Rookie quarterback EJ Manuel took a big step forward in the competition to win the Buffalo Bills starting job after the team released veteran Tarvaris Jackson on Monday.
The move came a day before the Bills open a three-day mandatory minicamp – the team’s final sessions before the start of training camp next month. The timing of the decision immediately frees up additional practice time for Manuel.
Selected 16th overall out of Florida State, Manuel was the only quarterback taken in the first round of the draft.
Jackson’s departure leaves Manuel competing with Kevin Kolb, a sixth-year player signed in free agency in April.
In the end, Jackson never received a shot in Buffalo after being acquired by the Bills in a trade with Seattle in August. The seventh-year player spent all of last season as Buffalo’s third-string quarterback.
BENGALS: Cornerback Adam “Pacman” Jones was arrested and jailed on an assault charge Monday, with police alleging he “knowingly attempted to cause physical harm” to a woman in Cincinnati last week. A police complaint says Jones struck a 34-year-old Cincinnati woman June 5. The police listed the injury as apparently minor.
Court documents show Jones was released on his own recognizance with his arraignment scheduled for Tuesday.
RAVENS: Fullback Vonta Leach says his time with Baltimore is over. Leach made the Pro Bowl in both his seasons with Baltimore and played a significant role in helping the Ravens win the Super Bowl in February. But the Ravens and the 31-year-old could not work out an agreement on his salary this season, so Leach expects to be cut or traded in the days ahead.
If Leach leaves, the only fullback on the roster is fourth-round draft pick Kyle Juszczyk of Harvard.
CONCUSSIONS: A federal judge in Philadelphia will decide next month whether thousands of concussion-related lawsuits brought by former players against the NFL should proceed in open court or in private labor arbitration.
A single-sentence docket entry filed Monday for the cases said U.S. District Judge Anita Brody expected to rule July 22. The ruling is likely to give one side the upper hand in what could be a multibillion-dollar dispute.