Titans CB Butler out of concussion protocol

Titans CB Butler out of concussion protocol

Tennessee Titans cornerback Malcolm Butler is out of the NFL’s concussion protocol and available to play against the New York Jets on Sunday.

Butler was injured late in the first half during Monday night’s loss to the Houston Texans.

“Malcolm cleared protocol, so he should be available,” head coach Mike Vrabel said after Friday’s practice.

The Titans (5-6) will try to end a two-game losing skid when they meet the Jets (3-8), who have lost five in a row.

Butler, 28, has just one interception in 11 games with the Titans. He is in the first season of a five-year, $61 million deal.

The defensive backfield will be without safety Dane Cruikshank, who missed practice all week with a knee injury.

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Kareem Hunt admits he misled Chiefs about hotel assault

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Running back Kareem Hunt acknowledged that he misled the Kansas City Chiefs about his role in a February assault in a Cleveland hotel that ultimately led to his release this week.

During a live interview with ESPN on Sunday, the NFL's reigning rushing champion also said that league

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Running back Kareem Hunt acknowledged that he misled the Kansas City Chiefs about his role in a February assault in a Cleveland hotel that ultimately led to his release this week.

During a live interview with ESPN on Sunday, the NFL’s reigning rushing champion also said that league officials never spoke to him about the incident while conducting their own investigation, and that he never saw the security camera video until TMZ Sports posted it Friday.

In the course of a few hours, Hunt went from preparing for Sunday’s game in Oakland to being sent home from the practice facility. He was then placed on the NFL’s Commissioner Exemption List, summoned back to the team facility and told that he was being released .

“They believed that I lied to them. I lied to them,” Hunt said. “They pretty much said we love you, everybody cares about you, and just we have to let you go. It was a tough conversation. And the Chiefs did what was right. I made a poor decision and I’m willing to take full responsibility.”

In the grainy, graphic video, Hunt is seen getting into an argument with a woman and several men step in to hold him back. He later pushes one of the men, knocking down a woman that Hunt admitted he did not know, and eventually kicks her while she lays on the ground.

“The Chiefs are right. I didn’t tell them everything,” Hunt said. “My actions caused this and I really wish I could apologize to them and let them know there’s no hard feelings.”

The video brought immediate comparisons to the footage of former Ravens running back Ray Rice , who was seen punching out his then-fiancée in an elevator. That incident led to a lengthy legal saga, and it culminated in an investigation by Robert Mueller into the NFL’s mishandling of it.

The league eventually hired more staff to conduct such investigations, and announced it would take a more active role in handling similar cases in the future.

The NFL made multiple attempts to obtain the video of Hunt, but the hotel said corporate policy only allowed footage to be given to law enforcement. The NFL then contacted Cleveland police, but the department said Saturday it did not pursue the video because it was not a felony-level case.

When asked whether the NFL spoke directly to Hunt about it, he replied: “No, they have not.”

The NFL said in a statement Sunday that its investigation began immediately after the incident in February and that the league “continues to pursue a complete understanding of the facts.”

“The NFL’s ongoing investigation will include further attempts to speak to the complainants involved in the incident,” the statement said. “It will include a review of the new information that was made public on Friday — which was not available to the NFL previously — as well as further conversations with all parties involved in the incident.”

The statement did not say whether the league attempted to contact Hunt.

Hunt said he’d just purchased an apartment in the Cleveland hotel and had several friends over, and that he did not know the woman involved in the assault. Hunt said the argument came at the end of “a long night” and that “it was just a disagreement. I honestly wanted her just to leave.”

“That’s not an excuse,” he said. “I’m not that person in that video.”

Hunt pointed out that he was raised by his mother and grandmother, and they “they always taught me well. I know right from wrong and I’m a person that always wants to make everyone happy.”

Still, Hunt has been in trouble before. He was suspended during his junior season at Toledo for a violation of team rules, and he was accused of a second, unrelated assault over the summer.

As in the case with the hotel incident, no charges were filed in that case.

“I regret the entire thing, everything,” Hunt said. “I’m going to take the time to better myself, learn from this, get some help if needed, talk to people and really just take this really serious.”

Hunt admitted that anger “could be an issue” and that he wants to get treatment, and Rice told NFL Network on Saturday that he would offer his help and experience in moving forward.

“I would definitely try to help him figure out, ‘How can we start dealing with the underlying problems in your life?'” Rice said. “He has a long life to live, this will be a defining moment, but it shouldn’t be the moment that defines you.”

Hunt said he isn’t sure that another NFL team will give him a chance, though adding a 23-year-old standout could be worth the public backlash for a team in need of help.

After leading the NFL in rushing last season, Hunt had already run for more than 800 yards while scoring 14 touchdowns in helping the Chiefs to a 9-2 record. He also had proven to be a popular player in the locker room, often attending sporting events and other functions with his teammates.

Of course, that was before the hotel security video surfaced.

Hunt remains on the exempt list, which means a team could sign him but he would be unable to play or attend games until the league’s investigation is complete. The Redskins made a similar move — and accepted the public backlash — when they signed linebacker Reuben Foster, who had been cut by the 49ers after he was arrested on suspicion of domestic violence.

Foster also remains on the exempt list and the Redskins have acknowledged he may never play for them. But by signing him, they retain his rights should he make it back to the field.

“Everything is happening fast right now and I just want everybody to forgive me,” Hunt said. “I know it’s going to be hard. I made a bad choice. … I think I deserve it because if you really know me, and everybody that I’m really close to — I’ve had really close women who are friends — I’m so respectful to everyone. I made a bad decision at that time and I just hope that people forgive me.”

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The Latest: Bengals WR A.J. Green already injured again

The Latest from Week 13 of the NFL season (all times local):

2 p.m.

Cincinnati receiver A.J. Green has left the game against Denver after aggravating a right toe injury that had sidelined him the previous three games.

Green had one catch for 7 yards in the first quarter before he getting hurt

The Latest from Week 13 of the NFL season (all times local):

2 p.m.

Cincinnati receiver A.J. Green has left the game against Denver after aggravating a right toe injury that had sidelined him the previous three games.

Green had one catch for 7 yards in the first quarter before he getting hurt again early in the second quarter and being taken to the locker room on a cart.

Buffalo center Russell Bodine left the game at Miami in the first quarter with a left leg injury. He limped off the field and was ruled out for the rest of the game.

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1:50 p.m.

The NFL says it will continue to pursue conversations with people involved in the domestic incident that led the Kansas City Chiefs to waive running back Kareem Hunt after video of the incident surfaced.

The league said its investigation has been ongoing since the incident was first reported in February. The statement was released about two hours after Hunt said in an interview on ESPN that the NFL had yet to contact him about it.

The NFL said the video posted by TMZ Sports on Friday had not been available to the league previously.

In the grainy, graphic video, Hunt is seen getting into an argument with a woman and several men step in to hold him back. He later pushes one of the men, knocking down a woman that Hunt admitted he did not know, and eventually kicks her while she lays on the ground.

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1:20 p.m.

There were moments of silence around the NFL for former President George H.W. Bush, including by his hometown Texans two days after Bush died in Houston.

CBS made the unusual move of showing the national anthem and the moment of silence in Houston. Bush was a regular at Texans games and frequently did the coin toss. The team displayed pictures of him at games and with players.

The tributes were held all across the league , with nine games on the early schedule Sunday.

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Aaron Rodgers and the Packers will try to keep fading playoff hopes alive on a snowy Sunday in Green Bay against Arizona and rookie quarterback Josh Rosen.

The Packers have lost four of their past five games, all on the road, and trail Chicago and Minnesota in the NFC North.

Green Bay has three of its final five games at home. The Packers haven’t lost at Lambeau Field, with all four of its wins and a tie. Green Bay also has hope because four of the final five opponents currently have losing records.

The Cardinals are in the running for the No. 1 overall pick in the NFL draft, but are trying to build around the promising young player in Rosen, the 10th pick last spring.

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The Latest: Browns’ Mayfield having rough Texas homecoming

The Latest from Week 13 of the NFL season (all times Eastern):

2:40 p.m.

Baker Mayfield's first Texas homecoming in the NFL is off to a rough start as the Cleveland Browns try to stop Houston's eight-game winning streak.

Mayfield threw three interceptions in the first half, one of them returned 38 yards

The Latest from Week 13 of the NFL season (all times Eastern):

2:40 p.m.

Baker Mayfield’s first Texas homecoming in the NFL is off to a rough start as the Cleveland Browns try to stop Houston’s eight-game winning streak.

Mayfield threw three interceptions in the first half, one of them returned 38 yards for a touchdown by Zach Cunningham. The Browns trailed the Texans 23-0 at halftime. Mayfield’s high for interceptions in his rookie season had been two.

Cleveland ran just three plays while falling behind 10-0, and Cunningham’s return made it 17-0. The Texans turned Mayfield’s second and third interceptions of the first half into field goals. Jonathan Joseph and Andre Hal had the other interceptions.

Mayfield was born in Austin and played a season at Texas Tech before transferring to Oklahoma and winning the Heisman Trophy. The Browns selected him No. 1 overall in the draft.

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2:25 p.m.

Los Angeles Rams receiver Brandin Cooks is the first player in NFL history with 1,000 yards receiving in three straight years with three different franchises.

Cooks reached the 1,000-yard mark with the Rams in the second quarter against the Detroit Lions. He surpassed the milestone last year with New England and in 2016 in New Orleans. Cooks also had a 1,000-yard season with the Saints in 2015.

Five other players in league history have had 1,000 yards receiving with at least three teams in their careers. Brandon Marshall reached the mark with four teams. Terrell Owens, Randy Moss, Tony Martin and Irving Fryar each did it with three franchises.

Cooks help set up a field goal that gave the Rams a 13-3 halftime lead.

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2:10 p.m.

Green Bay quarterback Aaron Rodgers has broken Bart Starr’s club record with 295 consecutive pass attempts without an interception.

Rodgers set the mark on a 16-yard completion to Davante Adams early in the second quarter. He later connected with Adams on a 13-yard touchdown for the game’s first points against Arizona.

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2 p.m.

Cincinnati receiver A.J. Green has left the game against Denver after aggravating a right toe injury that had sidelined him the previous three games.

Green had one catch for 7 yards in the first quarter before he getting hurt again early in the second quarter and being taken to the locker room on a cart.

Buffalo center Russell Bodine left the game at Miami in the first quarter with a left leg injury. He limped off the field and was ruled out for the rest of the game.

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1:50 p.m.

The NFL says it will continue to pursue conversations with people involved in the domestic incident that led the Kansas City Chiefs to waive running back Kareem Hunt after video of the incident surfaced.

The league said its investigation has been ongoing since the incident was first reported in February. The statement was released about two hours after Hunt said in an interview on ESPN that the NFL had yet to contact him about it.

The NFL said the video posted by TMZ Sports on Friday had not been available to the league previously.

In the grainy, graphic video, Hunt is seen getting into an argument with a woman and several men step in to hold him back. He later pushes one of the men, knocking down a woman that Hunt admitted he did not know, and eventually kicks her while she lays on the ground.

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1:20 p.m.

There were moments of silence around the NFL for former President George H.W. Bush, including by his hometown Texans two days after Bush died in Houston.

CBS made the unusual move of showing the national anthem and the moment of silence in Houston. Bush was a regular at Texans games and frequently did the coin toss. The team displayed pictures of him at games and with players.

The tributes were held all across the league , with nine games on the early schedule Sunday.

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Aaron Rodgers and the Packers will try to keep fading playoff hopes alive on a snowy Sunday in Green Bay against Arizona and rookie quarterback Josh Rosen.

The Packers have lost four of their past five games, all on the road, and trail Chicago and Minnesota in the NFC North.

Green Bay has three of its final five games at home. The Packers haven’t lost at Lambeau Field, with all four of its wins and a tie. Green Bay also has hope because four of the final five opponents currently have losing records.

The Cardinals are in the running for the No. 1 overall pick in the NFL draft, but are trying to build around the promising young player in Rosen, the 10th pick last spring.

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The Latest: Rams receiver Brandin Cooks sets 1,000-yard mark

The Latest from Week 13 of the NFL season (all times Eastern):

2:25 p.m.

Los Angeles Rams receiver Brandin Cooks is the first player in NFL history with 1,000 yards receiving in three straight years with three different franchises.

Cooks reached the 1,000-yard mark with the Rams in the second quarter against the

The Latest from Week 13 of the NFL season (all times Eastern):

2:25 p.m.

Los Angeles Rams receiver Brandin Cooks is the first player in NFL history with 1,000 yards receiving in three straight years with three different franchises.

Cooks reached the 1,000-yard mark with the Rams in the second quarter against the Detroit Lions. He surpassed the milestone last year with New England and in 2016 in New Orleans. Cooks also had a 1,000-yard season with the Saints in 2015.

Five other players in league history have had 1,000 yards receiving with at least three teams in their careers. Brandon Marshall reached the mark with four teams. Terrell Owens, Randy Moss, Tony Martin and Irving Fryar each did it with three franchises.

Cooks help set up a field goal that gave the Rams a 13-3 halftime lead.

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2:10 p.m.

Green Bay quarterback Aaron Rodgers has broken Bart Starr’s club record with 295 consecutive pass attempts without an interception.

Rodgers set the mark on a 16-yard completion to Davante Adams early in the second quarter. He later connected with Adams on a 13-yard touchdown for the game’s first points against Arizona.

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2 p.m.

Cincinnati receiver A.J. Green has left the game against Denver after aggravating a right toe injury that had sidelined him the previous three games.

Green had one catch for 7 yards in the first quarter before he getting hurt again early in the second quarter and being taken to the locker room on a cart.

Buffalo center Russell Bodine left the game at Miami in the first quarter with a left leg injury. He limped off the field and was ruled out for the rest of the game.

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1:50 p.m.

The NFL says it will continue to pursue conversations with people involved in the domestic incident that led the Kansas City Chiefs to waive running back Kareem Hunt after video of the incident surfaced.

The league said its investigation has been ongoing since the incident was first reported in February. The statement was released about two hours after Hunt said in an interview on ESPN that the NFL had yet to contact him about it.

The NFL said the video posted by TMZ Sports on Friday had not been available to the league previously.

In the grainy, graphic video, Hunt is seen getting into an argument with a woman and several men step in to hold him back. He later pushes one of the men, knocking down a woman that Hunt admitted he did not know, and eventually kicks her while she lays on the ground.

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1:20 p.m.

There were moments of silence around the NFL for former President George H.W. Bush, including by his hometown Texans two days after Bush died in Houston.

CBS made the unusual move of showing the national anthem and the moment of silence in Houston. Bush was a regular at Texans games and frequently did the coin toss. The team displayed pictures of him at games and with players.

The tributes were held all across the league , with nine games on the early schedule Sunday.

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Aaron Rodgers and the Packers will try to keep fading playoff hopes alive on a snowy Sunday in Green Bay against Arizona and rookie quarterback Josh Rosen.

The Packers have lost four of their past five games, all on the road, and trail Chicago and Minnesota in the NFC North.

Green Bay has three of its final five games at home. The Packers haven’t lost at Lambeau Field, with all four of its wins and a tie. Green Bay also has hope because four of the final five opponents currently have losing records.

The Cardinals are in the running for the No. 1 overall pick in the NFL draft, but are trying to build around the promising young player in Rosen, the 10th pick last spring.

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The Latest: Rodgers breaks Starr’s record of avoiding INTs

The Latest from Week 13 of the NFL season (all times Eastern):

2:10 p.m.

Green Bay quarterback Aaron Rodgers has broken Bart Starr's club record with 295 consecutive pass attempts without an interception.

Rodgers set the mark on a 16-yard completion to Davante Adams early in the second quarter. He later connected with

The Latest from Week 13 of the NFL season (all times Eastern):

2:10 p.m.

Green Bay quarterback Aaron Rodgers has broken Bart Starr’s club record with 295 consecutive pass attempts without an interception.

Rodgers set the mark on a 16-yard completion to Davante Adams early in the second quarter. He later connected with Adams on a 13-yard touchdown for the game’s first points against Arizona.

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2 p.m.

Cincinnati receiver A.J. Green has left the game against Denver after aggravating a right toe injury that had sidelined him the previous three games.

Green had one catch for 7 yards in the first quarter before he getting hurt again early in the second quarter and being taken to the locker room on a cart.

Buffalo center Russell Bodine left the game at Miami in the first quarter with a left leg injury. He limped off the field and was ruled out for the rest of the game.

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1:50 p.m.

The NFL says it will continue to pursue conversations with people involved in the domestic incident that led the Kansas City Chiefs to waive running back Kareem Hunt after video of the incident surfaced.

The league said its investigation has been ongoing since the incident was first reported in February. The statement was released about two hours after Hunt said in an interview on ESPN that the NFL had yet to contact him about it.

The NFL said the video posted by TMZ Sports on Friday had not been available to the league previously.

In the grainy, graphic video, Hunt is seen getting into an argument with a woman and several men step in to hold him back. He later pushes one of the men, knocking down a woman that Hunt admitted he did not know, and eventually kicks her while she lays on the ground.

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1:20 p.m.

There were moments of silence around the NFL for former President George H.W. Bush, including by his hometown Texans two days after Bush died in Houston.

CBS made the unusual move of showing the national anthem and the moment of silence in Houston. Bush was a regular at Texans games and frequently did the coin toss. The team displayed pictures of him at games and with players.

The tributes were held all across the league , with nine games on the early schedule Sunday.

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Aaron Rodgers and the Packers will try to keep fading playoff hopes alive on a snowy Sunday in Green Bay against Arizona and rookie quarterback Josh Rosen.

The Packers have lost four of their past five games, all on the road, and trail Chicago and Minnesota in the NFC North.

Green Bay has three of its final five games at home. The Packers haven’t lost at Lambeau Field, with all four of its wins and a tie. Green Bay also has hope because four of the final five opponents currently have losing records.

The Cardinals are in the running for the No. 1 overall pick in the NFL draft, but are trying to build around the promising young player in Rosen, the 10th pick last spring.

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Vikings WR Diggs in doubt vs. Patriots

Vikings WR Diggs in doubt vs. Patriots

Minnesota wide receiver

Vikings WR Diggs in doubt vs. Patriots

Minnesota wide receiver Stefon Diggs will be a game-time decision when the Vikings play the New England Patriots on Sunday.

Diggs had been expected to play, but overnight swelling in his knee has put that in doubt, according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter.

Diggs will test the knee during pregame warmups to determine whether he can go.

The 24-year-old wideout was limited in Friday’s practice, his first of the week, but ESPN reported he was expected to play.

Diggs has 79 catches for 790 yards and six touchdowns this season.

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Ravens QB Flacco officially out vs. Falcons

Ravens QB Flacco officially out vs. Falcons

The Baltimore Ravens have ruled

Ravens QB Flacco officially out vs. Falcons

The Baltimore Ravens have ruled out quarterback Joe Flacco for Sunday’s game against the Atlanta Falcons, handing rookie Lamar Jackson his third straight start.

Flacco has been dealing with a right hip injury since Nov. 4. He had been listed as questionable after he returned to practice on Thursday and was a limited participant again on Friday.

Ravens coach John Harbaugh said he saw improvement from Flacco this week.

“It’s coming along well,” Harbaugh told reporters of Flacco’s recovery. “We talked about kind of anticipating some progress this week, and he made quite a bit of progress. … I thought he looked good yesterday, looked a lot better today. The biggest thing was he didn’t have a setback from yesterday.”

Harbaugh said doctors will need to clear Flacco before he can play. He declined to say who the starter will be once Flacco is fully healthy.

Also, safety Tony Jefferson will miss the contest against Atlanta because of an ankle injury suffered in last Sunday’s game against the Oakland Raiders. Jefferson is second on Baltimore with 61 tackles.

Running back Gus Edwards (ankle) had been listed as questionable but will be available. Outside linebacker Tim Williams (illness) was ruled out.

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Gordon out vs. Steelers but Chargers eye quick return

Gordon out vs. Steelers but Chargers eye quick return

Los

Gordon out vs. Steelers but Chargers eye quick return

Los Angeles Chargers running back Melvin Gordon won’t play Sunday vs. the Pittsburgh Steelers, but the team doesn’t expect his sprained right knee to sideline him for an extended period.

Gordon sprained his medial collateral ligament on a hit by Arizona Cardinals defensive tackle Robert Nkemdiche in Week 13 and was listed as week-to-week.

But the Chargers believe “it won’t be long now” before Gordon is ready to return, perhaps as soon as next week against the Cincinnati Bengals, according an ESPN report. The Chargers play the Kansas City Chiefs on a short week the following Thursday and could be targeting that date for his return.

The Chiefs (9-2) lead the Chargers (8-3) by one game in the AFC West standings.

Gordon has 802 rushing yards and 44 catches for 453 receiving yards and 13 total touchdowns on the season in 10 games played.

Austin Ekeler will start against the Steelers.

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Report: NFL never spoke to Hunt, alleged victim

Report: NFL never spoke to Hunt, alleged victim

Report: NFL never spoke to Hunt, alleged victim

The NFL did not interview running back Kareem Hunt nor the woman he allegedly assaulted when it investigated an offseason incident at a hotel in Cleveland, according to an ESPN report.

The Kansas City Chiefs released Hunt shortly after the league announced he had been placed on the Commissioner’s Exempt list following the release of surveillance video of the incident.

Multiple outlets reported that the Chiefs sent Hunt home from the facility on Friday after learning the video had been released. Additional reports indicate the NFL and Chiefs have been aware of the existence of the video, but it is not known whether the league or team viewed the footage. However, the league released a statement Friday evening which ir called the video, “new information.”

According to the ESPN report, the league never sought an interview with Hunt after multiple witnesses said he was not involved in the February incident. The league reportedly did reach out to the woman on multiple occasions, but was rebuffed.

The incident occurred at The Metropolitan at 3:22 a.m. on Feb. 10, and involved then-19-year-old Abigail Ottinger from Berea, Ohio.

In the video, originally posted on TMZ, Hunt appears to come around a corner outside his rented room to confront Ottinger with a hard shove. The woman hits him in the face and Hunt becomes enraged.

Hunt’s entourage comes to help and attempts to hold him back. At one point, Hunt sends one of his friends and the woman flying into a wall.

Ottinger was on the ground appearing dazed and started to get up. Hunt saw her and delivered a kick to knock her back on the ground.

According to TMZ, law enforcement obtained the video from the hotel. Prosecutors reviewed the footage and decided not to file charges.

Ottinger, who reportedly attends Kent State, told police that the incident started because she refused to have sex with a member of Hunt’s entourage.

Members of the entourage told police Ottinger called Hunt the N-word and physically hit a female member of the entourage.

Hunt’s placement on the exempt list is essentially an indefinite suspension, as he is not allowed to practice or play for any team until further notice. If he is claimed on waivers, he would be allowed to attend meetings at his new team’s facility. Pending the NFL’s investigation, Hunt could be facing a suspension of at least six games.

Hunt, 23, is from the Cleveland suburb of Willoughby and spends a significant part of his offseason in the area. He played college football at Toledo.

Hunt rushed for 1,327 yards as a rookie with the Chiefs last season. He has 824 yards through 11 games this season.

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Report: Foster won’t appeal being placed on exempt list

Report: Foster won't appeal being placed on exempt list

Linebacker Reuben Foster

Report: Foster won’t appeal being placed on exempt list

Linebacker Reuben Foster has agreed not to challenge his placement on the Commissioner’s Exempt list, making it unlikely he’ll play for the Washington Redskins this season, according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter.

Foster was claimed off waivers by the Redskins less than three days after the San Francisco 49ers released him Nov. 25 following his arrest on a domestic violence charge at the team hotel in Tampa, Fla.

According to Schefter’s report, Foster won’t take any action on the league’s decision until the legal process has played out.

Being on the exempt list means Foster cannot practice with the team or attend games, but he may attend meetings and participate in individual workouts or other allowed non-football activities.

The NFL has not announced if it will suspend Foster, 24, who has a history of legal difficulties in addition to his most recent arrest.

A second-degree charge of marijuana possession stemming from an arrest in Alabama in January was dismissed when he finished a first-time offender program.

In February, he faced several felony charges, including domestic violence, making criminal threats and weapons possession. Those charges stemmed from his ex-girlfriend’s accusation that Foster assaulted her in his home in Los Gatos, just south of San Jose, Calif.

When the woman recanted her allegations, only the weapons charge remained, and Foster pleaded no contest to misdemeanor weapons possession.

Foster was sentenced in July to two years’ probation, 232 hours of community service and $235 in fines.

The NFL suspended Foster for the first two games this season, citing the league’s conduct and substance-abuse policies.

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Jets place S Marcus Maye on season-ending injured reserve

FLORHAM PARK, N.J. (AP) — The New York Jets have placed safety Marcus Maye on injured reserve, ending an injury-plagued season for the 2017 second-round draft pick.

Maye played in just six games because of various ailments, the most recent being thumb and shoulder injuries. After a solid rookie season, he missed the

FLORHAM PARK, N.J. (AP) — The New York Jets have placed safety Marcus Maye on injured reserve, ending an injury-plagued season for the 2017 second-round draft pick.

Maye played in just six games because of various ailments, the most recent being thumb and shoulder injuries. After a solid rookie season, he missed the first three games this year with a foot injury. Maye broke his right thumb in Week 6 and sat out just one game despite having a pin inserted into his hand. He then missed New York’s 27-13 loss to New England last Sunday.

Coach Todd Bowles said during the week that surgery could be an option for Maye, who had a franchise-record 104-yard interception return against Denver in Week 5. It also set the NFL mark for the longest INT return without scoring.(

Cornerback Darryl Roberts is expected to start Sunday at Tennessee in Maye’s safety spot for the second straight week.

The Jets also announced Saturday that they signed cornerback Jeremy Clark from the practice squad. He was a sixth-round pick out of Michigan last year.

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Report: Jets plan to start McCown Sunday

Report: Jets plan to start McCown Sunday

The New York Jets

Report: Jets plan to start McCown Sunday

The New York Jets plan to start veteran Josh McCown on Sunday at the Tennessee Titans, NFL Network reported on Saturday, meaning rookie Sam Darnold will likely miss his third consecutive start.

Per the report, the team is committed to ensuring Darnold will be 100 percent before he returns from a right foot injury. It adds Darnold could try to convince the team he’s ready during his pregame workout, but McCown is the likely choice.

Coach Todd Bowles told reporters Friday that he already had decided who would start against the Titans but would not reveal his choice until shortly before game time.

Darnold is officially listed as questionable after practicing on a limited basis all week. He was hurt in a Nov. 4 loss to the Miami Dolphins and missed losses to the Buffalo Bills and New England Patriots, which sandwiched the team’s bye week.

McCown, who started in Darnold’s absence, was limited in Thursday’s practice with back and thumb injuries but was a full participant on Friday. Davis Webb is the team’s third-string quarterback.

Darnold, the No. 3 overall pick from Southern California, has completed just 55 percent of his passes and leads the league with 14 interceptions. He has thrown for 1,934 yards and 11 touchdowns.

McCown, 39, has gone 43 of 79 for 411 yards, one touchdown and three interceptions in two starts.

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Cowboys RB Elliott fined $13K for ‘donation’ celebration

Cowboys RB Elliott fined $13K for 'donation' celebration

Dallas running back

Cowboys RB Elliott fined $13K for ‘donation’ celebration

Dallas running back Ezekiel Elliott highlighted the Salvation Army for the second time in three years when he dropped $21 in the giant red kettle after scoring during the Cowboys’ win over the Washington Redskins on Thanksgiving, but this year’s antics will cost him. The NFL Network reported Saturday that the league fined Elliott $13,369 for his “donation.”

Elliott, who wears No. 21, did not get flagged for the move like he did two years ago when he jumped in the kettle after scoring a touchdown during the Cowboys’ win over Tampa Bay during the 2016 holiday season. He later donated $21,000 to the Salvation Army, which saw donations spike to $250,000 after the celebration.

According to NFL Network’s report, he will get fined for “unsportsmanlike conduct,” which includes putting quarterback Dak Prescott into the kettle later in the game.

According to the Cowboys’ official website, Elliott will match $21 donations to the Salvation Army (up to $21,000 total). Not to be left out of the action, Prescott and the team will do the same, bringing the combined total to $63,000 in matching gifts.

The Cowboys are 7-5 after an upset win over the Saints on Thursday and in contention for the NFC East crown. They host the Philadelphia Eagles in a divisional showdown in Week 14.

In other fines handed out Saturday, Buffalo Bills’ defensive end Shaq Lawson was fined $33,425 for fighting during Sunday’s 24-21 win over Jacksonville. Lawson was ejected from the game after fighting with Jaguars running back Leonard Fournette. Fournette was suspended one game and will miss Sunday’s matchup with AFC South rival Indianapolis.

Jaguars running back Carlos Hyde, who was also part of the tussle, was fined $13,369 for unsportsmanlike conduct, and Jaguars safety Barry Church was fined $26,739 for unnecessary roughness during the game.

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NFL notebook: Cowboys RB Elliott fined for ‘donation’ celebration

NFL notebook: Cowboys RB Elliott fined for 'donation' celebration

NFL notebook: Cowboys RB Elliott fined for ‘donation’ celebration

The NFL Network reported Saturday that the league fined Dallas Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott $13,369 for his “donation” touchdown celebration to the Salvation Army on Thanksgiving.

Elliott highlighted the Salvation Army for the second time in three years by dropping $21 in the giant red kettle after scoring during the Cowboys’ win over the Washington Redskins. According to NFL Network’s report, he was fined for “unsportsmanlike conduct,” which includes putting quarterback Dak Prescott into the kettle later in the game.

Elliott, who wears No. 21, was not flagged for the move like he was two years ago when he jumped in the kettle after scoring during the Cowboys’ win over Tampa Bay during the 2016 holiday season. He later donated $21,000 to the Salvation Army, which saw donations spike to $250,000 after the celebration.

According to the Cowboys’ official website, Elliott will match $21 donations to the Salvation Army (up to $21,000 total). Not to be left out of the action, Prescott and the team will do the same, bringing the combined total to $63,000 in matching gifts.

–Tennessee Titans cornerback Malcolm Butler is out of the NFL’s concussion protocol and available to play against the New York Jets on Sunday.

Butler was injured late in the first half during Monday night’s loss to the Houston Texans. Butler, 28, has just one interception in 11 games with the Titans. He is in the first season of a five-year, $61 million deal.

The defensive backfield will be without safety Dane Cruikshank, who missed practice all week with a knee injury. The Titans (5-6) will try to end a two-game losing skid when they meet the Jets (3-8), who have lost five in a row.

–The Baltimore Ravens placed running back Alex Collins on injured reserve with a sprained foot, the team announced.

It is unclear when Collins was hurt, but he was added to the injury report last week and had been listed as questionable for Sunday’s game against the Atlanta Falcons. He practiced in full on Friday after being limited the day before and missing Wednesday’s session altogether.

According to NFL Network’s Tom Pelissero, the team decided shutting Collins down was the best option. The running back reportedly won’t need surgery and will be fully healed by March.

–The New York Jets placed safety Marcus Maye on injured reserve, ending his season.

The second-year pro has not played or practiced since injuring his shoulder in Week 10. He had previously played through a broken thumb, which happened Oct. 14 in just his third game this season after missing the first three with an ankle injury.

Maye, 25, finishes the season with 34 tackles, two passes defensed, an interception and a forced fumble in six games. A second-round pick in 2017, he started all 16 games and posted 78 tackles and two picks as a rookie.

–The Oakland Raiders activated Justin Ellis from injured reserve, making the defensive tackle eligible to play Sunday against the Kansas City Chiefs.

Ellis has played in just one game this season, having suffered a foot injury in the Raiders’ season opener. The Raiders waived offensive lineman Denver Kirkland to make room for Ellis on the roster.

Ellis, a fifth-year player who turns 28 later this month, was selected by the Raiders in the fourth round of the 2014 draft and has been a starter for most of his career.

–The Seattle Seahawks placed running back C.J. Prosise on injured reserve and promoted linebacker Emmanuel Ellerbee from the practice squad to the 53-man roster.

Prosise, a third-round pick in 2016, was already ruled out for Sunday’s game with an injury that Seahawks coach Pete Carroll described as “an abdomen, groin, hip-flexor thing.” Carroll noted the injury had been lingering for a while but recently got worse.

Prosise played in five games this season, notching three catches for 22 yards and one rush for minus-3 yards.

–The Green Bay Packers activated wide receiver Jake Kumerow from injured reserved and placed defensive lineman Mike Daniels on IR, the team announced.

In additional moves, the Packers signed fullback Dan Vitale and placed WR Trevor Davis on IR.

Kumerow, a product of Wisconsion-Whitewater, was placed on injured reserve on Sept. 3 with a shoulder injury. Daniels sustained a foot injury in the Packers’ loss to Seattle in Week 11. He will end the season with 17 tackles and two sacks, both the lowest marks since his rookie season in 2012.

–Former NFL first-round draft pick Nick Fairley was arrested and charged with two counts of menacing.

Police in Mobile, Ala., told local television station Fox 10 that Fairley threatened someone with a gun. Police did not have further details. Both counts are misdemeanor charges. He was jailed briefly after being arrested Friday afternoon before posting bail.

A Mobile native, Fairley attended Auburn, and the Detroit Lions selected him with the No. 13 overall pick of the 2011 NFL Draft. A defensive tackle, he played four seasons with the Lions, one with the St. Louis Rams and one with New Orleans.

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Bills’ Shaq Lawson fined $33,425 for fighting by the NFL

NEW YORK (AP) — Bills defensive end Shaq Lawson was fined $33,425 for fighting by the NFL on Saturday.

Lawson was ejected from Sunday's 24-21 win over Jacksonville for fighting with Jaguars running back Leonard Fournette. Fournette was suspended for one game and will miss Sunday's matchup with AFC South rival Indianapolis.

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NEW YORK (AP) — Bills defensive end Shaq Lawson was fined $33,425 for fighting by the NFL on Saturday.

Lawson was ejected from Sunday’s 24-21 win over Jacksonville for fighting with Jaguars running back Leonard Fournette. Fournette was suspended for one game and will miss Sunday’s matchup with AFC South rival Indianapolis.

The incident occurred with 2:57 left in the third quarter.

Jaguars receiver Donte Moncrief had what was initially ruled a 30-yard TD reception at the left pylon. He was on the ground battling for control of the ball with Levi Wallace when a Jaguars player struck Bills safety Micah Hyde from behind.

Players then began shoving each other, with Lawson going after Jaguars running back Carlos Hyde. That’s when Fournette ran across the field to target Lawson.

They exchanged punches in the left corner of the end zone on the Bills side of the field before eventually being separated.

Hyde was fined $13,369 for unsportsmanlike conduct and Jaguars safety Barry Church was fined $26,739 for unnecessary roughness during the game.

Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott was fined $13,369 for unsportsmanlike conduct for celebrations involving the giant Salvation Army red kettle behind the end zone during Dallas’ win over Washington on Thanksgiving. Elliott dropped $21 (his uniform number) into the kettle after scoring an early touchdown. The cash was handed to him by a team photographer.

Also, after scoring on a scrambling 5-yard run, quarterback Dak Prescott let Elliott help him into another kettle on the other end of the field, drawing the same unsportsmanlike conduct penalty Elliott had two years ago.

Teammate Xavier Woods was fined $26,739 for unnecessary roughness in the game.

Patriots defensive end Deatrich Wise Jr. was fined $20,054 for a hit on Jets quarterback Josh McCown in New England’s 27-13 win. And Patriots wide receiver Cordarrelle Patterson was fined $13,369 for unsportsmanlike conduct.

In other fines:

Packers safety Kentrell Brice was fined $26,739 for unnecessary roughness in Green Bay’s loss to Minnesota on Sunday night.

Falcons defensive end Takkarist McKinley was fined $26,739 for unnecessary roughness in their loss to the Saints on Thanksgiving night.

Browns linebacker Genard Avery was fined $20,054 for unnecessary roughness in their win over the Bengals and Lions safety Glover Quin was fined $10,026 for unnecessary roughness in their loss to the Bears on Thanksgiving.

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Raiders activate DT Ellis from IR

Raiders activate DT Ellis from IR

The Oakland Raiders activated

Raiders activate DT Ellis from IR

The Oakland Raiders activated Justin Ellis from injured reserve on Saturday, making the defensive tackle eligible to play Sunday against the Kansas City Chiefs.

Ellis has played in just one game this season, having suffered a foot injury in the Raiders’ season opener.

The Raiders waived offensive lineman Denver Kirkland to make room for Ellis on the roster.

Ellis, a fifth-year player who turns 28 later this month, was selected by the Raiders in the fourth round of the 2014 draft and has been a starter for most of his career. He was re-signed by the Raiders to a three-year, $13.5 million deal in March and is under contract through the 2020 season.

Kirkland played in six games for the Raiders this season.

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Packers activate WR Kumerow, put DL Daniels on IR

Packers activate WR Kumerow, put DL Daniels on IR

Packers activate WR Kumerow, put DL Daniels on IR

The Green Bay Packers on Saturday activated wide receiver Jake Kumerow from injured reserved and placed defensive lineman Mike Daniels on IR, the team announced.

In additional moves, the Packers signed fullback Dan Vitale and placed WR Trevor Davis on IR.

Kumerow, a product of Wisconsion-Whitewater, was placed on injured reserve on Sept. 3 with a shoulder injury. Originally signed by Cincinnati in 2015 as an undrafted free agent, the 26-year-old has spent his career on various practice squads or IR. He was on his way to winning a roster spot in training camp after earning the trust of quarterback Aaron Rodgers before the injury.

Daniels sustained a foot injury in the Packers’ loss to Seattle in Week 11. He will end the season with 17 tackles and two sacks, both the lowest marks since his rookie season in 2012.

Vitale had been on the practice squad since signing on Oct. 22. He played in 24 games with Cleveland in 2016-17 and caught seven passes for 46 yards.

Davis injured his hamstring for the third time this season last weekend against Minnesota. He worked primarily on special teams, returning kicks and punts.

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Seahawks put RB Prosise on IR, promote LB Ellerbee

Seahawks put RB Prosise on IR, promote LB Ellerbee

The Seattle Seahawks placed running back

Seahawks put RB Prosise on IR, promote LB Ellerbee

The Seattle Seahawks placed running back C.J. Prosise on injured reserve Saturday and promoted linebacker Emmanuel Ellerbee from the practice squad to the 53-man roster.

Prosise, a third-round pick in 2016, was already ruled out for Sunday’s game with an injury that Seahawks coach Pete Carroll described as “an abdomen, groin, hip-flexor thing.” Carroll noted the injury had been lingering for a while but recently got worse.

“It has really been bothering him for some time, he has been working through it, and it’s just gone beyond that,” Carroll said.

Prosise played in five games this season, notching three catches for 22 yards and one rush for minus-3 yards.

Ellerbee, an undrafted rookie out of Rice, first joined Seattle in October after being claimed off of waivers from the Los Angeles Chargers. He appeared in one game before being waived and re-signed to the Seahawks’ practice squad. Prior to Seattle, Ellerbee appeared in three games for the Chargers.

Earlier this week, the Seahawks added running back J.D. McKissic from injured reserve.

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Jets place S Maye on IR, activate CB Clark

Jets place S Maye on IR, activate CB Clark

Jets place S Maye on IR, activate CB Clark

The New York Jets placed safety Marcus Maye on injured reserve Saturday, ending his season.

The second-year pro hasn’t played or practiced since injuring his shoulder in Week 10. He had previously played through a broken thumb, which happened Oct. 14 in just his third game this season after missing the first three with an ankle injury.

Maye, 25, finishes the season with 34 tackles, two passes defensed, an interception and a forced fumble in six games. A second-round pick in 2017, he started all 16 games and posted 78 tackles and two picks as a rookie.

Darryl Roberts, a 2015 seventh-round pick, started last week in Maye’s place.

The team promoted cornerback Jeremy Clark from the practice squad to take Maye’s spot on the 53-man roster.

Clark, a 2017 sixth-round pick, spent most of his rookie season on the reserve/non-football injury list after tearing his ACL in college. He played in one game late last season, logging five special-teams snaps.

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Report: Jets place S Maye on IR

Report: Jets place S Maye on IR

Report: Jets place S Maye on IR

The New York Jets have placed safety Marcus Maye on injured reserve, ESPN reported Saturday. The move ends his season.

The second-year pro hasn’t played or practiced since injuring his shoulder in Week 10. He had previously played through a broken thumb, which happened Oct. 14 in just his third game this season after missing the first three with an ankle injury.

Maye, 25, finishes the season with 34 tackles, two passes defensed, an interception and a forced fumble in six games. A second-round pick in 2017, he started all 16 games and posted 78 tackles and two picks as a rookie.

Darryl Roberts, a 2015 seventh-round pick, started last week in Maye’s place.

No corresponding move has yet been reported or announced.

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