Around The NFL: Jets And Braylon, Bears Injuries, Steeler Suspended, A Cowboy Memorial
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By Danny Cox
Just because someone calls their team a bunch of “idiots” doesn’t mean they can’t get along. Well, that’s just one of the many things that was a topic of conversation around the NFL on Wednesday, along with another suspension, some more injuries, and a sad day in Dallas.
Jets bring back Braylon Edwards despite bad-mouthing team
The New York Jets have reunited with wide receiver Braylon Edwards just one week after he called them “idiots” on Twitter. When you’re desperate for players at a certain position – like the Jets are at wide receiver – you’re willing to let petty words be swept under the rug.
Edwards was released by the Seattle Seahawks on Monday and claimed by the Jets off waivers. Just a few days before though, Edwards backed up Mark Sanchez and tweeted:
“Don’t blame Sanchez. I played there. Blame the idiots calling shots. Mark is a beast and will prove it when given a proper chance.”
Guess he just wanted Sanchez to prove it with his help.
Running back Rashard Mendenhall suspended one game by Steelers
The Pittsburgh Steelers leading rusher of the past three seasons, Rashard Mendenhall, was suspended for one game due to conduct detrimental to the team. His bad conduct happened to come on the same day as the ugly 34-24 loss to the San Diego Chargers.
Mendenhall has been inactive for the past two games due to fumbling twice in four carries against Cleveland a few weeks ago. When told he wouldn’t dress for Sunday’s game with the Chargers, Mendenhall disappeared from the field and was therefore suspended.
Bears K Robbie Gould placed on IR, Olindo Mare signed
Injuries continue to be the case in Chicago as Bears kicker Robbie Gould has been placed on injured reserve due to a calf injury. This placement officially ends his season and veteran kicker Olindo Mare was signed into his roster spot.
“The injury put us in a situation where we didn’t know exactly when I could come back, so the decision was made to put me on injured reserve and bring in another experienced kicker,” Gould said. “That was the best call for the team. I spoke with Lovie Smith and Phil Emery about it, and we were all on the same page.”
Mare has a good leg, but he has nowhere near the accuracy and push that Gould does.
Josh Brent attends private memorial service for late Dallas Cowboy, Jerry Brown
On Tuesday, the Cowboys held a private memorial for Jerry Brown, the player killed in the one-car accident that also included his teammate, Josh Brent. Brent, who was also at the memorial service, has been charged with intoxication manslaughter.
Brown’s mother, Stacey Jackson, asked for Brent to meet up with her at the airport in Dallas and to also sit with the Brown family during the memorial. It was a sad day for all on Tuesday, and talk wasn’t so much about Brent and what will happen to him, but more so to honor the life of Jerry Brown.
Cowboys coach Jason Garrett said Monday the team would “support Josh 100 percent in every way that we can.”
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