Newsbreakers Recap

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June 1, 2005 5:51 PM ET
Seahawks: Robinson charged with DUI
The News
Seahawks wideout Koren Robinson is in trouble with the law again. The Tacoma News-Tribune is reporting that he has been charged with DUI and reckless driving following a May 6 incident. He reportedly pleaded not guilty Tuesday to the misdemeanor criminal charges filed in Kirkland (Wa.) Municipal Court and is due back on July 18. Robinson missed four games last season for violating the league's substance abuse policy and was held out of another by head coach Mike Holmgren for missing a Friday practice.
Our View
Robinson may have just blown his last chance with the Seahawks. New president Tim Ruskell issued a warning to the entire team this winter that he wouldn't stand for off-field problems anymore. Since the trouble that Robinson causes is no longer equal to his production, this will likely be the first time Ruskell gets to enforce that policy.

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June 1, 2005 3:16 PM ET
Panthers: Davis still sidelined
The News
Panthers' running back Stephen Davis is one of two players who will not be taking part in the team's minicamp this week, according to the Rock Hill Herald. Davis is still recovering from microfracture surgery on his right knee. Defensive tackle Kindall Moorhead is the only other Panther who will not be practicing this week due to injury.
Our View
No surprise regarding Davis, who is not expected to return to practice until training camp opens next month. Keep in mind that this projection is coming from Stephen's agent, so it might be overly optimistic. Davis is currently listed as the No. 2 running back on the depth chart behind DeShaun Foster. Stephen could regain his starting job if he recovers quickly, but that's far from a lock given the serious nature of the injury he suffered last season.

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June 1, 2005 3:00 PM ET
Packers: Favre excused from minicamp
The News
Packers' head coach Mike Sherman is giving quarterback Brett Favre an extended vacation. Sherman excused the 14-year veteran from the team's voluntary minicamp, which is scheduled to begin on Wednesday. Favre was also given permission to skip the team's last minicamp workout and his first practice with the team occur until training camp in late July.
Our View
Sherman wants to give his aging signal caller a break with the logic being that Favre will be rested when he returns to camp. Brett is doing his part by working out with a personal trainer back home in Mississippi, so he should be in good shape when he reports to camp next month. Favre is still a top-five fantasy quarterback in most scoring formats.

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June 1, 2005 2:42 PM ET
Eagles: Westbrook signs contract tender
The News
Eagles' running back Brian Westbrook signed a one-year contract tender. The Philadelphia Inquirer reports that the restricted free agent's deal is worth $1.43 million. After signing the deal, Westbrook reported to the team's optional minicamp, ending his two-month holdout. The three-year veteran logged 1,515 total yards last season.
Our View
Brian has promised all along that he would report to training camp regardless of his frustration with his current contract. He fired his agent in favor of a new representative that has a good relationship with Eagles' management, so Westbrook's signing is not a surprise. Brian is expected to lose some carries to Correll Buckhalter, who is trying to come back from a knee injury that cost him the 2004 season. However, Westbrook is still considered the better fantasy option of the two backs in all scoring formats.

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June 1, 2005 9:51 AM ET
Dolphins: Salary will be an issue if Ricky returns
The News
Another day, another snag in the speculation about Ricky Williams returning to the NFL. The Miami Herald has raised a debate about whether Williams would be due the $3.7 million base salary under his current contract, or the league minimum of $540,000. According to the Herald, the language in the contract makes it unclear if what Williams would be owed, but his agent Leigh Steinberg said, "I don't see Ricky playing for that ($540,000) figure."
Our View
If Ricky is to be paid at the higher number, the Dolphins would have to either cut him or restructure his deal, or do the same to other players, in order to stay under the salary cap. According to the Herald, the team will be approximately $1 million under the cap after signing all of their draft picks. This is obviously just another in a long line of issues that must be ironed out before Williams can return to the NFL. Whether that ever happens remains to be seen. We'll believe it only if we see him on the field at training camp at the end of July