August 18, 2009 in Sports

NFL notebook: Cable punched coach, report says

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Oakland Raiders head coach Tom Cable declined to comment Monday about reports he punched defensive assistant Randy Hanson in the jaw and caused injuries that required treatment at a hospital earlier this month.

According to AOL Fanhouse, Cable, a former University of Idaho coach, hit Hanson on Aug. 5 for unknown reasons. A report filed with the Napa (Calif.) Police Department describes an unnamed 41-year-old assistant coach being treated at the Queen of the Valley Hospital for a jaw injury, which the victim alleges was caused by an unidentified member of the Raiders coaching staff.

Cable repeatedly sidestepped questions Monday about the incident.

Many players said they were unaware of any altercation, but at the beginning of Monday’s practice when they were stretching, several broke out into a chant of “Cable, bumaye, Cable, bumaye” in reference to the crowd chants heard by former heavyweight boxing champion Muhammad Ali during his 1974 fight against George Foreman.

Jets’ Ellis suspended

New York Jets defensive end Shaun Ellis was suspended without pay for the team’s regular-season opener and fined $100,000 by the NFL for violating the league’s substance abuse policy.

Ellis, 31, was arrested in November and charged with possession of marijuana, speeding and driving without insurance after being pulled over by police in Hanover, N.J.

Around the league

Brady Quinn got the bulk of the work in the Browns’ first preseason game, but coach Eric Mangini isn’t declaring him the leader in Cleveland’s quarterback derby. Quinn started Saturday’s 17-0 loss to Green Bay and completed 7 of 11 passes for 68 yards. Derek Anderson attempted just two passes and was hit on both throws. Each quarterback threw an interception. … Rams quarterback Marc Bulger has fractured the pinkie finger of his throwing hand and could be out for at least two weeks. … The Broncos acquired versatile defensive end Le Kevin Smith from the Patriots for a draft pick.

Union prepares players for lockout

NFLPA executive director DeMaurice Smith told reporters at the Colts’ training camp Monday morning that he expects owners to impose a lockout in two years and has begun advising players on how to prepare for it.

“They want to lock us out in 2011, so our drop dead date is when our players say. ‘What do I do when my family needs health care?’ ” Smith said.

Tennessee center Kevin Mawae, NFLPA president, has joined the chorus.

“In the event that there is a lockout, it makes sense. It’s the smartest thing to do,” he said last week.

“Obviously, we don’t want it to get to that point but we want our players to be prepared.”

Preseason games

Giants 24, Panthers 17: Tommie Hill scored on a bizarre 18-yard fumble return as time ran out and New York scored a victory over Carolina in East Rutherford, N.J.

Fourth-string quarterback Hunter Cantwell had tied the game with 57 seconds to play, taking Carolina on an 88-yard drive that ended with a 31-yard scoring pass to Jason Chery and a 2-point conversion pass to Andrew Davie. The Giants had a three-and-out series and Jeff Feagles punted 56 yards to the Carolina 18 with 10 seconds to play.

Cantwell went back to pass on the next play and his arm was hit by Leger Douzable. The ball went in the air and Hill grabbed it and scurried into the end zone.

Dolphins 12, Jaguars 9: Ernst Wilford caught a 33-yard touchdown pass for the game’s lone touchdown, and Miami beat Jacksonville in Miami.

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