NFL: Ravens’ McKinnie returns to field
OWINGS MILLS, Md. (AP) — Offensive tackle Bryant McKinnie has joined his Baltimore Ravens teammates on the field after missing the first day of training camp for being overweight.
McKinnie was held out of Thursday’s session by coach John Harbaugh, who said the left tackle was “in good shape” but too heavy to practice. The Ravens didn’t say how much weight the 6-foot-8, 360-pounder had dropped before the team took the field Friday.
McKinnie was a key figure in Baltimore’s run to the Super Bowl last season. After their playoff run, the Ravens did not immediately give him an offer as a free agent and after visiting other teams, McKinnie agreed to a two-year, $7 million contract in May.
Redskins’ Jenkins suspended
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Washington Redskins defensive end Jarvis Jenkins has been suspended for four games without pay for violating the NFL’s policy on performance enhancing substances.
Jenkins released a statement Friday saying he was “shocked and confused” to learn that he had tested positive for a banned substance.
Said Jenkins: “It’s an obscure substance that I’ve never even heard of, and I still don’t know how it got into my body. My only guess is that it came from one of the supplements I was taking around the time of the test.”
Jenkins remains eligible to practice at training camp and play in preseason games. He was on the field working with the first-string unit during Friday’s practice when the suspension was announced.
Holmes uncertain if he’ll be back
CORTLAND, N.Y. (AP) — Santonio Holmes said he “can’t answer” whether he will be able to return to the field for the New York Jets this season as he recovers from a serious foot injury.
Holmes said Friday on the first day of training camp practice that it’s all up to how the foot feels. He has been doing “quite a bit of running,” but most of it has been straight ahead with no cutting. The wide receiver was placed on the active-physically unable to perform list earlier this week. He injured his left foot in Week 4 of last season, and needed two surgeries.
Chiefs reach deal with No. 1 pick
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Eric Fisher started the long drive from his family’s home in Michigan to join the Kansas City Chiefs in training camp a couple of days ago. The only problem: He hadn’t signed a contract.
So he hung out in a motel somewhere in Iowa while his agent put the finishing touches on his deal. On Friday, Fisher finally got the go-ahead to join his new team for the official start to his professional career.
The No. 1 overall pick in the draft, Fisher reached agreement on a five-year contract in the range of $22 million, a person familiar with the situation told The Associated Press.
Fisher and another tackle, Texas A&M’s Luke Joeckel, were widely considered the top offensive linemen available in this year’s draft. The Chiefs opted to nab Fisher with the first No. 1 pick in franchise history, securing a bookend tackle for new quarterback Alex Smith.
Pats’ Dennard mum on DUI at camp
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) — New England Patriots cornerback Alfonzo Dennard isn’t commenting on his arrest for drunken driving.
Dennard participated in the team’s first training camp practice but wouldn’t discuss his arrest July 11 in Lincoln, Neb., where he played college football for Nebraska.
Last year’s seventh-round draft choice ended last season as a starter and was projected to keep that role. On Friday, he played with the first-team and second-team defenses.
Dennard was on probation at the time of his arrest. He has a court date of Aug. 27 for a hearing on whether that should be revoked.
He was placed on two years of probation for assaulting a police officer and resisting arrest outside a Lincoln bar on April 21, 2012. He’s scheduled to serve a 30-day sentence for that next March.