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


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).

NFL Notes: Dez Bryant to return vs. Eagles; Geno Smith has torn ACL

NFL Notes: Dez Bryant to return vs. Eagles; Geno Smith has torn ACL

The Cowboys expect Dez Bryant to return Sunday night against the Eagles, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter.

Bryant practiced Monday after the Cowboys' bye and "was doing everything," according to Jon Machota of the Dallas Morning News.

The Cowboys have gone 3-0 since Bryant injured his knee. Wide receivers Cole Beasley and Terrance Williams have been productive in his absence, with Beasley scoring three TDs and Williams totaling 155 receiving yards in Dallas' last two games.

Jets: Torn ACL for Geno Smith
NEW YORK — New York Jets quarterback Geno Smith has a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee and is seeking a second opinion on the injury that would end his season — and likely his time with the team that drafted him.

NFL Network first reported the severity of Smith's injury on Monday.

Smith, a second-round pick in 2013, injured his knee while taking a sack from Baltimore's Matt Judon in the second quarter of the Jets' 24-16 win Sunday. Smith, who got the start in favor of Ryan Fitzpatrick, had an MRI on Monday.

-The Associated Press

Bears: Jay Cutler to return in Week 8
LAKE FOREST, Ill. — Bears quarterback Jay Cutler will return from a thumb injury to play against the Minnesota Vikings on Oct. 31.

Cutler has been out since he suffered a thumb sprain in a Sept. 19 loss to the Philadelphia Eagles. Coach John Fox said Monday that Cutler has been cleared to play in the game next Monday night.

His backup, Brian Hoyer, suffered a broken left arm against Green Bay in the Bears' 26-10 defeat last Thursday. Fox says Hoyer has had surgery.

Fox says it's possible the team could pick up one more quarterback behind backup Matt Barkley, who played against the Packers after Hoyer's injury.

Chicago (1-6) is at the bottom of the NFC North division.

-The Associated Press

Eagles Injury Update: Ron Brooks out for year; Malcolm Jenkins into slot

Eagles Injury Update: Ron Brooks out for year; Malcolm Jenkins into slot

The Eagles beat the Vikings on Sunday at the Linc, but lost their slot cornerback in the process.
On Monday, head coach Doug Pederson confirmed that Ron Brooks ruptured his right quad tendon early in the game and will be out for the rest of the season. Brooks will have surgery within a few days.
“We’re going to miss him, obviously,” Pederson said.
After Brooks left the game on Sunday, Malcolm Jenkins took over his role as the team’s slot corner, while Jaylen Watkins came off the bench as the safety next to Rodney McLeod on the back end.
That appears to be the way the Eagles will go forward with Brooks out.
“Yeah, I would think it would be very similar to what we’ve seen, with Jalen [Mills] outside and then Malcolm coming down inside playing the nickel spot,” Pederson said.
The Eagles are pretty thin at corner with the Brooks injury. The only remaining corner on the team who hasn’t played is rookie C.J. Smith, the undrafted corner from North Dakota State. He was added to the active roster before the Washington game but hasn’t yet been active.
Then, there’s Aaron Grymes. The former CFL star, who played well during training camp and preseason, suffered a shoulder injury in the third preseason game and hasn’t been with the team since. 97.5 The Fanatic’s Geoff Mosher reported that Grymes was expected to take a physical and sign on Monday.
Still, for now, the Eagles will go ahead with Nolan Carroll and McKelvin as their starting corners, with Jenkins filling in at the slot. Jenkins, earlier this season, expressed his desire to play in the slot.  
The big key to that is Watkins, who comes off the bench and goes to safety in the nickel.
“I thought Jaylen came in and played well,” Pederson said. “He was in on a few plays, he was around the quarterback a few times on blitzes and he’s a guy that obviously now has to increase his workload. But I think he stepped up and did a nice job, watching the tape this morning.”
While Brooks’ injury was the most serious on Sunday, it wasn’t the only one.
Linebacker and special teamer Kamu Grugier-Hill suffered a right hamstring strain and is “week to week,” according to Pederson.
Jason Peters left the game early, but just has a right bicep strain with no structural damage and should be fine to play next week. Jordan Matthews (left knee tendinitis) should also be fine. Same with Mychal Kendricks (rib contusion) and McKelvin (hamstring).
In fact, Pederson said McKelvin came out of the game “exceptionally well,” despite some soreness.
Pederson also said Bennie Logan, who was inactive Sunday with a groin strain, is getting better. But he didn’t say whether or not Logan is expected to practice on Wednesday. Beau Allen started in Logan’s place against the Vikings and played well.