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NFL roundup: Irsay charged with two misdemeanors

By By The Sports Xchange
Published On: May 23 2014 05:37:54 PM CDT
Updated On: May 23 2014 05:37:55 PM CDT

Indianapolis Colts owner Jim Irsay was charged on Friday with two misdemeanor counts of impaired driving in connection with his March arrest.

Formal charges were filed against Irsay in Hamilton (Ind.) Superior Court just before 5 p.m. ET when the court was set to recess for the holiday weekend.

When Irsay was originally arrested in Carmel, Ind., on March 16, he was set to face charges of operating a vehicle while intoxicated and four felony counts of possession of a controlled substance. Prosecutors alleged Irsay had "oxycodone and/or hydrocodone" in his system when he was arrested, according to the Indianapolis Star. He had $29,000 in cash in his car when he was arrested.

Each misdemeanor charge carries a maximum penalty of 60 days in jail and a $500 fine. An initial hearing for Irsay's case is scheduled for June 19.

Irsay, 54, entered a rehabilitation facility after his arrest.

Irsay was released from rehab and was in the Colts' situation room on the second day of the NFL draft. He also attended this week's NFL meetings in Atlanta, where he made a pitch for Indianapolis to host the 2018 Super Bowl. The game was awarded to Minnesota.

NFL commissioner Roger Goodell has yet to address how he plans to discipline Irsay, saying he wants to see how the legal case proceeds.

---The Seattle Seahawks waived rookie offensive tackle Garrett Scott, a sixth-round draft choice, after he failed his physical due to a rare heart condition.

"After undergoing an extensive physical with our medical staff last week, Garrett's examination revealed a rare heart condition that will prevent him from any on-field participation in the near future," general manager John Schneider said in a statement. "We think highly of Garrett as a person and as a football player. The team is committed to supporting Garrett in the months to come and will continue to help him determine his next steps."

Scott, who signed his contract Thursday, was Seattle's first of two sixth-round draft choices (199th overall) in this month's NFL draft. He played in 41 games with 35 starts for Marshall.

---The San Francisco 49ers signed third-round pick Brandon Thomas, a guard from Clemson, to a four-year deal.

Thomas (6-foot-3, 317 pounds) was the third of three third-round draft picks (100th overall) by the 49ers in this year's draft.

---The agent for Cleveland Browns quarterback Johnny Manziel responded to a sexual harassment lawsuit against Manziel by calling it "1000000% fake."

A woman filed the suit against Manziel at a Florida district court on May 16. A court clerk said Friday that the claim was likely made by a "frequent filer," according to NFL Media. The clerk said that the name on the filing, Samantha Schacher, could be an alias.

NFL Media obtained a copy of the filing. It requests a restraining order against Manziel and $25 million in "punitive damages for emotional distress."

This prompted Manziel's agent Erik Burkhardt to write on Twitter: "This joke 'lawsuit' is obviously 1000000% fake and/or frivolous. Embarrassing I even have say this after reading the nonsense."

Burkhardt later told USA Today that Manziel may seek a countersuit.

---Denver Broncos safety T.J. Ward appeared in court on misdemeanor assault and disturbing the peace charges.

Ward, 27, was accused of throwing a glass mug at a bartender at a Denver strip club on May 10 after he was told he could not bring in a drink.

The Denver Post reported that bond was set at $1,900 and his next court date is June 23.

---Seahawks wide receiver Doug Baldwin told radio station KJR-AM that he and the team are working on a long-term contract.

Previously, the Seahawks placed a second-round tender of $2.18 million on Baldwin for this season to prevent him from becoming a free agent. Baldwin said he will sign the tender and play out this season if he and the Seahawks cannot come to terms on a multi-year deal.

---The Washington Redskins signed their top draft pick, outside linebacker Trent Murphy from Stanford, to a four-year rookie contract.

The Redskins took Murphy in the second round of the draft at No. 47 overall. Murphy started 42 of the 44 games he played at Stanford, finishing third in school history with 32.5 sacks.

---The Miami Dolphins signed linebacker Jordan Tripp and wide receiver Matt Hazel.

Tripp was the Dolphins' second fifth-round pick (No. 171 overall) in the draft out of Montana. He had 335 tackles, 11 sacks, 10 fumble recoveries with three touchdowns, five interceptions with one touchdown and five forced fumbles in 54 games (36 starts).

Hazel was Miami's sixth-round draft pick (190th overall) out of Coastal Carolina. He had 183 receptions for 2,553 yards with 28 touchdowns and had three rushes for 20 yards with a TD in 49 games (38 starts).

---The Cincinnati Bengals signed fourth-round draft pick, center Russell Bodine out of North Carolina.

Bodine is only the third player in franchise history whose rights the Bengals obtained by trading up in the draft. He was taken 111th overall after the Bengals sent the No. 123 and 199 picks to the Seattle Seahawks to grab Bodine.

---The Dallas Cowboys signed fifth-round pick Devin Street, a wide receiver from Pittsburgh, to a four-year contract.

Street, whose 202 career catches are record at Pitt, finished with 2,901 yards and 16 touchdowns.

---The Buffalo Bills signed fifth-round draft pick Cyril Richardson. Richardson, a 6-foot-4, 343-pound guard, is the two-time Big 12 Offensive Lineman of the Year out of Baylor.

---A judge sentenced Denver Broncos director of player personnel Matt Russell to seven months in jail and two years' probation.

Russell pleaded guilty to DUI, careless driving and possession of an open container of alcohol. According to reports, Colorado Judicial Branch spokesman Rob McCallum said Russell will be eligible for work release.

Under a Colorado law that provides credit based on time served, Russell's sentence should be completed in 3 1/2 months.