PONTIAC, Mich. Arizona Cardinals defensive end Ronald Talley is accused of smashing a champagne bottle on the head of a man at a suburban Detroit bar.
Robert Ford, 30, of Detroit was attacked near the restroom of the South Bar in Birmingham on March 26 and then dragged to the alley by bouncers, according to a lawsuit filed Wednesday in Oakland County Circuit Court against Talley and unnamed bouncers.
Ford’s injuries required 13 staples, attorney Jonathan Marko said Friday.
“The scalp has healed but the insides of his head will never be the same,” Marko said.
Talley, a Detroit native, was at Cardinals training camp Friday and could not immediately be reached for comment. Ford and Talley know each other but were not together at the bar, Marko said.
Buffalo: Bills cornerback Leodis McKelvin missed the final hour of practice after being escorted into a cooling tent because he felt ill.
Coach Chan Gailey said the player was taken into the tent as a precaution and held out for the rest of the two-hour session Friday.
The afternoon practice was under a mostly cloud-less sky with temperatures in the low 80s.
Detroit: Lions running back Jahvid Best still hasn’t been cleared for full contact – a fact he attributes to the new NFL protocol for dealing with concussions.
Best missed over half of last season after a concussion against San Francisco on Oct. 16. He also had concussion problems last preseason and when he was a college player at California.
Jacksonville: Jaguars have signed tight end Gijon Robinson and released fullback Naufahu Tahi, who left the team Friday for what coach Mike Mularkey called “personal reasons.”
• The Jaguars want to keep injury information in house. And they’re ready to levy a stiff penalty for anyone caught breaking the rules.
Coach Mike Mularkey told players during a team meeting Thursday night that talking publicly about injuries could result in a hefty fine. Cornerback Rashean Mathis, the team’s NFLPA representative, said Friday the fine would be nearly $10,000.
Minnesota: Vikings have placed running back Adrian Peterson on the active physically unable to perform list to start training camp.
The move was expected, considering the team’s preference to be cautious with its franchise player and his comeback from reconstructive surgery on his left knee. Peterson can come off the PUP list at any time, but he can’t take part in drills with the team until then. He still counts against the 90-man roster.
Pittsburgh: Steelers signed wide receiver Antonio Brown to a five-year extension that will keep him in Pittsburgh through 2017.
Brown, voted Pittsburgh’s most valuable player by teammates last season, was entering the final season of the three-year contract he signed when he was drafted out of Central Michigan in 2010.