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49ers’ Kyle Nelson Suspended 10 Games

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San Francisco 49ers long snapper Kyle Nelson has been suspended for 10 games for violating the league’s policy on performance-enhancing substances, officially ending his 2018 season.

Nelson issued the following statement, via the 49ers official website:

“I have been made aware by the NFL that I tested positive for a banned substance, and as a result will be suspended. I have been taking the same supplements for my entire time with the 49ers, while undergoing often simultaneous testing by the NFL with no issues. I do not deviate from my nutrition routine, and I would never knowingly take a banned substance. I am currently having the supplements tested, and I hope to uncover the cause of the positive test. When the product is identified I fully intend to seek legal action against the manufacturer to protect against this happening to other players in the future.”

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Bills Sign Lee Smith

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The Buffalo Bills have signed veteran tight end Lee Smith to a three-year, $9 million deal, according to NFL Network insider Ian Rapoport.

The signing marks a return for Smith as he played for the Bills from 2011 until 2014 before heading off to spent the last few seasons with the Oakland Raiders.

Smith is known for his blocking skills and is widely considered one of the league’s best blocking tight ends.

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Doug Baldwin Announces Retirement

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Seattle Seahawks veteran wide receiver Doug Baldwin, who has been a critical part of the team’s success over the past several years, has announced his retirement from the NFL.

Baldwin posted the following on Twitter:

Baldwin sent out a number of tweets eluding to the end of his career and although he never used the word “retirement”, it is clear that he is stepping away from football.

The Seahawks signed Baldwin as an undrafted free agent out of Stanford in 2011 and he became one of the greatest players in franchise history, helping the team win Super Bowl XLVIII, and helping them reach the Super Bowl the following year, where they suffered a devastating loss.

Baldwin, who has suffered a number of injuries, was released by the Seahawks last week.

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Dolphins Sign Mark Walton

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The Miami Dolphins have signed troubled running back Mark Walton, according to to ESPN’s Cameron Wolfe.

Walton, a fourth round pick in the 2018 NFL Draft, was cut by the Cincinnati Bengals earlier this offseason after he was arrested for the third time in three months.

Walton has the talent, and may be a good pickup for the Dolphins, but he is likely facing a suspension from the league for the arrests.

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