NFL news: Around the league in 32 plays

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Happy Red Friday, Addicts!   It’s Bronco week, and the Donks were nothing if not accommodating for this week’s NFL news.  Glad the rest of the NFL world is finally catching on to what Chiefs fans have known for so long now.

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It was a busy week with plenty of rumors, fines, injuries, and good ol’ fashioned ridiculousness (thanks Rex).  So let’s get to it…

Baltimore Ravens:  The Ravens are working out former Browns defensive lineman Phil Taylor.  Taylor was a capable run defender for the Browns, but was not a part of the new regime’s plans for moving forward which prompted him to ask for his release.  The Ravens are in big need of help on their defensive front, so Brown could be worth signing.

Chiefs’ take

: Unless the Ravens (or someone else) signs Taylor to a long-term deal, I could see him as a target for the Chiefs in the offseason.  There is definitely some question as to who will be returning on the defensive line for KC next year, and Taylor would be, at the very least, a top backup.

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Buffalo Bills:  Rex Ryan named former Jets linebacker, IK Enemkpali, as a captain for this week’s game against the Jets.  Enemkpali was released by the Jets after he broke the jaw of quarterback Geno Smith.

  • Author’s Note: Don’t ever change, Rex.

Carolina Panthers:  Panthers cornerback Josh Norman was fined $5,000 for wearing patriotic cleats this past week against Green Bay.  Norman told reporters that the NFL informed him that the fine was more in regards to the words “proud” and “brave” printed on the sneakers than the color scheme.  The NFL, and other leagues, have recently caught a lot of flak for this.

  • Author’s Take: I really and truly understand why fans get upset over this.  It seems like players should be able to wear things like this and that the league is just being ridiculous.  However, what is often forgotten is that the NFL answers to other companies in certain areas…one of those being Nike, who holds the uniform contract.  Now, it’s not that Nike would sue the NFL over some of these items individually.  But if the league took no action on these things, it actually would open them up to a huge lawsuit.

Dallas Cowboys:  Dez Bryant is back in the news for the wrong reasons.  While tight end Jason Witten was giving an interview, Bryant could be heard in the background loudly chastising reporters.  Needless to say, this will probably not get him the kinds of headlines that he was so vigorously campaigning for.

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