FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. — The Atlanta Falcons added depth and experience at linebacker by signing former Colts starter Pat Angerer.
Atlanta lost linebacker Sean Weatherspoon for the season with a torn Achilles in June.
Angerer, a second-round pick by Indianapolis in 2010, made nine starts in 2013 and had 63 tackles with one interception.
Angerer finished last season on injured reserve with a knee injury. He made only three starts in 2012 because of a foot injury.
The Falcons also signed wide receiver Jeremy Ebert, who had three catches for 18 yards in five games with Jacksonville last season. Ebert was a seventh-round pick by New England in 2012. He spent time on the Patriots’ and Eagles’ practice squads in 2012.
WR SANDERS FACING SUSPENSON: Jaguars receiver Ace Sanders said he is facing a four-game suspension and won’t be around for most of training camp.
Sanders held a conference call with reporters Tuesday evening to disclose his looming punishment.
He declined to discuss the reason for the pending suspension, but said “personal reasons” will prevent him from attending the start of training camp Friday.
Sanders said he will seek counseling and not rehab.
The Jaguars already are down one receiver since Justin Blackmon is suspended indefinitely for repeated violations of the league’s substance-abuse policy.
EX-RB NEWHOUSE DIES AT 64: Robert Newhouse, who played running back for the Dallas Cowboys for 12 seasons and went to three Super Bowls, has died. He was 64.
Newhouse’s son, Rodd Newhouse, says his father died Tuesday at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota, after a battle with heart disease.
Newhouse had suffered a stroke in 2010.
The burly running back was drafted by the Cowboys in 1972 out of the University of Houston, where he ran for 1,757 yards as a senior, a school record that still stands.
Newhouse ran for 4,784 yards in the NFL. He retired in 1983 after playing in three Super Bowls with some of the Cowboys greatest teams, including the 1976 NFL champions.
In the 1977 Super Bowl victory against Denver, Newhouse threw a touchdown pass.
SEASON TICKETS GOING PAPERLESS: The New York Jets are doing away with paper tickets for season ticket holders, while offering those fans a rewards plan for showing up regularly and behaving properly.
The high-end rewards include Super Bowl tickets and a trip to a road game on the team plane.
Other NFL clubs, such as the Broncos and Chiefs, already have gone to paperless access control systems.
But as Jets vice president of marketing and fan engagement Seth Rabinowitz says, “certainly we are the first to do this much.”
This much begins with creating a simplified way to get into MetLife Stadium for the games. The Jets’ program also will provide incentives for the season ticket holders to keep coming, with bonus points accumulating throughout a season.
Once a fan has been to seven of the 10 home games, the rewards points increase.