New Orleans Saints assistant head coach Joe Vitt says first-team cornerback Jabari Greer will have sports hernia surgery after pulling his groin during practice this week.
Vitt says Greer was sent to see a doctor in Philadelphia for the procedure and should return in time for the regular season.
Greer came up lame during practice on Tuesday. Rookie receiver Nick Toon left Thursday’s practice with an apparent foot injury, which is being evaluated.
Meanwhile, rookie defensive tackle Akiem Hicks says he expects to return today to full practice and play in Sunday’s Hall of Fame game against Arizona. He’s recovered from a broken right hand, which forced him to miss the first seven practices of training camp.
Goodell visits Lions camp
NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell says the league has met with the players’ union and teams about what can be done after a series of offseason arrests.
Goodell was in Detroit on Thursday, visiting the Lions during training camp. He says he might discipline defensive tackle Nick Fairley, who is charged with marijuana possession and a DUI in two separate cases in Alabama, before the courts have their say.
The league already suspended Detroit running back Mikel Leshoure for two games for off-field conduct.
Fairley faces an Aug. 14 trial after pleading not guilty to charges including driving under the influence and attempting to elude police. He also faces a Nov. 27 hearing on the pot charge.
Fairley was a first-round draft pick in 2011.
Texans’ Watt hurts elbow
Houston Texans defensive end J.J. Watt dislocated his left elbow and will miss some practice time, but the team doesn’t believe his injury is serious.
Houston coach Gary Kubiak says “all the tests came back good,” and they expect him to be OK in time for the team’s opener Sept. 9 against Miami.
Kubiak didn’t rule out Watt playing in the preseason, but isn’t sure exactly how long he’ll be out.
Watt started every game as a rookie last season and finished with 56 tackles and 5½ sacks as the Texans reached the playoffs for the first time.
Panthers release Otah
Carolina Panthers General Manager Marty Hurney announced the team had terminated the contract of offensive tackle Jeff Otah, a former first-round draft pick, after he failed a physical.
“Anytime you let go of a player as talented as Jeff is, it’s a hard decision,” Hurney said Thursday. “In talking to him and going through the last couple of days, he just doesn’t feel like he’s gotten over the injuries of the past two seasons. And he doesn’t know when he’ll be ready.’’
Otah’s agent, Jonathan Feinsod, said his client is “one thousand percent” committed to playing again this season and has no plans to retire.
Patriots sign lineman
The New England Patriots signed rookie free agent Derek Dennis, an offensive lineman. Dennis, 24, played at Temple, and was signed by the Miami Dolphins as a rookie free agent before being released July 26.
Bills add running back
The Buffalo Bills signed undrafted rookie free-agent running back Zach Brown a week into training camp.
Brown is listed at 5-foot-10 and 220 pounds. He completed his college career at Pittsburgh last season, and had 357 yards rushing and score five touchdowns in 11 games.