An attorney for the 17-year-old accused gunman in the killing of Redskins star Sean Taylor last week wants to work with prosecutors to resolve the case.
Sawyer Smith, who along with his father Wilbur is representing Eric Rivera, said yesterday his client was admitting no wrongdoing yet.
"Plea negotiations are typical in criminal cases. However, we don't know when or if that will occur," Smith said.
Circuit Judge John Thornton Jr. denied Rivera bail in his brief appearance via videoconference in a Miami-Dade County courtroom. His three co-defendants were denied bail a day earlier.
Taylor leads the Pro Bowl voting at his position, according to tallies released by the NFL. Taylor had 187,064 votes from fans as of Nov. 13, tops among free safeties in the NFC.
Minnesota Vikings defensive end Ray Edwards
has been suspended four games for violating the NFL's policy on steroid use.
Edwards has been a starter for most of the season, but was replaced by Erasmus James for last Sunday's game against Detroit. Coach Brad Childress said that decision had nothing to do with Edwards's violation, which the coach learned of yesterday morning.
Childress said he was disappointed in Edwards and could not comment further because of the confidentiality surrounding the policy.
Meanwhile, defensive tackle Marcus Stroud practiced with the Jaguars for the first time in more than a month. The three-time Pro Bowl defender was suspended four games following a positive test for a banned supplement. Stroud said a doctor in Atlanta gave him the over-the-counter supplements as part of his rehabilitation from offseason ankle surgery.
Favre: Easy does itBrett Favre
was back at practice, but he wasn't quite ready to put his bruised elbow, tingling throwing hand, and tender shoulder to the test. Meanwhile, it was learned Green Bay Packers backup quarterback Aaron Rodgers
could be unavailable for Sunday's game with the Oakland Raiders and, perhaps, beyond. Coach Mike McCarthy
said Rodgers hurt his hamstring Tuesday and could be out a week or two. Favre mostly handed off and threw a few short passes during the portion of Packers practice that was open to the media. Apparently, he didn't do much more afterward. Favre bruised his right elbow and separated his non-throwing left shoulder in the second quarter of the Packers' loss at Dallas last Thursday and didn't return. He is expected to start zinging passes in practice starting today, allowing him to run his quarterback-record consecutive starts streak to 250 (270 including playoff games) at Lambeau Field Sunday. Meanwhile, Eagles quarterback Donovan McNabb
returned to practice for his first full workout since spraining his right ankle and jamming his thumb in a victory over Miami two weeks ago. McNabb has regained enough mobility to satisfy coach Andy Reid
. . . Marshawn Lynch
is scheduled to practice in pads today, the next step in determining when the Bills running back can return since spraining his left ankle more than three weeks ago . . . Texans coach Gary Kubiak
doubts quarterback Matt Schaub
will ready Sunday against Tampa Bay because of a dislocated left shoulder. Sage Rosenfels
is the likely starter . . . The Browns lost one of their top special teams players, placing linebacker Kris Griffin
(knee) on injured reserve.
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