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