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LEAGUE PULLS OFFICIAL WITH SAINTS LEANING
The NFL pulled a game official after the league saw him wearing Saints apparel on his Facebook page — hours before he was supposed to be part of the crew at their game against Carolina.
ESPN first noticed that side judge Brian Stropolo had posted pictures of himself at a tailgate party during a Saints preseason game. When Stropolo, who worked the Giants' opener on Sept. 5, posted a note saying that he was working the Saints game Sunday, it drew comments like, "Hey, now be nice with those yellow flags for our Saints!!"
When ESPN showed the information to the NFL, it pulled him from the game crew hours before kickoff.
The league said it will look further into the matter. Stropolo's Facebook page has since been taken down.
BILLS: DT Marcell Dareus played after traveling to his native Alabama to mourn the shooting death of his younger brother. "This is my release from whatever is going on in the outside world," he said. … RB C.J. Spiller, above, has 292 yards on 29 carries (10.1 average); he's the first player with at least 10 yards a carry after two games since Hall of Famer Jim Brown in 1963 (35 for 394; 11.3 average).
BROWNS: LB Scott Fujita played for the first time since his three-game bounty suspension was temporarily overturned on appeal. … Trent Richardson became the first Browns rookie to run for 100 yards and score on a run and a pass in a game, according to STATS LLC.
CHIEFS: TE Kevin Boss will be re-evaluated after leaving the game with a head injury in the second quarter. CB Javier Arenas, a former Robinson High star, hurt his neck and did not return.
EAGLES: C Jason Kelce (sprained right knee), WR Jeremy Maclin (hip pointer) and OT King Dunlap (hamstring) left against the Ravens. Maclin had been listed as questionable coming in because of his injury.
JAGUARS: QB Blaine Gabbert was pulled in the fourth quarter and had an ice pack on his left leg. Coach Mike Mularkey said Gabbert "has a strain in the back of his leg" and that he pulled him as a precaution. … K Josh Scobee set the franchise record for points (765), surpassing Mike Hollis.
PATRIOTS: With five catches, Wes Welker became the team's all-time leader with 562 receptions. He broke a tie with Troy Brown at 557 on the day Brown was honored for being named to the Patriots Hall of Fame.
RAIDERS: Long snapper Jon Condo was active after missing practice last week with a concussion. Oakland botched three punts in Monday's loss to San Diego after Condo left with his injury.
REDSKINS: DE Adam Carriker (right knee) and OLB Brian Orakpo (strained left shoulder) left in the first quarter. Orakpo returned but left again.
SAINTS: Drew Brees threw a TD pass in his 45th consecutive game, within two of Johnny Unitas' record.
STEELERS: They won their 10th straight home opener, the longest active streak.
TITANS: WR Kenny Britt returned from a one-game suspension for a DUI arrest and had one catch.