Former University of Georgia star Charles Grant participated in an off-season training session at the New Orleans Saints' suburban headquarters Wednesday, a day after being indicted by a grand jury in Georgia on an involuntary manslaughter charge.
"Obviously it's something we take very seriously and certainly our condolences go out to the family" of the victim, Saints coach Sean Payton said. "What's most important is the justice system taking its process. It's something the league will handle and certainly the state of Georgia will handle."
The charges stem from a February altercation at a nightclub.
Grant, who was stabbed in the neck during the fracas, was charged by an Early County grand jury that also charged Laquient Macklin with felony murder and feticide in the shooting death of Korynda Reed , 23.
Grant, a starting defensive end who was taken by the Saints in the first round of the 2002 draft, was not available for comment.
The Saints were also dealing with the absence of defensive end Will Smith, who skipped an optional off-season training session, apparently because he is unhappy with his contract.
DOLPHINS: The feud between Jason Taylor and Bill Parcells intensified Wednesday, making it likely the six-time Pro Bowl defensive end has played his last game for Miami.
Coach Tony Sparano said Taylor isn't expected to take part in any team activities through training camp.
BEARS: Cedric Benson was back in camp working out with the first string weeks after he was arrested on Lake Travis in Texas on suspicion of boating while under the influence and resisting arrest. He said neither charge is true.
"It would be nice to have it gone and get it cleared up and over with, but you know, I don't really spend too much time thinking about it at all," Benson said. "I'm sticking to my story and the truth will come out, sometime, whether it be now or a year from now or whenever."
COWBOYS: Terrell Owens is talking about his contract again. Only this time, there's a twist.
T.O. is happy about it, even though he's going into the third and final year of his deal with the Dallas Cowboys.
"Not a problem," Owens said. "Honestly, I don't really feel like it's hanging over my head."
Owens signed a three-year, $25 million contract in March 2005 and has certainly lived up to it, leading the team in receiving both years while piling up club records.
Browns: Coach Romeo Crennel again said that he hasn't heard from tight end Kellen Winslow and doesn't know why he's not with the team two weeks into their organized team activities.