Steelers receivers coach Darryl Drake, 62, dies

Pittsburgh Steelers receivers coach Darryl Drake, who spent more than 30 years working with players at the college and professional level, died Sunday morning, the team announced. He was 62.

“Darryl had such an impact on the players he coached and everyone he worked with throughout his entire career,” Steelers President Art Rooney II said. “He was a passionate coach and had a tremendous spirit toward life, his family, his faith and the game of football.”

Drake went into coaching as a graduate assistant at Western Kentucky in 1983, the beginning of a career that included stops in the college ranks at Georgia, Baylor and Texas.

Drake reached the NFL as a receivers coach in 2004 with Chicago. He moved to the same position with Arizona in 2013 before joining the Steelers’ staff last year.

“Darryl was a close friend and had a tremendous impact on my coaching career,” Pittsburgh head coach Mike Tomlin said. “He was an amazing husband, father and grandfather, and it is difficult to put into words the grief our entire team is going through right now.”

Drake is survived by his wife, Sheila; daughters Shanice, Felisha and Marian; and two grandchildren.

The Steelers canceled practice Sunday and Monday after announcing Drake’s death.

Arrested: Ron Minegar, Arizona’s executive vice president and chief operating officer, was arrested in Chandler, Ariz., on Saturday night on suspicion of DUI.

Chandler police said Minegar was stopped for speeding, failure to drive within one lane of traffic and driving within the bicycle lane. They say further investigation resulted in the DUI arrest.

In a statement Sunday, the Cardinals called Minegar’s decision to drive after drinking alcohol “inexcusable” and added “we fully recognize the seriousness of these actions and they will have serious consequences.”

Injury report: Denver running back Theo Riddick is expected to be sidelined for at least six weeks because of a shoulder fracture, NFL.com reported. Riddick was injured Thursday during a preseason game against Seattle. … Seattle quarterback Geno Smith underwent surgery to remove a cyst from his knee. … Arizona activated tight end Charles Clay and cornerback Brandon Williams from the physically-unable-to-perform list. … Washington placed quarterback Josh Woodrum on injured reserve after he sustained a torn pectoral muscle in the team’s preseason opener.

Briefly: Washington signed former Baylor quarterback Jalan McClendon. … Minnesota acquired kicker Kaare Vedvik from Baltimore for an undisclosed draft pick. … Buffalo signed defensive end Sam Acho, who played the past four seasons with Chicago.

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