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NFL News and Notes: April 4
Let's take a look at latest news and notes from the most popular sport in the United States-the NFL. New uniforms? There was some other more important news that took place this week as free agency is winding down some and draft talk is revving up.

*Philadelphia lost Jason Peters last week to a torn Achilles and it didn't take the Eagles too long to find a replacement. They signed former Buffalo Bills lineman Demetress Bell to a five-year deal. Peters was the left tackle for Michael Vick, which is not the blind side for a lefty quarterback. Bell did miss 10 games last season due to a shoulder injury. Peters was a Pro Bowler in each of his last five seasons and was training in Texas last week when he ruptured his Achilles' tendon.

*Joe Flacco kind of stepped in it on Monday when he did an interview for a radio station in Baltimore. Flacco said he thinks he's the best quarterback in the NFL and not in the top five. Flacco and his agent are in negotiations for a new contract as his rookie deal expires after the 2012 season. The Ravens obviously won't pay him more than more accomplished quarterbacks like Drew Brees, Eli Manning, Aaron Rodgers and Tom Brady, who all have Super Bowl rings. 

*Detroit too a chance on some very talented players in last year's (2011) draft class. Some had previous issues as defensive tackle Nick Fairley is now the third member of that class to face drug charges. Fairley was arrested on Wednesday in Mobile, Alabama for second-degree possession of marijuana. He was pulled over at 12:30pm following a citizen complaint that his Cadillac Escalade was speeding through a Mobile neighborhood. Running back Mike Leshoure pled guilty on March 1 to a charge of use of marijuana after he was stopped speeding by Benton Township police. In January, offensive tackle Johnny Culbreath was arrested for simple possession marijuana after he was spotted on a hotel surveillance camera putting two blunts in the drawer of a hallway dresser.

*Morris Claiborne's Wonderlic results should never have been released. But it was and now the sports world know that the LSU cornerback scored a 4 out of 50 on the Wonderlic Cognitive Ability Test, taken at the scouting combined in February, according to Pro Football Talk. These results were supposed to be confidential but PFT cited multiple sources in their story. When Claiborne came out of high school, it was revealed that he had a learning disability, connected to reading. The NFL Draft starts on April 26 and it will be interesting to see whether the test will affect his stock.

*The Washington Redskins are expected to draft Robert Griffin III with the second pick of the NFL Draft. Now the Skins are removing more seats at FedEx Field. This is a franchise that has reached the playoffs just three times in the last 19 seasons. So now there are fewer fans lining up to see Washington play. At one time, they were able to hold 91,000 seats after the Stadium was expanded. Now FedEx will go back to 79,000 seats next season. In 2010, they removed 8,000 seats and this year, they will remove 4,000 seats so they can put an upper level "party deck" and renovate some suites. 
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