Browns trade LB Mingo to Pa­tri­ots

Cow­boys quar­ter­back Romo ap­pears to hurt back when pulled down from be­hind

Baltimore Sun - - RAVENS & NFL -

Barke­vi­ous Mingo never re­ally fit in with the Cleve­land Browns.

The New Eng­land Pa­tri­ots will try to find an ideal spot for him.

A ma­jor dis­ap­point­ment in Cleve­land, Mingo, the No. 6 over­all pick in the 2013 draft, was traded to New Eng­land on Thurs­day.

The Browns re­ceived a fifth-round pick in the 2017 draft for the line­backer.

Mingo, 25, a former LSU stand­out, has just seven sacks in three sea­sons and spent much of last sea­son on spe­cial teams.

Mingo’s size — 6 feet 4, 240 pounds — and speed have made him in­trigu­ing, but Cleve­land’s coach­ing staff couldn’t find the best way to use him. The Browns moved Mingo from out­side line­backer to in­side ear­lier this summer.

Cleve­land de­clined to ex­er­cise the fifthyear op­tion on Mingo’s rookie con­tract in May. With the trade of Mingo, left tackle Joe Thomas and cor­ner­backs Joe Haden and Justin Gil­bert are the only first-round se­lec­tions by Cleve­land from 2007 to 2014 who are still with the team. Mingo Romo ap­pears to in­jure back: Dal­las Cow­boys quar­ter­back Tony Romo ap­peared to in­jure his back on the third play of Thurs­day’s pre­sea­son game against the host Seat­tle Sea­hawks af­ter get­ting pulled down from be­hind by Cliff Avril.

Romo was forced from the pocket by a blitz from K. J. Wright. As Romo scram­bled and was about to be­gin his slide, he was pulled down by Avril in pur­suit. Romo im­me­di­ately grabbed at his back and was tended to by train­ers for a few min­utes be­fore pop­ping up and walk­ing off the field with­out as­sis­tance.

While Dak Prescott took over, Romo spoke with med­i­cal per­son­nel on the side­line for sev­eral min­utes and then threw some passes. But when the Cow­boys took the field for their sec­ond drive, Prescott re­mained at quar­ter­back with Romo on the side­line. Play­ers talk PEDs with NFL: Pitts­burgh Steel­ers line­backer James Har­ri­son and Green Bay Pack­ers de­fen­sive play­ers Clay Matthews and Julius Pep­pers met this week with NFL in­ves­ti­ga­tors look­ing into allegations link­ing them to per­for­manceen­hanc­ing drugs, the play­ers union said Thurs­day.

Matthews and Pep­pers met with league rep­re­sen­ta­tives Wed­nes­day, while Har­ri­son did so Thurs­day, ac­cord­ing to the NFL Play­ers As­so­ci­a­tion.

Last week, the league threat­ened Har­ri­son, Matthews, Pep­pers and free agent Mike Neal with in­def­i­nite sus­pen­sions if they did not meet with in­ves­ti­ga­tors. All of them were men­tioned in an Al-Jazeera tele­vi­sion in­ter­view with Char­lie Sly, who worked as an in­tern at an anti-ag­ing clinic.

The league’s dead­line for co­op­er­a­tion from the four cur­rent play­ers was Thurs­day. The NFL first no­ti­fied the four Jan. 11 about the in­ves­ti­ga­tion into the Al-Jazeera re­port. Ve­gas nar­rows sta­dium sites: Back­ers of a pro­posed NFL sta­dium said they have whit­tled their list to two sites just west of the Las Ve­gas Strip and refuse to ac­cept any less than $750 mil­lion in pub­lic fund­ing to­ward the project, which they hope will soon be home to the Raiders.

Rep­re­sen­ta­tives from Ma­jes­tic Realty and the Las Ve­gas Sands casino com­pany up­dated an over­sight com­mit­tee Thurs­day on their quest to build a 65,000-seat domed sta­dium, show­ing their slick ren­der­ings of the pro­posed venue in a video with AC/DC’s “Back in Black” as a sound­track. They lamented that the price tag rises on a daily ba­sis and is now $1.9 bil­lion, and said they would walk away from the project if state law­mak­ers do not meet their min­i­mum fi­nan­cial de­mand. Wait­ing for Bosa: A day af­ter the Charg­ers took their con­tract dis­pute with rookie de­fen­sive end Joey Bosa pub­lic, San Diego coach Mike McCoy had nice things to say about the former Ohio State star.

“I think ev­ery­body un­der­stands the busi­ness side to this,” McCoy said Thurs­day. “But we all un­der­stand the type of player Joey is. He loves the game; he plays with passion. So I’m sure he is go­ing crazy be­ing back home and not with his team­mates. We all want him here.”

Bosa, the only first-rounder who has not signed with his team, has missed all of train­ing camp as his agents and the team wran­gled over how much of his $17 mil­lion sign­ing bonus he’ll get up front, as well as off­set lan­guage in case he gets cut.

The Charg­ers said Wed­nes­day that they had pulled their con­tract of­fer and would re­struc­ture a new deal that would re­flect his play­ing less than a full sea­son.

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