Pa­tri­ots trade LB Collins to Browns

Baltimore Sun - - RAVENS & NFL -

The Pa­tri­ots traded Pro Bowl line­backer Jamie Collins to the Browns on Mon­day in ex­change for a con­di­tional third-round pick.

Collins led the Pa­tri­ots in tack­les each of the last two sea­sons and started ev­ery de­fen­sive snap in their Su­per Bowl XLIX win. He has 285 tack­les, 101⁄ sacks and five in­ter­cep­tions in 50 ca­reer games. Bears beat Vik­ings: Jay Cut­ler threw for 252 yards and a touch­down and Jor­dan Howard rushed for 153 yards and a score to lead Chicago (2-6) to a 20-10 win over vis­it­ing Min­nesota (5-2) on Mon­day night.

Ste­fon Diggs (Mary­land) caught eight passes for 76 yards, in­clud­ing a 25-yard touch­down in the fourth quar­ter. Ti­tans’ John­son re­tires: An­dre John­son called Ten­nessee coach Mike Mu­larkey, ask­ing if they could talk Mon­day.

Af­ter 14 NFL sea­sons, John­son had made up his mind. It was time to re­tire.

“He said he’s been con­tem­plat­ing it for weeks and his heart was not in it,” Mu­larkey said. “This is a tough busi­ness to be in when your heart’s not in it.”

John­son was not avail­able for com­ment and did not re­lease a state­ment. The seven-time Pro Bowl re­ceiver ranks ninth all­time in ca­reer re­cep­tions (1,062) and 10th in re­ceiv­ing yards (14,185). Re­play was ‘shut down’: Car­di­nals coach Bruce Ari­ans said the fum­ble rul­ing that re­sulted in the Pan­thers’ first touch­down Sun­day was not over­turned be­cause the NFL re­play sys­tem was shut down.

Tele­vi­sion re­plays showed that quar­ter­back Car­son Palmer had shoved the ball for­ward in the di­rec­tion of run­ning back David John­son. Ari­ans said he was told the re­play of­fi­cial “did not have the proper feed for in­stant re­play, so they shut it down” to fix it, but he added that “it was con­firmed” later that it was a for­ward pass. Ex­tra points: Red­skins coach Jay Gru­den echoed CB Josh Nor­man’s com­plaints about penalty calls in the team’s 27-all tie against the Ben­gals, say­ing Nor­man “prob­a­bly” is tar­geted “a lit­tle bit” by of­fi­cials. Nor­man drew five flags while cov­er­ing Ben­gals WR A.J. Green. That prompted Nor­man to lash out at field judge Brad Free­man af­ter the game, say­ing the of­fi­cial “was ter­ri­ble.” ... For­mer Browns WR Josh Gordon fin­ished his 30-day re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion stay, a per­son with knowl­edge of the sit­u­a­tion said.

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