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NFL Notes: Browns, Bucs, Cowboys, Giants, Steelers

Browns

Buccaneers

The Buccaneers announced a five coaching moves on Tuesday including

  • Skyler Fulton as an offensive assistant
  • Anthony Perkins as an assistant head coach
  • Danny Breyer as a defensive assistant
  • Zach Grossi as an offensive quality control coach
  • Alex Smith as an NFL scout.

Cowboys

  • Cowboys impending free agent G Ronald Leary said he expects “multiple teams” to be interested in him on the open market. (Pat Kirwan)

Giants

  • Manish Mehta of the New York Daily News believes the Giants should sign Vikings RB Adrian Peterson if he is released from Minnesota this offseason.
  • Mehta writes that Peterson should not come at a steep price given he is past his prime and will be 32-years old by the start of the season.
  • Mehta could see Peterson taking a complementary role for the Giants’ offense while RB Paul Perkins assumes the No. 1 role.

Steelers

  • Jeremy Fowler of ESPN reports that Steelers WR Sammie Coates recently underwent sports hernia surgery for an injury that was not listed on the team’s 2016 injury report.
  • According to Fowler’s source, Coates’ injury did not affect his practice participation throughout the year and was more of a nuisance than a medical issue.
  • The NFL is also investigating a violation of injury protocol involving RB Le’Veon Bell, who left the AFC Championship game with a groin injury that was not listed in injury reports leading up to the game. Fowler mentions that Bell missed practice time before playing the Patriots due to a personal matter instead of an injury.
  • For what it’s worth, Steelers president Art Rooney II said Bell’s injury never affected his practice participation and he is confident the Steelers’ response to the league will be satisfactory.
  • Ed Bouchette of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette does not expect the Steelers to release TE Ladarius Green this offseason and adds that the decision “has been made” to keep him.
  • Bouchette notes that Green’s health will determine how the team approaches the remaining three-years remaining of his contract.

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