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Ex-Bronco Henry busted for alleged cocaine deal

TRAVIS HENRYFacing potential life sentence TRAVIS HENRYFacing potential life sentence (David Zalubowski/File/AP/2007)
Associated Press / October 2, 2008
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Former Broncos running back Travis Henry was arrested in Denver following an alleged cocaine deal, the Drug Enforcement Administration said yesterday.

Henry and James Mack were arrested Tuesday after they met to buy cocaine from a person who was cooperating with authorities, according to an arrest warrant affidavit.

Mack and Henry were in federal custody on suspicion of knowingly and intentionally conspiring to distribute and possess with intent to distribute cocaine. They were advised of charges yesterday, and a preliminary hearing and detention hearing were scheduled for Monday.

Henry was released by the Broncos June 2, when coach Mike Shanahan said his commitment was lacking. Henry signed a five-year, $22.5 million contract before the 2007 season, but was dogged during training camp by a sprained left knee.

Henry rushed for 691 yards with four touchdowns in his one season in Denver, which was marked by a successful appeal of a one-year NFL suspension over a failed drug test.

Henry was slow to return to offseason workouts after a hamstring injury this summer. About a week after his release, reports surfaced that Henry had again tested positive for marijuana, his third offense putting him in line for a one-year suspension from the NFL if he signed on with another team.

The case has its roots in Montana, where a trooper and DEA agent stopped a car that was carrying 6 pounds of marijuana and about 3 kilograms of cocaine Sept. 16, the affidavit said. An unnamed passenger in the car told authorities Mack and Henry had supplied him with the drugs, which he was supposed to deliver to customers in Billings.

The affidavit indicated that the passenger and another customer in Billings already owed Henry about $40,000 in drug proceeds. The passenger told authorities Henry had threatened him and his family over the debt.

The passenger agreed to cooperate with authorities and set up a drug deal Tuesday with Henry that led to the arrests of Mack and Henry, the affidavit said.

If convicted as charged, Henry and Mack face up to life in prison and a $4 million fine.

Soothing words by T.O.

Terrell Owens was adamant that his criticism for his lack of involvement in the Cowboys' offense after last Sunday's loss to the Redskins wasn't a direct shot at quarterback Tony Romo.

"I know in my heart, this team, we're still together," Owens said from team headquarters in Irving, Texas. "Dude, I promise you, we're fine in this locker room."

Owens also blamed the media for "making their stake at a claim to divide this team - and it's not going to happen."

The receiver was upset following a home game in which he caught seven passes (of 11 thrown his way). Yesterday, Owens said he didn't need to talk to Romo or offensive coordinator Jason Garrett to straighten things out.

"He believes that getting the ball helps us win," Romo said of Owens. "The reason you try and throw him the ball a lot is because he's good."

Cable: Good reception

Tom Cable's first day as Raiders interim coach had a few minor bumps but mostly went rather smoothly. He ran a quick-paced practice that focused on tempo and efficiency after beginning the day with a team meeting.

The message to his players was to disregard the circus of the past three weeks when Lane Kiffin's job security was a daily question and some of the conflicts within the organization were revealed to the public.

"Once something happens, there's kind of that period of time where you say, 'Whew,' you know, get over it and then you're able to get back up, get on your feet and get on the horse and let's go," he said. "And I think that's what we did today. We'll move forward."

Rodgers aims to play

Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers, nursing a sprained right shoulder, performed only a few handoffs before leaving practice. Rodgers said he intends to play Sunday against Atlanta, but if he can't, rookie Matt Flynn is expected to start.

"If I get the strength back, then I can throw," Rodgers said. "I'll be able to play."

The Packers placed defensive end Cullen Jenkins on injured reserve because of a chest injury.

Young back at practice

Vince Young practiced for the first time since spraining his left knee Sept. 7, but Titans coach Jeff Fisher said Kerry Collins will remain the starting quarterback as long as the team keeps winning . . . Bengals quarterback Carson Palmer had limited participation in practice, held out of plays that called for a pass, and coach Marvin Lewis said he will wait until later this week to decide whether Palmer will play Sunday in Dallas . . . Receiver Chris Henry rejoined the Bengals in practice for his first workout since he served a four-game suspension for misconduct . . . Down to one healthy running back, the Steelers brought back two players from last season by re-signing Najeh Davenport and promoting Gary Russell from the practice squad . . . Cardinals receiver Anquan Boldin was diagnosed with a fractured sinus, the result of a helmet-to-helmet hit by the Jets' Eric Smith last Sunday for which the safety was suspended a game and fined $50,000 by the NFL . . . Redskins defensive end Jason Taylor did not practice, and appears likely to miss a second straight game as he recovers from calf surgery . . . Giants kicker Lawrence Tynes has had swelling in his injured left knee after almost every workout and does not appear close to returning to action, meaning veteran John Carney will keep the job for now . . . The Saints brought back Joey Harrington as their third QB after releasing him last week . . . Milt Davis, an All-Pro defensive back who helped the Baltimore Colts win two NFL championships in the 1950s, died of cancer Monday in Oregon. He was 79.

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