Top pick Cooper agrees to contract
GLENDALE, Ariz. — The Arizona Cardinals have reached a contract agreement with first-round draft pick Jonathan Cooper.
The four-year deal is worth about $14.5 million, the maximum allowed under the NFL collective bargaining agreement for Cooper as the seventh pick overall.
The 6-foot-2, 311-pound guard from North Carolina missed the first two days of training camp, when the team worked out in shorts. He was en route to Arizona and also missed Sunday’s practice, the team’s first in pads. He was expected to practice Monday.
Cooper had worked out at left guard with the starting unit through the offseason.
Center Koppen out with to knee injury
ENGLEWOOD, Colo. — Center Dan Koppen appeared to seriously injure his left knee Sunday in 9-on-7 drills, just five weeks after rejoining the Denver Broncos following J.D. Walton’s setback in his comeback from ankle surgery.
Koppen, an 11-year veteran who played his first nine seasons with the Patriots, was caught in a pile early in the workout and was carted off the field and taken for medical tests.
Manny Ramirez, who took most of the snaps at center during Denver’s offseason practices, stepped in for Koppen, whose teams have gone 108-28 in games he has started.
Koppen’s injury is the latest setback to Peyton Manning’s patched-up pocket of protection. Left guard Zane Beadles was the only starting lineman to come out of last season unscathed.
Pitta has surgery, status unclear
OWINGS MILLS, Md. — Baltimore Ravens tight end Dennis Pitta could miss the entire season after having surgery on his fractured and dislocated hip.
The operation took place late Saturday, according to a team official.
Pitta’s status for the 2013 season remains unclear. Coach John Harbaugh was expected to address the situation late Sunday afternoon following practice.
The injury occurred Saturday during the third day of training camp, when Pitta collided with safety James Ihedigbo in the back of the end zone vying for a pass from Joe Flacco.
Pitta was one of the key figures of the Ravens’ offense during their run to a Super Bowl championship last season. He was expected to take on a bigger role this year after Baltimore traded top wide receiver Anquan Boldin during the spring.
Hill: suspension was for marijuana
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. — New York Giants safety Will Hill says the recent four-game suspension imposed on him by the NFL was for using marijuana last season.
The second-year player, who made the team as a free agent in 2012, said Sunday that the league didn’t impose a penalty immediately because Hill tried to fight it. He was also suspended for four games early last season for using a performance-enhancing drug, which he and the team said was Adderall.
The 23-year-old Hill would miss the opening four games of the season if he makes the team. He said he has not used any banned substances this year. He recently underwent drug rehabilitation in March and April in Boston, and followed that with outpatient meetings in New Jersey.