Patriots coach Bill Belichick finally denied a month-old Yahoo! Sports report that said he “hates’’ free agent quarterback Tim Tebow as a player, telling ESPN.com on Thursday the report is “untrue, baseless and irresponsible.’’
Asked if he’d sign Tebow, Belichick told ESPN.com, “I wouldn’t get into the probability of us pursuing any free agent. Every single player has strengths and weaknesses. It is unfortunate that something so inaccurate was reported.”
The Patriots have surfaced in ties with Tebow because offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels drafted Tebow in 2010 when McDaniels was the head coach of the Denver Broncos.
The Patriots had Tebow in for a pre-draft visit in 2010, and Belichick had praised Tebow’s abilities.
Tebow, 25, was released by the Jets in April and is a free agent.
LB Edds signs on again
The Patriots claimed Edds off waivers Sept. 7, 2011, after he was released by the Dolphins. The 6-foot-4-inch, 256-pounder was on the Patriots’ active roster for two games before being released and signed to the practice squad.
The Colts signed Edds off the Patriots practice squad Sept. 28, 2011, and he played in nine games that season. However, Edds spent the 2012 season on injured reserve with a knee injury; he also spent his rookie season in 2010 on IR with a knee injury.
Edds was a fourth-round pick of the Dolphins in 2010.
Also, the Patriots waived running back Akeem Shavers Wednesday.
Shavers, at 5-11, 203 pounds, was an undrafted rookie out of Purdue. The Patriots had claimed him off waivers from the Buccaneers May 7.
Brent in more trouble
Cowboys defensive tackle Josh Brent tested positive for marijuana while he awaits trial in a car crash that killed a teammate, prosecutors said in asking a judge to revoke the player’s $100,000 bond and issue a warrant for his arrest.
Police have accused Brent of driving with a blood-alcohol content more than twice the legal limit during the Dec. 8 car crash that killed Jerry Brown, a Cowboys practice squad player.
Prosecutors said in their motion that Brent failed a urine test taken after a May 24 court hearing in which they had sought for his bond to be revoked due to problems with his alcohol monitoring. While the judge declined to do so, he did order Brent to provide a urine sample.
Brent is required to wear an alcohol ankle monitor and appear for regular meetings with a county officer. Judge Robert Burns last month ordered a second form of monitoring to take breath samples, and for Brent to provide the sample after the hearing.
The prosecutors’ motion said the test results indicate Brent took marijuana within 30 days of the test date and it did not appear the exposure to marijuana was second-hand.
A crash report released by suburban Dallas police says Brent was driving the night of the crash with a suspended driver’s license from Illinois, where he pleaded guilty three years ago to a misdemeanor driving under the influence charge. Brent and Brown both played college football at Illinois.
Brent faces up to 20 years in prison if convicted of intoxication manslaughter, though he could also get probation.
RG3 will be ready
Quarterback Robert Griffin III said ‘‘without a doubt’’ he expects to be fully recovered from knee surgery and in uniform when the Redskins open training camp July 25. ‘‘One, it’s a mind-set and then two, it’s how it’s progressed,’’ the Griffin said of his surgically repaired right knee. Griffin had knee surgery Jan. 9 to repair the ACL and LCL he had torn during the playoff loss to Seattle three days earlier . . . Former Boston College star Mathias Kiwanuka is going back to being a defensive end for the Giants — and as a starter. Kiwanuka was thrust into the role because Jason Pierre-Paul had surgery to repair a herniated disk in his lower back. The Giants don’t expect Pierre-Paul back until late in training camp . . . Eric Kettani is the only Navy Reserve officer in the NFL. He is older than 55 of the 90 players on the Redskins’ roster. Twenty-six is getting up there for someone who has yet to play in a regular-season game. ‘‘It’s quite unusual to do what he’s done,’’ Redskins coach Mike Shanahan said. ‘‘To have that type of drive [to do] what he does for the service [and] what he does on the football field keeps him pretty busy. He’s got a chance to compete for a position.’’ Kettani, who was on New England’s reserve/military list while serving three years of active duty following his 2009 graduation from the Naval Academy, spent last season on Washington’s practice squad after being released by the Patriots.