McDougle Leaves Hospital; Three Teenagers Arrested
Philadelphia Eagle defensive end Jerome McDougle was discharged from a South Florida hospital Tuesday, and police said three teenagers were arrested in connection with his shooting.
McDougle, 27, was shot late Thursday after three armed robbers approached him as he was sitting in his silver Mercedes coupe in southwest Miami. McDougle, who played at the University of Miami, had been visiting relatives in South Florida.
He was scheduled to be at training camp on Monday, the reporting day for veterans. After five nights in the hospital, McDougle was discharged.
“His prognosis is good,” said Dr. David V. Shatz of Jackson Memorial Hospital’s Ryder Trauma Center, where McDougle was taken after the shooting. “He will recover fully and be able to go back to training in about six weeks.”
Arrested were Birmmengham Guirand, 19, Lance Grant, 17, and Leonard Jenkins, 15. All were charged with robbery and attempted felony murder, police said. Another suspect, Charles Edward James, 17, was at large, police said. All were from Miami.
Police said McDougle was shot after the robbers demanded that he hand over his property. One of them then shot him in the stomach, and he was robbed of a $20,000 watch that has not been recovered.
McDougle opened the door and tried to get out of his car, but another robber fired two shots, which police said missed him and hit the inside of the door. The robbers then fled on foot.
New England defensive lineman Richard Seymour ended his holdout after getting a new deal.
Seymour had two years left on the six-year, $14.3-million contract he signed after being taken with the sixth pick of the 2001 draft out of Georgia. Since then, he has made three Pro Bowls.
The team refused to give details of the new agreement. Eugene Parker, Seymour’s agent, did not return a telephone call seeking comment.
“He’s the best in the business,” safety Rodney Harrison said. “He’s a beast.”
Philadelphia President Joe Banner, receiver Terrell Owens, Owens’ agent Drew Rosenhaus and Coach Andy Reid met for the first time to try to resolve their differences over the ongoing contract dispute.
Owens wants to reopen his contract one season into the seven-year, $48.97-million deal he signed after coming to Philadelphia in March 2004.
“We understand his feelings, but we’re glad he’s here,” Banner said. “We’re glad he’s committed to focusing on football and trying to have a good year. Our position has always been he has a contract and he needs to honor it. That continues to be our position.”
Rosenhaus said Owens remained frustrated at the lack of progress toward a new deal.
Defensive back Carlos Rogers, the ninth pick of the draft by Washington, and quarterback Jason Campbell, the 25th selection, agreed to terms with the Redskins.
Rogers’ deal is for five years and $17.45 million. Campbell’s contract is for five years and $7.5 million. They helped Auburn to a 13-0 record last season.
Former Arkansas quarterback Matt Jones, the 21st pick of the draft by Jacksonville, signed a five-year, $8.45-million contract with the Jaguars. The deal could be worth up to $11.15 million with incentives and he will make $6.3 million his first year. The team plans to switch Jones to receiver.
Baltimore running back Jamal Lewis was released from an Atlanta halfway house and will report to the Ravens’ training camp in two days. Lewis’ release means he has completed his sentence for taking part in an attempted drug deal.... Indianapolis center Jeff Saturday missed practice because of a strained right hamstring and most likely will not play this weekend in the exhibition opener in Japan against Atlanta.... Dallas tight end Dan Campbell, who had an appendectomy Thursday after arriving in Oxnard for the Cowboys’ training camp, hopes to return to practice Monday.