Samaje Perine, RB, Washington Redskins (28.4 percent): Perine stepped into a starting role to replace Rob Kelley in Week 10, handling 23 carries for 117 yards and a touchdown, by far his best game as a pro.
Montae Nicholson, S, Washington Redskins: Nicholson sustained a concussion during the game against New Orleans and was ruled out for the remainder of the contest.
Olivier Vernon, DE, New York Giants: Vernon was shaken up in the first quarter after chasing after (and diving towards) Chiefs QB Alex Smith. He was declared questionable to return with a shoulder injury.
“Players who failed drug tests, admitted using steroids, or were identified as users in Major League Baseball’s investigation into steroid abuse, known as the Mitchell Report, should not get in. Those are the three criteria that many of the players and I think are right.”
Of the players on the current ballot, four appear to fit the disqualifying criteria set forth by Morgan. Barry Bonds, Roger Clemens and Gary Sheffield appeared in the Mitchell report, a 409-page investigation into MLB steroid use overseen by former U.S. Sen. George Mitchell in 2007. Manny Ramirez, a 12-time All-Star and member of baseball’s 500-home run club, retired in April 2011 after failing two drug tests in a span of three years.
Sammy Sosa, who appears on the ballot for a sixth time, tested positive for steroids during anonymous “survey testing” in 2003, according to a 2009 New York Times report citing anonymous sources.