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Buffalo Bills offensive line coach Aaron Kromer was suspended six games by the team, punishment for an allegedly ugly incident this offseason that led to his arrest. Kromer was arrested for assault and battery after allegedly confronting a boy about the use of beach chairs and then punching the boy in the face, according to the Walton County (Fla.) Sheriff's office's report. The police's press release also said Kromer told one of the boys that if he reported him to the police, Kromer would "kill his family." This wasn't the first time Kromer was in the news for something negative in the past year. He was in the middle of a Chicago Bears controversy when he was the team's offensive coordinator, when it was found out that he was the source of an anonymous leak for a report that the Bears had "buyer's remorse" about quarterback Jay Cutler. He was fired at the end of the season, along with the rest of the coaching staff. He hooked on with the Buffalo Bills as an offensive line coach, then found worse headlines. [ Yahoo Sports Fantasy Football: Sign up and join a league todayl ] Kromer had been on indefinite leave from the Bills. His suspension will start before Week 1 of the regular season and go through Week 6, but he'll work during training camp and the preseason. Here's the statement from Bills managing partner and president Russ Brandon: “Over the past several weeks the Bills organization has gathered information regarding the incident involving Offensive Line Coach Aaron Kromer. Today we have concluded our investigation and the Buffalo Bills will suspend Coach Kromer without pay for the first six games of the 2015 NFL regular season. The suspension will begin on Monday, September 7, 2015 and end with the conclusion of the Buffalo Bills vs. Cincinnati Bengals game on October 18, 2015. “We worked in conjunction with the NFL on this matter and we are highly supportive of the NFL Personal Conduct Policy that holds all NFL and club employees to a higher standard. “We look forward to Coach Kromer rejoining the Bills organization at Training Camp.” - - - - - - - Frank Schwab is the editor of Shutdown Corner on Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email him at email@example.com or follow him on Twitter! Follow @YahooSchwab
Jermaine Gresham left the Cincinnati Bengals as a free agent after last season and he was looking forward to a nice contract elsewhere. The big tight end visited the Oakland Raiders and many expected him to sign there. ''I'm not going to lie to you, it was pretty tough,'' Gresham said.
Zimmer coaches them as critically as any players on the Vikings, and if there were a contest held to determine his favorite position on the field the others would probably be fighting for second place. ''He is a hard coach, but that's something that I enjoy,'' said rookie Trae Waynes, the team's first-round draft pick. Here's the important part about those high cornerback standards: The results Zimmer has coaxed from that group over the years have produced for him plenty of credibility on the subject.
CINCINNATI (AP) -- Bengals defensive end Michael Johnson hurt his right knee during practice on Sunday and was taken off the field on a cart.
The Seattle Seahawks signed All-Pro Bobby Wagner to a four-year, $43 million contract extension, making him the NFL's highest-paid middle linebacker. Wagner's contract is the second megadeal completed by the Seahawks in two days. Quarterback Russell Wilson signed a four-year, $87.6 million contract before training camp began Friday.
It's a new look for the Cincinnati defensive end, who wore dreadlocks a couple of years ago. Johnson had 26 1/2 sacks in four seasons with the Bengals, including 11.5 in 2012, before leaving for Tampa Bay as an unrestricted free agent last year. One injury-hampered and disappointing season later, Johnson is back to his NFL roots.
If there's anything that's going to slow down the New York Giants' offense this season, it's going be their offensive line. Getting big yards from a passing game that features Eli Manning, Odell Beckham Jr. and Victor Cruz seems to be a given. Justin Pugh has moved from right tackle to left guard.
Nick Mensio breaks down the top targets, players to avoid and late-round fliers in the AFC North.
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