Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Ex-Bulldog Seymour Absent from Pats Camp

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Ex-Bulldog Seymour Absent from Pats Camp

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CHIEF -- SECOND NOTE IS NEW

Richard Seymour, one of the few major stars on a New England Patriots team built to excel without them, was missing on the first day of the Super Bowl champions' mandatory minicamp Thursday.

"Unexcused," coach Bill Belichick said tersely when asked to classify Seymour's absence.

Seymour's agent, Roosevelt Barnes, did not return a call seeking comment. But the All-Pro defensive lineman has complained that he is underpaid under the six-year, $14.3 million deal he signed in 2001, as a rookie out of Georgia. There are still two years remaining on that deal.

ARMY DENIES TILLMAN COVER-UP

The Army says the delay in reporting that former Cardinals safety Pat Tillman died from friendly fire resulted from procedural mistakes, not a desire to cover up the truth.

Tillman's parents have criticized the Army for waiting weeks to tell them their son's death in Afghanistan was accidental and did not result from enemy fire. They have accused the government of lying to cover up the facts.

A statement from the Army's public affairs office on Thursday said Tillman's Ranger unit did not quickly tell the Pentagon the nature of his death on April 22, 2004 because the unit's leaders were waiting until their investigation was finished.

NFL ROUNDUP

The NFL docked the Redskins three days of offseason practices for conducting workouts that were too physical. The team will lose its "organized team activities" -- essentially practices without pads -- scheduled for Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday. . . . Unhappy and feeling disrespected, LT Ross Verba paid back a $465,000 roster bonus to the Browns, who then released him. . . . Seattle special teams standout Alex Bannister broke his right collarbone during a minicamp but is expected to be ready for the regular season opener Sept. …

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