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NFL Notes: Aldon Smith, Eagles, Jaguars & Steelers

Aldon Smith

  • Ed Werder reports that the NFL will look into the possibility Raiders OLB Aldon Smith engaged in behavior that violates their protocols for a suspended player.
  • A video recently surfaced showing a lit, hand-rolled cigarette. Smith wasn’t show on the video, but his voice can be heard and the video was posted on an account that has featured Smith on camera multiple times.


  • Eagles HC Doug Pederson told reporters that Sam Bradford will be their starting quarterback at the start of training camp with Chase Daniel as their No. 2 and rookie Carson Wentz as the No. 3 option. (Jimmy Kempski)
  • Pederson added that Wentz may not be inactive all year, but will likely be inactive to open the year. (Jimmy Kempski)


  • Jaguars GM Dave Caldwell told reporters that rookie CB Jalen Ramsey and veteran DT Sen’Derrick Marks will be full go for the start of training camp on Thursday. (Mark Long)
  • Caldwell added that free agent acquisition LT Kelvin Beachum (knee) will be on the field for the start of camp. (Michael DiRocco)


  • Jeremy Fowler of ESPN writes that RB Le’Veon Bell has lost leverage in regards to a new extension now that he’s facing a four-game suspension for missing drug tests and the fact that he’s coming off of a season-ending knee injury.
  • According to Fowler, all signs suggest that Bell won’t be in line for “market-setting tailback money“, even though a case could be made that Bell is worth as much based on his ability when healthy.
  • Even with a productive 2016 season, Fowler could see the Steelers offering him a team-friendly contract that protects them if he ends up in trouble again.

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