Tuesday's NFL: Cowboys, Elliott sued for $20M over crash

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The Cowboys and Ezekiel Elliott are being sued for $20 million by a man claiming the team conspired with police to cover up details of a crash.

A man who was involved in a car accident with Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott in January 2017 is suing the team and Elliott for $20 million, according to a report by TMZ.com.

The suit alleges that the Cowboys conspired with Frisco (Texas) Police “to cover up the details of the wreck at the time.”

Ronnie Hill, who was driving a BMW 750 when it was side-swiped by Elliott’s GMC Yukon SUV, alleges Cowboys running backs coach Gary Brown rushed to the scene of the accident and told him that the team “would take care of everything.”

The accident occurred four days before the Cowboys’ playoff game against the Packers. According to the suit, Elliott was headed to Cowboys’ practice and was running late. Hill alleges Elliott ran a red light.

“If anyone had actually reported the impact of the accident and had Elliott been examined he would have most likely been placed in concussion protocol and out for the Dallas Cowboys upcoming playoff game,” Hill alleges in the suit.

Elliott “barreled through a red light,” causing more than $33,000 in damage to Hill’s vehicle, TMZ reports. Hill claims he suffered “serious and permanent” injuries in the wreck.

The collision was so intense, Hill alleges, that the two vehicles were “wedged together” and a tow truck was needed to pull them apart.

Hill suffers bruise

Chiefs wide receiver Tyreek Hill leaving the practice field in a cart was a scary sight at training camp.

But just for a few moments. After a hard collision with cornerback Bashaud Breeland at the catch point, Hill remained on the ground before making his way to the injury tent. From there, he rode in a cart to the practice facility for further evaluation. Hill had suffered a right quadriceps contusion, the team announced after practice.

Tuesday marked the first day back in practice for Breeland, after suffering a lacerated thumb on Saturday.

Green likely out for opener

A.J. Green had ankle surgery Tuesday and is expected to miss the start of the season, another significant setback for the Bengals’ offense.

Green hurt his left ankle during the opening practice of camp Saturday in Dayton, landing awkwardly after cornerback Dre Kirkpatrick bumped into the star receiver while breaking up a pass.

Coach Zac Taylor said Green likely won’t be ready for the start of the season. Cincinnati opens at Seattle on Sept. 8 and then hosts San Francisco.

The Bengals visit Buffalo the third week followed by a Monday night game at Pittsburgh on Sept. 30.

Broncos’ QB plan

None of the Broncos’ four quarterbacks have ever taken a snap for them in a game. Three of them will make their Denver debut Thursday night against the Atlanta Falcons in Canton, Ohio.

Joe Flacco, acquired in a trade with Baltimore last winter, will sit out the Hall of Fame Game that kicks off the NFL exhibition slate along with most of the Broncos’ other starters.

Rookies Drew Lock and Brett Rypien will get some work against Atlanta behind fourth-year pro Kevin Hogan, the incumbent backup who joined the Broncos last September off waivers.

Graham tribute

The Browns are honoring Hall of Fame quarterback Otto Graham with a statue outside FirstEnergy Stadium.

Graham played 10 seasons with Cleveland, leading the Browns to a title game in each one. With Graham, the Browns won four All-America Football Conference championships (1946, 1947, 1948, 1949) and three NFL championships (1950, 1954, 1955).

For his career, he passed for 23,584 yards with 174 passing touchdowns and 44 rushing. Graham was inducted in the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1965. He died in 2003 at 82.

Seahawks’ pick injured

Seahawks first-round pick L.J. Collier was carted off the practice field because of a right leg injury.

Collier was rushing the passer during a team session when he grabbed at his lower leg. The team didn’t offer specifics on the injury after practice Tuesday. Trainers appeared to be looking at Collier’s ankle.