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  • Josh Gordon - WR - Cleveland Browns
    Posted 1/26/15 3:54pm ET

    Cleveland Browns WR Josh Gordon tested positive for alcohol, according to sources, and his failed test will subject him to a possible one-year suspension. Gordon caught 24 passes for 303 yards in five games last year after leading the NFL with 1,646 yards in 14 games in 2013. Gordon is in Stage Three of an alcohol program, which requires him to be tested for alcohol for a minimum of two years. His failed drug test came after the end of the 2014 season, and it's unlikely that an appeal will work to eliminate or lessen a one-year ban for the 2015 season.

    Huddle Up: Gordon was able to shorten a season-long ban last year, but he may have run out of second chances. Worse, for him at least, is that the suspension also pushes back his potential free agency--though the Browns may cut him loose anyway rather than wait a year and hope Gordon is finally able to stay clean.

  • Vontaze Burfict - LB - Cincinnati Bengals
    Posted 1/26/15 3:54pm ET

    Cincinnati Bengals LB Vontaze Burfict (knee) is recovering from microfracture surgery on his left knee, and the surgeon who operated on him is hoping that he will be at full strength in time for training camp. 'I don't see any reason, if this thing heals like we want and we think it will, why he won't be back like he was,' Dr. Neal ElAttrache said. 'Microfracture has a bad connotation, but there are plenty of guys who have come back and been able to play like before. But it's not really news when it works out.' Burfict is expected to heal rapidly since his knee was in good shape structurally. He'll be on crutches for six weeks before he can start conditioning his knee, and he'll be able to run after three months.

    Huddle Up: Microfracture surgery isn't necessarily the career-ender it used to be, but it's also no picnic; Burfict has a lot of work ahead of him, but all indications are this is an injury he can come all the way back from--in advance of the 2015 season, no less.

  • Justin Blackmon - WR - Jacksonville Jaguars
    Posted 1/25/15 10:32pm ET

    Jacksonville Jaguars WR Justin Blackmon reportedly has overcome his off-field issues, and plenty of league sources expect him to be back with the team in 2015.

    Huddle Up: The fifth overall pick of the 2012 draft has played in 20 games in three seasons but has shown he can be productive (93 catches-1,280 yards-6 TDs in those 20 contests) when he's on the field. If Blackmon has truly got his act together, he'll be a strong upgrade to Blake Bortles' young WR corps.

  • Jay Cutler - QB - Chicago Bears
    Posted 1/25/15 10:32pm ET

    Chicago Bears QB Jay Cutler reportedly once touted new quarterbacks coach Dowell Loggains to be the quarterbacks coach in 2012. The two had a 'strong, personal relationship.'

    Huddle Up: Loggains and new OC Adam Gase are the latest -- and possibly last -- chances to make something out of Cutler's Windy City career. The QB looked to be on track after his first year under former coach Marc Trestman in 2013 but regressed this past season.

  • Josh Gordon - WR - Cleveland Browns
    Posted 1/25/15 10:32pm ET

    Cleveland Browns WR Josh Gordon has reportedly failed another drug test and will be subject to a 1-year banishment, according to multiple league sources. Gordon would be under contract through the 2016 season, and he will only be a restricted free agent after that year due to his looming suspension for another failed substance test.

    Huddle Up: Gordon was iffy to return to the Browns in 2015 even before Sunday's news, and now it looks like he'll be headed straight to waivers with a trade no longer a realistic option. 25 years from now, we could be looking back at Gordon's spectacular 2013 season (87-1,646-9) as one of the greatest one-hit wonders of the era.

  • Blake Bortles - QB - Jacksonville Jaguars
    Posted 1/25/15 1:44pm ET

    Jacksonville Jaguars QB Blake Bortles said he plans to have a passing camp in Southern California in February with his wide receivers, tight ends and running backs in order to work on their chemistry.

    Huddle Up: A needed, necessary and highly prudent move given the youth and inexperience of the 23-year-old QB and his kiddie WR corps and the up-and-(mostly)-down season they just had.

  • Tom Brady - QB - New England Patriots
    Posted 1/25/15 1:44pm ET

    New England Patriots QB Tom Brady completed 12 of his 24 pass attempts on scramble plays outside of the pocket this year for 198 yards and two scores. Last year, he was 0-of-4 on similar plays.

    Huddle Up: No one is going to confuse the 37-year-old Brady with Russell Wilson on Feb. 1 but he's certainly not the statue fellow golden oldie Peyton Manning is, either.

  • Charles Clay - TE - Miami Dolphins
    Posted 1/25/15 1:37pm ET

    Miami Dolphins impending free-agent TE Charles Clay is a player that the Dolphins would like to re-sign and are expected to offer him a contract in the next few weeks.

    Huddle Up: Clay is a productive, under-the-radar TE who fits Miami's system and a player the Dolphins shouldn't have to break the bank to re-sign . He had a career season with 69 catches for 759 yards and six TDs in 2013 but slipped to 58-605-3 this past year in an injury-hampered season.

  • Kenny Britt - WR - St. Louis Rams
    Posted 1/25/15 1:37pm ET

    St. Louis Rams WR Kenny Britt and his agents have started contract talks with the team. Britt, who has been in St. Louis just one season, indicated he wanted to remain with the club past 2014.

    Huddle Up: Britt led Rams' WRs with 48 catches for 748 yards and three scores in 2014, and while he's certainly a solid WR, the Rams also need to find the play-making No. 1 wideout they've lacked for years.

  • John Kuhn - RB - Green Bay Packers
    Posted 1/25/15 1:37pm ET

    Green Bay Packers impending free-agent FB John Kuhn said he would be open to re-signing with the Packers but wants to test the free-agent market before signing with a team.

    Huddle Up: Eddie Lacy's dynasty-league owners certainly wouldn't mind seeing Kuhn vulturing goal-line carries and TDs somewhere else next season.

  • Mike Wallace - WR - Miami Dolphins
    Posted 1/23/15 11:05pm ET

    Miami Dolphins WR Mike Wallace said he wants to return to the team next season, but he added that he would welcome testing the free-agent market if the team chooses to release him.

    Huddle Up: Wallace did match his career high with 10 TD receptions this past season but has finished below 13 yards per catch in each of his two seasons in South Beach and is yearning for more big plays. Wallace is guaranteed $3 million of his $9.9M 2015 salary if he's on the roster once the new league year begins in early March so the ball is squarely in the Dolphins' court.

  • Earl Thomas - S - Seattle Seahawks
    Posted 1/23/15 11:05pm ET

    Seattle Seahawks FS Earl Thomas (shoulder) will play in the Super Bowl, head coach Pete Carroll said Friday, Jan. 23.

    Huddle Up: The Thomas suffered a separated shoulder in the NFC title game and at least has an extra week of recovery time before the big game. This particular injury, though, could compromise Thomas more than most, given his aggressive, hard-hitting style.

  • Marshawn Lynch - RB - Seattle Seahawks
    Posted 1/23/15 11:05pm ET

    Seattle Seahawks RB Marshawn Lynch (non-injury) practiced in full Friday, Jan. 23, and is probable for the Super Bowl against the New England Patriots.

    Huddle Up: Unless he insists on wearing his gold cleats, expect to see Lynch a week from Sunday. And if he plays, expect to see him find his way into the end zone as he's totaled seven TDs over his last seven postseason games.

  • DeMarco Murray - RB - Dallas Cowboys
    Posted 1/23/15 7:49pm ET

    Dallas Cowboys RB DeMarco Murray is getting support from QB Tony Romo to stay with the team long term. Romo said he is consistently talking to owner Jerry Jones about bringing him back in 2015.

    Huddle Up: Romo also has been lobbying for the re-signing of his top target, WR Dez Bryant, but it will likely take more than that from the QB -- namely a restructured contract -- to keep both of his chief weapons around.

  • Brandon LaFell - WR - New England Patriots
    Posted 1/23/15 7:49pm ET

    New England Patriots WR Brandon LaFell (shoulder, toe) was limited in practice for the third straight day Friday, Jan. 23, and is questionable for the Super Bowl against the Seattle Seahawks.

    Huddle Up: Nothing new here as LaFell, who caught a career-high 74 passes for 953 and 7 TDs during the regular season, has been listed as questionable for most of the season -- as has most of his fellow skill-position players on the Pats.

  • Matt Hasselbeck - QB - Indianapolis Colts
    Posted 1/23/15 7:49pm ET

    Indianapolis Colts impending free-agent QB Matt Hasselbeck is not sure if he will retire this offseason or continue his playing career.

    Huddle Up: Hasselbeck, who has served as Andrew Luck's backup for the last two seasons but hasn't started a game since 2012 with the Titans, will turn 40 in September and it certainly looks like it may be the end of the line for the veteran.

  • Johnny Manziel - QB - Cleveland Browns
    Posted 1/23/15 3:52pm ET

    Cleveland Browns QB Johnny Manziel had a big proponent last year in owner Jimmy Haslam, but Haslam now thinks the team needs a quarterback in order to get their team turned in the right direction. "We've got to get a quarterback and got to get it fixed," Haslam said. "What I would say to our fans is, we're going to continue to work really hard to find that quarterback who can make us a championship team." Haslam isn't ruling out Manziel being the starting quarterback in 2015, but he's leaving it open for other options, including QBs Brian Hoyer or Connor Shaw.

    Huddle Up: The Browns used a first-round pick on Johnny FB and are going to need more than two starts and 35 regular-season passing attempts to accurately judge what they have. It's always tough with the Browns, but more patience is needed.

  • Jerod Mayo - LB - New England Patriots
    Posted 1/23/15 3:52pm ET

    New England Patriots LB Jerod Mayo (knee) said he is on schedule in his rehab from a torn patella tendon. Mayo did not comment on if he will be ready for the start of the offseason schedule. "I think I'm right on schedule," Mayo said. "I'm doing everything. The training staff with the Patriots, they're a great staff, and I'm in there every day. They tell me I'm doing well. They're telling me I'm on time."

    Huddle Up: Mayo has missed 20 combined regular-season games over the last two injury-shortened campaigns after missing only seven starts over his first five seasons. It's a long road back to where he was, but it at least sounds like Mayo is making decent progress.

  • Jimmy Graham - TE - New Orleans Saints
    Posted 1/23/15 3:52pm ET

    New Orleans Saints TE Jimmy Graham said he'll rehabilitate his shoulder injury after the Pro Bowl, but he hasn't made a final decision on surgery. 'It's something we talked about and is something that's still being debated,' Graham said. 'This is kind of a trial to see where I'm at. I've had three weeks off and I've finally had some time to heal. It feels great, and I'm going to continue to do my rehab and get back to 100 percent'

    Huddle Up: The shoulder certainly hindered Graham during the second half of the season, and if there's going to be surgery, it should be happening ASAP to give the TE as much recovery time as possible.

  • DeMarco Murray - RB - Dallas Cowboys
    Posted 1/23/15 3:52pm ET

    Dallas Cowboys RB DeMarco Murray was in pass protection on 52 more plays than any other running back on the roster in 2014.

    Huddle Up: Murray was as valuable to the Cowboys in 2014 as any RB in the league, but there's also no denying that the RB position in general simply isn't viewed in the same league light as it once was, and Murray still may find himself as the odd big-name free agent out in Big D if it comes down to a simple matter of re-signing him or WR Dez Bryant.

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