Butler grad being careful with calf
Former Butler High School star Carlos Rogers has been at the San Francisco 49ers headquarters for organized workouts and minicamp even while nursing a strained right calf that is keeping him out of team drills.
Trainers and the Pro Bowl defender are being cautious now to make sure Rogers – who shared the team lead with six interceptions in 2011 and also had 43 tackles – is full strength for training camp starting late in July.
“I just strained it a little bit in the workouts, toward the beginning of OTAs,” Rogers said after Tuesday morning’s practice. “I started doing more today. There ain’t no rush. Not worth messing it up even worse. I’m just following their guidelines of what they’ve got me on. I’m just doing individuals today, doing some more running. It’s nothing to be worried about. It’s nothing serious.”
Head coach Jim Harbaugh said Rogers is “working through something” but noted it’s “nothing to be alarmed about.”
• Remorseful, embarrassed and bitterly disappointed in himself, Giants guard David Diehl stood in front of his locker and apologized for “a bad decision” that resulted in his being arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol.
The leader of the Super Bowl champions’ offensive line addressed a media throng and said he hoped people would not judge him by this one mistake.
“I’m accountable. I take full responsibility,” the 10-year veteran said. “This is the last thing I want anyone to do is judge me on one incident in my life.”
• One day after the Jacksonville Jaguars took a strong stance on Maurice Jones-Drew’s contract situation, the star running back made his feelings equally clear.
And he did it without saying a word.
Jones-Drew skipped the opening day of a mandatory minicamp Tuesday, showing just how disgruntled he is about his current deal, and has no plans to join the Jaguars for any part of the three-day practice session.
Coach Mike Mularkey can fine Jones-Drew up to $60,000 if he misses the entire camp.
Power, Dixon hit with penalties
IndyCar drivers Will Power and Scott Dixon, who rank first and second in the points chase, will face 10-spot starting grid penalties for this week’s race in Milwaukee after blowing their engines testing at Iowa.
IndyCar director of engine development Trevor Knowles says Dixon blew an engine Tuesday morning testing on Iowa’s .875-mile oval, while Power’s went out later in the day.
IndyCar has mileage minimums before teams can change engines, and neither Power nor Dixon had reached those yet.
AAU programs to begin screening
The Amateur Athletic Union will begin what its national president said he hopes will foster a “culture of safety” with the implementation of several reforms, including mandatory background screening for all staff, coaches and volunteers.
The new screening is set to begin Sept. 1 and coincides with the youth organization’s new membership cycle. No one will be exempt from screening and any questionable information they turn up could permanently disqualify people from participation in AAU programs. AAU’s Board of Directors will have final say on all membership decisions.
Everyone involved in AAU programs will also be required to report any known or suspected child abuse to law enforcement.