Updating a previous report, Detroit Lions teammates and coaches were not surprised that DT Ndamukong Suh was not taking part in voluntary workouts. "It certainly didn't blindside me," head coach Jim Caldwell said. "We certainly knew. He and I have probably had more discussions than any player that we've had on the team. He's been in-and-out. I think he was here on a couple days when I came on a visit, so we kind of knew exactly what was going on."
Huddle Up:So Suh's absence wasn't a surprise, but it doesn't sound like it was exactly welcomed by Caldwell and the Lions' new staff, either. Suh, who had 5.5 sacks and 9 tackles for losses last season, has always marched to his own beat, and Caldwell and Co. are more or less going to have to adjust.
San Francisco 49ers QB Colin Kaepernick is being investigated for an
alleged sexual assault, but no charges have been filed. According to
reports, an unnamed woman said she had an encounter with Kaepernick,
49ers WR Quinton Patton and Seattle Seahawks WR Ricardo Lockette
April 1 at a Miami hotel. The woman told police she drank and smoked
marijuana with the players and wound up in Kaepernick's room. She
told police that she and Kaepernick both removed their closes but
didn't have sex. Kaepernick later left the room, and the woman said
she couldn't remember anything after that.
Huddle Up:It's a rather curious but obviously potentially serious incident and
with the investigation only in the beginning stages, it's way too
early on speculate on things.
Detroit Lions RB Reggie Bush said he is fine with a potentially smaller workload in 2014. RB Joique Bell is expected to cut into Bush's workload more this season.
Huddle Up:Bush had 277 touches this past season to Bell's 219, and if the above is true, it's basically shaping up as 50-50 split in the Motor City this coming season. Adjust your draft board accordingly.
Free-agent RB Chris Johnson (Titans) will not be engaging in private tryouts for anyone, according to a league source. The thinking is that he has generated six years of game film, and he's a proven commodity.
Huddle Up:At this point it's tough to see CJ?K getting anything more than an incentive-laden one-year "show me" type of deal, so why not rest on his body of work?
Minnesota Vikings RB Adrian Peterson (groin) is close to full strength and plans on participating in offseason workouts when he does get back to full strength. There is no timetable for his return.
Huddle Up:Given what he's recovered from in the past there's little reason to worry about Peterson or his availability this offseason. However, it'll be a new offense with potentially a new quarterback so a few reps wouldn't hurt before he hits the ground running in August.