Hernandez pleaded not guilty to murder in the death of Lloyd, a 27-year-old Boston semi-professional football player whose body was found June 17 about a mile from Hernandez’s North Attleborough home. His attorneys have said the case against him is circumstantial and they are confident he will be exonerated.
Authorities believe Lloyd was killed with a .45-caliber Glock, which hasn’t been recovered. Prosecutors say video surveillance from Hernandez’s home before and after the killing shows him holding a gun that appears to be a Glock.
●EAGLES: Philadelphia excused Riley Cooper from all team activities after the wide receiver was caught on video making a racial slur.
Cooper was sent away to get help with his issues, something the player and the team agreed upon. Coach Chip Kelly made it clear after Friday’s practice, however, that Cooper would be back with the team when he’s ready.
“There has never been any question of cutting Riley,” Kelly said. “His status with us is not in question.”
Cooper said the last few days have been difficult and he will step away to seek counseling.
“My actions were inexcusable,” he said. “The more I think about what I did, the more disgusted I get. I keep trying to figure out how I could have said something so repulsive and what I can do to make things better.”
Cooper apologized profusely Wednesday after a video of him using the N-word at a Kenny Chesney concert last month surfaced on the Internet. The Eagles immediately fined him.
●RAVENS: Baltimore cornerback Asa Jackson was suspended without pay for the first eight games of the regular season for violating the NFL’s policy on performance-enhancing substances.
“My reaction to that is that you’ve got to follow the rules,” coach John Harbaugh said after practice Friday. “If you don’t follow the rules, you get suspended. That’s a fair rule. There’s no place for that, and he’s getting what he deserves.
“As far as what it does to our corner depth, that’s one less corner that we have. We’ll be missing Asa those first eight weeks. Whether he’ll back after that, time will tell.”
Jackson received a four-game suspension as a rookie last season for the same reason. This suspension is for eight games because it’s his second violation.
●COWBOYS: The Dallas nightclub where former player Josh Brent last stopped before being involved in a fatal crash that killed a teammate may have over-served patrons that night, state liquor authorities said.
The Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission said its investigators found “sufficient evidence” that Beamers Private Club in Dallas sold alcohol to an already intoxicated person either late Dec. 7 or early Dec. 8 and conducted “practices that promote excessive consumption by patrons.”
Brent is charged with intoxication manslaughter in the Dec. 8 crash that killed Jerry Brown, a practice squad player and Brent’s college teammate.
●RAIDERS: Oakland signed kicker Sebastian Janikowski to a four-year extension, ensuring the franchise’s leading scorer will remain with the team through at least 2017.
Janikowski converted a career-best 91.2 percent (31 of 34) of his field goal attempts in 2012. The only misses came from 51, 61 and 64 yards.