Sunday, December 17, 2017
News Roundup

Suh escapes ban but not criticism

DETROIT — Lions defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh will not be suspended for kicking Texans quarterback Matt Schaub in the groin in last week's 34-31 overtime loss.

NFL senior vice president of communications Greg Aiello tweeted Monday that the play "will be reviewed for a potential fine."

Suh's foot hit Schaub in the groin as he was spun to the ground after a first-quarter pass rush. Schaub, who immediately fell to the ground in pain, said in a radio interview Monday that he wouldn't want Suh as a teammate.

"No, you don't want a player like that," Schaub said, according to the Detroit Free Press.

Last year, Suh was suspended two games for stomping on the arm of Packers offensive lineman Evan Dietrich-Smith in a Thanksgiving loss.

Weeden's status unknown

BEREA, Ohio — The Browns won't know for a few more days whether rookie quarterback Brandon Weeden will play in Oakland. Weeden sustained a concussion in the closing minutes of Sunday's 20-14 win over Pittsburgh when his head hit the leg of teammate Joe Thomas. Colt McCoy will start against the Raiders if Weeden can't.

Also, Mike Holmgren's run as a team president ended. He had stayed to assist new owner Jimmy Haslam and new CEO Joe Banner but said it was obvious he was no longer needed.

TITANS FIRE PALMER: The Titans fired offensive coordinator Chris Palmer a day after Tennessee's 24-19 loss to the 2-9 Jaguars.

BEARS: Starting right guard Lance Louis (left knee) is out for the season; several outlets reported it was a torn ACL. Coach Lovie Smith said the play on which Louis was injured was an unnecessary hit by Minnesota defensive end Jared Allen.

BILLS: Leading receiver Stevie Johnson backpedaled a day after questioning coach Chan Gailey's offensive play calling. Johnson said he misspoke when suggesting quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick take over the duties from Gailey.

CARDINALS: Coach Ken Whisenhunt said rookie Ryan Lindley will remain at quarterback, at least until Kevin Kolb is healthy. Lindley made his starting debut Sunday against St. Louis as Arizona lost its seventh in a row.

COWBOYS: Linebacker Bruce Carter is out of for the season with a dislocated left elbow.

49ERS: Wide receiver and returner Kyle Williams said he is out for the season with a torn ligament in his left knee sustained at New Orleans.

GIANTS: Tight end Martellus Bennett broke the fall of a man who fell over a railing trying to grab a glove the player was handing to a child after Sunday night's win over Green Bay. The fan did not appear to be hurt in the fall from the lowest level of seating at MetLife Stadium, about 10 feet or less.

JETS: Coach Rex Ryan said he expects backup quarterback Tim Tebow (broken ribs) to suit up Sunday vs. Arizona. Tebow was active Thursday against New England, but saw no action.

RAVENS: Yahoo Sports reported that star middle linebacker Ray Lewis (torn right triceps) could return to practice Thursday when he's eligible to do so, and is angling toward a return Dec. 16 against the Broncos.

SAINTS: The league won't suspend starting defensive tackle Brodrick Bunkley, a former Chamberlain High and Florida State standout, for his kick to the back of offensive lineman Alex Boone's helmet late in Sunday's game against San Francisco, AP reported.

JURISPRUDENCE: Dolphins reserve defensive back Jonathon Amaya allegedly choked a taxi driver and was charged with battery early Monday.

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