NFL: Trent Richardson’s ailing left knee may be more seriously injured than the Cleveland Browns thought
The team issued a one-sentence statement Wednesday saying that the running back, picked No. 3 overall in April’s draft, will see a specialist today. The statement said: “Trent Richardson is traveling to Pensacola, Fla., where he will have his left knee further evaluated by Dr. James Andrews tomorrow.”
Richardson, who played at Alabama, had an MRI exam in Cleveland on Tuesday. Results have not been revealed. He is going to see Andrews for a second opinion.
• Peterson progresses: The Minnesota Vikings are aiming to put running back Adrian Peterson in for some exhibition game carries before they clear him for the regular-season opener.
Coach Leslie Frazier said Peterson’s pushing to join the team for practice has been “never ending,” but Peterson said he’s let up on his lobbying.
• Reid returns to Eagles after son’s funeral: Andy Reid has returned to the Philadelphia Eagles a day after his 29-year-old son’s funeral.
Garrett Reid was found dead Sunday morning in his dorm room at Lehigh University, where he was assisting the team’s strength and conditioning coach during training camp.
Andy Reid said that coming back is “the right thing to do.”
“I’m a football coach,” he said. “That’s what I do. My son wouldn’t want it any other way. He loved the Philadelphia Eagles.”
• Cuomo, Schumer move to keep Bills in town: New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced the appointment of a sports expert to advise the state in its efforts to secure the Buffalo Bills’ future in western New York.
Sen. Charles Schumer, meantime, said he has asked the NFL for changes in a stadium renovation loan program that he said would advance the same goal.
• Saints wiretapping probe ongoing: Louisiana State Police Col. Mike Edmonson said he still has an investigator working with the FBI on wiretapping allegations involving the New Orleans Saints, but added that no evidence has been turned over to federal prosecutors at this time.
• Thomas says knee rehab might take weeks: New York Giants cornerback Terrell Thomas, speaking to the media for the first time since “aggravating” his surgically repaired right anterior cruciate ligament, said he might need anywhere from three to eight weeks before he is ready to get back on the field.
• Brown will retire as Bear: Former defensive end Alex Brown is officially retiring as a member of the Chicago Bears.
The team said Brown has signed a one-day contract and will be recognized in a ceremony on the field before today’s preseason opener.
Vande Velde in lead at Tour of Utah
Cycling: Garmin-Sharp- Barracuda won the Tour of Utah team time trial to give Christian Vande Velde the individual lead, finishing the three-lap, 13.5-mile stage at Miller Motorsports Park in 22 minutes, 35 seconds in Tooele, Utah.
• USADA uses UCI chief’s words in Armstrong fight: Court documents filed by U.S. anti-doping officials in their case against Lance Armstrong include a recent interview given by the head of the International Cycling Union saying his agency is not involved in the dispute and will wait for the outcome.
The filing is the latest twist in a fight pitting the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency against Armstrong and UCI officials over who has jurisdiction to pursue a drug case against the seven-time Tour de France winner.
Wade’s rehab going well after surgery
Miscellany: Dwyane Wade’s recovery from knee surgery is right on schedule, and the All-Star guard expects to be ready to go when the Miami Heat open the defense of their NBA championship.
Wade started rehabbing almost immediately after surgery, first trying to build strength in his hip and knee.
• Court nixes award against UM, Smith: The Minnesota Supreme Court overturned a $1 million award against the University of Minnesota and men’s basketball coach Tubby Smith, ruling that although they treated a prospective assistant coach unfairly, they couldn’t be held financially responsible for backing out of a job offer that Smith had no authority to make.
• Kim advances in U.S. Women’s Amateur: Qualifying medalist Hyo-Joo Kim advanced to the second round of match play in the U.S. Women’s Amateur in Cleveland, routing 14-year-old Megan Khang of Rockland, Mass., 7 and 6.