Redskins Camp Report: Day 7

July, 30, 2014
Jul 30
RICHMOND, Va. -- A daily review of the hot topics coming out of the Washington Redskins training camp:
  • Redskins defensive end Stephen Bowen, recovering from microfracture surgery on his right knee, said he’s confident he’ll return before the season opener. Bowen, who underwent the procedure in December, said he’s experienced a “little swelling” but that it hasn’t gotten any worse. If healthy, Bowen would be an important part of their defensive line rotation. “It’s just time,” Bowen said. “If I had to right now, a do-or-die, if it’s the Super Bowl, I’d be out there…. I’m feeling good.” Bowen remains on the physically unable to perform list.
  • Offensive tackle Tyler Polumbus missed practice for personal reasons and could end up missing a few days. Third-year lineman Tom Compton took over for Polumbus. Meanwhile, several Redskins missed practice with hamstring injuries: receiver Pierre Garcon, who took part in individual drills before sitting out; safety Phillip Thomas; and defensive end Doug Worthington. Linebacker Adrian Robinson also missed practice and was rehabbing off to the side. Running back Evan Royster returned to practice after missing the previous three days with a hamstring issue.
  • After watching newcomer Shawn Lauvao in the spring, Redskins coach Jay Gruden had some doubts. The free-agent signee had not shown the Redskins what they were hoping to see. He wasn’t getting his timing down on the snap count. He wasn’t getting to the linebackers. Now, Gruden said Lauvao is doing all of that and he’s been solid in one-on-one pass-protection drills as well. “We were a little worried; I’m not going to lie,” Gruden said. “But he’s probably the most improved player from OTAs until now.”
  • The Redskins spent a lot of time working on third-down plays Wednesday, with the defense showing a lot of blitzes. The offense ran several screens, which were designed as much to prepare the defense as the offense. Gruden said they’ve already installed all of their red-zone package and likely will focus on installing their two-minute plays Wednesday night and, perhaps, more of their no-huddle. After that, it will be goal-line and short-yardage situations.
  • A handful of former Redskins visited practice Wednesday: quarterback Joe Theismann, receiver Gary Clark, place-kicker Mark Moseley and tight end Chris Cooley. It was interesting talking to Clark after practice, and I’ll write about his thoughts Thursday. But he was high on this receiving corps and especially high on DeSean Jackson. Jackson reminds Clark of himself. Clark still looks like he could play (except for the fact that he’s now 52. Yes, we should all feel old by reading that number.
GLENDALE, Ariz. -- The swelling in nose tackle Dan Williams’ left knee has gone down, he said.

All that’s left is a little tightness, but Arizona Cardinals coach Bruce Arians expects Williams to return to the field Friday. Williams has been sidelined since Sunday’s practice because of the swelling. The swelling was so severe that Williams couldn’t bend his knee, he said.

Williams said the first time his knee swelled like that was April 2013 during OTAs. He called his condition a “high knee cap.”

Texans Camp Report: Day 5

July, 30, 2014
Jul 30
HOUSTON -- A daily review of the hot topics coming out of Houston Texans training camp.
  • During a late drill, Texans cornerback Kareem Jackson intercepted quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick and returned the ball nearly the entire length of the field. While pursuing Jackson, Texans left tackle Duane Brown and receiver Mike Thomas sprinted and then had to leave the field on a cart. The two of them are fine, but practice was almost over and they were gassed by the exertion.
  • In a recent team meeting, Texans coach Bill O'Brien made sure to point out significant effort from veterans. "You know, you had the other day you had Andre Johnson laying out for a post pattern down the middle of the field," O'Brien said. "You had J.J. Watt chasing a screen 65 yards down the field. You’ve got Duane Brown chasing the interception; he chased another one yesterday with D.J. Swearinger. And there are other guys. Chris Myers is working hard. The receivers are working hard. The DBs, Johnathan Joseph made some really nice plays today, which was really good to see. I think anytime that you have some really proven veterans like that on your football team, you know, Shane Lechler, 37 years old, came in here and passed a conditioning test. All those types of things are important for young players and really important for our team."
  • The Texans have Thursday off from practice. It's their first day off since camp started. Practices began on Saturday and players reported on Friday. While in the past veterans have been able to stay at their own homes, quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick said this year the team is all staying in a team hotel.
  • I missed a large portion of practice today because Texans owner Bob McNair spoke for the first time since his news conference announcing the hiring of Bill O'Brien. McNair only took questions about the Raiders' conversations with San Antonio about possibly moving there. He mostly said he wants to wait for more research before forming an opinion about whether an NFL franchise in the city is viable.
  • A common sight around Texans practice now is players running laps when they make mistakes. "It’s just the way different coaching staffs work," center Chris Myers said. "And I think it’s getting everyone’s attention. It’s working for sure.”
OXNARD, Calif. – Left tackle Tyron Smith’s $110 million contract extension has no impact on the Dallas Cowboys’ negotiations with Dez Bryant.

The Cowboys have long hoped to reach long-term extensions with their two premier young talents before their rookie deals for Smith and Bryant expire after this season. They are halfway there after Smith signed to become the highest-paid left tackle in the league.

The Cowboys consider it a matter of when, not if, they lock up Bryant to a long-term deal.

“It wouldn’t have surprised me if Dez would have gotten done first,” Cowboys executive vice president Stephen Jones said. “We’re working hard to do something with Dez. We’re totally committed to make Dez a Cowboy for life as well. Certainly in our plans from Day 1 when we started figuring out our cap this year was to figure out a way to get Dez and Tyron extended.”

Sources told that Bryant and the Cowboys were not close to a deal when the team reported to training camp last week. Jones declined to say Wednesday whether he thought the team could reach a deal with Bryant, who is due to make $1.78 million this season, before the beginning of the regular season.

“I don’t guess on when things get done. I’m positive about it, but I don’t guess when things might get done.”

Jones said it was “fair” for Smith to ask to be the league’s highest-paid left tackle. That’s what it took to sign Smith this summer.

Bryant believes he deserves to be ranked among the top five highest-paid receivers, putting him in the $12 million per year range, which would be the cost of using the franchise tag to keep him next season. Jones declined comment when asked if that was a fair request, citing a policy to not comment on negotiations until they’re done.

"It feels good to know that things are being talked about, but I'm going to let it take care of itself," Bryant told last week. "I feel like as long as I take care of business on that field, the rest will be taken care of."
OWINGS MILLS, Md. -- The Baltimore Ravens are concerned that the knee injury suffered by rookie defensive end Brent Urban on Wednesday may be serious.

Urban, the team's fourth-round pick out of Virginia, went down after a block by offensive tackle Jah Reid in a drill less than an hour into practice. He couldn't put any weight on his right leg and needed a trainer under each arm to get off the field.

An MRI is scheduled for Urban on Wednesday night.

"We'll just hope and pray for the best on that one," coach John Harbaugh said.

This is the first significant injury of Ravens camp (unless cornerback Lardarius Webb's back issue becomes more severe) but it's not the first injury of the year for Urban. He was limited for the early offseason workouts after undergoing ankle surgery in February.

Urban had been projected to back up Chris Canty this season. If Urban is out for an extended period, Kapron Lewis-Moore would become the primary backup.

But Harbaugh hasn't completely ruled out Urban for the season.

"I'm still hopeful that he'll be back, but we'll have to see," Harbaugh said.

The sixth practice of training camp featured a play that nearly cost the Ravens two rookies on the defensive line. On the same drill where Urban was injured, defensive tackle Timmy Jernigan had to leave the field as well.

Jernigan, a second-round pick from Florida State, appeared to hurt his back. He went inside the team facility without any assistance from trainers.

"Timmy looks fine," Harbaugh said.

Defensive line is one of the positions where the Ravens can absorb a hit to their depth. Outside of the starters (Canty, Haloti Ngata and Brandon Williams), the Ravens have intriguing backups in Jernigan, Lewis-Moore and DeAngelo Tyson.

While the Ravens were expecting a huge impact from Urban, a major injury could curtail his development. Urban likely would have a shot at starting next season.

He is the perfect fit for a 3-4 defensive end, which is also referred to as "five technique." At 6-foot-7, 298 pounds, he has nearly the same build as Canty (6-7, 317) but has more upside.

“Brent has made steady progress since the first day he walked in here,” defensive line coach Clarnece Brooks said. “We liked him when we drafted him and after he was here for a couple days we knew exactly what we liked about him. He’s a great kid, works hard.”
GREEN BAY, Wis. – If JC Tretter can handle the likes of defensive tackles B.J. Raji and Josh Boyd in practice, Green Bay Packers coach Mike McCarthy thinks his new starting center will be able to handle anything.

But so far in the first two days of full-pads training camp practices, Raji has proven too much for Tretter to handle.

"If you ever want to get a center ready, B.J. Raji and Josh Boyd are your guys because they definitely present a challenge to covering up a center," McCarthy said after Wednesday's practice.

As pleased as the Packers are with Raji's start – assuming it's not simply a product of Tretter's struggles – it means Tretter still has work to do in order to convince them he can handle the giant task of starting at center on opening night against the Seattle Seahawks.

By now, Tretter's backstory has been told time and again. A fourth-round pick in 2013, he broke his ankle during his first OTA practice as a rookie and never played in a game – preseason, regular season or playoffs – last year. He came off PUP and began practicing last November at center after playing his college career at Cornell as a tackle.

He became the favorite to win the starting job – the fourth different starting center the Packers will field in as many seasons – after Evan Dietrich-Smith signed with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers as a free agent.

It has been anything but a seamless transition. Tretter has a 3-2 record in the one-on-one pass-rushing drill so far. That's a small sample but in a drill that favors the offense, that's a mediocre winning percentage. He's 2-2 against Raji and 1-0 against Boyd. Raji also manhandled Tretter in the one-on-one run-blocking drill on Wednesday and also during a team period for a tackle for loss on running back Eddie Lacy.

"He's getting a lot better," Boyd said. "He's got a very strong punch, very strong hands. He's getting a lot stronger with his feet, and he's a real quick guy. He's going to be good; he's just got to keep working at it."

The Packers seem inclined to give Tretter the time.

“He needs every rep,” McCarthy said. “I can’t tell you if there is someone in the locker room that’s prepared himself as much as he has, and he’ll continue to do so. It’s not going to look clean; our team isn’t clean. Let’s be honest with you, we’ve missed blocks, we’ve did some wrong things. That's why you practice. Our fundamentals are critical, and that goes from the player to the group all the way through. But JC needs this work."

Patriots Camp Report: Day 7

July, 30, 2014
Jul 30
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- A daily review of the hot topics coming out of New England Patriots training camp:
  • Cornerback Brandon Browner is practicing with a physical edge, and at one point, his hands-on approach riled up receivers coach Chad O'Shea. Browner's physicality was the main topic players were asked about after practice. "That's part of intimidation," linebacker Dont'a Hightower said. "He had that in Seattle and before that. That's his style of play. When you're a receiver and watching film, and you see him rag-dolling guys around and choking guys out at the line of scrimmage, that's intimidation. That's definitely a trait he's had and he's definitely using it."
  • Third-year cornerback Alfonzo Dennard met with reporters for the first time since coming off the physically unable to perform list (offseason shoulder surgery) and earlier serving a 35-day sentence in an adult detention center in Nebraska. Dennard deflected questions about his less-than-ideal offseason. "Moving forward," he said. "It’s all about football right now. I’m trying to provide for my family." Dennard, who is one of the top candidates to start at right cornerback when Brandon Browner is serving his season-opening four-game suspension, said he's "feeling better and better every day."
  • More progress for tight end Rob Gronkowski, who continues to push himself as he works his way back from a torn ACL. For the second straight day, Gronkowski was covered by cornerback Darrelle Revis as Tom Brady worked on red zone passing with him. Bill Belichick closely watched the three work while the rest of the team focused on special teams on the opposite field.
  • Some important developments are unfolding at center, as rookie Bryan Stork (fourth round, 105th overall) walked off the field with a member of the athletic training staff midway through Tuesday's practice and was absent for all of Wednesday's practice. It appears he's suffered some type of lower leg injury. Stork is expected to compete for a starting role, but in his absence, veteran Dan Connolly took the majority of reps Wednesday.
  • Nice to see former Patriots tight end Jermaine Wiggins, now working in the sports media, receive warm welcomes from Belichick and Brady, among others. Wiggins, who made big plays for the Patriots in the 2001 Super Bowl season, spent about 10 minutes speaking with Brady after practice, and the two shared an embrace at the end.
ANDERSON, Ind. – The Indianapolis Colts have already lost running back Vick Ballard (Achilles) for the season.

The team now must worry about guard Donald Thomas.

Thomas limped off the practice field Wednesday after it’s believed that he re-injured the same right quad that kept him out of all but two games in 2013, according to a person with knowledge of the situation. Thomas was clearly upset after he got up off the ground and made his way off the field. He’s expected to undergo an MRI on Wednesday evening.

The Colts can’t afford to lose Thomas for an extended period of time because not only is he projected to start at left guard, he’s also the team’s primary backup center.

Rookie Jack Mewhort, Lance Louis and Joe Reitz are guards on the Colts' roster.

RENTON, Wash. – Seattle Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman already earned the coveted cover shot for the "Madden NFL 15" video game. Now he also takes the top spot overall as the No. 1 rated player in the game. revealed the news Wednesday.

Sherman is one of only three players who received a 99 overall rating in the EA Sports rankings, along with Detroit wide receiver Calvin Johnson and Houston defensive lineman J.J. Watt.

Sherman leads the NFL over the last three seasons with 20 interceptions and 60 passes defensed.

Jaguars Camp Report: Day 5

July, 30, 2014
Jul 30
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- A daily review of the hot topics coming out of Jacksonville Jaguars training camp.

  • It wasn’t a good day for the receivers, who dropped four passes during 11-on-11 work – including one in the end zone by Mike Brown. That came on perhaps Blake Bortles’ best throw of camp. He zipped a pass between two defensive backs and hit Brown in the chest, but Brown couldn’t hold on to the ball. Bortles had another good throw down the left sideline that he dropped in over the cornerback that Kerry Taylor dropped. Allen Hurns and Allen Robinson also dropped passes, though cornerback Dwayne Gratz was hanging onto Robinson when he dropped the pass. Tight end Marcedes Lewis also had a pass bounce off his hands, but it would have been a fantastic catch had he hauled it in because Bortles’ pass was behind him.
  • Wednesday was the first day in full pads and we finally got to see some good one-on-one battles between the offensive and defensive linemen. Left tackle Luke Joeckel had a pretty good day. Defensive end Chris Clemons beat him with an inside spin move on their first matchup but Joeckel came right back and locked Clemons down in their next matchup. Joeckel also had the most impressive block during the drills, pancaking rookie defensive end Chris Smith. Another rookie, guard Brandon Linder, drew the unfortunate task of taking on defensive end Red Bryant. The 6-foot-4, 323-pound Bryant pushed the 6-5, 311-pound Linder back, but Linder never let Bryant disengage or get by. A couple other matchups of note: defensive tackle Jordan Miller beat center Mike Brewster with an inside move but Brewster held the block on their rematch; defensive tackle Abry Jones beat center/guard Jacques McClendon twice.
  • The Jaguars were the worst team in the NFL in the red zone in 2013, scoring touchdowns only 43.9 percent of their possessions and scoring points on only 75.6 percent of their possessions. They’ve done red zone work in camp but coach Gus Bradley said the Jaguars may do more of it going forward. “I know we got better the last six or seven games of the season in the red zone, but it was an area of emphasis for us [in OTAs, minicamp and training camp],” Bradley said. “So you might see more and more red zone opportunities for us to at least practice and work.” The Jaguars’ first-team offense had some success on Wednesday. Chad Henne hit Robinson in the end zone for a touchdown. Henne also hooked up with rookie Marqise Lee on a short pass near the goal line and Lee fought into the end zone.
  • Linebacker John Lotulelei practiced for the first time on Wednesday after he passed a physical. He had been on the active/non-football injury list after reporting to camp with a hamstring injury. … Tight end D.J. Tialavea (quad) also returned to practice. … Bradley said cornerback Alan Ball, who is on the PUP list with an ankle injury, may return within the next few days. … Attendance was 1,504.

DENVER – In a driving rainstorm for much of their 2 1/2-hour practice Wednesday at Sports Authority Field at Mile High, the Denver Broncos held defensive end DeMarcus Ware out of the workout.

Ware suffered a bruised lower right leg Sunday in the team’s practice at the stadium and has not practiced since. Broncos head coach John Fox continues to say Ware’s injury is not significant, but field conditions were slippery in an uncharacteristic storm that has dumped rain on the Denver area for the past two days.

Ware did some conditioning work on the side, including sprints.

The Broncos also held out defensive end Chase Vaughn (right knee), defensive end Greg Latta (right hip), safety John Boyett (back) and linebacker Shaquil Barrett (ankle). Cornerback Louis Young left the practice with a groin strain.

With Vaughn and Latta having missed several days of practice, the Broncos signed two defensive linemen Wednesday – Will Pericak and Cody Larsen, both defensive tackles – to bolster their numbers. Pericak played in college at Colorado and had been at some of the offseason workouts as a tryout player.

The Broncos' roster is now at 89 after the two signings.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Part of Jurrell Casey’s transition from 4-3 defensive tackle to 3-4 defensive end is who he’ll match up with.

At Tennessee Titans practice on Tuesday, he lined up against offensive tackles during one-on-one pass-rush work.

“I wanted to work more of an edge rush. I’d been doing a lot of inside rushing the last couple days,” Casey said. “Playing end now, I’m going to rush from the outside, also. So I had to get a little practice at that. It’s a whole lot different, because you’ve got way more space to deal with.

“I think I am doing pretty well. There are still a couple things I’ve got to work on. [Tuesday] I worked on bending the corner around the edge of a blocker, and I am still working on that. I can’t get that down yet.

“But anything or normal pass rush, using quick moves, I’ve got that down. It’s more so trying to figure out something new to use to people won’t be guessing what I’m going to do to them.”

He looks quite fast working off the edge.
Devonta Freeman has no worries.

The Atlanta Falcons' rookie running back must have felt like he won the lottery after receiving his $475,000-plus signing bonus as part of a four-year, $2.7 million contract. But flashing his new riches was the last of his concerns.

Taking care of his mother, Lorraine, was at the forefront of his thoughts.

"Me personally, I don’t want nothing," Freeman said. "I promise you. I can’t tell you one thing I want. It’s just good to know I ain’t got to want for nothing, and I can take care of my family. I don’t want no car. I’ve got a car.

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Don Juan Moore/Getty ImagesDevonta Freeman on his first pro contract: "As long as my momma's good and I know that I can always grab some money and buy her something, I'm good."
"As long as my momma’s good and I know that I can always grab some money and buy her something, I’m good. But there ain’t nothing that I want. I just want this opportunity to play football."

Freeman will have plenty of opportunity to prove his value immediately. A left hamstring injury is likely to sideline veteran running back Steven Jackson for the bulk the preseason, paving wave for Freeman and Jacquizz Rodgers to receive more backfield reps. Freeman already has shown flashes of his ability to be an every-down back.

"He’s a good back, young back, fresh legs," running backs coach Gerald Brown said of Freeman. "He has good agility. I think he’s going to be a really good receiver for us. And I think at the end of the day, he’s going to be a good football player for us."

A number of folks around the organization, including the three-time Pro Bowler Jackson, have commented about Freeman’s humbleness.

It’s easy to understand the rookie's demeanor considering he grew up in a violent, drug-invested area of Miami known as the "Pork 'N Beans" projects.

His mentor Luther Campbell, an entertainer and rapper best known for his role as Luke Skywalker with the 2 Live Crew, offered the best explanation of Freeman’s surroundings.

"The only difference between the "Pork 'N Beans" and Afghanistan is that there are no roadside bombs," Campbell said. "Everything else, they’ve got.

"The big thing for me was to see Devonta get to college so he could get out of there and get a real roof over his head and some food every night. ... But sometimes you can’t worry about the situation you’re in. You just have man up and go to work."

Freeman figured he had to find a way to help his struggling mother, who worked at a hospital and a warehouse as she raised him and five siblings. So as a young teen, Freeman took on three odds job to help provide financial support.

The first was a job at Richardson Memorial Funeral Home, set up by another of his mentors, Dwight Jackson. Freeman’s responsibilities included opening the limo doors for the grieving families and handing attendees flowers to place at the grave site.

"I’d make $150, $200, depending on how many funerals," Freeman explained. "On a packed day, we’d have like four funerals, which meant $250. That was a lot of money."

Freeman kept his free days occupied by washing cars as well. One of the friends, "Junior," had a mobile wash attached to a trailer.

"I would wash like one car the whole day for four hours and would earn like $50. "I know how to wash a car, good. I could start my car wash company and I could wash cars like in the cracks, under the tires. I know how to do everything."

Freeman’s other work was doing chores around Campbell’s home. Campbell started the Optimist youth program and coached Freeman and then again as a volunteer coach at Miami Central high school before Freeman attended Florida State.

"And I was cleaning the walls in Uncle Luke’s house," Freeman said. "If anything, it taught us in life, nothing is free."

His hard work on the football field could result in a lucrative contract one day. If he achieves such status, don’t expect Freeman to alter his mindset.

"As long as I can make the team, play on Sunday, that’s all I want," he said. "The money, I guarantee you the money will be there if you check my bank account. I promise you that."
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AP Photo/Julie JacobsonRookie tight end Jace Amaro has been struggling thus far in New York Jets training camp.
CORTLAND, N.Y. -- Jace Amaro is hearing a lot of voices these days.

After dropping a pass Wednesday, the New York Jets' rookie tight end was razzed by a defensive player, who barked, "Can't catch a cold!" A couple of plays later, Amaro ran the wrong route and got an earful from offensive coordinator Marty Mornhinweg, who chided him for not studying his playbook. Even mild-mannered quarterback Geno Smith seemed frustrated with the second-round pick.

When practice was over, Amaro and general manager John Idzik had a long talk. Actually, Idzik did the talking, Amaro did the listening. It was a pep talk, not a scolding.

Consider it a day in the life of an overwhelmed NFL rookie.

"A lot of people have high expectations for me," Amaro said. "Right now, I'm trying to figure it all out."

Amaro missed a day of practice, dealing with knee tendinitis, so maybe he was a little behind in terms of picking up the offense. But this was more than a one-day thing. The former Texas Tech star, a record-breaking pass-catcher in college, has been on the training-camp rollercoaster. He admitted he was "confused" by a couple of route concepts in Wednesday's practice, adding, "I got some plays wrong."

The Jets expect big things out of Amaro, whom they envision as a Rob Gronkowski-type tight end some day. But he has a long way to go. To his credit, he knows it.

"I have high expectations for myself, I know what I can do," said Amaro, who caught 106 passes last season in the Texas Tech's up-tempo, spread offense. "I'm making a lot of things a lot more difficult than they should be, just because I'm not completely comfortable with the entire organization yet, from the playbook to not knowing how the coaches coach, little things like that."

Most of Amaro's growing pains are rooted in the X's and O's. At Texas Tech, he played in a relatively basic passing attack that used a numbering system, deployed almost exclusively as a flexed-out tight end. With the Jets, it's a sophisticated offense in which he's often required to be an in-line tight end. The systems, he said, are as different as Chinese and English.

"We know he's got the physical skills to do it," coach Rex Ryan said. "He's got to focus, and sometimes if your head is in other places and you're thinking (too much), it's hard to be at your best."

Amaro, who boldly predicted in minicamp that his goal is to be a 100-catch tight end, said he expects to have the same trajectory he did in college, noting, "I wasn't an all-American my freshman year." But his 2013 season was one for the history books. He believes he can get to that level even sooner in the NFL.

"Eventually, it's going to start clicking," he said. "When it does, I'll really be able to showcase what I can do."
SANTA CLARA, Calif. -- San Francisco 49ers pass-rusher Aldon Smith was not at the team’s training camp Wednesday because he is in Los Angeles to close the case from an April incident at Los Angeles International Airport.

A spokesman from the L.A. City Attorney’s office said a hearing was ongoing Wednesday as scheduled and an NFL source said Smith was in Los Angeles. Coach Jim Harbaugh said Smith wasn’t with the team, but would only say, “It’s part of a process.”

The City Attorney’s office decided earlier this month Smith would not face misdemeanor charges stemming from an arrest for allegedly making a fake bomb threat at LAX in April.

The hearing's purpose is to provide Smith the opportunity to give his account of the incident. He will then be admonished about the applicable laws and given suggestions on how to avoid similar incidents in the future, a spokesman wrote in an email. The City Attorney reserves the right to file charges up to one year after the incident. However, no further action is scheduled beyond the office hearing date.

Smith said last week he is expected to fly to New York at a date to be determined to meet with NFL commissioner Roger Goodell to discuss his recent off-field issues. A league suspension could soon follow. Smith received 11 days on a work crew earlier this month for a drunken driving arrest.