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ST. JOSEPH, Mo. — The Kansas City Chiefs, who weren’t deep at safety to begin with, will not have starter Daniel Sorensen when the regular season begins. Sorensen, who injured a knee at training camp, will have surgery and miss the first part of the regular season, a source told ESPN’s Adam Schefter.

Sorensen, 28, became a starter last season, his fourth with the Chiefs after being signed as an undrafted rookie from BYU. Sorensen replaced Eric Berry, who missed all but the season opener after tearing his Achilles tendon.

Berry is back, but the Chiefs early in the offseason released another longtime starter, Ron Parker.

Daniel Sorensen started at safety for the Chiefs last season. Scott Winters/Icon Sportswire
The Chiefs gave Berry the day off from practice Tuesday as part of his rehabilitation program.

Without Sorensen and Berry, the starting safeties were Eric Murray and rookie Armani Watts. Murray was the third safety for the Chiefs last season, playing in 14 games. Watts is a fourth-round draft pick from Texas A&M.

The Chiefs begin their preseason Thursday night against the Houston Texans at Arrowhead Stadium.

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OWINGS MILLS, Md. — Breshad Perriman’s fresh start to the season lasted only a few minutes into the first day of training camp.

Running a simple 10-yard comeback route with no defender on him, Perriman watched a pass carom off both of his hands, resulting in a collective groan from the fans. Then Perriman pulled in the next throw, which led to mock cheers.

Someone yelled, “Oh my God, he caught it.”

The fall for Perriman has been dramatic, painful and merciless. In 2015, he was the 26th player selected in the draft and some draft experts labeled him the next Dez Bryant. Three years later, Perriman’s three significant injuries and an alarming number of dropped passes have put him on the roster bubble and in the bulls-eye for fans.

He gets ripped on social media. He gets criticized by the media. Even if he avoids Twitter and sports websites, he hears it from the 2,000 fans who sit a short toss away from him on the practice field every day this summer.

This is the pressure that mounts for a player who could be remembered as the Baltimore Ravens’ biggest first-round bust. Perriman has managed just 43 catches for 576 yards in 27 games, and he was the NFL’s worst-graded wide receiver last season by Pro Football Focus.

Struggling To Catch On
Breshad Perriman is one of five wide receivers drafted in the first round since 2001 who has played in at least 25 games and has totaled less than 45 receptions:

Charles Johnson Steelers 17 150 8.8 1
A.J. Jenkins 49ers 17 223 13.1 0
Laquon Treadwell Vikings 21 215 10.2 0
Breshad Perriman Ravens 43 576 13.4 3
Jon Baldwin Chiefs 44 607 13.8 2
Perriman doesn’t complain about being put under the microscope more often than other players. Increased scrutiny and the first-round pick label is a package deal, he says.

“I know there is some negative stuff out there, and there is always going to be some negative people that want to bring you down,” Perriman said. “I like they have a higher standard for me. I have a higher standard for myself than they have of me. I’m more pissed at me than they are when I drop a pass.”

The public backlash against Perriman has been brutal. Take Twitter, for example: He wished everyone a Happy Mother’s Day, but the only reply was someone who wrote: “Your mom doesn’t love you.” Last October, he tweeted that he was praying for all those affected by the Las Vegas tragedy. One fan responded: “I’m praying that you start playing like a first round pick.”

Teammates say Perriman hasn’t let the harsh words affect his confidence or his approach to the game.

“I feel like he’s handled it better than anybody else probably would,” Ravens wide receiver Chris Moore said. “I know me personally, if I was in that situation, it would affect me a lot more. He comes out here every day working hard. I don’t know what the fans think. He’s trying to be what they expect of him.”

In a ‘dark hole’

Perriman’s journey has been an extremely emotional one. He described himself as being in a “dark hole” when he couldn’t get on the field as a rookie because of a knee injury.

A year later, during a two-month period, he lost his close friend and teammate Tray Walker in a dirt bike accident and watched his father, Brett Perriman, suffer a significant stroke.

“My dad beat the odds and that’s what really keeps me going,” Perriman said. “Sometimes I have my days where I’m like, ‘Damn.’ But most of the time I snap out of it and you really have a thankful mindset.”

Supporters of Perriman contend injuries have derailed his career. He missed his entire rookie season in 2015 with a partially torn PCL in his right knee, and he was sidelined for all of training camp in 2016 with a partially torn ACL in his left knee. Last year, Perriman was sidelined for all of the preseason with a hamstring injury.

This would mark Perriman’s first full training camp of his four-year NFL career.

“When Breshad is healthy, he’s got a really, really uncommon skill and ability,” Ravens offensive coordinator Marty Mornhinweg said. “When he’s healthy, the man can help a team win — period, done, complete.”

‘A scary topic’

The Ravens picked up Perriman’s $649,485 roster bonus on Saturday, which gives him one last shot to live up to expectations. The odds may be stacked against him to make the 53-man roster, though.

Baltimore added three new wide receivers in free agency (Michael Crabtree, John Brown and Willie Snead) and drafted two more (New Mexico State’s Jaleel Scott and UCLA’s Jordan Lasley). Chris Moore looks like a another sure bet to stay with the Ravens, and a returner could take a wide receiver spot.

Perriman has yet to flash in training camp. He still doesn’t aggressively attack the ball when it’s in the air, which is critical for deep threats in the NFL.

How does Perriman see his future in Baltimore?

“It’s a scary topic,” Perriman said. “You know what’s on the line, you know that everything is on the line. It’s kind of like a make-or-break year, but at the same time, you can’t put that extra pressure on yourself. So I just really want to go out there and get better every day and control what you can control. Go out there and get better every day and go hard and everything will play out.”

No one understands Perriman’s situation more than cornerback Jimmy Smith. Drafted in the first round of 2011, Smith didn’t start his first two years, causing some to call him a bust.
Smith, who is now the team’s top cornerback, talked to Perriman about his experience. He believes players respond to criticism in two ways: You get bogged down by it or you use it as motivation.

“I feel like Breshad is taking it as motivation,” Smith said. “Everybody knows he has talent. Everybody knows he’s the fastest guy out here and he can make these plays. He knows his game. He knows what he has to do. He has to go out there and prove it.”

Perriman has six weeks to show he can impact Baltimore’s future and put his past behind him. He called last year the worst football he’s ever played, and he acknowledged he wavered a bit privately.

But he insists that’s no longer the case despite the doubts others might have.

“I know I have a lot of confidence in myself. It’s still going higher and higher,” Perriman said. “I want to have that swag back again.”

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Just before 5:30 a.m., Tampa Bay Buccaneers defensive back Joshua Robinson is readying himself for duty. He pushes in the hard, pullout hospital sofa that has become his makeshift bed and wipes the sleep from his eyes. With a bottle in his hand and a warm blanket, he reaches for the oldest of two tiny babies, gently cradling him in his arms.

He takes off his shirt because the skin-to-skin contact helps them bond. After 30 minutes, he’ll do the same with the baby’s twin brother, Joshua’s other son (the boys’ names and location are being withheld to protect their privacy).

The twins are 4 weeks old.

“[We're] in milliliters right now,” Joshua said. “The oldest [who weighs 5 pounds, 12 ounces] is getting about 30 milliliters and the youngest [who weighs 4 pounds, 10 ounces] is getting about 24. We’re slowly trying to get the food intake up at each feeding so that they can eventually be discharged.”

They have to be fed every three hours. Though a nurse takes over at times, Joshua is up throughout the night holding them and rewrapping them in blankets.

“I’m spending the rest of my offseason here,” said Joshua, overjoyed and undaunted despite having to juggle NFL training sessions between sleepless nights and being separated from the rest of his family by more than 1,000 miles. “I’ve been telling people lately that I’ve been living a dream.”

Back home in Tampa, his wife, Julianna, is getting the kids’ nursery ready. She is with their two biological children, who anxiously await the day they can meet their baby brothers. Jesse, 4, and Judah, 2, have been carrying around baby dolls for practice for two weeks. Jesse also has a working theory, according to Julianna. “Babies come from airports,” she said.

‘Do you have room for one more?’
This all started in December 2017 at the NFL’s My Cause, My Cleats game in Week 13, when players can showcase a charity of their choosing on their cleats. A little boy from Joshua and Julianna’s church was adopted with the help of Sacred Selections, a nonprofit organization that was started in 2006 to provide Christian couples the financial resources to adopt.

“Sacred Selections families, especially, are open to adopting children that are typically unwanted — when you start getting into a disability that people are uncomfortable with, a low birth weight, a preemie — some people when they adopt, they want their picture-perfect family,” Julianna said. “The families [they] are working with are typically focused on a Godly mission of loving the unloved.”

The cleats Joshua wore on Dec. 3, designed by Tampa artist Jason Hulfish, had the names of the first 200 children who had been adopted through the program. Joshua set up a You Caring page and pledged $2 for every $1 donated, up to $10,000. He raised $27,500, which immediately went to two families.

Throughout the fundraiser, the Robinsons got to know several families who had adopted. That’s when a revelation came. They met a 17-year-old girl who had been adopted, and she was asked what she would say to families who were considering this decision. “Do you have room at your table for one more?” she asked.

“To me, it was so profound, to see a little heart thinking, ‘I don’t need much. If you have room,’” Joshua said.

“It can be that simple,” Julianna said. “It was touching to hear her speak on adoption in that way, in just such a simple way — ‘Do you have room at your table for one more?’ And a lot of people do. We live in a world of such excess, especially here in the United States.”

Joshua had just turned 27 and finished his sixth season in the NFL and second in Tampa Bay, where he’d become a captain on special teams and one of the Bucs’ most versatile defensive backs, playing cornerback, nickelback and safety. He and Julianna, 29, had been married since 2013. Their home was stable.

“We figured that better than sharing an opinion [about adoption] would be just to show the right thing to do, for there to be action and not just words,” Julianna said.

When it came time to present the organization with a check at an event in Tampa in February of this year, the couple announced their intention to adopt.

“That was the first time we shared it with anyone,” Julianna said. “I think we said it publicly so we couldn’t back out.”

‘You’ve just kinda gotta jump sometimes’
This wasn’t an easy decision, and it was something they’d been wrestling with for months.

“I had always wanted to adopt. I wasn’t sure about it until we got involved. But for Julianna, it was a whole different mission,” Joshua said.

“I didn’t want to,” Julianna admitted. “And since we decided, a lot of people have said, ‘You’re such great people. You’ve done such a good thing.’ And it’s a bit awkward for me, because I don’t feel like I’m doing anything great or outstanding — and especially because I know my heart and I really fought this. I did not want to do this. I was so scared of the whole thing. I fought that a lot because I was so scared. Adoption is scary. There are a lot of question marks and variables. I had so many fears. … My big fear was, ‘How could I love this child the way I love my biological children?’”

Then the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School happened Feb. 14 in Parkland, Florida, about 25 miles from Joshua’s hometown in Fort Lauderdale.

“The shooter was adopted. The media focused on that part of his story so much,” Julianna said. “But I realized that most problems have solutions if you’re honest and not afraid of hard work, and getting children the support that they need. That’s something that, little by little, I was able to get over that hurdle. Because you know what? People who are not adopted also do awful things.”

Ultimately, it was the couple’s faith that won.

“Once you see the kids, you’re like, ‘Man, this is the right thing to do,’” Julianna said. “You’ve just kinda gotta jump sometimes.”

Most of Joshua’s teammates know about the adoption and have been supportive. Some have even expressed interest in doing it themselves, which is a demographic — young people — the Robinsons hope to reach.

“The focus should not be on what we’re getting, but on what we’re being able to give to a child or children,” Julianna said. “And it shouldn’t be like a last-ditch effort — ‘We can’t have kids so we might as well look at adoption.’ We’re trying to show that adoption should be considered because there is a need out there. And people are caring. I think people do want to make a difference and help.”
The Bucs’ special-teams captain will play on Sundays this season and then go home to his four children, thanks in part to the nonprofit Sacred Selections. Cliff Welch/Icon Sportswire
‘A roller-coaster ride’
Adopting can be a long and difficult process, and it was challenging for the Robinsons. It can also be expensive. The cost of private agency adoptions ranges from $20,000 to $45,000, according to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

“Honestly, it was a roller-coaster ride, and there was no other way to describe it. A roller coaster,” Joshua said.

The Robinsons started off by getting approved through a home study — when a social worker visits to determine if the home is suitable for children. The couple then went through Sacred Selections and a private agency to increase their chances of finding a match.

There were multiple instances when they thought they’d be getting a child, only to have things fall through.

“You instantly get attached to these little kids, whether they’re inside their moms still, or are newborn,” Joshua said.

When a birth mother has been matched with a family but ultimately decides not to place her child up for adoption, it is referred to as a “false start.” According to a survey from the website Adoptive Families, 38 percent of all U.S. newborn respondents experienced one or more false starts.

Also complicating the process are the adoption laws that vary by state, including revocation of consent, in some cases even months after the fact. So even after Joshua and Julianna walked off a plane to meet the boys at the hospital after they were first born, Joshua said, “We weren’t sure if they were gonna be ours. It was kind of a ‘hold-your-breath’ type feeling.”

“I almost started crying,” said Julianna. “We were in the NICU as visitors, not as parents. … We had to kind of remind ourselves that we were looking at this mother’s babies, not ours.”

‘You have a dad’
After the Robinsons first saw the boys, they had to fly home to Tampa and wait for the birth mother to formally make her decision. She signed the adoption papers the next day, legally granting them adoption of the two children.

They flew back, and that plane ride was much different from the first. Their anxiety was replaced by joy. And they couldn’t stop smiling thinking of the little boys waiting on them, bundled up in blankets stamped with tiny pink and blue footprints. They were already leaving an indelible mark on their new family’s hearts.

“When we finally walked into that room to hold them for the first time, my first [words] were, ‘You have a dad,’” Joshua said. “I wanted them to know, ‘I’m gonna be your dad. I’m going to be there for you for the rest of your life. I’m going to love you for the rest of your life.’

“To hold those two boys, it was like a dream come true. I told Julianna, ‘I’ve probably cried more times with these boys than I have with my own.’”

Joshua has been affected greatly by his relationship with his own father, Johnny. Before just about every home game, Johnny can be found on the field, near the tunnel, wearing a “Robinson” Bucs jersey. He always makes sure to give Joshua a hug after pregame warm-ups. He and Joshua’s mother, Shirley, have seldom missed a high school, college or NFL game.

“He’s been so instrumental in my life,” Joshua said. “The more I’ve grown, the more I’ve appreciated him. I used to tell people, it’s crazy, because I’ve had grown men come up to me in the NFL, saying, ‘To see your dad at every one of your games — I wish my dad was around.’ I’ve had NFL players tell me that.”
“I’ve probably cried more times with these boys than I have with my own, my first two, because of the emotion and the love I have for them,” Joshua Robinson said. Courtesy of the Robinson family
‘They are worth it’
The terms of every adoption are different, but Joshua and Julianna want the boys to have a relationship with their biological mother.

“We want our boys to know that their mother loved them enough to one, have them, and two, to choose great parents to take care of them,” said Joshua.

In addition to the adoption agency’s thorough screening process, the boys’ biological mother wanted to Skype with the Robinsons and meet face-to-face prior to the babies’ birth.

“She still loves and cares about these boys,” Joshua said. “That’s something we want to instill in them.”

They’ve arranged it so she can see them at least once a year, something agreed on prior to the adoption.

“I feel like we owe it to these boys, we owe it to their birth mom, we owe it to our fellow Christians, to these Sacred Selections families who are looking at us and saying, ‘Great job,’” Julianna said. “We owe it to everyone, but to God most of all, to raise these children the right way, to love them with everything we have.”

The Robinsons still don’t know when they’ll be able to bring the boys home. The twins have to be discharged from the hospital first. Then they have to be formally approved to leave their birth state through the Interstate Compact on the Placement of Children (ICPC). The last step in the adoption process is a finalization hearing in court.
“It’s been really hard,” said Julianna, who visits Joshua and the babies when she can. “You want to bond with them, because you know how important it is to have them bonding with their parents at this early stage, and then at the same time, you have this huge hole in your heart because your two bigger boys, you know they miss you terribly, and you’re not there, so you’re being pulled in two different directions.”

Then there’s Bucs training camp, which kicks off July 25, then preseason and the start of the NFL regular season, which means Joshua won’t be around as much to help. Julianna’s mother, Frances, who works as a school principal, will be staying with them. They’ve also arranged to have a babysitter watch the kids on game days.

“The workload here is going to increase now … quite a bit,” Julianna said. “And I’m sure we’re gonna have moments where we feel stretched pretty thin, but it’s worth it. They are worth it. That’s kind of been a motto for me — they are worth it.”

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If Michael Thomas has flown under the radar in New Orleans, you can blame the team’s front office.

After all, it was general manager Mickey Loomis who went out and drafted Alvin Kamara and Marshon Lattimore, a pair of headline-stealing rookies who dominated Saints-based storylines in 2017.

All Thomas did was catch 104 balls after piling up 92 grabs as a second-round pick in 2016. That total — 196 receptions over his first two seasons — serves as an NFL record.

The numbers are there and his game tape is special, so when will Michael Thomas be seen as one of the league’s elite wideouts?

“I feel like that will come,” said Thomas, per ESPN’s Mike Triplett. “When you look at the guys that are the top receivers in the league, they’ve all played multiple years. So it’s about staying consistent. It’s only my second year, so everyone wants to see what I’m gonna do next.”

Triplett noted that Thomas “continued to be the most dominant player on the field” during the team’s organized team activities. The pass-catcher missed minicamp for unknown reasons, but he’s fully expected to be ready come training camp.

To be fair, Thomas is no secret to the fantasy community or to Saints fans, who fell in love with the guy two seasons ago.

Drew Brees loves to spread the ball around, but his connection with Thomas generated a catch-total topped by only Jarvis Landry and Larry Fitzgerald in 2017. Ultimately, that’s all that matters to Thomas.

“And then once the numbers line up at the end of the day, I feel like I’m gonna be right there with the best of them,” Thomas said. “And that’s the only thing I can control.”

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Close friends and former Atlanta Falcons teammates Julio Jones and Roddy White have spent plenty of time together this offseason, including a recent trek to Los Angeles and multiple visits to the Carribean.

During those trips, White insisted neither discussed Jones’ contract situation that is tied to his absence from the Falcons’ offseason workouts.

“Two rich people don’t talk about money,” White said with a laugh.

At the same time, White understands there is a reason for Jones to be a bit perplexed about his contract situation despite having three years and almost $35 million left on his deal.
Falcons receiver Julio Jones, who has averaged 103 catches and 1,579 yards over the past four seasons, is to make $10.5 million in 2018. AP Photo/David J. Phillip
A quick glance around the league shows seven receivers who average more than Jones’ $14.25 million per year, led by Pittsburgh’s Antonio Brown at $17 million per year. When Jones signed a five-year, $71.25 million contract extension in August 2015, he received $47 million guaranteed — the same amount of guaranteed money Jarvis Landry secured after being traded to Cleveland from Miami. Tampa Bay’s Mike Evans tops all receivers with $55 million guaranteed as part of a five-year, $82.5 million extension he signed in March. Jones is set to make $10.5 million in 2018, 12th most among all receivers.

Naturally, the market value increases as the salary cap increases. But on paper, White firmly believes Jones has a valid argument for a revised contract and raise.

“It’s a tough situation, especially for him because he just signed a deal three years ago,” White said, “but the numbers would tell you he’s way, way, way outplayed being paid the amount of money that they’ve given him.

“A lot of times, you don’t want to rub people the wrong way. On the other hand, when people look at the numbers and start stacking them up against people that are making more money than him, then it verifies that he should be paid a lot more money. Yes, he deserves to be the highest-paid [receiver]. I think he does, based on performance. For me, that’s a no-brainer.”

White, the Falcons’ all-time leading receiver who went through a contract saga with the team, has mentored Jones over the years and is willing to serve as an adviser now — if needed. Falcons coach Dan Quinn said he expected Jones to be present when the Falcons held their three-day mandatory minicamp Tuesday through Thursday. Players who skip mandatory minicamp are subject to maximum fines of $14,070 the first day, $28,140 the second day, and $42,215 the third day.
Jones, who has never had a reputation of being a malcontent, recently told TMZ there was no bad blood between himself and the team. The Falcons typically don’t address contract situations until a player is in the final year of the deal, but they seem willing to work with Jones if it becomes a bigger issue. No contract demands have been made public, but the team is well aware the five-time Pro Bowler has a raised eyebrow regarding other wide receiver contracts around the league.

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“For your best player, how far as you willing to go?” White said. “Do you want him to be happy or do you want him there looking around the league saying, ‘I can’t believe every week I have to go out and do this and this guy is over here making $17 million per year, and he ain’t do nothing I have to go out there and do.’”

The Falcons recently rewarded quarterback Matt Ryan with a five-year contract extension worth $30 million per year with $100 million guaranteed. General manager Thomas Dimitroff said left tackle Jake Matthews and nose tackle Grady Jarrett are next in line for extensions. The Falcons have $7,238,018 in cap space, according to the latest NFLPA numbers.

Former Indianapolis Colts president Bill Polian, now an analyst for ESPN, offered the view of Jones’ situation from a team perspective regarding revisiting a contract with multiple years left.

“It happens,” Polian said. “The first thing you do is you determine if you have an in-house policy that covers it. Sometimes, clubs do that: They say they’re willing to negotiate during ‘X’ window. That’s not something that would necessarily be public. I’m sure the owner would set that policy, so you’d be working within that framework to begin with.

“Beyond that, you go through all the considerations that are involved. The players and his people are looking out for his interest [and] you have to look out for the team’s interest: salary cap, cash concerns, longevity issues, injury issues, etc. … All that you factor in before you ever decide whether or not you’re going to go forward. What little I’ve seen from [Arthur] Blank, they’re doing exactly that.”

Blank told reporter Alex Glaze of 11Alive in Atlanta that he expected Jones to be a Falcon forever, without getting into the specifics of the contract situation.

If Jones turns to White on how to proceed with any contract concerns, White will relay his own experiences. He held out of training camp in 2009 and was fined $15,888 per day before signing a six-year, $50 million deal that included $18 million guaranteed. White was entering the final year of his rookie deal.

“You obviously know how I feel about getting paid and what I wanted to do to get my money,” White said. “I always tell people, ‘You have to have a plan.’ I wouldn’t just tell him something. It’s, ‘What’s the plan?’ When I sat down with my agents and everybody, we had to set up a plan and understand how ugly this thing could get. Nobody really knows until it’s really that time.

“Are you willing to miss games? Are you willing to miss the season? Are you willing to get fined all that money? All you willing to play for somebody else if it goes that way? It’s so many things that you have to put into perspective. Before you get that point, you’ve got to have a plan. If it goes there, then you have to be willing to accept everything that comes with it and be in the right state of mind.”
The Falcons have expressed little concern about Jones missing the voluntary part of the offseason program — including OTAs — despite the repeated emphasis on Jones being healthy enough this offseason to work on timing with Ryan. Jones is seeking his fifth consecutive season with 1,400-plus receiving yards and certainly would like to post more than the three touchdown receptions he had last season.

The team also had no issue with the absent Jones attending a recent charity kickball event hosted by Carolina quarterback Cam Newton in Charlotte, North Carolina.

“[OTAs] are all voluntary, so nothing really matters,” White said. “I missed so many OTAs when I was there. I don’t think that really matters when you’ve played eight years with a quarterback. You know what I’m saying? That chemistry is already where it needs to be.”

Missing mandatory minicamp would be a much different story.

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Former NFL offensive lineman Richie Incognito thought he was under surveillance by government officials when he was taken by police officers — who believed him to be in an “altered, paranoid state,” according to an incident report — for an involuntary psychiatric evaluation Wednesday in Boca Raton, Florida.

According to an incident report by the Boca Raton Police Department, obtained Thursday by ESPN, the 34-year-old Incognito “believed ordinary citizens were government officials that were tracking and recording him.” He was not arrested but was taken into custody under Florida’s Baker Act, which allows for involuntary psychiatric commitment for people seen as a danger to themselves or others.

The Baker Act requires that a person taken in for involuntary commitment remain under observation for a minimum of 72 hours after being deemed stable.

Police were called when an apparently agitated Incognito allegedly threw tennis balls and other items at a Lifetime Fitness Center patron and employees, “skimmed” the patron’s leg with a weighted sled and threw weights at the patron and into the swimming pool.

When officers approached him, Incognito told them he was “running NSA class level 3 documents through my phone” and didn’t have to explain himself to officers because they didn’t have enough clearance, according to the incident report. When later told by officers that his behavior might pose a danger to others, Incognito asked a woman in the swimming pool to call the FBI.

According to the officers, Incognito also said he had taken an over-the-counter supplement called “Shroom Tech” and that his hands were shaking heavily, he had erratic speech and he “would suddenly jump up and move locations without warning.”

According to the incident report, officers didn’t believe Incognito had any intent to harm anyone but that “without care or treatment, there was a substantial likelihood Incognito would cause serious bodily harm to himself or others as evidenced by recent behavior.”

Because of Incognito’s “muscular frame,” officers said they used two sets of handcuffs linked together and double locked them.

Incognito announced this year that he was retiring after 11 seasons in the NFL, the last three with the Buffalo Bills. The Bills released him from their reserved/retired list Monday, leaving open the possibility he could sign with another team.

The four-time Pro Bowl selection has had a series of troubles. Incognito was among the players identified for targeting teammate Jonathan Martin in the Miami Dolphins’ bullying scandal during the 2013 season. The NFL suspended Incognito for the final half of that season, and he was eventually released by Miami before being reinstated by the league the following offseason.
Incognito was out of football for 18 months before the Bills signed him to a one-year contract. Incognito told The Buffalo News that he made the decision to retire for health-related reasons, saying, “My liver and kidneys are shutting down. The stress is killing me.”

The retirement came after Incognito and the Bills agreed to a renegotiated contract in March that included a $1.7 million pay cut in 2018, which would have been the last year of his contract. Days before retiring in April, Incognito fired his agent, David Dunn, in a tweet.

At the time of his retirement, Incognito remained under investigation by the NFL for an allegation made by Jacksonville Jaguars defensive lineman Yannick Ngakoue that Incognito used racial slurs during the Bills’ AFC wild-card playoff loss to the Jaguars in January.

ESPN’s Mike Rodak and The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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New York Jets wide receiver Robby Anderson, facing a felony charge of resisting arrest with violence stemming from an incident last year, will have the case dismissed Thursday in a Miami-Dade County courtroom, his attorney told ESPN.

“This is the state, having reviewed it, doing what they’re supposed to do when you feel there’s not a likelihood of any conviction,” attorney Ed O’Donnell said Wednesday. “They dropped the case.”

Anderson was arrested last May 7 at a music festival in Miami Beach. He was accused of “fighting with security” and pushing a police officer.

Prosecutors determined there was insufficient evidence, according to O’Donnell. An Aug. 6 trial hearing had been scheduled.

Anderson, 25, was arrested twice in the past year, raising questions about his status with the team. Publicly, Jets officials have supported him, with CEO Christopher Johnson saying recently that he’d like Anderson to remain with the team.

“I honestly think he’s going to straighten out,” Johnson said at the March league meetings.

The two arrests produced a total of four felony charges, but they’ve all been dismissed. In April, three charges were dropped from a January arrest in Sunrise, Florida, where Anderson allegedly threatened to sexually assault a police officer’s wife after being stopped following a high-speed chase.

Anderson still faces a misdemeanor reckless driving charge from that arrest.

The recent turn of events means Anderson is less likely to face an NFL suspension, although the league — under its personal-conduct policy — still has the right to discipline a player even if there’s no conviction.

Anderson was a breakout player for the Jets in 2017. The former undrafted free agent posted career highs in catches (63), yards (941) and touchdowns (seven).

NFL Network first reported the dismissal of the resisting-arrest charge.

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The Los Angeles Chargers have exercised running back Melvin Gordon’s 2019 fifth-year option, a league source told ESPN’s Field Yates.

Gordon had his best season as a pro in 2017, topping the 1,000-yard mark for the first time in his three-year NFL career.

The Wisconsin product played a full, 16-game season for the first time as a pro, finishing with a career-high 1,105 yards and 12 total touchdowns.

Gordon’s 1,581 total yards from scrimmage last season ranked fifth in the NFL. Gordon finished with a career-low one fumble in 2017 after fumbling eight times during his first two years.

Information from ESPN’s Eric D. Williams was used in this report.

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After contentious public lobbying from both head coaches, the NHL suspended Winnipeg Jets defenseman Josh Morrissey for Game 5 of the series against the Minnesota Wild for his cross-check to the head of center Eric Staal.

The Jets lead the Wild 3-1, with Game 5 scheduled for Friday in Winnipeg.

In a scoreless Game 4 late in the first period Tuesday, and with the Wild on a power play, Morrissey attempted to defend Staal in the slot in front of the Jets’ goal. In doing so, his stick caught Staal on the neck with significant force. There was no penalty on the play, but the NHL decided that the play was worthy of a suspension after a hearing Tuesday afternoon, and it announced the decision that night.

The NHL noted in its ruling that the front of the net is a place of “constant battle,” and sticks are frequently used by defensive players to establish position. To that end, they agreed with Morrissey’s argument that the contact wasn’t intentional, with an intent to injure. However, they said the height of his stick made this a “reckless strike to an opponent’s neck, with sufficient force to merit supplemental discipline.”

This is the first time Morrissey has been suspended or fined in his NHL career.

The suspension comes after comments from Wild coach Bruce Boudreau following Game 4, in which he accused the on-ice officials of intentionally ignoring Morrissey’s cross-check. “My take is that the refs looked at it, and they decided not to call it because we were already on the power play. And that cost us the game,” he said.

Jets coach Paul Maurice shot back Wednesday, saying that the incident was a penalty and nothing more and accusing Boudreau of lobbying the NHL.

“There’s no intent on this. You’ve got a real smart coach on the other bench who has all the focus on that and not the game now. Why wouldn’t you? Morrissey is a great defenseman for us. If you had a chance to get him out, you’d play it as hard as you could,” he said.

Morrissey’s loss for Game 5 could be even more significant if defenseman Tyler Myers, who missed Game 4 due to injury, can’t go for the Jets.

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BALTIMORE — For six innings, Kyle Gibson was unhittable.

If it wasn’t so early in the season, and if Gibson hadn’t wasted so many pitches on walks, the Minnesota Twins right-hander might have been given the opportunity to finish what he started.

Gibson was forced to abandon his no-hit bid after the sixth, and the Baltimore Orioles didn’t get their first hit until the eighth inning in Minnesota’s 6-2 victory Saturday night.

The combined three-hitter enabled Minnesota to bounce back from an 11-inning, season-opening loss to Baltimore on Thursday.

Gibson (1-0) struck out six and walked five. Although the 30-year-old did not allow a runner past first base, manager Paul Molitor figured Gibson had labored enough after throwing 102 pitches just two games into the season on a cool night.

“We were trying to see how far we could take him,” Molitor said. “We didn’t want to go past 100 (pitches), 105 tops.”

The final batter Gibson faced was Trey Mancini, who hit a sinking liner to left field that a diving Eddie Rosario got his glove under. The ball popped into the air, and Rosario snagged it with his bare hand.

Ryan Pressly worked a perfect seventh and got two outs in the eighth before Jonathan Schoop grounded a single up the middle.

That ended Minnesota’s shot at the sixth no-hitter in franchise history, the first since Francisco Liriano beat the White Sox in 2011.

The way Gibson threw, he just might get another chance this season to go the distance in a no-hit bid.

“I saw all of his pitches and I think everybody else did too,” Mancini said. “He mixed them really well and kind of kept us off balance and he located, which is the most important thing a pitcher can do.”

Surprisingly, Gibson was disappointed with his performance.

“I don’t normally like walking five in a game,” he said. “It isn’t ideal, but I guess it was OK tonight. Not the kind of outing I’d like to have, but it worked out.”

Gabriel Moya gave up a double to Danny Valencia and a homer to Tim Beckham in the ninth.

Offensively, Minnesota hit three solo home runs off Andrew Cashner (0-1) in his Orioles debut.

Miguel Sano connected in the first inning, Jason Castro went deep leading off the third and Max Kepler made it 4-0 in the fourth with a drive to right field.

Signed as a free agent after spending the 2017 season with Texas, Cashner surrendered five runs, four earned, and six hits in five innings.

The right-hander allowed only 15 home runs in 166 2/3 innings last year and was second in the AL in fewest homers permitted over nine innings (0.89).

Pitching at Camden Yards, however, leaves little room for error.

“It’s frustrating,” Cashner said. “It’s a small park, but I feel those balls, if they go a couple inches in or a couple inches away, it’s an out.”


Gibson has won six straight decisions over nine starts since Aug. 17.

After starting the 2017 season 0-4, Gibson was sent to the minors. Since his recall on May 22, he has excelled.

“He made a change in his approach a little bit,” Orioles manager Buck Showalter said. “Some things that he did when he went down last year, and came back, it really helped him in the second half and carried over in the spring.”


Twins: RHP Phil Hughes (left oblique strain) pitched four innings Saturday in a Triple-A spring training game. If he responds well, Hughes will likely pitch for Class A Fort Myers on April 5, manager Paul Molitor said.
Orioles: LHP Zach Britton ran Friday for the first time since undergoing surgery on his right Achilles tendon in December. “I feel good, feel normal,” he said Saturday. … DH Mark Trumbo (quad strain) will take batting practice in Florida on Monday and could appear in a spring training game on April 6. … RHP Alex Cobb threw four innings Friday in extended spring training. His debut with the Orioles will be around mid-April.


Twins: Jose Berrios, who went 14-8 for Minnesota last year, starts in Sunday’s series finale.

Orioles: Notorious slow-starter Kevin Gausman starts for Baltimore. The right-hander is 2/3 with a 5.88 ERA in 15 career appearances before May.