NFL notes: Giants’ Phillips, Bernard won’t make trip to Dallas
New York Giants safety Kenny Phillips and defensive tackle Rocky Bernard have been ruled out for today’s game in Dallas against the Cowboys.
The Giants announced the move Saturday and said the starters will not make the trip to Dallas.
Former WSU WR Hill cut
The New York Jets released former WSU wide receiver Jason Hill and signed tight end Hayden Smith, a former rugby player, from the practice squad.
Hill was signed three weeks ago to help make up for the loss of Santonio Holmes, out for the season with a foot injury. Hill had two catches for 15 yards and a touchdown in three games with the Jets.
A former NFL first-round draft pick has been sentenced to more than a year in prison for taking part in a fraud scheme.
Michael Bennett was sentenced to 15 months on Friday in federal court in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. He pleaded guilty to wire fraud three months ago.
The 34-year-old Bennett was drafted by the Minnesota Vikings in 2002 and played for six teams, last appearing for the Oakland Raiders in 2010.
Prosecutors say the FBI operated an undercover check-cashing store in North Miami used by Bennett, two other former football players and five others from February through April. The group allegedly cashed about $500,000 in fraudulent tax refund checks.
Bennett’s attorney says Bennett “had nothing to do with cashing fraudulent tax checks, nor was he charged with such.”
Carolina Panthers offensive lineman Lee Ziemba has been suspended for four games after testing positive for a banned stimulant, Ziemba said in a statement released by his agent.
Ziemba, who is on injured reserve following surgery in August, said he never knowingly ingested a performance-enhancing substance.
But Ziemba has decided not to appeal the suspension, and will begin serving it immediately.Ziemba will forfeit $116,250 – a fourth of his salary.
Jaguars promote Wilson
The Jacksonville Jaguars promoted quarterback John Parker Wilson from the practice squad and activated defensive end John Chick from the physically-unable-to-perform list.
Adding Wilson could mean the Jaguars are uncertain about the status of starter Blaine Gabbert for today’s game at Green Bay. Gabbert is probable with an injured non-throwing shoulder. Chad Henne had been the team’s only backup quarterback.