Steelers’ Golson injured again
LATROBE – Pittsburgh Steelers cornerback Senquez Golson suffered a Lisfranc injury and could need surgery.
Steelers coach Mike Tomlin confirmed Golson’s mid-foot injury following Wednesday’s training camp practice at St. Vincent College. He did not say how long Golson would be sidelined.
Golson left Monday’s practice on a cart after he was injured away from a run play during an 11-on-11 drill. He limped behind a crowd of teammates after the play and slammed his helmet to the ground in frustration.
Golson, the Steelers’ second-round pick in 2015, missed his rookie season with a shoulder injury. The 5-foot-9, 176-pound former Mississippi standout, missed the majority of spring practices, but took snaps at training camp with the first-team defense as the slot cornerback before his injury.
The Steelers also signed two players, tight end Jake Phillips and cornerback Kevin White, it was announced Wednesday.
Phillips, an undrafted rookie free agent out of UNLV, saw action in 50 games. He recorded 55 receptions for 536 yards with three receiving touchdowns throughout his college career.
White originally signed with the Atlanta Falcons as an undrafted rookie free agent out of TCU. He also spent time on the Arizona Cardinals’ practice squad during the 2015 season. He was released by the Cardinals in May.
To make room for Phillips and White on the team’s active roster, the Steelers waived/injured tight end Mandel Dixon and wideout Shakim Phillips.
Hall of Fame broadcaster Tom Jackson is calling it quits after a 29-year career.
ESPN announced Wednesday that the 65-year-old NFL analyst is retiring from broadcasting. Jackson’s final assignment will be this weekend at the Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton, Ohio.
Jackson joined ESPN in 1987 as one of its first NFL analysts after playing 14 years for the Denver Broncos.
Jackson, the 2015 Pete Rozelle Radio-Television Award recipient, said in a statement his priority will be spending time with his family.
Fitzpatrick cuts hair
FLORHAM PARK, N.J. – Ryan Fitzpatrick’s freshly cut hair is all the buzz at New York Jets training camp.
The bushy-bearded quarterback reported for training camp last week with a well-coiffed head of hair, sort of a puffed-up pompadour that had his teammates cracking jokes.
Well, they can all cut it out now. Hair today, gone tomorrow.
Fitzpatrick apparently connected with some scissors or clippers, showing up for practice Wednesday with a close-cropped hairstyle that center Nick Mangold told NJ Advance Media had his head looking “like a tennis ball.”
The quarterback opted to not comment to reporters on his fresh cut, so it’s uncertain if Fitzpatrick cut it himself or was the handiwork of a barber – or a teammate who’s handy with hedge trimmers. Wide receiver Eric Decker told the New York Daily News that the shave came as a result of “a wager,” but didn’t give any details.
“He lost a bet,” Decker told the newspaper. “He had to pay the price. That’s all I can say.”
Oh, and for the beard lovers, have no fear. It’s still in midseason, mountain-man form.
Dolphins pick squad
DAVIE, Fla. – Representing eight countries and 28 cities and speaking a combined five languages, the Miami Dolphins’ cheerleading squad is the most international in the NFL.
The Dolphins announced Wednesday they selected 36 women for their 2016 cheerleading team after conducting tryouts in five countries.
Miami became the first NFL team to hold auditions internationally, searching for members to join its squad in Rio de Janeiro; Buenos Aires, Argentina; Bogota, Colombia; and Mexico City, along with South Florida.
More than 800 women tried out, making it the largest turnout in the cheer squad’s history.
The Dolphins cheerleaders have traveled to more than 30 countries on five continents over the past 10 years.
Mathieu signs deal
GLENDALE, Ariz. – On what he called “a proud day,” Tyrann Mathieu added a rich chapter to his remarkable comeback story by signing a five-year, $62.5 million contract extension Wednesday.
The deal makes him one of the highest-paid defensive backs in the game.
Although an initial report put Mathieu’s guaranteed money at $40 million, a person close to the situation clarified that the player was guaranteed $21.25 million at signing, including a $15.5 million signing bonus. The rest of the money is “guaranteed” if he’s on the team in later years of the deal. The person asked for anonymity because the details had not been officially released.
Still, it is a big reward for a do-everything All-Pro defender who was considered such a high risk by many when Arizona selected him in the third round of the 2013 draft.