Thursday, May 24, 2018
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Browns: Ravens played dirty

BEREA, Ohio — The regular officials missed a few things in their first game back, Browns safety Ray Ventrone said.

"I know that they were playing dirty on offense," he said Friday, a day after a 23-16 loss at Baltimore. "Watch the film."

Thursday marked the return of the regular officials after they reached a new labor deal with the league. After three weeks of uneven officiating by replacements, there were few problems.

But Ventrone, a special teams standout who played only four defensive snaps, said the Ravens got away with some "extracurricular stuff."

"There was just stuff that was happening after the play, during the play," Ventrone said. "I don't want to get into specifics just because I don't want to be the guy to stir the pot. No one was hurt. Thank God."

L.A. Stadium okayed: Los Angeles' City Council voted 12-0 to allow a 72,000-seat, $1.2 billion stadium to be built in hopes of luring a team to the nation's second-most populous city by 2017. Key hurdles remain, including stadium developer AEG reaching a deal with the NFL for a team and two lawsuits filed by anti-stadium groups.

Bills: Running back Fred Jackson, who has missed two games with a sprained right knee, was cleared to play.

Chargers: Kicker Nate Kaeding, dealing with a sore groin, did not make the trip to Kansas City. Nick Novak, cut by San Diego during camp, traveled but has not signed.

Giants: Receiver Hakeem Nicks, who missed the previous game with a sore foot, is doubtful for Sunday because of a swollen left knee. He originally was hurt making a catch against the Bucs on Sept. 16.

Jaguars: Laurent Robinson, who has a team-high eight catches, returned to practice and is expected to play. He sustained a concussion Sunday.

Jets: Cornerback Darrelle Revis won't go on season-ending injured reserve in case he recovers from a torn left ACL before the Super Bowl, coach Rex Ryan said. Revis, hurt Sunday, will have surgery in the next few weeks. "There's that 0.0002 percent chance that he could play in the Super Bowl or something," Ryan said. "So why would you take that option away from him?"

Raiders: Receiver Darrius Heyward-Bey has no recollection of Sunday's hit by Steelers safety Ryan Mundy that left him hospitalized with a concussion. Speaking publicly for the first time since the hit, Heyward-Bey said he has no hard feelings toward Mundy. They have exchanged text messages, Heyward-Bey telling Mundy the play was simply a part of the game. Heyward-Bey has not practiced this week and is doubtful for Sunday.

Titans: Linebacker and Clearwater Central Catholic grad Colin McCarthy will miss his third game with a sprained right ankle.

Fines: Three players — Mundy, Ravens safety Ed Reed and Lions linebacker Stephen Tulloch — were fined $21,000 by the league for flagrant hits Sunday. Four players — Broncos linebacker Von Miller, Bengals defensive back Adam Jones, Eagles end Jason Babin and Titans end Scott Solomon — were fined $15,750 for illegal hits.

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