Nebraska coach Mike Riley
receives 1-year contract extension
LINCOLN, Neb. — Nebraska coach Mike Riley has been given a one-year contract extension through the 2020 season.
Riley originally signed a five-year contract when he was hired in December 2014. He signed the extension last month and is now on a four-year contract.
No salary for the fourth year was listed in paperwork the university provided to The Associated Press on Tuesday. Riley’s base salary is $2.9 million this year, $3 million in 2018 and $3.1 million in 2019.
Riley is 16-12 with the Cornhuskers, including 1-1 this season after a 42-35 loss at Oregon last week.
Athletic director Shawn Eichorst said the extension “is indicative of our great belief in his leadership of our program and in our future with him at the helm.”
The Omaha World-Herald first reported the extension.
“Pacman” ready to return
after Week 1 suspension
Adam “Pacman” Jones watched on television and winced as the Bengals stumbled through one of their worst season openers.
He’s back from his NFL suspension aiming to help them get beyond it.
The cornerback served a one-game suspension for his offseason arrest and misdemeanor conviction. He was activated Tuesday and will start against the Texans at Paul Brown Stadium on Thursday night.
The Bengals lost to the Ravens 20-0, the first time in their history that they were blanked in a season opener at home. Most of the issues involved the offense — Andy Dalton had five turnovers — but the young defense had bad moments as well.
Linebacker Vontaze Burfict has two games left on his latest NFL suspension.
Patriots replacing field
turf after 1 regular-season game
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. — The New England Patriots are replacing their artificial turf field after just one regular-season game because of what some players said was a surface with too much give.
Since it was installed in May, the field also has been used by the New England Revolution.
“While it met the safety requirements of the NFL and MLS, it wasn’t up to the standards of the Patriots and the Revolution,” Patriots spokesman Stacey James said. “This was the first time all summer that we had a two-week window to replace it.”
ESPN first reported the decision. On Monday, the playing surface at Gillette Stadium was bare and the tunnel where the players come out was filled with hundreds of bags of small rubber pellets used to mimic the feel of a natural grass field.
The Revolution do not play at home until Sept. 23. The Patriots play the Saints in New Orleans this weekend and return the following Sunday to play the Houston Texans.
“It will be good to have some new turf out there,” said Patriots running back James White, who agreed that the field was softer than players would prefer. “But like Bill (Belichick) says, you’ve got to play on … whatever’s out there.”
A survey of NFL players in 2006 voted the Patriots’ field as one of the two worst in the league. After several rainy games in which players kept losing their footing, the team tore up the grass and replaced it with artificial turf.
The surface was replaced several times since then, most recently in May with a strain of FieldTurf the team said “plays soft, feels real, looks great and hangs tough.”
Cardinals lose star RB
David Johnson to dislocated wrist
TEMPE, Ariz. — The Arizona Cardinals lost way more than a game in their season opener in Detroit.
Star running back David Johnson dislocated a wrist, Cardinals coach Bruce Arians said, and probably will require surgery.
Arians said Johnson is seeking a second opinion. If the original prognosis is confirmed, the injury is the same as the one that sidelined rookie T.J. Logan in the preseason.
While he didn’t give a timetable for Johnson, Arians said Logan is expected to be out eight to 12 weeks.
“It’s always a huge blow to lose a top player but it’s not the end of the world,” Arians said at his Monday news conference. “We’ve got quality guys on our team. It’s an opportunity for somebody to step up. David Johnson became David Johnson because of somebody’s injury.”
Arians was referring to Johnson’s rookie season, when David took over as starter when Chris Johnson went down with a knee injury.
David Johnson likely is headed for injured reserve, not necessarily for the season but maybe for most of it. NFL rules allow up to two players to be brought back from IR.
“There’s some big shoes for somebody to step into,” right tackle Jared Veldheer said. “We need good running backs in our system, so we need somebody to step up.”
Arians said Monday that the injury occurred late in the third quarter of Sunday’s 35-23 loss at Detroit, when Johnson was hit hard after a catch at the Lions’ 3-yard line. The next and final time Johnson touched the ball, he fumbled at the Cardinals’ 10-yard line.
Kerwynn Williams and Andre Ellington are the primary running backs in Johnson’s absence. Ellington said the team didn’t know Johnson hurt his wrist on the big catch.