Friday, August 28, 2015

Leadoff with Lee 8.28.15 #KyrieIrving #Browns #Steelers #DarrylDawkins

By @cleeverizon

- There is a chance Cavaliers point guard Kyrie Irving may not be available for the season opener on October 27th when the team visits the Chicago Bulls. While rehabilitation has been going smoothly, the Cavs are in no rush to plug him back into the starting lineup. The original 3-4 month timetable for his return has been slightly altered so he can at 100% and be fresh for the playoffs with so setbacks. According to one team source, Irving maybe out until January. In his absence, the Cavs have newly acquired Mo Williams and the re-signed Matthew Dellavedova to hold down the position until his return.

- The Browns worked out and signed reserve quarterback Pat Devlin yesterday. He is listed at 6’3”, 220 pounds and is in his third season out of Delaware. Devlin, 27, was originally signed by the Miami Dolphins in 2011 and played with them until 2013. He was apart of the Minnesota Vikings quarterback group in 2014 and spent part of the 2015 offseason with the Chicago Bears. It’s not expected for Devlin to be a long term solution for the Browns, as he is expected to get cut when the roster needs to be trimmed down to 53 on September 5th. He is nothing more than a camp arm to give Johnny Manziel a chance to rest his sore elbow for the remainder of the preseason.

The Browns released OL Ryan Seymour to make room for Devlin. Seymour is currently serving a four game suspension for use of PEDs.

- Yesterday's Browns Berea Bike Brigade included Phil Taylor (DL), Ish Kitchen (DL), Michael Bowie (OL), Justin Gilbert (DB), Robert Nelson (DB) and K'Waun Williams (DB).

- Here’s the uniform combination for Saturday’s Browns vs. Buccaneers game:

- Steelers WR Martavis Bryant is facing 4-game suspension for violating the NFL’s Substance Abuse Policy. The NFLPA and Bryant are appealing the suspension. This was will be Bryant's second violation since entering the NFL in 2014.

- Green Bay's Letroy Guion is suspended the first three games of the season for violating the NFL’s Policy and Program for Substances of Abuse.

- The details of the Patriots and Reggie Wayne contract have been disclosed and it is incentive laced. Wayne's 1-year deal is worth up to $2.3M and his contract includes a $1.1 million base salary which becomes fully guaranteed if he is on the Week 1 roster. The deal also has a roster bonus worth as much as $750,000 ($46,875 per game) and incentives up to $500,000 ($250,000 for 55 catches and $500,000 for 65 catches).

- Former Sixers and Nets star Darryl Dawkins has passed away at the age of 58. He earned his nickname of "Chocolate Thunder" for his rim shattering dunks. Dawkins was the first player ever drafted straight to the NBA out of high school. He averaged 14 points, 6 rebounds and 1 block in his 14 seasons in the NBA.

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