More NFL Notes: Lynch begins expected holdout

More NFL Notes: Lynch begins expected holdout
July 25, 2014, 8:15 pm
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Marshawn Lynch, who didn't show up to training camp Friday, ran for 1,257 and 12 touchdowns last season for the Seahawks. (USA Today Images)

RENTON, Wash. -- Marshawn Lynch famously said during Super Bowl week that he was "all about that action, boss."

His action on Friday was defiance. The Super Bowl champion Seattle Seahawks opened training camp and Lynch chose to stay away because of his current contract situation.

Beast Mode's status: absent and unhappy.

"Everybody is calling him, but it's a business at the end of the day," Seattle defensive end Michael Bennett said. "... So all you can do is support him. You want him to be here, but as a player you understand the business side too."

Lynch's absence was expected after former teammate Michael Robinson said Thursday night on NFL Network that Lynch would not show for the opening day of camp.

Seattle coach Pete Carroll said he was disappointed Lynch was not present, while reiterating the team wants him there and intends on him being an integral part of their plans for this season (see full story).

Browns: Gordon reports to camp with hearing looming
BEREA, Ohio -- Josh Gordon's off-field issues didn't put him out of shape.

The embattled Pro Bowl wide receiver reported to Browns training camp on Friday and passed his conditioning test as he awaits an appeal hearing with the NFL on a possible suspension.

Gordon is scheduled to meet with the league on Aug. 1. He's facing a one-year ban for violating the substance abuse policy for at least the third time. Gordon was suspended for the first two games last season, but still led the league with 1,646 yards receiving and scored nine touchdowns.

He entered the league with a history of marijuana abuse after failing two drug tests in college. Gordon reportedly entered a rehab clinic following a recent DUI arrest in Raleigh, North Carolina and spent two weeks at a clinic in California (see full story).

Browns: Manziel admits 'rookie mistakes'
BEREA, Ohio -- Browns quarterback Johnny Manziel acknowledged he has "made some rookie mistakes" during the offseason, but doesn't think his partying has hurt his chances of winning a starting job.

Speaking on the eve of Cleveland's first training camp practice, Manziel briefly addressed his fraternity-guy-gone-wild behavior during the past two months when photos of him partying around the country were a weekly occurrence. Manziel, who opened his news conference by discussing his off-field exploits, said he has spoken to Browns coach Mike Pettine and general manager Ray Farmer.

"For me, my main thing is, people within this building, my teammates, the coaching staff, the higher-ups in this organization we've all been on the same page," he said. "We've all been good and very eager to be moving forward."

Manziel also spoke to Pettine and Farmer about a recent photo of him holding a rolled up $20 bill, but the former Heisman Trophy winner provided no other details (see full story).

Colts: RB Ballard carted off field
ANDERSON, Ind. -- Colts running back Vick Ballard was carted off the field Friday with a lower left leg injury.

Team doctors are waiting for MRI results to confirm the diagnosis.

Ballard was injured on a pass play during Indy's afternoon practice. After initially getting up and limping, Ballard was taken to the locker room on a golf cart. The Colts haven't even practiced in full pads yet and he wasn't hit on the play.

Indianapolis owner Jim Irsay was disappointed to see it happen shortly after he arrived at Anderson University for the second full day of training camp (see full story).

Cowboys: McClain gets 18-day jail term
DECATUR, Ala. -- A judge on Friday convicted Dallas Cowboys linebacker Rolando McClain of resisting arrest and disorderly conduct in his Alabama hometown and imposed an 18-day jail term that could interrupt the player's bid to restart his career.

Municipal Judge Billy Cook convicted McClain on the misdemeanor counts after a non-jury trial that lasted about three hours. McClain was accused of yelling an obscenity at police trying to arrest him during a disturbance in a crowded city park in 2013.

McClain won't have to report for his jail sentence until after an appeal is complete in state court. Cook also ordered McClain to pay $1,572 in fines and court costs. It's unclear how long an appeal might take.

The judge signed a document stating McClain, 25, was free to leave the state while challenging the conviction (see full story).

Related: NFL Notes: Jason Babin reports, practices at Jets camp (see story).

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