Friday's NFL: Cardinals RBs coach facing domestic battery charges

Associated Press

Glendale, Ariz. — Arizona Cardinals running backs coach James Saxon has been charged in Indianapolis with two counts of domestic battery stemming from an alleged incident in May.

One of the counts is a felony that includes domestic battery committed in the presence of a child less than 16 years old.

Arizona Cardinals running backs coach James Saxon on the sideline before a game against the Los Angeles Rams an NFL Professional Football Game Sunday, Oct. 3, 2021, in Inglewood, Calif. Arizona Cardinals running backs coach James Saxon has been charged with two felony counts of domestic battery from an alleged incident in Indiana in May.

An attorney listed as representing Saxon did not immediately respond to a request for comment on the case Friday.

Cardinals coach Kliff Kingsbury said Saxon has been placed on administrative leave. Kingsbury added that the team knew about Saxon's arrest when it happened in May.

“We are aware of the incident and notified the NFL as required," the Cardinals said in a statement. "The matter is currently under review pursuant to league policies. After consultation with the league office, James has been placed on paid administrative leave. We will have no further comment pending additional proceedings.”

ESPN first reported the arrest.

Saxon is a long-time running backs coach who has been with the Cardinals since 2019. He was the running backs coach for the Miami Dolphins from 2000 to 2019. He played eight years in the NFL from 1988 to 1995.

According to online records, the next step in Saxon's case is on Aug. 25, when an attorney's conference is scheduled.

Injured WR Godwin back on practice field for Buccaneers

Tampa, Fla. — Seven months after undergoing knee surgery, Tampa Bay Buccaneers receiver Chris Godwin is back in pads on the practice field.

Godwin, who signed a three-year, $60 million contract in March, worked out in full uniform at training camp Friday — running and catching passes during individual drills, but not participating in team periods.

His return came on a day when quarterback Tom Brady missed practice because of what coach Todd Bowles described as an “excused absence.”

Tampa Bay Buccaneers wide receiver Chris Godwin works with a blocking dummy during an NFL football training camp practice Friday, Aug. 5, 2022, in Tampa, Fla.

The quarterback had a scheduled day off Wednesday, which was Brady’s 45th birthday. The entire team was off Thursday.

“We’ll let him do what he needs to do,” Bowles said. “If he’s back tomorrow, that’s great. But we’ll keep in touch, and we’ll monitor that.”

Godwin hadn’t joined the team on the practice field since December, when he was hurt during a home loss to the New Orleans Saints.

Surgery to repair the anterior cruciate ligament, as well as the medial collateral ligament, in his right knee was performed the first week of January.

“Good seeing him out there running around, getting some individual work in,” Bowles said. “It’s always a plus when he’s in uniform.”

Bowles stressed there’s no timetable for Godwin to join full-squad work.

“We’re not going to rush him. We’re just glad to see him out there working right now,” the coach said. “As it goes on, we’ll see.”

Godwin finished with a career-best 98 receptions for 1,103 yards and five touchdowns in 14 games last season.

The 26-year-old receiver signed a new contract, which includes $40 million guaranteed, shortly after the Bucs placed the franchise tag on him for the second straight year.