Monday, June 18, 2018
Sports

Report: Goodell's HGH role at issue

Despite agreements on most issues related to human growth hormone testing, the league and players union remain split on the role of commissioner Roger Goodell, the Associated Press and espn.com reported Thursday.

Goodell currently hears appeals for the performance-enhancing drug program that involve violations of law or their demonstrated use without a positive test. An example of the latter is the four-game ban in 2007 of then-Patriots safety Rodney Harrison. He admitted he obtained HGH but denied using it and did not test positive. Appeals involving positive tests are heard by a third-party arbitrator.

Both media outlets reported the union wants all appeals to be heard by a third-party arbitrator while the league wants to maintain the status quo.

The sides previously agreed to test about 100 ex-players and all current ones to determine the highest level a player can have without facing discipline.

Appeal postponed: Denver linebacker Von Miller's appeal of a four-game ban for violating the substance-abuse policy, scheduled for Thursday, was postponed. No reason was given, and a new date was not announced.

Browns: Linebacker Barkevious Mingo, the No. 6 overall pick in April, was hospitalized with a bruised lung sustained against the visiting Lions. The team didn't know how it happened. The Browns also lost backup running back Dion Lewis for the season with a broken leg. Earlier, backup running back Montario Hardesty had arthroscopic knee surgery. He likely will miss two regular-season games.

Colts: Tight end Coby Flee­ner, who sustained a concussion in the preseason opener, returned to practice.

Jaguars: Blaine Gabbert will start at quarterback Saturday against the Jets. But Chad Henne, also competing to start, will see time with the first-team offense.

Jets: Mark Sanchez will start at quarterback Saturday against the Jaguars. Rookie Geno Smith, the other candidate to start, was hobbled this week by a sprained right ankle. His status for Saturday hasn't been determined.

Patriots: Receiver Michael Jenkins, a graduate of Tampa's Leto High, was released. Jenkins, the 29th overall pick in 2004, signed March 28 after seven seasons with the Falcons then two with the Vikings.

Saints: Linebacker Jonathan Vilma will have arthroscopic surgery on his left knee. He missed five games in 2011 and 2012 because of the knee. Coach Sean Payton did not give a timetable for his return.

Texans: Running back Arian Foster, out all camp with calf and back injuries, hopes to practice Monday.

Thursday's games

Eagles 14, Panthers 9: Michael Vick and Nick Foles, competing to start at quarterback, each led touchdown drives for the host Eagles. The two have combined for 28 points on eight drives over two games.

Bears 33, Chargers 28: The host Bears' first-team defense sacked Philip Rivers three times and forced two turnovers despite missing end Julius Peppers (hamstring), tackle Henry Melton (concussion) and linebacker D.J. Williams (calf).

Ravens 27, Falcons 23: Matt Ryan led the visiting Falcons to 11 first downs in building a 20-7 halftime lead. Ryan went 8-for-15 for 97 yards and a touchdown. Baltimore had three first downs and 13 yards on 10 carries during the first half. Joe Flacco was 7-of-9 for 118 yards, but 77 came on a touchdown to Torrey Smith.

Browns 24, Lions 6: Brandon Weeden went 8-of-12 for 117 yards and two scores as the host Browns took a 17-0 halftime lead. Overall, he's 18-of-25 for 229 yards and three scores.

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