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Jets bring back WR Edwards
NEW YORK – The Jets are bringing back wide receiver Braylon Edwards, less than a week after he bashed the organization in support of quarterback Mark Sanchez.
New York was awarded Edwards off waivers from Seattle yesterday.
Edwards, who played for New York from 2009-10, was waived by Seattle on Monday. He had two productive seasons with the Jets, developing a good rapport with Sanchez in helping New York to consecutive trips to the AFC title game.
With Rex Ryan contemplating last week whether Sanchez would remain the starting quarterback or be replaced by third-stringer Greg McElroy, Edwards wrote on Twitter that people shouldn’t blame Sanchez, but should “blame the idiots calling shots.” He tweeted an apology the next day, and was reunited with the Jets less than a week later.
Steelers suspend RB Mendenhall
PITTSBURGH – The Pittsburgh Steelers suspended running back Rashard Mendenhall for conduct detrimental to the team.
Mendenhall has been inactive for the last two games after fumbling in a 20-14 loss to Cleveland on Nov. 25. He was third on the depth chart behind Jonathan Dwyer and Isaac Redman when the team released its updated chart yesterday.
The 25-year-old Mendenhall has struggled staying healthy over the last 11 months. He tore the ACL in his right knee in the 2011 regular-season finale and returned on Oct. 4 against Philadelphia, accounting for 101 yards and a touchdown in a 16-14 victory. Mendenhall strained his right Achilles the following week against Tennessee and never regained a firm hold on the starting job.
Cowboys’ Brent attending teammate’s memorial
DALLAS – Dallas Cowboys defensive tackle Josh Brent attended the memorial for teammate Jerry Brown, who died in a car accident that led to intoxication manslaughter charges against Brent.
Brent and team owner Jerry Jones were among those at the service for Brown on a chilly Tuesday at Oak Cliff Bible Fellowship in Dallas.
Cowboys Coach Jason Garrett said the team would “support Josh 100 percent in every way that we can.” A spokesman says the NFL has “no issue” with Brent being at team facilities.
Bills RB Jackson sent to injured reserve
ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. – The Buffalo Bills officially placed running back Fred Jackson on injured reserve yesterday and promoted defensive tackle Jay Ross to the 53-man roster.
Jackson won’t require surgery after being diagnosed with a Grade 2 sprain to his MCL this week, but with the Bills at 5-8 and looking toward next season, the move became an obvious one.
Bears kicker Gould to miss rest of season
LAKE FOREST, Ill. – Chicago Bears kicker Robbie Gould will miss the remainder of the season after injuring his left calf.
The Bears placed Gould on injured reserve yesterday and signed veteran kicker Olindo Mare to a one-year contract.
Gould, who ranks among the most accurate kickers in league history, strained his left calf in warm-ups before Sunday’s loss at Minnesota, and punter Adam Podlesh handled kickoffs in his place. Gould kicked the extra point after both of Chicago’s touchdowns and tried on onside kick late in the game.
QB Vick, RB McCoy back at practice
PHILADELPHIA – Michael Vick and LeSean McCoy returned to practice yesterday and could be active when the Philadelphia Eagles host Cincinnati tomorrow night.
Both players have been sidelined by concussions since November. Each still must be cleared by an independent neurologist and the team doctor before playing in a game.
“We’re not listing them as out,” head athletic trainer Rick Burkholder said. “They’re still very much alive for things and we’ll see how they do today and take it day by day.”
No. 2 Alabama places four on AP All-America team
NEW YORK – Alabama is No. 1 when it comes to All-Americans.
The second-ranked Crimson Tide placed four players on the Associated Press All-America team released yesterday. Among them was center Barrett Jones, who became a two-time first-team selection.
No other team had more than one player selected to the first team. The Tide also led with six players chosen to all three teams.
Notre Dame and Texas A&M were second with four players on the three teams, though linebacker Manti Te’o was the only Fighting Irish player to make the first team. Texas A&M Heisman Trophy winner Johnny Manziel was the first-team quarterback.
Miami CB Finnie arrested
CORAL GABLES, Fla. – Miami cornerback Thomas Finnie is facing a grand theft charge and has been suspended indefinitely from the football program.
The Coral Gables police said Finnie was involved in the theft of a laptop computer from a dorm room on campus. He was arrested yesterday and faces charges of occupied burglary and grand theft.
The police say Finnie surrendered to campus police and was taken to jail in Miami.
Greinke chose Dodgers over Rangers
LOS ANGELES – Zach Greinke showed up alone to a mid-November meeting at Dodger Stadium, asking as many questions as he answered. When he left three hours later, the pitcher thought he may have found his new team while the Dodgers brass knew they had to land the top arm on the open market.
They did, signing Greinke to a $147 million, six-year deal that is the richest for a right-hander in history. The Dodgers beat out Texas and the rival Los Angeles Angels, for whom Greinke pitched last season.
His introduction yesterday culminated a $183 million spending spree by the Dodgers in which they also signed South Korean left-hander Ryu Hyun-jin, who got a $36 million, six-year deal.
Earnhardt Jr. gives 2013 car positive review at test
CONCORD, N.C. – Dale Earnhardt Jr. gave NASCAR’s new car a solid review in his first test drive, putting the 2013 model ahead of its predecessor.
The buildup to the previous model’s launch in 2007 was mixed as drivers were lukewarm to the “Car of Tomorrow.” Kyle Busch won the debut race at Bristol and panned the car in his victory celebration, forever tainting its image with fans.
The car was finally retired in last month’s season finale, and NASCAR spent this entire year developing the 2013 model that will debut in February.
Yesterday, 16 drivers tested the car at Charlotte Motor Speedway, including Earnhardt Jr., who said he was very impressed with its drivability.
NASCAR is banking on the “Gen 6” car to improve the on-track product.