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Failed physicals, non-football injuries pepper Wednesday’s transactions


Every day, the NFL issues a “personnel notice,” also informally known as the “waiver wire.” The document plainly states that it is “confidential,” and that "[d]istribution of this information to individuals not employed by your Club or the NFL League office is prohibited.” And that "[v]iolators are subject to disciplinary action by the Commissioner for conduct detrimental” to the game.” And that "[i]f you are not an employee of a NFL club or the NFL League office, you are hereby notified that any use, dissemination, distribution, or copying of this information is strictly prohibited.”

And, every day, the thing gets widely disseminated to members of the media, some of whom act like their names should be Woodward and/0r Bernstein because they managed to get their eyes on a document that pretty much everyone else sees.

Now, where was I?

In completely and entirely unrelated news, a league source tells PFT that Tuesday’s transactions included a rash of players who were released due to failed physicals or declared as having a non-football injury.

Packers defensive back Charlie Peprah and Patriots running back Joseph Addai both, as previously mentioned, were released. As it turns out, both failed physicals.

Also, the Bills released defensive end Lionel Dotson with the “non-football injury” designation. And it was declared that Falcons defensive tackle Corey Peters, Packers linebacker Desmond Bishop, Colts nose tackle Josh Chapman, and Eagles tackle Jason Peters has “non-football injuries.”

Cutting against the trend of inability is the fact that Patriots linebacker Brandon Spikes passed his physical, and is cleared to practice.

Tune in throughout the season for more information harvested from league sources and not gleaned from a document that non-NFL employees are strictly prohibited from using.