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Giants bench confessed abuser

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. — Josh Brown's future with the Giants and possibly the NFL is in jeopardy after police released journal entries and emails in which the placekicker admitted he repeatedly verbally and physically abused his former wife.

The league reacted Thursday by re-opening its investigation into a 2015 domestic abuse complaint made by Brown's former wife, though prosecutors said they were closing the criminal case without filing charges because they could not secure testimony from the woman and other key witnesses. Meanwhile, the Giants announced before traveling to London that Brown, 37, would not make the trip for Sunday's game against the Rams.

The Giants said they will sign kicker Robbie Gould to handle their kicking duties. Gould, 34, was released by the Bears before the season opener after 11 years with the team.

The Giants said they want to review the new information released by King County law enforcement officials in Washington and reach a decision on the kicker's future with the club, possibly next week.

Giants co-owner John Mara said he was upset the new information about Brown's history of domestic abuse, adding that he felt it was in the best interest of the team to leave him home.

"I want to get all the information we can get," Mara said in a radio interview. "I am certainly disturbed by what we read."

Brown's former wife, Molly, alleged more than 20 instances of domestic violence.

Packers pull away

GREEN BAY, Wis. — Aaron Rodgers threw for 326 yards and three touchdowns, Davante Adams and Ty Montgomery emerged as playmakers in the second half and the Packers beat the offensively challenged Bears 26-10.

Rodgers was 39-of-56, setting a franchise record for completions in a game in Green Bay's first contest without injured running back Eddie Lacy .

The Packers moved effectively on short gains most of the night but couldn't break into the end zone until Adams caught the first of his two touchdowns with 9:11 left in the third quarter for a 13-10 lead.

Rodgers and Adams combined again for a 4-yard score on the first play of fourth quarter for a 10-point lead.

It was effectively over from there for the Bears, who lost quarterback Brian Hoyer to a broken left arm in the second quarter. With Jay Cutler already out with a right thumb injury, Chicago turned to third-stringer Matt Barkley.

BYRD TRIBUTE: The Jets will honor the late Dennis Byrd in a pregame ceremony Sunday after he was killed Saturday in a car accident in Oklahoma. Byrd, who overcame brief paralysis and walked again just a few months after injuring his neck during a play in 1992, died in a two-vehicle collision at the age of 50.

BILLS: Running back LeSean McCoy was healthy enough to at least watch part of practice from the sideline but is considered a game-time decision for Sunday with a hamstring injury.

RAVENS: Quarterback Joe Flacco, who sat out Wednesday's session because of a right shoulder injury, was not on the field during the portion of practice open to the media.

STEELERS: The team filed a formal complaint with the NFL and asked the league to look into Dolphins defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh kicking quarterback Ben Roethlisberger in his right knee late in Sunday's game.

WASHINGTON: Receiver DeSean Jackson (sore left shoulder) and tight end Jordan Reed (concussion) missed practice, putting their availability for Sunday's game at into question.

Giants bench confessed abuser 10/20/16 [Last modified: Thursday, October 20, 2016 11:57pm]
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