NFL roundup: Gronkowski surgery shows he's clear of infection

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New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski had his surgery as schedule on Monday to install a plate in the broken left arm.
Perhaps more significant is that the surgery revealed that the infection in the arm has cleared, ProFootballTalk.com reported.
This is good news for Gronkowski, who has had four surgeries since he sustained the forearm fracture in November 2012.
Gronkowski is expected to have back surgery during the offseason as well. That surgery might have been tied to the results of the arm surgery. But the clearing of the infection may allow Gronkowski to move forward with the back procedure.

---Commissioner Roger Goodell is supporting widespread change in the NFL offseason calendar, and ongoing discussions with the players association could result in moving next year's draft to May 15.
That's the tentative 2014 NFL Draft date around which negotiations with the NFLPA have centered. That could necessitate additional changes to what the NFL refers to as its "league year," beginning with free agency.
Under consideration by the union are changes to the next three years of the NFL calendar, beginning in 2014.

---Whether Detroit Lions wide receiver Calvin Johnson played through his record-setting 2012 season with broken fingers has become a point of contention.
The Detroit News reported that Johnson confirmed that his fingers were broken last season. However, ProFootballTalk.com reported, based on sources, that Johnson did not actually break his fingers.
There is no debate that Johnson set an NFL record with 1,964 receiving yards last year. He caught 122 passes and scored five touchdowns.

---San Francisco is the new favorite to host Super Bowl L after the Miami Dolphins were unable to secure public financing to renovate Sun Life Stadium.
Owners are scheduled to vote on Tuesday.
The Bay Area's host committee will make a presentation at the NFL Spring Meeting in Boston in which it looks to showcase the 49ers' new Levi's Stadium in Santa Clara, which opens in 2014. Super Bowl L is in February 2016.

---Buffalo Bills defensive end Mario Williams denied he has suicidal thoughts.
Williams is in a legal battle with his former fiancee over a $785,000 engagement ring. A number of text message between Williams and his former fiancee, Erin Marzouki, was released last week by Marzouki's attorney, Tony Buzbee.
A sampling of the exchange included Williams writing that "I took 3 hydrocodones this morning and no one knows" and "I'm going to take 2 more on the plane and fade away." He also wrote: "No money in the world should leave me with suicidal thoughts."
The Buffalo News reported Monday that Williams said the pills were prescribed and given to him by the Bills. Williams also said he does not have suicidal thoughts.

---Free agent wide receiver Chad Johnson was arrested in Florida on Monday for a probation violation, according to multiple reports.
A warrant for his arrest was issued last week by a Florida judge, but Johnson was out of state. He returned to Florida and was arrested Monday morning.
Johnson was let go by the Miami Dolphins after his domestic violence arrest last year.

---New York Jets owner Woody Johnson told reporters that running back Mike Goodson met with team officials about his arrest Friday on drug and weapons charges.
He did not practice during the team's first day of OTAs.
"We're at a point of investigating the facts," Johnson said at the NFL Meetings in Boston. "(General manager) John Idzik met with him this morning, he'll meet with the coaches today. We'll try to get the story on what the facts are and go from there."

---The Chicago Bears announced that they terminated the contract of vested veteran defensive tackle Andre Fluellen.
Fluellen, a 6-foot-2, 302-pounder, has played 56 NFL games, including six starts in five seasons. The Bears signed Fluellen on April 9.

--- Running back Willis McGahee was the only player not accounted for when the Denver Broncos held their first organized team activity of 2013. McGahee also missed some OTA time last year, so the absence didn't concern head coach John Fox much.
"Not really. This is a voluntary camp," Fox said.

--- The Jacksonville Jaguars signed cornerback Jeremy Harris, a seventh-round pick, to a four-year contract, leaving just five teams that have not signed any of their choices.
The signing of Harris, along with Buffalo wide receiver Robert Woods (second round), Seattle running back Christine Michael (second), Miami running back Mike Gillislee (fifth) and Pittsburgh linebacker Vince Williams (sixth) brings the total signed picks to 136 of the 254 selected.

--- Faced with his team's growing list of violations on performance enhancing drugs, Seattle Seahawks general manager John Schneider went public with his disappointment on SiriusXM-NFL Radio, insisting the club has "gone above and beyond what the league has done," to educate players.
The latest suspension, against Bruce Irvin, gives the Seahawks five since 2010, the most of any NFL team in that time period. And that list does not include cornerback Richard Sherman, who won an appeal against his suspension.

---Tampa Bay Buccaneers coach Greg Schiano spent the first day of OTAs trying to dial down the rhetoric surrounding starting quarterback Josh Freeman.
Over the weekend, Schiano told the National Football Post that rookie Mike Glennon "can play quickly" if the Buccaneers need him.
Following the Bucs' first full squad workout with coaches of the offseason Monday, Schiano insisted for at least the third time this offseason that he remains committed to Freeman as the starting QB.

--- When the Miami Dolphins begin this week's OTA's Tuesday, they will be particularly interested to see if safety Reshad Jones shows up.
Jones, who is reported to be unhappy with his contract, apparently raised concern Monday when he did not show up for an offseason conditioning session, according to Armando Salguero of the Miami Herald. That ended a record of perfect attendance for Jones this offseason and team officials reportedly tried to track him down.

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