Dawkins not worried hits will take toll

Posted: June 01, 2012

FORMER EAGLES safety Brian Dawkins said he wouldn't change the way he played regardless of the NFL's crackdown on big hits.

Dawkins who announced his retirement last month played 13 seasons with the Eagles and three with the Denver Broncos. On Thursday, he told NFL.com's "Cover Two" podcast that - if he had to do it all over again - he would play the same tenacious style and isn't worried that the hits he gave and received might affect his health in the future.

"Concerns? I have some concerns, but worry? No," Dawkins said. "I don't worry about that. Down the road at some point, later on in life, if I do have to deal with some things at that time, then I have to deal with them. As of right now, I'm going to continue to enjoy life . . . I played this game a certain way. I played it with a passion, with fervor. I played with an aggression. I would not change those things."

Dawkins also discussed former teammate Terrell Owens who, according to TMZ.com, is considering suing the Allen (Texas) Wranglers, the Indoor Football League team that cut him this week.

According to Dawkins, Owens is his own worst enemy.

"On the football field, he's one of the hardest working cats, seriously" Dawkins said. "It's some of the antics early on, some of the way he treated people. Wisdom is you don't want to burn bridges along the way . . . That builds a web."

TMZ.com reported Thursday that Owens is considering legal action after the Wranglers gave him a paltry $50 severance package.

Owens, who was a partial owner and part-time player for the team was cut Wednesday after he allegedly refused to play in two upcoming road games and failed to show at an appearance at a local children's hospital.

Noteworthy * 

New Orleans assistant head coach Joe Vitt and Drew Brees have spoken about preparations for training camp, and Vitt said he expects the star quarterback to be back with the team by then.

New Orleans general manager Mickey Loomis has said his top priority is to come up with a contract that satisfies Brees, but that the club has to be careful to avoid rushing into a deal that will affect team significantly for years to come.

The Saints have placed a one-year franchise tag on Brees, which prevents him from negotiating with other clubs. However, Brees, whose last 6-year deal expired after last season, is holding out for a new multiyear contract that will make him among the NFL's highest-paid players.

Longtime St. Louis Rams equipment manager Todd Hewitt is suing the team, alleging he was fired last year due to age discrimination. The lawsuit filed Tuesday in St. Louis County names the St. Louis Rams Partnership and three other Rams entities and seeks unspecified damages.

Hewitt, now 55, began working for the Los Angeles Rams at age 11, helping his father with the team's equipment.

The lawsuit said Steve Spagnuolo, hired as head coach in 2009, made comments to Hewitt about his age, "including in 2009, when he told him he was too old for his job," the lawsuit said.

A Rams spokeswoman declined comment.

* Former Pittsburgh Steelers star Hines Ward has been hired by NBC Sports to work as an analyst for its NFL and college football coverage. Ward retired in March after 14 seasons with the Steelers.

* NFL commissioner Roger Goodell has been granted a 21-day delay for responding to a defamation lawsuit filed against him by New Orleans linebacker Jonathan Vilma.

The delay is considered routine, and Goodell's lawyers now must respond by July 5 in U.S. District Court in New Orleans.

The suit claims Goodell, "relied on, at best, hearsay, circumstantial evidence and lies" in making comments about Vilma while discussing the NFL's bounty investigation of the Saints.

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