Monday, July 28, 2014

Colts RB Vick Ballard Out for the Season

Just days into training camp and the Colts have already lost a key component on their offense.

Running back Vick Ballard was carted off the field on Friday with what appeared to be a left leg injury. Saturday head coach Chuck Pagano confirmed that Ballard suffered a torn left Achilles tendon and will be out for the season.

Ballard was drafted by the Colts in 2012. In his rookie season he rushed for 814 yards and two touchdowns. Last season he suffered an injury during practice after the season opener and was out for the remainder of the season with a torn ACL.

The injury is a major setback for the 24-year-old who had hoped to compete for the starting running back position against Trent Richardson and Ahmad Bradshaw. Richardson struggled in his sophomore season with the Browns and was traded to the Colts. Bradshaw is making a return this season after having neck surgery last season. Colts also released running back Chris Rainey on Monday.

Colts release RB Chris Rainey

Just three days after losing running back Vick Ballard for the season, the Indianapolis Colts are without another piece to their running game.

Colts released running back Chris Rainey on Monday for an undisclosed violation of a team rule. The team is expected to discuss the reason for his release after practice on Monday.

Rainey was released by the Steelers in January 2013 after a simple battery arrest after an altercation with a woman over a cellphone in Gainesville Florida. The Colts signed Rainey in November of that year but was placed on injured reserve in December with a foot injury.

With Ballard out and Rainey released the Colts are weak at the running back position. While Trent Richardson is in camp, he is unable to practice because of a hamstring injury. This leaves just Ahmad Bradshaw, Dan Herron and Zurlon Tipton as the only backs currently available to practice and play.

Friday, July 25, 2014

Tampa Bay Bucs and Guard Carl Nicks Part Ways

After two years being unable to play for the Bucs, guard Carl Nicks has decided to leave the team.

The injured offense lineman was never able to regain full health after a left toe injury and a bout with MRSA infection.

Nicks played in just nine games in his two years with the Bucs after not missing a game in four years with the New Orleans Saints. He was drafted by the Saints in 2008.

Nicks, who signed a five-year, $47.5 million contract when he came over in free agency to the Bucs two years ago, did not specify if he would retire from football.

Cowboys McClain Appeals Conviction

Rolando McClain suffered another setback in his bid to restart his NFL career.

Friday a judge in Alabama convicted the 25-year-old of resisting arrest and disorderly conduct. He was sentenced to 18 days in jail and ordered to pay $1,572 in fines and court costs.

The charges stem from 2013 when McClain was arrested for disorderly conduct and resisting arrest for a disturbance in a city park in his hometown of Decatur.

McClain immediately appealed the conviction and will not have to report to jail until his appeal is completed in state court. McClain is free to leave the state while his conviction is being appealed.

McClain was drafted by Oakland in 2010. He has been arrested three times since 2011. He retired from the league in 2012 but unretired this off-season at which time the Cowboys acquired the rights to him from the Ravens.

McClain will return to training camp with the Cowboys and begin practice with his new team on Saturday.

Ravens Sign Saftey Will Hill

Will Hill has found himself a new home in the league.

After being cut by the Giants in June, Hill has been signed by the Baltimore Ravens.

Hill spent the last two seasons in Baltimore. He has been suspended by the league three times, once for using a performance enhancing drug and twice for violating the league's substance abuse policy. He is currently serving a six game suspension.

Hill can participate in training camp and play in preseason games, but he will not be available in the regular season until October13.

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Chiefs and Jamaal Charles Agree to Contract Extension

After threatening to hold out of camp if he didn't receive a new deal, the Chiefs and Jamaal Charles came to terms on a new two year extension.

According to USA Today, the contract extension raises Charles' compensation from $3.9 million to $8.3 million in 2014 and includes $18.1 million in new money. He is now signed through 2017.

Charles was the leading rusher in the league last year. He rushed for 1,980 yards and 19 touchdowns.

Even with the new deal Chiefs were still under the salary cap. Training camp for the team, including Charles, started Thursday.

Marshawn Lynch Sits Out of Seahawks Training Camp

Seahawks and their star running back are not starting training camp off well.

Marshawn Lynch is planning to hold out and not participate in the opening day of training camp on Friday.

Lynch is trying to renegotiate his contract in order to receive more money up front this year. Lynch is set to receive a base salary of $5 million this season and $5.5 million next season.

Lynch did not participate in any of the voluntary OTAs this off-season though he did attend the Seahawks minicamp last month. He did not however practice while nursing a sore ankle. He was hoping the Seahawks would negotiate his contract at that time.

Lynch will incur a $30,000 a day penalty if he does not participate in training camp and risks forfeiture of part of his $6 million signing bonus if he holds for five days or longer.

With new deals being reached recently with Richard Sherman and Earl Thomas and Lynch being ranked sixth in total yards last season, it is understandable why the young running back wants a new deal. The question remains will the Seahawks give him a new deal before the end of training camp?