NFL notebook: Hernandez indicted on murder charge
Former Patriot Aaron Hernandez was indicted Thursday on first-degree murder and weapons charges in the death of a friend whose bullet-riddled body was found in an industrial park about a mile from the ex-player's home.
The six-count grand jury indictment charges Hernandez with killing 27-year-old Odin Lloyd, a semi-professional football player from Boston who was dating the sister of Hernandez's girlfriend.
Hernandez, 23, pleaded not guilty to murder and weapons charges in June, and he is being held without bail.
He had a brief court appearance in Attleboro on Thursday afternoon. Afterward, his attorney, Michael Fee, said the defense was pleased to be on a path to a jury trial and was looking forward to testing the prosecution's evidence.
“There has been an incredible rush to judgment in this case,” and the state doesn't have enough evidence to prove the charges, he said.
The Bristol County grand jury also indicted Hernandez associate Ernest Wallace and Hernandez's cousin Tanya Singleton.
Congress talks HGH
The top Democrat on the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee said the NFL players' union “is now holding HGH testing hostage” and that could “force Congress to intervene.”
Rep. Elijah Cummings of Maryland says in a statement that the “NFL Players' Association continues to disregard its promise to implement HGH testing.”
2 Bucs treated for staph infections
Buccaneers guard Carl Nicks and kicker Lawrence Tynes are being treated for MRSA infections.
Nicks has an infected blister on the side of his left foot, and Tynes has an infected toe on his right foot.
MRSA is a staph infection that is resistant to some antibiotics.
Geno gets nod vs. NYG
Geno Smith will start at quarterback over Mark Sanchez in the Jets' preseason game against the Giants on Saturday night.
The second-round rookie out of West Virginia has worked with the first-team offense all week. Smith, in a tightly contested competition with Sanchez, did not play in the Jets' last preseason game last Saturday night against Jacksonville because of a sprained ankle.
Jets ink WR Massaquoi
The Jets signed veteran wide receiver Mohamed Massaquoi to add depth to their receiving corps.
The Jaguars cut Massaquoi on Monday.
Also, the Jets released tight end Mike Shanahan, a Norwin and Pitt product.
49ers sign QB Wallace
The 49ers added another quarterback to the competition to be Colin Kaepernick's backup, signing nine-year veteran Seneca Wallace to a one-year contract. Also, San Francisco waived wideout Ricardo Lockette.
Around the league
The Giants removed former Pitt fullback Henry Hynoski from the physically unable to perform list. … Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III was fined $10,000 for wearing unauthorized apparel, a T-shirt with “Operation Patience” on it, against Pittsburgh on Monday at FedEx Field. ... Receiver Wes Welker's mild right ankle sprain will keep him out for the rest of the preseason but Broncos coach John Fox insists he could play if there was a regular-season game Friday. ... Former receiver Terrell Owens is suing his former agent, Drew Rosenhaus for $6.5 million, Yahoo Sports reported.
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