EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. — Eli Manning participated with the first-team offense at the New York Giants’ organized team activity, showing no signs of the offseason ankle surgery he underwent nearly two months ago.
Manning took most of the snaps during the workout Thursday, saying there’s “no swelling, no discomfort, no issues” and he’s “able to go about my business.”
Manning had ankle surgery in early April following a season that featured 27 interceptions and just 18 touchdowns. He also was sacked a career-high 39 times and the team finished with a 7-9 record.
The Giants are installing a new version of the West Coast offense under new offensive coordinator Ben McAdoo.
Goodell responds to NFLPA
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. — NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell responded Thursday night to criticisms by NFL Players Association executive director DeMaurice Smith, who contended a double standard exists when it comes to the league doling out punishments.
In comments to ESPN earlier Thursday, Smith specifically addressed the delayed discipline of Indianapolis Colts owner Jim Irsay, who has yet to be punished by Goodell after being arrested in March for allegedly operating a vehicle while intoxicated and while in the possession of prescription drugs and $29,000 in cash. Irsay was formally charged Friday.
“The personal conduct policy applies to commissioners, owners, players, coaches,” Goodell told reporters at the New England Patriots’ team facility. “It applies to all of us. We all have a responsibility to do things the right way. There are several players that we haven’t taken any action on, either.
“We like to get the facts, we like to be thorough and we like to understand them. Charges were just filed last week. I don’t believe there’s a credibility gap.”
Smith pointed toward Goodell’s swift and sometimes harsh action when dealing with troubled players in the past.
“The commissioner understands that there is a significant credibility gap that exists in the National Football League,” Smith said. “What troubles our players is the speed and the deliberateness of the punishment that they have seen in the past when it comes to a player.
“There isn’t the same speed or deliberate action when it comes to an owner, and that’s a problem.”
Redskins launch campaign
WASHINGTON — The Washington Redskins have launched a Twitter onslaught at Sen. Harry Reid in their campaign to keep the team’s name.
The Redskins instructed fans Thursday to tweet the Nevada Democrat to show their “RedskinsPride” and “tell him what the team means to you.”
Fans did just that — but not always in a manner the Redskins would have preferred. Many told Reid they support his efforts to change the name. Soon, both “RedskinsPride” and “changethename” were trending in the D.C. area.
Reid said last month that Redskins owner Dan Snyder should “do what is morally right” and change the name. Last week, half of the Senate wrote letters to the NFL urging a change, calling the name is a racist slur.
Snyder has vowed never to change the name.
Jaguars’ Yarno has cancer
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — Veteran Jacksonville Jaguars line coach George Yarno has been diagnosed with cancer
Jaguars head coach Gus Bradley did not disclose the type of cancer Yarno has, but said Yarno will not be taking a leave of absence from the team. He did say Yarno would miss some practice time with the team due to his treatment schedule. Yarno was at the Jaguars OTA practice on Thursday but spent most of his time on the sideline.
Assistant line coach Luke Butkus handled most of the individual drills.
Bills sign OT Kouandjio
ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. — The Buffalo Bills have their entire seven-player rookie draft class now under contract after signing offensive tackle Cyrus Kouandjio.
Kouandjio is a former Alabama standout who was drafted in the second round, 44th overall. He’s listed at 6 foot 7 and 322 pounds, and will be given an opportunity to immediately compete for a starting job at right tackle.