadership role in a young WR corps. Seriously. A player who's missed 27 of the past 32 games due to suspension is being talked up as a leader.

More believable than that nugget is Brown's caveat on the Gordon situation, which he calls "static."

"I'm just not going to enter into any of the speculation,'' he said of the reports last week that Cleveland planted the trade rumor to ESPN to drum up interest on the 2013 NFL receiving leader who's suspended the first four games of 2016.

"I understand what the interest is in Josh. There are literally hundreds of conversations going around the league about players all the time, and if we got into speculating about all the reports, about what could be going on and what conversations could be going on, we'd be here for a much longer time than we have."

Brown went on to say Gordon is like every other member of the organization, which is to say he isn't untouchable — just look at the Browns offseason, after all.

But for the time being, according to team brass, Gordon is in the its plans for 2016. That could easily change if a suitor steps up with an offer Cleveland can't refuse (a high draft pick, not a death threat).

'Las Vegas Raiders' trademark application has been filed

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'Las Vegas Raiders' trademark application has been filed

The Raiders are hardly a sure bet to head to Las Vegas, but they took another step toward a potential move in the future, filing applications with the U.S. Patent and Trademark office on the name, "Las Vegas Raiders," last week, Forbes first reported.

As Forbes points out, the Chargers have a trademark on "Los Angeles Chargers" despite their preference to remain in San Diego in a brand new downtown stadium whose planning continues.

Any move for the Raiders is still contingent on the construction of a new stadium, plans for which the Southern Nevada Tourism Infrastructure Committee continues to review, including a potential tourism tax hike to generate the necessary funds.

Mark Davis has said a stadium green-lighting would set in motion the move of his franchise. Powerful NFL owners including Robert Kraft and Jerry Jones have publicly endorsed the idea, though Roger Goodell has called the discussions "premature."

Premature or not, the "Las Vegas Raiders" trademark should soon be official.

The Way We Hear It: Los Angeles Rams QB Jared Goff coming along slower than expected

The Way We Hear It: Los Angeles Rams QB Jared Goff coming along slower than expected

Unlike Paxton Lynch, Jared Goff is clearly developing at a slower pace than the Rams had hoped for when they used the No. 1 overall pick in the draft on him, and the way we hear it, the Rams' coaching staff may just bare some of the responsibility.

Prior to the draft it was clear that of the top three quarterback prospects, Carson Wentz — who ended up in Philadelphia — had by far the most experience under center and in a pro style offense, which some thought suggested he’d be ready to play the soonest.

But the QB coach for one NFL team that did not take any of the three told us that after visiting with all three, he thought Goff seemed to process the things he was being asked the quickest of the trio and that might make him the most NFL ready.

As Goff continues to develop slowly, we’re hearing from several sources close to the situation that coaching may be part of the problem.

Rob Boras is the Rams' offensive coordinator and Mike Groh is their wide receivers coach and passing game coordinator. Both are excellent football coaches, but neither has any real experience developing NFL quarterbacks.

Boras spent his career as an offensive line coach and tight ends coach before being appointed Rams offensive coordinator, and Groh did coach quarterbacks for two years at Virginia and one year at Louisville, but he has only coached wideouts in the NFL.

Groh played quarterback in college, but there is a big difference between playing the position and teaching it.

The Rams' quarterbacks coach is Heisman Trophy winning quarterback Chris Weinke, but he was a high school coach until the Rams hired him in 2015.

One source pointed to the success of Nick Foles in Philadelphia, his complete unraveling with the Rams and now seeming improvement as he is back with Andy Reid in Kansas City as a sign the Rams may need to consider how they develop players at the position.

Let us stress again, Boras and Groh are excellent coaches and it’s still too early to tell with Weinke, but developing quarterbacks is an art and the work being done with Goff may be something Jeff Fisher needs to take a look at.

Houston Texans' offensive rebuild takes hit with second-round C Nick Martin out for year

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Houston Texans' offensive rebuild takes hit with second-round C Nick Martin out for year

The center of the Texans' exciting offseason reset of their offense won't play in 2016.

Second-rounder Nick Martin underwent ankle sugery, according to NFL Media's Ian Rapoport, robbing Houston of a player it anticipated being a plug-and-play solution for the NFL's most dramatically overhauled offense.

Martin, the brother of Cowboys Pro Bowl RG Zach Martin whom Houston traded into the second round to acquire, was having an excellent offseason and was expected to replace Ben Jones, who signed with Tenneseee.

In Martin's absence, Houston could turn to second-year player Greg Mancz, who has received first-team reps with the rookie recently sidelined. We wonder whether Houston was in play for Brian Stork, before he was traded to Washington.

Reports from Houston on the development of prized free agents Brock Osweiler and Lamar Miller have been promising. Now the Texans must hope Osweiler being forced to adjust with a new center, and an O-line without two 2015 starters and with two tackles recovering from injury, can also adapt seamlessly.

Detroit Lions opt for backfield youth, cut Stevan Ridley

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Detroit Lions opt for backfield youth, cut Stevan Ridley

The Lions parted ways with veteran Stevan Ridley on Thursday, opening the door for second-year player Zach Zenner and seventh-rounder Dwayne Washington to stay in the backfield equation behind Ameer Abdullah and Theo Riddick.

Ridley, 27, signed a one-year deal including $250,000 guaranteed this offseason to reunite with new GM Bob Quinn, formerly in the Patriots front office. But Ridley struggled to gain traction working behind Zenner, the NFL's leader in preseason yardage a season ago who's looked good in his sophomore campaign, and Washington, who added a rushing touchdown last week after taking a kick return 101 yards to the house in his NFL debut. Both also factor on special teams, where Ridley isn't an asset.

That the Lions, despite Ridley's experience and salary, opted for youth sends a message to the rest of the roster that performance, not popularity or paycheck, will rein supreme with this new regime, whereas that wasn't always the case under Martin Mayhew.

Whether the Lions' 32nd-ranked ground game has the ammo, namely run-blocking improvements, to ascend this season with Abdullah and Co. remains to be seen. But Thursday's news will appeal to the Zenner fantasy football truthers. He's an interesting late-round flier because of his combination of downhill ability and receiving skills, paired with Detroit's desperate need to balance its offense.

Joey Bosa camp responds to San Diego Chargers' promise to pull best offer

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Joey Bosa camp responds to San Diego Chargers' promise to pull best offer

Brian Ayrault, the CAA representative for Chargers first-round holdout Joey Bosa, responded Wednesday evening to San Diego's threat to pull its contract offer, the details of which were released in a statement, and president of football operations Michael Spanos' subsequent comments.

Here's Ayrault's complete statement, via the San Diego Union-Tribune:

It is unfortunate the San Diego Chargers have decided to manipulate facts and negotiate in the media. The team surely is not strengthening its relationship with Joey Bosa by taking this stance and making their position public.

We have decided that we will not engage in public negotiations or discuss numbers and/or terms in this negotiation.

We will say, that it is ironic that the team now takes issue with the timing of Joey’s arrival, since the Chargers unilaterally decided to remain silent for the first 14 days of training camp instead of replying in a timely fashion to the proposal we made on the eve of training camp on July 28th.

At this point, all we can do is continue to fight for a fair contract on behalf of our client, as we do for all of our clients. The Chargers can focus on trying to sway public opinion, but our focus will remain on our client and securing a contract for him that is fair and consistent with his draft position.

Ayrault, after saying he wouldn't discuss negotiation terms in public, points out publicly that San Diego waited 14 days to respond to Bosa's counteroffer before camp opened. That implies the Bolts, who now say they intend to lower their best offer because Bosa not being in camp means he can't be at his best for 16 games, might've been at camp had they been more punctual.

San Diego Chargers 'blown away' by 'absolutely asinine' negotiating of Joey Bosa's camp

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San Diego Chargers 'blown away' by 'absolutely asinine' negotiating of Joey Bosa's camp

Now that the Chargers have released the details of their "best contract offer" to Joey Bosa, which they've since pulled, president of football operations John Spanos is telling us what he really thinks.

In an interview Wednesday with the San Diego Union Tribune, Spanos pulls no punches when sharing his opinion of the negotiating tactics by the No. 3 overall pick's camp.

"It's absolutely asinine," said Spanos. "He would have gotten more cash in this calendar year than anyone except Carson Wentz."

That might be accurate, but as MMQB's Andrew Brandt points out on Twitter, Wentz has no offset language in his deal, which is the other big reported holdup in the longest contract standoff since the 2011 collective bargaining agreement included a rookie wage scale intended to avoid such instances.

"I'm blown away," said Spanos. "At all costs I wanted to avoid going down this road. They made it overly clear we had no other option."

The Chargers have been down this road, after all. They threatened to pull their best contract offer to Philip Rivers in 2004, when his holdout extended into late August after San Diego acquired the quarterback in exchange for Eli Manning, who vowed not to play for the Bolts.

"Negotiations have broken down,” said ex-Chargers G.M. A.J. Smith in Aug. 2004, via Pro Football Talk. “Prior to the training camp report date, we made an effort to get Philip signed. Also, during the past week, we exchanged ideas and could not come to an agreement. On Friday, we offered a great deal to Philip. We also notified both Philip and his agent, Jimmy Sexton, that the offer will stand until 5 p.m. Sunday evening and if not accepted, the final offer will be pulled off the table. ... We also informed them that the package we talked about and offered will now only go down in value.”

What's that old bit about the definition of insanity, doing the same thing over and over, right? Well, asinine works, too, and at this point, we think both sides fall under the asinine category, as there are clearly no winners at this point — unless you count the Chargers 2016 opponents.

The Way We Hear It: Paxton Lynch poised to become Denver Broncos starter sooner than expected?

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The Way We Hear It: Paxton Lynch poised to become Denver Broncos starter sooner than expected?

The way we hear it, Broncos head coach Gary Kubiak and general manager John Elway already know who their starting quarterback will be for the bulk of the 2016 season — it’s just a question of whether he takes the job in Week One versus the Panthers, or is held back for a few weeks to continue to absorb the NFL game and offense.

While Kubiak has continued to promote a wide-open competition that has begun to focus on 2015 seventh-rounder Trevor Siemian as a real possibility to claim the starting job from journeyman Mark Sanchez, sources close to the situation tell us that the actual football part of the competition isn’t even close and that rookie Paxton Lynch has emerged head and shoulders above the two veterans.

We’re told that while the Broncos can live with Sanchez or Siemian as a temporary placeholder for the far more physically gifted Lynch in Kubiak’s run-heavy offense, they know in their heart of hearts that both veterans are likely career No. 2's or 3's, rather than starters on a legitimate playoff contending team.

According to our sources, Kubiak and his staff are pleasantly surprised by the quick adjustments to the NFL Lynch appears to be making and are quickly moving to the idea of on-the-job training rather than waiting in the hopes the 26th overall pick can learn more watching one of the veterans for a few weeks.

The biggest concerns around Lynch coming out of Memphis were his accuracy and the similarity of the scheme he ran to the Baylor offense that barely resembles most NFL schemes.

Bryce Petty put up numbers at Baylor that screamed No. 1 overall pick, and yet he languished into the fourth round before being drafted by the Jets due mainly to concerns about his adjustment to an NFL offense.

Petty is now rumored to be very much on the bubble and likely to be waived by the Jets after just one NFL season, as he has looked very uncomfortable under center and struggled mightily to adjust to the Jets scheme.

We’re told that Lynch, however, is progressing daily by leaps and bounds and appears to be quite comfortable under center – one of the things he and Petty did almost none of in college – and is improving his drops and reads very well.

What we’re hearing is that the question is not whether Lynch will be the Broncos' starting quarterback as a rookie, it’s just how soon?

The opener against Carolina is not out of the question, but Week Four versus the Bucs in Tampa — after the opening gauntlet of Panthers, Colts, Bengals — may be the smart money.

Update: New England reportedly trades C Bryan Stork to Washington; Stork contemplating retirement

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Update: New England reportedly trades C Bryan Stork to Washington; Stork contemplating retirement

UPDATE: The Patriots have reportedly sent former starting center Bryan Stork to the Washington franchise in exchange for a conditional draft pick, per NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport on Twitter Wednesday afternoon.

But, Rapoport claims Stork is now weighing retirement. "['It's] not definitive, but [he's] pondering," Rapoprt tweeted.

Former Washington tight end Chris Cooley, now a personality for ESPN 980, tweeted about an hour ago Stork is retiring.

Wednesday morning reports flurried around the Patriots apparently releasing former starting center Bryan Stork, but now, things have changed.

Stork, 25, was battling a concussion earlier in August — something that has plagued his young career. The Patriots' 2014 fourth-round pick began the 2015 season on the injured reserve-designated to return list with a concussion, and also missed two games his rookie season after another diagnosed concussion in 2014.

Stork has started 17 of 21 career games and started the Super Bowl in 2014.

Observers in New England seemed to not be surprised by this move. Stork apparently has been outplayed by 2015 undrafted free agent David Andrews, continuing over from last season.

Chicago Bears Notes: Cutler working with another shuffled O-line; Langford returns to practice

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Chicago Bears Notes: Cutler working with another shuffled O-line; Langford returns to practice

LAKE FOREST, Ill. — Jay Cutler has gotten more accustomed than he would probably like working with different offensive linemen over the past few seasons. That made Wednesday’s practice no different, with his starting right side of Kyle Long and Bobby Massie both out.

“From last year we should be used to it,” Cutler said. “We had a lot of guys coming in and out. I think through training camp we saw a lot of different faces coming in and out of the huddle. So I think the comfort level kind of grew a lot with a lot of guys. It’ll be a test. It’s preseason. It’s a good time to do these things.”

With Long out, it was another day of work for Cornelius Edison at the center position. It could mean for the second year in a row, Cutler will at some point take snaps in a game from a center in his NFL debut.

“He’s a good kid. He’s trying to do everything we ask him to do,” Cutler said of Edison. “… I think Ted [Larsen]’s been helping him a lot. I think he’s come a long way just in these last two days.”

Cutler said Wednesday’s practice was Edison’s best since taking over the role with the first team, and that he’s being vocal with the first-year player out of Portland State.

Long is normally the vocal player in that huddle, and Cutler didn’t mince words about what it means for the O-line to be without its best player.

“You’re missing that big guy that can lock down the three-technique,” he said. “Whenever he’s in there, you know that side is pretty much going to be void. You don’t really have to worry about that. You’re going to have room to step up. He’s been a three-time Pro Bowler. He’s a heck of player for good reason. We’ll miss him this week, and hopefully we’ll get him back soon.”

Despite all the shuffling, a positive on the O-line is second-round pick Cody Whitehair, who has been entrenched as the starting left guard since minicamp.

“He’s done well. He’s a smart kid,” Cutler said. “He’s quiet, he kind of fits in with that group and he’s doing exactly what we ask him to do. He’s really talented. You can see some stuff he does, the way he passes things off, it comes natural to him.”

John Fox lauded Whitehair for his football IQ.

“How fast he’s adapted to the pro game has been pretty impressive,” Fox said.

Injury/illness update: Jeremy Langford returned from his foot injury and was limited. Danny Trevathan (hamstring) also participated in a limited fashion. Massie and Deiondre’ Hall missed practice with illnesses, and Leonard Floyd was held out with a leg injury. Jonathan Bullard was again excused for personal reasons, but Fox expects him back at practice Thursday.

Joey Bosa rejects latest Chargers' offer, Chargers release statement with details of offer

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Joey Bosa rejects latest Chargers' offer, Chargers release statement with details of offer

Whether defensive end Joey Bosa ever plays for the Chargers is in serious question now. The latest go-around is rather ugly.

First reported by the San Diego Union-Tribune's Michael Gehlken on Twitter, the Chargers made "their best offer" to the former Ohio State star and it was rejected. The offer has been pulled, and the two sides are "nowhere".

Later, in a released statement, the Chargers outlined the latest negotiation, which included an initial signing bonus larger than any player in the league has received in the past two drafts, plus more money in this calendar year than any other player in the draft other than Eagles quarterback Carson Wentz.

"We gave Joey's representatives our best offer last night, which was rejected today. The offer that we extended was for Joey to contribute during all 16 games and beyond. Joey's ability to contribute for an entire rookie season has now been jeopardized by the valuable time he has missed with his coaches and his teammates. Since Joey will not report at this time, his ability to produce not just early in the season, but throughout the entire season, has been negatively impacted. 

"As a result, we will restructure our offer since Joey will be unable to contribute for the full 16 game season without the adequate time on the practice field, in the classroom, and in preseason games." 


We've written extensively on what is believed to be the large holdups, but our Hub Arkush reported earlier this month in 'The Way We Hear It' the impasse has more to do with Bosa's bonus. Bosa apparently wants it when the contract is signed, while the Chargers want to defer it some until next March.

Not to mention, our sources told us Bosa's father, John, was very unhappy when the team drafted his son due to their 3-4 defensive scheme.

Now, the question becomes: Does Bosa play at all in 2016?

Wednesday Injury Tracker: Minnesota Vikings QB Teddy Bridgewater plans to play; Cleveland Browns C Cam Erving has sprained ankle and more

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Wednesday Injury Tracker: Minnesota Vikings QB Teddy Bridgewater plans to play; Cleveland Browns C Cam Erving has sprained ankle and more

Vikings QB Teddy Bridgewater (shoulder) plans to play Sunday against Chargers

Bridgewater has been nursing general shoulder soreness, and had been held out of last week's preseason matchup against the Seahawks. During practice, the third-year signal caller had been somewhat limited in terms of throwing the deep ball, but he told media the plan is to play.

Browns starting C Cameron Erving has sprained ankle; WR Corey Coleman 'full go'

The Browns can ill-afford injuries along the O-Line – especially at center. Cam Erving suffered a sprained ankle, per coach Hue Jackson, but thinks he should be OK for Friday's matchup against the Buccaneers.

First-round wideout Corey Coleman seems to be good to go for his preseason debut after hamstring issues. Josh Gordon is expected to debut as well.

Eagles rule out QB Carson Wentz, others

Coach Doug Pederson told media a handful of Eagles will not play in Saturday's preseason game against the Colts. Quarterback Carson Wentz (ribs) is travelling with team, but number of practices to be ready for the final preseason game is unknown yet.

Wideout Jordan Matthews (bone bruise) won't play, as he hasn't in preseason after suffering the injury Aug. 5. However, he's adamant he'll be available for Week One.

"I promise you I'll be ready for the first game,'' said Matthews via on Tuesday. "I don't like to put percentages on anything, but at the same time, I'm definitely feeling good." 

Isaac Seumalo, a third round draft choice, has nailed down the starting left guard spot. He has a strained pectoral muscle, and he's out, per Pederson. Stefen Wisniewski will start in his place at left guard.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers OL takes another injury hit

Starting right guard Ali Marpet is reportedly in a walking boot on his right foot. More here.

We'll update as the day progresses.