By LaDonna Williams
Another week in the NFL. The pre-season just started this past weekend. Some teams look great, and some looked like the same ole team from last year. There have been a lot of injuries this past week. Let’s jump right into it.
Injuries Around the League
Bengals wide receiver Brandon LaFell has a torn ligament in his hand. He will be out for some time.
Packers wide receiver Jeff Janis will be out for 4-6 weeks after having surgery on his broken hand.
On Monday, Broncos defensive end Vance Walker has a torn ACL and will miss the 2016 season.
Bengals rookie defensive tackle Andrew Billings out indefinitely after having surgery on a torn meniscus.
New England RB Dion Lewis needs another surgery on his knee his time table to return is unknown.
On Friday, Cardinals linebacker Alex Okafor tore his bicep tendon, but instead of having surgery. He has decided to play with the injury.
Chargers tight end Jeff Cumberland suffers another torn Achilles.
Eagles rookie linebacker Joe Walker tore his ACL during the preseason game on Thursday.
Redskins running back Matt Jones suffered a slight separation in his shoulder during Friday’s night game.
Other News Around the NFL
After the Pro Hall of Fame game was cancelled a class action lawsuit against the NFL was in the works. On Aug 18th, the NFL came out, besides the refund of the tickets to the game they will cover one night of hotel costs.
Packers linebacker Clay Matthews, linebacker Julius Peppers, Steelers linebacker James Harrison, and free-agent defensive lineman Mike Neal all must interview with the NFL because they were among those linked to PEDs in a report by Al-Jazeera last year. If they don’t go to have interviews by August 26th they will be suspended. This week Matthews, Peppers and Harrison have all decided to sit down and talk to the NFL.
Signings, Cuts and Suspensions
New York Giants Kicker Josh Brown suspended one game, because of a domestic violence issue that happened in 2015.
Bills DT Marcell Dareus suspended four games for violating substance abuse policy. Will return Oct. 3rd. He has also announced that he will be entering a rehab facility.
Saints released corner back Keenan Lewis on Thursday, right before the preseason game.
Broncos sign veteran defensive tackle Henry Melton.
Things that make you go hmm?
On Aug 19th, Le’Veon Bell 4 game suspension was reduced to 3 games. Then he posted and deleted a video stating he was sorry and he hasn’t smoked weed since December 2014 after an arrest.
Bills have released running back Karlos Williams, who is currently suspended for the first 4 games for substance abuse violation. The suspension isn’t the reason he was cut. The reason the team gave, is because he is about 30 pounds’ overweight. Williams claims he is having pregnancy cravings because his girlfriend is pregnant.
Eagles kicker Caleb Sturgis was out for Thursday night’s Eagles-Steelers game after suffering a concussion when a punt hit him in the head during pregame warmups. This is why the NFL created helmets.
This week some of the next year’s Hall of Fame finalists were named. Cowboys owner Jerry Jones, former commissioner Paul Tagliabue and former Seahawks safety Kenny Easley.