NFL Notes: Sen. Reid says time for 'Skins change

NFL Notes: Sen. Reid says time for 'Skins change
April 30, 2014, 9:15 pm
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Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid said Redskins owner Daniel Snyder is hiding behind tradition in retaining his team's name. (AP)

WASHINGTON -- Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid says it's time for the NFL's Washington Redskins to change their name.

The Nevada Democrat is accusing Redskins owner Daniel Snyder of hiding behind tradition in retaining his team's name.

Reid says his state has 22 tribes and that the only tradition behind the Redskins' name was one of racism.

Reid is congratulating the NBA for banning Los Angeles Clippers' owner Donald Sterling for life. Sterling was caught in an audio recording making racist comments about blacks.

The senator says it's time for NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell to follow the NBA's lead and rid his league of bigotry and racism (see full story).

Steelers: Three found not guilty of stabbing Adams
PITTSBURGH -- A jury has found three men not guilty in connection with the stabbing and attempted carjacking of Pittsburgh Steelers lineman Mike Adams last year.

The Allegheny County jury on Wednesday returned not guilty verdicts on all charges against Dquay Means and Michael Paranay. Jerrell Whitlock was found not guilty of the most serious offenses but convicted of a charge of flight to avoid apprehension.

Prosecutors argued that Adams was stabbed during an attempted carjacking in June, but defense attorneys said a fight began after Adams knocked food out of Paranay's hands.

Adams, a 6-foot-7, 325-pound offensive lineman, was hospitalized for four days.

Browns: Bryant back after health scare
BEREA, Ohio -- Browns defensive lineman Desmond Bryant says he's completely healthy and relieved to be playing again after having a heart operation.

Bryant underwent a cardiac ablation on Dec. 6, a procedure to correct an irregular heartbeat he had suffered with for years. Bryant twice had episodes in 2013, one which led to him being hospitalized during an Oct. 3 game against Buffalo.

The 29-year-old Bryant, who received medical clearance three months after the procedure, missed Cleveland's final four games last season after he experienced more symptoms.

Bryant finished with 3 sacks and 45 tackles in 12 games. He doesn't believe his heart condition affected his play, but he was not nearly as impactful following the Buffalo game.

Bryant said he could have continued playing without having the procedure, but said that would have been too risky (see full story).

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