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NFL Roundup: Agent disputes Jones-Dew incident

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Jacksonville Jaguars running back Maurice Jones-Drew was involved in an altercation at a St. Augustine, Fla., restaurant on Sunday night with a police report citing Jones-Drew for striking a security guard.

Initial reports said Jones-Drew was charged with misdemeanor battery stemming from the incident that took place at the Conch House Restaurant and Marina in St. Augustine, 40 miles south of Jacksonville. The report, filed by the St. Augustine police department, said "an altercation broke out on the dock. ... Conch House security got involved and during the altercation, Jones-Drew hit the security officer on the left side of the head, knocking him out."

However, Jones-Drew's agent, Adisa Bakari, questioned that report. In an email to the Florida Times-Union, Bakari said, "We have confirmed with the St. Augustine Police Department that no charges have been filed against Maurice Jones-Drew and that the matter remains under investigation. To be clear, Maurice was not involved in any verbal or physical altercation, whatsoever, and we are confident that in due time the facts will demonstrate as much."

---Houston Texans running back Arian Foster spent most of Tuesday's organized team activity practice in the training room after suffering what coach Gary Kubiak called a strained right calf muscle.

Kubiak said the injury wasn't serious and that Foster is day-to-day. He left the field on a cart with a bag of ice on his right leg.

Foster had a league-leading 351 rushing attempts for 1,424 yards and 15 touchdowns in 2012, when he started all 16 regular-season games for the first time in his four pro seasons.

---Running back Mike Goodson returned the New York Jets on Tuesday for their OTA practices, a source told ESPN, but still faces gun and drug charges after an arrest last week.

Goodson had skipped last week's voluntary sessions amid the fallout. His session Tuesday was closed to the media. Goodson was the passenger in an SUV that was stopped in New Jersey in the early morning of May 17. He was found to be "incoherent, slobbering and had vomited on himself," according to a police affidavit. He was also charged with unlawful possession of a handgun and marijuana.

---Hall of Fame running back Jim Brown is returning to the Cleveland Browns in a new role the team will announce at a press conference Wednesday.

Owner Jimmy Haslam is expected to introduce Brown, 77, formally, though specifics of the role with the franchise are unknown. Brown has worked for the team in several capacities since ending his nine-year career at age 29.

It's expected Brown will have a role similar to the executive advisor position he held under Randy Lerner.

---Expected changes to the 2014 NFL calendar include the start of the league year on March 11 and a later-than-ever draft date of May 8-10 at Radio City Music Hall.

In a press release Tuesday, the NFL said future dates and sites of the draft are under consideration.

The 2014 Scouting Combine will be held February 18-25, which follows the past schedule for the annual event in Indianapolis.

---The starting backfield of the Dallas Cowboys remains idle at Valley Ranch.

Running back DeMarco Murray won't practice with the team as the second week of organized team activities (OTAs) because of a lingering hamstring injury. Murray's injury is considered minor, but the 25-year-old missed seven weeks last season with an ankle sprain and has been injury-prone in two previous seasons.

Murray and quarterback Tony Romo, who had a cyst removed from his back and won't participate in OTAs, could work in a limited capacity in minicamp.

---Former Detroit Lions offensive tackle Jeff Backus may have retired, but he'll remain engaged as a part-time coaching staff intern this season. Backus will work with the linemen and assist offensive line coaches Jeremiah Washburn and first-year assistant Terry Heffernan.

---First-round pick D.J. Hayden underwent abdominal surgery to remove scar tissue, but the Oakland Raiders expect the rookie to make a full recovery before the start of training camp.

The 12th overall pick in April, Hayden is penciled in as an instant starter. He will miss the remainder of organized team activities (OTAs) to recover, but the surgery was considered minor and unrelated to the life-threatening injury Hayden overcame last November.
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