Misi allegedly struck someone in the head before struggling to be subdued by police. He was released without being arrested after the alleged victim declined to press charges. It's a silly, regrettable incident, but it doesn't sound like much in the way of legal problems is going to come from it. Misi had 78 tackles last season in 13 games for Miami.
The Jets' tight end depth is in a sorry state. Along with Amaro, Kellen Davis and Zach Sudfeld round out the top three. The Jets received a league-low 10 catches from their tight ends last season. It's possible they simply don't plan on using the position, instead opting for an extra tackle in blocking situations or using for receivers. Amaro missed all of 2015 with a torn labrum.
Hollands is coming back from Tommy John surgery, so his stops on his rehab assignment have been longer than that of the typical rehabbing pitcher. This should be the final stop for him before joining the big league bullpen early next week. He hasn't pitched at the major league level since 2014 in where he finished with a 4.40 ERA in 47 innings pitched for the Phillies.
The stat sheet says one thing, Cody Asche another. “I’m close,” the Phillies’ once (and possibly future) leftfielder said after going hitless in four at-bats in a rehab assignment game for Double A Reading on Thursday morning. “I’m close, for sure.” Asche, recovering from a strained left oblique muscle, is just 2 for 16 in four games at Reading, after going 3 for 18 in five games at Single A Clearwater. But not to worry, he said. There are just “a couple little things” he needs to shore up at the plate, things that have led to “not-so-favorable results,” before he is ready to return to the major leagues. “But I’m confident,” he said. “They’re easy fixes.” Asche, a little over a month away from his 26th birthday, said he feels healthy, that he just needs to get his timing back and just needs to face more “good quality pitching.” Where he will get that opportunity is now clear. Immediately after beating Erie, 7-4, in Thursday’s matinee, Reading headed to New Hampshire to begin a road trip. Asche was not expected to accompany the Fightin Phils. Meanwhile, Triple-A Lehigh Valley begins a homestand Friday and that is where Asche will be expected to suit up next. Double-A Reading manager Dusty Wathan did address Asche’s situation after he played his first game at Reading on Sunday. “It’s like his spring training,” the manager told reporters. “He’s trying to get himself back, get himself comfortable in left field, get himself comfortable at the plate and back into baseball shape.” Asche, the Phillies’ fourth-round pick in 2011, hit .252 with 10 homers and 46 RBIs in 121 games at third base in 2014. Last year he began the season at that position before making the transition to left, in the wake of Maikel Franco’s emergence. But when Franco broke a wrist late in the year, Asche returned to his natural position. Overall he hit .245 with 12 homers and 39 RBIs in 129 games. Five of his homers came in his last 18 games.
Linebacker Levy was back on the field Thursday, participating almost fully in the Detroit Lions' organized team activities after missing all but a half of one game of last season with a hip injury. He was running around, hitting sleds and even participating in some team drills, though there is no hitting allowed in OTAs. "That's the next step," Levy said. He was back on the field for OTAs Thursday after missing all but one half of one game of last season with a hip injury. Levy said he is still rehabbing but expects to be cleared to fully hit by the time training camp begins and should be ready for the season opener against Indianapolis on Sept. 11. After being one of the leading tacklers in the league in 2014 with 151 and signing a four-year, $33 million extension in training camp last season, he couldn't play in 2015, had surgery and spent the rest of the time trying to get back to his old form. He said he had no concerns about how his body will hold up and that he is ready to go. He said the biggest thing is getting reps again.
When the Panthers rescinded the franchise tag they gave cornerback Josh Norman, there was immediate discussion about the Panthers using some of the money earmarked for Norman toward an extension for defensive tackle Kawann Short. Short is entering the final year of his rookie contract and a report earlier this month had discussions about that new deal getting underway. Short said this week that his contractual situation isn’t his chief concern at this point in the calendar. “If it happens, it happens, but we haven’t focused on that,” Short said, via the team’s website. “I’ve still got a lot I need to do. I’ve put myself in the position, but at the same time, I’m not where I want to be. We’re not rushing the issue.” Outside of protection against a serious injury, there’s not much reason for Short to race into a long-term deal at the moment. The Panthers have the franchise tag in their pocket in the event a deal can’t be struck and there will be no shortage of suitors for his services should Carolina opt against using the tag. Short finished with 11 sacks and 55 tackles in 16 games last season.
Technically, the Sixers don't have to trade any of their big men just yet. Nerlens Noel and Jahlil Okafor are still both under contract and that's what gives the organization time evaluating which pieces should lay the foundation for the post-process era. That being said, it's already known Noel and Okafor don't work well together at all and Philadelphia already has quite a cluster to deal with at quite a few spots already being filled up by bigs. With that in mind, NBA insider Chad Ford doesn't think the Sixers will wait to make a decision on what big men to keep around this upcoming season. In fact, in an interview for 97.3 ESPN, the veteran reporter went on to describe the possibility of either Okafor or Noel being traded before the 2016-17 season as likely.
Montgomery has yet to be cleared to practice, and was coy when asked if he would be ready for training camp. Montgomery has had an unusually arduous recovery from a high-ankle sprain, aggravating it before ultimately requiring surgery. A gadget player who will likely need his touches manufactured, Montgomery won't be a fantasy factor behind Jordy Nelson and Randall Cobb this season.