The Browns believe sacking Johnny Manziel themselves will do him good. One day after taking Manziel's starting job from him for breaking his promise to stay out of the spotlight and behave during the bye week, Browns coach Mike Pettine explained his decision was necessary. Manziel was dumped as Cleveland's starter and dropped to third string by Pettine, who was angry after a video emerged of the second-year QB partying last week in Texas while the Browns were off.
Former Dallas Cowboys running back Joseph Randle was jailed early Wednesday after an altercation at a Kansas casino. Randle was asked to leave the Kansas Star Casino in Mulvane late Tuesday after causing some unspecified concerns on the casino floor, said Fred Waller, an enforcement agent with the Kansas Racing and Gaming Commission. Randle left, but then returned.
Case Keenum returned to St. Louis Rams practice on a limited basis after missing one workout because of a concussion. Coach Jeff Fisher said he was optimistic, but would know more Friday about Keenum's availability. St. Louis players have the day off Thursday.
Many St. Louis Rams players woke to the news that Stedman Bailey had been shot in the head. Bailey was in intensive care and in stable condition at a Miami area hospital after undergoing a surgical procedure that Rams coach Jeff Fisher said lasted 4-6 hours. Fisher said he didn't anticipate Bailey, who is eligible to return from a suspension in two weeks, would play again this season.
Sitting out is not a role Luck is accustomed to. After winning Stanford's starting job as a redshirt freshman, Luck started 38 consecutive games. After being selected No. 1 overall in the 2012 NFL draft, he started 57 straight games, including the playoffs - a streak that ended earlier this season when he missed two games because of a sore throwing shoulder.
The family of Pro Football Hall of Famer Frank Gifford says signs of the degenerative disease chronic traumatic encephalopathy were found in his brain after his death. In a statement released through NBC News on Wednesday, the family said he had ''experienced firsthand'' symptoms associated with CTE but did not offer specifics. Gifford died of natural causes at his Connecticut home in August at age 84.
If the Seattle Seahawks are going to make a late charge toward a fourth straight playoff berth, they'll do it without Marshawn Lynch. Seattle is hopeful that Lynch will return at some point and will keep the bruising running back on the active roster. ''The doctor projected that he could get back pretty quickly,'' coach Pete Carroll said.
Coach Rex Ryan took the diplomatic approach. The Buffalo coach was told the NFL acknowledged the Bills should have had the chance to run at least one more play in their loss to New England on Monday night. ''Sometimes mistakes do happen,'' Ryan said Wednesday.
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