Canton, Ohio ESPN’s Berman among award recipients
ESPN’s Chris Berman, a frequent host of the induction ceremonies, was given the Pete Rozelle Radio-Television Award by the Hall of Fame for “longtime exceptional contributions to radio and television in professional football.”
Berman, who as a youngster used to watch Joe Namath play at Shea Stadium for the Jets, has been with ESPN since 1979. He has covered 28 Super Bowls.
Peter Finney of the New Orleans Times-Picayune was given the Dick McCann Memorial Award by the Pro Football Writers Association for his work through 65 years as a journalist in the gulf region. Finney has covered the Saints since their inception.
Ron Cortes of the Philadelphia Inquirer won the Dave Boss Award of Excellence for his photo entitled “Jackson’s Parade” showing Eagles wide receiver DeSean Jackson sprinting down the sideline being chased by a host of New York Giants.
Bills’ RT injures leg
Pittsford, N.Y. — Buffalo Bills starting right tackle Cornell Green left practice early Saturday due to an injury to his left leg, although he left on his own power.
Kidney sidelines LB
Outside linebacker Ahmad Brooks sustained a lacerated kidney during 49ers practice and will miss at least two weeks of training camp, the team announced Saturday.
WR Doucet sits out
Flagstaff, Ariz. — Arizona Cardinals receiver Early Doucet sat out Saturday morning’s practice due to an abdominal injury.
Cardinals coach Ken Whisenhunt said the move was just precautionary and that he expected Doucet to return to practice soon. Doucet, a third-year pro out of LSU, is expected to be the team’s No. 3 receiver behind Larry Fitzgerald and Steve Breaston.