League suspends Kareem Hunt for eight games

The Chiefs released running back Kareem Hunt in the middle of last season.
The Chiefs released running back Kareem Hunt in the middle of last season.(Kelvin Kuo/AP)

The NFL suspended Browns running back Kareem Hunt for eight games after a video showed him kicking a woman and he was later involved in a fight at a resort.

The league on Friday cited a violation of its personal conduct policy ‘‘for physical altercations at his residence in Cleveland last February and at a resort in Ohio last June.’’ Hunt will not be paid during the half-season suspension, which he will not appeal.

The league recently completed an investigation that included a review of law enforcement records, video and electronic communications and interviews with witnesses and Hunt.

Hunt was released last season by the Kansas City Chiefs after a video surfaced showing him pushing and kicking a woman. The Browns signed Hunt in February, saying he was remorseful.


The eight-game suspension will take effect as of the final roster reduction on Aug. 31. Hunt will be eligible to play in the Browns’ ninth regular-season game.

Hill under investigation

Kansas City is investigating an incident in which star receiver Tyreek Hill was involved in a domestic battery episode earlier this week.

The team said in a statement to The Associated Press that it was aware of a police report filed Thursday by the Overland Park (Kan.) Police Department that lists Hill’s address and identifies a juvenile as the victim. Hill’s fiance, Crystal Espinal, is identified among ‘‘others involved.’’

The couple has a 3-year-old son.

Overland Park police Officer John Lacy said the case has been turned over to prosecutors for review. No charges have been filed against Hill.

The 25-year-old has a history of domestic violence. While starring at Oklahoma State in 2014, Hill allegedly punched and choked Espinal when she was pregnant with their son. He was kicked off the team and pleaded guilty to domestic assault and battery by strangulation, and received three years of probation.


The conviction was dismissed in August and expunged from his record after he finished probation.

The two-time All-Pro has positioned himself for a massive payday, with 87 catches for 1,479 yards and 12 touchdowns last season. Hill is entering the final year of his rookie contract, and the Chiefs had been building their roster to create enough salary cap flexibility to sign him to a long-term deal.

Tannehill to Titans

Miami traded quarterback Ryan Tannehill and their sixth-round pick this year to the Tennessee Titans for a fourth-round choice in 2020 and a seventh-round pick in April.

Tannehill’s sports agency tweeted that as part of the trade, he signed a one-year deal with the Titans. He will replace Blaine Gabbert, whom the team will release, as the backup to Marcus Mariota.

Tannehill turns 31 in July, and his departure from Miami had been expected given he would have counted $26.6 million against the salary cap this season. Tannehill was 42-46 as a starter, missed all of 2017 with a knee injury, and sat out five games last year with an injury to his throwing shoulder.

Mariota, the second overall pick in 2015, never has played a full NFL season and is 27-28 as a starter for Tennessee.

The Dolphins have the 13th choice in the April draft, and might devote their first-round pick to a QB for only the second time since 1984. They met with Miami native Teddy Bridgewater on Wednesday, but he chose to remain as Drew Brees’s main backup in New Orleans on a one-year contract.


ESPN reported Bridgewater’s deal is worth $7.25 million and up to $12.5 million with incentives.

New York kicks back

The Jets signed kicker Chandler Catanzaro to a one-year deal, marking the kicker’s second stint with the team after it allowed Pro Bowl selection Jason Myers to leave as a free agent. Catanzaro spent the 2017 season with New York and set the franchise record with a 57-yard field goal against Cleveland. He signed a three-year contract with Tampa Bay as a free agent last offseason, but struggled as he missed four of his 15 field-goal attempts and four of his extra points. The 28-year-old rebounded after signing with Carolina late in the season to replace the injured Graham Gano. New York also re-signed defensive end Henry Anderson on a three-year deal; Anderson tied for the team lead with a career-high seven sacks last season . . . Cincinnati signed guard John Miller to a three-year deal. Miller spent the last four seasons with Buffalo, which made him a third-round pick in 2015 out of Louisville . . . San Francisco re-signed linebacker Mark Nzeocha to a three-year contract and released defensive end Cassius Marsh. Marsh was one of the team’s top edge rushers last year with 5½ sacks but became expendable after the team traded for Dee Ford this week and gave him a new five-year contract. Nzeocha has played in 26 games the past two seasons and has been a standout on special teams . . . The Los Angeles Chargers retained one of the league’s top players on special teams, re-signing safety Adrian Phillips to a one-year deal. He was an All-Pro selection last season and also started seven games as the Chargers’ third safety . . . Defensive back Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie signed with Washington. The 32-year-old had announced his retirement in October after playing seven games with the Oakland Raiders . . . The Oakland Alameda County Coliseum Authority approved a lease agreement to keep the Raiders in Oakland for at least one more season, with an option for 2020. The deal still must be approved by the Oakland City Council and the Alameda County Board of Supervisors, but no hang-ups are expected . . . The Rams confirmed Ted Rath, its director of strength training and performance and the so-called ‘‘get-back coach’’ assigned to make sure head coach Sean McVay doesn’t step too far on to the field, is on a leave of absence after being arrested and charged with three misdemeanor counts of sexual battery on Jan. 15. Los Angeles had said his absence from its last two games was due to an injury.