Saturday, March 23, 2002

NFL notebook


TE Mitchell returns to Jags

Enquirer news services

        JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — The Jacksonville Jaguars signed tight end Pete Mitchell on Friday, bringing back an original member of the team who last played for the Detroit Lions.

        Mitchell played for the Jaguars from 1995-98, catching 166 passes for 1,845 yards. He played every game in the franchise's first four seasons and started 40 games.

        In 1999, Mitchell signed with the New York Giants as an unrestricted free agent. He caught a career-high 58 passes that season. He also played for the Giants in 2000, when they were NFC champions and lost to Baltimore in the Super Bowl.

        Last season, Mitchell signed with the Lions and played in five games before being released.

        BRONCOS:

        The team signed unrestricted free agent linebacker Terry Killens and re-signed linebacker Donnie Spragan. Terms were not disclosed.

        Killens, 27, a graduate of Purcell Marian High School, spent last season with San Francisco. He played in 16 games, made 10 tackles and had a team-leading 25 stops on special teams.

        Spragan, 25, spent the final four weeks of the season on Denver's practice squad. He has never played in an NFL game.

        VIKINGS:

        The team was denied its request to move a wrongful death lawsuit filed by Korey Stringer's family from Minneapolis to Mankato, Minn.

        Judge Gary Larson ruled the lawsuit will be heard where it was filed in January by Stringer's widow, Kelci Stringer, their son and the player's parents. A trial date has not been set.

        Korey Stringer, a 335-pound Pro Bowl lineman, was stricken with heatstroke July 31 on the second day of training camp in Mankato, 75 miles from Minneapolis. He died about 15 hours later, on Aug.1, at a Mankato hospital.

        The Stringers are suing the Vikings for $100 million. The lawsuit contends Vikings coaches and medical staff didn't give Stringer the medical attention he required after he was stricken with heatstroke July31. Stringer died 15 hours later.

        The Vikings argued the lawsuit should be moved to Mankato County because Stringer died there.

        But the judge agreed with family lawyers who argued it was proper to try the case in Minneapolis because several of their claims tie the case to Hennepin County, where Stringer's widow and child live and where the Vikings are based.

        Those accusations include breach of contract, negligence, misappropriation of Stringer's property and infliction of emotional distress by failing to notify his wife promptly about his illness.

        Besides the Vikings, the defendants include then-head coach Dennis Green; then-offensive line coach Mike Tice; trainer Fred Zamberletti; head trainer Chuck Barta; Dr. W. David Knowles of the Mankato Clinic, who was in charge of medical care on the field at the time; and the Mankato Clinic.

        MANLEY TROUBLE:

        An arrest warrant has been issued in Houston for former NFL defensive lineman Dexter Manley, who failed to appear for a pre-sentencing hearing after his conviction for evidence tampering. A jury found him guilty Wednesday of attempting to swallow less than a gram of cocaine during a January 2001 drug bust at a Houston motel.

        Manley, 43, faces up to two years in prison and a $10,000 fine based on the conviction. He was stopped Jan.10, 2001, because officers watched him leave a hotel room they were about to search, and the police said Manley tried to swallow cocaine as they were attempting to arrest him.

       



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