It was another eventful day Tuesday for Jets receiver Terrelle Pryor, who took flak from all sides — from Washington’s secondary to his own head coach.
On Monday, he surprised reporters by announcing he would not play in Thursday night’s preseason game against Washington, that he was bothered by a hip injury and that he had suffered a previously undisclosed broken ankle in May.
Asked Tuesday about how “descriptive” Pryor had been, Todd Bowles said, “Terrelle doesn’t need to be descriptive, and I feel he should keep his mouth shut and leave the injuries to me.”
Bowles is famously sensitive to players sharing injury information publicly. Asked how he would handle the matter, Bowles said, “I’ve already handled it.”
Might that include a fine? “We had a conversation,” Bowles said. “We’ll discuss our own in-house things in house.”
During the last of three joint practices with Washington, members of the Washington secondary loudly, persistently and harshly aimed trash talk at Pryor, led by safety D.J. Swearinger. At one point Pryor jawed back at Swearinger.
Pryor was with Washington last year and apparently was not popular among his teammates.
Smith settles, hits field
Roquan Smith wore a smile on his face, and a Bears uniform for the first time since training camp started.
The Bears got a first look at their first-round round draft pick 30 days after he was supposed to report with rookies for camp.
“It’s a great feeling just to be back out here with my teammates, getting back into rhythm,” Smith said.
Drafted by general manager Ryan Pace No. 8 overall, the Georgia linebacker had been the last unsigned pick of the 2018 NFL Draft.
Smith settled on a four-year contract that guarantees $18.5 million and includes an $11.5-million signing bonus, a person familiar with the talks told the Associated Press.
Elway may add veteran QB
General manager John Elway said that he might still sign a veteran to back up starting quarterback Case Keenum if he doesn’t feel Chad Kelly can win games in a pinch.
The Broncos promoted Kelly over former first-round pick Paxton Lynch this week following their contrasting performances in training camp and in the preseason opener last weekend, when Lynch threw for just 24 yards over seven series with the second string. Kelly had a pair of touchdowns in mop-up duty against the Minnesota Vikings.
Coach Vance Joseph said that Lynch was miffed over the switch.
“He is upset. He didn’t like it. He wants to know why,” Joseph said. “And he has to play better. It’s as simple as that. It’s a competition. It’s the league. Everyone’s doing this. No one’s not playing their best players.
DE hints at mental issues
Randy Gregory understands the prevailing view that repeated use of marijuana is the reason the Cowboys defensive end has been suspended for 30 of the past 32 games.
Now that he’s on the verge of playing after a year away from the NFL, the former Nebraska standout wants people to know there are deeper issues of mental health he isn’t comfortable discussing in detail publicly.
Bryant has Browns’ date
Free-agent wide receiver Dez Bryant is set to visit the Browns. The three-time Pro Bowler was released by Dallas in April, and the Browns say he will be at their training camp Thursday.
Bryant has shown interest in signing with Cleveland, and receiver Jarvis Landry said Monday the team would welcome him with “open arms.”
Jags coach talks truce
Jaguars coach Doug Marrone believes defensive ends Dante Fowler and Yannick Ngakoue can co-exist in the same locker room, in the same meeting room and even in the same huddle.
Marrone provided little insight into what prompted the players’ post-practice skirmish two days earlier and declined to divulge why Fowler was suspended and Ngakoue was not. Marrone made it clear, though, that he expects both guys to be able to work together.
Steelers coach Mike Tomlin ruled out veteran quarterbacks Ben Roethlisberger and Landry Jones for Thursday's preseason game against the Packers.
The announcement came before Roethlisberger left Tuesday’s training camp practice with a possible concussion.
... Eagles quarterback Carson Wentz expects to participate in 11-on-11 drills next week, but it’s uncertain whether he’ll be ready for the season opener.
... Dolphins fourth-year wide receiver DeVante Parker has a hand injury that as kept him out of training camp practice for two days in a row.
... Per a report from KFDM News in Beaumont, Texas, Nathanial Prescott, the father of Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott, was arrested on marijuana charges Saturday.
... Washington made a surprise move three weeks into training camp by releasing cornerback Orlando Scandrick.
... The Raiders have activated tackle Donald Penn off the physically unable to perform list.