NFL draft security to include metal detectors, pat-downs, searches

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The NFL is increasing security for this week’s draft at Radio City Music Hall, with everyone subject to screenings, including use of metal detectors and pat-downs, and searches of personal property.

The league said that spectators who don’t consent to the security requirements will be refused admission. The draft begins Thursday night and has sessions Friday night and Saturday afternoon.

New York police and draft organizers are recommending spectators minimize the number and size of all items carried into Radio City. Fans are urged to bring nothing larger than a small purse.

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• Redskins: Washington’s FedEx Field has undergone “major renovation” that includes an improved drainage system and a cement walkway behind both teams’ benches, according to csnwashington.com. There are also reported plans to re-sod the middle of the field “for the first time in stadium history” starting Nov. 4. The Cowboys play at Washington on Dec. 22.

• Jaguars: Jacksonville unveiled new uniforms for the upcoming season that include a two-toned helmet that fades from black in the front to gold in the back. Miami and Minnesota are expected to show off their new uniforms later this week.

• Lions: Defensive end Ronnell Lewis was arrested on three misdemeanor complaints for his role in a weekend bar fight in Norman, Okla., where he played college football. Lewis was a fourth-round draft pick in 2012 and played only one snap last season.

• Bengals: Five-time Pro Bowl linebacker James Harrison, a long-time nemesis in Pittsburgh, signed a two-year contract with Cincinnati that was agreed to last Friday.

• Chargers: Fullback Chris Gronkowski agreed to terms. The middle of three brothers currently in the NFL, Chris Gronkowski spent his first three seasons with the Cowboys, Colts and Broncos.

• Vikings: Defensive tackle Pat Williams, who hasn’t played since 2010, will sign a one-day contract on Thursday and then retire after 14 seasons in the league. The former Texas A&M player was undrafted in 1997 but went on to make three Pro Bowls during his time in Minnesota (2005-10).

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