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NFL News and Notes: Hill Avoids Suspension

In somewhat surprising news, Tyreek Hill will not be suspended by the NFL for violating the league’s personal conduct policy. Hill, who has been investigated for child abuse, was cleared of charges by the city of Kansas City but was still under investigation through the NFL. The league decided that it did not have enough evidence to suspend the Chiefs star, and, as a result, he will be allowed to attend training camp and start participating in any club activities.

Last season, Hill had 87 catches on 137 targets for 1,479 yards and 12 touchdowns. He also had 22 rushes for 151 yards and another touchdown. While there is no denying the abilities of Hill, there certainly has been some shadows cast on his character and reputation based off of these allegations.

While the police are not moving forward against Hill with any charges now, there certainly seems the possibility of more investigation. Regardless, it appears that one of the most dynamic players in the league, and one of the staples of the Chiefs’ offense, will be ready to suit up come week one.

Reed Suspended

While it appears Tyreek Hill will be going without a suspension, Seattle Seahawks defensive lineman Jarran Reed has been issued one. Stemming from a personal conduct issue in 2017, Reed has been suspended for the first six games of the season. Like Hill, Reed was not charged for the incident, but the league felt that it had enough information and evidence to warrant a suspension. Last season for Seattle, Reed played in 16 games with 50 tackles (12 for loss), 24 quarterback hits, two fumble recoveries, and 10.5 sacks.

Reed did undergo surgery in April for a sports hernia, but all indications seemed like he would be ready for the start of training camp. It appears now, though, that it won’t be until October that he will be able to help the Seahawks defense.

Boyd, Bengals Agree To Extension

A.J. Green is still seen as the star of wide receiving corps in Cincinnati, but the second-best receiver was just rewarded for his efforts on Tuesday by the Bengals. Wide receiver Tyler Boyd has signed a four-year, $43 million extension that will keep him with the team through 2023. Last season, Boyd had a monster year, pulling in 76 catches on 108 targets for 1,028 yards and seven touchdowns. While part of his success may stem from the fact that Green was injured for several games last season, it is still holds true that Boyd showed his worth. With the health of Green and Boyd under contract for the foreseeable future, the Bengals certainly have a formidable 1-2 punch at wide receiver.

Sproles Back To The Eagles

The Philadelphia Eagles have decided to bring back running back Darren Sproles on a one-year contract. Despite already having several options in the backfield, including people like Miles Sanders, Jordan Howard, Corey Clement, and others, it appears that Sproles’ versatility is still considered an asset worth exploring. Sadly for Sproles, the last couple of years have been riddled with injuries. Last season, Sproles played in only six games (he played in only three the year before). In those six games last season, Sproles rushed the ball 29 times for 120 yards and a touchdown. He also had 15 catches for 160 yards and two touchdowns as well as 10 punt returns for 83 yards. Again, though, health has been an issue for him so it will be interesting to see if he can last a full season.

Originally, Sproles had said that 2018 might be it for his career, but ultimately the running back wants one more good season. In terms of all-purpose yards, he is in the top 10 in NFL history and, with a good season this year, could easily move into the top five. His best season as a back was probably in 2011 when he had 87 rushes for 603 yards and 86 receptions for 710 yards.

Cowboys Release Wide Receiver Hurns

Allen Hurns will be looking for a new home this upcoming season after the Dallas Cowboys announced on Tuesday that they are cutting the veteran receiver. After being asked to take a pay cut from the two-year, $12 million deal he signed last offseason, it appears that the two sides couldn’t find a middle ground. Hurns made himself into a well-known commodity with his time in Jacksonville but struggled to find consistency with Dallas quarterback Dak Prescott. Last season, Hurns went for just 295 yards on 20 receptions with two touchdowns. His best season, by far, was in 2015, when he had 64 catches for 1,031 yards and 10 touchdowns. Still, with the acquisition of Amari Cooper and with some of the young guys in Dallas stepping up, Hurns was expendable, especially at that cost, for Dallas and now must move on to a new location with his career.

Sanchez Retires From NFL

Mark Sanchez never quite found his niche in the NFL, and it appears that he will be stepping away from it to go into more of his comfort zone. Sanchez announced that he is retiring from the NFL in favor of becoming an analyst for ESPN’s college football coverage. After being drafted 5th overall out of USC in 2009, Sanchez could never find consistency. His best season was probably back in 2011 when he was playing for the Jets. That season he was 308 for 543 with 3,474 yards, 26 touchdowns, and 18 interceptions. Throughout his eight-year career, he played for the Jets, Eagles, Cowboys, and Redskins.

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