NFL notebook: Police search lake in Hernandez's hometown
By The Associated Press
Published: Monday, July 29, 2013, 8:54 p.m.
Connecticut and Massachusetts authorities searched in and around a lake in the hometown of Aaron Hernandez, the former Patriots player who is charged with murder.
Connecticut police declined to comment on the nature of Monday's search at Pine Lake in Bristol and referred calls to Massachusetts prosecutors. Gregg Miliote, a spokesman for the Bristol County district attorney, would not comment.
Hernandez has pleaded not guilty to murder in the death of Odin Lloyd, a 27-year-old Boston semi-professional football player whose body was found June 17 about a mile from Hernandez's home in North Attleborough, Mass. Authorities believe Lloyd was killed with a .45-caliber Glock, which hasn't been recovered.
Police divers were in Pine Lake on Monday, and other officers could be seen combing the water's edge.
Jaguars' QB OK
Jaguars quarterback Blaine Gabbert is nicked up again.
Gabbert sprained his right ankle during training camp practice Monday and left the field on a cart. He was seen walking around the facility in tennis shoes and without a limp about two hours later.
Coach Gus Bradley called it “a freak deal.”
“He got up and he walked off, and that's a good thing,” Bradley added.
Since the Jaguars have Tuesday off, the team said Gabbert will be evaluated over the next 48 hours before determining whether he can practice Wednesday.
Fullback Leach back with Ravens
Vonta Leach is back with the Super Bowl champion Ravens.
The Pro Bowl fullback signed a two-year contract after being released by the Ravens in June.
Leach paved the way for running back Ray Rice to gain 1,143 yards last season.
Leach ran nine times for 32 yards during the regular season and scored a touchdown against Indianapolis in Baltimore's first postseason game.
But he declined to renegotiate his contract during the offseason and was released by Baltimore in June. At the time, Ravens general manager Ozzie Newsome left open the possibility that Leach could return, saying, “There could be an opportunity for him to return to the Ravens once he explores the free-agent market.”
Browns to improve fans' experience
Until they start winning, the Browns are doing all they can to keep Cleveland fans happy and entertained.
Team president Alec Scheiner unveiled a five-point plan to enhance the game-day experience for fans starting this season. After getting feedback from fans, the team prioritized improvements to FirstEnergy Stadium.
Starting during the exhibition season, fans will have easier access to the lakefront stadium, improved mobile service, upgraded team stores with more merchandise and new game-day rituals, including splashier pregame introductions, a drum line and a disc jockey on the field before games and in a booth during them.
Around the league
Donovan McNabb's No. 5 will be retired by the Eagles, making him the ninth player in franchise history to receive that honor. ... The Titans agreed to terms with offensive guard Chance Warmack, who had been the last remaining unsigned first-round draft pick. ... Brad Smith restructured the final two years of his contract with the Bills in a move that provides the versatile playmaker a better shot at making the young team's receiver-stocked roster. ... Bills star defensive end Mario Williams missed his second straight practice.
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