Charlotte Hornets rookie P.J. Hairston says he and Cleveland Browns Pro Bowl receiver Josh Gordon decided to swap vehicles following a chance meeting at a grocery store. Gordon was arrested for driving while impaired in Hairston's 2015 Cadillac Escalade in Raleigh. Hairston said Thursday he was at a Chapel Hill hotel last week and went to the nearby store where he recognized Gordon and struck up a conversation. When they went outside, Hairston said, Gordon saw his SUV and asked to switch cars for a day.
NEW YORK (AP) -- None of the four eligible players were taken in the NFL's supplemental draft Thursday.
Former Minnesota Vikings and Baltimore Ravens center Matt Birk was hired Thursday by the NFL as director of football development. The six-time Pro Bowl player and 2011 Walter Payton Award winner as the league's man of the year spent the 2013 season as an NFL-NFLPA appeals officer. In his new role, Birk will be involved in administration of game-day operations, oversee the further development of the scouting combine and regional combines, as well as the Senior Bowl and East-West Shrine game for college players. ''It's a real honor for me to be entrusted with developing the game in so many different ways.'' Birk becomes the eighth former player to take a job at the NFL executive offices, joining Merton Hanks, Dwight Hollier, Patrick Kerney, James Thrash, David Tyree, Troy Vincent and Charles Way.
The Green Bay Packers had another year of record revenues, yet income fell after making some high-priced player moves. The NFL's only publicly owned team said Thursday that revenue rose 5 percent to $324 million. The Packers still drew a net income of $25 million, but that was down 41 percent from last year. At the end of their fiscal year, the Packers are required to release detailed financial data as a publicly owned team.
Washington Redskins safety Tanard Jackson has been suspended for a fourth time for violating the NFL's substance abuse policy. He was given what was expected to be his final chance to play again when the NFL reinstated him in May. The Redskins re-signed him, and he said during a spring practice that this time would be different in part because of the ''humbling experience'' of having to work in a warehouse during his suspension. He first signed with the Redskins in April 2012.