Latest news from the NFL off-season on Deflategate, the NFL Supplemental Draft, and the NFL's inaugural game in China.
By Tom Downey, Chat Sports
The NFL off-season is not so quiet anymore. Training camps are scheduled to begin at the end of the month, the franchise tag deadline is forthcoming, and the NFL Supplemental Draft is just one day away. In addition, the results of Tom Brady's suspension appeal for Deflategate are also in.
Check out the latest NFL news and rumors below.
• Brady’s appeal of his four-game suspension has been denied by the second circuit court of appeals. Brady’s only remaining option is to appeal to the Supreme Court, which NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport says Brady is expected to do.
• The Los Angeles Rams and San Francisco 49ers will play a regular season game in China in 2018, reports the Sports Business Journal. The game will likely serve as the Rams’ home opener that season.
• The Cleveland Browns will presumably be without defensive lineman Anthony Bryant for the rest of the season. Anthony Lima of 92.3 The Fan (WKRK-FM) reports Bryant had surgery for a torn pectoral muscle that will likely cost him all of 2016.
• Wes Welker will likely not return to the NFL. He told Sirius XM there is only a “small percentage” of a chance he will play next season.
• Buffalo Bills running back McCoy won’t face any discipline from the NFL for his role in a nightclub brawl earlier this off-season, reports the Buffalo News.
• The anti-Semitic Twitter rant aimed at Miami Dolphins owner Stephen Ross and general manager Mike Tannenbaum by the wife of Tampa Bay Buccaneers cornerback Brent Grimes has upset the Buccaneers ownership. Jason Cole of Bleacher Report says the rant could impact Grimes’s futures in Tampa Bay.
• According to Kristian Dyer of USA Today, the New York Giants were at Purdue’s Pro Day on Friday eyeing defensive tackle Ra’Zahn Howard. However, Cole reports that one general manager said Howard was out of shape and undraftable.
• Sam Houston State running back Jalen Overstreet is also eligible for the Supplemental Draft and recently had his felony charge for credit card abuse dropped, reports Rapoport. Overstreet started his college career at Texas.