NFL notebook: Bengals receiver A.J. Green carted off field
Near the end of a festive afternoon commemorating the NFL’s centennial season, the Bengals watched A.J. Green get carted off the field with an injury that left the receiver distraught.
“You never want to see that,” quarterback Andy Dalton said. “It’s unfortunate.”
One practice into coach Zac Taylor’s inaugural season, the Bengals saw their most indispensable player crumple on the field. Green ran a deep sideline pattern during a 7-on-7 drill. Cornerback Dre Kirkpatrick bumped him as he knocked away the pass, and Green appeared to land awkwardly on the left foot.
He limped a few steps, crouched, limped a few more and then appeared to grab his mouth guard, flinging it to the ground. He sat down and trainers removed his left sock and examined the foot and ankle. Green was helped to the bench, which he angrily slammed with his hand. He buried his head in his arms as he was taken off the sideline on a cart for an exam.
Taylor had no information about the severity of the injury when practice ended. Kirkpatrick also was seen by a trainer.
“You don’t want to assume anything, but I think that we’ll be OK,” Taylor said, adding, “I don’t know. I shouldn’t speculate on anything.”
The practice was held at Welcome Stadium, an hour north of Cincinnati, as part of the league’s celebration of its 100th season. What’s considered the first game in NFL history was played in Dayton in 1920.
Giants receiver Tate suspended
Giants wide receiver Golden Tate has been suspended for four games for using a drug prescribed for fertility planning.
The 10-year veteran, who signed with the Giants in March as a free agent, announced the suspension in a Twitter post. He said he plans to appeal the violation of the NFL’s policy on performance enhancers and that he would have no further comment.
The NFL has not announced the suspension and it had no comment, league spokesman Brian McCarthy said in an email to the Associated Press. Giants coach Pat Shurmur declined comment.
Tate can practice throughout training camp. He will not be able to play in the first four regular-season games unless his suspension is overturned. He signed a four-year, $37.5 million contract, including $23 million guaranteed.
Hill greeted with cheers
Thousands of Chiefs fans chanted Tyreek Hill’s name as he pranced toward the practice field for the first full-squad workout of training camp Saturday. It’s the first time the star wide receiver has practiced with his teammates since the AFC title game.
Hill thumped his chest, signed autographs, high-stepped across a practice field and played to the fans just over a week after the NFL said he would face no punishment from a messy offseason situation.
The two-time All-Pro was suspended by the team during the NFL Draft when audio surfaced of his then-fiancee, Crystal Espinal, accusing him of hurting their 3-year-old son. But a criminal investigation and subsequent league inquiries failed to find enough evidence to support the claims.
Lions make moves
The Lions released running back Theo Riddick after six seasons with the team.
Coach Matt Patricia announced the move and also confirmed the signing of defensive lineman Mike Daniels. Riddick was second on the Lions last season with 61 receptions. Daniels is a former Pro Bowler who was released earlier in the week after seven seasons with Green Bay.
The Philadelphia Eagles signed veteran cornerback Orlando Scandrick. The 32-year-old Scandrick spent last season with the Kansas City Chiefs after nine years in Dallas. … Indianapolis Colts starting defensive end Jabaal Sheard, a Pitt product, missed practice again with an injured knee, and it’s not clear when he could return. … The Packers claimed running back Darrin Hall, who played at Pitt, off waivers from the Bengals and released guard Larry Williams.