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Cribbs encourages Harrison after hit

BEREA, Ohio — The NFL demands that Steelers linebacker James Harrison and others stop using helmets as weapons.

And though he was the victim of Harrison's viciousness, Browns receiver Joshua Cribbs had a softer message for Pittsburgh's enforcer: "Don't change you."

"You're a player, so play," Cribbs said he told Harrison, his former Kent State teammate and close friend. "Let refs ref. Let the NFL administration, let everyone do their jobs. … Don't try to change who you are."

Cribbs practiced Friday for the first time since suffering a concussion when he was knocked out Sunday by Harrison, who moments later flattened Browns receiver Mohamed Massaquoi with a blow that earned a $75,000 fine. ESPN reported that Harrison is appealing that fine.

Massaquoi is unlikely to play Sunday at New Orleans. Cribbs said he believes he will be ready to face the Saints.

Also, the league fined 12 more players, including Saints cornerback Malcolm Jenkins for hits on Bucs quarterback Josh Freeman (see 1C rail). Vikings defensive end Ray Edwards was fined the most, $20,000, for spearing Cowboys running back Marion Barber on Sunday. Edwards was cited as a repeat offender.

Titans defensive end William Hayes (late hit) was fined $10,000. Even Eagles quarterback Kevin Kolb was fined $5,000 for a horse-collar tackle on the Falcons' William Moore, who was returning a pickoff. Eight others were also fined $5,000.

Several of those players are on offense, lending credence to defensive players who wonder when they, too, will get protection — mostly from low blocks.

"It's an offensive league. That's what it's changing into," Packers nose tackle B.J. Raji said. "You can't hit a guy with your forearms, can't hit with your shoulder pads, you can't do this, you can't do that. I guess the people at the top are offensive guys."

FAVRE CASE: The league still is investigating allegations that Vikings quarterback Brett Favre sent lewd photos and inappropriate text messages to Jenn Sterger, then a Jets game host, two years ago. The New York Daily News reported that Sterger, a Gaither High graduate, might meet with investigators next week. However, the St. Paul Pioneer Press reported late Friday that Sterger would decline the NFL's interview request if Favre agrees to a financial settlement that would prevent her from any legal action against him. The settlement would also include a confidentiality agreement, the paper said.

SEAU NOT CHARGED: After reviewing a police investigation, prosecutors in San Diego won't charge former NFL star Junior Seau after his live-in girlfriend alleged she was assaulted.

COLTS: Pro Bowl tight end Dallas Clark went on injured reserve and will have season-ending wrist surgery.

DOLPHINS: Defensive end and first-round draft pick Jared Odrick (left foot) went on injured reserve, ending his season.

JAGUARS: The team ruled starting quarterback David Garrard (concussion) out, leaving journeyman Todd Bouman likely for his first start in nearly five years.

TITANS: Coach Jeff Fisher excused Kenny Britt from practice and is giving him the benefit of the doubt while he gathers information about a bar fight the coach says the receiver tried to break up.

Cribbs encourages Harrison after hit 10/22/10 [Last modified: Saturday, October 23, 2010 12:27am]
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