Nov 6, 2021; Seattle, Washington, USA; Washington Huskies head coach Jimmy Lake signals for his players to go to the locker room following a 26-16 loss against the Oregon Ducks at Alaska Airlines Field at Husky Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Joe Nicholson-USA TODAY Sports

Reports: Washington fires coach Jimmy Lake

Washington fired head coach Jimmy Lake before the end of his second season at the football program’s helm, Yahoo Sports and The Athletic reported Sunday.

Lake was suspended for one game after a sideline altercation with one of his players, Ruperake Fuavai, on Nov. 6. That game, a 26-16 loss to then-No. 4 Oregon, turned out to be Lake’s last game in charge of the program.

Reports said Lake was terminated without cause and Washington therefore owes him a $9.9 million buyout.

Lake appeared to strike Fuavai in his facemask as a scrum between Washington and Oregon players was subsiding. Lake also was seen on the national television broadcast pushing Fuavai.

“I didn’t strike him. I separated him,” Lake said after the game, but he later posted an apology to social media.

Washington athletic director Jen Cohen said the university investigated the incident and determined that Lake’s actions weren’t “intentional or deliberate,” but still thought his conduct required a suspension.

Lake was a defensive backs coach and defensive coordinator for six seasons at Washington before being elevated to head coach before the 2020 season. The Huskies went 7-6 under Lake, including 4-5 this season (not counting Saturday’s loss to Arizona State, when Lake was suspended).

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Dec 15, 2019; Detroit, MI, USA; Detroit Lions defensive end Frank Herron (75) sprays himself with water during the fourth quarter against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Ford Field. Mandatory Credit: Raj Mehta-USA TODAY Sports

NFL suspends Panthers DE Frank Herron 2 game for PEDs

The NFL suspended Carolina Panthers practice squad defensive end Frank Herron two games without pay Saturday for violating the league’s policy on performance-enhancing substances.

He will be eligible to return on Nov. 8, the day after Carolina’s Week 9 game against New England.

Herron, 27, has not appeared in a regular season game this year. He signed a one-year, $850,000 contract with the Panthers in May.

Undrafted out of LSU in 2018, Herron appeared in seven games with the Detroit Lions during the 2019-20 seasons and recorded 11 tackles.

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Jan 5, 2019; Arlington, TX, USA; Dallas Cowboys offensive tackle La'el Collins (71) pass protects against Seattle Seahawks defensive end Dion Jordan (95) in the second quarter in a NFC Wild Card playoff football game at AT&T Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Shane Roper-USA TODAY Sports

Report: Cowboys OL La’el Collins tried to bribe tester

Dallas Cowboys offensive lineman La’el Collins is serving a five-game suspension in part for attempting to bribe one of the league’s testers, ESPN is reporting.

Collins, 28, was suspended on Sept. 10 without pay for violating the league’s substance abuse policy. At the time, NFL Network reported that Collins was suspended for missing drug tests.

According to ESPN’s report, the NFL Players Association actually negotiated Collins’ suspension down to two games, but Collins appealed the suspension and an arbitrator instead ruled to reinstate the five-game penalty.

The ban began with last Sunday’s game against the Los Angeles Chargers. The Cowboys will face the Philadelphia Eagles on Monday night while Collins misses his second game.

Collins again is appealing the suspension, claiming he had valid reasons for several of the missed tests, per ESPN.

He reportedly missed a November 2020 test when players had been sent home early to mourn the death of strength and conditioning coach Markus Paul.

A second missed test occurred while he was attending an uncle’s funeral, with permission from the team.

He reportedly missed another test last October on a day that he was scheduled to have hip surgery and was flagged for codeine after the fact, despite being prescribed the drug after the surgery.

Unless he wins the appeal, Collins won’t be allowed to return to the active roster until Oct. 18, the day after the Cowboys’ Week 6 game at New England. The Cowboys have a bye in Week 7, so he will not be eligible to play again until the Week 8 contest at Minnesota on Oct. 31.

Collins signed a five-year, $50 million contract extension in September 2019. Undrafted out of LSU in 2015, he has started 62 of his 63 games with the Cowboys. He missed all of last season with the hip injury.

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Nov 2, 2019; Tallahassee, FL, USA; Miami Hurricanes defensive back Gurvan Hall Jr. (26) celebrates after making a fourth quarter interception as the Florida State Seminoles host the Miami Hurricanes at Doak Campbell Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Glenn Beil-USA TODAY Sports

Hurricanes S Gurvan Hall suspended one game

The Miami Hurricanes starting safety Gurvan Hall was suspended for Saturday’s game against Central Connecticut due to an unspecified violation of team rules.

The suspension was announced about an hour before kickoff of the nonconference contest.

Hall started the first three games for the Hurricanes (1-2) this season and registered 21 tackles.

He has 138 tackles, two sacks and one interception in 39 games (17 starts) with the program since 2018.

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Oct 10, 2019; Foxborough, MA, USA; New England Patriots wide receiver Josh Gordon (10) is helped off of the field during the first half against the New York Giants at Gillette Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Paul Rutherford-USA TODAY Sports

Report: NFL reinstates WR Josh Gordon from suspension

The NFL is reinstating Josh Gordon, and the wide receiver could return to action as soon as Week 4, ESPN reported Friday.

Earlier this summer, he sent a letter to commissioner Roger Goodell, asking to be reinstated.

Ten days ago, ESPN reported that the NFL Players Association reviewed Gordon’s case and found that the former All-Pro had successfully completed his mandated treatment program. The union recommended his reinstatement.

Gordon, 30, is vaccinated against COVID-19 and said to be ready to play. He has been subject to random drug testing.

He will be a free agent.

“We are grateful that the NFL appreciates the work that Josh put in and now he has earned another opportunity to be part of this league, said Zac Hiller, Gordon’s new agent, to ESPN. “We are proud of Josh, and I know all the fans can’t wait to see him on Sundays.”

While with the Seattle Seahawks in December 2019, Gordon was given an indefinite suspension for substance abuse and performance-enhancing substance violations.

It marked Gordon’s sixth suspension since the 2013 season.

A subsequent reinstatement in December 2020 lasted only a month — with no on-field appearances — and was rescinded in January 2021.

ESPN’s report said Gordon had a setback in his recovery.

Gordon entered the league in the 2012 supplemental draft, selected in the second round — No. 1 overall — by the Browns. He played in Cleveland until 2018 — he missed 2015-16 due to suspension — then played parts of 2018-19 with the New England Patriots before moving on to Seattle.

Gordon has 247 career receptions for 4,252 yards with 20 touchdowns in 63 games (56 starts).

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Aug 21, 2021; Arlington, Texas, USA; Dallas Cowboys running back Tony Pollard (20) celebrates a first quarter touchdown with tackle La'el Collins (71) against the Houston Texans at AT&T Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY Sports

Report: Appeal of suspended Cowboys OL focuses on absences

Suspended Dallas Cowboys offensive lineman La’el Collins is pointing to excused absences from the team as a reason he missed drug tests in his appeal, ESPN is reporting.

Collins, 28, was suspended without pay last week for violating the league’s substance abuse policy. NFL Network reported that Collins was suspended for missing drug tests.

The five-game ban begins with Sunday’s game against the Los Angeles Chargers.

According to ESPN, his appeal claims that Collins had valid reasons for several of the missed tests.

He reportedly missed a November 2020 test when players had been sent home early to mourn the death of strength and conditioning coach Markus Paul.

A second missed test occurred while he was attending an uncle’s funeral, with permission from the team.

He reportedly missed another test last October on a day that he was scheduled to have hip surgery and was flagged for codeine after the fact, despite being prescribed the drug after the surgery.

The report also says that Collins hasn’t tested positive for marijuana over the previous 18 months.

Collins started at right tackle in the season-opening 31-29 road loss to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and played 99 percent of the snaps.

After the suspension, his agent issued a strongly worded statement criticizing the NFL’s decision.

“We are extremely disappointed in how the NFL has handled this entire matter from trampling on Mr. Collins’ rights to prematurely releasing the information knowing a timely appeal was filed to intentionally (mislead) the court at the hearing,” agent Peter Schaffer said in a statement. “The extent and effort the NFL went to accomplish its ends is appalling.”

Unless he wins the appeal, Collins won’t be allowed to return to the active roster until Oct. 18, the day after the Cowboys’ Week 6 game at New England. The Cowboys have a bye in Week 7, so he will not be eligible to play again until the Week 8 contest at Minnesota on Oct. 31.

Ty Nsekhe and Terence Steele are the primary backups at left and right tackle, respectively, but Nsekhe has been ruled out with a non-COVID illness.

Collins signed a five-year, $50 million contract extension in September 2019. Undrafted out of LSU in 2015, he has started 62 of his 63 games with the Cowboys. He missed all of last season with a hip injury that required surgery.

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Dallas Cowboys NFL tackle La'el Collins

Cowboys OL La’el Collins suspended five games

The NFL suspended Dallas Cowboys offensive lineman La’el Collins five games without pay Friday for violating the league’s substance abuse policy.

NFL Network reported that Collins was suspended for missing drug tests.

Collins, 28, missed all of last season with a hip injury that required surgery. He started at right tackle in Thursday night’s season-opening 31-29 road loss to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

Collins can return to the active roster on Oct. 18, the day after the Cowboys’ Week 6 game at New England. The Cowboys have a bye in Week 7, so he will not be eligible to play again until the Week 8 contest at Minnesota on Oct. 31.

Ty Nsekhe and Terence Steele are the primary backups at left and right tackle, respectively.

Collins signed a five-year, $50 million contract extension in September 2019. Undrafted out of LSU in 2015, he has started 62 of his 63 games with the Cowboys.

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Nov 8, 2020; Landover, Maryland, USA; New York Giants quarterback Daniel Jones (8) fumbles the ball under pressure from Washington Football Team outside linebacker Ryan Anderson (52) in the fourth quarter at FedExField. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports

Giants LB Ryan Anderson issued six-game ban

New York Giants linebacker Ryan Anderson has been suspended for six games for violating the league’s Performance Enhancing Substance policy, the NFL has announced.

Anderson, fighting to make the team after signing a one-year, $1.127 million deal, must sit out the first six weeks of the season.

The 27-year-old is allowed to play in Sunday’s preseason finale against the visiting New England Patriots.

Anderson joined the Giants after four seasons with the Washington Football Team, who took him in the second round out of Alabama in 2017.

In 52 games (four starts) in Washington, Anderson totaled 86 tackles, six sacks and five forced fumbles.

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Nov 16, 2019; College Station, TX, USA; South Carolina Gamecocks quarterback Ryan Hilinski (3) looks to throw pursued by Texas A&M Aggies defensive lineman Micheal Clemons (91) during the third quarter at Kyle Field. Mandatory Credit: John Glaser-USA TODAY Sports

Texas A&M DE Micheal Clemons suspended after arrest

Texas A&M suspended senior defensive end Micheal Clemons indefinitely after he was arrested by campus police.

Clemons, 24, was arrested on charges of unlawful carrying of a weapon, possession of less than two ounces of marijuana and providing false information. He also had an outstanding warrant stemming from charges of driving with an invalid license in May 2020, according to Brazos County, Texas, jail records.

He was released on a combined $11,400 bond and paid $683 in court costs from the license case.

Clemons, a grad student, was expected to play a big role on the Aggies’ defense this season.

In 29 career games with Texas A&M, Clemons has 61 tackles (10 for loss) and 5 1/2 sacks.

The Aggies are scheduled to start the season Sept. 4 against Kent State.

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Aug 14, 2021; Jacksonville, Florida, USA;  Cleveland Browns wide receiver Davion Davis (18) looks on post game against the Jacksonville Jaguars at TIAA Bank Field. Mandatory Credit: Nathan Ray Seebeck-USA TODAY Sports

Report: NFL suspends Browns WR Davion Davis two games

The NFL suspended Cleveland Browns wide receiver Davion Davis without pay for the first two games of the regular season for violating the league’s substance-abuse policy, NFL Network reported Tuesday.

Davis, 24, can play in the preseason finale Sunday against the host Atlanta Falcons. If he survives the final roster cuts, he would be eligible to return to the active roster on Sept. 20.

The punishment stems from a 2019 arrest in Minnesota for suspicion of driving under the influence. He pleaded guilty in December 2020 to a misdemeanor charge of careless driving.

Davis played in two games for the Vikings as an undrafted rookie in 2019. Minnesota cut him in August 2020.

He signed with the Browns on July 31, 2021.

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