Broncos' Von Miller says he did nothing wrong
The latest distraction for the Denver Broncos comes from All-Pro linebacker Von Miller, who insisted Monday he did nothing wrong in the face of reports he could miss four games for violating the NFL's drug policy.
"I know I did nothing wrong. I'm sure this'll be resolved fairly," Miller tweeted, acknowledging he had seen the reports and adding he was disappointed the Broncos have to open training camp with this news hanging over them.
ESPN first reported the pending discipline for Miller. A person with knowledge of the situation confirmed the possible penalty to The Associated Press. The person did not want to be named because the league hasn't announced any punishment.
Broncos spokesman Patrick Smyth said the team would not comment on the penalty, which could be overturned by an appeal. Miller and his agent didn't return messages left by AP.
The Broncos report to training camp Wednesday with big expectations but a growing number of off-the-field distractions, as well.
Denver Executive Vice President John Elway's top two assistants, Matt Russell and Tom Heckert, are each serving suspensions after arrests on drunken driving charges - an embarrassing run of news that deprives the Broncos of their top personnel men at a time when personnel decisions are paramount.
NFL, players union talking about HGH tests again
The NFL and players union are talking again about starting to test for human growth hormone as early as the upcoming season.
An email obtained by The Associated Press from the NFL Players Association indicates that the league and the NFLPA have jointly hired a doctor to conduct a study on the NFL's players to determine the threshold for a positive HGH test. The email was sent by the union to players, in part to explain that the study requires them to have blood drawn. The email said the blood samples will only be used for the study.
NFL spokesman Greg Aiello says the discussions are focused "on a full resolution of any remaining issues."
The labor agreement that ended the NFL lockout in 2011 requires the league gain union approval before testing players for HGH. The union says it favors testing, but has reservations about the appeals process.
Supplemental HGH is a banned substance that is hard to detect and used by athletes for what are believed to be a variety of benefits, whether real or only perceived - such as increasing speed and improving vision.
Among the health problems connected to HGH are diabetes, cardiac dysfunction and arthritis.
Redskins' RG3: 'Doctors cleared me to practice'
Robert Griffin III is good to go for training camp.
The Washington Redskins quarterback tweeted Monday: "Doctors cleared me to practice."
Last season's NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year had reconstructive surgery in January after hurting his right knee multiple times in a playoff loss to the Seattle Seahawks.
Griffin originally stated a goal of returning in time for the regular season, but the Redskins say his rehab has been ahead of schedule.
The Redskins open training camp Thursday in Richmond, Va.
Coach Mike Shanahan has said he'll be cautious and make sure Griffin is "100 percent" before the quarterback plays in a game.
Griffin echoed the sentiment Monday, tweeting: "Coach is going to ease me in."
Jets, Smith ink four-year deal
The New York Jets have signed quarterback Geno Smith, their second-round draft pick, to a four-year contract that is worth about $5 million.
Smith, drafted 39th overall after an unexpected slide out of the first round in April, is competing with incumbent Mark Sanchez for the starting quarterback job. The signing Monday was announced by the team, which still has its two first-round picks - cornerback Dee Milliner and defensive lineman Sheldon Richardson - unsigned.
The Jets' veteran players report for training camp in Cortland, N.Y., on Thursday, but rookies are reporting Monday at the team's facility in Florham Park, N.J.
Smith and Sanchez are competing in what has been called by team officials an "open competition," and neither noticeably outperformed the other in minicamp last month.
49ers confirm Wright fails physical
Cornerback Eric Wright has failed his physical with the San Francisco 49ers and will return to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
San Francisco coach Jim Harbaugh declined to say specifically what portion of the physical Wright failed.
Wright was traded to the 49ers on Friday in exchange for a conditional draft pick in 2014, one week after he was arrested in Los Angeles on an unspecified misdemeanor charge. Wright was also suspended for four games last season by the NFL for violating the performance-enhancing drug policy in his first season with the Bucs.
His rights now revert back to Tampa Bay. A second-round pick of the Cleveland Browns in 2007, Wright signed a five-year, $35.3 million contract with the Bucs prior to the 2012 season.
Chiefs, Fisher still negotiating rookie deal
The Kansas City Chiefs are still talking with the agent for No. 1 overall pick Eric Fisher, but the right tackle has yet to sign a contract and has not reported to training camp.
Rookies, quarterbacks and injured players reported to the Chiefs' camp headquarters on the campus of Missouri Western on Monday, giving them a few days of extra work before the full squad reports on Thursday. The first full practice is Friday.
It's unclear when Fisher will join the mix, though coach Andy Reid said that GM John Dorsey and Fisher's agent, Joel Segal, were talking.
A rookie wage scale introduced in the latest collective-bargaining agreement took much of the drama out of rookie contract negotiations. Still, Reid said he's not surprised the negotiations with Fisher are ongoing.
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