Wednesday’s roundup: Three cleared in PED case
New York — NFL officials have cleared Pittsburgh’s James Harrison, Green Bay’s Clay Matthews and Julius Peppers in an investigation of whether they were provided with or used performance enhancers.
Each player met with league investigators last week. League officials were looking into allegations made in a documentary by Al-Jazeera America in January. The source of those allegations, which also targeted Peyton Manning, later retracted them.
NFL officials said Wednesday they found “no credible evidence” the players were guilty of any of the claims.
Manning was cleared by officials earlier this summer.
Restructured deal for Brown
Steelers receiver Antonio Brown agreed to a restructured contract that will pay him an extra $4 million in 2016, boosting his salary to $10.25 million, according to NFL.com.
Bridgewater placed on IR
The Vikings announced quarterback Teddy Bridgewater has been placed on injured reserve, according to Pro Football Talk.
Bridgewater tore his ACL and dislocated his knee Tuesday during practice.
ESPN’s Mortensen better
ESPN senior NFL analyst Chris Mortensen announced he is recovering from Stage IV throat cancer and expects to work this season.
“Our hope remains rooted in our deep faith in God and we continue to be grateful to our caring team at M.D. Anderson (Cancer Center) and my local personal physicians,” Mortensen wrote on ESPN’s MediaZone.
2017 draft headed to Philly
NFL officials will announce today that the 2017 draft will be held in Philadelphia, a person with direct knowledge of the announcements said.
After two years in Chicago, the draft has become a traveling show. Philadelphia beat out several other locations eager to stage the proceedings.
For decades, the draft was held in New York, but scheduling issues for 2015 and a strong bid from Chicago led to it being moved. The draft traditionally is held on the final Thursday-Saturday of April, which would be April 28-30 in 2017.
The first three rounds are held in prime time.