RICHMOND, Va. — Washington Redskins General Manager Scot McCloughan said he felt “very comfortable” signing Junior Galette, despite off-field problems that led the New Orleans Saints to cut the outside linebacker.
McCloughan added Sunday: “He has to walk the line, and he knows that. If he doesn’t, then he’s gone.”
McCloughan’s first news conference of training camp came two days after Galette signed a one-year, $745,000 contract. He was released by the Saints last Monday.
Galette was arrested in January after an alleged domestic dispute. Charges were dropped, but the episode remains under review by the NFL, which is also reviewing a video that shows a man resembling Galette in a fight on a beach.
McCloughan called the video “scary.”
KROMER SUSPENDED FOR FIRST 6 GAMES: In Pittsford, N.Y., the Buffalo Bills suspended offensive line coach Aaron Kromer without pay for the first six games of the regular season for violating the NFL’s personal conduct policy.
The suspension was announced by Bills president Russ Brandon on Sunday night. The disciplinary action comes two days after prosecutors in Florida dropped a battery charge against Kromer for allegedly punching a boy in the face for using his beach chairs last month.
The Bills placed Kromer, a former Saints assistant, on paid leave on July 14, two days after he was arrested. Kromer, however, will rejoin the team at training camp.
His suspension will begin Sept. 7, in the week leading up to the Bills’ regular-season opener against Indianapolis. The suspension will run through Buffalo’s game against Cincinnati on Oct. 18.
CLOWNEY EXPECTED TO BEGIN PRACTICE AUG. 17: In Houston, Texans coach Bill O’Brien’s goal is to have outside linebacker Jadeveon Clowney practicing on Aug. 17.
O’Brien discussed Clowney’s expected return on Sunday after Houston’s second day of camp.
The No. 1 overall pick in last year’s draft was placed on the physically unable to perform list just before camp began.
Clowney played just four games as a rookie last season before having season-ending microfracture surgery in December.
The Texans have said that his rehabilitation from that surgery is going well and they hope that he’ll be ready to play in the season opener.
The Texans’ first preseason game is Aug. 15 and they open the season on Sept. 13 against the Chiefs.
MCDANIEL RELEASED IN SALARY CAP MOVE: In Renton, Wash., Seattle released veteran defensive tackle Tony McDaniel to save salary cap space after signing quarterback Russell Wilson and linebacker Bobby Wagner to contract extensions.
Seattle made the move with McDaniel on Sunday and it will save the club between $2.5 million and $3 million against the salary cap. McDaniel was set to make $2.5 million in base salary.
HILL WAIVED AFTER TORN ACL: In Spartanburg, S.C., Carolina waived injured wide receiver Stephen Hill after he suffered a torn right ACL in practice.
Panthers assistant coach Steve Wilks made the announcement on Sunday after practice. Hill was injured on Saturday when he attempted to catch a pass over the middle and landed awkwardly on his leg. He screamed as he fell to the ground.
Hill, a former second-round draft pick by the New York Jets in 2012, spent last season on the Panthers’ practice squad.
The Panthers signed Paul Browning to take his place on the roster.
JOHNSON HURTS KNEE, TEAM OPTIMISTIC: In Cincinnati, Bengals defensive end Michael Johnson hurt his right knee during practice on Sunday and was taken off the field on a cart.
Doctors initially thought the injury wasn’t serious. He was sent for tests. The injury happened during the team’s second practice of training camp.
“From everything right now, it seems like everything should be OK,” coach Marvin Lewis said.
Johnson returned to the Bengals after spending one season with the Buccaneers. The Bengals are hoping he revives a line that didn’t get much pressure on the quarterback last season. Cincinnati finished last in the league in sacks.
The Bengals also are counting on tackle Geno Atkins to play better now that he’s had a full year to recover from knee surgery.
WILKERSON LEAVES PRACTICE WITH TWEAKED HAMSTRING: In Florham Park, N.J., New York Jets defensive end Muhammad Wilkerson left practice Sunday with a tweaked hamstring, an injury coach Todd Bowles didn’t believe is serious.
Wilkerson, a key playmaker in Bowles’ defense, walked off the field at training camp about halfway through practice and headed straight to the locker room. He didn’t appear to be walking gingerly or with a limp.
Bowles said after practice that Wilkerson was taken inside “just to stretch him (out).”
The players have their first day off from practice on Monday.
Bowles says that if Wilkerson’s hamstring loosens up, he “shouldn’t be out long.”
Rookie wide receiver Devin Smith was released from the hospital after staying two nights as a precaution. He’s out 4-6 weeks with broken ribs and a partially punctured lung.
MINCEY IN CAMP AFTER BRIEF HOLDOUT: In Oxnard, Calif., Cowboys defensive end Jeremy Mincey is expected to end a brief holdout over a contract extension by participating in practice Sunday at training camp.
Dallas coach Jason Garrett said Mincey would get lighter work after missing the first three days of camp, including the first padded practice Saturday.
Garrett declined to discuss details of a conversation with Mincey, but the eighth-year player wants an extension after leading the team with six sacks and providing stability to an improving defense.
The 31-year-old Mincey, who showed up at the team’s training camp site Saturday night, is set to earn $1.5 million in the final year of a two-year contract. He faced a $30,000 fine for each day missed.
RYAN LISTS INCOGNITO AMONG STARTERS: In Pittsford, N.Y., Buffalo guard Richie Incognito took the next step in his return to football following a 15-month hiatus for his role in the Miami Dolphins bullying scandal.
Three days into training camp, coach Rex Ryan named Incognito the team’s starting left guard. Ryan made the announcement Sunday when he included Incognito along with center Eric Wood and left tackle Cordy Glenn as three offensive linemen he regards as starters.
That’s a significant step for Incognito, the eighth-year player who signed with Buffalo in January. He had been out of football since midway through the 2013 season, when he was suspended for being a central figure in a bullying scandal that led to offensive lineman Jonathan Martin leaving the Dolphins.
Incognito went unsigned last season despite being reinstated by the NFL.