EL RENO, Okla. (AP) Former NFL player Kevin Michael Sampson has been released on bond after he was arrested with more than one pound of marijuana and a stolen shotgun in Oklahoma.
The Oklahoman reports (http://bit.ly/2tTHZYR ) that the 36-year-old Sampson was arrested Monday in El Reno, about 30 miles (46 kilometers) west of Oklahoma City. A police report says officers found 21 large clear plastic bags containing marijuana in the trunk of Sampson's car as well as a shotgun stolen in Missouri and digital scales.
Sampson played three seasons with the Kansas City Chiefs as an offensive tackle from 2004 to 2006.
Officials say Sampson posted bond Tuesday on complaints of possession of marijuana with intent to distribute and knowingly concealing stolen property. Online court records don't indicate whether he is represented by an attorney.
Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Sammie Coates underwent a knee scope last week and will miss the start of training camp, according to a source. He is also a candidate to go on the Physically Unable to Perform list depending on how he heals. He suffered the injury while training in the offseason. Coates also had offseason surgery on his groin. He got off to a promising start in 2016 but then tailed off down the stretch, mainly because of groin and finger injuries. Coates is an intriguing deep threat but may now be fighting an uphill battle for significant playing time now that Martavis Bryant is back in the fold. Rookie JuJu Smith-Schuster will also push Coates for repetitions in the slot position. Leave Coates to the waiver wire in standard leagues and keep progress on his recovery this summer.
Baltimore Ravens running back Kenneth Dixon will miss all of the 2017 season after the medial meniscus in his knee was repaired Tuesday. He will be out four to five months. It's a tough blow for Baltimore's backfield, as they expected Dixon to be the primary ball carrier on early downs. This news will significantly boost the fantasy values of both Terrance West on early downs and Danny Woodhead in the passing game.
Baltimore Ravens RB Kenneth Dixon (knee) will be sidelined for the regular season after undergoing surgery on his medial collateral ligament Tuesday, July 25. The recovery time is expected to be four to five months.
NFL.com's Ian Rapoport is reporting Ravens RB Kenneth Dixon will be out for the season because his meniscus surgery required a full repair.
Free-agent WR Lucky Whitehead (Cowboys) will not be re-signed by the Dallas Cowboys despite having his shoplifting charge dropped due to mistaken identity, according to executive vice presdient Stephen Jones.
Washington Redskins quarterback Kirk Cousins has a combined 121.4 passer rating when he's targeted tight end Jordan Reed on 201 attempts. The duo has combined for 153 catches and 17 touchdowns. Reed is an elite fantasy tight end, but the fact that he has yet to play a full 16-game season is a bit worrisome as your top tight end in the early rounds. However, when on the field and healthy, it's hard to argue that Reed is right up there with Rob Gronkowski as the best overall tight end in the NFL.
New Orleans Saints LB Dannell Ellerbe (foot) is being placed on Reserve/Injured Tuesday, July 25, according to a source. He is expected to be waived when he is healthy.
Miami Dolphins LB Koa Misi (neck) was placed on Reserve/Injured Tuesday, July 25.
Free-agent CB Alterraun Verner (Buccaneers) was signed by the Miami Dolphins Tuesday, July 25.
Carolina Panthers head coach Ron Rivera said wide receiver Kelvin Benjamin is "where he needs to be" with his weight. Rivera called Benjamin out this offseason for being out of shape and overweight in his disappointing 2016 season, but the wideout seems to have gotten the message and is primed for a bounce-back campaign as the club's No. 1 receiver in what should be an upgraded offense. Look to nab Benjamin at a value as low-end WR2/high-end WR3.
Free-agent CB Stanley Jean-Baptiste (Chiefs) was signed by the Jacksonville Jaguars Tuesday, July 25.
Detroit Lions P Sam Martin (undisclosed), Teez Tabor (hamstring) and Cyrus Kouandjio (undisclosed) were placed on the Non-Football Injury list Tuesday, July 25.
New England Patriots wide receiver Andrew Hawkins has informed the team that he is retiring. Hawkins played six years in the NFL and had 33 catches for 324 yards and three touchdowns for Cleveland in 2016. He'll call it quits with 209 career receptions, 2,419 yards and nine scores.
Fantasy Spin: This isn't a surprise because Hawkins was going to have a hard time making the roster.
Philadelphia Eagles rookie running back Donnel Pumphrey has been active in the early days of training camp in padless practices and has been one of Carson Wentz's favorite targets. Pumphrey has been really sharp and has yet to drop a pass and has beaten linebackers out of the backfield. The youngster has been promising in offseason workouts and has decent upside, but the uncertainty of touches behind LeGarrette Blount, Darren Sproles and Wendell Smallwood this year makes him a late-round flier in deeper leagues, at best. Pumphrey is more attractive in dynasty/keeper drafts this fall.
Washington Redskins WR Ryan Grant has yet to lose the confidence of his coaching staff despite making only 39 catches in three seasons in large part because he is the best route-runner on the team this year or last year, including Pierre Garcon and DeSean Jackson. 'I'm easily Ryan Grant's biggest fan. He's always been our best pure route-runner out of everyone. ? He's been a consummate pro. He says nothing and he works all the time. He's gotten a bad rap for situations that weren't completely his fault. The world will never know that,' receivers coach Mike Hilliard said.
Free-agent WR Lucky Whitehead (Cowboys) had the shoplifting charge that led the Dallas Cowboys releasing him Monday, July 24, dropped by Virginia authorities Tuesday, July 25.
Fantasy Spin: This is a positive for Whitehead. He could find work with another team.
Baltimore Ravens tight end Maxx Williams, who had offseason knee surgery, will avoid the Physically Unable to Perform list to begin training camp. That's great news for Williams, but he's still likely behind both Benjamin Watson and Crockett Gillmore in the tight end pecking order. It would take an injury to one of Watson or Gillmore for Williams to be fantasy relevant in 2017.
Baltimore Ravens running back Kenneth Dixon suffered a torn meniscus in his knee, according to a source informed of the situation. He'll undergo surgery Tuesday, but the team is hoping it's just a trim of the meniscus and not anything more invasive. It's another big blow to the running back, who was already slated to be suspended for the first four games of the year. Meniscus tears typically come with a six- to eight-week recovery period. He'll now be one to avoid in fantasy drafts, while Danny Woodhead and Terrance West become much more attractive in this backfield.
Fantasy Spin: He is already suspended the first four games of the season, so this injury might come at a good time for him. He likely won't miss any regular season games but his missed practice and camp time could hurt his chances to play a big role once he gets healthy.
Carolina Panthers tight end Greg Olsen showed up to the team facilities Tuesday and indicated that he isn't planning to hold out of training camp and "will play out" his contract. Olsen finished as a top-five fantasy tight end in 2016 and went over 1,000 yards for the third straight year, but his owners will complain about the three touchdowns. Even on the wrong side of 30, Olsen is an elite fantasy tight end that should remain a heavy factor in Carolina's passing game.
Indianapolis Colts QB Andrew Luck (shoulder) was placed on the Physically Unable to Perform list Tuesday, July 25.