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Analyst, former player Moss slams Goodell

Once again, the NFL is taking heat over its handling of a player involved in allegations of domestic violence. Which means, once again, questions are being raised about commissioner Roger Goodell's leadership.

Sunday, during an ESPN panel's discussion of suspended Giants kicker Josh Brown, Randy Moss became the latest to criticize Goodell. The former wide receiver noted that, at a time when the NFL is currently making a show of support for a major women's health issue, the Brown case sends a contradictory signal.

"(In) breast cancer awareness month, where we're sitting here supporting the women and then you come up with this Josh Brown, where it doesn't seem like we are supporting women," Moss said. "So I think the NFL really needs to take a deep look. I think owners are mad, and Roger Goodell, he is the biggest reason to all of this stuff that's falling downhill with the NFL."

Friday, Brown was placed on the commissioner's exempt list, meaning he was essentially suspended with pay, as the NFL looks into documents in which the kicker admitted to abusing his wife. Existing allegations of domestic violence had been enough for the league to ban Brown for a game to start the season, but given that a policy enacted in the wake of the Ray Rice scandal allows for six-game bans, some wondered why the kicker's was so short.

The Giants also face heat for re-signing Brown, 37, to a two-year, $4 million contract in April, given that the allegations had first surfaced in May 2015 (charges in that incident were dropped by Washington state prosecutors shortly thereafter). Goodell said the league could not obtain details of that incident, but the King County (Wash.) sheriff's department sharply rebuked that claim.

Bills: Running back LeSean McCoy left in the third quarter after aggravating a left hamstring injury. McCoy, second in the league in rushing coming in, had been questionable after hurting himself in practice Wednesday. He said he felt great in warmups and started the game, but the injury began to bother him in the second half. "I tried to take off and felt a little pain, and it just didn't feel right," McCoy said. Also, safety Aaron Williams missed the second half with a head and neck injury when blocked illegally by Dolphins receiver Jarvis Landry, who was flagged for unnecessary roughness.

Jets: They honored the late Dennis Byrd with a pregame video tribute. Byrd, 50, died last weekend in a car accident in Oklahoma. The former defensive lineman overcame brief paralysis and walked again just a few months after injuring his neck during a play in 1992.

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