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The story of Devonte and Leah still was one of the better parts of the 2014 NFL Season. After defeating cancer, Leah has developed a disorder often connected to the treatments she received. Mandatory Credit: Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports

Cincinnati Bengals:  The daughter of defensive end Devonte Still has had a complication in her fight against cancer.  While her cancer is still in remission, she has developed veno-occlusive hepatic disease, a complication of the stem cell treatments she was undergoing.  Leah Still became one of the more uplifting headlines in the NFL last year as she fought against cancer as her father fought to reset his NFL career.  Devonte and Leah will be honored with the Jimmy V Perseverance Award.

Cleveland Browns:  Controversy-prone quarterback, Johnny Manziel, found himself in headlines again this week due to an altercation with another individual while attending the Byron Nelson Classic.  Witnesses confirmed that Manziel was not the antagonist, but that he did throw a water bottle at the other man who had been “verbally harassing” him.  While the “fault” may not be Manziel’s, the headline is, and it’s another layer of publicity the Browns don’t need.  In another piece of bad news for Cleveland, newly acquired wide receiver, Dwayne Bowe, left practice this week with an apparent knee injury and did not return.  The Browns are optimistic that the injury is not serious.

Denver Broncos:  John Bowlen, the son of Broncos president Pat Bowlen and Corporate Partnerships Coordinator for the team, has been placed on indefinite suspension from the team following a domestic violence case.  Bowlen was reportedly under the influence of alcohol and drugs when he assaulted his girlfriend.  His trial date is set for July 6.

Indianapolis Colts:  The Colts signed former Chiefs tight end, Sean McGrath.  McGrath recently un-retired and subsequently had his rights released by the Chiefs.  McGrath was a surprise contributor for the Chiefs after injuries cut into their tight end group in 2013.

  • Chiefs’ take: With the uncertainty surrounding the tight end group this season, McGrath could have been a huge help.  However, given the nature of his return, it would appear that both parties were of the opinion that he should not be playing in Kansas City.

Jacksonville Jaguars:  The Jaguars have been tapped to host the first ever exclusively online NFL game.  The broadcast will be made available through Yahoo as Jacksonville hosts the Bills in Week 7.  This has been something that fans have wanted for a long time, though making it exclusively available on Yahoo may have been a bit too far.  But opening up a new broadcast medium is just another huge money maker for the NFL.

Despite the generally accepted view on 30 year old running backs, Jamaal Charles plans on playing, and playing well, for another six years. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Kansas City Chiefs:  Jamaal Charles stated in an interview that he wants to play another six years in the NFL.  The immediate reaction from most folks on that is that it’s impossible, due to the 30 year old running back meme.  But having never averaged fewer than 5 yards per carry, it would seem that even if Charles’ production were to taper off, it would still be pretty impressive.  In far more important news…Ramik Wilson was forced to get a twitter account due to a fake account being attributed to him.  Unbelievable.

Miami Dolphins:  Dolphins kicker, Caleb Sturgis, suffered a quadriceps injury to his plant leg and will be out for an undetermined amount of time.  Sturgis is not expected to make it back until minicamp at the earliest.  The Dolphins kicker was in a difficult spot already after hitting under 80% of his attempted kicks in 2014.

Minnesota Vikings:  Vikings running back, Adrian Peterson, went into an extensive twitter rant on the subject of NFL contracts.  Peterson, who was holding out at the time and had requested a trade earlier in the offseason, accused NFL teams of unfair practices in regards to how contracts are structured.  The Vikings responded by publicly informing Peterson that he can play for them or he can play for no one.  This appears to have worked as Peterson has shown up to the next round of OTA practices.

  • Chiefs take: This should serve as a reminder to Chiefs fans just how bad contract situations can be.  Justin Houston has kept quiet over his contract situation, allowing his agent, Joel Segal, and Chiefs GM John Dorsey to do their jobs.  While Houston situation is frustrating for fans, it isn’t yet a distraction to the team like Peterson’s situation now is.

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