The Buffalo Bills had a day mixed with good news and bad news as training camp progressed.
Earlier today, the NFL announced that the league has suspended linebacker Nigel Bradham for the first game of the regular season for substance abuse. Bradham is the expected replacement for injured linebacker Kiko Alonso, who will miss the entire season with a torn ACL.
The suspension for Bradham comes as a shock to many, even the player himself. Bradham spoke to the media after practice today and shed a little light on his situation.
“It’s related to what happened last year,” Bradham told Buffalobills.com. “The commissioner said I wasn’t disciplined from the NFL last year so I guess it rolls over into this year. Everything was dismissed and I’m not in a substance abuse program or anything. Since everything was dismissed it’s kind of shocking and kind of disappointing that it came back again. I tried to appeal it but the appeal was declined.”
The league is known for its harsh rulings, unless a player physically assaults a woman, in public, while being videotaped. Still, Bradham will miss Buffalo's season opener against the Chicago Bears, and will be eligible to return to the team the next day. He will be able to participate in all preseason activities, however.
One the plus side, the Bills have reached an agreement to extend the contract of running back Fred Jackson. NFL.com reports that Jackson signed a one-year extension with the club, worth $2.6 million, with an additional $1 million in incentives.
“I’m extremely excited,” Jackson told Buffalobills.com. “I want to thank Russ [Brandon], Doug [Whaley], the late, great Mr. Wilson for the opportunity to be able to play here. Every player’s dream is to be able to play with one team for their entire career, and this extension gives me the opportunity to do that.”
Jackson was set to enter his final year of his contract, and his status was uncertain in the eyes of outsiders after the team traded for Bryce Brown. Still, the extension proves just how important Jackson is to the Bills.
“I love Fred,” Bills head coach Doug Marrone told Buffalobills.com. “I think Fred’s been a great pro. In my time here with him he’s been a very good leader and very productive. I’m excited about him. I heard the news coming here. I just heard that now and I’m happy for Fred and I’m happy for his family.”
The Bills have still not addressed the contract status of CJ Spiller, who will enter his final season of his contract if an extension isn't reached. But Buffalo has a little stability in Jackson, who has proved to be just as reliable as he is tough.
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