An arrest warrant has reportedly been issued Friday morning for Pats tight end Aaron Hernandez in connection with the execution-style murder of 27-year-old semi-pro football player Odin Lloyd.
According to CBS Boston, and as originally reported by WBZ NewsRadio 1030, Hernandez will be charged with obstruction of justice, with the possibility for upgraded or additional charges. The 23-year-old star has reportedly been uncooperative since retaining legal representation, and this charge is seen as being intended to compel his cooperation.
The warrant follows reports that Hernandez's cellphone and the hard drive for the video surveillance system at his home had been severely damaged, and that a cleaning crew had been brought to the house on Monday.
Updated 12:59pm ET
Walton underwent surgery on Monday to replace hardware in his ailing ankle; an infection had apparently caused swelling in the area after the team's minicamp.
Koppen was originally signed by the Broncos to a one-year deal at the $825K minimum last September, just a few weeks before Walton suffered a fracture and disclocation of his left ankle.
Sports producer Steve Silva of Boston.com is reporting that Patriots TE Aaron Hernandez will be arrested in connection with the execution-style murder of semi-pro football player Odin Lloyd. Sports Illustrated is reporting the same, while the Boston Globe says no arrest is imminent.
Lloyd's body was found Monday with a gunshot wound to the back of the head in an industrial park within a mile of Hernandez's MA residence. The 27-year-old Lloyd had reportedly been dating the sister of Hernandez's baby mama.
According to Jeff Legwold, Broncos center J.D. Walton underwent another operation Monday on his ailing left ankle and may be lost for the season. A few minutes after his original tweet, Legwold adds that the team hopes to get Walton back by late October or early November.
Cecil Lammey of ESPN Denver suggests this could prompt the team to bring back Dan Koppen, who remains an unrestricted free agent.
The Broncos have signed second-rounder Montee Ball and third-rounder Kayvon Webster; only first-rounder Sylvester Williams remains unsigned.
Denver released veteran running back Willis McGahee on Thursday, as the team continues to go younger (and cheaper) at the position.
The 31-year-old back had been due a $2.5M salary this season and would have counted for $3M against the cap. According to Spotrac, McGahee's release will leave $500K in dead money on the books for each of the 2013 and 2014 seasons, while freeing up $2.5M in cap space in 2013 and $2M in 2014.
McGahee had not attended the team's voluntary OTAs, instead choosing to work out in Miami, before this week claiming "family obligations" were the cause.
Willis McGahee was back at Dove Valley on Tuesday, as expected, although he cited "family obligations" as the cause for his having missed all of Denver's (non-mandatory) OTAs.
Like they had during his absence, second-year back Ronnie Hillman and 2013 second-rounder Montee Ball received the bulk of the day's reps, with the veteran only seeing the field for what he called "a couple" of snaps.
Still, McGahee says he expects to be the starter come Week 1, even while acknowledging his place "on the bubble."
Just a few hours ago, it was reported that the Broncos had not discussed a long-term deal with Ryan Clady since last July. According to Lindsay Jones, the team was waiting for their All-Pro left tackle's surgically repaired right shoulder to show progress in rehab before restarting contract talks.
It may be they've received positive reports to that effect, as Ian Rapoport reports that Denver contacted Clady's representatives today to discuss the parameters of a new contract. The Broncos applied their franchise tag to the 26-year-old BSU alum in March; the tender is worth $9.828M for one year, but Clady has not yet signed it. He said earlier today that he's likely to join the team for training camp; in February, Clady said he'd like to be paid similarly to fellow tackles Joe Thomas and Jason Peters.
Bill Belichick apparently wasn't blowing smoke when he challenged Mike Silver's report that he hated Tim Tebow as a football player.
Turns out, he likes Tebow enough to sign him in time for the Pats' minicamp - with some reporting the intention is to use him as a quarterback.
The move will reunite Tebow with the man who drafted him in Denver, Josh McDaniels, who is in his second stint as New England's offensive coordinator.
Updated 10:00pm ET - more links added
Denver's mandatory minicamp runs from Tuesday through Thursday. It's expected that Willis McGahee, who was absent for OTAs, will be in attendance, but that Ryan Clady will not.
Clady has still not signed his $9.828M one-year franchise tender, and as such, is not contractually required to attend.
Asked Monday on 102.3 ESPN Denver about whether he'll be at training camp next month, the sixth-year tackle said, "More than likely I'll be there."