NFL roundup: Jones-Drew won't report to Jaguars minicamp
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Running back Maurice Jones-Drew won't report to the Jaguars' mandatory
minicamp, which began Tuesday without the NFL's reigning leading
Jones-Drew can be fined for each of the three workout sessions he
misses and a maximum of $60,000 for the three-day minicamp.
The 27-year-old is the eighth-highest paid player at his position and
wants a new contract. Adrian Peterson, 27, signed a $96 million deal in
September 2011. Closer to home, Jones-Drew is the third-highest paid
back in the AFC South behind Arian Foster and Chris Johnson.
Jaguars' general manager Gene Smith said Monday that the team's
position is that it expects players under contract to honor their deal.
---Ravens' free safety Ed Reed did not attend Tuesday's minicamp
practice at the team facility in Owings Mills, Md., the team confirmed.
Reed has hinted at retirement and would like the Ravens to address his
contract status. Reed, 33, is entering the final year of a six-year,
$44.2 million contract and is due a $7.2 million base salary this
He can be fined up to $63,000 for missing minicamp and more than $9,000
for not reporting for team physicals as outlined in the collective
bargaining agreement. The fine is applicable at the discretion of the
--NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell is pushing to increase penalties for
players convicted for driving under the influence.
ProFootballTalk.com reports the NFL wants harsh penalties for
first-time offenders currently subject to being fined the equivalent of
a game check up to $50,000 as part of the new substance-abuse policy.
That policy would be enacted when the league and NFLPA find middle
ground in their ongoing debate on HGH testing.
--Vince Young is suing his former agent and financial adviser, claiming
he's out at least $5.5 million.
Young filed the lawsuit in Houston against family friend Major Adams,
the attorney who once served as his agent, and financial adviser Ronnie
T. Peoples. Adams does not represent any other pro athletes.
Young is currently being represented by Trey Dolezal, who said Monday
that cases of fraud and forgery using Young's name sparked the suit.
Dolezal said he and Young have no idea how much money is missing.
The Bills signed Young to a one-year, $2 million deal last month.
--Special master Stephen Burbank ruled to uphold Commissioner Roger
Goodell's authority to suspend Packers defensive lineman Anthony Hargrove.
Burbank requested additional information on June 4 regarding the
evidence that led to Hargrove's eight-game suspension.
The NFL sent Burbank a letter outlining the reasons for his suspension
and Burbank ruled Monday that Hargrove had been reprimanded for
"pledging and contributing money to the bounty pool." Because the
reasoning was consistent with the explanation for suspending other
players, Burbank ruled that it should be allowed.
--Cowboys cornerback Mike Jenkins reported to Valley Ranch for the
start of a three-day minicamp.
Jenkins is recovering from shoulder surgery and won't participate in
The Cowboys have resisted overtures from multiple teams seeking to
acquire Jenkins after Dallas traded up to draft Morris Claiborne in the
2012 draft and signed Brandon Carr to a $50 million deal in free
Owner Jerry Jones denied Jenkins is on the block and said he won't
trade Jenkins "for anything."
--Jets wide receivers Santonio Holmes and Stephen Hill sat out most of
Tuesday's minicamp session with hamstring injuries.
Holmes' injury was previously undisclosed but isn't considered serious,
coach Rex Ryan announced. Holmes expected to try to do some work this
week. The heated exchange with wide receivers coach Sanjay Lal wasn't a
factor in Holmes not practicing and Ryan said the injury would be
Hill, the second-round pick with 4.3 speed, felt tightness in his
hamstring during last week's organized team activities and was shut
down. Ryan said the team will "obviously be cautious" with Hill.
Safety LaRon Landry (Achilles) remained an idle observer, as he has
been since signing as a free agent.
--Gunther Cunningham doesn't think he's asking much from his Lions'
Specifically, Cunningham is asking the secondary to play hard, play
fast, and avoid injuries. Safety Louis Delmas was hampered by a knee
injury and cornerback Chris Houston missed all or parts of four games
with a knee issue.
"The defensive backs in December missed 32 to 34 practices," said
Cunningham, the fiery defensive coordinator of the Lions. "The
defensive line missed 33."
--Jets coach Rex Ryan said quarterback Tim Tebow would be running the
second-team offense at Tuesday's minicamp practice with Mark Sanchez
handling all first-team reps.
Ryan continued an offseason theme of heaping heavy praise on Sanchez
for his diligent film, playbook and conditioning work.
"I think Sanchez has really been impressive," Ryan said. "Obviously,
you see it on the field. But I think it's the other things that maybe
we don't see which is in the classroom ... I think he's been absolutely
--Ravens outside linebacker Terrell Suggs announced via Facebook that
he is off crutches after a visit with his doctor Monday.
Suggs, recovering from a surgically repaired Achilles tendon, is
expected to begin rehab at the team facility this week. His outlook
could be determined by how his body responds to physical activity,
which could be affected by the development of scar tissue.
The Ravens held their first mandatory minicamp Tuesday.
Suggs and defensive end Pernell McPhee (knee) were among the players
who couldn't participate in minicamp.
--Andrew Luck will walk in Stanford's commencement ceremony on Saturday
to receiver his degree in architectural design. Despite league rules
that kept the No. 1 overall pick away from the Colts until classes were
completed last weekend, he's already looking like a pro in
"The kid," said wide receiver Austin Collie, "has got it."
Luck, a two-time Heisman Trophy runner-up, said he has a long way to go
to be comfortable in an NFL offense. But college teammate Coby Fleener,
the Colts' second-round pick and likely starting tight end, said Luck
is acting like a masterful veteran in Tuesday's workout. He changed
plays at the line, recognized shifts in the defense and had only one
incomplete pass in 11-on-11 drills.
--The Titans informed tight end Daniel Graham he will be released this
Last season Graham caught only two passes but started seven games and
played in all 16. The Titans are high on third-year tight end Jared Cook and have Craig Stevens behind him.
--Rookie quarterback Brandon Weeden continues to take first-team reps
with the Browns, adding to the growing sentiment that he'll overtake
Colt McCoy as the team's starting quarterback entering the 2012 season.
--The Steelers signed long-snapper Matt Katula to a one-year contract
Katula had a tryout with the team on May 17. The 29-year-old played in
five games with the Vikings last season during a stint in which Cullen Loeffler was recovering from a fracture in his lower back.
Katula has also played for the Ravens and Patriots.
--The Texans are giving veteran wide receiver Mike Sims-Walker a close
look at minicamp beginning Tuesday.
Sims-Walker is one of four notable veterans working out with the team
on a tryout basis for the next three days. Fullback Moran Norris and
linebackers Prescott Burgess and Keith Browner are also taking part in
the practice sessions.
Sims-Walker, 27, has battled knee injuries since emerging as a
late-round find for the Jaguars in his second season in the NFL. He
started 14 games in that 2009 season and caught 63 passes for 869 yards
and seven touchdowns.
---Tight end Jake Ballard was expected to clear waivers and return to
the Giants 24 hours later, when he officially cleared the transaction
But the New England Patriots claimed the injured tight end, according
to Patti Traina of The Sports Xchange, and will allow him to count
against the team's 90-man roster despite being months away from
playing. Ballard, in fact, is unlikely to play at all this season as he
recovers from a torn ACL suffered in the Super Bowl in February.
Ballard caught 38 passes for 604 yards -- 15.9 yards per catch -- and
four touchdowns last season
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