Eagles running back LeSean McCoy said Saturday that he was surprised by receiver DeSean Jackson's departure from the team.
Philadelphia released Jackson on March 28, less than an hour after an nj.com report of alleged gang connections. Jackson, now with the Redskins, denied the allegation. The Eagles have not said why Jackson was released.
"I think anybody that tells you that they're happy about it, I don't know how honest that would be," McCoy said. "It was a surprise. You heard so much. You didn't really know."
McCoy also denied multiple media reports of friction between Jackson and coach Chip Kelly.
"I've never seen them two really get into it," he said. "Coach Kelly, the good thing I will say about him is he's understanding. So if there's ever an issue or problem, he seems to always work it out."
Player shooting: Former NFL offensive tackle Brandon Winey was charged with attempted second-degree murder in the Friday shooting of ex-LSU linebacker Tahj Jones. Police said Winey, 36, who appeared in 24 games for the Redskins and Giants from 2003-04, got into a fight with Jones and pulled a gun, the New Orleans Times-Picayune reported. Jones, who was not expected to be drafted, was in serious condition.
Kaepernick case: Miami police said it's too soon to say what the evidence will show in the investigation of 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick, 49ers receiver Quinton Patton and Seahawks receiver Ricardo Lockette, and they gave no timetable for a resolution. According to the Miami Herald, a woman said she was drinking with the three at Lockette's apartment, went to bed after feeling light-headed and woke up in a hospital not knowing how she got there.
Patriots: Tight end Rob Gronkowski, who tore his right ACL on Dec. 8 against the Browns, is "right where he should be" in his recovery, nfl.com reported. Doctors told him he can begin jogging soon. The team has not said when he will be ready to play.
Ravens: Drug charges against receiver and former Florida Gator Deonte Thompson were dismissed, espn.com reported. Gainesville police arrested Thompson and two others Feb. 21 and said Thompson had a duffel bag with marijuana. Thompson, according to police, said the marijuana wasn't his.
Johnson to CFL? Former NFL receiver Chad Johnson said he will work out for Montreal of the Canadian Football League on Tuesday in Vero Beach. Alouettes general manager Jim Popp confirmed that talks with Johnson, out of the NFL since 2011, "have escalated." Johnson, 36, was released by the Dolphins in August 2012 after the six-time Pro Bowl pick was arrested for allegedly head-butting his then-wife.