Saturday, May 04, 2002

NFL notebook

Unhappy Gonzalez skips Chiefs minicamp

The Associated Press

        KANSAS CITY, Mo. — All-Pro tight end Tony Gonzalez wasn't around when Kansas City's newest wide receiver made an impressive debut during Friday's first day of minicamp.

        Johnnie Morton made three over-the-shoulder catches on fly patterns and consistently beat every cornerback the defense put on him. More than once after a play, Chiefs coach Dick Vermeil ran over to compliment Morton.

        “It was fun getting acquainted with the guys,” Morton said.

        Signed as a free agent out of Detroit, where he had 77 receptions for 1,154 yards and four touchdowns last year, Morton was made the Chiefs' No.1 wideout the minute he set foot on the practice field.

        Gonzalez, embroiled in a contract dispute, did not surprise anyone when he chose to stay home in California.

        “I love Tony Gonzalez and I respect him,” Vermeil said. “But I did not even give it a thought.”

        Wide receiver Marvin “Snoop” Minnis broke a bone in his foot Friday during a non-contact drill in the team's minicamp.

        Chiefs president and general manager Carl Peterson said Minnis would undergo surgery Monday, but that team doctors believe he will recover in time for the opening of training camp.

        CARDINALS: In his first meeting with reporters since his arrest on drug charges, David Boston acknowledged that he embarrassed the team.

        “I want to apologize for bringing this kind of circumstances to the organization,” Boston said Friday after the first day of minicamp. “I've been told by my lawyer not to discuss any details of the matter, but I'm glad to be back out here playing.”

        PANTHERS: Fire broke out Friday in apartments overlooking the Carolina Panthers' practice field, sending three members of the team's staff into the building to rescue residents.

        The fire broke out about 11:30 a.m. as the Panthers were wrapping up their first session of a three-day minicamp.

        No one was injured.


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