According to NFL.com, Miami Dolphins wide receiver Chad Johnson has been arrested for alleged misdemeanor domestic violence charges. No other details have been released at this time.
Saturday, August 11, 2012
Posted by Tiger Hebert at 9:52 PM
Carolina Panthers running back Jonathan Stewart has signed a five-year contract extension, the team said Saturday via Twitter.
The value of the deal was not disclosed.
"We are thrilled to be able to extend Jonathan for five additional years. He is a perfect fit for our organization," Panthers general manager Marty Hurney said in a statement. "He is a playmaker who can make the difference in games, and we have seen the impact he and DeAngelo Williams have had on our team."
A five-year veteran, Stewart rushed for 761 yards and four rushing touchdowns in 2011. He rushed for a career-high 1133 yards in 2009 and 10 touchdowns.
Stewart is also valuable pass-catcher out of the backfield. Last season, he caught 47 passes for 413 yards and one touchdown.
Posted by Tiger Hebert at 5:34 PM
Posted by Evan Silva on August 11, 2012, 3:31 PM EDT
2011 Heisman Trophy finalist Tyrann Mathieu was dismissed from the LSU football team on Friday for disciplinary reasons. ESPN’s Chris Low has reported Mathieu was booted forrepeated violations of LSU’s substance abuse policy.
Like Janoris Jenkins a year ago, Mathieu is pursuing options at the FCS level, formerly known as Division I-AA. He has already visited McNeese State. Jackson State and Prairie View A&M are reportedly also on Mathieu’s radar. Check out CFT for the latest on Mathieu’s college future.
As an NFL-oriented site, PFT’s concern is with Mathieu’s future as a big-league, pro player. Listed at 5-foot-9, 175 pounds by LSU, Mathieu is an undersized but versatile defensive back with a knack for taking the football away from opponents. In two seasons at LSU, Mathieu forced 11 fumbles, intercepted four passes, recovered eight fumbles, and recorded six sacks. Also a dynamic return specialist, Mathieu scored twice on 2011 punt returns.
Last month, I broke down five of Mathieu’s sophomore-year games. He roamed all over LSU’s defensive formation, playing 36 percent of his snaps at slot cornerback, 32.5 percent at outside corner, and 10 percent at safety. On 21 percent of his plays, Mathieu operated primarily as a pass-rushing linebacker. He was a “joker” in LSU’s defense, wreaking havoc and causing collisions. He is a relentlessly physical defender. And while common perception might lead you to believe differently, I didn’t find Mathieu to be a liability in coverage.
Bang it here for that five-game breakdown.
Mathieu appears headed for one year of FCS ball, and the NFL draft in 2013. While NFL teams will surely red flag Mathieu for character concerns and internally debate his next-level position fit, they’re going to be impressed with his college game tape. Jenkins and Mathieu are different kinds of players, to be sure; Jenkins is a coverage corner, while Mathieu is a weapon with which a defense can attack an offense. But they are both former SEC stars who dropped down a level due to off-field issues, and it wouldn’t be surprising if they ended up being selected in the same draft vicinity.
The Rams made Jenkins the 39th overall pick in April’s draft.
Posted by Tiger Hebert at 4:45 PM
Posted by Darin Gantt on August 11, 2012, 9:49 AM EDT
On a night of more heralded debuts for the Jets,Quinton Coples didn’t garner nearly as much attention.
But maybe he should have.
The first-round pick had five tackles, two for losses, a strip sack and a batted pass in his first game with the Jets.
Coach Rex Ryan said Coples had “a tremendous game,” via Jenny Vrentas of the Newark Star-Ledger.
“Some real encouraging things,” Ryan said. “That’s not surprising, but I was happy to see it nonetheless.”
Posted by Tiger Hebert at 10:57 AM
Posted by Darin Gantt on August 11, 2012, 9:09 AM EDT
The injury news was mixed for the Bengals in the opener, as middle linebacker Rey Maualuga seemed to escape the worst, while the worst is feared for left guard Travelle Wharton.
“I got good news from the trainer,” Maualuga told Geoff Hobson of the Bengals’ official website. “Tomorrow we’ve got off and I could be back Sunday for practice.”
Defensive end Carlos Dunlap wasn’t as forthcoming after spraining his knee, but Hobson called the news “devastating” for Wharton.
Wharton, who tore his left ACL in 2006 as a member of the Panthers, injured his right knee Friday night.
Hobson wrote that “the fear is he has suffered a season-ending right knee injury.”
That worst-case scenario could send the Bengals looking for some experience on the interior line.
Posted by Tiger Hebert at 10:52 AM
Posted by Michael David Smith on August 11, 2012, 7:02 AM EDT
San Francisco linebacker Aldon Smith was carted to the locker room Friday night with a hip injury, but he appears to be fine.
The 49ers termed Smith’s injury a bruised hip, and head coach Jim Harbaugh said after the game that while he hadn’t heard the official diagnosis from the medical staff, it appeared that Smith would be back soon.
“Still waiting,” Harbaugh said. “Preliminary, looks like we’ll be alright. Looks like we dodged a bullet there.”
Posted by Tiger Hebert at 8:52 AM
Posted by Michael David Smith on August 11, 2012, 7:23 AM EDT
Eleven months after suffering a torn ACL, Chiefs running back Jamaal Charles was back on the field on Friday night, and when he took a hit to his surgically repaired knee, he easily brushed it off.
“I felt fresh. My body hasn’t taken any licks in 11 months, so I feel real good and ready to go,” Charles said after the game.
Chiefs coach Romeo Crennel said after the game that he believes getting Charles a hit to the knee in live game action was a good step. Charles needs the confidence that he can take a shot and pop back up, and now he knows he can.
Posted by Tiger Hebert at 8:50 AM
Posted by Mike Florio on August 11, 2012, 7:41 AM EDT
The Dolphins have promoted Dawn Aponte to Executive Vice President of Football Administration and Ryan Herman to Manager of Football Administration.
Austin Howard started at right tackle for the Jets on Friday; Wayne Hunter was out with a stiff back.
Here’s a look at five Ravens who did well and five who didn’t in the preseason opener.
The Browns were the apparent victim of extortion in 2008 over the price of TVs and parking.
The good news? The Colts have a new smart-phone app. The bad news? Phone service during home games is historically bad.
Here are five things to watch as the Texans open their preseason. (Not on the list but surely implied? “Whether Matt Schaub or Andre Johnson will get injured . . . again.”)
Perhaps punctuating their position on Heath Evans’ claim of a disconnect between Jaguars players and their new head coach, Mike Mularkey received the game ball after Friday night’s win over the Giants.
Each member of the Torn ACL Trio played for the Chiefs on Friday night.
After having to pull up on the passer in training camp, Raiders S Mike Mitchell is looking forward to being able to hit the quarterback on Monday night.
Broken clavicle notwithstanding, RB Ryan Mathews is still on track for a great season, according to his head coach.
Rookie RB Alfred Morris may be forcing his way into the Redskins’ warm-body rotation at running back.
Before rookie QB Nick Foles can become the starter in Philly, he needs to move to No. 2 . . . and he could be.
Injuries on the offensive line are making Cowboys owner Jerry Jones worry about the ability of QB Tony Romo to “feel good about his protection.” (There’s a “glory hole” joke in there, somewhere.)
The new wife of former Giants RB Tiki Barber apparently is flabbergasted by the reaction she has received; “The people who keep saying all these negative things about me don’t know me at all,” Mrs. Barber II said. “They just hate their life more, so it’s easy for them to hate me instead of dealing with their own problems.”
The new-look Bears offensive line is producing the same-old results so far.
The Packers played the Chargers on Thursday night with 18 players scratched.
The Lions faced the Browns on Friday night with 10 men out.
Former Vikings RB Caleb King officially has been charged with assault, for allegedly beating up someone who made fun of the fact that King looks like a celebrity and I can’t recall who the celebrity is and I’m too lazy to look it up.
Falcons rookie FB Bradie Ewing is done for the season with a knee injury suffered in the preseason opener.
FOX 8, owned by Saints owner Tom Benson, has announced a new partnership with the Times-Picayune.
Panthers QB Cam Newton says that Saturday’s preseason opener provides the “first pop quiz” on the team’s improvement in 2012.
Seahawks G John Moffitt is expected to have elbow surgery, which will knock him out for two-to-three weeks.
49ers CB Perrish Cox made a diving interception late in Friday night’s game, but the team was under orders not to return any late-game turnovers. “I’m kind of low-key mad,” Cox said. “They came in the huddle and said on that play, if we get a pick or a fumble to stay down. I saw the end zone but I had to stay down.”
Posted by Tiger Hebert at 8:42 AM