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Jones ad­dresses me­dia

FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. — Julio Jones wanted to clear the air in his first me­dia ses­sion of train­ing camp.

He isn’t wor­ried about his sur­gi­cally re­paired left foot, and he’s not con­cerned about his miss­ing ear­ring worth more than $100,000.

Jones’ ad­ven­ture on a jet ski at nearby Lake

Lanier was a hot topic early in Fal­cons train­ing camp. An At­lanta TV sta­tion re­ported Jones took a spill and lost the ear­ring when he fell off the jet ski. WXIA-TV also re­ported a dive team was at­tempt­ing to find the ear­ring on the lake bot­tom.

“I didn’t hire a dive team,” Jones said. “I did not do that. It was in­sured. I was fine. I didn’t get thrown off or any­thing. I jumped off the jet ski. So that’s cleared up.”

The most im­por­tant de­vel­op­ment for the Fal­cons’ 2017 sea­son is Jones ap­pears to be fully re­cov­ered from the mi­nor foot surgery he had in March, even though he was lim­ited to in­di­vid­ual drills on the field last week.

“The move­ment and the speed, that’s where he feels good,” Coach Dan Quinn said Sat­ur­day, adding he hopes Jones can work his way into 11-on-11 por­tions of prac­tice this week.


WR: Shocked at re­lease

FLORHAM PARK, N.J. — Lucky White­head said be­ing re­leased by the Dal­las Cow­boys was “kind of shock­ing” and adds that the past week has been “crazy” for him.

The wide re­ceiver-kick re­turner was claimed off waivers by the New York Jets on Wed­nes­day, two days af­ter the Cow­boys cut him fol­low­ing a shoplift­ing charge in what turned out to be a case of mis­taken iden­tity.

In June, a man used White­head’s iden­tity to steal $40 worth of food and drink from a Vir­ginia con­ve­nience store. Af­ter re­ports sur­faced that White­head was ar­rested and sub­se­quently cited for miss­ing a court hear­ing, Dal­las re­leased him.

White­head said Sat­ur­day that he was con­fused by the whole sit­u­a­tion and added that he has never re­ceived an ex­pla­na­tion from the Cow­boys about their de­ci­sion to part ways with him. Dal­las Ex­ec­u­tive Vice Pres­i­dent Stephen Jones and Coach Ja­son Gar­rett said ear­lier this week that White­head’s re­lease was the re­sult of an ac­cu­mu­la­tion of events.

CHARG­ERS Williams on PUP list

COSTA MESA, Calif. — The Los An­ge­les Charg­ers have placed rookie re­ceiver Mike Williams on the phys­i­cally un­able to per­form list with a back in­jury.

The Charg­ers made the move Sat­ur­day with Williams, the sev­enth over­all pick out of Clem­son.

The team is op­ti­mistic Williams can avoid ma­jor surgery af­ter he in­curred a her­ni­ated disk in his lower back dur­ing the first day of the Charg­ers’ off­sea­son pro­gram.

Williams has re­sponded pos­i­tively to treat­ment, Charg­ers Gen­eral Man­ager Tom Te­le­sco said Thurs­day. Los An­ge­les wants to get Williams on the field at some point dur­ing train­ing camp to pre­pare for his first sea­son.

The Charg­ers also put cor­ner­back Ja­son Ver­rett and safety Dar­rell Stuckey on the PUP list.


Penn miss­ing from camp

NAPA, Calif. — The Oak­land Raiders have opened train­ing camp with­out Pro Bowl left tackle Don­ald Penn on the field.

The NFL Net­work re­ported Fri­day that Penn is hold­ing out be­cause he wants to rene­go­ti­ate his con­tract. Penn and his agent have not re­sponded to re­quests for com­ment but Penn wasn’t on the field for the Raiders when their first prac­tice started Sat­ur­day.

The 34-year-old Penn is en­ter­ing the fi­nal year of an $11.9 mil­lion, two-year con­tract he signed with the Raiders last off­sea­son. Penn is sched­uled to earn $5.8 mil­lion in base salary this sea­son with an­other $1.3 mil­lion in in­cen­tives and bonuses.

Penn is com­ing off his sec­ond Pro Bowl af­ter be­ing part of an of­fen­sive line that al­lowed a leaguelow 18 sacks in 2016.


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