NFL notebook: Incognito's troubles mount while investigation continues
By Wire Reports
Published: Tuesday, Nov. 19, 2013, 7:57 p.m.
ESPN, citing a report in the National Football Post, reported suspended Dolphins guard Richie Incognito and at least one other Dolphins player mocked the ethnic background of a team staff member and made crude jokes about the man's wife.
According to the report, Incognito would sometimes dress in garb from the staff member's culture and make profane jokes about that culture, making the staff member uncomfortable.
This allegation surfaced as Dolphins players were being interviewed by New York attorney Ted Wells and his staff in the bullying scandal surrounding the team.
Wells was at the Dolphins complex for a second consecutive day to interview players, coaches and staff about tackle Jonathan Martin's allegations of daily harassment by teammates, including Incognito.
Several players said they had yet to be questioned.
Patriots move on after loss
Bill Belichick isn't wasting time dwelling on the disputed call that ended the Patriots' loss to the Panthers.
New England's coach is too busy preparing for the Broncos on Sunday night.
Belichick said Tuesday he had no further comment about the officiating in Monday night's 24-20 defeat at Carolina. On the final play, officials waved off a penalty that was called when Panthers linebacker Luke Kuechly wrapped up tight end Rob Gronkowski in the end zone.
Belichick said after the game he received no explanation for the decision. Referee Clete Blakeman told reporters that officials conferred and decided Tom Brady's pass was underthrown and wasn't catchable.
Saints' Greer out for season
Saints coach Sean Payton said Jabari Greer will miss the rest of the season because the cornerback's left knee injury during last Sunday's victory over San Francisco included a torn anterior cruciate ligament. Payton hinted Monday that the injury was serious but waited until Tuesday to disclose the ACL tear and report that Greer is being placed on injured reserve.
Rams' Bradford has surgery
Rams quarterback Sam Bradford underwent season-ending knee surgery, which was postponed earlier this month because of swelling. Coach Jeff Fisher said that Dr. James Andrews did the operation to repair a torn left ACL a day earlier in Pensacola, Fla.
Cowboys' Austin returns
Cowboys wide receiver Miles Austin returned to practice and is expected to play Sunday against the Giants. Austin missed three games before last week's bye with a hamstring injury, a chronic issue for the 29-year-old receiver who has just 15 receptions this season. Austin caught 10 passes for 72 yards Week 1 against the Giants.
Stadium deal for Browns
The Browns and the city of Cleveland reached a tentative agreement to fund a two-year, $120 million makeover of FirstEnergy Stadium. In the first phase, the Browns plan to install giant scoreboards — three times the size of current ones — and install LED video boards and a new audio system. The second phase will increase seating in the lower bowl, improving sightlines for fans.
Retired LB dies at 35
Frank Chamberlin, a linebacker who played with three teams from 2000-05, died of brain cancer. He was 35. Chamberlin was a fullback and linebacker at Boston College and was drafted by Tennessee in 2000. He spent three seasons with the Titans and also played with the Bengals and Texans.
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