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Dion Jordan will apply for reinstatement after year-long NFL suspension

After three failed drug tests and a year-long suspension, Jordan will apply on Wednesday to be reinstated. After three suspensions in three seasons, Miami Dolphins defensive end Dion Jordan will apply to be reinstated by the NFL on Wednesday and hopes to make his return this season, according to Tom Pelissero of USA Today. Show More Summary

Dion Jordan Comments on Potential NFL Reinstatement, Past Issues

Miami Dolphins defensive end Dion Jordan was suspended for all of last season, is applying for reinstatement on Wednesday and is eager to prove he isn't a bust. Jordan spoke at length about his NFL career to USA Today's Tom Pelissero in a feature that ran Monday: I'm not about to waste it. Show More Summary

Dion Jordan will apply for reinstatement Wednesday

Like so many of NFL players suspended for at least a year due to violations of the substance-abuse policy, Dolphins defensive end Dion Jordan has become both gone and largely forgotten. Jordan could soon be no longer forgotten, and also no longer gone. The third overall pick in the 2013 draft tells Tom Pelissero of…

Blake Bortles working to “grow together” with Julius Thomas

For the second straight season, the Jaguars made a splash in free agency by signing a player away from the Broncos. They’ll be hoping for a smoother start from defensive tackle Malik Jackson than they got from tight end Julius Thomas. Thomas broke a bone in his hand in the preseason, missed the first four games…

Looking Forward: Defense will help Arizona sort out loaded rotation

For all the talk of the offensive talent of Arizona's additions, their work on the other end will be more important in 2016-17.

New England Patriots Feature Formidable 3-Man Pass-Rush Rotation

From 2012-2014, the New England Patriots depth chart at defensive end was characterized by its lack of depth. For three years, Chandler Jones and Rob Ninkovich bore the brunt of the snap count because the Patriots simply didn't haveShow More Summary

Breaking Down the New York Giants' Situation at Defensive Tackle

Up next in my look at the New York Giants position units is defensive tackle. 2015 in Review If “ blech !” was the word for the defensive ends, then “ouch!” is probably the best word to describe the Giants defensive tackles in 2015. Let’s...Show More Summary

Ryan Tannehill: A lot of freedom in Adam Gase’s offense

Dolphins defensive end Mario Williams said this week that he’s enjoying what he’s seen from the team’s defensive scheme after a dismal year with the Bills in 2015. Williams isn’t the only member of the team excited about life under a new coaching staff. Unlike Williams, quarterback Ryan Tannehill didn’t have to switch teams to…

Titans second-rounder Kevin Dodd out until camp after foot surgery

One of the three players selected in the second round of the draft by the Titans won’t be on the field for the rest of the team’s offseason work. Coach Mike Mularkey said that defensive end Kevin Dodd had “preventative” foot surgery on Thursday and will miss the rest of OTAs and the team’s mandatory…

Stephen Jones: Cowboys aren’t looking for outside help at defensive end

Veteran pass rusher Dwight Freeney is making the rounds right now in search of a home for the 2016 season, but a stop in Dallas doesn’t look like it will be one of the tour dates. Cowboys executive vice president Stephen Jones said Thursday, via Charean Williams of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, that the team…

Mario Williams happy to “cut it loose” in Miami

Defensive end Mario Williams‘ 2015 season with the Bills was marked by his complaints about what the team was asking him to do on defense and complaints from others that Williams wasn’t giving the team everything he had. That unhappy mix and Williams’ big cap number led the Bills to part ways with Williams once…

Sheldon Richardson waiting to hear if he’ll be suspended

There are plenty of big names missing from Jets OTAs this week, but defensive end Sheldon Richardson isn’t among them. Richardson is taking part in the team’s practices and met with the media after Wednesday’s session, which meant he faced questions about whether he’d be absent from any games during the regular season. Richardson pleaded…

Breaking Down New York Giants' Situation at Defensive End

After completing a thorough look at the New York Giants' offensive positions, let’s now begin breaking down the various positions on defense starting with the defensive ends. 2015 in Review One word, ladies and gentlemen: Blech! That’s...Show More Summary

Bubba Smith, NFL's 'Gentle Giant,' Had CTE When He Died

Before he played Moses Hightower in the Police Academy franchise, Charles "Bubba" Smith took some hard hits on the football field as a Pro Bowl player and defensive end for the Baltimore Colts, among other teams. And those hits during his 10 seasons in the league were apparently enough to...

Bubba Smith is the latest deceased NFL player found to have had CTE

This comes a day after Congress found the NFL meddling with concussion research. Bubba Smith, former NFL defensive end and actor, had CTE. Smith, who died in 2011, is the 90th former NFL player, out of 94 deceased players examined, found to have had the degenerative brain disease, which has been linked to repeated head trauma. Show More Summary

Concussion Group Says Ex-NFL Player Bubba Smith Had CTE

The Concussion Legacy Foundation says former NFL defensive end Bubba Smith was diagnosed with the brain disease CTE by researchers after his death.

J.J. Watt still working on the side as Texans begin OTAs

Texans defensive end J.J. Watt has a cool new logo, and also some free time on his hands. According to Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle, Watt wasn’t among the Texans practicing at the start of OTAs, as he recovers from offseason groin surgery. Watt, the defending NFL defensive player of the year after a…

Dante Fowler feels good in return to practice

Jaguars defensive end Dante Fowler had a long wait before he got to take part in his second NFL practice. His first time on the field as a professional ended with a torn ACL in Jacksonville’s first practice of rookie minicamp last year and Fowler missed the entire 2015 season as a result. Fowler was…

Giants S Cooper Taylor out until camp after sports hernia surgery

The Giants dealt with a slew of injuries at safety last year, leaving them without a consistent pair in the back end of their defense on their way to a third straight losing season. They head into this season with Landon Collins set as the starter at one spot and a group of players vying…

Jaguars rookie Jonathan Woodard suffers torn Achilles

Another Jaguars draft pick is out with an injury. Jonathan Woodard, a defensive end whom the Jaguars chose in the seventh round of the draft, has suffered a torn Achilles tendon. Ryan O’Halloran of the Florida Times-Union reports that Woodard suffered the injury two weeks ago. Adam Schefter of ESPN reports that Woodard has already…

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