NEW YORK — The Chicago Bears and Dallas Cowboys each made seventh-round picks in the supplemental draft on Thursday.
The Bears, picking 12th, chose BYU running back Harvey Unga. The Cowboys, selecting 30th, picked Illinois defensive end Josh Price-Brent.
With the selections, Chicago and Dallas will forego their seventh-round picks in the 2011 draft.
Unga was an all-Mountain West conference first-team selection as a redshirt junior in 2009 and is BYU’s career leading rusher with 3,455 yards. He led the conference with 1,087 yards rushing in 2009.
Price-Brent played 32 games for Illinois, including 20 starts, totaling 17½ tackles for a loss and five sacks. He led the team with three forced fumbles in 2009, and finished third on the team with three sacks.
Dolphins’ Ferguson retires
MIAMI — Miami Dolphins defensive tackle Jason Ferguson is retiring. Ferguson, who spent the last two seasons with the team, says he’s appreciative of the team’s support throughout his career. He says he’s thankful for his extended family, which includes the teammates, coaches and support staffs “that have all played a part of a great ride.” The team made the announcement Thursday. Dolphins Executive Vice President of Football Operations Bill Parcells says Ferguson was a key contributor in “one of the NFL’s toughest jobs.” Ferguson played for 13 NFL seasons with the New York Jets, Dallas Cowboys and the Miami Dolphins. He recorded 569 tackles, 21.5 sacks, 12 passes defensed, six forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries.
RICHMOND, Va. — The trustee in Michael Vick’s bankruptcy case is seeking repayment of at least $2 million that the NFL quarterback doled out to friends and family members in the months before he was sent to federal prison for running a dogfighting operation. A complaint filed in U.S. Bankruptcy Court in Newport News says Vick knew his lucrative career was in jeopardy and that he would be facing huge legal bills, yet he continued to shower friends and relatives with gifts and cash. Those assets, trustee Joseph J. Luzinski argues, should have gone to Vick’s creditors.
Browns’ Rogers arrested
CLEVELAND — Cleveland Browns nose tackle Shaun Rogers entered a diversion program Thursday to avoid trial on an airport weapons charge, but he still faces a possible NFL suspension. The diversion deal was approved in Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Court by Judge Eileen Gallagher. Under the terms, the felony gun charge will be dismissed if the 31-year-old Rogers completes the program, including 40 hours of volunteer service and 10 hours in a gun class. He also has to forfeit the weapon. Police said Rogers had the semiautomatic handgun in a carry-on bag at Cleveland’s Hopkins International Airport in April. His attorney, Pat D’Angelo, said Rogers received no special treatment and has consistently given the same explanation — that he had forgotten he had the weapon in the bag.