Games, prac­tice no-go for Brown

Baltimore Sun - - RAVENS & NFL -

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.

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