National Football League roundup
May 18 (The Sports Xchange) - Record rainfall delayed construction on the new home of the Los Angeles Rams and San Diego Chargers, and the teams announced the complex including a multi-use stadium for the recently relocated NFL franchise will not be ready or play in 2019 as expected.
Rain deluged California from January to March and critical construction landmarks were missed along the way.
Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Alex Smith said he can see the writing on the wall after the team moved up to select Texas Tech's Patrick Mahomes II in last month's draft.
"I think (the Chiefs are) committed to me through this year," Smith said on Wednesday, via ESPN. "That's just the nature of it. If you don't go out there and perform, I mean, coach (Andy) Reid and (quarterbacks coach Matt Nagy) are very honest. You've got to go out there and do your deal. We all have to."
Disappointing tight end Ladarius Green was released by the Pittsburgh Steelers on Thursday.
The Steelers used a failed physical designation, which also has been used by the Miami Dolphins to release Dion Jordan and the Kansas City Chiefs to release Jamaal Charles this offseason.
One day after signing a four-year contract with the Buffalo Bills, rookie wide receiver Zay Jones suffered a knee injury and will be considered "week to week."
The specifics of the injury were not shared by the Bills, but the No. 37 overall pick was hurt in Tuesday's organized team activity session and sat out the next two days. The team described the injury as a sprain.
The Indianapolis Colts are two steps closer to signing their entire 2017 draft class.
Indianapolis signed first-round safety Malik Hooker to a four-year rookie contract on Thursday and also inked fourth-round defensive tackle Grover Stewart to a deal.