Newsbreakers Recap

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July 13, 2005 5:08 PM ET
Chiefs: Warfield suspended for four games
The News
Chiefs cornerback Eric Warfield received a four-game suspension from the NFL the result of a third DUI offense. The incident occurred in September of 2004, when he registered a blood alcohol level of 0.189 after being stopped in the Kansas City suburb of Overland Park. Since that time, Warfield has voluntarily gone through treatment and spent 10 days in jail and 80 days under house arrest. The four-game suspension will cost him approximately $750,000 in lost salary.
Our View
The team added veteran corner Ashley Ambrose in anticipation of Warfield's suspension, and Chiefs coach Dick Vermeil indicated the club may also take another look at free agent Ty Law as well. Warfield could also still appeal the NFL's decision.

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July 13, 2005 5:02 PM ET
Titans: Pac Man runs into trouble again
The News
Titans top draft pick Adam "Pac-Man" Jones has yet to play his first NFL game, and already he's on his second scrape with the law. Published reports indicate that Jones turned himself in to Nashville area police Wednesday after warrants were issued on charges of assault and vandalism stemming from an incident at a downtown nightclub. WKRN-TV in Nashville reported that the club's general manager, a 6-5, 330-pound former Arena Football League player, claimed Jones assaulted him and a club bouncer after being asked to leave because a member of Jones' party was smoking marijuana. According to the club manager, Jones lunged at the two men, ripping the manager's shirt and tearing off his necklace. The Titans have indicated they are aware of the incident but have yet to release a statement.
Our View
This is the second incident in which Jones has allegedly been involved since being drafted seventh overall by the Titans. It turned out Jones wasn't actually involved in the first incident, and Jones' agent may be right when he indicated his client has become a target for folks looking to make a quick buck. Still, the NFL doesn't like its players to get a reputation for trouble, so we'll keep an eye on Jones as his NFL career gets off to a rocky start.

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July 13, 2005 11:12 AM ET
Seahawks: Team doesn't confirm Henry rumors
The News
The Seattle Times stated that the Seahawks did not confirm Tuesday's reports that the team has been in contact with the Bills about running back Travis Henry. Times reporter Jos Miguel Romero added that a trade "isn't likely to take place."
Our View
Technically, Romero did not say that the Seahawks denied the report, but we're not sure how much this news matters. Teams routinely deny discussions and deals still magically happen. We'll continue to keep this piece on our rumor board.

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July 13, 2005 11:06 AM ET
Report: Boulware schedules general workout
The News
Four-time Pro Bowl linebacker Peter Boulware is scheduled to work out for NFL teams in Tennessee on Thursday. Agent Roosevelt Barnes arranged the audition, and Boulware aims to prove that he is healthy following knee and toe surgeries. "First off, he feels really good, and Pete has been working hard in pointing toward this," Barnes told ESPN's Len Pasquarelli. "I think he feels like his resume should speak for itself but, if this is what it's going to take to answer any of [the teams'] concerns." It is unknown which teams will attend, but it's believed that the Seahawks, Browns, and Texans will be amongst the spectators.
Our View
Boulware injured his knee late in 2003, underwent microfracture surgery, and missed all of 2004. Thus, we can all understand why teams are wary about signing the 30-year-old. If he looks good on Thursday, though, we'd expect some team to hand him a contract before the end of this month.

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July 13, 2005 10:51 AM ET
Dolphins: McMichael could be suspended
The News
Randy McMichael, who was arrested on Saturday on misdemeanor charges relating to an altercation with his wife, could face a fine or suspension by the NFL. An NFL spokesman told the Miami Herald that any criminal activity by a player is evaluated by the league after the matter is resolved in court. The punishment would be determined by commissioner Paul Tagliabue and the player could be subject to clinical evaluation and therapy.
Our View
This is the second time in just over a year McMichael has been charged with crimes in relation to an altercation with his wife. His previous case was dismissed and he was not disciplined by the league, but even if he pleads no contest, he could be suspended this time around.

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July 13, 2005 10:42 AM ET
Cardinals: Joe faces gun charges
The News
Cardinals linebacker Leon Joe was arrested June 30 in Washington, D.C. and charged with carrying a pistol without a license. He has a preliminary hearing scheduled for July 19, and a judge will decide whether to proceed with the felony case. If convicted, Joe faces up to five years in prison and/or a maximum $5,000 fine. "At this point Leon denies that he really did anything wrong, and we believe that when the matter is concluded, he will be cleared," Jerrold Colton, Joe's agent, told the Arizona Republic.
Our View
How is Joe expected to combat Destro, Baroness, Storm Shadow, and Cobra Commander without the use of a gun? The linebacker appeared in five games for the Cardinals last year and piled up a tackle. One. If the hearing doesn't go in Joe's favor, the Cardinals should be able to find a suitable replacement on the free agent market.

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July 13, 2005 10:25 AM ET
*****: Holly agrees to three-year deal
The News
Rookie cornerback Daven Holly agreed to a three-year deal with the ***** on Tuesday, the team's official web site reported. Holly was a seventh-round draft pick out of Cincinnati.
Our View
Holly goes quickly but is a little raw. He converted from wide receiver to corner between the 2002 and 2003 seasons, and his early contributions will come on special teams.

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July 13, 2005 10:12 AM ET
Redskins: NFLPA postpones Arrington's hearing
The News
The NFL Players Association has postponed an upcoming grievance hearing between linebacker LaVar Arrington and the Redskins. The move came at Arrington's request. Arrington has alleged that the Redskins excluded a $6.5 million bonus from the eight-year, $68 million contract he signed in December 2003. A source told the Washington Post that the linebacker hopes to meet with owner Daniel Snyder and solve the issue without going through the arbitration process. No new hearing date has been set.
Our View
We worried about this issue creating a rift between Arrington and the team in 2004, but the linebacker ran into some more pressing issues, namely his knee problems. As we've stated for roughly the past year, hopefully the two sides will settle this soon and LaVar can get back to playing with his suits of armor and expensive chess set in peace.