ENGLEWOOD, Colo. — Denver returner Kyle Williams tore his right Achilles during a punt return drill at training camp Saturday.
The oft-injured Williams missed much of the Broncos’ offseason workouts with sore hamstrings.
He was reaching to scoop a football when he crumpled to the grass in pain and was carted off the field minutes later.
Williams, a fifth-year pro who has played in San Francisco and Kansas City, was in the mix for Denver’s punt return job.
Coach Gary Kubiak said Williams “was doing a good job. He came back in great shape and was doing some return stuff, wasn’t even touched. So, one of those things you just feel bad for him. I know he’s very disappointed, so we’ll support him best we can.”
HILL CARTED OFF WITH LEG INJURY: In Spartanburg, S.C., Panthers receiver Stephen Hill was carted off the field Saturday with a right leg injury.
Hill attempted to make a catch across the middle during an afternoon practice in intense heat but came down wrong on his leg and fell to the ground screaming in pain.
Trainers taped Hill’s knee before helping him on to a cart. Hill left the field with his head in his hands and a towel draped over his head.
Panthers assistant coach Steve Wilks said after practice he had no immediate word on the extent of the injury and didn’t want to speculate.
The former New York Jets’ second-round pick is battling for a roster spot in Carolina. He spent last season on the Panthers’ practice squad.
Hill was cited Tuesday by police in Concord, North Carolina for knowingly possessing drug paraphernalia with intent to use. Coach Ron Rivera said the arrest wouldn’t affect Hill’s chances of making the team.
WINN HURTS RIGHT KNEE IN PRACTICE: In Berea, Ohio, Browns defensive lineman Billy Winn was carted off the practice field with a potentially serious injury to his right knee.
Winn got hurt during an inside running drill Saturday as the Browns practice in full pads for the first time in training camp. Coach Mike Pettine says the team will know more about the extent of Winn’s injury following an MRI and X-rays.
Winn started five games last season. He recorded a career-high 31 tackles and an interception. Browns running backs Terrence West and rookie Duke Johnson both sustained minor leg injuries.
GM SUPPORTIVE BUT NONCOMMITTAL ON RICHARDSON’S FUTURE: In Florham Park, N.J., New York Jets General Manager Mike Maccagnan was supportive of Sheldon Richardson, but noncommittal on the defensive lineman’s long-term future with the team.
Maccagnan addressed reporters Saturday for the first time since Richardson was suspended four games by the NFL for marijuana use in early July and his arrest less than two weeks later in Missouri after high-speed road racing.
Maccagnan said the team worries about Richardson’s decision-making off the field, but added that there’s “a degree of trust that has been broken.” Richardson hid his arrest on July 14 from the team until reports surfaced Thursday.
Maccagnan said Richardson will remain with the team throughout training camp and use the “resources” the Jets have in place. He added the team likes Richardson, but “it’s about actions” as far as his long-term future.
SMITH HAS PARTIALLY PUNCTURED LUNG, BROKEN RIBS: Devin Smith had a painful start to his first NFL training camp.
The New York Jets rookie wide receiver has what the team called a “partially punctured lung,” as well as broken ribs, and is expected to be sidelined 4-6 weeks.
Smith was injured at practice Friday while making an impressive catch, and the team announced he would miss the majority of the remainder of training camp.
The Jets confirmed Saturday that Smith also has the lung injury, but said it wouldn’t affect the initial timetable for wide receiver’s return.
Smith was hospitalized for a second straight night Saturday as a precaution.
BREELAND EXPECTED TO MISS 4-6 WEEKS WITH BAD KNEE: In Richmond, Va., Washington coach Jay Gruden said cornerback Bashaud Breeland is expected to miss four to six weeks with an MCL problem in his right knee.
Gruden addressed Breeland’s injury on Saturday, a day after the second-year player was hurt during the second practice of training camp.
Gruden called Breeland’s diagnosis “the best-case scenario, probably, for what we thought” and says “he’s a fast healer.”
Gruden said Justin Rogers, Tevin Mitchel and Kyshoen Jarrett will get a shot at playing in the slot with Breeland out.
Breeland went down to the turf shortly after the NFL announced he would be suspended for the Redskins’ regular-season opener against Miami for violating the substance abuse policy.
Also Saturday, the Redskins signed cornerback Deshazor Everett and released linebacker Dasman McCullum.