GLENDALE, Ariz. — The Arizona Cardinals wrapped up training camp Friday, with two important cogs in their defense working their way back into the fray.
Safety Tyrann Mathieu, a former LSU standout, has made a speedier-than-expected recovery from a severe knee injury and outside linebacker John Abraham is working his way back into shape after arriving late while he took care of what he termed “personal stuff.”
Both are critical to an Arizona defense that must make up for the loss of three of its main players.
Mathieu was having an outstanding rookie season last year before tearing his left ACL and LCL in Week 13.
The 36-year-old Abraham had a team-high 11½ sacks last year and earned his sixth Pro Bowl appearance.
Manziel fined $12,000 FOR GESTURE: In Cleveland, a person familiar with the penalty said Browns rookie quarterback Johnny Manziel has been fined $12,000 by the NFL for flipping his middle finger at Washington’s sideline.
The person spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity on Friday because the ruling has not been made public.
Manziel said he was reacting to taunting by the Redskins during Monday night’s nationally televised game.
TEAM announceS daughter of DT Hughes dies: In Indianapolis, Colts coach Chuck Pagano said defensive tackle Montori Hughes had not been at practice recently because his infant daughter died from a sudden illness last week.
Maveah Alice Hughes was 3 months old. Pagano did not provide many details about what happened but did offer condolences to Hughes and the baby’s mother, Leigh Burton.
Pagano did not say when Hughes would return to the team or whether he would play in Saturday’s preseason game against New Orleans.
Trooper who arrested Montgomery fired: In Columbia, S.C., the South Carolina state trooper who arrested Cincinnati Bengals defensive lineman Sam Montgomery at a traffic stop last June has been fired.
The state Department of Public Safety said Friday that Lance Cpl. R.S. Salter was terminated for violating agency policies including conduct unbecoming a state employee. Salter stopped Montgomery in June when the Cincinnati Bengals defensive lineman was returning to his Greenwood home.
Montgomery, a former LSU player, was arrested and spent a night in jail after Salter clocked him going 89 mph in a 55 mph zone. But the trooper’s dashboard camera also captured the officer threatening to use a Taser because the 6-foot-3, 262-pound lineman was struggling to understand his commands.
New, longer grass laid at 49ers Levi’s Stadium: In Santa Clara, Calif., the San Francisco 49ers re-sodded the field at Levi’s Stadium from goal line to goal line and sideline to sideline with longer grass Friday and they expect no problems for Sunday’s preseason game against the San Diego Chargers.
Two high school games that had been scheduled for next Friday night in the $1.2 billion venue will instead be played in October or early November, giving the field plenty of time to be prepared for a Sept. 6 soccer match between Chile and Mexico.
49ers Chief Operating Officer Al Guido says the team, league officials and other experts and consultants are working to determine why the initial sod laid in April failed to hold up at least well into the regular season as was expected. There had been plans to re-sod at some point this season when it was deemed necessary.
Chiefs offensive tackle Donald Stephenson has been suspended by the NFL for the first four games of the regular season for violating the league’s policy on performance-enhancing substances. ... Chargers linebacker Manti Te’o, will miss Sunday’s game against the 49ers because of a sprained foot.