Bengals' Devon Still asks for prayers for sick daughter (Yahoo Sports)
Cincinnati Bengals defensive tackle Devon Still is asking for prayers for his daughter, Leah, who's had a setback in her fight against cancer. The 5-year-old girl went into a hospital on May 5 to start the process of getting a stem cell transplant. The 4-to-6-week process involves high doses of chemotherapy at the outset.
Falcons LB Shembo waived after animal cruelty charge (Yahoo Sports)
The Atlanta Falcons waived linebacker Prince Shembo on Friday, shortly after he was charged with aggravated animal cruelty. Police in suburban Gwinnett County said Shembo was charged after his then-girlfriend's dog died from blunt force trauma last month. The Falcons moved quickly to cut ties with the player.
49ers Bowman confident he'll return to top form post-injury (Yahoo Sports)
NaVorro Bowman intercepted a pass in the end zone by quarterback Colin Kaepernick, and even in a late May practice it meant plenty. Did it look good?'' a grinning Bowman said Friday. It felt good.'' After spending the entire 2014 season rehabilitating a gruesome injury from the NFC championship game loss at Seattle in January last year, the 27-year-old Bowman is certain he can and will return to the form that earned him three straight All-Pro selections from 2011-13.
Belichick avoids direct answers on deflated footballs (Yahoo Sports)
Coach Bill Belichick shed little light Friday in his first public remarks since the report was issued on the Patriots' use of deflated footballs. Brady, who is appealing his four-game suspension, did not speak with reporters after New England's organized team activity or at a charity event Friday night. A person familiar with the situation said Brady's appeal will be heard June 23.
AP Source: Brady's deflate appeal will be June 23 (Yahoo Sports)
A person familiar with the situation says Tom Brady's appeal of his suspension in the deflated footballs scandal will be heard on June 23. The New England Patriots quarterback was suspended four games after an NFL investigation found that he was ''at least generally aware'' of an illegal scheme to play the AFC championship game with improperly deflated footballs. The Patriots were fined $1 million and docked two draft picks.
Browns waive long snapper Yount (Yahoo Sports)
The Browns waived veteran long snapper Christian Yount. The 26-year-old Yount had been with Cleveland since replacing Ryan Pontbriand in 2011. One of the NFL's steadiest snappers, Yount struggled last season, forcing the Browns to sign Charley Hughlett off Kansas City's practice squad a few days before the finale in Baltimore.
Bills shuffle quarterbacks: Claim Matt Simms; cut Jeff Tuel (Yahoo Sports)
The Buffalo Bills have shuffled their depth at quarterback by claiming Matt Simms and waiving Jeff Tuel. The Bills were awarded Simms on Friday, a day after he was cut by the New York Jets. Tuel's two-year tenure is over in Buffalo.
Gino Gradkowski the anchor of Denver's revamped O-line (Yahoo Sports)
Peyton Manning will have four new offensive linemen working in front of him in 2015. With Ryan Clady (knee) going on IR Friday, right guard Louis Vasquez is Denver's only starter returning to a position he played last season. As it stands now, the anchor of this reconstructed offensive line is a man who didn't miss a snap for Baltimore in 2013 but whose snaps last year for the Ravens were limited.
Rams running back Trey Watts suspended for 4 games by NFL (Yahoo Sports)
St. Louis Rams reserve running back Trey Watts has been suspended without pay for the first four games of the season for violating the NFL's substance-abuse policy. Watts, a two-year veteran, will be eligible to return to the active roster Oct. 5. The 24-year-old Watts appeared in 14 games last year and had seven carries for 30 yards and three receptions for 18 yards.
Sharper pleads guilty in federal sexual assault case (Yahoo Sports)
Former New Orleans Saints player Darren Sharper pleaded guilty Friday in federal court in connection with allegations he drugged and assaulted women in four states, the latest development in the former Pro-Bowler's fall from grace. A plea deal was announced in March to resolve the charges in all jurisdictions. On March 23, he pleaded guilty to sexual assault in Arizona and no contest in California.