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Rodgers says Smith needs to be where he’s “appreciated”

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Seven years ago, quarterbacks Alex Smith and Aaron Rodgers both were vying to be the top pick in the draft.  Rodgers particularly wanted to be taken by the team that held the first overall selection, since he grew up a fan of the 49ers.

But the Niners opted for Smith, sparking a slide that carried Rodgers into the 20s.

Since then, things have worked out pretty well, to say the least, for Rodgers.  Despite sitting on the bench behind Brett Favre for three years in Green Bay, Rodgers has become one of the best quarterbacks in the game, winning the Super Bowl MVP award in 2010 and the league MVP trophy in 2011.

Smith was on his way to finally emerging as an elite quarterback, until a concussion opened the door for Colin Kaepernick to supplant Smith.  And while Kaepernick’s play has for the most part justified the move, Rodgers thinks Smith got a raw deal.

“He comes in, he’s [got a] 70 percent completion [percentage], he’s [got a] 100-plus quarterback rating,” Rodgers recently told NFL Network, via Kevin Lynch of the San Francisco Chronicle.  “Last year, he’s like barely over one percent interception percentage.  He’s a great quarterback, he just needs to go somewhere he gets appreciated for the skills he has and hopefully he gets a chance next year.”

It’s likely that Smith will be leaving, unless Kaepernick comes apart in the postseason.  But the question is whether Smith’s better-late-than-never performances are a product of the tutelage of coach Jim Harbaugh.  If so, it may be hard to duplicate that elsewhere.Meanwhile, with the 49ers and Packers possibly destined for a playoff rematch, Rodgers’ words likely will be used to get Kaepernick appropriately riled up in order to show Rodgers that the better quarterback has emerged with the job.

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NFL disputes sheriff’s criticism of Josh Brown investigation

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - OCTOBER 21:  Kicker Josh Brown #3 of the New York Giants looks on after an extra point against the Minnesota Vikings during a game at MetLife Stadium on October 21, 2013 in East Rutherford, New Jersey.  (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images) Getty Images

The NFL is defending its investigation of the Josh Brown domestic violence case amid widespread criticism.

One source of that criticism was King County Sheriff John Urquhart, whose office investigated accusations that Brown abused his ex-wife. Urquhart says that when his office was contacted by an investigator looking for information, that investigator never made clear that he was representing the NFL and wanted information because Brown is the kicker for the Giants and the league wanted to know whether and to what extent Brown should be disciplined.

Responding to reports of the sheriff’s comments, NFL Senior Vice President of Communications Natalie Ravitz wrote on Twitter that the NFL did, in fact, make it clear to police that the league was seeking information on Brown’s domestic violence case.

According to Ravitz, the NFL submitted a public records request on May 26, 2015, and a police report acknowledges that the league had requested information. Ravitz also said four different individuals working for the NFL contacted police.

“It was clear we were looking for info for months,” Ravitz wrote.

The NFL has still not adequately explained what it knew about Brown’s abuse of his ex-wife, although Giants owner John Mara has acknowledged that Brown admitted he abused her, and Mara also acknowledged that he knew NFL Security had to intervene to protect Brown’s wife from him while their family was at an NFL-provided hotel at the Pro Bowl. Despite all that, Brown was only suspended one game and remained an active member of the team until Thursday, when the Giants announced that Brown will not play for them this week after new information about the domestic violence case surfaced.

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Terry Pegula: “No way” this year is playoffs or bust

Buffalo Bills head coach Rex Ryan walks on the sideline during the first half of an NFL football game against the San Francisco 49ers, Sunday, Oct. 16, 2016, in Orchard Park, N.Y. (AP Photo/Bill Wippert) AP

Near the end of the 2015 season, there was a report that Bills owners Terry and Kim Pegula were going to fire coach Rex Ryan and General Manager Doug Whaley if the team didn’t make the playoffs in 2016.

That was refuted, but the feeling took enough hold around the team that guard Richie Incognito said he felt the “unspoken rule” around the team was that “it’s playoffs or bust for us.” Terry Pegula says that’s not the right read on the situation.

Pegula told Tom Pelissero of USA Todayno way” when asked if the stakes were playoffs or bust in Buffalo and said he wasn’t even in Buffalo when he was supposed to have told Ryan and Whaley about his expectations for this season. Pegula said that the team’s players and coaches “need to know there’s stability” and that things won’t work if you’re constantly making changes.

The Bills did make one change to their coaching staff this year when they fired offensive coordinator Greg Roman after two losses to open the year. Reports at the time pointed to the Pegulas as the drivers for that decision, something Ryan disputed and Pegula also discussed with Pelissero.

“Rex had been talking about it,” Pegula said. “Any well-run organization, everyone has to communicate with each other. It was just a situation where he — and we were in agreement — felt that we needed the change. A lot of people said, ‘Oh, Rex is covering his ass. Why not fire himself because his defense was bad?’ Well, guess what? Our offense put the defense on the field the first two games for pretty much the whole first quarter, which set the tempo for the games.”

It’s obviously easier to take the position that stability is the right path when your team has won four straight games than it would have been at 0-2. If all goes well for the Bills, Pegula will be singing the same tune come January and the notion of playoffs or bust will have busted without any need for further explanation.

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Brock Osweiler learned about facing former team from Peyton Manning

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Broncos linebacker Brandon Marshall said this week that there’s no ill will toward Texans quarterback Brock Osweiler for signing a big deal in Houston in the offseason, but that the defense still wants “to kill him” when they square off on Monday night in Denver.

Osweiler joked that it “sounds like they miss me” when he was asked about Marshall’s comments and added that he’s “not blind” to the added interest in this week’s game because of the four years he spent with the Broncos. Osweiler served as Peyton Manning’s backup for most of that time and said he learned a lesson about keeping an even keel in emotionally charged situations from watching Manning prepare for a game in Indianapolis.

“I remember being in our Saturday night quarterback meeting, and when I got to that meeting I was kind of anxious to see how he was going to be, what kind of energy he would have,” Osweiler said, via the team’s website. “I’ll never forget it. He stepped into the meeting and the way he conducted himself, he was the same Peyton Manning that he was the week before, the week before that and the week before that.”

Osweiler says this week has felt normal to him, although it wouldn’t be a bad time to break from his normal routine of throwing at least one interception in every game.

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Ezekiel Elliott: Rookie rushing record “not important”

GREEN BAY, WI - OCTOBER 16: Ezekiel Elliott #21 of the Dallas Cowboys runs the ball against the Green Bay Packers during the second quarter at Lambeau Field on October 16, 2016 in Green Bay, Wisconsin.  (Photo by Dylan Buell/Getty Images) Getty Images

Earlier this week, Cowboys wide receiver Dez Bryant shared his opinion that running back Ezekiel Elliott will set a new rookie rushing record this season by gaining more yards than the 1,808 Eric Dickerson managed in 1983.

Bryant said he thinks Elliott can surpass 2,000 rushing yards, but Elliott isn’t as keen on discussing the topic. He said any yards he gets are an accomplishment for the entire team rather than just himself and that he always wants the focus to be on the team.

“Because it’s not important,” Elliott said, via the Fort Worth Star-Telegram. “You guys want to write stories about the rookie rushing record, and it’s about this team, honestly. It’s not about a record. That’s not what we’re focused on. We’re a team, and honestly I don’t want any attention being put towards that. It should be about this team, and it should be about these guys. It should be about our relationship. It shouldn’t be about records.”

The nice thing for Elliott is that we’ve already seen how much prodigious rushing numbers, record-setting or otherwise, boost the fortunes of the entire team. Elliott leads the league in rushing through six weeks and the Cowboys are 5-1, which provides plenty of reason to believe that continued success for Elliott as an individual will mean the same for the team as a whole.

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Tyler Eifert: “In my mind, I’m ready”

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When his ankle finally healed, his back gave out. So now after months of rehabbing one thing or another, Bengals tight end Tyler Eifert is ready to take the field again.


Via Paul Dehner Jr. of the Cincinnati Enquirer, Eifert said he was ready to get back on the field this week, though he’s still being listed as limited.

In my mind, I’m ready,” Eifert said. “Two weeks ago, before it happened I was in really really good shape and I’ve kind of been laid up just trying to get the back right. All things considered, I don’t think there’s anything else I have to pass.”

Eifert joked that the recent back problem kept him from worrying about the comeback from the ankle injury, saying: “I can’t think about two things at once.”

“I didn’t want to tell anybody that I kinda hurt my back because I got the ankle right and I was ready to play,” Eifert said. “I tried to keep practicing and I couldn’t do anything else. Like I said, I had to tell someone.”

Eifert’s been sidelined by a number of injuries in his career, but when he’s on the field he’s incredibly productive. He caught 13 touchdown passes, and was one of the best red zone targets in the league. And for an offense that has lost its way this season, getting him back would be a huge benefit.

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Jim Schwartz says Eagles’ flat defense is his fault

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When Eagles defensive coordinator Jim Schwartz looked at the tape from last week’s game with Washington, he saw plenty of problems. When he looked in the mirror, he saw another.

Via Paul Domowitch of the Philadelphia Daily News, Schwartz was brutally honest when asked about last week’s flat tire, in which the Eagles gave up 493 yards, 230 rushing yards and recorded no sacks.

“We were bad at all three levels,’’ Schwartz said. “No, let’s make that four levels. We were bad at defensive line. We were bad at linebacker. We were bad in the secondary.

And we were bad at the defensive coordinator position.’’

The Eagles got off to a great start as a defense, and bounced back from a bad first half against the Lions to play better. But there was nothing good about last week’s performance and Schwartz said that started with him.

“It’s my job to put the fires out,’’ Schwartz said. “And to find something, when we’re not having a great day, to be able to have a changeup somewhere. Unfortunately, my changeups didn’t work either.”

Schwartz has practical autonomy, as rookie head coach Doug Pederson doesn’t fiddle with the side of the ball he knows less about. So that puts a lot of pressure on Schwartz, and he knows that.

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Steve Smith: “Our system is broken”

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The NFL learned the hard way two years ago the problems that can arise from failing to employ proper diligence when investigating domestic violence allegations involving former Ravens running back Ray Rice. A current Ravens player has opted to say things that need to be said given the reality that, two years later, the league failed to employ proper diligence when investigation domestic violence allegations involving soon-to-be-former Giants kicker Josh Brown.

“We have valued the amount of air in a ball but yet devalued when a person or persons may have been harmed and fail to put forth necessary actions of energy and time in which far less important things have taken precedent!” Steve Smith said on social media last night. “There have been players with far less [offenses,] some have been banned, cut on the spot. But this person had behavior patterns behind closed doors unknown to everyone while swift and harsh action handed down to many players without half the details or amount of time.

“Our system is broken the NFL needs to stop acting like they care and start showing people they mean what they say. I will continue to speak for the voiceless and for my mother who is a survivor of domestic violence.”

Smith’s more length comments came after he provided a more succinct assessment of Josh Brown’s situation: “You know what ex-wife was my daughter yo ASS would be on IR.” Smith later admitted that his initial response was “a bit extreme [and] for that I apologize.”

Smith’s assessment of the state of the league isn’t extreme. Millions of dollars and thousands of hours were devoted to justifying an unjustified suspension of Tom Brady over air pressure, and the league trotted out the Keystone Cops for a serious case of domestic violence.

Meanwhile, the NFL once again finds itself hunkering down and circling the wagons and waiting for the storm to blow over. One of these days, the storm is going to blow the house down.

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Friday morning one-liners

FILE - In this Oct. 16, 2016, file photo, Tennessee Titans quarterback Marcus Mariota passes against the Cleveland Browns in the second half of an NFL football game in Nashville, Tenn. The Titans can win three straight games for the first time in five years if they beat Indianapolis on Sunday, a win that could put them into a tie for first in the AFC South.  (AP Photo/Mark Zaleski, File) AP

WR Justin Hunter has two catches and two touchdowns for the Bills this season.

Huddling seems to be helping the Dolphins offense.

Patriots WR Julian Edelman isn’t sweating his stats over two games with QB Tom Brady.

More personnel changes could be coming for the Jets.

QB Ryan Mallett says he’s ready to go if the Ravens need him.

Bengals coach Marvin Lewis remains close with Browns coach Hue Jackson.

CB Joe Haden knows he can’t help the Browns if he can’t run with A.J. Green.

Steelers WR Sammie Coates is still working with an injured finger.

The Texans expect CB Kareem Jackson back this week.

Colts QB Andrew Luck may be short on receivers this weekend.

The Jaguars need their pass rush to slow down the Raiders offense.

A look at Titans QB Marcus Mariota’s production in the red zone.

LB DeMarcus Ware is getting closer to a return to the Broncos lineup.

All went well in Chiefs LB Justin Houston’s return to the practice field.

Raiders defensive coordinator Ken Norton Jr. hasn’t lost faith in his unit.

The Chargers would like to see improvement in their special teams work.

Five of the best plays from Cowboys QB Dak Prescott in the first six games.

As you’d expect from a man with the nickname Snacks, Giants DT Damon Harrison knows where to get a good meal in London.

Are more targets in the cards for Eagles WR Dorial Green-Beckham?

The Redskins have been pleased with CB Kendall Fuller’s play in the nickel.

Bears rookie LB Leonard Floyd had a good night in the team’s loss.

Rookie G Graham Glasgow has done well for the Lions.

Packers WR Davante Adams had a career-best night against the Bears.

Facing Carson Wentz may cost the Vikings some fans in North Dakota this weekend.

Assessing Falcons QB Matt Ryan’s chances of being the MVP.

Said Panthers coach Ron Rivera of his defense, “We’ve got to make sure everybody is on the same page. If they’re not, we’ve got to get guys that are going to be on the same page and get them out there.”

The Saints may be making a change at kick returner.

How will the Buccaneers replace WR Vincent Jackson?

There are a lot of outside linebackers on the field in the Cardinals’ newest defensive wrinkle.

Rams DE Robert Quinn hopes to play this weekend.

DL Arik Armstead’s playing time is on the rise with the 49ers.

Seahawks S Kam Chancellor’s status for this weekend remains up in the air.

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Kubiak: Trevor Siemian has been much better this week

SAN DIEGO, CA - OCTOBER 13:  Trevor Siemian #13 of the Denver Broncos runs with the ball during the first half of a game against the San Diego Chargers  at Qualcomm Stadium on October 13, 2016 in San Diego, California.  (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images) Getty Images

Broncos coach Gary Kubiak and quarterback Trevor Siemian were both dealing with health issues last week.

Kubiak wasn’t on the sideline when Siemian made a return from a week on the bench with a left shoulder injury in a Thursday night loss to the Chargers. Siemian didn’t look entirely comfortable, especially when he’d take a hit from a San Diego defender, and finished the night 30-of-50 for 230 yards.

Kubiak returned to the team on Monday after a week of rest following a hospital trip and said he feels better as a result. He thinks the extended time off has also been a benefit to Siemian after watching him in practice.

“[I] think he’s been much better — obviously last week when he played in the game he was still sore,” Kubiak said, via “To me, watching him turn a few balls loose [in San Diego], he didn’t rotate the way he normally does … It’s been a week now, and you can see a difference.”

Siemian’s injury and a sluggish running game have contributed to two straight losses for the Broncos and the team will be trying to get things back in gear against the Texans on Monday night. With Brock Osweiler making his return to Denver, a good outing for Siemian would be beneficial to the Broncos on a couple of fronts.

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Jordan Matthews: NFL’s talk of integrity rings hollow

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There are plenty of people scratching their heads over the NFL’s and the Giants multiple failures in the handling of the Josh Brown case.

But from Eagles wide receiver Jordan Matthews’s perspective, it’s hard to square a teammate getting a 10-game ban for a second offensive of the PED policy while an admitted domestic abuser gets one game.

They always use the words they want to protect the integrity of the game,” Matthews said, via Eliot Shorr-Parks of “I think it is always looked at as the integrity of the football game. Obviously, if somebody makes a mistake like Lane did, or even if somebody does it intentionally if they might try to do something to get an edge, then yes, that can affect a game. So obviously there are some disciplines that should take place.

“But then when we talk about the integrity of the game, and the shield [the NFL logo] . . . you talk about the values that you want to instill in families that actually watch us and look up to us. Then it sends the wrong message that every single time there is an incident with domestic violence or something where there is a physical altercation, especially with a lady . . . it never seems like there is a really big punishment handed down.

“Even with the Ray Rice incident, nothing was really serious until there was public outrage or until the video came out. But my thing is, why do people have to see something for there to be actual steps taken?”

Having empathy and intellectual curiosity would be a good starting point, as well as being good at investigating such instances. The league’s 0-3 on that scorecard at the moment, as more and more people realize how broken their system is.

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Jim Caldwell is not interested in your talk of the postseason

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Lions coach Jim Caldwell rarely responds to much of anything.

But if you really want to see nothing, ask him when he might discuss his team’s chances to make the playoffs.

Never,” Caldwell replied, via Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press. “Next question.”

Of course, the Lions are just 3-3, but they’ve beaten the Eagles and Rams in succession and are playing at a high rate lately. And With Washington (4-2) coming to town this week, they have a chance to stake themselves as legitimate wild card contenders. Beyond the division leaders, only this week’s opponent, the Eagles (3-2) and Packers (4-2) are about .500 in the NFC.

Caldwell said “it’s nonsense to be talking about” playoff possibilities at this stage of the season. in the season and that his team is all-in with its one-game-at-a-time approach.

“These guys have been around,” Caldwell said. “They understand how hard it is, how tough it is. We don’t start making projections. We haven’t done anything. We’re still trying to survive, we’re fighting and scratching for every — we’re trying to make it through practice half the time, let alone talk about looking that far down the road. We’ve got to find a way to keep getting better. Against these teams we’re facing — we’re facing a team that’s got a four-game winning streak, that’s playing awfully well right now, and we’re talking about something else other than that. We don’t do that. That’s kind of what you guys do. We never do it.”

And while it wasn’t exactly a Jim Mora rant, Caldwell’s steady approach seems to be working for the Lions, after their closed last year with a 6-2 finish.

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Kyle Long says his arm injury is serious

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Bears offensive lineman Kyle Long said after Thursday night’s loss to the Packers that he suffered a serious arm injury.

My arm’s f—ed up,” Long said. “Tough spot to be in.”

Long was already playing through an injury to his left shoulder. He did not reveal precisely what happened to his arm last night, but he indicated that he’d like to try to keep playing through his injuries.

The 27-year-old Long has started every game but one in his four-year NFL career.

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Aaron Rodgers knows he’s probably going to have to keep slinging it

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Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers might not be thrilled with the offense as called last night. But at the moment, he doesn’t have much choice but to live with it.

After effectively running out of running backs, Rodgers completed 39 of his 56 passes to beat the Bears.

I think this is closer to how we’re going to have to play moving forward,” Rodgers said, via Rob Demovsky of

Take a deep breath here, and follow the bouncing ball of their running back position. Eddie Lacy just went on IR after ankle surgery, meaning any comeback will be late in the season. James Starks is out a few more weeks after a knee surgery of his own. They promoted Don Jackson from the practice squad, and he injured his hand after just two carries. That left Knile Davis (acquired in trade during the short week) and a bunch of receivers to do the running, so it was hard to sustain a balanced attack.

“It’s one game; it’s a one-game victory,” Packers coach Mike McCarthy said. “And that’s really the reflection of how you plan for a season. You do what you have to do, you play how you have to play. We have the ability to run it as much as we need to, the ability to throw it as much as we need to. Obviously Eddie Lacy is a featured, primary player for our offense, so having both him and James not available, you shift gears. Don Jackson obviously was injured there early, it was unfortunate Knile Davis just got here two days ago, so we’ll work through that.”

Rodgers did throw for 326 yards, but it took him until his 55th pass to top 300, and was the first time he’s done that since last November. The lack of deep-passing success (whether it’s on the receivers getting open or Rodgers getting it to them) has been a trend with the Packers lately, and something they have to address at some point.

If, you know, Rodgers’ arm is still attached to his body.

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King County Sheriff blasts NFL over Josh Brown

New York Giants kicker Josh Brown speaks with reporters at NFL football training camp, Thursday, Aug. 18, 2016, in East Rutherford, N.J. Brown has confirmed that an arrest on a domestic violence charge in May 2015 led to his one-game suspension by the NFL for violating the league's personal conduct policy. (AP Photo/Tom Canavan) AP

In announcing they were going to re-open their investigation into the domestic abuse history of New York Giants kicker Josh Brown, the NFL claimed the King County (Wash.) Sheriff’s Office denied any overtures made by the league to learn more about the case and allegations against Brown.

Sheriff John Urquhart fired back at the NFL in an interview with Dori Monson on KIRO 97.3-FM in Seattle on Thursday.

“I don’t like to get pushed around by a bully,” Urquhart said.

The NFL said in a statement Thursday that repeated attempts to seek cooperation from the Sheriff’s Office were denied.

Because the case against Brown was an open investigation, the Sheriff’s Office was not going to release case files. Urquhart said they never received any written requests from anyone claiming to be a representative of the NFL. He said four days after the incident with Brown opened an investigation, the Sheriff’s Office received a public disclosure request from a Robert Agnew from a generic email address. Another request came from Agnew months later where he again didn’t state his affiliation.

“Nowhere on the request does he say that he works for the NFL and so, we don’t know that it’s the NFL and we’re not gonna give it out anyway, so we denied it,” Urquhart said. “… To our discredit, perhaps, we didn’t use the Google, to Google this guy’s name. Turns out that he is a security representative based in Seattle for the NFL. But he never told us that. The NFL never told us that. At no time has the NFL ever filed a written request – public disclosure request – for any of these files. Period. It’s never happened.”

A different league representative did make calls to the Sheriff’s Office seeking the case file. She was also denied multiple times due to the fact the case was an open investigation. A Seattle police officer claiming to represent the league also asked for the files and was denied as well.

Urquhart said if the league had gone through proper public disclosure channels, the request would have come to his desk and a conversation with the league about the situation could have been more fruitful.

“I would have said exactly the same thing, ‘We cannot release the case file.’ But since this is a hot-button item in the NFL, since it’s the NFL, we probably would have told them orally a little bit more about what we had.” he said. “But we don’t have them calling us here. We’ve got some goofus from Woodinville named Rob Agnew asking for the case file. We have no idea who he is.”

“We would have told them… ‘Be careful, NFL, don’t rush into this. This case is blossoming way more than what happened on May 22nd of 2015. We’re getting more information, be careful,’” he said. “Again, we’re not gonna give them specifics but we certainly would have cautioned the NFL to be careful about what they were going to do.”

Urquhart said he was unhappy with the NFL’s placing blame on his department for the NFL not knowing enough about the case.

“I don’t like the NFL taking shots at the sheriff’s office when it’s not deserved,” Urquhart said. “It’s real simple.”

“I’ll give them credit, they did not have all the information. There’s no question about that,” he said. “And, frankly, I’m not criticizing them for only giving him a one-day suspension based on what they knew. What he was arrested for, in the scheme of things, was relatively minor but obviously there was much more under the surface that apparently they did not know and we couldn’t tell them.

“But for them to say it’s our fault — and it’s not our fault any more than it’s their fault when you get right down to it — for them to say it’s our fault that they only gave them a one-day suspension, that’s just not true. That’s what I object to.”

The Giants signed kicker Robbie Gould on Thursday and left Brown behind as they traveled to London for their game against the Los Angeles Rams on Sunday.

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Report: Browns, Pryor discussing contract extension

Cleveland Browns wide receiver Terrelle Pryor (11) runs for a touchdown during the second half of an NFL football game against the Miami Dolphins, Sunday, Sept. 25, 2016, in Miami Gardens, Fla. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky) AP

For someone who once said he couldn’t be a receiver because he couldn’t catch, Terrelle Pryor has done a fantastic job of making the transition for the Cleveland Browns.

Pryor has done so well in making the move to receiver that the Cleveland Browns are looking to give him a contract extension.

According to Mary Kay Cabot of the Cleveland Plain Dealer, the Browns and Pryor have had preliminary discussions on a new contract.

The former quarterback has become a bright spot on another underwhelming Browns team. Pryor has caught 33 passes for 413 yards and three touchdowns in six games for Cleveland this season. He’s rushed for a fourth touchdown as well. Pryor is currently on a one-year contract with the Browns.

With Seattle in 2014, Pryor wouldn’t entertain the idea of playing another position.

I don’t know how to catch. I don’t know how to run the ball as a running back,” Pryor said. “I’ve been a quarterback my whole life.”

The Browns should be thrilled Pryor committed to a change. Pryor should be too.

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