Ex-Bear David Terrell arrested on drug, battery charges

Former Bears receiver David Terrell faces drug and battery charges after he was arrested in Chicago on Friday.

The Chicago Sun-Times reports that the incident began on Friday afternoon when officers responded to a call reporting people smoking marijuana. Police found Terrell and two other people with what were described as “materials to package and distribute narcotics” in plain view.

Police say Terrell struck one officer’s hand and “resisted and attempted to defeat the arrest.”

Terrell was charged with one felony count of manufacture or delivery of 30-500 grams of cannabis and one misdemeanor count of battery. He paid the required 10 percent of his $20,000 bond and was released from jail.

As the No. 8 overall pick in the 2001 NFL draft, Terrell was a disappointment: He lasted four years in Chicago and caught 128 passes for 1,602 yards and nine touchdowns. He caught on with Denver for long enough to play one game in 2005, and that was the last game of his NFL career.

Video shows Antonio Smith hitting Richie Incognito with helmet

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Texans defensive end Antonio Smith and Dolphins guard Richie Incognito have an ugly past.  And it got even uglier on Saturday night.

Jay Glazer of FOX has obtained video of Smith removing Incognito’s helmet during Saturday night’s preseason game between the two teams.  And then hitting Incognito with it.

In the face.

The video apparently comes from coaching tape generated by the game.  No penalty was called, even though it happened within the umpire’s line of sight.

Per Glazer, Dolphins coach Joe Philbin has contacted the league office regarding a possible fine or suspension of Smith.

Last September, Smith and Incognito had an incident during the Week One game between Houston and Miami.  Incognito apparently grabbed and held Smith’s leg.  Smith retaliated by kicking Incognito repeatedly in the head.

Incognito explained to PFT that has was trying to keep Smith from getting to a loose ball.  And Incognito was vindicated when the league office didn’t fine him.  Smith was fined $21,000.  On appeal, the penalty was reduced to $11,000.

Incognito undoubtedly won’t be fined this time, either.  Smith, however, should be concerned about a suspension.

Barkley says he’s still in the Philly quarterback competition

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If Eagles coach Chip Kelly holds true to his past form, he’ll name a starting quarterback not long before the opening game of the regular season and stick with him all year.

And rookie Matt Barkley still believes that he could be the guy.

“I don’t want to say I’m more so watching as opposed to playing in it,” Barkley said of the quarterback competition on Sunday, via CSNPhilly.com.  “I’ll still say that until one’s named.”

The numbers suggest that Barkley won’t get the job.  He has completed 53 percent of his passes in two preseason games, against backups on defense.  In contrast, Vick has completed 83 percent, and Foles has connected on 79 percent of his attempts.

“You try to complete every ball, and every time that’s not the case,” Barkley said. “You want that to be high, but it’s kind of hard to look at numbers right now.  Just looking at the circumstances that you’re put in and whatnot, you want that number to be higher, but I try to look at concepts.”

It would be a radical concept for Barkley to emerge from nowhere to get the job — especially since he has gotten no reps with the first-string offense.

Maybe it wouldn’t be that radical.  On Sunday, offensive coordinator Pat Shurmur praised the only quarterback in the top three who has arrived to the team on Kelly’s watch.

“He’s made great strides,” Shurmur said of Barkley, in quotes distributed by the team.  “I think when you notice Matt, I think the truth can be said about his work in the games.  As he settled down, he played better, so I think it’s just a matter of him playing more and more and more.

“I’ve said it before, we’ve seen him do tremendous things in college, and he’ll pull the trigger.  He gets rid of the ball quickly, which is a tremendous attribute for a quarterback, and he’s like everybody else.  He’s learning the offense and getting comfortable with the plays we call, and I think you’ll only see him get better and better. . . .  [I]f we put him in the ballgame, we would have confidence that he could execute for us. ”

None of that means Barkley has a chance to emerge as the starter in 2013.  But none of it means he doesn’t.

Even if Barkley doesn’t get the job now, it could be only a matter of time before he becomes the quarterback who takes over Kelly’s offense in Philadelphia.

Bears won’t play QBs they care about in finale


There is no more point making a mockery of the NFL’s preseason.

Its teams are doing a sufficient job of it themselves.

The Bears are basically admitting they’d rather not show up for the preseason finale, by announcing they would not play either quarterback Jay Cutler or backup Josh McCown, according to Jeff Dickerson of ESPNChicago.

That leaves Jordan Palmer and Trent Edwards to go against the Browns, with their hours of experience. Palmer was signed Saturday and Edwards Sunday, after third-stringer Matt Blanchard broke a knuckle on his non-throwing hand.

At least if the Bears had signed JaMarcus Russell, who was the third quarterback they worked out alongside Palmer and Edwards this offseason, the game would have had a sideshow quality that some sick individual might have been entertained by.

Instead, they’re going to punch the clock with some guys their teammates barely know.

But rest assured Bears fans, you still get to pay full fare for that ticket.

Browns acquire John Moffitt from Seahawks


The Browns have made another trade.

It’s the fourth one since April 1, and it involves getting guard-center John Moffitt from the Seahawks, straight up for defensive lineman Brian Sanford.

“We continue to look each day of the year for any opportunity to improve our roster,” CEO Joe Banner said in a statement issued by the Browns.  “We’re committed to a building a team that can consistently compete in this league.”

Moffitt was a third-round pick in 2011; Sanford signed with the Browns as an undrafted free agent in 2010.

“John’s a tough and versatile lineman who will be in the mix for us upfront,” Browns coach Rob Chudzinski said.

The acquisition of Moffitt could be related to a high-ankle sprain recently suffered by Jason Pinkston, one of the three candidates to play guard for the Browns.

Regardless, Moffitt adds some veteran experience to a team with plenty of young players.  The release announcing the trade specifically points out that the Browns have added 11 players this year who are either 26 or 27.

Report: Cruz won’t play until the regular season starts


The Giants got a major scare from receiver Victor Cruz on Sunday night.  For that reason, don’t expect to see Cruz again this preseason.

Per Art Stapleton of the Bergen Record, Cruz won’t play until the September 8 opener against the Cowboys, on Sunday Night Football.

Technically, Cruz has a heel contusion.  He has been placed in a walking boot for now, and he won’t practice on Tuesday.  While it could have been worse, missing practice is bad enough in the eyes of the man who famously called injuries a “cancer” when hired nine years ago.

“The concern is any player that misses practices is missing the opportunity to experience things and instinctively react to things,” Coughlin told reporters, via Stapleton.  “That’s what you worry about with any player who misses time and misses practices because you don’t get the opportunity through repetition to learn in the multiplicity of things that can happen on any given play.  It’s important for everyone to understand that.  It is about being able to practice, it is about getting as many reps as you can so you become much more aware of the circumstances surrounding each situation.”

The circumstances for Cruz are better than initially feared; even if he doesn’t practice until the week before the game at Dallas, Coughlin should be happy that the so-called cancer of injury didn’t claim the season of one of the best slot receivers in the game.

Saints release Steve Breaston and Patrick Crayton

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Apparently, all those veteran receivers the Saints brought in recently weren’t in play for the third wideout job.

The Saints released Steve Breaston and Patrick Crayton Monday, ending their short stints with the team.

According to Larry Holder of the New Orleans Times-Picayune, the Saints also waived five players: Defensive backs A.J. Davis and Dion Turner, linebacker Chase Thomas, wide receiver Jarred Fayson and guard Ricky Henry.

Clearing out those older wideouts is a good sign the team’s growing more comfortable with players such as Nick Toon and Kenny Stills. They’re looking for a dependable third after Joe Morgan was lost for the season to a knee injury, and Toon showed some deep play ability Friday night against the Raiders, and could take advantage.

Sanchez anticipates a quarterback decision “soon”

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Like several other teams, the Jets haven’t named a starting quarterback for Week One.  Unlike other teams without a starting quarterback, the Jets have a large and aggressive local media constantly covering the issue.

On Monday, the two contenders had yet another chance to answer questions about a competition that, in the opinion of the incumbent, may not last much longer.

“I think we’re coming down the stretch here, so I’m sure a decision will be made here soon,” Mark Sanchez said, via quotes distributed by the team.  “Other than that, I don’t know.”

Sanchez does know that, in his opinion, he’s “definitely” had the best training camp of his career.  But he says he’s not bothered by his uncertain status.

“I don’t care,” Sanchez said.  “I really don’t.  I’ve competed my whole life and I’m ready to play.”

The other contender, Geno Smith, remains optimistic that he can win the job despite missing the second preseason game due to a sprained ankle.

“I just have to go out there and execute,” Smith said, “do what I’m told, do what I’m coached to do, go out there [and] run the plays to the best of my ability, make sound reads, be good with my footwork [and] just prove to the coaches and teammates that, hey, I belong here.”

Smith, who said his ankle is feeling much better, said he doesn’t believe that the decision rides on the outcome of the third preseason game.

“No, I don’t think so,” Smith said.  “Not one game.  They’ve been evaluating me since I’ve been here and I don’t think one or two games will be able to tell you exactly where I am because it’s still early in my career.  It’s about learning and I have a lot of learning to do, so every single rep that I get is going to be vital for my success in the future.  [Marty Mornhinweg is] going to evaluate me and he has been doing so already every single day in practice and it’s only going to get better for me because I get to become more comfortable and just get more snaps in the game in live action and that helps out a lot.”

It’s looking like Smith will indeed get a chance to prove in the third preseason game that he should start the regular-season opener.  While he declined to apply a percentage to his health, he said he could play if the game were tomorrow.

Soon enough, we’ll find out if the team’s presumed quarterback of tomorrow ends up being the starter of today.

Eagles still waiting for Kenny Phillips to show he deserves a job


It was regarded as a coup of sorts when the Eagles lured safety Kenny Phillips away from the Giants via free agency.  But Phillips may be back with the Giants soon — or one of the other 30 teams.

As recently explained by Geoff Mosher of CSNPhilly.com, Phillips faces the possibility of being cut, due in large part to a quad strain that has kept Phillips out of action since August 11.  Though he plans to be back on the field Tuesday, Nate Allen and rookie Earl Wolff have taken over the starting job earmarked for the 2008 first-round pick.

“I’m just hoping to get out there as soon as possible,” Phillips said.

Mosher writes that there’s no guarantee Phillips will even make the final 53-man roster.  And Phillips seems to realize that.

“You have to compete day-to-day, but this is a new team, new coaches.  They want to see what you can do,” Phillips said.  “Being on the sideline doesn’t help the cause.”

Phillips says his quad injury is unrelated to knee problems that have plagued his career.  Regardless of the specific problem, an inability to practice and play could get Phillips cut.  But if he can get and stay healthy, Phillips could be in the starting lineup.

It’s a wide range of outcomes for a guy who, when 100 percent, can cover a wide range of ground in the secondary.

Ed Dickson returns to practice


The Ravens are getting healthier.

It looks like they will have cornerback Lardarius Webb and guard Marshal Yanda back in the lineup for this week’s preseason game against the Panthers and now the team has announced that tight end Ed Dickson has returned to practice. Dickson has missed the last couple of weeks with a hamstring injury and he was limited in practice on Monday, but it’s progress toward having him in the lineup once the regular season gets underway.

Should Dickson’s health hold upon his return to the field, the Ravens will have some decisions to make at tight end as they put together their final roster. Coach John Harbaugh said last week that the team was still holding out hope that Dennis Pitta would return at some point during the season and the team has signed Visanthe Shiancoe and Dallas Clark to give them other options at the position in the wake of the injuries to their top two returning tight ends.

That’s not a far better problem to have than replacing both Dickson and Pitta, though, and one that the Ravens will likely be glad to make as a result.

Vernon Davis: Jenkins has to change approach


Even though the 49ers admitted an expensive mistake by trading former first-rounder A.J. Jenkins to the Chiefs, there are still people in the organization who think the second-year wide receiver can become something.

Tight end Vernon Davis had supported Jenkins before he was given away (in exchange for Chiefs draft bust Jon Baldwin), and said the trade could serve as a wake-up call.

Maybe take his approach toward the game up a notch,” Davis said when asked what Jenkins should do differently in Kansas City, via Matt Barrows of the Sacramento Bee. “I think that be some he can benefit from. Just take his approach up a little bit more. Go above and beyond being a professional. . . .

“Not on the field. Not his game. I’m just talking away from the game. As far as studying habits — I think he had good study habits when he was here. Studying, being a professional, trying to help himself as well as helping other guys, the younger guys that come in. And just owning his position, embracing it and just going to the next level.

“If he really wants it inside his heart, it will work out for him. It will pay dividends.”

Jenkins has a chance now with a team that didn’t overdraft him by many rounds, and that fresh start could benefit him. But if he doesn’t take the second chance for what it is, the Chiefs’ investment isn’t such that they have to keep giving him more opportunities.

Kubiak still confident Foster will be back on time


The Texans keep expecting running back Arian Foster to come back at a certain time, and he keeps not coming back.

But coach Gary Kubiak said he’s still confident that Foster would be ready for the regular season opener, despite the fact he hasn’t been activated from the PUP list or taken a snap this preseason.

I am, because I watch him work,” Kubiak said, via Brian Smith of the Houston Chronicle. “I’ve been watching him — he’s basically going through practice or has been since we’ve been in camp on his own with [head trainer] Geoff [Kaplan]. And, obviously, there’s been a little setback as we try to get the soreness out of him. But from what I’ve seen, yes, because it’s not like he’s been standing around for the last three weeks.”

Asked if he had a new date for Foster’s return from calf and back issues, and Kubiak said if he did, “I’d give it you.”

“[Monday] was my date and that one didn’t work,” Kubiak said. “So we’ll just have some patience here.”

If the regular season rolls around and Foster is well and able and performs the way he has in the past, there will be no reason for concern. Until then, it seems some of the offseason concerns about his condition might have been a bigger deal than he was willing to admit.

Broncos lose Stewart Bradley for several weeks after wrist surgery

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The Broncos are still waiting to hear how long they will be without linebacker Von Miller this season, but their concerns at the position don’t end there.

Mike Klis of the Denver Post reports that Stewart Bradley, who has been playing with the first team at middle linebacker, will miss several weeks after having wrist surgery. It’s not known what injury the surgery was intended to repair, but it will lead to more shuffling at linebacker for the Broncos.

According to Klis, Wesley Woodyard will move from the weak side to the middle while Danny Trevathan will move from his nickel role to the starting lineup in Woodyard’s place. Miller will start on the strong side of the defense when he’s available with Nate Irving and Shaun Phillips on hand to take his place when and if Miller’s suspension officially gets handed down by the league.

Bradley’s loss is obviously not as significant as losing Miller, but it’s part of a growing number of injuries that could hinder the Broncos early in the season. Cornerback Champ Bailey is expected to be out for a while after injuring his foot over the weekend and defensive end Derek Wolfe suffered a scary looking neck injury during the game against the Seahawks, although he was able to travel home with the team on Saturday night.

Ex-Rams G.M. says all Alex Barron likes about football is getting paid


In 2010, former Rams General Manager Billy Devaney traded away Alex Barron, an offensive tackle who had been a first-round draft pick of the previous regime. Devaney didn’t think much of Barron at the time, and he doesn’t think much of him now.

Discussing Barron today on ESPN, Devaney said that Barron doesn’t care about football and only plays because he wants to get paid.

“He’s got the skill to play. He does not have the heart to play football. He does not like anything about the game except getting paid,” Devaney said of Barron, who is currently the starting left tackle for the Raiders.

There’s nothing necessarily wrong with doing a job just for the money — a whole lot of people reading this are doing so at a job they go to only for the money — but when NFL teams are evaluating players, they usually want players who love football, under the reasonable assumption that a player who loves the game is going to work harder at it than a player who’s just doing it to get paid.

Barron has more than $10 million in his NFL career. So if he’s only playing for the money, at least he made a lot of it.

Vikings release cornerback Jacob Lacey


The Vikings announced the release of cornerback Jacob Lacey on Monday.

The 26-year-old Lacey has started at least eight games in each of his first four NFL seasons. He recently had minor knee surgery.

Lacey (5-10, 183)  signed with the Vikings in April. He has recorded 257 tackles, defended 25 passes and hauled in six interceptions in his pro career, which began with Indianapolis in 2009.

Lacey notched 36 tackles and intercepted one pass for Detroit in 11 games in 2012.