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ICYMI – Roundup of the NFL News (17 July 2017)

A summary of any injuries, moves, and headlines from the last few days


Former New York Jets linebacker David Harris has said when the New England Patriots reached out to him, two weeks after his surprise release, he did not hesitate, stating he: “pretty much accepted on the spot that I wanted to play there”. He described the franchise as a “Great organization. They’re the gold standard of the NFL”. I’m sure those comments will go down very well in Boston. (NFL)

Denver fans, I’m happy to inform you that there’s good news on General Manager/Executive Vice President and legendary quarterback John Elway seems close to agreeing on an extension to keep him with the Broncos. Arguably one of the best GMs in the league, it was Elway who masterminded their Super Bowl 50 victory and has brought prosperous times back to the Mile High. (NFL)

Sad news out of Foxborough, as it was announced that former Patriots QB Babe Parilli passed away, aged 87. Nicknamed ”gold finger”, Parilli was a three-time AFL-All Star, is a member of the Patriots team Hall of Fame, and held the teams single season touchdown record from 1964 until 2007. (Fox)

Highly anticipated Houston Texans rookie running back D’Onta Foreman was arrested on Sunday morning, charged with the unlawful possession of a firearm and marijuana possession. According to CBS Houston: “Foreman has since been released after posting bond”. The Texans have responded with the following statement: (CBSHouston)

After pleading guilty to extreme DUI, Minnesota Vikings wide receiver Michael Floyd has been handed a four-game suspension for violating the league's substance abuse policy, to be served from Week 1 this season. (USAToday)

Good news for the LA Rams, after Tyler Higbee heard he will avoid jail time after pleading guilty to assault, after being involved in an altercation back in 2016. The second-year tight end will be forced to pay a fee to the victim and perform 250 hours of community service. (USAToday)

A video emerged recently of Denver Broncos receiver Cody Latimer being pepper sprayed by a bouncer outside a strip club in Ohio this February. While the player and the team consider this a closed matter, a statement has been published by Latimer to address the video, stating the following: (SportingNews)

The NFL seems to finally be taking a step in the right direction as, two years after Sarah Thomas became the NFL's first full-time on-field official, Terri Valenti will become the leagues first "first female instant replay official in the booth", having previously worked as an on-field official, and with instant replay for the NFL. (Fox)

While I'm sure many people believe this is just tot avoid unnecessary pressure or distractions, Patriots receiver has said that talk of going 19-0 next season is "stupid". In an interview with the Boston Herald, he stated "It's never been done. You don't really want to talk about it. My focus is more on trying to get ready for the season, trying to learn your teammates, form your identity". Let's be honest though, if any team is capable, it's the 2017 Pats. (NFL)

The draft has seen many incredibly influential and successful players passed through its midst, however, Johnny Manziel embodies how the fame and fortune associated with football can ruin potential. After failing miserably with the Cleveland Browns, to whom he fell after a painfully drawn out draft day drop, Manziel has come out and said that he has spoken to NFL teams about a possible return. Whether or not anybody becomes desperate enough to bring him in is yet to be seen, but in a recent statement he seems optimistic: (NESN)

Controversial former NFL running back OJ Simpson is seemingly close to returning to society, as he awaits his hearing this Thursday. According to his former representative Yale Galanter, his release seems to be all but confirmed. This is because "Parole in the state of Nevada is really based on how you behave in prison, and by all accounts he’s been a model prisoner". If released, he will reenter society on October 1st for the first time since 2008, to a media storm I am sure. (USAToday)

And finally, as is usually the case, RealSport favourite Marshawn Lynch closes out proceedings, after he threw out the first pitch before the Oakland Athletics victory over the Cleveland Indians. A good luck charm perhaps? (ESPN)

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ICYMI – Roundup of the NFL News (17 July 2017)

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