The Kansas City Chiefs and San Francisco 49ers are hoping a change of scenery will give two disappointing first-round picks an opportunity to realize their potential.
The Chiefs traded wide receiver Jon Baldwin to the 49ers on Monday for fellow wideout A.J. Jenkins. It’s the second significant trade between the teams this year after the Chiefs sent two draft picks to San Francisco in the offseason to acquire quarterback Alex Smith.
“We are pleased to add Jonathan to our team and look forward to incorporating him into our offense,” 49ers general manager Trent Baalke said of Baldwin in a statement. “Both players have been presented a great opportunity for a new beginning with their respective teams.”
Baldwin was the 26th overall choice in 2011, but he’s had a tumultuous career. Baldwin broke his thumb his rookie season when he got into a fight with a teammate, and then struggled to adapt to three head coaches in his first three seasons.
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Jenkins was picked 30th overall by the 49ers last year, but may have had a more perplexing rookie season than Baldwin. He appeared in three games but did not make a catch, even though he was healthy throughout his team’s NFC championship season.
6 GAMES FOR MILLER?
Denver Broncos linebacker Von Miller will likely be suspended six games by the NFL, according to ESPN. Previously, it was thought Miller was facing a monthlong suspension to start the 2013 season.
Miller is unlikely to go forward with an appeal, which was expected to be heard Tuesday, ESPN reported.
The unusual length of the suspension may be the result of issues that occurred during collection of a drug test. According to the network’s Adam Schefter, Miller’s urine sample was spilled when he gave it to the drug tester. A second urine sample Miller submitted as a replacement was found to be diluted.
Miller is facing further discipline following his recent arrest for failing to appear in court for an outstanding warrant on a careless driving charge.
REDSKINS BEAT STEELERS
The Washington Redskins saw a once-encouraging contingency plan at quarterback fall apart a bit when interim starter Kirk Cousins left the team’s 24-13 preseason victory over the visiting Pittsburgh Steelers on Monday night with what is being described as a “mid-foot sprain.”
The timeline for Cousins’ recovery wasn’t immediately known, but for the time being, Washington is down to just one healthy, experienced quarterback — 11th-year veteran Rex Grossman — while Robert Griffin III’s quest for a Week 1 return remains uncertain.
Cousins left FedEx Field on crutches and was due to undergo extensive tests Tuesday. Meanwhile, orthopedist and team consultant James Andrews observed Griffin for the first time since late July and met with team officials to discuss the quarterback’s recovery from knee surgery.
The injury to Cousins overshadowed a victorious effort at FedEx Field by the Redskins, who improved to 2-0 on the preseason.
Titans tight end Delanie Walker passed his physical and was removed from the physically unable to perform list in time to practice on a limited basis Monday. Walker had arthroscopic surgery on his left knee after the Titans wrapped up their offseason program. … Blaine Gabbert has a starting job — if he’s healthy. Jacksonville Jaguars coach Gus Bradley named Gabbert his starting quarterback Monday, the same day he announced the former Missouri standout will miss the rest of the preseason because of a broken thumb. … The Buffalo Bills released longtime kicker Rian Lindell, a former Washington State and Seattle Seahawks player. Lindell, 36, the most accurate kicker in franchise history having made 225 of 270 field-goal attempts, was let go after 10 years in Buffalo. His release means that rookie Dustin Hopkins, 22, has apparently won the team’s kicking competition. … A trial has been delayed for Cincinnati Bengals cornerback Adam “Pacman” Jones, who was charged with assault after police said he hit a woman at a nightclub. The trial had been scheduled to start Monday, but a judge delayed it until Oct. 7 at a defense attorney’s request.