LONDON — The NFL put Josh Brown on paid leave Friday hours after coach Ben McAdoo struggled to answer questions about how the Giants might discipline the kicker for abusing his wife.
In a letter to the 14-year veteran, NFL senior vice president of labor policy Adolpho Birch said Brown went on the "exempt list" as the league investigates whether he should be suspended.
Brown, 37, can't attend practices or games but can go to Giants headquarters for meetings and workouts. Brown, who did not accompany the team to London for Sunday's game against the Rams, could appeal the decision.
Wednesday, police released records which contained the player's admissions that he physically abused his now ex-wife, Molly, over a protracted period.
King County (Wash.) Sheriff John Urquhart told Seattle radio station KIRO that a league investigator never identified himself as being with the NFL.
Also, the league fined Giants receiver Odell Beckham Jr. $24,309 for taking off his helmet during a touchdown celebration last Sunday against Baltimore.
No fine for Suh: The league did not fine Dolphins defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh for kicking Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger in the knee late in the fourth quarter of Miami's win on Sunday. Roethlisberger will miss Sunday's game against the Patriots after left knee surgery, unrelated to the Suh kick. "I'm not sure what he was thinking," Steelers guard David DeCastro, who was blocking Suh on the play, said when asked about the kick. "You'd have to ask him what he was thinking.''
Concussions: Former NFL Alumni Association president George Martin told a concussion conference in Hollywood, Fla., that the injury is still widely underestimated. "I've attended far too many funerals lately for teammates and colleagues who have unfortunately succumbed to CTE." Chronic traumatic encephalopathy is a progressive degenerative disease of the brain found in athletes and others with a history of repetitive brain trauma, including concussions.
Doctson on IR: Washington put receiver and first-round draft pick Josh Doctson (left Achilles tendon) on injured reserve.