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Denver WR dead in apparent suicide

ENGLEWOOD, Colo. — The Arapahoe County Sheriff said Broncos wide receiver Kenny McKinley was found dead in his home in an apparent suicide.

Sheriff Grayson Robinson said authorities were called to McKinley's home in Centennial, Colo., on Monday and found his body in the second-floor master bedroom. He said detectives believe McKinley, 23, was killed by a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

Robinson said authorities were called by a female friend of McKinley's who discovered the body after returning from an errand with his child. The sheriff declined to say if authorities found a suicide note.

His death is the latest tragedy for the Broncos. Cornerback Darrent Williams was slain in a drive-by shooting on New Year's Day 2007 and three months later running back Damien Nash collapsed and died after a charity basketball game in St. Louis.

McKinley, a second-year pro, was on injured reserve. He played in eight games as a rookie in 2009 with seven kick returns for 158 yards.

MCCOWN'S SEASON DONE: Backup quarterback Luke McCown, whom the Jaguars acquired from the Bucs last year, is out for the season after tearing the anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee against San Diego. McCown was hurt on a 4-yard run with less than a minute left after subbing for David Garrard.

REVIS INJURY: Darrelle Revis had an MRI exam that revealed a strained left hamstring, which could sideline him from 1-2 weeks. The Jets' All-Pro cornerback hasn't been ruled out for Sunday night's game against the Dolphins, but said, "Right now, it's about getting back to 100 percent. … I'm not going to touch the field unless I'm 100 percent."

BILLS: Coach Chan Gailey said Ryan Fitzpatrick will start at quarterback in place of Trent Edwards. Buffalo did not reach 200 yards of offense in either of its two games, both losses.

BROWNS: Center Alex Mack accused Kansas City defensive lineman Shaun Smith of grabbing his private parts in Sunday's game. Mack said Smith, who played two seasons for the Browns before he was released last year, committed the dirty play in the second quarter. Smith denied it.

COWBOYS: Cornerback Mike Jenkins, a former USF star, had an MRI exam on his right knee and said everything was good. Tight end Jason Witten (head) said he feels fine and expects to play Sunday at Houston.

EAGLES: Coach Andy Reid said Kevin Kolb will start at quarterback Sunday at Jacksonville despite a pair of impressive performances by Michael Vick.

GIANTS: Reports that running back Brandon Jacobs asked for a trade started circulating in the wake of Sunday's 38-14 loss to the Colts. Jacobs, already unhappy about being behind Ahmad Bradshaw, compounded his woes Sunday when he accidentally tossed his helmet about 10 rows into the stands. Stadium security had to retrieve it. "The whole incident upsets me," coach Tom Coughlin said. "…Even if it was an accident or frustration, you have to learn to deal with that."

PANTHERS: A day before his 23rd birthday, Jimmy Clausen was named starting quarterback in front of Matt Moore. Clausen entered in relief during Sunday's loss to the Bucs and will start next week against Cincinnati.

RAIDERS: Coach Tom Cable said he has a "pretty good idea" about who will start at quarterback against Arizona — Jason Campbell or Bruce Gradkowski — but won't tell for now.

RAVENS: Authorities say assistant offensive line coach Andy Moeller faces drunken driving charges. Maryland State Police say the coach was arrested after being pulled over for speeding on the Maryland beltway early Saturday. Moeller's attorney, Andrew Alperstein, said the coach will plead not guilty to seven charges.

REDSKINS: Frustrated about defensive breakdowns in Sunday's loss to Houston, cornerback DeAngelo Hall said he plans to follow the opponent's top receiver regardless of which side of the field he lines up. Earlier, Hall said defensive coordinator Jim Haslett's opinion on the subject was not of great importance to him. "It don't matter what he say," Hall said Monday morning. "This my team. This my defense. So I'm (going to) follow the receivers around. That's what I'm (going to do)." But in a radio interview later, Hall said he respects Haslett and did not mean to appear critical about his role on the team.

Also, coach Mike Shanahan said an MRI exam on starting left tackle Trent Williams' injured left knee showed no structural damage.

TITANS: Jeff Fisher repeated that there's no quarterback controversy and that Vince Young will start Sunday against the Giants and for the rest of the season. Quarterback was a hot topic after Fisher benched Young in favor of Kerry Collins late in Sunday's loss to the Steelers.

Denver WR dead in apparent suicide 09/21/10 [Last modified: Tuesday, September 21, 2010 1:35am]
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