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NFL morning after: Jerry Rice or Calvin Johnson?

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Ask me who the best receiver in NFL history is, and my answer is Jerry Rice, and no active receiver is close. So please understand that I’m not suggesting that Calvin Johnson has had a better career than Jerry Rice.

But I want to ask a different question: Has anyone — even the immortal Jerry Rice– ever played the wide receiver position better than Calvin Johnson is playing it right now?

With all due respect to Rice, I believe the answer to that question is no. The level of play Megatron has achieved over the last few years exceeds that of any wide receiver in the history of the game, even including Jerry Rice at his best.

From the start of the 2011 season through yesterday’s insane 14-catch, 329-yard game against the Cowboys, Johnson has 4,466 receiving yards. Over the best 2.5-season stretch of Rice’s career (the second half of 1993 and all of 1994 and 1995), he had 4,102 receiving yards. Johnson had 1,964 receiving yards last year, breaking Rice’s NFL single-season record. Johnson now has topped 200 yards six times in his last 27 games, counting the playoffs. Rice topped 200 yards five times in 332 career games, counting the playoffs.

But I don’t want to go too far down the statistical comparisons because there are a lot of respects in which the stats don’t tell the story. Johnson’s numbers are inflated by the fact that he’s playing in a better passing era than Rice was, and also by the fact that the Lions are a worse team than Rice’s 49ers were, which means they’re throwing late in games a lot more than Rice’s 49ers were. The flip side of that is, Rice was catching passes from Hall of Famers (Joe Montana early in his career, Steve Young starting in 1991) and had excellent teammates like John Taylor, Ricky Watters and Brent Jones preventing the defense from putting everything into stopping him. Johnson is catching passes from Matthew Stafford, who’s a promising young quarterback but nowhere near the type of passer that Montana and Young were, and this year’s arrival of Reggie Bush marks the first time Johnson has ever had a top-flight talent playing with him on the Lions’ offense.

So aside from stats, what makes me say Johnson is playing better football now than Rice ever did? It mostly comes down to their physical differences. The 6-foot-5, 236-pound Johnson makes plays that the 6-foot-2, 200-pound Rice did not. Rice was a genius for running perfect routes and getting open, but Johnson is so physically imposing that he makes plays even when he’s not open. The catches like Johnson’s 50-yard touchdown last week against the Bengals, when Stafford launched the ball deep into the end zone and Johnson went up and grabbed it despite being surrounded by three Bengals, are the plays that no one else at the wide receiver position has made.

And games like Johnson’s performance on Sunday are the games that no one else at the wide receiver position has had. How can Johnson, the guy every defensive coordinator in the NFL knows he has to stop, catch 87.5 percent of the passes thrown to him for 20.6 yards per attempt, as he did on Sunday? The answer is that he’s playing the wide receiver position right now better than anyone has ever played it.

Johnson was my favorite player in any of Sunday’s games. Here are some other thoughts:

Hard-luck player of the week: Reed Doughty. Doughty, a Washington safety, grew up in the Denver suburbs, and so he bought 40 tickets for friends and family to Sunday’s game against the Broncos. It should have been a great “local boy makes good” moment for him, except that he suffered a concussion last week and ended up not playing against the Broncos and not even making the trip to Denver. I hope his friends and family enjoyed the game anyway.

The Jaguars aren’t just bad, they’re historically bad. After Sunday’s 42-10 loss to the 49ers, the Jaguars are 0-8, and they’re getting blown out, week in and week out, like no team since the 1944 franchise that merged the Cardinals and Steelers because players were scarce during World War II. I thought before the season that the Jaguars were the worst team in the league, but they’re even worse than I thought they’d be. I figured they’d be your run-of-the-mill lousy 3-13 team. In reality, your run-of-the-mill lousy 3-13 team would be a double-digit favorite over these Jaguars.

Best block of the day belonged to Larry Warford. A rookie guard for the Lions, Warford got out in front of running back Joique Bell on a screen pass and planted Cowboys linebacker Sean Lee into the turf. It was a textbook example of the right way for an offensive lineman to play a screen pass.

It’s amazing that the Patriots keep winning. There comes a point when no team can withstand the loss of too many good players, and the Patriots seem like they should have reached that point. They lost Wes Welker, Brandon Lloyd, Danny Woodhead and Aaron Hernandez before the season. They’ve lost Jerod Mayo and Vince Wilfork to season-ending injuries. Aqib Talib was out Sunday. Rob Gronkowski and Danny Amendola have missed most of the year. You just can’t lose that many good players. And yet New England is 6-2 after Sunday’s win over the Dolphins. Bill Belichick is a coaching genius.

What happened to Chip Kelly, offensive genius? I know the Eagles have had injuries to both first-string quarterback Michael Vick and second-string quarterback Nick Foles, but shouldn’t an offensive innovator like Kelly be able to manufacture some points anyway? Here’s how every single Eagles offensive drive has ended in the last two weeks: punt, punt, punt, punt, punt, punt, punt, missed field goal, punt, punt, field goal, interception, interception, interception, interception, interception, punt, punt, punt, fumble, downs, punt, punt, punt, downs, interception. Yes, in the last two weeks the Eagles have had 15 punts, five interceptions (on five consecutive drives), one lost fumble, one missed field goal and one made field goal. And the one made field goal came on a drive that started in field goal range. If you were flipping back and forth between the Lions and the Eagles on Sunday, you got to see Megatron playing the receiver position at its best, and the Eagles playing offense at its worst.

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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

Buffalo Bills defensive end Shaq Lawson (90) takes part in drills during their NFL football rookie minicamp in Orchard Park, N.Y., Friday, May 6, 2016. (AP Photo/Bill Wippert) AP

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

CHICAGO, IL - APRIL 28: Roger Goodell announces a draft pick during the 2016 NFL Draft at the Auditorium Theater on April 28, 2016 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images) Getty Images

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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Josh Doctson heads to injured reserve

FILE - In this May 14, 2016 file photo, Washington Redskins wide receiver Josh Doctson, 18, works out during NFL football rookie minicamp in Ashburn, Va. Doctson is inching his way back from an Achilles tendon injury, though the Washington Redskins still don’t know when the wide receiver will be ready to practice with the team, let alone play in a game. (AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana, File) AP

Earlier this week, Redskins coach Jay Gruden ruled rookie wide receiver Josh Doctson out for this Sunday’s game against the Lions and suggested that it might not be until after the team’s Week Nine bye before there was a change in his status.

As it turns out, it will be a lot longer than that. Gruden announced on Friday that Doctson will be placed on injured reserve because of the Achilles injury that the first-round pick suffered in the spring and has limited him to two games this season.

“We saw another specialist, a couple of them now, I think with all the work that we put in we thought it was best to immobilize him for a little bit of time and see if that can help by the time he gets out of the boot,” Gruden said, via the team’s website. “Then he’ll need time to see if he’s ready and hopefully we’ll get him back for the last maybe two games of the year.”

Doctson will be eligible to return to action in Week 15, although, as Gruden said, that’s far from a sure thing given how long Doctson has already been dealing with the injury.

Wide receiver Maurice Harris will be added from the practice squad to fill Doctson’s spot on the roster.

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Steelers rule out DeAngelo Williams, Markus Wheaton, Marcus Gilbert

PITTSBURGH, PA - OCTOBER 02:  DeAngelo Williams #34 of the Pittsburgh Steelers rushes against the Kansas City Chiefs in the fourth quarter during the game at Heinz Field on October 2, 2016 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Justin K. Aller/Getty Images) Getty Images

Quarterback Ben Roethlisberger won’t be the only key offensive player missing when the Steelers face the Patriots on Sunday.

The team has ruled out three others ahead of the game. Running back DeAngelo Williams, wide receiver Markus Wheaton and right tackle Marcus Gilbert will also miss the game.

Williams has a knee injury and his absence will leave Fitzgerald Toussaint as the backup to Le’Veon Bell. Wheaton has been dealing with a shoulder injury all season and will miss his fourth game of the year while Gilbert will be replaced by Chris Hubbard for the third straight week.

The Steelers ruled out defensive end Cam Heyward earlier this week. Safety Shamarko Thomas will miss a second straight game with a groin injury, which impacts the Steelers more on special teams than on the defensive side of the ball.

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Giants’ Justin Pugh walks back support of teammate Josh Brown

NEW ORLEANS, LA - NOVEMBER 01:  Odell Beckham #13 of the New York Giants celebrates a touchdown with Justin Pugh #67 during the second quarter of a game against the New Orleans Saints at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome on November 1, 2015 in New Orleans, Louisiana.  (Photo by Sean Gardner/Getty Images) Getty Images

Giants guard Justin Pugh voiced support for teammate Josh Brown after he was suspended for Week One of the NFL season over a domestic violence arrest. Now Pugh is walking back that support.

Pugh released a statement today saying that when he supported Brown previously, he did not know the full extent of the allegations against Brown, which became public when police documents were published this week.

“I was misinformed and unknowingly speaking with limited information at the time I commented earlier this year,” Pugh said today. “I had no personal knowledge of his behavior at home and obviously do not condone domestic violence of any kind.”

Pugh’s support for Brown struck some as particularly questionable because Pugh has also spoken strongly in support of standing for the national anthem. Some took Pugh’s comments as suggesting that he would support a teammate who beats his wife, but not a teammate who kneels for the anthem.

Pugh now wants to distance himself from that support of Brown. As do the Giants.

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Reed out, Jackson questionable for Sunday

PHILADELPHIA, PA - DECEMBER 26: DeSean Jackson #11of the Washington Redskins antagonizes fans of the Philadelphia Eagles in the second quarter of a football game at Lincoln Financial Field on December 26, 2015 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Rich Schultz /Getty Images) Getty Images

The Redskins have ruled tight end Jordan Reed out for Sunday’s game at Detroit and will list wide receiver DeSean Jackson as questionable.

Reed was diagnosed with a concussion last week, and given his concussion history it’s no surprise that he’s missing another game. The Redskins play the Bengals next week in London, then have a bye, so it’s reasonable to think Reed will be out until the second weekend of November.

Jackson missed practice both Wednesday and Thursday with a shoulder injury. Redskins Coach Jay Gruden told reporters that Jackson looked “pretty good” in Friday’s practice, but Gruden stopped short of declaring Jackson ready for Sunday. Jackson will be further evaluated Saturday and could end up being a game-time decision Sunday.

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