NFL roundup: Arian Foster's back, Von Miller facing suspension and more

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It was a busy Monday around the NFL with a couple of All-Pros making headlines.

When there is an injury update for one of the NFL's biggest stars and it's the third or fourth-biggest story of the day, you know things are busy around the NFL. Rob Gronkowski's recovery has been one of the stories of the offseason, but it was overshadowed by a few other headlines.

Here's a look at the biggest NFL stories from Monday.

Von Miller facing at least a six-game suspension

The Broncos will be without Defensive Player of the Year candidate Von Miller for at least the first six games of the season, according to the latest report from ESPN's Chris Mortensen. Mortensen reported Miller will likely be suspended at least six games, even though his representatives are trying to negotiate the suspension down to four games.

Miller's situation stems from a pair of diluted drug tests. As Jon Heath of Mile High Report detailed, diluted drug tests are considered tampering and two such tests during one offseason led the NFL to discuss suspending Miller for the entire season. If the suspension is based entirely on a pair of watered-down tests, it brings up an interesting debate which Heath brought up:

The diluted tests may have pissed off the NFL, but Miller has the right to have water in his system. Apparently the league feels Miller had too much H2O in his body when he was tested. Is that deserving of a six-game suspension?

Antonio Smith could be suspended after video of him hitting a player with a helmet

Things don't often go unnoticed on a football field during a game, but Antonio Smith ripping off Richie Incognito's helmet and then hitting him in the head flew under the radar. Jay Glazer of Fox Sports 1 aired video of the incident on Monday, which could lead to a suspension.


Smith and Incognito have a history and Smith was fined $21,000 following an incident between the two last year. Battle Red Blog examined the helmet incident further and took a closer look at what punishment Smith could be facing.

Arian Foster dealing with disc irritation in his back

Arian Foster remains out and continues to suffer from disc irritation in his back. He received a shot in an attempt to relieve the irritation, but that caused pain in his legs. Foster remains on the physically unable to perform list, although the Texans remain hopeful he will be able to return by the season opener, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport.

There were rumors Foster could return to the field this week, but that appears to not be the case now. The pain moving down his legs is a new development and one that at least prompts the question of whether it's time to worry for Texans fans.

Rob Gronkowski unlikely to play in the season opener

Earlier in camp, there was some optimism that Gronkowski would be ready for Week 1. That appears to have dissipated now, with a source telling ESPN's Adam Schefter it's "not realistic" to expect Gronkowski back for the season opener.

Although he may not be ready when the season opens, Gronkowski will likely come off the physically unable to perform list. Karen Guregian of the Boston Herald reported the realistic timeframe for him to return to the field is Week 3.

Blaine Gabbert is Jacksonville's starter, despite thumb injury

The Jaguars announced Blaine Gabbert as their starting quarterback on Monday and Gabbert will celebrate by sitting out the rest of the preseason. He suffered a hairline fracture in his thumb in the second preseason game and will rest until the regular season.

While Chad Henne will get a lot of opportunity to play with Gabbert out, it won't change much. As Alfie Crow of Big Cat Country wrote, Gabbert's play has been by far the better of the two and he will now get one final shot to prove he can be the future under center in Jacksonville.

Marcus Lattimore not expected to play in 2013

Coming off a significant knee injury, the 49ers are going to give Marcus Lattimore plenty of time to recover and the rookie running back is unlikely to play this season. The 49ers have good depth at running back, so it makes sense to make sure Lattimore is completely recovered from the injury before rushing him back into action.

San Francisco drafted Lattimore in the fourth round and he's spent training camp on the active/non-football injury list. If he remains there when the regular season starts, he would miss at least the first six games of the season. The 49ers could also place him on injured reserve and officially end his season.

49ers trade A.J. Jenkins to Kansas City for Jon Baldwin

The 49ers and Chiefs swamped underperforming former first-round selections on Monday, with San Francisco sending wide receiver A.J. Jenkins to Kansas City for wide receiver Jon Baldwin. The move will give both players a change of scenery and a new opportunity. It's possible both would have been cut had the trade not happened.

David Fucillo of Niners Nation said he was disappointed it didn't work out for Jenkins in San Francisco, but it was better to make the move now if the front office saw the situation as a lost cause. The majority of Chiefs fans are in favor of the move, with 80 percent saying they approve in a poll on Arrowhead Pride.

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