In a full version of an audio recording aired by a Kansas City radio station on Tuesday, Chiefs star wide receiver Tyreek Hill is heard denying assaulting his fiancee, although Hill pleaded guilty to an assault and battery charge in 2015.
Dan Graziano of ESPN reported that NFL investigators have already heard the full recording and are including that in deciding any potential discipline to be levied on Hill.
The Chiefs announced in late April that Hill has been barred from team activities. In three seasons with the Chiefs after he was a fifth-round draft choice out of West Alabama in 2016, Hill has 223 catches for 3,255 yards and 25 touchdowns.
In the just released section of the recording, played by 610 KCSP radio, Hill is heard telling Cyrstal Espinal that he “didn’t touch you in 2014. You f—-ing ruined my life and you lied on me in 2014. I’m still not over that. I didn’t touch you in 2014.”
—The NFL has offered to pay the medical bills for Miami Dolphins defensive tackle Kendrick Norton, the player’s agent told ESPN.
The 22-year-old suffered career-ending injuries in a car accident last week, including the amputation of his left arm. A GoFundMe page set up to raise additional financial support for Norton had raised more than $10,000.
Agent Malki Kawa said Norton’s “spirits are up considering the traumatic accident that he suffered and he’s thankful for the support.”
—Former Detroit Lions safety Glover Quin will retire from the NFL after 10 seasons.
Quin, a fourth-round pick of the Texans in 2009, spent his first four seasons in Houston before joining the Lions. Detroit released the 33-year-old in February and he chose not to sign with another team.
Quin, who started the final 148 games of his career and had 24 interceptions, announced his decision to ESPN via text message. Quin led the league with seven interceptions and earned a Pro Bowl selection in 2014.
—The NFL will hold its second International Scouting Combine in Cologne, Germany, on Oct. 19. As many as 50 players will be invited to participate in the event, which took place last year in Australia.
The athletes will participate in drills similar to those at the Combine for college prospects that is held in Indianapolis each February. Participants who successfully move into the International Player Pathway program will get the opportunity to work with NFL teams during the offseason and remain on the practice squad throughout the season.
Philadelphia Eagles offensive tackle Jordan Mailata (Australia) and Carolina Panthers defensive end Efe Obada (Nigeria) reached the NFL through the program. Mailata was the Eagles’ seventh-round pick in the 2018 NFL Draft. Obada tallied 2.0 sacks and an interception last season.
—Field Level Media