Steelers place OL Hawkins, TE McGee on IR
PITTSBURGH — The Pittsburgh Steelers have placed offensive lineman Jerald Hawkins and tight end Jake McGee on injured reserve after they were hurt during organized team activities last week. Both players are out for the 2018 season.
The Steelers announced the moves on Tuesday. The team said Hawkins and McGee were injured on May 30.
This is the second time in three years that Hawkins will not play a snap during the regular season due to injury. A fourth-round pick by the Steelers in 2016, Hawkins missed his rookie season due to a shoulder issue suffered during training camp. He appeared in five games in 2017 for the AFC North champions.
McGee spent 2017 on Pittsburgh’s practice squad.
The Steelers filled the roster spots vacated by Hawkins and McGee by signing offensive tackle Bryce Harris and tight end Ryan Malleck to one-year contracts.
Miller on PUP
LAKE FOREST, Ill. — The Chicago Bears have placed veteran tight end Zach Miller on the physically unable to perform list one day after he signed a one-year contract.
The team announced the move Tuesday. Miller is attempting to return from a gruesome injury last October that nearly cost him his left leg.
Miller tore an artery while dislocating his knee trying to make a touchdown catch during the Week 8 game at New Orleans. He has undergone at least eight surgeries since then, but was walking on his own by late December.
Miller spent the past three seasons with the Bears, starting 28 of 33 games while making 101 receptions for 1,161 yards and 11 touchdowns. He also spent three seasons with Jacksonville.
n New York Giants general manager Dave Gettleman has lymphoma, and he says the prognosis for his recovery is “positive.”
Gettleman, hired in the offseason to replace Jerry Reese, released a statement Tuesday about his health. He says he recently “underwent an annual physical, during which it was discovered I have lymphoma. Over the past week, I have undergone more testing to determine the course of treatment, which is scheduled to start in the very near future.
“The doctor’s outlook for the treatment and the prognosis is positive, and so am I.”
Gettleman says he plans to continue working “as much as the treatment process will allow.”
The 67-year-old Gettleman formerly was GM with the Carolina Panthers.
n New York Jets rookie tight end Chris Herndon says his arrest last weekend for driving while intoxicated does not reflect the person he is.
The fourth-round draft pick from Miami declined comment after practice Tuesday on details of the incident in which New Jersey State Police say Herndon crashed into another car on a New Jersey highway early last Saturday morning. He adds that the arrest is “not who I am.”
The 22-year-old Herndon was arrested on suspicion of DWI and took a breathalyzer test at a nearby state police barracks. His blood-alcohol level was over New Jersey’s limit of .08, according to State Police Sgt. Lawrence Peele, though he didn’t say what the level was.
Herndon was then charged with DWI and released, pending a court date in Rockaway Township. He also was given a summons for careless driving.
n The Washington Redskins will honor their 1987 replacement team that won all three games by giving them Super Bowl rings next week.
The team will hold a ceremony Tuesday at its practice facility with replacement players and the general manager of the ’87 NFL champions, Charley Casserly.
n Rob Gronkowski and Tom Brady skipped voluntary workouts last month. But both were on the field with the team Tuesday as New England opened its three-day, mandatory minicamp. Gronkowski said after some “long-hauling seasons” and back-to-back Super Bowl runs, retirement “definitely was in the mind.”