NEW YORK — Rex Ryan spent part of his summer vacation running from angry bulls.
The New York Jets coach joined thousands of thrill-seekers on Sunday and Monday in the annual running of the bulls at the San Fermin festival in Pamplona, Spain.
The team confirmed Monday that Ryan was uninjured while participating both days in the run, which is the highlight of a nine-day street festival and is televised nationally. Ryan was there on two mostly uneventful days as there were no gorings, while six people were treated for injuries.
Ben Patton, a contestant on NBC’s matchmaker show “Ready for Love,” tweeted an Instagram photo of himself and some friends posing with Ryan in Pamplona. A slim-looking Ryan is wearing white pants, a red T-shirt with a picture of a bull in the middle — with the words “Bad Toro” printed underneath — and a red bandana around his neck.
The race, which lasts just over 2 minutes, takes place early in the morning as participants run with six fighting bulls along a narrow course of about 900 yards. It ends when the bulls have run from a holding pen to a city bull ring.
Ryan isn’t the first football coach to race through the streets of the northern Spanish city. Philadelphia Eagles coach Chip Kelly, then the coach at Oregon, participated in the event last summer, along with wide receivers coach Scott Frost — a former Jets safety.
Ryan and the Jets report for training camp on July 25 in Cortland, N.Y.
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. — New York Giants star receiver Victor Cruz has signed a five-year contract extension that runs through the 2018 season.
Cruz was a restricted free agent with three years in the NFL. Last month, he signed a one-year, $2.879 million tender with the Giants, but a long-term deal was already in the works. The Giants could have matched any offers Cruz received from other teams — so he didn’t get any.
The new deal is worth $43 million, according to media reports.
Training camp opens July 26. Cruz skipped all of New York’s offseason program.
The 26-year-old from Paterson, N.J., was an undrafted free agent out of Massachusetts in 2010, but he’s become one of the most productive receivers in the NFL. Over the last two seasons, he has 168 receptions for 1,628 yards and 19 touchdowns.
WASHINGTON — A former NFL player is suing the Washington Redskins and former assistant coach Gregg Williams, saying a career-ending knee injury is the result of a bounty program where Redskins coaches encouraged players to intentionally injure opponents.
Barrett Green, a linebacker who played for the Detroit Lions and the New York Giants between 2000 and 2005, says a career-ending knee injury during a game on Dec. 5, 2004 was the result of a bounty program and a “unusual, outrageous, and an obvious cheap shot.”
Prior to joining the Redskins, Williams was the defensive coordinator for the New Orleans Saints and was considered the mastermind behind the bounty scandal that led to unprecedented sanctions from the NFL. He was suspended for one year by the league and is now a senior defensive assistant with the Tennessee Titans. The lawsuit also names former Redskins player Robert Royal, the tight end who hit Green.
Redskins coaches and players told The Associated Press in 2012 that Williams also offered cash rewards for big hits and other plays — a violation of NFL rules — when he was coaching Washington’s defense from 2004-07.