Matt Elam was arrested in Miami for marijuana, oxycodone holdings

Baltimore Ravens safety Matt Elam was arrested on drug charges Saturday night in Miami, according to Miami-Dade police.

Elam, a 2013 first-round pick, was charged with one count of cannabis possession, one count of possession of cannabis with intent to sell or deliver, one count of possession of a controlled substance and one count of reckless driving, police said. He is currently being held on a $15,500 bond.

Elam was arrested at 7:16 p.m. Saturday after his dark blue Range Rover passed an unmarked police car “at a high rate of speed” and swerved into the lane in front of the police car, causing its driver to pump the brakes in order to avoid a collision, according to charging documents. He then almost struck vehicles in front of him by following too closely, according to police.

After police attempted to conduct a traffic stop, Elam continued to accelerate and failed to yield immediately “in attempt to evade detectives,” police said. Once Elam pulled over, police detected a strong odor of freshly burning marijuana and a big cloud of smoke emitting from inside the vehicle.

A search revealed a Gucci book bag on the floor of the driver’s side that included 126.2 grams of marijuana, six oxycodone pills weighing 3.1 grams, $947, a Rolex, a men’s necklace with white stones and a men’s bracelet with white stones.

One of Elam’s passengers, Calvin Stewart, possessed a loaded semi-automatic pistol in his waistband area. Stewart told police he didn’t have a permit to carry a concealed weapon.

Police said they were patrolling that area because of recent robberies and burglaries in the area.

The 32nd overall pick in the draft four years ago, Elam is scheduled to become a free agent next month. The Ravens declined to pick up his fifth-year option a year ago.

“We are aware of the arrest of Matt Elam,” the Ravens said in a statement. “Matt is not in our plans for the 2017 Ravens.”

NFL spokesman Brian McCarthy said the league was looking into the incident.

This isn’t the first substance-related incident for Elam. In October 2015, he was suspended for one game for violating the NFL’s substance abuse policy. He had self-reported the violation, team officials said at the time.

Elam has been one of the most disappointing first-round picks in franchise history. He was benched from the starting lineup in the middle of the 2014 season after struggling to cover receivers deep and missing tackles. Elam played on special teams last season after being designated to return off injured reserve.

Bill Belichick as a witness to add, can be called in Aaron Hernandez double murder trial testify

BOSTON — New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick has been added to a list of people who could be called to testify at the double murder trial of former player Aaron Hernandez.

Belichick’s name appeared on a list of possible witnesses filed Tuesday by Hernandez’s defense.

Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels had also been named as a possible witness.

Hernandez is charged with the drive-by slayings of Daniel de Abreu and Safiro Furtado in Boston in 2012. Prosecutors say Hernandez shot them after one spilled a drink on him at a club. Hernandez has pleaded not guilty.

Jury selection is underway. Opening statements are scheduled for March 1.

Hernandez grew up in Connecticut. He’s serving a life sentence in the 2013 killing of a man who was dating the sister of Hernandez’s fiancée.

Darrelle Revis, equipped in Pittsburgh, will return to court on Thursday

New York jet horns Darrelle Revis was charged with four felonies on Friday night and was charged with a rebellion in Pittsburgh last weekend. He began issuing non-monetary bonds to police on Friday night.

Revis’s next court date will be Thursday.

As part of Friday’s nomination, All-Pro was ordered to appear at all hearings and instructed them not to have any contact with the alleged victim and witness – not even on social media. He has 72 hours to submit his passport.

Revis did not answer questions from the media, he entered the Pittsburgh City Courthouse on Friday at 7:20 pm. He was accompanied by lawyer Blaine Jones and his family.

Jones told ESPN before the referee, and he thought Revis had a “very good situation”. He describes his clients as serious, melancholy and “ready to answer allegations.”

Lawyers also said that Revis only retained Jones’s pre-trial service and that he left the case after Friday night. Bobby Del Greco will be Revis’s lawyer. Draegerko on behalf of Pittsburgh Steelers assistant coach Joey Potter last month, Potter allegedly participated in the riots outside the Pittsburgh Bar. In addition to the two least serious allegations, all allegations were eventually abandoned.

Police on Thursday received Revis’s two counts of aggravated attacks, a felony of each robbery and conspiracy, and a number of misdemeanor terrorist threats.

The incident took place at 2:43 am Eastern time in Pittsburgh’s popular south. Two 21-year-old and 22-year-old men told the police that Revis played them in the oral debate. According to the police, eyewitnesses said the two men were unconscious for 10 minutes.

The 22-year-old Dallas Cousins ​​from Kittainen, Pennsylvania, walked in a street when he found a man like Reeves. Cousins ​​face Revis, who recognizes his identity. At that moment, Cousins ​​began recording video on his cell phone and continued to follow the NFL star.

“At some point, Revis snatched the phone and tried to remove the video,” the police said.

Zacheriah Jarvis, 21, from Ross Township, Pennsylvania, is a cousin roommate to help retrieve the phone, police said. Then there was a controversy. An unidentified person to help Revis. The other two told the police that they were “hit, and then remembered to wake up with the police.”

A witness, Nathan Watt, told the police that Revis was close to Watt after Cousins ​​and Jarvis were knocked down. Watt quoted Revis said, “I have more people coming. The complaint added that Revis” step by step on his face, had an aggressive attitude on his face, fist clenched and said, “You want next?

Watt said he did not know Levis or helped him down the cousins ​​and Jarvis’s people, telling the police, “I do not know that happened very quickly.

Officials watch the mobile video at the scene and confirm that the person is Revis. The police said the video “shows Revis leaving the group and Cousins ​​follow him, describing what Revis is wearing.” The video shows Revis standing in front of the White Eagle Bar and saying, “Why are you following me?” Before the video stops several times.

These men said they later took them to the hospital where the cousin was diagnosed with orbital fractures.

Revis and the unidentified person left the area on a truck, Watt told the police.

911 issued three calls, one of which came from cousin. A taxi driver and a resident also called 911, said they saw two people in the street coma.

Jones, Revis’s chief attorney said on Thursday that cornerback was “at least five people in a team’s personal attack at the site” and was “all the victims of all this.”

As one of the most successful players of the NFL, Revis faces an uncertain future for the jet. After a disappointing season – he called it the worst career – 31 years old could be a salary cap casualties in the next few weeks. He will receive a $ 2 million bonus on March 11 plus a base salary of $ 13 million (including a security deposit of $ 6 million).

Texas governor Greg Abbott: NFL ‘walk in thin ice’ by participating in politics

Texas governor Greg Abbott criticized the NFL last week that if a cross-sex bathroom bill passed, the country could miss hosting another super bowl.

Abbott, a Republican, told the conservative radio station moderator Grenbeck Tuesday that the NFL “walked on thin ice” with its veil threat.

In criticizing the NFL to allow players to kneel during the national anthem, Abbott said: “NFL needs to focus on playing football and getting rid of politics.

On Friday, federal spokeswoman Brian McCarthy said in response to an e-mail issue about Texas bills filed last month: “If a proposal that is discriminatory or inconsistent with our values ​​is where it becomes law , It is certainly a factor to consider when considering future events.

Abbott said Tuesday: “For some low-level NFL consultants come out and say they will micro-manage and try to control what type of policy in Texas, we will pass in our state, which is unacceptable.

“We do not care what the NFL thinks, sure what their political policy is because they are not political weapons of Texas or the United States, they need to learn their status in the United States, which is governing football, not politics.

Abbott responded to McCarthy’s statement on Saturday, indicating that he was not threatened and pointed to the Deflategate case as an example of the NFL hypocrisy.

NFL chose the future of the Super Bowl site, by 2021, no one in Texas. Dallas hosted the game in 2011, since 2004, held three Super Bowl in Texas, which is second only to Florida.

According to the Texas Act, people will be asked to use a gender-proof bathroom in their birth certificate. It is similar to the North Carolina law, prompting the NBA to move the All-Star Game from Charlotte to New Orleans and NCAA from last year’s seven championship events.
The bathroom bill by the Republican Central Government Dan Patrick, a powerful figure in Texas, who cited the Houston Super Bowl, proved that the big event would stick. According to the NFL statement, Patrick’s office said on Friday that it remained firm and committed to “ensuring every Texas welcome” sporting event.

Unlike the laws of North Carolina, the Texas proposal did not meet some of the regulations that NCAA had proposed during the fall of this year. This includes language that invalidates local equal rights laws, although there are separate legislation in Texas that could produce similar effects.

The National Football League issued a similar warning before national legislation, which critics thought would cause discrimination. In 2016, the Government of the Republic of Georgia Nathan deal rejected a “religious freedom” bill, the NFL proposal could lead Atlanta to be surpassed by the Super Bowl.

The Vikings freed the offensive lineman Brandon Fusco, Mike Harris

MINNEAPOLIS — The Vikings started the widely expected makeover of their offensive line Friday, releasing guards Brandon Fusco and Mike Harris.

Fusco, who signed a five-year contract extension with the team the day before the 2014 season, tore a pectoral muscle during the Vikings’ third game that year and never seemed to be the same in his two years with the team after the injury. He struggled during an ill-fated move to left guard in 2015, and continued to have issues on the right side in 2016, when he also missed two games because of concussions.

Releasing Fusco will allow the Vikings to free up $3.2 million in cap space, though they will have to count the remaining $1.6 million in prorated signing bonuses from Fusco’s extension against the cap.

“I received word today that I am going to be released. This was very upsetting because this game means so much to me,” Fusco said in a statement released on Twitter. “I’ve had up and downs throughout my life and this is a small hurdle I will have to get over.

“… It’s been a fun ride. I got to play and meet some great people in Minnesota. I will forever be grateful for the opportunity and hope to continue my career in another great organization. Thank you everyone! #skol”

Harris, who started at right guard for the Vikings in 2015, did not play at all in 2016 because of an illness that neither the team nor the player would reveal. He was placed on the non-football illness list in training camp, and the team decided to pay $400,000 of Harris’ scheduled $1.9 million base salary with him on the NFI list, freeing up cap space to sign Jake Long in October.

The guard said after the season he hoped to resume his career in 2017 but said he had not yet been cleared by trainers to do so.

When asked about Harris’ future on Jan. 3, coach Mike Zimmer said, “I honestly don’t think I should divulge this. I mean, it’s kind of a freak thing that’s happened, and so we’re trying to get it taken care of. That’s all. It’s the best thing for Mike right now.”

Browns releases Josh McCown, Tramon Williams

The Cleveland Browns announced Tuesday they have terminated the contracts of quarterback Josh McCown and defensive back Tramon Williams.

The moves leave the Browns with about $105 million in salary-cap room for the 2017 roster. The team carried over $50 million in cap room from 2016 to ’17.

That amount of space raises the possibility of adding a quarterback via free agency (Tyrod Taylor, Colin Kaepernick) or trade (Jimmy Garoppolo). It also would make it easier for the team to use the franchise tag on receiver Terrelle Pryor, if it chooses. That cost is expected to be in the $15 million range.

The Browns also have to make a decision on whether they will keep Robert Griffin III, who spent the past season in Cleveland but missed 10 games due to a broken coracoid process in his left collarbone.

McCown, 37, signed a three-year contract to join the Browns in 2015 and was due to be paid $3.625 million with a $750,000 roster bonus in 2017.

The veteran quarterback struggled last season, completing 54.5 percent of his passes and throwing six interceptions to go with six touchdowns in five games (three starts). McCown fractured his collarbone in September but returned later in the season.

In two seasons with the Browns, he threw for 3,209 yards with 18 touchdowns and 10 interceptions in 13 games (11 starts). Toward the end of the 2016 season, he said he intends to play in 2017.

McCown’s main issue was staying healthy. Coach Hue Jackson had said often that he liked and respected McCown, but in two seasons he had a concussion, broken ribs and two broken collarbones. He started 11 games in two seasons, winning one.

Williams, 33, who signed with the Browns in 2015, started 22 of the 27 games he appeared in for Cleveland the past two seasons. In 2016 he started five games at cornerback and two at safety. He was due to make $5.7 million with a $1.3 million roster bonus in 2017.

Overall, he made 105 tackles and had two interceptions with the Browns. He spent the first eight seasons of his career with the Green Bay Packers.

The Browns lose two respected veterans with the moves. Both players were liked in the locker room. But at their ages with the Browns coming off a one-win season, the team felt it made sense to move to younger players.

Dan Quinn: ‘Felt good’ after seeing Alex Mack go through practice

HOUSTON — Atlanta Falcons coach Dan Quinn said he feels better about center Alex Mack’s status for Sunday’s Super Bowl LI matchup against New England, despite Mack being limited in practice this week as a result of a left fibula injury.

“I felt good after watching Alex last night, because I felt good about what he was able to do on the things we’re going to ask him to do in the game,” Quinn told Super Bowl pool reporter Peter King on Friday.

“It’s going to hurt, but a lot of guys are playing through stuff. The important thing is Alex’s mind is clear. He needed to test [his leg] and have guys go on him full speed, and he was able to do that Wednesday and Thursday.”

Mack was not given a “questionable” designation on the team’s final injury report, meaning he is cleared to play. Wide receiver Julio Jones (toe) and defensive end Dwight Freeney (calf) also are good to go despite being either held out or limited in practice this week.

If Mack suffers any type of setback, the Falcons have Ben Garland prepared to step in at center.

Mack suffered the injury in the NFC Championship Game against Green Bay. He missed one play immediately, then sat out the entire last series. A four-time Pro Bowler, he did not miss a game during the regular season.

According to the pool report, the Falcons will drive to NRG Stadium to walk around the field and the locker room Saturday, then return to Rice University for a final walk-through practice.