NFL Notes: Draft could be moving to May

NFL Notes: Draft could be moving to May
May 20, 2013, 4:00 pm
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It appears the NFL offseason schedule will be changing.

According to ESPN's Adam Schefter, two primary changes are "on the verge" of occurring: The draft would be moved back to May, and the start of the league year would be moved up before the Combine.

What does this mean?

If the beginning of the league year occurs before the Combine, then free agency also starts before the Combine.

And that means the Combine will be an opportunity for agents and general managers to actually work on deals -- instead of having clandestine conversations about them.

ProFootballTalk has more on the effects of these likely changes.

Super Bowl Sites

BOSTON -- NFL owners will vote on the sites of the 50th and 51st Super Bowls on Tuesday at their spring meetings.

The San Francisco area, where a new stadium is being built in Santa Clara, and South Florida are competing for the the 50th edition, to be held in February 2016. The loser in that bidding will go against Houston to host the 51st game the following year.

A three-quarters majority of the 32 owners is required on the first ballot. If neither city gets that, then a simple majority wins on the next ballot.

The 49ers' new home is scheduled to open for the 2014 season. The area hosted its only Super Bowl at Stanford Stadium in 1985.

Miami has staged 10, most recently in 2010. Only New Orleans has had as many Super Bowls.

Houston was host in 2004.

-The Associated Press 

Survey: Few concussions in youth football

BOSTON -- Fewer than 4 percent of youth players surveyed in a USA Football-sanctioned study suffered concussions in the 10 leagues examined.

Most injuries among nearly 2,000 players on more than 100 teams in six states were minor, with the youngsters returning to play the same day. More than 90 percent of the players did not suffer any injuries, and of those who did, the most common were contusions (35 percent) and ligament sprains (15 percent).

No catastrophic head, neck or heat-related injuries were reported.

Indianapolis-based Datalys Center for Sports Injury Research and Prevention conducted the study in Arizona, Indiana, Massachusetts, Ohio, South Carolina and West Virginia.

-The Associated Press 

Chad Johnson arrested

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. -- Former NFL wide receiver Chad Johnson has been arrested on charges that he violated probation stemming from an altercation with his now ex-wife, TV reality star Evelyn Lozada.

A Broward County judge ordered Johnson jailed Monday until he posts a $1,000 bond. Another hearing was set for June 3. An arrest warrant was issued earlier this month when Johnson failed to meet his probation officer.

The six-time Pro Bowl player formerly known as Chad Ochocinco is serving a year of probation after Lozada said he head-butted her during an argument last August. She quickly filed for divorce. They had been married only since July 4.

Johnson was released by the Miami Dolphins after the incident. He also played for the Cincinnati Bengals and New England Patriots.

Lozada is on the "Basketball Wives" TV show.

-The Associated Press 

Ed Reed update

HOUSTON -- Texans coach Gary Kubiak says safety Ed Reed is doing "really well" as he recovers from hip surgery.

The nine-time Pro Bowler signed a three-year, $15 million contract in free agency and will miss all of the Texans' organized team activities, which began Monday.

Linebacker Brian Cushing will also miss the OTAs as he recovers from left knee surgery. Cushing says he has no restrictions on the knee, but coaches are playing it safe.

Kubiak said linebacker Brooks Reed took reps at inside linebacker, which allows draft picks Sam Montgomery and Trevardo Williams to play with the first and second teams. Monday was also the first opportunity for first-round pick DeAndre Hopkins to take the field with fellow receiver Andre Johnson.

-The Associated Press

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