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FILE - In this Sept. 21, 2013, file photo, Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston watches from the sidelines during the second half of an NCAA college football game against Bethune-Cookman in Tallahassee, Fla. Winston is under investigation in an alleged sexual assault reported nearly a nearly a year ago, the university and Winston's attorney confirmed on Wednesday, Nov. 13, 2013. (AP Photo/Phil Sears, File)
Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III sits on the bench during the second half of an NFL football game against the San Francisco 49ers in Landover, Md., Monday, Nov. 25, 2013. The 49ers defeated the Redskins 27-6. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)
Records: QB Winston questioned in BB gun battle
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Police records show Florida State’s Jameis Winston was involved in two minor incidents not connected to the sexual assault investigation involving the quarterback.
Winston and other FSU players were questioned by police in November 2012 after 13 windows were broken at a Tallahassee apartment complex during an apparent BB gun battle.
In the second case, a Burger King employee called police last July to complain that Winston was stealing soda.
Neither case resulted in any arrests or charges.
The Associated Press obtained the records from city officials.
Attorney Timothy Jansen, who is representing Winston in the sexual assault investigation, said he was unaware of the incidents.
Packers rule out Rodgers vs. Lions
GREEN BAY, Wis. – Quarterback Aaron Rodgers will miss his third consecutive game, and Matt Flynn will become the Green Bay Packers’ fourth starting quarterback of the season today when the Packers play the Lions in Detroit.
Rodgers, who suffered a fractured left collarbone Nov. 4 against Chicago on the opening possession of the game and has watched his team go 0-3-1 since the injury, practiced Tuesday but was ruled out by Coach Mike McCarthy yesterday.
The Packers (5-5-1) are hoping Rodgers will return for their Dec. 8 game against Atlanta at Lambeau Field. Their hope is to stay in the NFC North race until Rodgers returns. The Lions (6-5) and Bears (6-5) are tied for the division lead.
Chiefs’ Hali plans to play vs. Broncos
KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Chiefs pass rusher Tamba Hali plans to play in Sunday’s matchup with the Denver Broncos despite spraining his right ankle in last weekend’s loss to San Diego.
The two-time Pro Bowl linebacker rolled over his right ankle in the first half of a 41-38 loss to the Chargers. He watched the second half from the training room with injured teammate Justin Houston, and said initially that he thought the injury might be serious.
Hali, who has nine sacks on the season, went through a walk-through yesterday and said that he wants to play against the Broncos. Both teams are 9-2 and tied atop the AFC West, though Denver has already beaten Kansas City once this season.
Houston is almost certain to miss the game after dislocating his elbow.
Griffin III hits back at criticism over father
ASHBURN, Va. – Robert Griffin III said anybody criticizing his father for being in the Washington Redskins locker room “needs to back up.”
Griffin said yesterday that his father was in the locker room after the team’s latest loss because the quarterback had taken several hard hits in the game.
Said Griffin: “He wanted to do his fatherly duties and he stepped in there to see if I was okay.”
Griffin said he was “shocked” to see his father in the locker room, but added: “Anybody out there that’s going after my dad needs to back up. ... He served 21 years in the military — I know that’s not an excuse for anything that he does — but he’s not overstepping any bounds, so I hope people respect that and back off.”
Broncos place Vickerson on injured reserve
DENVER – The Denver Broncos placed defensive tackle Kevin Vickerson on season-ending injured reserve with a dislocated hip and signed Sione Fua.
Vickerson was injured in the Broncos’ loss at New England Sunday night. He’s the second Denver defensive starter to get hurt this month, joining safety Rahim Moore (leg), who was put on recallable IR.
Vickerson was in the midst of a solid season, helping Denver rank fourth against the run and collecting 22 tackles and one sack, which came against Tom Brady in the first quarter Sunday night before he got hurt.
Fua is a third-year pro who played in 27 games, including a dozen starts for Carolina, over the last three seasons. He was waived by the Panthers Nov. 12.
Vikings LB Henderson arrested on DUI charge
EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. – Minnesota Vikings middle linebacker Erin Henderson returned to the team after a drunken-driving arrest a week ago.
Coach Leslie Frazier said Henderson would practice yesterday and play Sunday against Chicago. He will not start.
According to police in suburban Eden Prairie, Henderson was arrested Nov. 19 for probable cause driving while intoxicated and possession of a controlled substance. Henderson did not practice with the Vikings last week or play at Green Bay because of what the team described as a personal matter.
The Vikings have had three players arrested in the last three weeks. General Manager Rick Spielman issued a statement declaring the situations “unacceptable and disappointing.”
Henderson told reporters he’s sorry for his teammates and the organization and that his arrest was “a wakeup call.”
Titans sign S Schillinger with Griffin suspended
NASHVILLE, Tenn. – The Tennnessee Titans signed veteran safety Shann Schillinger to replace Michael Griffin during his one-game suspension.
The NFL upheld Griffin’s suspension Tuesday as a repeat offender of the league’s safety rules with hits to the head and neck of defenseless players, which will keep him out of Sunday’s game at Indianapolis.
The Titans announced the deal yesterday with Schillinger.
The 6-foot Schillinger played 36 games with Atlanta over the past four seasons mostly on special teams. He missed 2012 with a foot injury and played five games this season with the Falcons before being released in October.
The Titans also added offensive lineman Tyler Horn to the practice squad and waived offensive lineman Oscar Johnson from the practice squad.
Red Wings sign Ericsson to $25.5 million, six-year contract
DETROIT – The Detroit Red Wings signed defenseman Jonathan Ericsson to a $25.5 million, six-year contract yesterday to keep him off the market in July.
“He would’ve been tough to lose in free agency,” Red Wings General Manager Ken Holland said. “This was a big priority because in a two-year period, we lost Nick Lidstrom, Brian Rafalski and Brad Stuart. We couldn’t afford to lose Big E, too.”
Detroit drafted Ericsson with the last pick in the 2002 NHL draft, 291st overall, and he has played in 292 games since making his debut in the league during the 2007-08 season. He averaged 20-plus minutes a game last season for the first time in his career, which previously included sitting and watching defensemen such as Lidstrom, Rafalski and Stuart play a lot more.
The 29-year-old Ericsson has 14 goals, 62 points and a plus-14 rating entering last night’s game against the Boston Bruins over at least parts of seven NHL seasons. The Swede has five goals and 16 points in 64 postseason games. He had 13 points – two shy of his career high – in 45 games last season during the lockout-shortened slate. Ericsson is in the third and final season of a three-year contract he signed in the summer of 2011.
Sabres claim F D’Agostini off waivers
BUFFALO, N.Y. – The Buffalo Sabres claimed forward Matt D’Agostini a day after he was waived by the Pittsburgh Penguins.
D’Agostini is on his fourth NHL team since 2010. He had an assist and four penalty minutes in eight games with Pittsburgh after signing a one-year deal with the Penguins in July.
He was selected in the sixth round of the 2005 draft by Montreal, and spent two seasons with the Canadiens. D’Agostini has also played with the St. Louis Blues and New Jersey Devils.
The Sabres acquired D’Agostini on a day they’re set to host the Canadiens. Buffalo (5-19-1) has lost four straight and has the NHL’s worst record.
To make room on their roster, the Sabres placed right wing Corey Tropp on waivers for assignment to AHL Rochester. Tropp had an assist in nine games with Buffalo.
Ducks give Coach Altman three-year extension
EUGENE, Ore. – Oregon Head Coach Dana Altman received a three-year contract extension that will keep him in charge of the Ducks through the 2019-20 season.
The Ducks finished 28-9 while advancing to the Sweet 16 in the NCAA tournament last season. Altman was named the Pac-12 Coach of the Year.
In Altman’s fourth season as coach, Oregon is currently 4-0 and ranked No. 14.
The Ducks have steadily improved in each of Altman’s past three seasons. Oregon finished 21-18 and won the postseason CBI tournament his first year, then finished 24-10 and went on to the quarterfinals of the NIT.
The climb continued with last year’s run in the NCAA tournament.