NEW YORK — Tom Brady’s lawsuit against the NFL in which he wants his four-game suspension overturned will be heard in New York instead of Minnesota.
Brady and the players’ union filed their suit Wednesday in Minnesota. But the NFL already had filed papers Tuesday in New York, moments after announcing that Commissioner Roger Goodell upheld the suspension for Brady’s involvement in the use of underinflated footballs in the AFC championship game.
U.S. District Court Judge Richard Kyle ordered the transfer.
The judge wrote that he “sees little reason for this action to have been commenced in Minnesota at all.” He notes that Brady plays in Massachusetts, the union is headquartered in Washington and the NFL in New York, Kyle added that “the arbitration proceedings took place in New York and the award was issued in New York.”
ADDISON SAYS TEAM IS SUPER BOWL-BOUND: In Spartanburg, S.C., the Carolina Panthers arrived at training camp optimistic, perhaps no one more so than fifth-year defensive end Mario Addison.
Addison said Thursday the Panthers are Super Bowl-bound this season after winning back-to-back NFC South championships.
Addison says “there ain’t no limits. We’re going all the way. We have all the tools and all we have to do is put it together. I see a Super Bowl. I feel it, man.”
Panthers Pro Bowl tight end Greg Olsen tempered Addison’s Super Bowl enthusiasm, but only a little.
Olsen said there is still a lot of work to do first, before adding “would I be surprised if we did? No.”
Coach Ron Rivera was at training camp Thursday but said he’ll miss practice Saturday and Sunday to attend his brother’s funeral.
Off the field
KROMER PLEADS NOT GUILTY TO BATTERY: In Fort Walton Beach, Fla., Buffalo Bills offensive line coach Aaron Kromer pleaded not guilty to a charge that he punched a boy in the face for using his beach chairs in Florida.
Walton County court records show that Kromer, a former Saints assistant coach, filed a written plea of not guilty Wednesday to a misdemeanor battery charge. The sheriff’s office said Kromer was arrested earlier this month after confronting two boys, pushing one to the ground and punching him.
An arrest report says the boy told deputies that Kromer threatened to kill his family if he reported the incident.
Kromer is charged with battery that caused bodily harm.
He joined the Bills in January after being fired from the Chicago Bears. He was placed on paid leave shortly after his arrest.
JETS’ RICHARDSON FACING CHARGES FOR RESISTING ARREST: In Florham Park, N.J., Jets defensive lineman Sheldon Richardson is facing legal trouble after being charged Thursday in St. Charles County, Missouri, with resisting arrest and traffic violations on July 14 — just two weeks after his NFL-issued four-game drug suspension.
According to a release issued by the St. Charles County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office, Richardson was driving at “exceedingly high rates of speed” on Interstate 64 in “what appeared to be a road race.” In the police incident report, an officer stated that Richardson took off at speeds as high as 143 mph. Richardson eventually exited the car, along with two adult passengers and a 12-year-old boy. A fully loaded semi-automatic handgun was found underneath the driver’s floor mat, and the car smelled of marijuana.
Richardson was issued summonses, and was ordered to appear in St. Charles County Circuit Court on Oct. 27 for arraignment.
MCFADDEN STARTS TRAINING CAMP ON INJURED LIST: In Oxnard, Calif., Cowboys running back Darren McFadden will start training camp on the physically unable to perform list because of a hamstring injury that also bothered him in the offseason.
Linebacker Rolando McClain is on the injured list going into Thursday’s first full camp workout. That was expected after coach Jason Garrett said he wouldn’t be ready early in camp as he recovers from offseason knee surgery.
Dallas is hoping McFadden, the top 10 pick by Oakland in 2008, can help replace NFL rushing champion DeMarco Murray, who signed with Philadelphia in free agency.
Three rookies are starting on active injured lists: lineman Chaz Green (hip surgery), linebacker Mark Nzeocha (knee) and center Shane McDermott (eye infection).
Also, linebacker Keith Rivers decided to retire rather than report to training camp
All the players can be activated anytime during camp.
WILLIAMS PLACED ON ACTIVE/NON-FOOTBALL INJURY LIST: In Pittsford, N.Y., Buffalo placed three players on the active/non-football injury list, including Pro Bowl defensive end Mario Williams.
Cornerback Leodis McKelvin and kicker Dan Carpenter were also placed on the list, which is designated for injuries sustained outside of team activities.
The Bills did not disclose the nature of the injuries. Because they were placed on the list, the players can practice as soon as they are medically cleared.
Buffalo opened training camp Thursday with meetings and physicals at St. John Fisher College in suburban Rochester, and will begin practice Friday.
The Bills also placed tight end Chris Manhertz and cornerback Cam Thomas on the active/physically unable to perform list.
GATES NOT SURE HOW BANNED SUBSTANCE GOT INTO HIS SYSTEM: In San Diego, tight end Antonio Gates said he’s not sure how a banned substance got into his body, although he believes it could have been while he was cleansing his system in the offseason.
Gates was suspended without pay for the first four games for testing positive for a performance-enhancing drug. He can practice with the team and play in exhibition games, but then will be barred from the team until Oct. 5, when the Chargers host the Steelers in a Monday night game.
Gates addressed the media Thursday after the opening practice of training camp and said: “It wasn’t something that I knew what it was.”
NELSON, HAYWARD PRACTICE ON FIRST DAY OF CAMP: In Green Bay, Wis., receiver Jordy Nelson took part in the first practice of Green Bay’s training camp after being limited during the offseason following minor hip surgery.
Cornerback Casey Hayward also practiced Thursday after missing time in the offseason with a foot injury. He could take over as a starter opposite of Sam Shields following the departure of free agent Tramon Williams.
Trainers also looked at Jared Abbrederis after the receiver fell hard to the ground following an interception.
Starting tight end Andrew Quarless missed practice. Coach Mike McCarthy said Quarless is dealing with difficult family situation.
Linebacker Mike Neal was placed on the physically unable to perform list, while rookie defensive back Quinten Rollins was put on the non-football injury list. Both players can return once medically cleared.
LITTLE, LAWRENCE SIGN: In Cincinnati, the Bengals signed receiver Greg Little at the start of training camp, giving him a second chance to show he can catch the ball consistently.
The former Browns star signed with Cincinnati last season when injuries depleted the receiving group. He played in six games and had only six catches for 69 yards. He didn’t catch a pass during a first-round playoff loss at Indianapolis.
The Bengals waived receiver Cobi Hamilton, a sixth-round pick in 2013 who spent that year and part of last season on the practice squad. They also signed rookie receiver Desmond Lawrence, a free agent from North Carolina A&T. He signed with the Lions and was released in May.