American Football - Sherman denies drug use quote

Seattle Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman has agreed with the NFL's statement in response to Sherman's quote on Adderall use as "ill-informed and inaccurate."

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Sherman, appearing on NFL Network's "NFL AM" on Thursday, denied telling the Vancouver Sun that "half the league" takes the drug designed to improve focus in patients suffering from attention deficit disorder.

"First off, I didn't say that," Sherman said. "It's just another case of these writers trying to gain a little notoriety in an interview. What I said was there's a bunch of guys on prescription for Adderall. I've never seen people get prescribed a performance-enhancing drug, you know what I mean? .... They go so crazy when guys test positive for it, but a bunch of guys have prescriptions for it, so it's kind of misleading."

Sherman was suspended for four games by the NFL last season for allegedly taking Adderall, but won his appealed due to a mishandled sample.

The NFL said the comments were irresponsible "as they ignore the serious medical risks and documented public health crisis associated with improper use of Adderall and similar drugs."

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The Philadelphia Eagles acquired linebacker Emmanuel Acho from the Cleveland Browns for running back Dion Lewis, reuniting Acho with Eagles coaches Pat Shurmur and Bill Davis.

Acho was taken in the sixth-round by Cleveland, when Shurmur, now the Eagles offensive coordinator, was the head coach. His position coach with the Browns was Davis, who is now the Eagles defensive coordinator.

The 22-year-old spent the 2012 season on Injured Reserve with a knee injury. His brother, Sam, was a fourth-round choice of the Arizona Cardinals in 2011.

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Running back Rashad Jennings and safety Reggie Smith signed with the Oakland Raiders, who have been active of late acquiring relative bargains on the open market.

Jennings averaged 4.2 yards per carry in four seasons with the Jaguars as the primary backup to Maurice Jones-Drew. He started six games in 2012 with Jones-Drew sidelined by injury and rushed for 283 yards on 101 carries.

Smith was out of the NFL in 2012. He went to training camp with the Carolina Panthers but was released. Smith played the first four seasons of his career with the San Francisco 49ers.

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Jacksonville Jaguars general manager Dave Caldwell told ESPN Thursday that the team is happy to keep the second overall selection in the draft.

"We would be open to both (staying put or trading down)," he said. "There's a player there at two that we're going to draft and that's going to make us better, we feel good about that, and we have a consensus here from our personnel staff and our coaching staff."

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Former No. 2 overall draft pick Jason Smith signed a one-year deal with the New Orleans Saints.

Smith played for the New York Jets last season after being dealt for offensive tackle Wayne Hunter. The Saints add Smith to the mix at offensive tackle, a position in flux following Jermon Bushrod's free agent departure.

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New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski will delay surgery on his broken left forearm for a few more weeks to ensure that the infection has cleared out, according to The Boston Herald's Karen Guregian.

Gronkowski will continue taking antibiotics, but still plans to have surgery to install a new plate in his forearm.

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Former Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker James Harrison visited the Cincinnati Bengals, according to a USA Today Sports report.

Harrison, 34, became a free agent when he refused to accept a pay cut to stay with Pittsburgh for another season. He was set to meet the with Baltimore last month, but the Ravens instead signed Elvis Dumervil.

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New England Patriots cornerback Alfonzo Dennard was sentenced to 30 days in jail Thursday for assaulting a police officer and resisting arrest during an April 2012 altercation.

The sentence is expected to begin March 1, 2014. He was also put on 24 months of probation for each charge and required to serve 100 hours of community service.

Dennard was found guilty of third-degree assault by a jury Wednesday in Lincoln, Nebraska, following a weeklong, high-profile trial. He had faced up to six years in prison.

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A judge dismissed a felony charge against Tampa Bay Buccaneers defensive end Da'Quan Bowers Thursday following a February arrest for allegedly bringing a handgun into a New York airport, USA Today reported.

Bowers instead pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor charge of disorderly conduct, a violation that carries no jail time or probation, his lawyer, Dennis Coppin, told the paper. He paid a $250 fine and $120 surcharge.

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Former NFL wide receiver Sam Hurd pleaded guilty in federal court in Dallas to possession of cocaine and marijuana with intent to distribute.

Hurd's trial was scheduled to begin Monday, and attempts to delay the start of the trial were shot down. Prosecutors have discussed a plea bargain in the case.

The charges stem from a 2011 arrest in Chicago. Hurd, primarily a special teams player with the Dallas Cowboys before he signed with the Chicago Bears in 2011, attempted to purchase cocaine from an undercover officer and made a request to a separate informant for 10 kilograms of cocaine per week.

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