NFL news: Around the league in 32 plays

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Jan 3, 2015; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Pittsburgh Steelers running back Ben Tate (34) carries the ball as Baltimore Ravens inside linebacker C.J. Mosley (57) tackles in the second quarter during the 2014 AFC Wild Card playoff football game at Heinz Field. Mandatory Credit: Jason Bridge-USA TODAY Sports

Detroit Lions:  The Lions held a mass workout for wide receivers and running backs, including Brad Smith, Robert Meachem, Daniel Thomas and Ben Tate.  So far, nobody has been signed as a result.  However, this is a clear indication that the Lions are not satisfied with their current options.  The Lions did sign tight end David Ausberry, formerly with the Raiders.  Ausberry turned heads at the Combine in 2011 when he ran the 40 in 4.48 seconds while weighing 243 lbs!

Indianapolis Colts:  The Colts have hung a banner that reads: “2014 AFC Finalist”.  This was apparently an effort by owner Jim Irsay to fire the team up, but has instead met with ridicule and laughter from the rest of the league.  Nothing like a good participation trophy.

Jacksonville Jaguars:  The Jaguars will be without wide receiver Marquise Lee for at least another seven weeks.  Lee hurt his knee earlier in the offseason, and now it appears the earliest he would be back is for training camp.

Kansas City Chiefs:  Chiefs rookie defensive back Devante Bausby broke his collarbone in practice.  Bausby, who had been getting recognition for his play in OTAs, will likely miss at least a couple of months.

Miami Dolphins:  The Dolphins signed former Lions defensive lineman, CJ Mosley, to a one-year contract.  Mosley, who filled in as a starter for the Lions due to injuries, will be reunited with teammate Ndamukong Suh.

Minnesota Vikings:  The Vikings have decided to keep running back Adrian Peterson out of all preseason games this year.  After losing the running back for most of last season and a contentious offseason between the team and Peterson, the Vikings seem to be taking a stance of protecting their superstar at all costs to keep him healthy.

Apparently making the key play in winning a Super Bowl isn’t enough to buy you some leeway with the Patriots. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

New England Patriots:  The Patriots sidelined Super Bowl hero, Malcolm Butler, for failing to attend OTAs.  Butler had intended to be at the voluntary practice, but his flight was cancelled due to weather.  The NFLPA is currently looking into the situation because it appears the Patriots disciplining of a player for missing voluntary practice is a violation of the CBA.  In other news, the Patriots have signed quarterback Matt Flynn.  This is most likely a temporary signing in light of Tom Brady’s pending suspension.

New York Jets:  Defensive end Muhammad Wilkerson has ended his holdout and reported to camp.  Wilkerson is seeking a new contract, but the Jets appear to not be interested.  All indicators seem to suggest that this will be his last season with the Jets.

Oakland Raiders:  After being held out of the last round of OTAs due to a finger injury on his throwing hand, Raiders quarterback Derek Carr is back in the mix and throwing the ball.  It appears that reports were correct that it was a minor issue.

  • Chiefs’ take: It bares watching, but seems unlikely that the Chiefs hated rival will be without their starting quarterback when the season starts.