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NFL: Arizona Cardinals Training Camp
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Cardinals RBs coach James Saxon facing battery charges

August 5, 2022, 3:40 PM

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Arizona Cardinals running backs coach James Saxon is facing two counts of domestic battery linked to an alleged incident this spring.

The charges in Indianapolis include a Level 6 felony for allegedly assaulting a woman in front of a child younger than 16, ESPN reported Friday.

The alleged incident occurred May 7 and began with an argument at a Costco store and continued at the woman's home, according to police records.

Saxon, 56, has an attorney conference scheduled for Aug. 25, at which point a trial date could be set.

The Level 6 (least serious in Indiana) felony charge carries a sentence range of six months to 2 1/2 years in prison and a fine of up to $10,000. The second charge is a Class A misdemeanor.

According to the woman's probable cause affidavit, Saxon repeatedly pushed her in front of two children and she fell into a garage door.

The Cardinals told ESPN on Thursday they are looking into the matter. Saxon is currently working with the team at training camp in Glendale, Ariz.

Saxon joined Arizona head coach Kliff Kingsbury's staff in February 2019. He previously coached running backs for the Pittsburgh Steelers, Minnesota Vikings, Miami Dolphins, Kansas City Chiefs and Buffalo Bills dating back to 2000.

Saxon played fullback in the NFL from 1988-95 with the Chiefs, Dolphins and Philadelphia Eagles. He rushed for 533 yards and five touchdowns and caught 69 passes for 515 yards in 111 games (16 starts).

--Field Level Media

NFL: Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Atlanta Falcons
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Bucs WR Chris Godwin practices for first time since surgery

August 5, 2022, 2:32 PM

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Tampa Bay Buccaneers wide receiver Chris Godwin practiced Friday for the first time since surgery in January to repair a torn ACL and MCL in his right knee.

With a brace on the knee, Godwin did some straight-line running and participated in positional drills but did not join the 11-on-11 workouts, according to The Athletic.

Godwin, 26, caught a career-high 98 passes for 1,103 yards and five touchdowns in 14 starts last season before sustaining the season-ending injury in Week 15.

The Buccaneers re-signed him to a three-year deal worth a reported $60 million, with $40 million fully guaranteed, in March.

Since he was drafted in the third round in 2017, Godwin has 342 receptions for 4,643 yards and 29 touchdowns. In 2019, he was named to the Pro Bowl and second-team All-Pro. He capped the 2020 season with a victory in Super Bowl LV.

--Field Level Media

NFL: Cleveland Browns-Training Camp
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Bears sign DL Trevon Coley, CB Davontae Harris

August 5, 2022, 2:23 PM

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The Bears signed defensive lineman Trevon Coley and cornerback Davontae Harris on Friday.

Chicago waived defensive tackle Auzoyah Alufohai and safety Jon Alexander to make room on the 90-man roster.

Coley, 28, has played in 44 games (31 starts) with the Cleveland Browns (2017-18), Indianapolis Colts (2019) and Arizona Cardinals (2020). He has 100 tackles, 3.5 sacks, two fumble recoveries and one safety.

Harris, 27, was Cincinnati's fifth-round pick in 2018 and has 59 tackles and one forced fumble in 36 games (nine starts) with the Bengals (2018), Denver Broncos (2019-20), Baltimore Ravens (2020), Los Angeles Chargers (2021) and San Francisco 49ers (2021).

Alufohai, 25, signed with Chicago in September 2021 and spent part of last season on the practice squad. He played in three games with the Houston Texans in 2020.

Alexander, 22, joined the Bears in May as an undrafted free agent from Charlotte.

--Field Level Media

NFL: Hall of Fame Game-Jacksonville Jaguars at Las Vegas Raiders
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Raiders ease past Jaguars in Hall of Fame Game

August 5, 2022, 3:46 AM

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Jarrett Stidham and Ameer Abdullah rushed for second-quarter touchdowns Thursday night as the Las Vegas Raiders cruised to a 27-11 win over the Jacksonville Jaguars in the Hall of Fame Game in Canton, Ohio.

Daniel Carlson booted first-quarter field goals of 32 and 55 yards for Las Vegas, which dominated the first half against a Jacksonville team starting over under new coach Doug Pederson.

Neither team's starting quarterback saw the field except for warmups -- Trevor Lawrence for the Jaguars, Derek Carr for the Raiders -- but Las Vegas was certainly crisper and sharper during the brief time the teams played most of their projected starters.

Stidham and Nick Mullens took the snaps during the first three quarters for the Raiders. Stidham was 8 of 15 for 96 yards, while Mullins hit on 8 of 11 attempts for 72 yards. Las Vegas' Zamir White rushed for a game-high 52 yards on 11 carries.

Jacksonville's Jake Luton played the first half and completed 10 of 17 passes for 94 yards. Kyle Sloter went 13 for 25 for 127 yards after halftime, leading the Jaguars to their only points, a 46-yard field goal by Elliott Fry late in the third quarter and a 5-yard touchdown pass to Nathan Cottrell with 3:26 remaining in the game.

The Raiders tacked on a fourth-quarter touchdown when Austin Walter scored on an 8-yard run with 7:53 left.

The game started 40 minutes late because of thunderstorms.

--Field Level Media

NFL: Baltimore Ravens Training Camp
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Ravens LB Vince Biegel (torn Achilles) to miss season

August 4, 2022, 11:33 PM

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Baltimore Ravens linebacker Vince Biegel sustained a torn Achilles tendon during Thursday's practice and was carted off the field.

Ravens coach John Harbaugh told reporters that this is the third time Biegel has had a season-ending injury. It also is the second torn Achilles of his career.

Harbaugh said the 29-year-old Biegel was enjoying a strong training camp.

"Vince was fighting to make the team," Harbaugh said. "He would have had a great chance to make it, because he's just a solid, tough, talented guy who does everything exactly right as hard as he can."

Biegel has 81 tackles, 2.5 sacks and one interception in 43 games (10 starts) over four NFL seasons. All of his starts came for the Miami Dolphins in 2019, when he had a career-high 59 tackles in 15 games.

Biegel was a fourth-round pick by the Green Bay Packers in 2017 after he played for Wisconsin. He played one season with the Packers and one season with the New Orleans Saints (2018) before being traded to the Miami Dolphins for linebacker Kiko Alonso shortly before the start of the 2019 season.

Biegel sustained his first torn Achilles injury during the 2020 preseason. He played in five games for Miami last season.

Biegel signed with the Ravens in May.

Also, center Tyler Linderbaum limped off the field with a lower left-leg injury and an X-ray ruled out a serious injury. Harbaugh said another test is forthcoming on the team's first-round draft pick from Iowa.

"They'll do an MRI on it to make sure, but all indications are it's nothing serious at all," Harbaugh said.

--Field Level Media

NFL: Houston Texans at New Orleans Saints
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Reports: Saints bring back LB Kiko Alonso on 1-year deal

August 4, 2022, 10:13 PM

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Inside linebacker Kiko Alonso, who missed the past two NFL seasons due to injury, will attempt a comeback with the New Orleans Saints.

Alonso signed a one-year deal with the Saints, where he spent the 2019 season, multiple reports said Thursday.

Alonso tore his right ACL on Jan. 6, 2020, in a NFC wild-card game between the Saints and Minnesota Vikings. It was the third torn ACL of his playing career.

New Orleans traded Alonso to the San Francisco 49ers in 2020, but he never suited up for them as he wasn't healthy enough to be activated from the physically unable to perform list.

Alonso, who will turn 32 on Aug. 14, saw action in 13 games for the Saints (four starts) in 2019, recording 31 tackles and one pass breakup.

He finished runner-up for Defensive Rookie of the Year back in 2013 with the Buffalo Bills, but missed the 2014 campaign with an ACL tear in his left knee and was traded to the Philadelphia Eagles in a deal that brought LeSean McCoy to Buffalo.

In 86 career games (67 starts) with Buffalo, Philadelphia, the Miami Dolphins (2016-18) and New Orleans, Alonso has 588 tackles, 10 interceptions, seven forced fumbles, seven fumble recoveries and three sacks.

--Field Level Media

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New York lawyer chosen to hear NFL's Deshaun Watson appeal

August 4, 2022, 8:33 PM

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NFL commissioner Roger Goodell on Thursday tabbed former New Jersey attorney general Peter Harvey to hear the league's appeal of the six-game suspension of Cleveland Browns quarterback Deshaun Watson.

Earlier this week, former U.S. district Judge Sue L. Robinson, picked by the league and the NFLPA as an independent disciplinary officer, ruled Watson should be suspended six games without pay for violating the league's personal-conduct policy after more than two dozen women accused him of sexual misconduct.

He played for the Houston Texans at the time.

Two Texas grand juries decided not to indict Watson on criminal charges, and he has denied any wrongdoing. Still, he has settled 23 of the 24 civil suits brought against him by the women.

On Wednesday, the NFL appealed the decision, reportedly contending Robinson's recommended suspension wasn't lengthy enough. Goodell had the option to rule himself on the appeal or appoint a designee.

He chose Harvey, who isn't a stranger to NFL issues.

Harvey is a partner at the Paterson Belknap firm in New York and previously served as a federal prosecutor. He also has experience in domestic violence and sexual assault cases and has advised the NFL and other pro leagues on creating and implementing workplace policies, including the NFL's personal conduct policy.

He also serves on the NFL diversity advisory committee.

Goodell has called on Harvey in the past to preside over arbitration cases, and the attorney was part of the committee that suspended Ezekiel Elliott of the Dallas Cowboys for violating the personal conduct policy in 2017.

The league reportedly is seeking an indefinite suspension of at least one year for Watson.

--Field Level Media

NFL: Pittsburgh Steelers Minicamp
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Steelers S Minkah Fitzpatrick returns to practice

August 4, 2022, 7:59 PM

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Pittsburgh Steelers safety Minkah Fitzpatrick returned to practice on Thursday after he was activated off the non-football injury list.

Fitzpatrick missed the start of training camp after hurting his wrist following a fall from his bicycle.

The 25-year-old Fitzpatrick signed a four-year, $73.6 million contract extension in June.

Fitzpatrick started his career with the Dolphins in 2018 and was traded the Steelers the following season after 18 games in Miami. In 46 games (all starts) in Pittsburgh, Fitzpatrick has 203 tackles, 11 interceptions, three forced fumbles and three touchdowns with 27 passes defended.

He's been named a first-team All-Pro twice in his first four seasons.

--Field Level Media

NFL: Los Angeles Rams Training Camp
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Rams QB Matthew Stafford not throwing due to elbow

August 4, 2022, 7:27 PM

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Los Angeles Rams quarterback Matthew Stafford will take some extended time off because of pain in his throwing elbow.

Coach Sean McVay said the Rams plan to keep Stafford, 34, on the sidelines during team drills the rest of this week and in practices next week -- all with the goal of making sure the veteran quarterback is ready to go against the Buffalo Bills when the season opens on Sept. 8.

"Anytime that you've played as long and are as tough as he is, I don't know if you're ever truly pain-free," McVay said. "But the goal would be for Sept. 8 and, really looking toward 17 games and then hopefully some games after that if we earn that opportunity.

"That's kind of the perspective, the big-picture approach we want to be able to take."

In 2021, in his first season with the Rams, Stafford led Los Angeles to a win in Super Bowl LVI in February. After the season, he signed a four-year, $160 million contract extension.

Last season, he led the Rams to a 12-5 record in the regular season, setting a franchise record with 4,886 passing yards and tying a team mark with 41 touchdown passes.

Entering his 14th season, Stafford is five yards short of 50,000 for his career. He's completed 63.0 percent of his 6,825 pass attempts with 323 touchdowns and 161 interceptions in 12 seasons with Detroit (2009-20) and the Rams.

The Lions selected him with the No. 1 overall draft pick in 2009.

--Field Level Media

NFL: Dallas Cowboys Training Camp
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Report: Cowboys FB Ryan Nall to miss 2-4 weeks

August 4, 2022, 6:07 PM

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Dallas Cowboys fullback Ryan Nall will miss 2-to-4 weeks with a deep shoulder contusion, the Dallas Morning News reported Thursday.

Nall, 26, was the only healthy fullback on the 90-man roster. The Cowboys used guard Connor McGovern as a lead blocker at training camp on Thursday, per the report.

Nall signed a one-year, $965,000 deal with Dallas in March.

Used nearly exclusively as a lead blocker in the offense, Nall played in 33 games for the Chicago Bears the past three seasons. He has nine career catches for 71 yards and a touchdown to go with 12 career rushing yards.

Nall also played 577 snaps on special teams in three seasons with the Bears.

--Field Level Media

NFL: Pittsburgh Steelers Minicamp
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Reports: Steelers reach 2-year extension with WR Diontae Johnson

August 4, 2022, 5:02 PM

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The Pittsburgh Steelers and Pro Bowl wide receiver Diontae Johnson have agreed on a two-year extension worth at least $36.71 million, multiple outlets reported Thursday.

The deal extends Johnson through the 2024 season and is worth up to $39.5 million, with incentives, and includes $27 million guaranteed, per ESPN.

Johnson, who had been a hold-in during training camp, was set to make $2.79 million this season in the final year of his rookie deal.

Johnson, 26, caught 107 passes for 1,161 yards and eight touchdowns for the Steelers in 2021, earning his first Pro Bowl appearance.

For his career, Johnson has 254 catches for 2,764 yards and 20 TDs in 47 games (39 starts) since being taken in the third round of the 2019 draft by Pittsburgh.

--Field Level Media

NFL: Washington Football Team at Philadelphia Eagles
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Eagles lose both LTs to concussion protocol

August 4, 2022, 4:21 PM

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The Philadelphia Eagles will be without both of their left tackles for a few days.

Starter Jordan Mailata and backup Andre Dillard both suffered concussions and will miss Thursday's practice and a few more while in the concussion protocol.

Veteran lineman Le'Raven Clark worked with the first team at left tackle at training camp in their absence.

Wide receiver DeVonta Smith also missed practice Thursday with groin soreness. Rookie tight end Grant Calcaterra (hamstring) missed his third practice. Greg Ward (toe) remains sidelined but fellow wideout Zach Pascal returned after battling food poisoning.

Mailata, 25, started all 14 games he played in last season, including 100 percent of those snaps. He was a seventh-round pick in the 2018 draft.

Dillard, 26, played in 15 games (five starts) in the 2021 season. He has played in 31 games (nine starts) since being selected No. 22 overall in the 2019 draft.

Clark, 29, played in four games (one start) last season for the Eagles after four seasons with the Indianapolis Colts.

--Field Level Media

NFL: Arizona Cardinals at Los Angeles Rams
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Cardinals activate TE Maxx Williams from PUP list

August 4, 2022, 3:37 PM

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The Arizona Cardinals activated tight end Maxx Williams from the physically unable to perform list on Thursday.

Williams, 28, landed on the PUP list on July 22. He has been recovering from a torn right ACL suffered last October.

He had 16 catches for 193 yards and one touchdown in five games last season. He signed a one-year, $1,272,500 contract in the offseason.

Williams has 102 receptions for 994 yards and six scores in 72 career games with the Baltimore Ravens (2015-18) and Cardinals.

--Field Level Media

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Commanders sign CB De'Vante Bausby

August 4, 2022, 3:25 PM

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The Washington Commanders signed free agent cornerback De'Vante Bausby on Thursday.

Bausby, 29, appeared in 26 NFL games (six starts) for four teams from 2016 to 2020.

He just completed a season with the USFL's New Jersey Generals.

Bausby recorded 60 tackles and eight passes defensed with the Chicago Bears (2016), Philadelphia Eagles (2018), Denver Broncos (2019-20) and Arizona Cardinals (2020).

Washington waived linebacker Drew White with an injury designation to make room for Bausby on the roster.

--Field Level Media

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Broncos sign WR Darrius Shepherd

August 4, 2022, 3:13 PM

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The Denver Broncos signed former Green Bay wide receiver Darrius Shepherd on Thursday in the wake of injuries to hit the position group.

Shepherd, 26, just completed a season with the USFL's New Jersey Generals, hauling in 27 catches for 323 yards and a touchdown. He reunites with new Broncos head coach Nathaniel Hackett, his offensive coordinator with the Packers in the 2019-20 seasons.

The Broncos just lost WR Tim Patrick to a season-ending knee injury. KJ Hamler, himself recovering from a season-ending knee injury in 2021, has not yet returned to full action. Tyrie Cleveland (throat) and Kendall Hinton (knee) missed practice Wednesday.

Shepherd appeared in 14 games for the Packers over two seasons, catching six passes for 47 yards. He returned three punts and 20 kickoffs.

--Field Level Media