NFL notebook: Dolphins lose another defender to PED suspension
Reshad Jones became the second Dolphins player this summer to run afoul of the NFL policy on performance-enhancing substances.
Jones, a starting strong safety, was suspended Friday for the first four games of the regular season. He said he took a supplement that caused the violation.
Defensive end Dion Jordan was suspended last month for the first four games after testing positive for a prohibited stimulant.
Like Jordan, Jones is eligible to participate in all preseason practices and games.
“I was very disappointed when we found out about Reshad's suspension,” coach Joe Philbin said in a statement. “When we talked to him, Reshad pledged to learn from this situation.”
Jones, a fifth-year pro, started every game the past two seasons and finished second on the team in tackles last year.
The suspension is without pay. Jones will be eligible to return to the active roster after the Dolphins' Sept. 28 game against Oakland.
Gov. OK with new Bills stadium
Gov. Andrew Cuomo said he wants to do everything he can to keep the Bills in New York and would consider a new stadium, if necessary.
Cuomo told reporters in Niagara Falls the state and county negotiated a long-term lease with the Bills two years ago and have spent $170 million renovating the existing stadium.
Cuomo said, “If we need a new stadium to keep the Bills here long-term, that's something that I'm interested in talking about.”
Draft pick takes 'Skins K lead
The rookie leads the incumbent in the early returns in the competition for the Redskins kicker's job.
Kai Forbath was short with a 46-yard field-goal attempt and sent a kickoff out of bounds during Thursday night's 23-6 preseason win over the Patriots.
Forbath also hit the upright with a 34-yard try but was bailed out because the Redskins were whistled for delay of game. He made the subsequent 39-yarder.
Seventh-round draft pick Zach Hocker made both of his field goals and even had a tackle on a kickoff.
No regrets for Favre
Retired quarterback Brett Favre said it's unfortunate the way things ended in Green Bay six years ago but that he's proud of his 16 years with the Packers and has no regrets.
Favre, interviewed on WTMJ-AM, talked about his departure from Green Bay and recent efforts to soothe any sour feelings. The team has announced the three-time MVP quarterback will be inducted into the Packers Hall of Fame and have his number retired during the 2015 season.
Favre said he has no regrets about his football career.
“And that goes from Day 1 to the end,” he said. “I laid it on the field every time.”
Sharper faces hearing
A preliminary hearing was set for Sept. 16 for former All-Pro safety Darren Sharper on charges he drugged and raped two women he met at a West Hollywood nightclub.
Arizona, which has charged Sharper in a similar case, wants to extradite him there for trial. He also has been investigated in Louisiana, Nevada and Florida. But in May, authorities in Florida found insufficient evidence to pursue charges there.
Around the league
Seahawks guard C.J. Davis, a West Allegheny and Pitt product, suffered a sprained calf in Thursday night's preseason game against the Broncos. ... Giants backup offensive lineman Eric Herman was suspended for the first four games of the season for violating the NFL's performance-enhancing drug policy. … Mike Tannenbaum, former Jets general manager, was hired by the Dolphins as a consultant.
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