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Bills WR tells Jets' Burress he's sorry

ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. — Stevie Johnson's days of colorful — and sometimes questionable — touchdown celebrations appear to be over.

That's what the Bills receiver suggested Monday, a day after becoming a lightning rod of criticism for a celebration in which he mocked the Jets and their receiver Plaxico Burress.

Johnson says he texted an apology to Burress for mimicking using a gun to shoot himself in the thigh. He also regrets imitating a jet in flight before crashing to the turf. That part proved costly, because he was flagged 15 yards for going to the ground and helped to set up a TD for the Jets, who won 28-24.

Johnson said he took to heart a talk with coach Chan Gailey.

"He was telling me I have to be smarter. I've got to be more aware of the situations and rules," Johnson said. "I'll listen to every word that he says."

Meanwhile, Jets defensive tackle Sione Pouha says the celebration, at least the flying jet part, was insensitive to the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks. Pouha said Monday that Johnson's act was "kind of a dagger" because of the attacks that occurred 10 years ago in Manhattan, a few miles from MetLife Stadium.

BROWNS: Linebacker Scott Fujita, who broke his right hand Sunday, will have surgery this week and coach Pat Shurmur said Fujita will miss "a significant amount of time."

CHIEFS: Todd Haley said Tyler Palko remains the starting quarterback for now after a 13-9 loss to Pittsburgh, but the coach acknowledged Kyle Orton will be given every chance to win the job before Sunday's game at Chicago. Orton was picked up off waivers from Denver last week.

JAGUARS: Coach Jack Del Rio said rookie Blaine Gabbert, benched toward the end of Sunday's loss to Houston, will start Dec. 5 against San Diego.

JETS: The team promoted safety Tracy Wilson from the practice squad and released safety Emanuel Cook.

LIONS: The team put Jahvid Best on injured reserve and signed fellow running back Aaron Brown.

PACKERS: Linebacker Erik Walden was released on a $1,000 bond after spending the weekend in jail. Walden was arrested Friday on suspicion of assaulting his girlfriend at their apartment near Green Bay.

TEXANS: Coach Gary Kubiak confirmed that backup quarterback Matt Leinart is out for the season with a fractured left collarbone. Leinart had his first start this season Sunday in place of the injured Matt Schaub.

FLEX SCHEDULING: The only change for Dec. 11 is the Raiders-Packers game, which is moving from 1 p.m. to 4:15. The Giants-Cowboys game remains in primetime.

Bills WR tells Jets' Burress he's sorry 11/28/11 [Last modified: Monday, November 28, 2011 11:33pm]
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