The Atlanta Falcons released former Gophers defensive tackle Ra’Shede Hageman two days after he was placed on the commissioner’s exempt list because of domestic violence charges in 2016.
The Falcons said Monday the move was made after a “thorough investigative process by local authorities.” The NFL said Saturday its investigation is pending.
Hageman is a four-year veteran who started four games in 2016 and 12 games in 2015. He was listed as a backup before Saturday’s designation prevented him from playing in games or practicing.
Hageman faced charges of battery, cruelty to children and interfering with calls for emergency assistance. Police say he was at the home of his girlfriend, Janeal Jefferies.
Beckham status unknown
The Giants are keeping everyone guessing about star receiver Odell Beckham’s status for the season opener against Dallas.
Beckham, who has not practiced since spraining his left ankle in a preseason game Aug. 21, rode a stationary bike during the portion of practice that was open to the media as the Giants started preparing for the season opener in Dallas on Sunday night.
Coach Ben McAdoo continued to be vague in discussing Beckham’s injury. He said that the three-time Pro Bowler did not practice and instead worked with the training staff.
McAdoo would not say whether Beckham has started running. When pushed for an answer his response was the team will see how he feels tomorrow.
Andrew Luck has been cleared to practice but he must convince team officials he’s ready to start. It won’t happen this week.
Colts General Manager Chris Ballard announced that Luck would miss Indy’s season opener against the Rams and would remain out indefinitely.
“Every player needs to practice,” Ballard said. “They need to be with their teammates. They need to practice. Andrew’s going to need the same thing.”
Luck hasn’t taken a snap or thrown to a teammate since having January surgery to repair a partially torn labrum in his throwing shoulder.
For now, veteran backup Scott Tolzien inherits the starting job.
Game might move
For the Dolphins and Buccaneers, the season might begin sooner than expected, thanks to Hurricane Irma.
The NFL is considering moving the Dolphins-Bucs opener in Miami to another site or earlier this week because of the hurricane.
Switching the game to Thursday or Friday is being considered because Irma could threaten South Florida over the weekend. Kickoff is scheduled for noon Sunday.
Playing the game at another site Sunday is also being discussed. The teams share the same bye week in November, but would prefer to avoid moving the game to that weekend, because it would mean both teams would play 16 weeks in a row.
Bucs sign Ward
Tampa Bay signed safety T.J. Ward, two days after the three-time Pro Bowl selection was released by Denver. Ward spent the past three seasons with the Broncos, who cut him Saturday. The eight-year pro helped Denver win the Super Bowl two years ago.
Ward started all 95 regular-season games he appeared in with the Broncos and Browns. He has eight career interceptions, along with eight sacks and three fumble recoveries.
• Bills quarterback Tyrod Taylor took the next step in recovering from a concussion by returning to practice Monday. How Taylor feels over the next few days will determine whether he will be cleared to open the season against the Jets on Sunday.
• The Cardinals signed former All-Pro punter Andy Lee to a two-year contract and released punter Matt Wile.
• -The Chargers re-signed backup quarterback Kellen Clemens.
• Pro Bowl running back Le’Veon Bell is officially back with the Steelers after signing his franchise tender Monday.