NFL notebook: Browns’ Sandusky refused DUI blood test
FARGO, N.D. – Cleveland Browns executive Jon Sandusky, the son of former Penn State assistant coach Jerry Sandusky, was cooperative but refused to take a blood test when he was arrested on suspicion of drunken driving in North Dakota, police said Wednesday.
Fargo Police Lt. Joel Vettel said Sandusky, 36, was pulled over for making an illegal turn at 1:50 a.m. Tuesday near the city’s downtown.
Sandusky, the director of player personnel for the Browns, allegedly crossed three lanes of traffic to make the turn.
Officers determined Sandusky was driving under the influence after administering field sobriety tests. He told police he was coming from “just down the road,” Vettel said.
“They didn’t press him on that answer,” Vettel said. “We don’t know where he was at.”
Court records listed no attorney for Sandusky, who is out on bail.
Falcons’ Jones out for year: The Atlanta Falcons say star wide receiver Julio Jones will miss the remainder of the season with a foot injury.
Jones injured his right foot in Monday night’s loss to the New York Jets.
The severity of Jones’ injury was confirmed on Wednesday when he was examined in Charlotte, N.C., by foot specialist Dr. Robert Anderson, who repaired Jones’ broken right foot before his 2011 rookie season.
The loss of Jones, the NFL’s leading receiver, is a devastating blow to the Falcons, who are 1-4 and entering their bye week.
Niners’ Smith charged: San Francisco 49ers linebacker Aldon Smith was charged Wednesday with three felony counts of illegal possession of an assault weapon, stemming from a party at his home in June 2012.
The Santa Clara County district attorney’s office said in announcing the charges that Smith is expected to surrender on his own later this month. The 24-year-old Smith is on an indefinite leave of absence from the NFC champion Niners while undergoing treatment for substance abuse at an in-patient facility following a DUI arrest Sept. 20.
If convicted, Smith could face up to four years and four months in jail, the district attorney’s office said.
Packers’ Matthews out: Green Bay Packers coach Mike McCarthy says Pro Bowl linebacker Clay Matthews will miss at least a couple weeks with a thumb injury.
McCarthy said Wednesday that Matthews may have to play with a cast when he returns. He says it could be “multiple weeks” overall.
Matthews was hurt last weekend against the Lions.