Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers is disappointed in Milwaukee Brewers outfielder Ryan Braun after his admission this week that he violated baseball's policy on performance-enhancing substances.
"Well, I was shocked, I really was, just like I know many of you were," Rodgers said Friday at the Packers' training camp. "I was backing up a friend, who looked at me in the eye on multiple occasions and repeatedly denied these allegations, said they weren't true. It's disappointing, not only for myself as a friend but for obviously Wisconsin sports fans, Brewer fans, Major League Baseball fans.
"It doesn't feel great being lied to like that, and I'm disappointed about the way it all went down. I trusted him, and that's the thing that probably hurts the most."
Braun received and accepted a season-ending 65-game suspension this week.
Rodgers had defended Braun in the past, saying he would bet his salary that Braun did not use PEDs.
---Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson responded to speculation that his rapid recovery from knee surgery was aided by human growth hormone by saying he is clean but adding that he believes NFL players are using HGH.
Peterson came back in nine months from ACL surgery last year to rush for more than 2,000 yards. He has seen the chatter on social media accusing him of using performance-enhancing drugs and is aware of the Twitter handle @HGHPeterson.
He wants the NFL to start testing for HGH.
"(Testing) will bring a lot of people to light," Peterson said.
---The Kansas City Chiefs signed No. 1 overall pick Eric Fisher before the start of training camp, the team announced.
The five-year deal is worth $22.2 million and includes a $15.5 million bonus, ESPN reported. The numbers are in line with the previous two top picks in the NFL Draft and follow the league's new rookie wage scale.
---Washington Redskins defensive end Jarvis Jenkins was suspended without pay for the first four games of the 2013 regular season for violating the NFL policy on performance enhancing substances, the team announced Friday.
Jenkins played in all 16 regular-season games last season and finished with 24 tackles.
---Seattle Seahawks wide receiver Percy Harvin will go to New York next week for a second opinion on his injured hip, according to reports.
Harvin is scheduled to meet with Dr. Bryan Kelly on Tuesday for a consultation. The initial diagnosis is a slight tear in Harvin's hip, ESPN reported.
There is a possibility that the injury might require surgery.
---The Chicago Bears, looking to fill a void on the defensive line left by the sudden retirement of Sedrick Ellis, signed defensive end Jamaal Anderson to a one-year contract, the team announced.
---New England Patriots coach Bill Belichick appears pleased with Tim Tebow so far, but he stopped short of revealing any plans for how the team might use him in their offense this season.
"I think that we'll use Tim wherever we feel like he's best for the team," Belichick said, according to NFL.com, "and I know that's what he's committed to doing, as well. Whatever that is."
---Tebow took snaps as the No. 3 quarterback on Friday.
When asked after practice about former college teammate and former Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez, who is accused of murdering a semi-pro football player, Tebow said, "It was heartbreaking, it was sad. And we've been advised not to comment on an ongoing legal investigation. So I'm not going to comment further. But it's just heartbreaking and sad. All my prayers go out to the families that were involved."
---Houston-area authorities entered the home of former NFL quarterback Vince Young on Monday to inventory his possessions for an auction that will be held by court order to pay down $1.7 million owed to Pro Player Funding, accordin to reports.
---Kicker David Buehler was waived by the New York Giants, who filled his roster spot with fullback Ryan D'Imperio.
---The Cincinnati Bengals learned that standout wide receiver A.J. Green has a knee bruise and not a more serious injury.
Green fell awkwardly during practice at the Bengals' training camp on Thursday.
"A.J. has a knee bruise," Bengals coach Marvin Lewis told Bengals.com. "We'll keep him out through the weekend and then we'll go from there."
---One day after New York Jets running back Joe McKnight was placed on the physically unable to perform list because he failed the team's conditioning test, he was spotted on the practice field after apparently receiving clearance to participate in training camp,
---The New York Jets announced that cornerback Aaron Berry suffered a knee injury in Friday's practice that will sideline him for the entire season.
NFL.com reported that the injury is a torn anterior-cruciate ligament.