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Wayward pregame punt concusses Eagles' Sturgis

PITTSBURGH — Eagles kicker Caleb Sturgis sat out Thursday's preseason game against the Steelers after sustaining a concussion when a punt hit him in the head during warmups.

The former Gator, competing with Cody Parkey for the job, wasn't wearing a helmet. Sturgis had been the better kicker in the first three weeks of camp.

The fourth-year pro has to go through the NFL's concussion protocol and be cleared by an independent neurologist.

The Eagles won the game 17-0. Pittsburgh's Landry Jones threw four interceptions, one returned 38 yards for a touchdown by Nolan Carroll.

PED INVESTIGATION: A representative for James Harrison said the Steelers linebacker is willing to meet with the NFL to discuss an alleged link to performance-enhancing drugs, but only after an Aug. 25 deadline the league imposed while threatening him and three other players with indefinite suspensions. Players Association attorney Heather McPhee accused the league of trying to "bully and publicly shame" Harrison, who is willing to meet with the NFL at 5 p.m. on Aug. 30. Of the others threatened with suspensions, Green Bay's Clay Matthews and Julius Peppers reportedly agreed to meetings, before Aug. 25, and there is no word on free agent Mike Neal's plans.

SHARPER SENTENCED: Former NFL safety Darren Sharper was sentenced to 18 years and four months in prison, 15 months short of the maximum, in a case in which he was accused of drugging and raping up to 16 women in four states. U.S. District Judge Jane Triche Milazzo said she couldn't understand Sharper's actions, as he was college educated and grew up "in one of the most loving households." Sharper said he was "still trying to figure out why I made some of these choices. I lived my life right for 38 years, then I took this path."

BRADY SITS: The Patriots had planned to start quarterback Tom Brady against the Bears on Thursday, but he sat out after slicing his thumb with a pair of scissors trying to clean his cleats.

Bengals: Receiver Tyler Boyd continues to impress. After a 40-yard catch in last week's game, he made a diving 26-yard catch and had a 12-yard touchdown reception in Thursday's 30-14 victory at the Lions.

Giants: Kicker Josh Brown said an arrest on a domestic violence charge in May 2015 led to a current one-game suspension for violating the league's personal conduct policy. Brown said he grabbed his then-wife (they are now divorced) by the wrist. The case was dismissed.

49ERS: Colin Kaepernick threw on the side, signaling the quarterback's return from a sore passing shoulder. The throws were his first on the practice field in a week.

Wayward pregame punt concusses Eagles' Sturgis 08/18/16 [Last modified: Thursday, August 18, 2016 11:05pm]
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