Monday, January 22, 2018
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Bills-Jets bad for color-blind

ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. — The NFL intends to tinker with its "Color Rush" uniform promotion after some color-blind fans couldn't distinguish between the all-red Bills and the all-green Jets during Thursday's prime-time game.

In an email to the Associated Press, the league said Friday that it will incorporate a color-blindness analysis when designing monochrome alternate team jerseys for next season.

Various studies have found that red-green color-blindness is the most prevalent and affects between 10 million to 13 million Americans. The game was the first of four this season in which teams will wear one-color uniforms. Next season, all Thursday night games will feature alternate uniforms.

Jets surgeries: Jets quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick had a torn ligament in his left thumb repaired and running back Zac Stacy had surgery on his broken left ankle. Coach Todd Bowles said Fitzpatrick is on track to return for New York's next game, Nov. 22 at Houston, but Stacy is out for the season.

Fines: The league fined Rams cornerback Lamarcus Joyner $23,152 for Sunday's hit that concussed Vikings quarterback Teddy Bridgewater and angered Minnesota coach Mike Zimmer, who said he expects Bridgewater to start Sunday at Oakland. The QB has not yet completed the NFL protocol for returning from a concussion. Titans linebacker David Bass and Broncos safety T.J. Ward were docked $17,363 each for illegal hits, and Ward was fined an extra $5,787 for having his jersey untucked. Panthers safety Roman Harper was docked $8,681 for unnecessary roughness and Eagles receiver Jordan Matthews $5,787 for tossing a football into the stands. Players can hand balls to fans but can't throw them.

Starr treatment: Hall of Fame quarterback Bart Starr, 81, had a second round of stem cell treatments in Mexico, his wife said. Starr started the experimental treatments after suffering a heart attack and two strokes last year.

Browns: Johnny Manziel is expected to start at quarterback Sunday against Pittsburgh, ESPN reported. Josh McCown is recovering from a rib injury.

Cowboys: Coach Jason Garrett said he talked to Dez Bryant after Thursday's incident in which the receiver yelled at some media members. "Dez didn't handle that situation the right way," Garrett said. … Linebacker Sean Lee (concussion) will miss Sunday's game against the Bucs.

JAGUARS: Receiver Allen Hurns practiced on a limited basis and said he's "very confident I'll be out there" for Sunday's game.

Raiders: Coach Jack Del Rio said safety Nate Allen will be activated for Sunday's game. The former USF standout was out since injuring his right MCL on Sept. 13.

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