Tuesday, January 16, 2018
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Browns coach ejects ex-Gator

BEREA, Ohio — Browns cornerback Joe Haden was kicked off the practice field Wednesday by coach Pat Shurmur, who believed the former Gator was being too physical with rookie receiver Travis Benjamin during a passing drill.

Shurmur declined to give details of the incident.

"That's between me and the player," he said. "I have a great deal of respect for Joe. If you want details, you're going to have to find it on Twitter. My only apology is that I used bad language and the fans were here to see it."

Shurmur didn't let a reporter finish a follow-up question. "Don't ask!" he said. "Don't ask. You have to go somewhere else to find out."

The Browns denied interview requests for Haden, who returned to the field for the afternoon walkthrough. After that session, Shurmur said he and the third-year player had cleared the air.

"Joe and I talked, and everything's fine," Shurmur said. "It's a dead issue."

Linebacker D'Qwell Jackson said end-of-camp emotions might have contributed to the incident.

"Both guys, I think they both realize after they settled down it was a little bit overboard," the Seminole High graduate said.

"It's Day 21, and guys have not gotten a lot of sleep. It's the dog days of camp."

More Browns: The team said it expects running back Trent Richardson, the No. 3 overall pick in April who had arthroscopic surgery on his left knee on Aug. 9, to return to practice next week. His status for the regular season hasn't been determined.

Offensive line coach to lead Saints

METAIRIE, La. — Offensive line coach Aaron Kromer will coach the Saints for the first six games. Sean Payton is suspended for the season for the team's bounty scandal. Assistant head coach and linebackers coach Joe Vitt has been leading the team but is suspended six games for the bounties. Kromer, 45, is in his fifth season with New Orleans.

Ex-Buc Ruud to get more reps with Saints: Linebacker Ramon Humbler will miss 7-10 days with a pulled hamstring, so former Bucs linebacker Barrett Ruud, acquired in a trade by New Orleans from Seattle this week, likely will see increased reps. "Usually, when somebody trades for you, they at least want you, so I'm excited," Ruud said after his first practice. "To go to a team like New Orleans is just a bonus. … A lot of familiar faces. I played against these guys, I think it was 14 times, so I know a lot of these guys, a lot of respect for them."

Bills: Backup quarterback Vince Young is seeking a court order to stop a company from collecting nearly $1.7 million on a loan he says he has no knowledge of taking out.

Chiefs: Receiver Dwayne Bowe, who signed his franchise tender last week, is scheduled to make his preseason debut Friday against Seattle

Cowboys: Tight end Jason Witten, who sustained a lacerated spleen against the Raiders, will not need surgery, ESPN.com reported. However, his status for the regular season remains undetermined.

Dolphins: Guard Eric Steinbach, 32, who signed in July after missing last season with a back injury, retired. He missed only three games over his first eight seasons with Cincinnati and Cleveland.

Eagles: Coach Andy Reid and Michael Vick said there is no doubt the quarterback will be ready for the regular season. Vick didn't practice Wednesday after bruising his ribs Monday against the Pat­riots and probably won't play for the rest of the preseason. Also, two days after their sideline confrontation aired on national TV, Reid and defensive tackle Cullen Jenkins said all is fine. "It was just a lot of emotion going on at the time," Jenkins said. Said Reid: "That's all part of this game."

Giants: Former USF defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul will miss Friday's game with back spasms but is expected to be ready for the regular season.

Panthers: Receiver Steve Smith has a left foot infection. He might sit out the rest of the preseason but should be ready for the regular season.

Raiders: Backup quarterback Matt Leinart remained out of practice and likely won't play Saturday as a precaution for what the team called only an injury to the index finger on his nonthrowing hand. He was hurt last week against the Cardinals.

Rams: Defensive end Vernon Gholston, the sixth overall pick in 2008, signed. He had no sacks in three seasons with the Jets and didn't play last season after being released by the Bears during camp.

Seahawks: Receiver Sidney Rice, who missed the final five games of last season because of concussions and had offseason surgery on both shoulders, will see his first action Friday against the Chiefs.

Titans: Defensive tackle Shaun Smith, an eight-year veteran, was released.

Hall of Fame: Defensive tackle Curley Culp and linebacker Dave Robinson were named finalists for next year by the seniors committee. Culp, a six-time Pro Bowl pick, helped the Chiefs win Super Bowl IV. Robinson, a three-time Pro Bowl pick, helped the Packers win three straight titles, including the first two Super Bowls.

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