Jets’ Lorenzo Mauldin won’t be prosecuted over misdemeanor assault arrest

New York Jets linebacker Lorenzo Mauldin, who was arrested in June for misdemeanor assault after allegedly attacking a man in an April nightclub altercation, will not face charges after the Manhattan District Attorney declined to prosecute on Tuesday.

“I want to thank everyone who stood behind me,” Mauldin said in a statement. “I was fortunate to have the resources to fight the case and clear my name when, too often, others don’t. I’m glad this is behind me so I can focus on football and the future.”

In his first two seasons, he played in 26 games and recorded 6 1/2 sacks.

For his part, Bryant, who didn’t return after the play, is optimistic: “Extremely blessed it ain’t nothing bad. Everything is stable. My ankle is stable. Just going to be sore. As the week progresses, I’ll get better.”

Bryant is the Cowboys’ leading receiver with 38 catches for 439 yards and four touchdowns. Dallas’ No. 2 receiver in terms of yardage, Terrance Williams (30 for 357 yards), also left Sunday’s game after aggravating an ankle injury he suffered in Week 1 but thus far hasn’t sidelined him..

“It’s just sore. It keeps hurting,” Williams said, via the Star-Telegram. “It’s just one of those things where if somebody hits me too hard it hurts a lot.”nationals_004

Colts QB Andrew Luck listed as limited because of right shoulder

INDIANAPOLIS — Colts quarterback Andrew Luck was listed on the team’s injury report as being a “limited” participant in practice Wednesday because of his right shoulder.

Luck took part in all the individual drills during the portion of practice that media was able to watch Wednesday.

Having Luck deal with any kind of injury is the last thing the Colts can afford this season. Two of the nine games he missed last season were due to a right shoulder injury.

Wright had 408 receiving yards and three touchdowns last season. He missed six games with knee and rib injuries.

The Titans picked up Wright’s fifth-year option in the spring of 2015, and he’s due a base salary of $7.32 million.

The New York Jets haven’t played a game yet, and already Fitzpatrick’s sometimes-reckless style of scrambling is an issue. It came up Wednesday, four days before the season opener against the Cincinnati Bengals. Coach Todd Bowles was asked what Fitzpatrick can do to improve as a quarterback, and he began his answer with the obligatory references to cutting down his interceptions.

“But the No. 1 thing he can be better at,” Bowles said, “is learning how to slide feet first, not head first.”

“I definitely don’t want to play with a thumb injury on my left hand all year again,” he said. “It’s something I’m thinking about. I can stand in front of you and say, ‘Yeah, I’m going to slide,’ and then I get out there and I get competitive. I’ve got to pick and choose. I’ve got to be smarter.”

Fitzpatrick’s competitiveness is one of the traits that endears him to teammates. The 33-year-old doesn’t want to throw that away and become a robot in the pocket. At the same time, he has to protect himself. If goes down for any length of time, the Jets are in big trouble.

Bowles was asked if he believes Fitzpatrick will heed his advice.

“If he slides one time more [than last season],” he said, “he’s taken the advice.”

Tom Brady back at practice, says he ‘had to take care of something’

ASHBURN, Va. — The Washington Redskins remain encouraged about running back Matt Jones’ shoulder, but that doesn’t mean they’re going to risk him before the season begins.

That’s why coach Jay Gruden said Monday that Jones will miss the rest of the preseason.

Gruden said Jones suffered a Grade 2 sprain of his left shoulder. He was hurt on his seventh and final carry in Friday’s 22-18 win over the New York Jets, when a defender fell on top of him as he reached the sideline.

Asked whether he’s been told he will play, Brady said, “I’m always prepared to go. Whenever my number is called, I’ll be ready.”

With a rotation that has been flimsier than a paper airplane in the Bermuda triangle during hurricane season, Tillman has been the undisputed anchor. When he starts, the Orioles have a .770 winning percentage (20-6). When anyone else starts, the O’s are sub-.500 (49-50).

Aside from Tillman, whose 15 wins are tied for second in the American League, Baltimore doesn’t have a single starter with more than five W’s. In other words, with Tillman and his bum shoulder on the shelf, the Birds are up the creek without a paddle … or a boat. At least, that’s the prevailing logic in and around Charm City. But if their latest win over Washington is any indication, the Orioles have other plans.

In order for the O’s to stay afloat sans Tillman, regardless of how long he’s out, they’ll need to get contributions from everyone. That’s exactly what happened on Tuesday against a Nats squad that came in with the second-best record in baseball.

Every player in Baltimore’s starting lineup reached base via hit or walk. Five different hitters drove in runs, and six different guys scored. Starter Kevin Gausman went six scoreless. Vance Worley worked three innings to get his first career save. Catcher Matt Wieters gunned down Trea Turner trying to steal twice, which is one more time than the rookie speedster had been caught previously this season. Even Showalter got into the act, going 3-for-3 in replay challenges.

The Bears have not hesitated to throw the ball in Jeffery’s direction (three preseason receptions for 53 yards) since he returned from a hamstring injury. White needs to get on the same plan in the final tune-up at Soldier Field.