Philadelphia Eagles' Riley Cooper excused from team activities



The Philadelphia Eagles have excused Riley Cooper from all team activities after the wide receiver was caught on video making a racial slur.

The Eagles and Cooper announced the decision Friday. Cooper apologized Wednesday after a video of him using the N-word at a Kenny Chesney concert in July surfaced on the Internet. The Eagles immediately fined him.

The Eagles did not set a timetable for Cooper’s return.


HERNANDEZ CASE: New court records say that an associate of Aaron Hernandez told police the former New England Patriot put guns in a box in his basement after returning from the industrial park where his friend was fatally shot.

An affidavit released by Attleboro District Court says Carlos Ortiz told investigators Hernandez put firearms in the black box after Odin Lloyd’s killing. The document indicates one was a small gun Ortiz handed Hernandez after they returned home with another associate, Ernest Wallace. Ortiz said he earlier saw Hernandez with an additional “large handgun.”

Hernandez has pleaded not guilty to murder in the death of Lloyd, a 27-year-old Boston semi-professional football player whose body was found June 17 about a mile from Hernandez’s North Attleborough, Mass., home.


RAVENS: Cornerback Asa Jackson has been suspended without pay for the first eight games of the regular season for violating the NFL’s policy on performance-enhancing substances.

Jackson received a four-game suspension as a rookie last season for the same reason. This suspension is for eight games because it’s his second violation.


RAIDERS: Signed kicker Sebastian Janikowski to a four-year extension, ensuring the franchise’s leading scorer will remain with the team through at least 2017.

Janikowski, 35, is coming off the best season of his career.

He converted a career-best 91.2 percent (31 of 34) of his field goal attempts in 2012. The only misses came from 51, 61 and 64 yards.

He needs only 11 field goals of 50 yards or longer to break Jason Hanson’s NFL record.


49ERS: Cornerback Chris Culliver will miss the season with a torn ACL in his left knee.

Culliver was injured Thursday during a non-contact drill.

The 49ers brought in four-time All-Pro Nnamdi Asomugha in April to augment the position behind starters Carlos Rogers, a former Butler standout, and Tarell Brown.


JAGUARS: Defensive end Jeremy Mincey is sidelined with a possible concussion.

Coach Gus Bradley said Mincey banged his head during drills Thursday.


REPLACING SHELL: Recently retired Matt Birk will replace Art Shell as one of two appeals officers approved by the NFL and the players’ union.

Birk, who played center on the Super Bowl-winning Ravens team before ending his 15-year career, will join Ted Cottrell in the job.