DALLAS With training camp just two weeks away, Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Dez Bryant is in trouble again.
The talented wide receiver was arrested Monday after being accused of attacking his mother during an argument, hitting her arms and face. He faces a charge of family violence, a misdemeanor punishable by up to a year in jail and a $4,000 fine.
The Cowboys had no comment on the latest stumble by Bryant since the Cowboys drafted him out of Oklahoma State in 2010.
Bryant, 23, had spent this offseason watching film, working on his conditioning and staying out of trouble off the field. Others noticed he was in better shape and more focused.
Bryant surrendered Monday after police in DeSoto, south of Dallas, issued a warrant. Police said Angela Bryant called 911 Saturday to complain her son was assaulting her. Police arrived to find her with a swollen wrist and thumb and bruising on her upper arms, police Capt. Ron Smith said. She told police she had grabbed Dez Bryant’s shirt and he forcefully knocked her arms away, Smith said. Police say he hit her on the face and pushed her in the chest.
Around the league
Chicago: The Bears have agreed to a one-year contract with running back Lorenzo Booker.
A third-round draft pick out of Florida State by Miami in 2007, Booker spent the past two seasons with the Minnesota Vikings and was used primarily as a kick returner and third running back.
He returned 37 kickoffs for 879 yards during his two seasons with the Vikings. He also had 13 carries for 52 yards in 2011.
Jacksonville: A day after signing veteran place-kicker Josh Scobee to a long-term contract, the Jacksonville Jaguars waived Brandon Coutu.
The Jaguars signed Coutu in May, bringing him to serve as the team’s kicker while negotiating with Scobee. The Jags used the franchise tag on Scobee and signed him to a four-year, $14 million deal Monday.
Coutu played in the regular-season finale last year for Buffalo and converted three extra points. He missed his lone field-goal attempt. Coutu also spent time with Seattle in 2008. He played college ball at Georgia.
New Orleans: Jonathan Vilma’s hearing as he attempts to delay or overturn his season-long suspension has been moved up a week to July 26.
A U.S. District Court judge in Louisiana granted Vilma’s motion Tuesday, although Vilma sought a hearing for Thursday. The Saints open training camp next Tuesday.
Vilma was suspended by Commissioner Roger Goodell for his role in the team’s bounty program. He also has sued Goodell for defamation.
Seattle: Running back Marshawn Lynch was seen weaving from lane to lane on Interstate 880 in Oakland, Calif., on Saturday morning, leading to his arrest for investigation of DUI.
An incident report released by the California Highway Patrol on Tuesday described Lynch driving a Ford Econoline van and having two near collisions with two other vehicles driving in adjacent lanes.
Authorities say Lynch was pulled over around 3:20 a.m. Saturday and showed signs of intoxication. After multiple field sobriety tests, Lynch was arrested and booked into jail, where he was cited and later released. Lynch took a chemical test.
Tennessee: Receiver Kenny Britt is recovering from his second arthroscopic surgery since May on his knees, the latest on his left.
He had surgery on the right knee when he tore his ACL and MCL last September.
The Titans confirmed Tuesday that Britt had surgery after the team’s minicamp ended in late June. The Tennessean cited sources that Britt had swelling in his left knee.
Washington: Robert Griffin III remains unsigned as the Redskins open the second day of their five-day rookie camp.
The Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback from Baylor was the second pick in this year’s draft.
He isn’t considered a holdout because training camp doesn’t officially begin until July 26.
Griffin is due for a four-year contract worth about $21 million, roughly two-thirds of which would be the signing bonus. The hang-up apparently is “offset” language that would govern the guaranteed money in the event Griffin is waived before the contract’s expiration.