Cowboys sign undrafted OL Collins
Former LSU offensive lineman La’el Collins, a first-round prospect who went undrafted, signed with the Dallas Cowboys on Thursday.
The three-year, $1.66 million contract is fully guaranteed, which is rare, if not unprecedented, for undrafted players. But Collins’ case is unique: He went undrafted due to concerns about his involvement in a murder the week before the 2015 NFL Draft.
After Collins met with police Monday, teams started contacting him. He had an impromptu dinner meeting with Buffalo Bills coach Rex Ryan in Baton Rouge on Monday and had received interest from the New York Giants, Miami Dolphins and Carolina Panthers as well.
Patriots waive DL Buchanan, WR Dorsey
The New England Patriots released defensive lineman Michael Buchanan and wide receiver Kevin Dorsey on Thursday.
Buchanan, 24, was a seventh-round pick of the Patriots in 2013. The 6-foot-6, 255-pounder played in 18 games and registered four tackles and two sacks. He was limited to three games last season, placed on injured reserve on Oct. 7.
Dorsey, 25, was a seventh-round draft pick by the Green Bay Packers in 2013. He spent his rookie season on injured reserve and played in just three games last season before landing on IR again. He had signed with the Patriots on March 11.
Wizards’ Wall out with fractures in left wrist, hand
The Washington Wizards were dealt a severe blow to their playoff hopes when All-Star point guard John Wall was sidelined indefinitely on Thursday because of an injured left wrist and hand.
Wall sat out Game Two against the Atlanta Hawks on Tuesday and medical tests the following day revealed five non-displaced fractures in his hand and wrist, the NBA team said in a statement.
A non-displaced fracture is one in which the bone cracks but retains its proper alignment.
The Wizards are tied 1-1 with the top-seeded Hawks in their best-of-seven Eastern Conference semi-final with Game Three to be played in Washington on Saturday.
Wall, 24, recorded 18 points and 13 assists in the series opener in Atlanta on Sunday when the Wizards won 104-98.
However, the twice All-Star was unable to play in Game Two as Atlanta leveled the series with a 106-90 victory.
Reed retires, will join Ravens’ Ring of Honor
Ed Reed, one of the NFL’s greatest safeties, officially retired Thursday during a news conference at the Baltimore Ravens’ headquarters in Owings Mills, Maryland.
At a gathering attended by several former teammates, the Ravens said Reed will be inducted into the team’s Ring of Honor on Nov. 22, when the Ravens host the St. Louis Rams at M&T Bank Stadium.
“Home is Baltimore,” said Reed, who signed a one-day contract so he could retire as a Raven.
A first-round pick in 2002, Reed became an eight-time All-Pro and nine-time Pro Bowl safety in 11 seasons with the Ravens. He was named NFL Defensive Player of the Year in 2004 and won a Super Bowl with them in 2012.