Pacman appealed suspension Friday

Friday, December 14, 2007 at 6:14pm

The conference call appeal of the year-long suspension of Tennessee Titans cornerback Adam “Pacman” Jones was heard Friday afternoon by NFL commissioner Roger Goodell.

Jones, who was denied re-entry into the league after 10 games by Goodell after a Nov. 2 meeting in New York, had that decision appealed on his behalf by the NFL Players Association.

“We fully participated in the meeting, and we fully support Mr. Jones in this matter,” NFLPA director of communications Carl Francis told The City Paper on Friday. “We believe the punishment was too excessive.”

Goodell originally suspended Jones in April after a string of off-field incidents that included his alleged involvement in a strip club fight on Feb. 19 that escalated into a triple shooting in the club’s parking lot. No link was made from Jones to the shooter, but he was charged with two counts of felony coercion in the matter.

Those charges were later dropped in a plea agreement, in which Jones pleaded guilty last week to one count of conspiracy to commit disorderly conduct.

Also, Jones still has charges pending from a 2006 incident in Georgia where he is charged with felony obstruction of an officer from an alleged biting incident. Jones failed to report that arrest and another one in Georgia around the same time to the Titans or the NFL.

No Practice for Haynesworth

Defensive tackle Albert Haynesworth missed practice for a third consecutive day, but still might play on Sunday in Kansas City just as he did last week against San Diego.

Haynesworth, still bothered by a sore right hamstring, did not practice at all last week, but warmed up before the game against the Chargers and started. The same tactics will be applied this week.

“We’ll warm him up before the game and see how he is,” Titans coach Jeff Fisher said. “He’s managing [the injury]. He’ll have setbacks after the ballgame, but each week he’s having less of a setback.”

Linebacker Gilbert Gardner injured his calf during Friday’s practice during a special teams drill and was sent to see a doctor to determine the extent of the injury.

Gardner threw his gloves off and limped off the practice field after suffering the injury.

Linebacker David Thornton (knee) practiced after missing two days, as did return man Chris Barclay (toe). Cornerback Eric King (hamstring) and guard Eugene Amano (knee) were both limited participants.

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