Eagles

NFL Notes: Ex-Cowboys WR Lucky Whitehead misidentified by police in robbery

uspresswire-cowboys-lucky-whitehead.jpg
USA Today Images

NFL Notes: Ex-Cowboys WR Lucky Whitehead misidentified by police in robbery

OXNARD, Calif. — Police in Lucky Whitehead's home state of Virginia say the former Dallas Cowboys receiver's identity was falsely used in a shoplifting arrest.

Prince William County police said Tuesday they were confident the man charged in a case involving $40 worth of stolen food and drink from a convenience store in June wasn't Whitehead. The Cowboys released him Monday after reports that he was arrested and subsequently cited for missing a court hearing.

Whitehead's agent, Dave Rich, contended that his client wasn't in Virginia at the time of the reported arrest. Police said they are seeking the person who used the identity of Whitehead, whose given name is Rodney Darnell Whitehead Jr.

The release of Whitehead came on the first day of training camp after a tumultuous offseason for the Cowboys, including the arrests of two defensive players (see full story).

Panthers: Olsen says holding out 'wasn't the right thing to do'
SPARTANBURG, S.C. — Panthers star tight end Greg Olsen chose team over himself.

Olsen reported to training camp on time Tuesday, saying he didn't want to hold out and be a distraction to an organization aiming to win its first Super Bowl.

The 32-year-old Olsen has two years left on his contract, but has outplayed his current deal, becoming the first tight end in NFL history with three consecutive 1,000-yard seasons. He was voted second-team All-Pro in 2015 and 2016.

Olsen contemplated holding out for more money, but ultimately decided against it.

"I just didn't feel it was right for me to put my situation and my own personal interests above that of the team," Olsen said as players checked into their dorm rooms at Wofford College. "If I don't show up today and cause a big stink, what would have come of that was just not fair to everybody, from ownership to the last guy on the roster. It's not something I wanted to be a part of when it came down to it. It's not who I am," (see full story).

Colts: Hooker, Luck to start training camp on PUP
INDIANAPOLIS — Safety Malik Hooker, the Indianapolis Colts' top draft pick, will start training camp on the physically unable to perform list.

As expected, Indy also put safety Clayton Geathers and quarterback Andrew Luck on the PUP list Tuesday. General manager Chris Ballard already has said defensive end Kendall Langford will go on the list when veterans report Saturday.

Hooker's appearance on the list came as a surprise. One day earlier, Ballard told reporters the Ohio State product would be available when the team opens practice Sunday. Instead, Hooker hurt his hamstring during a conditioning test Monday afternoon.

Hooker missed all of the team's offseason workouts while recovering from shoulder surgery and surgery to repair a sports hernia.

Broncos: Gary Kubiak coming back in scouting role
ENGLEWOOD, Colo. — Gary Kubiak's separation from the NFL is over.

Kubiak is returning to the Denver Broncos in a scouting capacity seven months after stepping down as their head coach over health concerns .

Kubiak will serve as a senior personnel adviser, scouting college and pro players. He'll be based out of his Houston home and make periodic trips to Broncos headquarters for personnel meetings, general manager John Elway said Tuesday.

"With as much experience as he has evaluating players, Gary's going to be a tremendous resource for our personnel department," Elway said. "He'll primarily help on the college side and assist us in free agency as well," (see full story).

Darius Slay, Jalen Reagor share great interaction that should thrill Eagles fans

Darius Slay, Jalen Reagor share great interaction that should thrill Eagles fans

The Eagles' trade for Darius Slay was meant to shore up the team's consistently disappointing cornerback corps by adding an All-Pro-level CB to the secondary.

But it also seems to be bringing an extra leader's voice to the locker room.

Slay, 29, is a frequent social media user, and on Sunday night - while most Philadelphia sports fans were wrestling with the Sixers' up-and-down loss to the Blazers - he fired off a tweet that should make Eagles fans excited about his role with the team.

Because it sounds like Slay is *extremely* pleased to be an Eagle:

That's pretty awesome.

And then rookie wideout Jalen Reagor responded with his own endorsement of the Eagles' bonding:

And Slay replied in kind:

You love to see it.

Now, it's obviously much easier to be positive about your team and your teammates before the season starts, when everything makes sense on paper and you feel like a Super Bowl contender. We'll see if things remain this rosy when the games start, and one side of the ball falters in a loss.

But for now, this is an encouraging sign. Seeing a veteran player like Slay come into Philadelphia and immediately endear himself to the organization, to his teammates, and to the fanbase has been awesome. He's clearly excited about the change of scenery, and ready to win.

And for Reagor to be glued to what Slay is saying and doing, it's always good for a young gun to learn from a guy who plays at the highest level.

Eagles season is roughly a month away, and can't get here fast enough.

Subscribe and rate the Eagle Eye podcast: 
Apple Podcasts / Google Play / Stitcher / Spotify / Art19

Click here to download the MyTeams App by NBC Sports! Receive comprehensive coverage of your teams and stream the Flyers, Sixers and Phillies games easily on your device.

More on the Eagles

Eagles veteran linebacker Jatavis Brown abruptly retires

Eagles veteran linebacker Jatavis Brown abruptly retires

In a surprising move, Eagles veteran linebacker Jatavis Brown has retired.

The Eagles on Sunday placed Brown on the Reserve/Retired list just a few days before training camp practices begin.

I’m told Brown just thought it was time to step away from the game after four years in the NFL.

Brown, 26, just signed with the Eagles on a one-year deal in March as a free agent.

The Eagles were interested in Brown when the Chargers took him out of Akron in the fifth round back in 2016. They had to wait four years to sign him and now he won’t even be in the mix to take a roster spot.

There was no guarantee that Brown would have made the roster but he was the most experienced linebacker the Eagles had after Nigel Bradham and Kamu Grugier-Hill left as free agents.

This seemingly abrupt retirement leaves the Eagles lighter at a position where depth was already a problem. The Eagles’ top returning linebackers are Nathan Gerry, T.J. Edwards, Duke Riley and Alex Singleton. They also drafted Davion Taylor and Shaun Bradley in April.

This retirement is at least good news for guys like Bradley and Singleton, who are going to fight for roster spots this summer.

Subscribe and rate the Eagle Eye podcast: 
Apple Podcasts / Google Play / Stitcher / Spotify / Art19

Click here to download the MyTeams App by NBC Sports! Receive comprehensive coverage of your teams and stream the Flyers, Sixers and Phillies games easily on your device.

More on the Eagles