NFL notebook: Aaron Hernandez faces wrongful death lawsuit

| Tuesday, Dec. 17, 2013, 7:15 p.m.

Former Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez is being sued by the family of a Boston man he's accused of killing.

The Fall-River Herald-News reports the wrongful death lawsuit was filed this week in county court in New Bedford.

Hernandez pleaded not guilty to murder in the June shooting death of Odin Lloyd, a 27-year-old semi-pro football player.

The court filing says unspecified damages probably exceed the value of Hernandez's $1.25 million home, and seeks a real estate attachment up to $5 million.

The family also seeks a court order to keep the Patriots from paying Hernandez more than $3 million it believes he's owed from his contract.

• Cardinals receiver Larry Fitzgerald (concussion) must go through a series of tests this week to determine if he will be able to play in Sunday's game at Seattle, reported.

• Ravens quarterbackJoe Flacco, who took a helmet to his left knee in an 18-16 victory at the Lions on Monday night, said “it feels fine. It feels strong,” the Baltimore Sun reported.

• Cowboys team owner Jerry Jones told a Dallas radio station he is “very concerned” linebacker Sean Lee might not play again this season. The Upper St. Clair and Penn State product suffered a neck injury in a Week 14 loss to the Bears. Also, the Cowboys placed linebacker Justin Durant on season-ending injured reserve and released linebacker Kyle Bosworth and defensive tackle Drake Nevis.

• The Saints waived kicker Garrett Hartley, ending the kicker's six-year tenure in New Orleans. Hartley had made just 22 of 30 field-goal attempts and missed two of three kicks in a 27-16 loss at the Rams on Sunday.

• The Broncos agreed to terms with defensive end Jeremy Mincey, who was released by Jacksonville after a falling-out with management last week.

• The Jaguars placed receiver Cecil Shorts III on injured reserve.

• The Pro Football Hall of Fame will get the right cleat that Matt Prater wore when he kicked the longest field goal in history.

• The Titans signed quarterbackTyler Wilson and waived QB John Skelton.

— Wire reports

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