Adam Vinatieri remembers New England fondly.
In 10 seasons, he won three Super Bowl rings, was dubbed the league’s best clutch kicker and became the top scorer in franchise history. He has made the routine kicks look easy and the impossible ones look routine while earning the respect of two of the league’s greatest coaches and one of the NFL’s greatest quarterbacks..
Thursday, Vinatieri, 45, who is the NFL’s newly crowned career field goals leader, returns to his former home stadium, perhaps for the final time.
“I suppose any person who’s played somewhere for a certain amount of time and then has the opportunity to go back and just reminisce a little bit, maybe it holds a different feeling than some of the other places,” Vinatieri said Tuesday. “But I’m thinking more about how can we get a win and right the ship and get back where we need to be.”
Vinatieri knows better than to expect a warm welcome for the Colts (1-3) and himself.
Since signing with the dreaded Colts as a free agent in March 2006, Vinatieri has watched the video tributes former stars like Peyton Manning and Edgerrin James received when they returned to Indy with new teams. He’s seen former players such as Jeff Saturday and Robert Mathis, and former coaches like Frank Reich come back to work inside the organization.
But New England treats former players and coaches differently.
McCoy’s ex alleges abuse
LeSean McCoy’s ex-girlfriend says in a new court filing that the Bills running back physically abused her and orchestrated a home invasion that left her beaten and bloodied.
Delicia Cordon on Tuesday filed an amended lawsuit against McCoy alleging physical abuse during their nearly two-year relationship. She also accuses him of arranging a July 10 attack at a home McCoy owns in Milton, just outside Atlanta, where Cordon lived. The armed intruder demanded specific pieces of jewelry McCoy had given Cordon and repeatedly asked her to return, the lawsuit said.
The amended lawsuit seeks more than $50 million in damages.
Cordon and McCoy began dating in June 2016, but problems began following the 2016 season when he became physically abusive, the amended lawsuit says.
McCoy has repeatedly proclaimed his innocence and did so again when speaking to reporters after practice Wednesday.
Anderson avoids suspension
New York Jets wide receiver Robby Anderson will not be suspended by the NFL for two arrests in an eight-month span.
The league says Wednesday it completed its investigation into the incidents and the matter has been addressed, and no suspension is being issued. Anderson could still potentially be fined by the league or team.
Anderson pleaded no contest in May to misdemeanor reckless driving in Sunrise, Florida, as part of a deal with prosecutors. The 25-year-old receiver had faced multiple charges, including a felony count of fleeing and eluding police from an incident in January, but those charges were previously dismissed.
Crowell vows to clean it up
Running back Isaiah Crowell entered the press room at the Jets’ facility and promptly excused himself to use the bathroom.
Crowell, of course, has been in the headlines lately for his butt-wiping touchdown celebration at Cleveland on Sept. 20. It drew a penalty — as well as the ire of coach Todd Bowles — and resulted in a fine of $13,369 by the NFL for unsportsmanlike conduct .
“I talked to Todd about what happened on the field and I told him it wouldn’t happen again,” Crowell said Wednesday.
Crowell also received an endorsement deal out of the whole mess, with pictures of him holding boxes of a toilet paper alternative for men splattered all over social media by the running back and the company, Dude Wipes.
49ers quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo underwent reconstructive surgery on his injured left knee. Coach Kyle Shanahan said he didn’t know whether any additional damage needed to be repaired or know whether Garoppolo would be recovered in time for the offseason program next spring.