Scott Fujita isn’t convinced he’ll have to miss a single game this season.
Suspended three games by NFL commissioner Roger Goodell for his alleged role in the New Orleans’ bounty scandal, Fujita expressed confidence that he’ll play in Cleveland’s season opener on Sept. 9 against Philadelphia.
“I’m optimistic about playing in Week 1,” he said.
Fujita was one of four players punished by Goodell for contributing to the pay-for-hits program. The 33-year-old returned to practice Tuesday for the first time since hurting his left knee in the Aug. 10 exhibition opener against Detroit.
EAGLES: Brian Westbrook will officially retire as a member of the team today and will be honored during a game against Washington in December.
The former All-Pro running back played eight seasons with Philadelphia from 2002-09. He is the franchise leader with 9,785 total yards from scrimmage, ranks second in yards rushing (5,995), and third in receptions (426) and total touchdowns (68). He is first among Eagles halfbacks in receptions, yards receiving (3,790) and touchdown catches (29). Westbrook also is first in club history in yards rushing (591) and total touchdowns (6) in the postseason.
REDSKINS: Tight end Chris Cooley, who has spent his entire eight-season NFL career with Washington, has been released.
Injuries limited him to five games and eight catches last season. The Redskins plan to use Fred Davis as their starting tight end.
Coach Mike Shanahan says parting with the Pro Bowler was “as tough as it gets.”
JAILED: A federal judge in Dallas ordered former NFL wide receiver Sam Hurd to be jailed Tuesday for failing drug tests and allegedly buying drugs while facing charges he tried to distribute marijuana and cocaine.
The 27-year-old Hurd, who played for the Chicago Bears and Dallas Cowboys, was arrested again earlier this month.