Washington Redskins linebacker London Fletcher blames security workers at Cleveland Browns Stadium for a confrontation that left several of his relatives arrested and an aunt hospitalized.
Fletcher on Monday said his large family contingent in Redskins gear witnessing his first NFL game in his hometown was harassed by fans, but he said security that was supposed to diffuse the situation instead became “instigators.”
Fletcher says one stadium worker “went overboard with what his job responsibilities were.”
Fletcher says his relatives were still in custody Monday afternoon. He said an aunt was hospitalized for “neck injuries” and released.
A Cleveland police spokeswoman says five people were arrested for assault on a police officer, aggravated rioting and resisting arrest but have not been officially charged.
The Redskins beat the Browns 38-21.
Vick: starter to scout team: Michael Vick went from MVP candidate to scout team quarterback in two years.
Back from a concussion that forced him to miss five games, Vick is finishing out the season with the Philadelphia Eagles (4-10) on the sideline. He may not even be active for Sunday’s game against Washington (8-6).
“I’m a competitor and I’ve always felt like and will continue to feel like I’m one of the best and I can play at a high level and I know I can,” Vick said Monday. “Saying that, I feel like I want to be out there, I want to play as a competitor, but it’s just not the ideal situation right now, the way things are. So, I have to accept my role, accept it like a man and continue to find positives out of it.”
It’s official: Jacksonville worst: There’s nothing the Jacksonville Jaguars can do to prevent the worst season in franchise history.
It’s on coach Mike Mularkey’s resume now.
It also could lead to his ouster, along with general manager Gene Smith. The Jaguars (2-12) clinched their spot in history with a 24-3 loss at Miami on Sunday, the team’s seventh defeat this season by 16 points or more.
Not even Jacksonville’s inaugural team in 1995 a group comprised of mostly rookies and street free agents was overmatched as often. Coach Tom Coughlin’s rag-tag bunch finished 4-12 back then.
The Jaguars would have to win out to get that many victories in 2012. More likely is another lopsided loss Sunday when New England (10-4) brings the league’s most prolific offense to town.
Peterson 294 yards from record: Minnesota Vikings coach Leslie Frazier says he doesn’t believe Adrian Peterson’s pursuit of the single-season rushing record will take focus away from the team’s playoff chase. Peterson needs 294 yards in his final two games to eclipse Eric Dickerson’s record of 2,105 yards set in 1984.
Frazier says he spoke to Peterson on Monday about focusing on winning the last two games of the season. The Vikings (8-6) believe they need to win at Houston and home against Green Bay to get into the playoffs.
Frazier says he knows Peterson remains committed to doing whatever it takes to win, record or no record.