NFL notebook: Security guard presses charges against Elliott
Security guard Kyle Johnson has pressed charges against Dallas Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott over a May 19 incident in Las Vegas, Fox 5 Las Vegas reported.
The report said Las Vegas police will investigate to determine if official charges against Elliott should be filed. The incident occurred during the Electric Daisy Carnival (NYSE:) at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. On Saturday, Elliott's camp accused Johnson of extortion in a statement released to the NFL Network.
"Over the course of the past several weeks, Mr. Elliott has been the target of extortion," Elliott lawyers Scott Rosenblum and Jason Lampert said in the statement. "Kyle Johnson's filing of a criminal complaint against Mr. Elliott in connection with the Las Vegas incident is the latest attempt to do so. Mr. Elliott and his team are in contact with all of the proper authorities and are fully cooperating with them in their investigations."
TMZ has aired video footage of the incident in which Elliott is seen leaning against a security guard, who fell to the ground when the metal railing behind him toppled over. Elliott was handcuffed and briefly detained by Las Vegas police around 3 a.m. before being released. The NFL announced on July 3 that Elliott will not be disciplined for the incident.
–Miami Dolphins assistant head coach and quarterbacks coach Jim Caldwell is taking a leave of absence due to health issues.
"I will be stepping back due to some medical complications that require my full attention," Caldwell said in a statement. "I want to thank (owner) Stephen Ross, (general manager) Chris Grier, Coach (Brian) Flores and the rest of the organization for the support they have given me and my family."
Caldwell, 64, will serve as a consultant for the team during the 2019 season. The former Colts and Lions head coach joined first-year head coach Flores' staff in February.
–Running back Melvin Gordon said he doesn't want to leave the Los Angeles Chargers, but he will "do what I need to do" to get paid.
"I want to end up with the Chargers. That's my home," Gordon said at SportsCon 2019 in Dallas, via NBC Sports' Pro Football Talk. "I'm not going to sit here and be like, 'Man, I don't want to go back to the Chargers, dah, dah, dah.' Like that's the team that blessed me with an opportunity. They started my life. … I can't forget them for that. But it's an opportunity right now where I know I need to take advantage of it. You know, I want to get paid."
Gordon's agent, Fletcher Smith, said earlier this week that his client will not report to training camp without a new contract. Smith also said that a failure to Read More – Source