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

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

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).

Another award: Carson Wentz named NFL Offensive Rookie of the Month

Another award: Carson Wentz named NFL Offensive Rookie of the Month

Three games into his NFL career, Carson Wentz might need a bigger trophy case.

The 23-year-old, who picked up his first NFC Offensive Player of the Week award for his performance against Pittsburgh, has been named the NFL's Offensive Rookie of the Month for September.

Yes, Wentz's first NFL month was a special one.

The No. 2 pick from North Dakota State has completed 64.7 percent of his passes for 769 yards, five touchdowns and zero interceptions. He's the first rookie in NFL history to put up those numbers in the first three games of a career. And his 102 straight passing attempts without an interception is also a rookie record.

It's hard to believe that a little over a week before the season began, Wentz was scheduled to be the Eagles' third-string quarterback and have a redshirt year. That all changed when de facto GM Howie Roseman traded away starter Sam Bradford and the team decided to start the rookie.

While many thought the decision to start Wentz was the beginning of a long rebuilding year, the rookie has the Eagles off to a fast 3-0 start. Wentz has played very well, but has also been aided by a stout defense, led by NFC Defensive Player of the Month Fletcher Cox.

This week, Wentz is spending some time hunting while the Eagles are on their bye week. He bagged another trophy on Thursday.

The team will be back in action on Oct. 9 in Detroit to face the Lions.

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Fletcher Cox named NFC Defensive Player of the Month

Fletcher Cox named NFC Defensive Player of the Month

New contract, new scheme, new award. 

Eagles defensive tackle Fletcher Cox has been named the NFC Defensive Player of the Month for September.

Through three games, Cox has fought through many double teams to pick up three sacks, a forced fumble and six quarterback hurries. Cox is coming off his strongest game of the season, against the Steelers, when he had two sacks and a forced fumble. He's nearly a third of the way to his career high in sacks, 9.5, which came in 2015.

This is the first Defensive Player of the Month award for Cox and the first for an Eagle since Connor Barwin took the honor in November 2014.

Cox, 25, is back in an attack style defense under coordinator Jim Schwartz and he's been extremely disruptive through three games. This offseason, the Eagles' best player signed a six-year extension worth $103 million, with $63 million guaranteed. A month in, Cox looks like he's worth the money.

The Pro Bowl defensive lineman has been a big reason why the Eagles' defense has been so stout and why the team has started the year with a 3-0 record. The Eagles have given up a league-low 27 points through three games and just 20 on defense. They're also tied for third in the league with 10 sacks and have given up just 274.3 yards per game (fourth in the league).

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