News: Smith is absent from the Denver Broncos' organized team activities while prosecutors in Texas investigate a criminal sexual complaint against him.
Impact: Smith met with general manager John Elway, team president and CEO Joe Ellis and coach Gary Kubiak and they all agreed it was best for Smith to skip the voluntary workouts that began Wednesday. Smith, 33, has not been arrested and no charges have been filed in the case.
News: Williams is ready to begin the second act of his NFL career in Pittsburgh.
Impact: The longtime Carolina Panthers running back signed a two-year deal to join the Steelers in March. While the 32-year-old Williams is Carolina's all-time leading rusher he understands he will serve as a backup to All-Pro Le'Veon Bell in Pittsburgh.
News: Minnesota Vikings coach Mike Zimmer says Adrian Peterson has two choices: He can either play for the Vikings or he cannot play at all.
Impact: The star running back has missed the first two days of optional team practices and is not expected to attend any of the optional workouts this summer. He has been upset with the team for a perceived lack of support while he faced a child abuse charge last season and his representatives have said he should play elsewhere next season.
News: Buffalo Bills general manager Doug Whaley tells The Associated Press he's had preliminary talks with Marcell Dareus in a bid to re-sign the two-time Pro Bowl defensive tackle before the start of training camp next month.
Impact: Whaley calls re-signing Dareus the team's top priority. He also intends to meet with Bills chief negotiator Jim Overdorf later Wednesday in an effort to speed up talks
News: Brown was introduced Wednesday at a ceremony by disgraced Patriots owner Robert Kraft.
Impact: Kraft and team president Jonathan Kraft stood on a platform on either side of the defensive tackle from Texas in the middle of Gillette Stadium. Brown said he hasn't received advice in dealing with the media.
News: The Washington Redskins have released Porter.
Impact: Porter, 28, signed with Washington in 2014 but played in just three games because of shoulder and hamstring injuries. He was absent because of flight complications according to coach Jay Gruden.
News: Forte says he will not hold out for a contract extension.
Impact: A two-time Pro Bowl pick, he says he will report to training camp on time despite the team's refusal to extend his deal. Forte is entering the final season of a four-year contract he signed in 2012.
News: McDonald has been arrested for the second time in a week. The Santa Clara Police Department says the former San Francisco defensive end violated a restraining order by being at a residence in Santa Clara.
Impact: The restraining order was issued after an earlier domestic violence incident in Santa Clara on Memorial Day. In that incident, he allegedly broke down a bedroom door to get to his ex-fiancee and their infant. He was arrested on suspicion of domestic violence and child endangerment, but was free on bail. The Chicago Bears released the lineman Monday following that arrest.