Hernandez (shoulder) is reportedly involved in...
Hernandez (shoulder) is reportedly involved in a civil lawsuit that alleges he shot a Connecticut man in the face in Miami (Fla.) back in February, ESPN.com reports.
Analysis: The report also states that attorney David Jaroslawicz told ESPN's Ed Werder that he previously filed a personal-injury lawsuit on behalf of his client, Alexander S. Bradley, who Jaroslawicz indicated has been a friend of Hernandez for several years. He further noted that the original suit was withdrawn due to an inaccuracy. The report goes on to add that a corrected version of the suit will be refiled. In any event, this report surfaces the day after Hernandez's name came up in the investigation of the shooting death of a man near his home earlier this week. Both situations are developing and we expect further clarification in the coming days and weeks, but suffice to say, it has been an eventful past couple of days for the Patriots' tight end.
Mendenhall has established himself as the...
Mendenhall has established himself as the Cardinals' No. 1 running back following OTAs and minicamp, NFL.com reports.
Analysis: Coach Bruce Arians termed Mendenhall an "everyday" player, namely one that is effective as a runner, receiver, and pass protector. Mendenhall's 2012 campaign was marred by Achilles tendinitis, which followed offseason knee surgery to repair an ACL tear. However, with two seasons of 1,000 yards rushing under his belt, he has now established himself as the top back in front of holdover Ryan Williams, along with incoming rookies Stepfan Taylor and Andre Ellington.
Bush may be used as a...
Bush may be used as a situational punt returner this season, the Lions' official website reports.
Analysis: We're guessing that the Lions will only use Bush in crucial situations, as he's expected to have a large role in the offense. He actually has a career average of just 7.9 yards per punt return, though that's largely a result of the fact that he rarely calls for a fair catch. He also has four touchdowns from 98 career returns, so there's little doubt that Bush can be an explosive threat on special teams if need be.
Gronkowski (back/forearm) will begin the preseason...
Gronkowski (back/forearm) will begin the preseason the PUP list, NFL.com's Ian Rapoport reports.
Analysis: A player can be removed from the preseason PUP list at any time, so the impact of this move is minimal or non-existent. The bigger question is whether Gronkowski will need to be placed on the regular season PUP list, which requires a player to miss his team's first six games. The Patriots have over two months before that decision needs to be made.
The 49ers signed Smith to a...
The 49ers signed Smith to a two-year extension through 2015, reports Matt Maiocco of CSNBayArea.com.
Analysis: Smith has been the heart and soul of the 49ers vaunted defense, so the extension isn't surprising by any means. The surgery on his torn triceps in February was a success and the team expects him to be ready for camp in August. Now healthy, you can expect him to record more than the three sacks he did a year ago, and he should make for a worthwhile play in IDP leagues.