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Cowboys sign fourth-round pick B.W. Webb

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The Dallas Cowboys have signed the third member of their seven-man draft class in inking fourth-round selection B.W. Webb to a deal on Tuesday.

The cornerback from William & Mary joins fifth-round pick Joseph Randle and sixth-rounder DeVonte Holloman as Cowboys draft picks to officially sign with the team. Per NFL rules, Webb’s deal is for four years. According to, the deal is worth $2.503 million with a $443,380 signing bonus.

First-round pick Travis Frederick, second-rounder Gavin Escobar and third-round selections Terrance Williams and J.J. Wilcox remain unsigned.


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Vernon Davis fined for jump shot celebration

LANDOVER, MD - OCTOBER 16: Tight end Vernon Davis #85 of the Washington Redskins celebrates after scoring a second quarter touchdown against the Philadelphia Eagles at FedExField on October 16, 2016 in Landover, Maryland. (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images) Getty Images

Redskins tight end Vernon Davis was fined $12,154 for an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty in last week’s win over the Eagles, the Washington Post reported.

Specifically, Davis was fined for simulating a jump shot while celebrating a touchdown. The NFL ruled that Davis shooting the ball over the goalpost constitutes using the ball and the goalpost as a prop, and that’s against the rules.

There is to be no fun in football or basketball, apparently.

The Redskins won the game, 27-20.

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Mewhort injury will cause Colts to shuffle line

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The Colts have ruled seven players out of Sunday’s game at Tennessee, most notably starting guard Jack Mewhort.

Colts Coach Chuck Pagano said rookie Joe Haeg took the majority of the reps at left guard this week. Haeg is listed as the team’s starting right tackle, and if he moves inside Joe Reitz figures to be the right tackle.

Pagano said Mewhort’s injury is more “week-to-week” than day-to-day but doesn’t know if Mewhort will miss additional games.

Also out for the Colts sunday are tight Dwayne Allen, defensive end Henry Anderson, wide receiver Phillip Dorsett, defensive tackle Zach Kerr, linebacker Curt Maggitt and wide receiver Donte Moncrief. The Colts placed wide receiver Quan Bray on injured reserve earlier in the week, meaning they’re down to four healthy receivers for Sunday: T.Y. Hilton, Chester Rogers, Devin Street and Tevaun Smith.

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On Thursday, prosecutors decided not to file charges against Josh Brown

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’s biggest flaw in the handling of Josh Brown arose from its decision to impose discipline before the authorities had concluded their investigation. The conclusion of the investigation has allowed the prosecutor to conclude that no formal charges should be filed.

At the very end of the better-late-than-never-but-still-way-too-late report filed last month, Detective Robin Ostrum of the King County Sheriff’s Department explains that “[t]his case file will be sent to the King County Prosecutor’s Office for their review of filing charges of [two] counts of DV-Assault 4 Degree.”

Via, the King County Prosecutor determined on Thursday, October 20, to not file charges. The memo cites the reluctance of Molly Brown to cooperate with the case as the primary reason for the decision not to proceed.

The two counts mentioned by Detective Ostrum relate to the May 22, 2015 incident for which Brown was arrested, and a May 2014 incident that occurred after Josh Brown “had come home intoxicated after being at a bachelor party.” Molly Brown confronted Josh Brown for driving drunk, and she claimed that he responded by slamming her “into a large mirror with a very large frame around it,” and that she struck her head and left arm on the frame.

The impact caused a crack in the mirror, and she then fell and landed on a marble floor.

“Molly was face down on the floor and Josh held her down by putting his forearm across the back of her neck and laying on her with his full body weight,” Detective Ostrum wrote. “Molly’s face was pushed into the carpet and she stated that she could not move her heard or her body, and it made it very hard for her to breathe.”

Detective Ostrum personally inspected the crack in the mirror, and Josh and Molly Brown’s young daughter witnessed Josh holding Molly down on the floor.

The memo from the prosecutor also points out that the investigation was left open for a year in the event Molly Brown changed her mind. Still, the authorities seemed to move quickly to resolve the matter after the NFL imposed a one-game suspension on Josh Brown — and after media inquiries undoubtedly snowballed regarding the status of a case that quickly was growing stale.

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Patriots list nine questionable, including Jamie Collins

CHARLOTTE, NC - AUGUST 28:  Jamie Collins #91 of the New England Patriots defends a pass to Greg Olsen #88 of the Carolina Panthers during their preseason NFL game at Bank of America Stadium on August 28, 2015 in Charlotte, North Carolina.  (Photo by Grant Halverson/Getty Images) Getty Images

The Patriots won’t have to face Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger Sunday, but they still have some issues of their own.

They listed nine guys as questionable for this week, including linebacker Jamie Collins, who was out last week because of a hip injury.

Collins has been listed as a limited participant in practice all week.

Also questionable for the Patriots are tight end Martellus Bennett (ankle), running back Brandon Bolden (knee), wide receiver Julian Edelman (foot), defensive tackle Woodrow Hamilton (shoulder), defensive end Shea McClellin (concussion), wide receiver Malcolm Mitchell (hamstring), linebacker Elandon Roberts (ankle) and defensive tackle Vincent Valentine (back).

Backup quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo is no longer listed on the report at all, as his shoulder issue isn’t even limiting him at this point.

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Antonio Andrews not fined for hit that ended Poyer’s season

Cleveland Browns free safety Jordan Poyer (33) walks off the field after being shaken up on a play against the Tennessee Titans in the first half of an NFL football game Sunday, Oct. 16, 2016, in Nashville, Tenn. (AP Photo/Mark Zaleski) AP

Titans running back Antonio Andrews was not fined for his hit on Browns safety Jordan Poyer last Sunday that ended Poyer’s season, PFT has confirmed.

Poyer suffered a lacerated kidney and was hospitalized for two nights. Andrews was penalized for an illegal blindside block, but Andrews not being fined indicates that after further review of the play the league office believed there was no helmet-to-helmet contact and that Andrews did not lead with his helmet.

Poyer was not pleased that Andrews posted video of the play on his Instagram account with the tag, “relentless.” The Browns placed Poyer on injured reserve earlier this week.

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Sickle cell trait causing leg pain for John Brown

GLENDALE, AZ - OCTOBER 02:  Wide receiver John Brown #12 of the Arizona Cardinals during the NFL game against the Los Angeles Rams at the University of Phoenix Stadium on October 2, 2016 in Glendale, Arizona.  (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images) Getty Images

It looks like the Cardinals will have quarterback Carson Palmer in the lineup against the Seahawks on Sunday night after he practiced for a second straight day on Friday despite a hamstring injury that sidelined him on Wednesday.

It’s not looking so good for wide receiver John Brown. Brown missed a third straight day of practice with what the team had been calling a hamstring injury, although coach Bruce Arians said Friday that’s not quite accurate.

Per Arians, a blood test determined that Brown has a sickle cell trait that is causing Brown to experience pain in his leg. Work is being done to figure out a solution and the Cardinals haven’t ruled Brown out of the game, but it looks like there’s a decent chance he’ll be out of the lineup for the NFC West matchup.

Jaron Brown and J.J. Nelson could be in line for bigger roles if Brown can’t play as a result of the leg issue.

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Rob Gronkowski, LeGarrette Blount fined $9,115 each

FOXBORO, MA - OCTOBER 16:  Rob Gronkowski #87 of the New England Patriots argues with members of the Cincinnati Bengals during the fourth quarter of a game at Gillette Stadium on October 16, 2016 in Foxboro, Massachusetts.  (Photo by Billie Weiss/Getty Images) Getty Images

The biggest fine to come out of last Sunday’s Patriots victory over the Bengals was the $75,000 penalty levied on Bengals linebacker Vontaze Burfict for stepping on Patriots running back LeGarrette Blount’s leg.

That wasn’t the only fine for a player in that game and Blount was among the other players penalized by the league. PFT has confirmed with the league that Blount received a $9,115 fine for an unnecessary roughness penalty he received after getting stepped on by Burfict. Blount reacted by shoving Burfict and getting into it with Bengals defensive tackle Pat Sims.

Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski was also fined $9,115 after being flagged for taunting in the fourth quarter. The flag came at the end of the second of two straight catches by Gronkowski that ended with him barking at members of the Bengals, including Burfict, before getting barked at by Bill Belichick.

Bengals cornerback Dre Kirkpatrick rounds out the list of fine recipients. Kirkpatrick picked up the same $9,115 for grabbing Patriots wide receiver Julian Edelman’s facemask during a tackle.

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Suh not fined for alleged kick on Roethlisberger

FOXBORO, MA - SEPTEMBER 18:  Ndamukong Suh #93 of the Miami Dolphins looks on before the game against the New England Patriots at Gillette Stadium on September 18, 2016 in Foxboro, Massachusetts.  (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images) Getty Images

Dolphins defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh was not fined for what the Steelers felt was a kick on quarterback Ben Roethlisberger in last week’s game, PFT has confirmed.

Suh was rushing Roethlisberger in the fourth quarter, and the Steelers reportedly filed a formal complaint with the NFL because they believed Suh intentionally kicked Roethlisberger.

The league office apparently disagreed with the Steelers’ view of things, and Suh wasn’t fined.

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NFL plans to investigate Josh Brown based on “other incidents of abuse”

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The NFL officially has placed Giants kicker Josh Brown on the Reserve/Commissioner Exempt list based on information that came to light earlier this week. The text of the letter from senior V.P. of labor policy and league affairs Adolpho Birch to Brown makes it clear that Brown is now being investigated for “other incidents of abuse separate from the May 22, 2015 incident for which you were disciplined under the Personal Conduct Policy.”

The move, which essentially suspends Brown with pay pending the outcome of the investigation, is a precursor to an eventual, inevitable suspension of Brown without pay for Personal Conduct Policy violation(s) arising from the conduct explained in the materials released by the King County (Washington) Sheriff following the official conclusion of the investigation of the May 2015 incident.

And so Brown will be prevented from working indefinitely (while getting paid) before eventually absorbing another suspension for, as he possibly will argue, conduct about which the league knew or should have known. Brown’s case could be bolstered by Thursday’s comments from Giants co-owner John Mara, who said a day after the release of materials reflecting other potential incidents of abuse that Brown had been honest with the team and that the Giants knew Brown had engaged in domestic violence. Thus, Brown can — and should — argue that he already has been punished once for the conduct for which he is now on the Commissioner-Exempt list.

Whether that argument has any success remains to be seen. Armed with recent federal appeals court rulings from cases against Tom Brady and Adrian Peterson, the league has the blueprint for doing whatever it wants to do to Brown. As long as Commissioner Roger Goodell doesn’t delegate the internal appeals process to a truly neutral arbitrator (like he did when the league tried to suspend Ray Rice a second time for allegedly lying to the league during his original internal appeals process), the league likely will prevail in its effort to suspend Josh Brown a second time — absent any smoking-gun admissions from the league or the team that Brown’s initial suspension was intended to be comprehensive. (Mara’s comments already could be that smoking gun, frankly.)

No matter how wrong and despicable his conduct may have been, Brown has rights. By bungling the case in the first instance via the failure to acquire information needed to reach an informed decision and/or an inexplicable refusal to wait for the investigation to end before imposing discipline, the league has put the union and anyone interested in the fair treatment of all players in the unenviable task of having to defend Brown.

Maybe that’s how the league decided to handle the case if/when the truth ever came out. Instead of admitting that they should have known more before suspending Brown for only one game, the league can now deflect criticism by pivoting back toward the man many will agree is the real culprit for more discipline.

Regardless of whether it’s supposed to work that way (and it’s not), the league and the Giants will now try to avoid any and all scrutiny or criticism of its flawed investigation by doing to Brown now what should have been done months ago.

Specifically, Brown should have been placed on the Commissioner’s-Exempt list pending the outcome of the investigation in King’s County, which would have ensured that the investigation didn’t fall into a black hole for more than a year, and which in turn would have resulted in the information that was released Wednesday coming to light many months ago.

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Another big fine for Odell Beckham

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - SEPTEMBER 25:  Odell Beckham #13 of the New York Giants looks on in the fourth Quarter against the Washington Redskins during their game at MetLife Stadium on September 25, 2016 in East Rutherford, New Jersey.  (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images) Getty Images

Another week, another instance of Giants receiver Odell Beckham getting fined by the NFL.

This time Beckham was fined $24,309 for unsportsmanlike conduct. Beckham was flagged 15 yards after scoring the game-winning touchdown on Sunday because he took his helmet off in celebration.

The NFL is taking things too far when it comes to cracking down on celebrations, and it seems rather silly that Beckham is fined more for taking his helmet off than players are often fined for serious penalties that could injure an opponent.

On the other hand, every NFL player knows the rules say you can’t take your helmet off during a celebration, and Beckham still hasn’t learned his lesson. Beckham has also been fined this year for a touchdown dance, for taunting an opponent, and for a blindside hit. Eventually, he’s going to have to learn to tone it down. But he hasn’t learned yet.

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Joe Flacco questionable for Sunday

BALTIMORE, MD - NOVEMBER 22: Quarterback  Joe Flacco #5 of the Baltimore Ravens stands next to Justin Forsett #29 during the first half against the St. Louis Rams at M&T Bank Stadium on November 22, 2015 in Baltimore, Maryland.  (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images) Getty Images

Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco returned to practice Friday after missing two days with a right shoulder issue, but the team isn’t ready to say he’ll definitely be playing against the Jets this weekend.

Flacco has been listed as questionable for Sunday’s game at MetLife Stadium, which is also where Flacco hurt the shoulder during last week’s loss to the Giants. Coach John Harbaugh said it was “encouraging” to see Flacco on the field, but that he wasn’t “putting any labels” on the likelihood that the quarterback will play.

“We will see,” Harbaugh said at his Friday press conference. “We will see how he responds tomorrow. He is out there running around a little bit and throwing the ball a little bit. We will see what happens.”

Ryan Mallett would start in the event Flacco can’t play. The Ravens don’t have a third quarterback on their 53-man roster, but do have David Fales on their practice squad.

Linebacker Terrell Suggs, wide receiver Steve Smith, cornerback Shareece Wright and guard Marshal Yanda are all listed as doubtful after missing practice all week. Safety Kendrick Lewis has the same designation after missing Friday’s practice.

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Bills activate Shaq Lawson

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The Bills have activated rookie pass rusher Shaq Lawson from their physically unable to perform list.

Lawson suffered a shoulder injury during rookie minicamp last spring that required surgery and forced him to miss all of training camp and the preseason.

Lawson, the Bills’ first-round pick last spring, told reporters he’s “completely healthy” and Bills coach Rex Ryan said Lawson has been “flying around” and will be active for Sunday’s game at Miami.

The Bills also made some other moves. Tight end Manasseh Garner was called up from the practice squad, while tight end Gerald Christian and guard Gabe Ikard were released. Garner could play some fullback on Sunday because veteran fullback Jerome Felton is questionable due to a back injury.

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Full text of NFL’s letter to Josh Brown regarding Commissioner’s exempt list

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The NFL announced on Friday that Giants kicker Josh Brown has been placed on the Reserve/Commissioner Exempt list pending their review of material relased by the King County (WA) Sheriff’s Office regarding their investigation into allegations that Brown abused his ex-wife.

The full text of the letter from NFL Senior Vice President of Labor Policy and League Affairs Adolpho Birch informing Brown of the decision appears below.

“Dear Mr. Brown:

On October 19, the King County (WA) Sheriff’s Office announced publicly that it had closed its investigation in connection with the May 22, 2015 altercation between you and your former wife, Molly Brown. As part of its report, the Sheriff’s Office released a volume of documents from its investigation, including in particular a transcript of Ms. Brown’s interview with law enforcement investigators and numerous e-mails, journal entries and other materials, many of which were reportedly authored by you.

As you may be aware, the NFL made multiple requests of the Sheriff’s Office for any and all pertinent information developed through its investigation. Because the Sheriff’s Office was treating its investigation as an open matter, however, the NFL’s requests were rejected and the materials first became known and available to us at the same time they were released publicly. The released materials appear to contain information regarding other incidents of abuse separate from the May 22, 2015 incident for which you were disciplined under the Personal Conduct Policy. As a result, further investigation by the league into those separate incidents is needed.

Accordingly, this will advise that, pursuant to the Personal Conduct Policy, Commissioner Goodell has placed you on the Reserve/Commissioner Exempt list on a limited and temporary basis to permit the league fully to review the materials and determine whether further action is necessary. We expect to conduct this review expeditiously and make any appropriate adjustments to your roster status in a timely manner.

Your placement on Commissioner Exempt does not represent a finding that you have violated the Personal Conduct Policy. Prior to any determination in that respect, you will be given an opportunity to review our investigatory report, meet with the league, and/or present relevant information on your behalf as provided for by the Policy.

While on Commissioner Exempt, you may not practice or attend games, but with club permission you may be present at the club’s facility for meetings, individual workouts, therapy and rehabilitation, and other permitted non-football activities. You will be paid your salary pursuant to the terms of your contract and will continue to participate in all applicable benefit plans for which you otherwise qualify under the Collective Bargaining Agreement. You also will continue to accrue free agency and pension credit pursuant to the terms of the CBA.

You may appeal this decision to place you on Commissioner Exempt by providing written notice to or by fax to xxx xxx xxxx within three business days of receiving this letter. If you appeal, a hearing will be held promptly before the Commissioner or his designee pursuant to Article 46 of the CBA.

The league will soon contact you regarding the other incidents and any additional investigatory steps that must be taken. The NFLPA will be fully advised and your full cooperation is expected and appreciated. In the interim, if you have any questions concerning this matter, you or your representative may contact me at the address or number below.”

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Josh Brown headed to Commissioner’s-Exempt list

LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA - AUGUST 13:  NFL Commisioner Roger Goodell talks on tthe sidelines before the game between the Dallas Cowboys and the Los Angeles Rams at the Los Angeles Coliseum during preseason on August 13, 2016 in Los Angeles, California.  The Rams won 28-24.  (Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images) Getty Images

The Giants said they weren’t going to turn their back on Josh Brown, but it appears they’re not going to let him kick for them again either.

The NFL has announced that Giants kicker will be placed on the Commissioner’s-Exempt list. According to ESPN’s Chris Mortensen, Brown has “kicked his last kick” for the Giants.

Banishing him to the exempt list — as was done with Greg Hardy and Adrian Peterson — means he’s on paid leave, while the Giants try to find a way to divorce themselves from an ugly situation.

In documents released this week, Brown admitted years of phsyical and emotional abuse of his then-wife.

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Jamaal Charles questionable with swelling in knee

OAKLAND, CA - OCTOBER 16:  Jamaal Charles #25 of the Kansas City Chiefs rushes for a four-yard touchdown against the Oakland Raiders during their NFL game at Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum on October 16, 2016 in Oakland, California.  (Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images) Getty Images

The Chiefs took their time bringing running back Jamaal Charles back from a torn ACL in the early weeks of this season before he returned to the lineup for the last two games.

Charles’ continued immersion back into the lineup has hit a bit of a snag this week. Charles is listed as questionable for Sunday’s home game against the Saints because of some knee swelling that left him as a limited participant in practice.

The extent of the swelling is unknown, but any sign of trouble in Charles’ knee is likely to be taken seriously by the Chiefs given how cautious they were with bringing Charles back into action in the first place.

Spencer Ware has remained the lead back with Charles back in action and that will likely remain the case whether or not Charles is able to go come Sunday. Cornerback Phillip Gaines is also questionable with a knee injury for Kansas City.

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