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NFL Roundup: Eagles' McCoy faces 'party bus' suit

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Philadelphia Eagles running back LeSean McCoy has been sued for assault after an alleged incident on a "party bus" in December 2012, according to CourthouseNews.com.

Filed in the Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas, the lawsuit seeks more than $50,000 in damages for assault and battery, intentional infliction of emotional distress, false imprisonment, and negligence.

"The allegations against LeSean McCoy are completely, unequivocally false," a representative for McCoy said in a statement. "There are no criminal charges pending and no probable cause was ever found. This is sadly an attempt to extract money and LeSean will vigorously defend any attempt to collect money through a personal injury claim."

McCoy allegedly rented the vehicle for a trip from Philadelphia to New York City. The plaintiff, a female suing under the "Jane Roe," claims McCoy and/or his bodyguard struck her in the face, held her down and poured a drink over her, and ejected her from the bus.

---Former Dallas Cowboys running back Felix Jones signed with the Philadelphia Eagles and participated in Tuesday's practice.

Jones was signed and wide receiver Marvin McNutt was released to create a roster spot. McNutt, a 6-foot-2 receiver out of Iowa, entered the NFL with the Eagles last season and played in four games but had zero catches.

Jones, a first-round pick in 2008, agreed to a one-year deal to join LeSean McCoy and Bryce Brown in a talented backfield. Jones will compete for the third running back spot and a return role with Chris Polk, who was undrafted out of Washington in 2012.

---Former running back Chuck Muncie, a three-time All-Pro, has died at the age of 60 from a heart attack.

A star at the University of California, Muncie finished second in the Heisman Trophy voting as a senior, then was the third overall pick by the New Orleans Saints in the 1976 NFL draft. He was traded to the San Chargers during the 1980 season.

In nine seasons, Muncie rushed for 6,702 yards and 71 touchdowns. In 2009, he was chosen as one of the 50 greatest Chargers of All Time. His career ended in 1984 when he was suspended by NFL Commissioner Pete Rozelle for the rest of that season following a positive test for cocaine after the first regular-season game.

---Plans for the $980 million Vikings Stadium in downtown Minneapolis will not include a retractable roof, but a majority of the top of the building is see-through thanks to a transparent membrane that gives the appearance of a large windows to allow views of the city skyline.

The roof will have an exaggerated slope to abate concerns about snow building up, an issue that helped put the Metrodome out of commission on more than one occasion. The advanced architecture implementation was used in the plans for the Beijing Olympics "Water Cube" structure in 2008.

The 65,000-seat stadium is scheduled to be completed in time for the 2016 season at the current Metrodome site.

---Free agent safety Charles Woodson is scheduled to meet with the Denver Broncos on Wednesday, the first positive sign the 15-year veteran has seen since being released three months ago.

Woodson was released by the Green Bay Packers in February and, other than a visit to the San Francisco 49ers, hasn't attacted much interest. The 1997 Heisman Trophy winner could be reunited with that year's runner-up, Peyton Manning.

---Former NFL quarterback Donovan McNabb plans to officially retire in September as a member of the Philadelphia Eagles, he said on his NBC Sports Radio show Monday night.

No announcement has come from the Eagles, but McNabb said it could happen in Week 3, when his former head coach, Andy Reid, returns to Philadelphia with the Kansas City Chiefs.

---Titus Young's father, Richard, told two Detroit newspapers Monday that his son needs help because he suffers from a mental health disorder.

Titus Young was arrested Friday in California for the third time in a week for allegedly breaking into a house. Less than a week earlier, he was arrested on suspicion of drunken driving, then later in the same for trying to retrieve his car from a tow yard.

Richard Young told The Detroit News and Detroit Free Press that he and Titus had coffee earlier Friday and the former Detroit Lions receiver appeared happy. Then later, Titus told his father that he was going to his car for his cell phone and drove off.

"His mind is not capable enough to go out and deal with society because of this situation," Richard Young said

---Fullback Jason Schepler signed a contract with the San Francisco 49ers after taking advantage of his weekend tryout with the NFC champions.

Schepler started 26 games for Northern Illinois and caught 14 career passes. He's likely to shift into a combo blocking role to help fill the void left when tight end Delanie Walker, also a standout special teams player and a solid blocker on the edge, signed with the Tennessee Titans as a free agent.

---The Minnesota Vikings announced that they've agreed to deals with fourth-round pick Gerald Hodges seventh-round picks Michael Mauti and Everett Dawkins.

Hodges, who began his career at Penn State as a safety, could enter camp in a competition for the starting weak-side linebacker slot, especially if the Vikings move Erin Henderson to middle linebacker instead of signing a veteran.

---The Cincinnati Bengals signed guard Tanner Hawkinson of Kansas, their fifth-round pick in the 2013 NFL Draft.

The Bengals have now signed six of their 10 selections from the 2013 draft. Hawkinson joins linebacker Sean Porter of Texas A&M, halfback Rex Burkhead of Nebraska, wide receiver Cobi Hamilton of Arkansas, offensive tackle Reid Fragel of Ohio State and center T.J. Johnson of South Carolina as signees from the 2013 draft class.

---The Buffalo Bills claimed tight end Mickey Shuler off waivers from the Oakland Raiders on Tuesday.

Shuler has bounced around the NFL since he was drafted in the seventh round by the Minnesota Vikings in 2010 out of Penn State. He played for the Vikings and the Miami Dolphins in his rookie season, returned the Vikings in 2011 after he was released by the Cincinnati Bengals and then spent the final 11 weeks of the 2012 season on the Raiders' practice squad.

In another roster move, the Bills waived injured wide receiver Kevin Norrell.

---The annual NFL Hall of Fame game matching the Miami Dolphins against the Dallas Cowboys is set for 8 p.m. ET on Sunday, Aug. 4, the league announced Tuesday.

Dates and starting times for all 65 NFL preseason games also were released. The preseason schedule was previously announced on April 4.

The Hall of Fame Game in Canton, Ohio, will be telecast by NBC. It is one of 11 national broadcasts during the preseason that will air on CBS, ESPN, FOX or NBC. The NFL Network also will carry live broadcasts during the four weeks of the exhibition season.

---The New York Jets claimed free-agent wide receiver Marcus Davis off waivers from the New York Giants and released wide receiver Antavious Wilson on Tuesday.

Davis was released by the Giants on Sunday after the team's rookie minicamp. He was undrafted out of Virginia Tech. Wilson also was passed over in the 2013 draft and signed with the Jets as a free agent.
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