According to ESPN, the NFL has suspended former Vikings defensive end Darrion Scott, who has been a free agent since March, for violating the league's personal conduct policy. The Vikings showed no interest in re-signing him.
The NFL wasted little time in bringing the hammer down on former Vikings DE Darrion Scott, as ESPN reported that the league suspended him for three games for violation of the league's personal conduct policy.
Maybe because Scott remains unsigned with only a little over a week to go before the start of training camp, the league expedited his due process, allowing potential suitors to know how much time Scott will miss. There was some speculation that teams were waiting to see what, if any, sanction the league was going to impose before making a concerted effort to sign him.
Scott pleaded guilty last week to a charge of child endangerment, a gross misdemeanor. The plea agreement allowed Scott to avoid trial on charges stemming from an April 28 incident in which Scott put a plastic dry-cleaning bag over the head of his 2-year-old son. That, combined with a marijuana possession charge against Scott last December, gave him multiple violations of the conduct policy and made Scott subject to league sanctions.
Scott remains unsigned at this point. He had visits with two teams before his latest incident. If and when he is signed by another team, he will have to sit out the first three games in which he is activated.
Indianapolis quarterback Peyton Manning had surgery Monday to remove an infected bursa sac from his left knee. The timetable on recovery is about six weeks, which would put Manning out for the entire preseason and likely his first possible action would be Week 1 of the regular season vs. Chicago. The Colts play the Vikings in Minnesota's home opener Sept. 14.
"Peyton had been receiving conservative treatment for an inflamed bursa sac in consultation with the club's medical staff since February, 2008," the Colts said in a statement. "This course of treatment was productive until Peyton experienced increased pain and early signs of infection. Peyton will meet with the press as normally scheduled at the opening of training camp."
With the entire NFL world seeking out Brett Favre, it was a bit surprising that his first contact with the broadcast media would be with FOX News Channel's Greta Van Susteran. On her show "On the Record," Favre did just that with the Appleton, Wisc. Native and Packers stock holder, saying that he wanted to return to Green Bay, but Packers officials told him that wasn't possible. In the short interview, Favre said at first the Packers told him they wanted to protect his legacy, but later indicated protecting his legacy included not being willing to trade him or giving him his starting job back. Favre cautioned people not to believe what they may hear from the Packers brass, telling his fans that he wants to return to Green Bay, but wants to do so as the team's starter.
Former Lions RB Kevin Jones is expected to sign a contract today, but is weighing offers between Chicago and Pittsburgh. It would seem that the Bears would be a better fit, since Mike Tomlin already has Willie Parker, Mewelde Moore and first-round draft pick Rashard Mendenhall in an increasingly crowded backfield, while the Bears are contemplating starting rookie Matt Forte after releasing Cedric Benson last month.