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NFL: Rodgers' use of ayahuasca didn't violate drug policy

Mon Aug 8 8:44pm ET

GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers' use of the hallucinogenic drink ayahuasca during an offseason retreat isn't considered a violation of the NFL's drug policy.

Rodgers discussed on ''The Aubrey Marcus Podcast'' last week how he went on an ayahuasca retreat to Peru in 2020, before the third of his four MVP seasons. Ayahuasca is defined as a psychoactive beverage native to South America and is often used for religious, ritualistic or medicinal purposes.

NFL spokesman Brian McCarthy said Monday that it wouldn't have triggered a positive test result on either the substance abuse or performance-enhancing substance policies collectively bargained by the NFL and its players' association.

The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel first reported McCarthy's comment.

Rodgers said on the podcast that the retreat gave him ''a deep and meaningful appreciation for life'' and added that ''I came back and knew I was never going to be the same.'' Rodgers said he believed the experience helped pave the way for his success that year.

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Darius Leonard Aug 9 1:00am ET
Darius Leonard

Indianapolis Colts All-Pro linebacker Shaquille Leonard (back), who previously went by Darius Leonard, watched training camp practice on Monday in street clothes as he recovers from June back surgery. There is no set timetable for his return, but the Colts expect him back at "some point" this year, according to a source. The Colts won't rush Leonard back onto the field, so it appears increasingly likely that he won't be ready to go in time for Week 1. The 27-year-old is typically one of the first linebackers off the board in IDP fantasy leagues, but that won't be the case this year. The three-time Pro Bowler and All-Pro had 122 tackles (75 solo), four tackles for loss, three QB hits, four interceptions, eight passes defensed, a league-high eight forced fumbles and three fumble recoveries in 16 games in 2021. His absence to start the year will be a big loss for the Colts defense/special teams.

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Jameis Winston Aug 9 12:40am ET
Jameis Winston

New Orleans Saints quarterback Jameis Winston (foot) left training camp practice on Monday after injuring his foot, but one source said "he's doing well and feels fine. So nothing to really worry about." It was initially reported that Winston rolled his ankle, but it turned out to be a foot injury. The 28-year-old is also recovering from a torn ACL and MCL in his left knee suffered last year and isn't quite back to 100 percent, although he's fully expected to be ready for Week 1 of the regular season. While he's likely to sit out of practice for a few days, Winston appears to have dodged a bullet with his foot injury. Expect veteran backup Andy Dalton to work with the first-team offense in camp until Winston is back on the field. He'll be a low-end QB2 in fantasy this year, although he could have streaming upside in the right matchups later in the year.

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Darrell Henderson Aug 8 10:13pm ET
Darrell Henderson

Dynasty | The Rams activated rookie Kyren Williams from the PUP list Dynasty Analysis: Recovering from a broken foot suffered early in minicamp, Williams fell during the 2022 NFL Draft after posting dismal speed scores though his tape shows a capable player. The Rams stopped his fall in the fifth-round, selecting the back as the projected replacement for Darrell Henderson who is in a contract season and not expected to return to the team in 2023. With two 1,000-yard campaigns to end his time at Notre Dame, Williams also shined as a receiver, reeling in 77 receptions in those same final two years. Soon to be 22, Kyren Williams isn't expected to have material production in his rookie year but should receive an upgrade in 2023. He's found as DLF's RB77.

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Lamar Jackson Aug 8 10:13pm ET
Lamar Jackson

Dynasty | The Ravens activated running back J.K. Dobbins from the PUP list Dynasty Analysis: Dobbins was pushing to return and was granted the green light on Monday and it's said he's on track to be ready for week one. It's been a year since Dobbins tore his ACL and his timeline for return was expected to allow for full-health by week one. It's great news for Dobbins, the Ravens and his dynasty coaches who badly missed his presence in 2021. The bruising runner rushed for 805 yards and nine touchdowns in his rookie year on only 134 carries, good for an amazing 6.0 ypc. average. The question for Dobbins will surround his role within the teams committee rotation, including the impact of Lamar Jackson's rushing prowess. But as seen with his rookie year production, a healthy allotment of touches should provide for an even greater runway for increased 2022 production. Touchdown totals will be a concern inside the five yard line as fantasy coaches wait to see how the team will utilize Jackson's capable legs, perhaps at the expense of Dobbins. He's listed as DLF's RB14, showing that there's more than a little concern about Dobbins' injury when paired with Jackson under-center.

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Gus Edwards Aug 8 10:13pm ET
Gus Edwards

Dynasty | Ravens running back Gus Edwards is unlikely to return by week one of the regular season Dynasty Analysis: Edwards was one of the trio of running backs lost during the pre-season in 2021 and, like J.K. Dobbins, also tore his ACL. With Edwards staring down a start on the PUP list to start the season, Dobbins should work as the clear top back and receive a lion's share of the touches. In 2020, Edwards' last full season, he produced a 144/723/6 stat line as an early-down, between-the-tackles, chain-mover. Once healthy, he'd likely mix in with Dobbins on early downs but won't have a large role on down-and-distance situations. Edwards is in his age-27 season and is found as DLF's RB59.

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Darius Slayton Aug 8 10:13pm ET
Darius Slayton

Dynasty | No Giants player has fallen further this offseason than that of receiver Darius Slayton Dynasty Analysis: Even with injuries sidelining three receivers above him on the depth chart, Slayton still didn't mix in with the first-team. Running with the second and third teams, he remains inconsistent and is in danger of missing the cut. As an added incentive to send the receiver packing, the team can gain $2.5M of cap savings be trading or releasing him. Now 25, Slayton showed promised in his first two years with the Giants before turning in a disappointing 2021 campaign. He's now all but fallen from the dynasty radar and is listed as DLF's WR104. Look for Slayton to be released in the coming weeks or perhaps traded (CHI?) into a better situation.

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A.J. Brown Aug 8 9:13pm ET
A.J. Brown

Dynasty | Titans rookie receiver Treylon Burks has been running with the second and third teams at camp Dynasty Analysis: Burks got off to a poor start in OTAs and was diagnosed with asthma earlier this off-season. As such, the rookie is still getting his legs under him and will have to work his way back with the starters. Rookies tend to hit the "rookie wall" near week 10 of the regular season and this could be an issue to watch with Burks here in his first season. The full expectation is that he'll eventually take the spot vacated by the traded A.J. Brown, but it won't be handed to him. Burks is listed as DLF's WR21 and possesses a fair amount of premium as a rookie.

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Javonte Williams Aug 8 9:13pm ET
Javonte Williams

Dynasty | Broncos running backs Javonte Williams and Melvin Gordon will both be on pitch count this season Dynasty Analysis: Ugh. All indications were that the re-signing of Melvin Gordon would mean another 50/50 shared load between the two backs but there has been growing optimism that Williams would garner the lion's share of touches given his current status in camp. Instead, it's another wet blanket thrown over both backs for 2022. As it stands, a 60/40 share of touches in favor of Williams is about the best we can hope for and dynasty coaches will need to look to 2023 for the next opportunity for anything more unless injury bug should bite in 2022. Javonte Williams is found as DLF's RB4, lofty value for a back within a significant committee role.

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Kyren Williams Aug 8 9:00pm ET
Kyren Williams

Los Angeles Rams running back Kyren Williams (foot) has been activated from the active/PUP list on Monday. The Rams have little draft capital, but were able to snag Williams in the third round of this year's draft. He was expected to give Darrell Henderson Jr. a run for the backup gig in Los Angeles. At this point, it sounds like Williams will be battling for the RB3 spot on the roster. Although, he'll be an interesting option for dynasty league managers.

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Danny Shelton Aug 8 8:50pm ET
Danny Shelton

Free-agent defensive tackle Danny Shelton had a workout with the Las Vegas Raiders. The former first-round pick has struggled to make much of an impact over the last two seasons. Before that, Shelton recorded 61 tackles and three sacks through 16 games with the New England Patriots. Lately, the Raiders have made it a habit of signing former Pats players. That being said, it wouldn't be shocking to see them add Shelton to their roster. Although, the veteran tackle would likely just be rotational depth for the organization.

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MyCole Pruitt Aug 8 8:50pm ET
MyCole Pruitt

Free-agent tight end MyCole Pruitt has signed with the Atlanta Falcons. The former fifth-round pick has bounced around the league since entering it in 2015. Pruitt appeared in 16 games last season, but finished with 14 receptions for 145 yards. He has mainly been depth and a blocker throughout his career. Pruitt will be nice depth for the rebuilding Falcons, but fantasy managers shouldn't expect him to make an impact.

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Brett Maher Aug 8 8:40pm ET
Brett Maher

The Dallas Cowboys have decided to bring in some more kickers for added competition. They hosted kickers Brett Maher, Cole Murphy and Matt Ammendola for workouts. Cleary, the organization isn't happy with the results they're getting from Lirim Hajrullahu and rookie Jonathan Garibay. The team might add another kicker to the mix, but that remains to be seen. Maher spent two seasons with Dallas earlier in his career before joining the New Orleans Saints. The 32-year-old made 16-of-18 field goal attempts through eight games with the Saints last season. Possibly, Maher can earn himself the kicking gig in Dallas. However, fantasy managers can wait this one out before jumping on the waiver wire.

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Joe Burrow Aug 8 7:20pm ET
Joe Burrow

Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Joe Burrow (appendix) was seen at training camp practice on Monday doing some very light throwing. It's the first time that Burrow has done anything since having an appendectomy on July 26. The Bengals are easing their star quarterback back onto the field at camp, and he has plenty of time to heal up before Week 1 of the regular season, so fantasy managers shouldn't have any concerns with drafting him as a strong QB1 option this year. The 25-year-old outperformed expectations in his second season after coming off an ACL tear in 2020, throwing for 4,611 yards (a league-high 70.4 completion percentage), 34 touchdowns and 14 interceptions in 16 regular season games. With one of the better receiver duos in the NFL, Burrow will have a high ceiling and floor in Year 3.

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Michael Gallup Aug 8 7:20pm ET
Michael Gallup

Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Michael Gallup (knee), who is recovering from a torn left ACL suffered last year in Week 17, continues to progress in his recovery and was seen running and cutting at training camp on Monday. Gallup remains on the Physically Unable to Perform list and isn't allowed to take part in practice. The 26-year-old doesn't expect to be ready for Week 1 of the regular season, and there remains no timetable on his return from the PUP, so it's caused his fantasy stock to drop entering the 2022 season. James Washington (foot) is also out for six to 10 weeks as well, so rookies Jalen Tolbert, and Dennis Houston and Noah Brown are battling for the No. 2 job behind CeeDee Lamb to begin the season.

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Marquise Brown Aug 8 7:10pm ET
Marquise Brown

Arizona Cardinals wide receiver Marquise Brown (hamstring) was back on the practice field at training camp on Monday and took part in individual drills. The plan is to increase his workload until he's going full speed, most likely by Wednesday, according to head coach Kliff Kingsbury. The 25-year-old is unlikely to play in the team's preseason opener on Friday against the Cincinnati Bengals, but it's good news that he's back at practice this week. Brown hasn't practiced much with his new team this summer due to his injury and off-the-field issues, which isn't great as he tries to gain chemistry with new quarterback Kyler Murray. With DeAndre Hopkins suspended for the first six games, Brown should operate as Murray's top receiving target. Consider him a low-end WR2/high-end WR3 target on draft day.

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Treylon Burks Aug 8 7:00pm ET
Treylon Burks

Tennessee Titans rookie wide receivers Treylon Burks and Kyle Philips are listed as second-teamers, behind Robert Woods and Nick Westbrook-Ikhine, on the team's first unofficial depth chart of training camp. Racey McMath and Dez Fitzpatrick are listed as on the third team, followed by a bunch of others. Burks had conditioning issues due to asthma in offseason workouts and is still working through the rookie learning curve in training camp. The first-rounder is a big-bodied receiver that has drawn comparisons to A.J. Brown, who is now in Philly, but fantasy managers in single-year leagues shouldn't expect too much from Burks out of the gates in Tennessee's run-first offense. Philips has impressed in camp with his route-running, but for now, he's just a name to monitor in rookie-only dynasty/keeper drafts.

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Melvin Gordon Aug 8 6:50pm ET
Melvin Gordon

Denver Broncos offensive coordinator Justin Outten is really excited for the running back room this year, but he said the RBs will be on a pitch count throughout the season. Here we go again. Javonte Williams and Melvin Gordon III were in a near-even timeshare for all of the 2021 season, and they finished with very similar numbers as a result. Williams had 203 carries for 903 yards and four touchdowns, adding 43 catches for 316 yards and three more scores. Gordon had 203 carries for 918 yards and eight TDs, adding 28 catches for 213 yards and two more TDs through the air. Williams has clear RB1 upside in an offense that should be much more explosive with quarterback Russell Wilson at the helm, but Gordon's presence might make him more of a high-end RB2 target in fantasy drafts in single-year leagues.

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Chase Claypool Aug 8 6:40pm ET
Chase Claypool

Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Chase Claypool (shoulder) was in full pads for training camp practice and was participating in drills on Monday. Claypool initially injured his shoulder on July 29, but he's back in action now and will have plenty of time to get back to 100 percent health before the Week 1 season opener. It remains to be seen if he'll play in the team's preseason opener this Saturday against the Seattle Seahawks. The 24-year-old former second-rounder was a disappointment in 2021 and wasn't able to take advantage of JuJu Smith-Schuster's injury, totaling 59 catches for 860 yards and two touchdowns in 15 games (13 starts), a step back from his rookie campaign. There should be more opportunity with Smith-Schuster now in KC, but Pittsburgh's quarterback situation will make Claypool more of a WR4/5 target late in fantasy drafts.

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Diontae Johnson Aug 8 6:30pm ET
Diontae Johnson

Pittsburgh Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin said that wide receiver Diontae Johnson (hip) is working through a hip-flexor injury at training camp. The Steelers are likely to play it safe with their unquestioned No. 1 receiver, and fantasy managers shouldn't expect to see him on the field this Saturday for the team's preseason opener against the Seattle Seahawks. The 26-year-old recently landed a two-year, $39.5 million contract extension to stay in Pittsburgh, and he will be the top target for whoever wins the team's quarterback competition this summer. Johnson had his first 1,000-yard season in 2021 and has 20 total touchdowns in three NFL seasons, but his fantasy floor as a WR2 will be lower than last year now that Ben Roethlisberger is retired.

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Darren Waller Aug 8 2:50pm ET
Darren Waller

Las Vegas Raiders tight end Darren Waller remains absent at training camp practice on Monday with an undisclosed injury. The fact that the Raiders haven't disclosed what is keeping Waller off the field most likely means it's nothing too serious, but we'll keep you updated once we hear more on the situation. For now, there's no reason to drop the 29-year-old tight end in your fantasy rankings for the upcoming 2022 season. Waller played in only 11 games due to injury in 2021 and finished with 55 receptions (93 targets) for 665 yards and two touchdowns. With All-Pro wideout Davante Adams now in town, Waller could see his target share drop enough to take him out of consideration as a top-three fantasy tight end.

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