Sep 10, 2023; Denver, Colorado, USA; Denver Broncos safety Justin Simmons (31) reacts to a turnover in the third quarter against the Las Vegas Raiders at Empower Field at Mile High. Mandatory Credit: Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports

Broncos rule out OLB Frank Clark, S Justin Simmons vs. Dolphins

The Denver Broncos will be without two important players on defense against the host Miami Dolphins in Week 3, ruling out outside linebackers Frank Clark and safety Justin Simmons with hip injuries Friday.

Clark will miss his second straight game, but Simmons popped up on the injury report Wednesday. They both missed practice Wednesday, Thursday and Friday.

Defensive tackle Mike Purcell (ankle) also missed practice Wednesday and Thursday, but he returned as a limited practice participant Friday and was ruled questionable for the Miami game.

Simmons, 29, was a Pro Bowler in 2020 and a second-team All-Pro selection in 2019, 2021 and 2022. He had 14 tackles through two games for the Broncos this season.

Clark, 30, is a three-time Pro Bowler who joined the Broncos in the offseason. He had two tackles in Week 1 and has racked up 58.5 sacks in his first eight NFL seasons with Seattle and Kansas City.

The Dolphins listed running back Salvon Ahmed (groin) as doubtful. Ahmed returned to practice in limited fashion Friday after missing Wednesday and Thursday.

Wide receiver Jaylen Waddle (concussion) and tackle Terron Armstead (back, ankle, knee) are among seven Dolphins players listed as questionable.

–Field Level Media

Nov 27, 2022; Glendale, Arizona, USA; Arizona Cardinals linebacker Isaiah Simmons (9) against the Los Angeles Chargers at State Farm Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

Report: Cardinals trading LB Isaiah Simmons to Giants

The Arizona Cardinals are trading linebacker Isaiah Simmons to the New York Giants in exchange for a 2024 seventh-round draft pick, multiple outlets reported Thursday.

Simmons, 25, was the No. 8 overall pick by the Cardinals in the 2020 NFL Draft out of Clemson.

He recorded 99 tackles and set career highs in sacks (four) and interceptions (two) in 17 games (13 starts) last season.

Simmons appeared in all 50 games (37 starts) for Arizona from 2020-22 and racked up 258 tackles, 7.5 sacks, seven forced fumbles and four interceptions, including one returned for a touchdown.

He had been listed as a second-string safety on the Cardinals’ official depth chart this preseason.

Simmons is in the final season of his four-year rookie deal and counts $6.6 million against the salary cap. In May, Arizona declined his $12.7 million fifth-year option for 2024.

–Field Level Media

Florida A&M football head coach Willie Simmons looks on during the Orange and Green Spring Game at Bragg Memorial Stadium in Tallahassee, Florida, Saturday, April 15, 2023

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Florida A&M resumes football activities as rap video investigated

The Florida A&M football team can resume activities Tuesday while the university continues to investigate the unauthorized filming of a rap video, athletic director Tiffany-Dawn Sykes said Monday.

Florida A&M had suspended all football-related activities until further notice on Friday after a rap video with explicit lyrics was filmed in the team’s locker room without authorization and released online.

Coach Willie Simmons announced the program’s halt Friday night, just hours after the release of the video for “Send A Blitz” from rapper Real Boston Richey.

In the video, Richey is seen in the locker room at Galimore-Powell Fieldhouse on the Florida A&M campus in Tallahassee. Richey is wearing a Florida A&M shirt as well as helmets bearing the team logo. Several Florida A&M football players can be seen in the video but have not been identified by the school.

“An investigation into the unauthorized video that was partially filmed in the football locker room is being led by the University’s Office of Compliance and Ethics,” Sykes wrote on her and the athletic department’s Twitter accounts. “Since this is an ongoing investigation, no further comment can be shared at this time.

“In my role, I have been transparent with stakeholders and this time will be no different. I will make myself available for comment at the conclusion of the investigation.”

In his statement posted to Twitter last Friday, Simmons said the video was made “without proper authorization” and that a forthcoming investigation will look into who authorized the use of the locker room as well as the use of team apparel, which “potentially violates university branding and licensing agreements.”

Though Simmons said he supports “free speech and … all forms of musical expression,” he expressed disappointment that the content of the video was not in alignment with the university’s image.

The video contained graphic language that “is not consistent with Florida A&M’s core values, principles and beliefs,” Simmons’ statement said.

Richey is a local of Tallahassee whose real name is Jalen Foster. He performed at Florida A&M’s homecoming game last season.

The Rattlers’ head coach and selected players planned to be in attendance Tuesday at the Southwestern Athletic Conference football media day in Birmingham, Ala. The team’s first practice is slated for Aug. 4.

Simmons is entering his sixth season as head coach of Florida A&M and has a 33-12 record. The Rattlers open the season Sept. 3 against Jackson State at Hard Rock Stadium in Miami Gardens, Fla.

–Field Level Media

Florida A&M football Willie Simmons talks to campers following his RAC BOYZ 2.0 7-on-7 Camp at Bragg Memorial Stadium in Tallahassee, Florida, Saturday, June 10, 2023

FAMU suspends football activities after locker room rap video

Florida A&M suspended all football-related activities until further notice after a rap video with explicit lyrics was filmed in the team’s locker room without authorization and released online.

Coach Willie Simmons announced the program’s halt Friday night just hours after the release of the video for “Send A Blitz” from rapper Real Boston Richey.

In the video, Richey is seen in the locker room at Galimore-Powell Fieldhouse on the Florida A&M campus in Tallahassee. Richey is wearing a Florida A&M shirt as well as helmets bearing the team logo. Several Florida A&M football players can be seen in the video.

In his statement posted to Twitter, Simmons said the video was made “without proper authorization” and that a forthcoming investigation will look into who authorized the use of the locker room as well as the use of team apparel, which “potentially violates university branding and licensing agreements.”

Though Simmons said he supports “free speech and … all forms of musical expression,” he expressed disappointment that the content of the video was not in alignment with the university’s image.

The video contained graphic language that “is not consistent with Florida A&M’s core values, principles and beliefs,” the statement said.

Simmons said he hopes the Florida A&M athletes will learn from the experience.

“It is a privilege to wear the orange and green and as a football program, our young men have failed to live up to the standard set before us,” Simmons said in the statement. “They will all learn from this mishap and we will continue to work hard every day to become the best version of ourselves and continue to make Rattler Nation proud.”

Richey is a local of Tallahassee whose real name is Jalen Foster. He performed at Florida A&M’s homecoming game last season.

Simmons is entering his sixth season as head coach of Florida A&M and has a 33-12 record. The Rattlers open the season Sept. 3 against Jackson State at Hard Rock Stadium in Miami Gardens, Fla.

–Field Level Media

Tennessee Titans defensive tackle Jeffery Simmons (98) walks across the field after their 36 to 22 loss against the Jacksonville Jaguars at Nissan Stadium Sunday, Dec. 11, 2022, in Nashville, Tenn.

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Reports: Titans star DT Jeffery Simmons agrees to $94 million extension

Tennessee Titans star defensive tackle Jeffery Simmons has agreed to a four-year, $94 million extension, according to multiple reports on Friday.

The deal begins with the 2024 season and will make Simmons the second-highest paid interior defensive lineman behind Aaron Donald of the Los Angeles Rams. Donald received a three-year, $95 million extension prior to the 2022 campaign.

Simmons’ contract reportedly includes $66 million in guarantees as well as a $24 million signing bonus.

Simmons made two posts on Twitter as news of the deal emerged.

“Titans Nation, thank you for the last 4 years! I am so grateful for you guys…,” Simmons said.

He added: “We are not done yet. … We have so much work to do!”

Simmons will earn $10.75 million in 2023 under the fifth-year option of his rookie contract.

Simmons, 25, had 7.5 sacks last season while earning his second straight Pro Bowl selection. He had a career-best 8.5 sacks in 2021.

In 56 career games (54 starts), Simmons has 189 tackles, 21 sacks, 28 tackles for loss, 19 passes defensed, three fumble recoveries and two forced fumbles.

Simmons was a first-round pick (19th overall) in 2019 out of Mississippi State.

–Field Level Media

Oct 23, 2022; Nashville, Tennessee, USA; Tennessee Titans defensive tackle Jeffery Simmons (98) grabs his leg after an injury during the second half against the Indianapolis Colts at Nissan Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports

Titans rule out DL Jeffery Simmons (ankle) against Broncos

Tennessee Titans standout defensive lineman Jeffery Simmons will miss Sunday’s game against the visiting Denver Broncos due to an ankle injury.

Simmons, 25, missed practice all week.

Simmons has 5.5 sacks in eight games this season and 19 in 49 career contests over four seasons. He was a Pro Bowl selection last season when he had a career-high 8.5 sacks.

The Titans also ruled out linebackers Bud Dupree (hip) and Zach Cunningham (elbow), safety Amani Hooker (shoulder) and cornerback Josh Thompson (knee).

Quarterback Ryan Tannehill (ankle) was a limited practice participant after being fully involved on Thursday. He is listed as questionable and likely to return after missing the past two games.

“He was limited today and we’ll see how it goes here the next couple of days,” Titans coach Mike Vrabel said. “… I think he’s making progress and feeling better.”

Rookie Malik Willis started at quarterback the past two games and passed for a total of 135 yards. He was a combined 11-of-26 passing with an interception and six sacks in the two starts.

Tannehill has thrown for 1,097 yards, six touchdowns and three interceptions in six games this season.

–Field Level Media

Jan 22, 2022; Nashville, Tennessee, USA; Tennessee Titans defensive tackle Jeffery Simmons (98) celebrates during an AFC Divisional playoff football game at Nissan Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Steve Roberts-USA TODAY Sports

Titans exercise fifth-year option on standout DT Jeffery Simmons

The Tennessee Titans exercised the fifth-year option of star defensive tackle Jeffery Simmons’ rookie contract on Wednesday.

The move guarantees Simmons will earn $10.75 million in 2023.

Simmons posted a career-best 8.5 sacks in 2021 while making the Pro Bowl for the first time in his career. He tacked on 12 tackles for loss (of 54 overall) and six pass breakups and earned second-team All-Pro honors.

Simmons also had a monster playoff outing against the Cincinnati Bengals with three sacks despite the Titans being upset in the AFC Divisional round clash.

Overall, the 24-year-old Simmons has 13.5 sacks, 135 tackles, 19 tackles for loss and 12 passes defensed in 41 NFL games (39 starts) over three seasons.

Simmons was the 19th overall pick out of Mississippi State in the 2019 NFL Draft.

–Field Level Media