JETS ROOKIE ADAMS SAYS FOOT­BALL FIELD “PER­FECT PLACE TO DIE”

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Jets rookie safety Ja­mal Adams said dur­ing a fo­rum with NFL com­mis­sioner Roger Good­ell and sea­son-ticket hold­ers that if he had his choice, the foot­ball field is “the per­fect place to die.”

Fans asked ques­tions Mon­day dur­ing the ses­sion, which also in­cluded Jets run­ning back Matt Forte. One brought up player health and safety, com­ing off the largest up­date on chronic trau­matic en­cephalopa­thy so far. Boston Univer­sity and VA re­searchers re­ported in the Jour­nal of the Amer­i­can Med­i­cal As­so­ci­a­tion last week that they found signs of the dis­ease in nearly 90 percent of the 200 brains ex­am­ined, in­clud­ing 110 of 111 from NFL play­ers.

Adams, the Jets’ first-round pick from LSU, said he un­der­stands the fo­cus on safety but would “be at peace” if he died on the field over any­where else be­cause of the sac­ri­fice he and other play­ers make to play the game.

Many of the ap­prox­i­mately 150 fans in at­ten­dance ap­plauded Adams’ com­ments.

Conley cleared of rape charges.

A grand jury in Cleve­land de­cided not to charge Raiders rookie Gareon Conley with any crimes af­ter a rape in­ves­ti­ga­tion.

Spokesman Ryan Mi­day of the Cuya­hoga County Prose­cu­tor’s Of­fice said in a state­ment the grand jury de­clined all pos­si­ble charges for Conley af­ter be­ing pre­sented the facts and cir­cum­stances sur­round­ing the sex­ual as­sault al­le­ga­tions.

Conley is a de­fen­sive back who starred at Ohio State. He was ac­cused by a 23-year-old woman of sex­u­ally as­sault­ing her in a Cleve­land ho­tel room April 9. Conley’s at­tor­ney said the sex was con­sen­sual. Conley has co­op­er­ated with the in­ves­ti­ga­tion and said he passed a poly­graph test.

Conley signed a four-year con­tract with the Raiders on Fri­day and was at train­ing camp Mon­day.

No de­ci­sion ex­pected soon on El­liott.

The NFL has not yet made a de­ci­sion on any po­ten­tial Ezekiel El­liott dis­ci­pline stem­ming from an al­leged do­mes­tic vi­o­lence in­ci­dent last sum­mer, a source told ESPN NFL In­sider Adam Schefter. No an­nounce­ment is ex­pected this week.

A panel of law en­force­ment and ju­di­cial author­i­ties who were present at the Cow­boys run­ning back’s meet­ing with the league sev­eral weeks ago are cur­rently re­view­ing the case.

Al­bert done af­ter nine sea­sons.

FLA.» Jaguars left of­fen­sive JACK­SONVILLE, tackle Bran­den Al­bert has re­tired.

The two-time Pro Bowl se­lec­tion was ac­quired in a trade with the Dol­phins in March. He called it quits at age 32 af­ter three days of train­ing camp and nine NFL sea­sons. He had been com­pet­ing for a start­ing role with rookie Cam Robin­son, a sec­ond-round draft pick who now gets the job by de­fault.

Al­bert skipped most of the team’s off­sea­son pro­gram be­cause he wanted a new con­tract. He was sched­uled to make $8.8 mil­lion in 2017.

Steel­ers’ Con­ner misses prac­tice.

PA.» Steel­ers rookie run­ning LA­TROBE, back James Con­ner’s first NFL train­ing camp is off to a rough start.

Con­ner missed prac­tice Mon­day while un­der­go­ing tests on a shoul­der in­jury suf­fered Sun­day dur­ing the team’s first padded work­out.

Two be­ing sued over $9,332 tab.

FLA.» Buc­ca­neers of­fen­sive line­man TAMPA, Caleb Be­nenoch and Lions de­fen­sive tackle A’Shawn Robin­son are be­ing sued over a $9,332 night­club bill from March 2017.

Ac­cord­ing to court doc­u­ments filed in Los An­ge­les, the two play­ers were guests of Richard James Har­ring­ton at the Hyde night­club in Hol­ly­wood. Har­ring­ton said that when it came time to pay the tab, both play­ers’ credit cards were de­clined.

Foot­notes.

Dol­phins coach Adam Gase said run­ning back Jay Ajayi was eval­u­ated for a pos­si­ble con­cus­sion. Ajayi was hurt dur­ing Mon­day’s train­ing camp prac­tice. He walked off the field ac­com­pa­nied by train­ers. … The Car­di­nals bol­stered ar­guably their weak­est po­si­tion by sign­ing ex-Cleve­land cor­ner­back Tra­mon Wil­liams. … The 49ers signed re­ceiver Louis Mur­phy and claimed re­ceiver Tim Pa­trick off waivers from Bal­ti­more. … The Lions signed tackle Nick Bec­ton and put of­fen­sive tackle Tony Hills on the re­serve/re­tired list. — The Associated Press

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