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Former Jets defensive lineman Byrd, 50, dies in car crash

TULSA, Okla. — Dennis Byrd, the former Jets defensive lineman whose career was ended by a neck injury, was killed Saturday in a car crash. He was 50. The Oklahoma Highway Patrol said Byrd was killed in a two-car crash on Oklahoma 88 north of Claremore. Byrd, who starred at Tulsa before playing for the Jets, was midway through his fourth season when he was briefly paralyzed during a Nov. 29, 1992, game against the Chiefs. The impact broke the C-5 vertebra in his neck, leaving him unable to walk for a few weeks. After a vigorous rehabilitation, Byrd returned to the Meadowlands for the Jets' opening game the next season and walked to midfield.

Aguayo clutch? Rookie Roberto Aguayo, who missed two field goals in the Bucs' Monday night game against Carolina then redeemed himself with a 38-yard winner as time expired, was named the NFL's clutch performer of the week in fan voting. The kicker somehow beat out Patriots QB Tom Brady, who threw for 406 yards and three TDs in his season debut.

Newton cleared: Cam Newton was cleared from the league's concussion program and is scheduled to start today against New Orleans.

Reed out: Washington tight end Jordan Reed (concussion) will miss today's game against Philadelphia.

Former Jets defensive lineman Byrd, 50, dies in car crash 10/15/16 [Last modified: Saturday, October 15, 2016 10:50pm]
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