Cowboys release ex-Saint Anthony Hargrove

Associated Press photo by Tony GutierrezDallas' Jason Hatcher (97) talks with teammate Anthony Hargrove (99) as players walk off the field at the end of a session at the NFL football team's training facility last month. Hargrove was released by the Cowboys on Thursday.
Associated Press photo by Tony GutierrezDallas' Jason Hatcher (97) talks with teammate Anthony Hargrove (99) as players walk off the field at the end of a session at the NFL football team's training facility last month. Hargrove was released by the Cowboys on Thursday.

IRVING, Texas — The Dallas Cowboys released defensive end Anthony Hargrove, a little more than a month after signing the nine-year NFL veteran to a one-year deal.

The Cowboys announced Hargrove’s release Thursday.

Hargrove sat out the 2012 season after he was suspended as part of the New Orleans Saints’ bounty scandal. Hargrove was given an eight-game ban after the NFL said the Saints paid cash rewards to defensive players for hits that injured opponents from 2009-11.

Hargrove’s suspension was eventually reduced to two games, but he never signed with another team after Green Bay released him during the preseason last year.

The nine-year veteran was with Seattle the season before the bounty scandal broke. He was suspended the entire 2008 season for violating the league’s substance abuse policy.

Chiefs

JUDGE GIVES COUSIN CUSTODY OF BELCHER’S DAUGHTER: In Kansas City, Mo., a Texas woman whose cousin was fatally shot by a Kansas City Chiefs player who then killed himself has been given custody of the couple’s infant daughter.

Jackson County Probate Commissioner Daniel Wheeler issued his order Thursday afternoon, awarding custody of 9-month-old Zoey Belcher to Sophie Perkins of Pflugerville, Texas.

Zoey was orphaned Dec. 1 when Chiefs linebacker Jovan Belcher killed Kasandra Perkins, then drove to Arrowhead Stadium and shot himself in front of coaches and the team’s then-general manager.

Belcher’s mother, Cheryl Shepherd of West Babylon, N.Y., also was seeking custody of the girl. Shepherd had been staying at the couple’s Kansas City home and was there when Kasandra Perkins was killed.

Broncos

CENTER KOPPEN BACK: In Englewood, Colo., the Denver Broncos signed free-agent center Dan Koppen, bringing the 11-year veteran back after J.D. Walton had offseason surgery on his left ankle.

Koppen signed with the Broncos last October and started 12 regular season games after Walton first hurt his ankle. Walton was expected back this season but needed more surgery this offseason.

Koppen played his first nine seasons with the Patriots.

The Broncos have injury issues on their offensive line, with guard Chris Kuper (ankle) and tackle Ryan Clady (shoulder) still recovering from surgery.

Backup Manny Ramirez took most of the snaps at center during Denver’s offseason practices, but the Broncos decided to bring back Koppen, whose teams have gone 108-28 in games he has started.

Titans

THIRD-ROUND PICK SIGNS: In Nashville, Tenn., the Tennessee Titans signed cornerback Blidi Wreh-Wilson to a contract, leaving only guard Chance Warmack as their remaining draft selection still to sign a deal.

The Titans announced the deal Thursday, though Wreh-Wilson tweeted a photo of himself signing his contract Wednesday night.

The 6-foot-1 cornerback was the first of two draft selections for Tennessee in the third round. They took the four-year starter from Connecticut at No. 70 overall, and he had eight interceptions and 181 tackles in his career.

Warmack was the Titans’ first-round draft selection at No. 10 overall out of Alabama.