NFL news roundup: Rodgers-Cromartie hurt, Cooper in hot water and Pro Bowl changes


Rounding up the news and notes from Wednesday in the NFL.

The Denver Broncos saw Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie carted off the field at practice on Wednesday with a left leg injury. It was later reported that he suffered a high ankle sprain, but he could not put any weight on his left leg and there is no timeline for his return yet. Rodgers-Cromartie was hoping to revive his career in Denver after two tough years with the Eagles, but that may be put on hold if he misses a big chunk of training camp.

Riley Cooper uses N-word at concert

Riley Cooper is in trouble for using the N-word at a Kenny Chesney concert. Video captured the Philadelphia Eagles wide receiver having to be held back by teammates when he began acting aggressively towards some fans in the stands. Cooper later apologized for his actions.

Pro Bowl ditches AFC vs. NFC format

The NFL has decided that the Pro Bowl will no longer pit the best of the AFC against the best of the NFC. Instead, two team captains will be chosen, and they will draft two teams for the game. The new format will be used for the 2014 Pro Bowl, when Jerry Rice and Deion Sanders will be the two captains. The draft will be held on Jan. 22, with the game to follow on Jan. 26 in Aloha, Hawaii.

Eddie Lacy insists he is not overweight

Photos of Eddie Lacy from training camp showed what appeared to be an overweight running back, but Lacy has refuted claims that he showed up to training camp out of shape. Lacy said that he is "exactly where I want to be" in terms of his weight, which is likely around the 238 pounds he was listed at for organized team activities.

Percy Harvin to be placed on PUP list

As expected, the Seattle Seahawks will place Percy Harvin on the physically unable to perform list. Harvin was diagnosed with a torn labrum in his hip, which will likely keep him out until November. The wide receiver is expected to be on the PUP list when the regular season begins as well, which will mean that he cannot play in the first six games of the season, but he isn't expected to be healthy until long after that anyway.

NFL Network to give Hall of Fame weekend blanket coverage

The NFL Network will cover everything that goes on in Canton, Ohio, for Hall of Fame weekend. That includes the Hall of Fame Enshrinement Ceremony, but there will be plenty more. The network will have studio shows live from Canton all weekend, as well as detailed features on the new members of the Hall of Fame and a special on the Hall of Fame itself, which is celebrating its 50th anniversary.

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