Broncos linebacker Lerentee McCray is doubtful to return to Sunday's game against the Chiefs with a knee injury, USA Today Sports reports. McCray is a sub linebacker for the Broncos on the outside, so the team may have to lean more on starter Von Miller with the backup sidelined.
Broncos kicker Matt Prater, the league's second-leading scorer last year, has been notified he'll be suspended for the first four regular-season games for violating the league's substance abuse policy.
Prater has been in the league's alcohol program since he was charged with DUI in 2011. His attorney, Harvey Steinberg, told the Denver Post that Prater got suspended for drinking a few beers at home. "[Matt] feels terribly for his teammates," Steinberg said. "It's cost him personally, both professionally and financially."
Prater nailed 25 of 26 field-goal attempts last year, including a record-breaking 64-yarder against Tennessee. Rookie Mitch Ewald is his backup.
Panthers defensive end Greg Hardy agreed to be placed on the Exempt/Commissioner's Permission list, meaning he won't be around the team until his legal case is resolved, reports Bleacher Report's Jason Cole. Hardy is awaiting a jury trial on domestic violence charges.
Panthers defensive end Frank Alexander has been suspended without pay for the team's first four games of the 2014 regular season for violating the NFL policy and program for substances of abuse, the team announced Friday.