3 NFL players fined $21,000 each

Published: Friday, September 14, 2012 @ 7:33 PM
Updated: Friday, September 14, 2012 @ 7:33 PM

Safeties Madieu Williams of Washington, Taylor Mays of Cincinnati and Rahim Moore of Denver have been fined $21,000 each by the NFL for unnecessary roughness in Week 1.

Williams made helmet-to-helmet contact with Jimmy Graham when the Saints tight end was defenseless with about three minutes remaining in Sunday's game at New Orleans. Mays did the same to Baltimore tight end Ed Dickson in a Monday night game.

Rahim unnecessarily struck defenseless Steelers receiver Emmanuel Sanders in the head and neck area Sunday night.

Houston DE Antonio Smith says he's been fined $21,000 for kicking Miami guard Richie Incognito, who was not disciplined.

Drawing $15,750 fines were Minnesota defensive end Everson Griffen for helmet-to-helmet contact with Jacksonville quarterback Blaine Gabbert, and Dallas tackle Tyron Smith for a horse collar tackle.


Bernard has TD run as Bengals beat Falcons 34-10

Published: Thursday, August 08, 2013 @ 11:49 PM
Updated: Friday, August 09, 2013 @ 9:46 AM

            Photo: Cincinnatibengals.com
(Photo: Cincinnatibengals.com)

Giovani Bernard scored in his opening bid for a share of the Bengals' carries, while Steven Jackson was provided little running room by the Falcons' depleted offensive line as Cincinnati rolled to a 34-10 preseason win over Atlanta on Thursday night.

Josh Johnson, who directed two second-quarter touchdown drives, made big plays as a passer and runner as he opened the competition for the Bengals' backup quarterback job.

Bernard, a second-round pick from North Carolina, played behind returning starter Benjarvus Green-Ellis and had 10 carries for 28 yards, including a 1-yard touchdown run. He added three catches for 16 yards.

Johnson, going against John Skelton for the backup job behind Andy Dalton, passed for 100 yards, including a 21-yard touchdown to Brandon Tate, and ran for 64 yards.

Dane Sanzenbacher had a 71-yard punt return for a touchdown and a 36-yard scoring catch from Skelton.

Green-Ellis had three carries for 14 yards. Johnson was 9 of 16 for 100 yards with one touchdown.

The first preseason game highlighted the Falcons' concerns about their rebuilt offensive line. Jackson found little blocking as he had five carries for only 8 yards.

Atlanta lost projected starting right tackle Mike Johnson, likely for the season, when he dislocated his left ankle and broke his left leg in Tuesday's practice.

Lamar Holmes, a second-year player who appeared in only one game in 2012, moved up as the starting right tackle. Undrafted rookie Ryan Schraeder played behind Holmes. The Falcons released right tackle Tyson Clabo after the 2012 season and longtime starting center Todd McClure retired.

Johnson led the Bengals to 17 second-quarter points. Following his scoring pass to Tate, Johnson directed a second touchdown drive capped by Bernard's 1-yard run.

Lined up deep in the I-formation, Bernard showed his explosiveness by quickly building his speed even before taking the handoff from Johnson and then running straight ahead for the touchdown with 2 seconds remaining in the half.

The Falcons had a fast start. Matt Ryan was 3 for 3 for 52 yards on Atlanta's opening drive, his first with Jackson at running back. Jackson, the former Rams standout, was signed to replace Michael Turner.

On the first play of the game, Jackson ran straight ahead, found no room and cut right for 4 yards. It was his longest run of the night.

Harry Douglas turned a screen pass from Ryan into a 42-yard gain, but the drive stalled when Geno Atkins stuffed Jackson on third-and-2 run from the 16, forcing the Falcons to settle for Matt Bryant's 37-yard field goal.

Ryan remained in the game for two more series. He completed 6 of 9 passes for 89 yards.

Dalton played only two possessions and went 3 of 7 for 36 yards.

Dominique Davis, mostly ineffective after replacing Ryan in the first half, led a third-quarter touchdown drive capped by his 8-yard pass to Jason Snelling. Davis hit 8 of 19 for 78 yards with one touchdown and one interception.

Skelton took over for Johnson late in the third quarter and led a 78-yard touchdown drive finished off with his 36-yard scoring pass to Sanzenbacher, a third-year player who had only one catch in 2012.

Sorrell takes a chance on Vandy

Published: Wednesday, June 26, 2013 @ 7:40 PM
Updated: Wednesday, June 26, 2013 @ 7:40 PM

Middletown High School’s Chance Sorrell is not sure who was happier to see the end of the recruiting trail, he or his parents.

“We probably visited 30 schools since last summer,” Sorrell said. “I think my parents are glad it’s over. When it gets toward the end, it is exhausting.”

Sorrell ended the mayhem this week, committing to Vanderbilt in Nashville, Tenn. The tight end chose the Commodores over Louisville and West Virginia.

Vanderbilt was the frontrunner from the beginning for Sorrell.

“Especially after the visit,” he said. “I really enjoyed meeting with the coaches and players there.”

Sorrell had wanted to have a decision made by the end of June. He made it with a weekend to spare.

“I made it comfortably,” Sorrell said with a laugh. “We have been talking a lot for the last month or two and we can’t find a reason not to go to Vanderbilt.”

The positives were easy to find for Sorrell, even going beyond the fact that Vanderbilt plays in the Southeastern Conference.

“There is probably not a better degree, because they are so prestigious academically,” Sorrell said. “I clicked with the players and can tell I want to be around them the next four or five years and the coaches were real transparent with what they said.”

The Grand Old Opry calls Nashville home, not to mention numerous country stars.

And, no, playing in the SEC didn’t hurt when it came time to choose.

“Nashville is a great city and I love country music,” Sorrell said. “The SEC is the third-best conference in the country behind the AFC and NFC.”

Sorrell didn’t give colleges much film to look at last season. Before suffering a season-ending injury in week five, Sorrell had two catches for 24 yards.

Bowling Green was the first to offer Sorrell a scholarship, he said, after seeing him play the post on the Middletown basketball team.

From there, it snowballed.

“I am feeling a lot of pressure lifted off my chest,” Sorrell said. “I know for the next four or five years I have a home at Vanderbilt and for the next 40 or 50 years I can plan my life with a Vandy degree.”