Patriots sign TE Mills; release S Lockett, OL Roth


Patriots sign TE Mills; release S Lockett, OL Roth

The Patriots announced that they signed tight end Garrett Mills on Sunday. Terms of the contract were not announced.

In addition, the Patriots released safety Bret Lockett and rookie free agent offensive lineman Zach Roth.

For Mills, this is a homecoming of sorts. He originally entered the NFL as a fourth-round draft pick of the Patriots in the 2006 out of Tulsa and spent the majority of his rookie season with New England on the injured reserve list.

Mills has since spent time with the Vikings (2007-09), Eagles (2010) and Bengals (2010).

The 6-foot-1, 235-pound tight end played in seven games with three starts last season with Philadelphia and registered two receptions for 19 yards. He was released by the Eagles on Dec. 21 and claimed off waivers by Cincinnati, where he finished the season. He was waived by Cincinnati last week.

Lockett was carted off the field on Thursday in Tampa Bay with a thigh injury. It was reported by that he injured a groinabdominal muscle and was likely done for the season.

Roth was a rookie free agent from Texas Christian University who signed with the Patriots just over a week ago.

Raiders' Marshawn Lynch suspended game for shoving official


Raiders' Marshawn Lynch suspended game for shoving official

NEW YORK - Oakland running back Marshawn Lynch was suspended for one game without pay by the NFL on Friday for shoving a game official during the Raiders' victory over Kansas City on Thursday night.

Lynch was ejected from the game after he shoved line judge Julian Mapp.

The scuffle started when Oakland quarterback Derek Carr was hit late on a run by Kansas City's Marcus Peters midway through the second quarter. Raiders offensive linemen Kelechi Osemele and Donald Penn immediately confronted Peters, and Lynch sprinted onto the field from the bench to join the fray. Mapp tried to break up the fight, but Lynch pushed him and grabbed his jersey. Lynch also got a personal foul.

NFL vice president of football operations Jon Runyan wrote a letter to Lynch, saying:

"You made deliberate physical contact with one of our game officials as he was diffusing an active confrontation between players. You were disqualified for your inappropriate and unsportsmanlike actions. Your conduct included pushing the game official and grabbing his jersey. ... You were not directly involved in the active confrontation that the game official was attempting to diffuse, nor were you a participant in the play that initiated the confrontation. You were the only player from either team who ran from the sideline to midfield to insert himself into a situation in which he was not directly involved."

Lynch will be eligible to return to Oakland's active roster on Oct. 30, the day after the Raiders' game against the Buffalo Bills.

Lynch finished the game with two carries for 9 yards.

The Raiders rallied to win 31-30 on a touchdown pass by Carr on the final play, and Lynch was in the locker room after the game congratulating his teammates.

Lynch came out of retirement this season and was traded from Seattle to the Raiders. Lynch said he wanted to make a comeback so he could give something back to his hometown of Oakland before the Raiders move to Las Vegas in 2020.

Lynch has rushed for 266 yards and two touchdowns in seven games.