MIAMI — The man accused of fatally shooting Redskins star Sean Taylor during a botched 2007 burglary testified Tuesday that he never went into the player's home that night and cast his confession as coming only under police pressure and amid purported threats to his family.
Testifying in his murder trial, Eric Rivera Jr., 23, blamed the shooting on another member of the group of five that drove from Fort Myers to Miami to break into Taylor's home. Rivera said he and a friend never even got out of the car.
"I just thought they was going to go in and get the money and come back out," Rivera testified. "I was just sitting in the passenger seat."
Rivera said associate Venjah Hunte had a gun and acknowledged firing the fatal shot. Hunte has pleaded guilty in the case but did not admit to shooting Taylor. Three others charged in the case face trial later. Closing arguments could come today.
Foles okay to play
PHILADELPHIA — Nick Foles practiced for the first time since sustaining a concussion Oct. 20 against Dallas. With Michael Vick out with a hamstring injury, Foles will likely start Sunday at Oakland. "I cleared everything and I feel good," said Foles, who had to pass the ImPACT concussion test and receive clearance from an independent neurologist before returning to the field. He was hurt in his second start filling in for Vick, who re-injured his left hamstring Sunday against the Giants.
Bucs pick up CB: Tampa Bay claimed cornerback Bobby Felder off waivers from the Vikings. Felder (5 feet 11, 200 pounds) spent 2012 on Minnesota's practice squad as a free agent from Nicholls State. This season he was on the Vikings' 53-man roster before being waived.
Alworth ring found: Hall of Famer Lance Alworth got his Super Bowl ring back 21 years after it was stolen. The former wide receiver for the Chargers and Cowboys contacted authorities after getting a call Sept. 7 from someone demanding $40,000 for the ring. The San Diego County Sheriff's Department discovered the ring was scheduled to be sold Nov. 20 at an auction house. The ring, from Dallas' Super Bowl VI victory over Miami in January 1972, was stolen in 1992 from a now-defunct San Diego restaurant, where it was displayed.
Mitchell sentenced: A federal judge in Orlando sentenced former receiver Freddie Mitchell to 37 months in prison for his involvement in a tax fraud scheme.
Snyder steadfast: Redskins owner Daniel Snyder met with commissioner Roger Goodell and reiterated that he isn't changing the team's name despite pressure to do so.
Trade: The Patriots got nose tackle Isaac Sopoaga from the Eagles, plus a sixth-round pick in 2014, for a fifth-rounder next year.
Injuries: Bengals cornerback Leon Hall (right Achilles tendon), Dolphins receiver Brandon Gibson (left knee) and Patriots tackle Sebastian Vollmer (broken right leg) all went on season-ending injured reserve. Seahawks receiver Sidney Rice tore an ACL in Monday's game against the Rams and is also out for the season.
Titans: Tommy Smith, the son-in-law of late owner Bud Adams, will take over as team president and CEO.