San Francisco Chronicle

NFL reminds teams of injury loophole


The NFL is reminding teams following Denver offensive tackle Ja’Wuan James’ potentiall­y seasonendi­ng Achilles injury that they’re not obligated to pay salaries of players who get hurt away from team facilities.

The memo sent to all 32 teams was spurred by James’ injury he sustained while working out at a private gym away from Broncos headquarte­rs Tuesday. The NFL said the Broncos are off the hook for James’ $10 million salary for 2021.

Players from 20 teams, including the Broncos, are boycotting voluntary offseason workouts at team facilities over coronaviru­s concerns. James had been working out at team headquarte­rs before honoring the players’ union wishes.

⏩ The Dallas Cowboys released starting defensive tackle Antwaun Woods less than a week after drafting two potential replacemen­ts. Woods had signed a nonguarant­eed $2.1 million contract as a restricted free agent last month.

⏩ The Detroit Lions reportedly are releasing running back Kerryon Johnson, a secondroun­d draft pick in 2018 who ran for 1,225 yards and eight touchdowns over three seasons.

The Lions also signed freeagent tight end Darren Fells.

Horse racing: Triplecrow­n winner American Pharoah and seventime Eclipse Awardwinni­ng trainer Todd Pletcher were named to the National Museum of Racing’s Hall of Fame.

Soccer: Chelsea will meet Manchester City in the Champions League final after Timo Werner and Mason Mount sealed a 20 victory that ousted record 13time European champion Real Madrid 31 on aggregate.

Colleges: San Jose State said fans will be allowed to attend remaining springseme­ster home events at a reduced capacity in the sports of football, softball, and baseball.

The Spartan Football Spring Showcase at CEFCU Stadium is Saturday. The softball team hosts Colorado State, May 1415, and the baseball team will host USF on May 18 and New Mexico, May 2223.

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