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NFL notebook: Ex-Bengals WR Ochocinco released from jail

| Monday, June 17, 2013, 12:03 p.m.

A contrite Chad Johnson apologized Monday for disrespecting a judge when the former NFL star slapped his attorney on the backside in court last week, and his immediate release from jail was ordered.

Broward County Circuit Judge Kathleen McHugh accepted Johnson's apology and cut his 30-day jail term for a probation violation to the seven days he has already served since the rear-swatting incident. Johnson, a flamboyant wide receiver formerly known as Chad Ochocinco, said in court that he'd had time to think about why his flippant attitude was wrong — especially in a domestic violence case.

“I just wanted to apologize for disrespecting the court last time,” said Johnson, wearing a tan jail jumpsuit with his hands shackled at the waist in a Fort Lauderdale, Fla., courtroom. “I apologize. I did have time to reflect on the mistakes I made in this courtroom.”

Bengals return to ‘Hard Knocks'

The Bengals will star in the training camp documentary show “Hard Knocks” for the second time in five NFL seasons. HBO announced that the Bengals would be featured in the popular series, which premieres Aug. 6. Cincinnati last appeared on it in 2009. The Miami Dolphins were featured last season.

Driver: I'll be ready if Packers call

Donald Driver will be ready to go if the Green Bay Packers call and said they needed his help. Other NFL teams, however, needn't bother.

Green Bay's all-time leading receiver announced his retirement Jan. 31 after 14 years in the NFL — all with the Packers. Driver said he still loves the game, but he promised Packers fans he'd never play for another team.

Colts' Pagano wins Halas Award

Indianapolis coach Chuck Pagano won the George Halas Award from the Professional Football Writers Association for overcoming adversity. Early in his first season as Colts coach, Pagano was diagnosed with leukemia and took a leave of absence. The team began winning under offensive coordinator Bruce Arians while Pagano underwent treatment for 12 weeks.

Extra points

The Packers released linebacker Desmond Bishop. The 28-year-old inside linebacker had 310 tackles, nine sacks, seven forced fumbles and an interception since the Packers took him in the sixth round of the 2007 NFL Draft. ... The Lions signed tight end Matt Veldman and released tight end Dominique Curry. ... Former Chiefs general manager Scott Pioli is joining NBC's Sunday night studio show. ... A station official said the cast of an Atlanta sports radio show was fired after mocking a former NFL player who has Lou Gehrig's disease. The show, Mayhem in the AM, was broadcast Monday morning on 790 The Zone. In a statement, general ganager Rick Mack sais the station regrets comments made about ex-New Orleans Saints safety Steve Gleason.

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