OXNARD, Calif. — Police in Lucky Whitehead's home state of Virginia say the former Dallas Cowboys receiver's identity was falsely used in a shoplifting arrest.
Prince William County police said Tuesday they were confident the man charged in a case involving $40 worth of stolen food and drink from a convenience store in June wasn't Whitehead. The Cowboys released him Monday after reports that he was arrested and subsequently cited for missing a court hearing.
Whitehead's agent, Dave Rich, contended that his client wasn't in Virginia at the time of the reported arrest. Police said they are seeking the person who used the identity of Whitehead, whose given name is Rodney Darnell Whitehead Jr.
The release of Whitehead came on the first day of training camp after a tumultuous offseason for the Cowboys, including the arrests of two defensive players (see full story).
Panthers: Olsen says holding out 'wasn't the right thing to do'
SPARTANBURG, S.C. — Panthers star tight end Greg Olsen chose team over himself.
Olsen reported to training camp on time Tuesday, saying he didn't want to hold out and be a distraction to an organization aiming to win its first Super Bowl.
The 32-year-old Olsen has two years left on his contract, but has outplayed his current deal, becoming the first tight end in NFL history with three consecutive 1,000-yard seasons. He was voted second-team All-Pro in 2015 and 2016.
Olsen contemplated holding out for more money, but ultimately decided against it.
"I just didn't feel it was right for me to put my situation and my own personal interests above that of the team," Olsen said as players checked into their dorm rooms at Wofford College. "If I don't show up today and cause a big stink, what would have come of that was just not fair to everybody, from ownership to the last guy on the roster. It's not something I wanted to be a part of when it came down to it. It's not who I am," (see full story).
Colts: Hooker, Luck to start training camp on PUP
INDIANAPOLIS — Safety Malik Hooker, the Indianapolis Colts' top draft pick, will start training camp on the physically unable to perform list.
As expected, Indy also put safety Clayton Geathers and quarterback Andrew Luck on the PUP list Tuesday. General manager Chris Ballard already has said defensive end Kendall Langford will go on the list when veterans report Saturday.
Hooker's appearance on the list came as a surprise. One day earlier, Ballard told reporters the Ohio State product would be available when the team opens practice Sunday. Instead, Hooker hurt his hamstring during a conditioning test Monday afternoon.
Hooker missed all of the team's offseason workouts while recovering from shoulder surgery and surgery to repair a sports hernia.
Broncos: Gary Kubiak coming back in scouting role
ENGLEWOOD, Colo. — Gary Kubiak's separation from the NFL is over.
Kubiak is returning to the Denver Broncos in a scouting capacity seven months after stepping down as their head coach over health concerns .
Kubiak will serve as a senior personnel adviser, scouting college and pro players. He'll be based out of his Houston home and make periodic trips to Broncos headquarters for personnel meetings, general manager John Elway said Tuesday.
"With as much experience as he has evaluating players, Gary's going to be a tremendous resource for our personnel department," Elway said. "He'll primarily help on the college side and assist us in free agency as well," (see full story).