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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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Josh Brown headed to Commissioner’s-Exempt list

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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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League, law enforcement are both to blame for lack of information in Josh Brown case

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King County Sheriff John Urquhart blames the NFL for failing to work hard enough to obtain information about the Josh Brown case. The NFL blames the Sheriff’s office for failing to cooperate with its efforts.

The truth, as usual, lives somewhere in the middle, with both sides bearing blame for the NFL’s lack of information at the time Brown initially was suspended only one game. Ultimately, however, the league’s lack of appropriate diligence resulted in the discipline being imposed based on incomplete facts.

Allow me to explain. (As if you have a vote in the matter.)

The materials released by the King County Sheriff’s department earlier this week show that, indeed, the NFL tried to gather information about the case. A woman named Deborah Katz called Josh Brown’s ex-wife, Molly, on June 3, 2015. (The document says 2016, but that apparently is a typo, based on the full context of the report.)

“Molly told me that she had a very limited conversation with the woman and told her that she did not want to speak to her about any of this,” wrote Detective Robin Ostrum of the King County Sheriff’s office. “Molly told me that if it truly was someone from the NFL calling her, she would not trust them to really be having her or her children’s best interest in mind. Molly states that the NFL would only be looking to bury this whole incident and protect Josh. I told Molly that she was under no obligation to talk to this woman, or discuss with anyone that might try to contact her, the nature of the investigation. I told Molly if she wanted, I would call this woman and ask that she not call her anymore; Molly stated that she would appreciate if I would do that.”

Ostrum then explained in the report that she contacted Deborah Katz, who “started pressing me for information on this case.” Ostrum said she would not discuss the case, explaining it was an “open and active investigation.”

“Deborah tried to ingratiate herself to me by telling me she was once a Prosecutor for the State of New York,” Ostrum wrote. “I told Deborah that if that was true, then she should know that I would not discuss an open and active investigation with her. Deborah then asked me why I was saying there was an open and active investigation if the Prosecutor’s Office dropped the charges. I explained to Deborah that the Prosecutor’s Office had not ‘dropped’ the charges against Josh, they had simply chosen not to ‘file’ charges at this time, pending further investigation into this matter, which I was doing.

“I clearly informed Deborah that depending on the outcome of my investigation, the Prosecutor’s Office could still file charges against Josh. Deborah stated that she would call me back from time to time to check on the status of my investigation. Over the next several months I did receive several phone calls from Deborah that [resulted] in the same thing, me telling her I would not discuss my open and active investigation with her. When that didn’t seem to be getting the NFL anywhere, they had a Detective from another local law enforcement agency, who apparent also works as a representative for the NFL, call me and try to get information from me on my investigation. I told him the same thing that I had discussed with Deborah, that I would not share information with him, or discuss my open and active investigation with him.”

The NFL, as noted by senior V.P. of communications Natalie Ravitz on Twitter, also submitted a formal request for public records, apparently on May 26, 2015. The response, along with the public records, finally arrived on October 19, 2016. This explains why media reports regarding the details of the records appeared that same day; others had made a request for public records, and the requests we all filled on the same say.

While it’s clear that the NFL did something to find out more about the allegations and evidence against Brown, the NFL didn’t do enough. It’s one thing to call the same person over and over again and say, “Are you ready to talk about the case?” It’s quite another to employ creative, aggressive, and relentless measures to get around, through, above, or under a stone wall and get to the truth.

Whether it’s contacting the sheriff directly to explain the importance of obtaining more information about the case, pushing Brown, his agents, and his lawyers to pressure law enforcement to conclude the case and release the information, or ultimately threatening to place Brown on the Commissioner’s-Exempt list until the case is closed and the information is obtained, the NFL could have and should have, when faced with that stone wall, done something other than repeatedly bang its head against it.

Law enforcement bears blame as well, given that the investigation languished for more than 14 months, with the case finally closed on September 14, 2016. The timeline suggests that the case fell into a black hole and that, after the league suspended Brown for one game, media inquiries resulted in the case being dusted off and concluded.

That’s unacceptable from a law-enforcement perspective, but it’s hardly unprecedented. Still, the fact that media agitation caused the Sheriff’s office to complete its work proves that the NFL could have pushed the investigation to a conclusion much sooner, with the right approach.

And so the NFL imposed discipline on Josh Brown based solely on information provided by him, without the benefit of the final report or the various attachments that demonstrate a pattern of physical, mental, and emotional abuse. Faced with the choice as to whether the outcome arose from incompetence or design, the safer bet is incompetence, because anyone with an ounce of common sense had to know that, eventually, the investigation would be concluded and a report would be generated for public consumption.

Apart from the league’s decision to suspend Josh Brown for one game based on incomplete facts, these details make the team’s decision to re-sign Brown earlier this year even more confusing. All the Giants had to say was, “Josh, if you don’t find a way to get that investigation finally closed so that the information can be reviewed, we just can’t hire you again.”

Again, this outcome suggests more incompetence than design. Unless, of course, the incompetence flowed not from the efforts to obtain the necessary information but from the belief that the team would be able to brush this matter under the rug and that no one would ever know or care about the truth, especially since it involves a kicker.

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LeSean McCoy questionable for Sunday

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During a radio interview on Friday morning, Bills running back LeSean McCoy’s agent Drew Rosenhaus said that a report that his client will miss Sunday’s game against the Dolphins with a hamstring injury was premature and that he expected McCoy to be a game-time decision in Week Seven.

Rosenhaus’ prediction wound up being right on the money. The Bills have listed McCoy as questionable after he was able to return for a limited practice with the team on Friday.

McCoy is coming off two straight big weeks on the ground, running for 150 yards in a win over the Rams in Week Five and going for 140 yards and three scores against the 49ers last Sunday. He tweaked his hamstring in Wednesday’s practice to create the uncertainty about whether he’ll keep it going this weekend.

Wide receiver Robert Woods, who has a foot injury, and defensive tackle Marcell Dareus, who hasn’t played since returning from a four-game suspension and suffering a hamstring injury, are both listed as doubtful.

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Ben McAdoo: “We’re not going to turn our back on Josh” (Brown)

New York Giants head coach Ben McAdoo answers questions from journalists during a press conference at Syon House in Syon Park, south west London, Friday, Oct. 21, 2016. The Los Angeles Rams are due to play the New York Giants at Twickenham stadium in London on Sunday in a regular season NFL game. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham) AP

The Giants flew across an ocean to get away from Josh Brown this weekend, but coach Ben McAdoo said they weren’t going to abandon the kicker who admitted to years of domestic abuse.

Via Jordan Raanan of, McAdoo offered some tepid support for his kicker, who will be inactive this week.

We’re not going to turn our back on Josh,” McAdoo said. “He’s our teammate.”

McAdoo told reporters he informed his players by position group yesterday to tell them Brown wouldn’t be joining them in London. They’re signing Robbie Gould to kick Sunday against the Rams, and perhaps longer.

The team is moving carefully through what seems like an inevitable parting of ways with Brown, following reports this week that he admitted to a pattern of abuse of his then-wife.

“We’re looking to get as much information as we can to make an informed decision,” McAdoo said.

Owner John Mara didn’t make things better yesterday, when he said that Brown: “admitted to us he’d abused his wife in the past. What’s a little unclear is the extent of that.”

The Giants say they knew about the initial charges against Brown when they re-signed him in April as a free agent. But they were not aware of this week’s documents until they were reported Wednesday.

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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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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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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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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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Rodgers, unconventional Packers dominate second half and win

Green Bay Packers wide receiver Davante Adams (17) celebrates a touchdown with fans during the second half of an NFL football game against the Chicago Bears, Thursday, Oct. 20, 2016, in Green Bay, Wis. (AP Photo/Matt Ludtke) AP

After a slow start, the Packers finally found a way to balance keeping the ball away from the Bears with letting quarterback Aaron Rodgers throw it on almost every down.

The Bears found themselves out of gas — and without much chance to keep up. The Packers ran away in the second half and went on to win Thursday night at Lambeau Field, 26-10.

Rodgers set a franchise record with 39 completions. He was 39-of-56 for 326 yards and three touchdowns.

The Bears actually led, 10-6, a few plays into the third quarter on a Leonard Floyd sack and fumble recovery before the Packers finally got their offense going. After managing two field goals in the first half, the Packers had scoring drives in the second half that covered 74, 88 and 85 yards, respectively.

Davante Adams caught a pair of touchdown passes from Rodgers. Adams ended up catching 13 passes for 132 yards, Randall Cobb had 11 catches for 95 yards and a touchdown and Ty Montgomery played both running back and wide receiver. Mongtomery had 60 yards rushing and 66 yards receiving on 10 catches.

Rodgers had his first 300-yard passing game since Week 10 last season. Adams’ 13 receptions tied for the second-most in team history in a single game, and three receivers from the same team had at least 10 catches in the same game for the first time since 1994.

The Packers didn’t have a true running back available after rookie Don Jackson was hurt, leaving Montgomery to both run and play wide receiver. Knile Davis played a little in mop-up time, but he’s still learning the offense after being acquired in a trade earlier this week.

The 88-yard scoring drive was the longest of the season for the Packers.

Matt Barkley finished the game at quarterback for the Bears after Brian Hoyer suffered a broken left arm in the second quarter. Barkley’s first completed pass was his first completion in a regular season game since 2013, and he was picked off twice in the fourth quarter.

The Bears were dreadful offensively, managing just 189 total yards. The Packers had the ball for 38:55 and had a 32-13 advantage in first downs.

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Adams gives Packers some breathing room

Chicago Bears cornerback DeVante Bausby (20) tackles Green Bay Packers wide receiver Davante Adams (17) during the first half of an NFL football game, Thursday, Oct. 20, 2016, in Green Bay, Wis. (AP Photo/Mike Roemer) AP

The Packers finally have generated some offense, and they hold a 10-point lead in the fourth quarter.

Davante Adams has caught a pair of second half touchdown passes from Aaron Rodgers for the Packers, who lead 20-10 after trailing 10-6.

Adams and Ty Montgomery have accounted for a bunch of the Green Bay offense. The Packers don’t have a true running back available after rookie Don Jackson was hurt, leaving Montgomery to both run and play wide receiver.

Early in the fourth quarter, Montgomery has 56 rushing yards and 59 receiving yards. Adams has 12 catches for 116 yards. The second touchdown drive covered 88 yards, the longest of the season for the Packers.

The Bears are struggling to get off the field. Matt Barkley is at quarterback after Brian Hoyer suffered a broken left arm in the second quarter. The Bears’ only touchdown came on a fumble recovery by rookie pass rusher Leonard Floyd.

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Hoyer has broken arm; both teams finally have touchdowns

Chicago Bears quarterback Brian Hoyer (2) leaves the game with trainers during the first half of an NFL football game against the Green Bay Packers, Thursday, Oct. 20, 2016, in Green Bay, Wis. (AP Photo/Matt Ludtke) AP

Bears quarterback Brian Hoyer broke his left arm in the second quarter Thursday night, Bears coach John Fox told CBS sideline reporter Tracy Wolfson.

The Packers lead, 13-10, in the third quarter after an Aaron Rodgers touchdown pass to Davante Adams. The Bears took a 10-6 lead less than a minute into the second half after rookie pass rusher Leonard Floyd sacked Aaron Rodgers in the end zone, then recovered Rodgers’ fumble.

It was the Bears’ first defensive touchdown in 35 games. Floyd has two sacks on the night.

It was 6-3, Packers, at halftime. Hoyer was replaced by Matt Barkley in the second quarter after landing awkwardly when he was hit by both Clay Matthews and Julius Peppers on the Packers while releasing a pass.

Bears guard Kyle Long is questionable to return due to an arm injury. Packers rookie running back Don Jackson is also out with a hand injury, leaving wide receiver Ty Montgomery as the Packers’ top option at running back. Packers wide receiver Jordy Nelson limped off early in the third quarter.

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Barkley replaces injured Hoyer in defensive struggle at Lambeau

Chicago Bears cornerback Cre'von LeBlanc (22) breaks up a pass intended for Green Bay Packers wide receiver Randall Cobb (18) during the first half of an NFL football game, Thursday, Oct. 20, 2016, in Green Bay, Wis. (AP Photo/Mike Roemer) AP

With Brian Hoyer done for the night due to a left arm injury, the Bears had to turn to Matt Barkley at quarterback.

They got their first points on Barkley’s first series on a 39-yard field goal by Connor Barth. The Packers hold a 6-3 halftime lead in a rather ugly one at Lambeau Field.

Prior to Thursday night, Barkley had last completed a pass in a regular season game in 2013. He had four interceptions and no touchdowns in his career prior to this game.

CBS reported that Hoyer suffered a broken left arm.

The Packers got a field goal on their first series and the Bears got a goal line stop inside the 1 on the Packers’ second drive. The Packers took the lead on Mason Crosby’s second field goal of the night late in the first half.

The Packers are again struggling offensively and two of their biggest plays have come via penalty. Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers is 19-of-30 for 150 yards.

Bears guard Kyle Long is questionable to return due to an arm injury. Packers rookie running back Don Jackson is also out with a hand injury, leaving wide receiver Ty Montgomery as the Packers’ top option at running back.

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