NFL notebook: Dungy says he would not have drafted Sam

| Monday, July 21, 2014, 6:54 p.m.

Former Buccaneers and Colts coach Tony Dungy said he would not have drafted Rams defensive end Michael Sam.

Sam, who is the first openly gay player drafted in the NFL, came out in February before the NFL Scouting Combine.

Dungy, who is an analyst for NBC, said he would not have selected Sam because he wouldn't have wanted to deal with the distractions and the amount of attention the selection would get.

“I wouldn't have taken him,” Dungy told the Tampa Tribune. “Not because I don't believe Michael Sam should have a chance to play, but I wouldn't want to deal with all of it. It's not going to be totally smooth ... things will happen.”

Manziel's No. 2 is No. 1

Johnny Manziel is No. 2 on Cleveland's depth chart but No. 1 in NFL jersey sales.

The league said the rookie quarterback's No. 2 jersey outsold all others from April 1 to July 17 on

Manziel is followed on the list by three quarterbacks: Seattle's Russell Wilson, San Francisco's Colin Kapernick and Denver's Peyton Manning. Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman is fifth, followed by Sam.

Giants' Wilson ready

Giants running back David Wilson has been cleared for contact work after recovering from neck surgery.

Although he attended offseason workouts with the Giants, Wilson was held back from many activities by the team's medical staff until Monday, when the team reported for training camp.

Also, veteran guard Chris Snee is retiring after 10 seasons because of a series of injuries. He won two Super Bowls.

Bills' Dareus to attend substance abuse program

Marcell Dareus' attorney said the Bills defensive tackle agreed to enter an NFL substance abuse program in a bid to have felony drug charges in Alabama dismissed.

Dareus attended Monday's hearing while being excused from training camp. Dareus has yet to participate in camp after failing his conditioning test.

Bengals stars on PUP

Defensive tackle Geno Atkins and starting cornerback Leon Hall were among nine players placed on the physically unable to perform list by the Bengals.

Atkins missed seven games and the Bengals' playoff game last season after undergoing surgery on his right knee. He was an All-Pro in 2012 and has made two Pro Bowls.

Report: Titans QB punched in bar

Titans rookie quarterback Zach Mettenberger was sucker-punched over the weekend at a Nashville bar, the owner of the establishment told The Tennessean. Mettenberger was punched in the face by another bar patron but did not need medical attention, said Steve Ford, owner of Losers Most Wanted Bar & Grill.

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