Incognito released from jail

The Associated Press

Former NFL player Richie Incognito is out of jail after being arrested on charges he threatened to shoot employees of an Arizona funeral home.

The 35-year-old Incognito posted a $20,000 bond Tuesday afternoon. He has an Aug. 27 pretrial conference in Scottsdale Municipal Court.

Scottsdale police say Incognito was being held on misdemeanor charges of threats and disorderly conduct.

They say he was at the funeral home Monday to make arrangements for his father, who died last weekend.

Police say Incognito got upset at the mortuary’s staff and “threatened to retrieve guns from his vehicle and return to shoot employees.”

Incognito attended a Phoenix-area high school before an 11-year NFL career with St. Louis, Miami and Buffalo.

He was suspended by the Dolphins in 2013 for bullying a teammate and arrested last May in Florida for allegedly throwing a dumbbell and tennis ball at another gym patron.

Raven suspended

OWINGS MILLS, Md. — Baltimore Ravens cornerback Jimmy Smith was suspended for four games without pay for violating the NFL’s personal conduct policy.

The suspension, announced Tuesday, stems from Smith’s behavior toward his ex-girlfriend.

The suspension will take effect after the final mandated roster cuts on Sept. 1 and extend through Baltimore’s game at Pittsburgh on Sept. 30.

Smith, in a statement issued by the Ravens, said: “I promise that I have already learned much and will continue to learn more from this experience. … I take full responsibility for my past conduct.”

Make it official

NEW YORK – Former New York Giants receiver Victor Cruz has retired.

In making the announcement Tuesday, the 31-year-old Cruz says he plans to join ESPN as an NFL analyst. Cruz will contribute to variety of shows and make his ESPN debut Wednesday.

Cruz was a seven-year veteran and a 2012 Pro Bowl selection. He joined the Giants in 2010 as an undrafted free agent from Massachusetts. He had his first 1,000-yard season and caught a touchdown pass in the Super Bowl victory over the Patriots in February 2012.

Cruz had 303 catches for 4,549 yards and 25 touchdowns, including an NFL record-tying 99-yard reception in December 2011. He was signed by the Chicago Bears in 2017 but cut before the season.

Feeling good

FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. — Julio Jones and Devonta Freeman are healthy and practicing at full speed again this week but will be held out for the third straight preseason game when the Atlanta Falcons visit the Jacksonville Jaguars on Saturday.

Coach Dan Quinn said the team decided during the offseason not to play Jones, a two-time All-Pro receiver, and Freeman, a former Pro Bowl running back, in exhibitions, so it’s likely neither will suit up until Atlanta opens the regular season Sept. 6 at Philadelphia.

Quinn cited the injury history of Jones and Freeman as the reason to keep both players out of preseason games. He indicated that he likely won’t change his mind before the Falcons host Miami in the preseason finale Aug. 30.