Games, practice no-go for Brown
The NFL placed Josh Brown on paid leave hours after Giants coach Ben McAdoo failed to clarify whether the team would suspend or cut the kicker over new revelations about his abuse of his wife.
In a letter to the 14-year veteran Friday, NFL senior vice president of labor policy Adolpho Birch said Brown was being placed on the league’s “exempt list” while it i nvestigates whether he deserves to be suspended as punishment for several alleged acts of spousal abuse. Birch said the move “does not represent a finding that you have violated the personal-conduct policy,” but it does pave the way toward further sanctions.
Brown cannot attend practices or Giants games but can go to Giants headquarters for meetings and workouts. He will continue to be paid, and his presence won’t be counted on the Giants’ 53-man roster. Martin fears effects: Former NFL Alumni Association president George Martin said concussions are a scourge in contact sports, with long-term consequences still widely underestimated.
Martin was the keynote speaker at the Ultimate Concussion Conference, a gathering of experts and policymakers in sports administration, law, education and health, including neuroscience and neuropsychology. Martin, who played defensive end for the Giants from 1975 to 1988, said the consequences of concussions have many players from his era worrying about their health. NFL assesses fines: Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. and Lions safety Glover Quin were fined $24,309 by the NFL.
Beckham drew an unsportsmanlike- conduct penalty Sunday against the Ravens for removing his helmet in the end zone after scoring the go-ahead touchdown in the Giants’ win, then tossing it while running toward the sideline and continuing his celebration. Quin was fined for a helmet-to-helmet hit on Rams receiver Tavon Austin (Dunbar).
Redskins tight end Vernon Davis (Maryland) received a $12,154 fine for taking a jump shot with the football at the crossbar after scoring a touchdown. Extra points: 49ers RB Carlos Hyde will miss Sunday’s game against the Buccaneers with a shoulder injury. Hyde leads the team with 429 rushing yards and six touchdowns. ... Gail Cogdill, a star receiver for the Lions and the NFL Rookie of the Year in 1960, died of organ failure at 79. His family said his brain and brain stem are being donated to researchers at Boston University who study brain trauma. ... Jets DE Muhammad Wilkerson (ankle) didn’t practice Friday after being limited Thursday and is listed as questionable against the Ravens. Wilkerson had a career-high 12 sacks last season before breaking his right fibula in the regularseason finale. ... Vikings WR Stefon Diggs (Maryland) is expected to return to the lineup against the Eagles. Diggs, who is dealing with a groin injury and is officially listed as questionable, was a full participant after being limited the previous two days. The injury sidelined him in the win over the Texans before the bye week.