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  • Reports: Cowboys' suspended DE Randy Gregory checks into treatment facility

    Shalise Manza Young at Shutdown Corner21 mins ago

    Already suspended for the first four games of the regular season for violating the NFL’s substance abuse policy, Dallas Cowboys’ DE Randy Gregory is facing an even longer suspension after another drug test failure.

    Gregory, a second-round pick in 2015 who was considered a first-round talent but fell after he failed a drug test for marijuana at the Combine (as well as other, nebulous concerns), has, according to ESPN’s Ed Werder, checked into a treatment facility and won’t be reporting to Cowboys training camp.

    There’s no indication why Gregory is seeking treatment at this time, but there could be something more than marijuana in play: Ian Rapoport of NFL Network tweeted that “there is real worry” for the 23-year old, as he has “shut out some people close to him.”

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  • Brett Favre picked a rare but familiar Hall of Fame presenter

    Eric Edholm at Shutdown Corner2 hrs ago

    GREEN BAY, Wisc — After a 20-year career with three NFL teams, Brett Favre certainly had countless options for his presenter for his Pro Football Hall of Fame induction in August.

    But Favre is sticking a bit closer to home.

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    Favre has chosen his wife, Deanna, to present him at the induction ceremony in Canton, Ohio on Aug. 6. She will become only the second wife to present an inductee — the first was Mike Singletary’s wife, Kim, back in 1998.

    “Deanna is the best teammate I’ve ever had,” Favre said. “She has been by my side throughout this journey and I’m so excited that she gets to play such an important role for me.”

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  • Is this the reason Pittsburgh's Le'Veon Bell missed his drug test?

    Shalise Manza Young at Shutdown Corner2 hrs ago

    Pittsburgh Steelers star running back Le’Veon Bell is facing a four-game suspension for violation of the NFL’s policy on substance abuse; he didn’t fail a test, rather he reportedly missed a test or tests. Bell is still going through the appeal process.

    Under the rules, missing a test is the same as failing a test in the league’s eyes, which is why Bell still finds himself in hot water.

    But could a cell phone be at the root of Bell’s problem?

    According to Stan Savran of 970 ESPN Radio in Pittsburgh,Bell changed his phone number, and therefore didn’t know that the tests were upcoming.

    Seems plausible, right? Well, it makes some sense, and while cell phones are the best way to get in touch with almost anyone these days, is it the only way? And since Bell knows he’s already in the drug-testing program and on thin ice, shouldn’t he have made sure that everyone who needed his new number had it?

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  • Browns' Josh Gordon to be reinstated by NFL, can attend training camp

    Shalise Manza Young at Shutdown Corner1 day ago

    Some good news for the Cleveland Browns: receiver Josh Gordon, who had a sensational 2013 season, only to find himself on the sideline for much of the past two years thanks to repeated failures in the NFL drug testing program, can return to the team on a conditional basis.

    NFL commissioner Roger Goodell has given Gordon permission to participate in training camp and preseason games, but Gordon will be suspended for the first four games of the regular season. Since he is suspended under the substance abuse policy and not the performance-enhancing drugs policy, Gordon will be able to be at the Browns’ facility and take part in meetings during his suspension.

    Assuming Gordon meets all conditions, he can fully return to the team on Oct. 3, and play in Cleveland’s Week 5 game against the New England Patriots (Tom Brady will be back that day too).

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