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Monday’s Morning Mashup: Former Patriots CB Brandon Browner hits new low with Saints 12.07.15 at 7:38 am ET
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Welcome to Monday’s Morning Mashup. For the latest news, start at our WEEI.com home page or click here for the top stories from our news wire.

MONDAY’S BROADCAST HIGHLIGHTS:
NHL: Predators at Bruins, 7 p.m. (NESN)
NBA: Celtics at Pelicans, 8 p.m. (CSNNE)
NBA: Mavericks at Knicks, 7:30 p.m. (NBATV)
College basketball: IUPUI at Purdue, 7 p.m. (ESPNU)
College basketball: Oklahoma at Villanova, 7 p.m. (FS1)
College basketball: Buffalo at Iowa State, 9 p.m. (ESPNU)
College basketball: Oregon at Navy, 9:45 p.m. (FS1)
NFL: Cowboys at Washington, 8:30 p.m. (ESPN; WEEI-FM)

AROUND THE WEB:

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Brandon Browner

— It’s been a rough couple of weeks for the Patriots, with back-to-back losses, but it’s been even rougher for one former Patriot.

Saints cornerback Brandon Browner, whom the Patriots allowed to leave as a free agent after last season’s Super Bowl, continues to wear out his welcome in New Orleans. Browner was called for a face mask, unnecessary roughness and holding in Sunday’s 41-38 loss to the undefeated Panthers — giving him a league-leading 21 penalties this season. He also was victimized on one touchdown and was part of a defensive breakdown on another — after which he and teammate Jairus Byrd yelled at each other. He capped off his day by getting in the face of defensive coordinator Dennis Allen during an argument on the sideline after allowing a touchdown to Ted Ginn Jr.

Asked after the game if Browner was setting a bad example for his teammates, coach Sean Payton told a reporter from NOLA.com, “Go write a blog about it. Browner played well. These guys played hard. It’s going to be a competitive game, and Dennis and he have a great relationship the same way. So, next question.”

CBS analyst Shannon Sharpe has seen enough of Browner’s antics to make up his mind. Tweeted the Hall of Fame tight end: Saints should release B. Browner. He’s not worth the distraction as sub-par CB.

Added Sharpe: Watching B. Browner of Saints cover today. I’m convinced He couldn’t cover a twin bed with a king sheet.

Pro Football Focus had Browner rated 114 of 114 NFL cornerbacks heading into Sunday’s game and tweeted afterward: Grade probably isn’t getting better from this game.

Browner apparently was not available to explain his latest transgression. Or maybe the media is staying away, considering a month ago Browner went off on a reporter in the locker room after a loss to the Titans and had to be restrained by his teammates.

— Jets receiver Brandon Marshall nearly got into a fight with Giants defensive lineman Cullen Jenkins late in the second quarter of Sunday’s game, and he explained afterward that he was defending the honor of his wife.

“I think there are some things that are off limits,” Marshall said (via ESPN.com) of why he had to be restrained from going after Jenkins. “I believe in trash talk. Some guys get up for that. But some things are off limits. He made a comment about … he said, ‘my girl.’ He didn’t know I was married.

“There is not enough money on this Earth for somebody to disrespect my wife,” Marshall continued. “I just try to take it out in between the lines. I don’t care about anything at that point.”

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Wednesday’s Morning Mashup: Jets WR Brandon Marshall ‘got into it with a teammate’ after loss to Patriots 10.28.15 at 7:43 am ET
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Welcome to Wednesday’s Morning Mashup. For the latest news, start at our WEEI.com home page or click here for the top stories from our news wire.

WEDNESDAY’S BROADCAST HIGHLIGHTS:
World Series: Mets at Royals, 8:07 p.m. (Fox; WEEI-AM)
NBA: 76ers at Celtics, 7:30 p.m. (CSNNE)
NBA: Spurs at Thunder, 8 p.m. (ESPN)
NBA: Timberwolves at Lakers, 10:30 p.m. (ESPN)
NHL: Penguins at Capitals, 8 p.m. (NBCSN)
NHL: Predators at Sharks, 10:30 p.m. (NBCSN)
MLS playoffs: Revolution at D.C. United, 7:30 p.m. (CSNNE Plus)

AROUND THE WEB:

— The Patriots’ 30-23 victory over the Jets on Sunday ended with New York receiver Brandon Marshall failing to line up properly, causing his team to incur a game-ending penalty for illegal procedure. Apparently that did not sit well with at least one teammate.

During an appearance on Showtime’s “Inside the NFL,” Marshall said he “got into it” with a fellow Jet after the game.

Marshall was making a comparison to the situation in Dallas, where Cowboys defensive end Greg Hardy exchanged words — and shoves — with an assistant coach and a couple of teammates Sunday.

“There’s a lot of testosterone,” Marshall said. “I mean, you put so much into the week, you know, you get disappointed and you get frustrated in those moments. This Sunday I got into it with a teammate, but we got in the locker room, we talked it out and we love each other.”

This might not be a big deal except for the fact that Marshall has a history of off-field issues during previous stints with the Dolphins, Broncos and Bears. He reportedly was traded from Chicago last season after berating a teammate to the point where other Bears had to intervene.

To his credit, Marshall — who also dropped a touchdown pass in the fourth quarter Sunday — did not shy away from his mistake, tweeting after the game: My A** should be walking back to New York. How you bounce back after moments like this produce CHAMPIONS or CHUMPS.. . #jets

And Marshall said he understands how he’s perceived by the public and the media and how that affects his treatment — something Hardy apparently has not yet figured out.

“Every game I know there’s going to be two or three cameras in my face. Why? Because I’m a high-emotion guy and because of my history. I am aware,” Marshall said on “Inside the NFL.” “When I look at Greg and how he’s handled himself, on the field and in the locker room, I see a guy that is not aware.”

Jason Pierre-Paul is back with the Giants, agreeing to a one-year deal reportedly loaded with incentives that will give him a chance to prove he still can produce despite losing a finger in a fireworks accident over the summer.

The two-time Pro Bowler also suffered damage to his thumb and burned his hand. He had been rehabbing and working out in Florida prior to his return.

“I’m getting ready to do what I have to do,” Pierre-Paul said. “I’ve been training down in South Florida with my trainer. Every day, I got up at 7:30 and lifted weights, I’ve been doing what I have to do to stay in football shape.”

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Thursday’s Morning Mashup: Former tennis star James Blake mistakenly tackled, detained by NYC police 09.10.15 at 8:04 am ET
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Welcome to Thursday’s Morning Mashup. For the latest news, start at our WEEI.com home page or click here for the top stories from our news wire.

THURSDAY’S BROADCAST HIGHLIGHTS:
NFL: Steelers at Patriots, 8:30 p.m. (WBZ-TV)
College football: Southern at Mississippi Valley State, 7:30 p.m. (ESPNU)
College football: Louisiana Tech at Western Kentucky, 8 p.m. (FS1)
MLB: Blue Jays at Yankees, 7 p.m. (MLB Network)
Tennis: U.S. Open, 7 p.m. (ESPN)

AROUND THE WEB:

— Former tennis star James Blake’s visit to New York for the U.S. Open has been memorable, but not for the right reasons.

The Harvard alumnus, who is black, was mistaken for an identity theft suspect, and he was tackled and handcuffed Wednesday until police realized they had the wrong man.

The 35-year-old Blake, who once was ranked fourth in the world, was standing on front the Grand Hyatt hotel on East 42nd Street and texting while waiting for a ride to the Open, where he was making a corporate appearance. That’s when he saw a man charging at him.

“Maybe I’m naive, but I just assumed it was someone I went to high school with or someone who was running at me to give me a big hug, so I smiled at the guy,” Blake told the New York Daily News.

Blake said the plainclothes officer never identified himself. He was released after a former police officer recognized Blake and told the handful of arresting officers of their mistake. Blake said he never got an apology from the individual who threw him to the ground.

“It was definitely scary and definitely crazy,” Blake said. “In my mind there’s probably a race factor involved, but no matter what there’s no reason for anybody to do that to anybody.”

New York City Police Commissioner Bill Bratton said Wednesday night there will be an investigation.

“The nature of what he described is not what we do, not what we’re supposed to do,” Bratton said. “I will not tolerate any type of excessive use of force on the part of my police, but as always, we have that saying, the first story is never the last story.”

— Jets coach Todd Bowles had some advice for Brandon Marshall after the receiver’s comments on Showtime’s “Inside the NFL” that race played a role in Tom Brady‘s Deflategate suspension reversal: “Be smarter.”

“I think his opinion is well-warranted in what he said,” Bowles said Wednesday. “I’m sure you have cases back when I played. I’ve seen some things, just like he’s seen some things but I’m not on that platform. He is, and he’s got to be smarter.”

Added Bowles: “Yeah, he does have to be smarter. He expressed his opinion. I have no problem with it, I’d just like him to be smarter going forward, that’s all.”

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Wednesday’s Morning Mashup: Jets WR Brandon Marshall plays ‘race card’ in Tom Brady’s suspension reversal 09.09.15 at 7:51 am ET
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Welcome to Wednesday’s Morning Mashup. For the latest news, start at our WEEI.com home page or click here for the top stories from our news wire.

WEDNESDAY’S BROADCAST HIGHLIGHTS:
MLB: Blue Jays at Red Sox, 7:10 p.m. (NESN; WEEI-FM)
MLB: Cubs at Cardinals, 1:30 p.m. (MLB Network)
MLB: Mets at Nationals, 7:05 p.m. (ESPN)
MLB: Dodgers at Angels, 10:05 p.m. (ESPN)
Tennis: U.S. Open, 11 a.m. (ESPN), 8 p.m. (ESPN2)

AROUND THE WEB:

— Early in the Deflategate drama, there were rumors that Tom Brady was being punished in part because to appease minority NFL players who felt that white stars got preferential treatment.

On Tuesday, controversial Jets receiver Brandon Marshall added some validity to that suggestion during a panel discussion on Showtime’s “Inside the NFL” when he voiced his opinion on why Brady’s suspension was lifted.

“The race card,” Marshall said. “There are a lot of players out there that believe that white players — specifically, at the quarterback position — are treated differently.”

Using prepared notes, Marshall explained that he has had conversations with players across the league — “This is not just from our locker room, this is from locker rooms across the States,” he said, adding: “This is how guys are feeling, this is not just my opinion” — and detailed their viewpoints.

“I think that there are three different types of players’ views in this thing,” Marshall said. “No. 1 is the fighter. I think there are guys in the fight with Tom. When one player’s rights are upheld, then all players’ rights are upheld. It’s not about what he did, if he’s right or wrong. It’s more about the process. Is it fair?

“The second is cowards — I call them cowards. That’s the guys that are afraid to face Tom Brady. They want him suspended; I don’t believe in that.”

The third view, Marshall said, is the “race card.” And he said he believe black players are held to a different standard.

“Absolutely,” he said. “At times, yes.”

— The two high school football players in Texas who slammed into a referee from behind during a game Friday claim the referee used racial slurs against them, according to officials in the students’ school district.

Northside Independent School District superintendent Brian T. Woods also said an assistant coach who is accused of encouraging the players to attack the referee was placed on leave.

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NFL roundup: 49ers LB Aldon Smith denies DUI after alleged hit-and-run 08.07.15 at 1:07 pm ET
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Aldon Smith

Aldon Smith

Troubled 49ers linebacker Aldon Smith denied he was driving under the influence after being arrested Thursday night for hit-and-run, DUI and vandalism in Santa Clara, California.

Smith, speaking to KGO in San Francisco as he left jail Friday morning, apologized to fans.

“The people who are faithful remain faithful,” Smith said. “Simple as this: Justice will be served, the truth will come out, there’€™s no DUI. I’m sorry for anybody I let down, I’m sorry for the way this whole thing … I need to speak and I want everybody to understand, this wasn’t a DUI, the situation I had could have been handled differently and I apologize for everybody I did let down and I apologize for how it all played out. But as far as everything is concerned, it will work out the way it’s supposed to work out. That’s all.”

Smith has had trouble with the law on numerous occasions in the past. This is his fifth arrest since 2012. Smith also was suspended for nine games last season for violating the NFL’s personal-conduct and substance-abuse policies.

— At age 39, Peyton Manning is facing some doubts for one of the first times in his career. The legendary quarterback sputtered at the end of the last season and played more than a month with a torn right quad.

Any questions that surround Manning as he enters his 18th season have not permeated his receiving corps. All-Pro wideout Demaryius Thomas said Thursday that Manning has shown good arm strength thus far in training camp.

“He’s smiling. I feel like he’s good,” Thomas said after practice. “I don’t know if you all are going to believe what I say, but I think it’s a little more zip on it. I don’t know how he can do that. He’s an older guy — one of the oldest guys on the team — but I feel like every year around this time, there’s almost more zip on his ball. You can notice it. He threw a couple posts, probably 50, 60 yards, and I’m like, ‘Whoa.’ ”

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Brandon Marshall: Jets ‘will be my last team’ 07.17.15 at 10:00 am ET
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Receiver Brandon Marshall said on Twitter on Thursday that the Jets will be his last NFL team.

While answering questions from Twitter followers, Marshall was asked which team he will end his career with and how many years he has left in the league. Marshall replied, “After Jets I’m done.”

The wideout has three years and $26 million remaining on his contract. Last season, he had 61 catches for 721 yards and eight touchdowns with the Bears.

Marshall played his first four seasons with the Broncos before moving on to the Dolphins. He lasted two years in Miami and subsequently spent three in Chicago before being traded to the Jets in March.

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Tuesday’s Morning Mashup: Bears WR Brandon Marshall wants Lions C Dominic Raiola ‘banned from the NFL’ 12.23.14 at 8:17 am ET
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Welcome to Tuesday’s Morning Mashup. For the latest news, start at our WEEI.com home page or click here for the top stories from our news wire.

TUESDAY’S BROADCAST HIGHLIGHTS:
NHL: Predators at Bruins, 7 p.m. (NESN)
NHL: Blues at Avalanche, 8 p.m. (NBCSN)
NBA: Celtics at Magic, 7 p.m. (CSNNE)
College basketball: Ohio vs. DePaul, 2:30 p.m. (ESPNU)
College basketball: George Washington vs. Colorado, 4:30 p.m. (ESPNU)
College basketball: Stanford at Texas, 7 p.m. (ESPN2)
College basketball: Cal State Northridge at Louisville, 7 p.m. (ESPNU)
College basketball: NJIT at Villanova, 7 p.m. (FS1)
College basketball: Sacred Heart at Rutgers, 7 p.m. (Big Ten Network)
College basketball: Georgia Tech at Dayton, 8 p.m. (CBSSN)
College basketball: Wichita State at Hawaii, 9 p.m. (ESPN2)
College basketball: Arizona at UNLV, 10:05 p.m. (CBSSN)
College basketball: Boise Sate vs. Loyola (Ill.), 11 p.m. (FS1)
College basketball: Loyola Marymount at Nebraska, 11:30 p.m. (ESPNU)
College football: Boca Raton Bowl, Marshall vs. Northern Illinois, 6 p.m. (ESPN; WEEI-AM)
College football: Poinsettia Bowl, Navy vs. San Diego State, 9:30 p.m. (ESPN; WEEI-AM)

AROUND THE WEB:

— Lions center Dominic Raiola, who got some attention in New England after he took a cheap shots at the Patriots during Detroit’s 34-9 loss on Nov. 23, was suspended one game by the league for stomping on the leg of a defenseless Bears player during Sunday’s game.

It was Raiola’s sixth rules violation related to player safety since 2010, the league announced. According to ESPN, he plans to appeal the ruling.

Raiola stepped on Ego Ferguson’s right ankle while the Bears defensive tackle was on the ground early in the third quarter. The 14-year veteran claimed it was not intentional, but the video appeared to show otherwise. He also said he apologized to Ferguson.

Injured Bears receiver Brandon Marshall wasn’t buying Raiola’s explanation. Marshall said Raiola previously taunted him about his mental illness and “should be banned from the NFL.”

“This guy is a dirty player, and he’s a worse human being,” Marshall said during “The Brandon Marshall Show” on Chicago’s ESPN 1000. “He has no respect for himself, and [a] one-game [suspension] is freaking terrible. This was clear. This was clear. This guy literally jumped and stomped on this guy’s ankle. And we give him one game? A game that means nothing to them; means nothing to them.”

After the Lions-Patriots game, Raiola was fined $10,000 for hitting Patriots rookie defensive lineman Zach Moore in the back of the head. He also closed the game by lunging at the knees of an unsuspecting Moore while Detroit’s QB was taking a knee.

— Monday’s Miami Beach Bowl between BYU and Memphis ended with a historic double-overtime victory for Memphis, followed by an ugly brawl.

As players slugged it out with each other near midfield, at least one Memphis player took his helmet and swung it at a BYU player from behind. And BYU defensive back Kai Nacua, who had blood on his face, raced up from behind and punched Memphis tight end Alan Cross in the back of the head.

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Friday’s Morning Mashup: Patriots mocked after highlighting racist tweeter 11.14.14 at 8:05 am ET
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Welcome to Friday’s Morning Mashup. For the latest news, start at our WEEI.com home page or click here for the top stories from our news wire.

FRIDAY’S BROADCAST HIGHLIGHTS:
NBA: Cavaliers at Celtics, 7:30 p.m. (CSNNE)
NBA: Nuggets at Pacers, 7 p.m. (NBA TV)
NBA: Spurs at Lakers, 10 p.m. (ESPN)
College basketball: UNH at Boston College, 7 p.m. (WEEI-AM)
College basketball: Hampden-Sydney vs. Coast Guard, 1 p.m. (ESPNU)
College basketball: Presbyterian at Duke, 6 p.m. (ESPNU)
College basketball: Tennessee vs. VCU, 6:30 p.m. (CBSSN)
College basketball: Minnesota at Louisville, 7 p.m. (ESPN)
College basketball: Georgia at Georgia Tech, 7 p.m. (NESN)
College basketball: N.C. Central at North Carolina, 8 p.m. (ESPNU)
College basketball: Michigan State at Navy, 9 p.m. (CBSSN)
College basketball: Milwaukee at Auburn, 10 p.m. (ESPNU)
Soccer: Exhibition, United States vs. Colombia, 2:30 p.m. (ESPN)

AROUND THE WEB:

— The Patriots’ attempt to highlight their 1 millionth Twitter follower backfired spectacularly Thursday evening when they tweeted out a racial slur.

A person who used a Twitter handle with the N-word (with IHATE before it) tweeted the Pats in an effort to get a retweet. The Patriots tweeted at the individual: Thanks for helping us become the first NFL team with 1 million followers! #1MillionPatriots.

They also included an image of a Patriots jersey with the offensive tag listed where a player’s name would be, along with a handwritten note from Rob Gronkowski thanking Patriots Nation for becoming the first NFL team with a million followers.

The team eventually deleted the tweet, writing: “We apologize for the regrettable tweet that went out from our account. Out filtering system failed & we will be more vigilant in the future.

That didn’t stop the Twitterverse from taking shots at the team.

Wrote @JesseBealJr: Congrats to Riley Cooper on being the Patriots millionth follower! #1 MillionPatriots.

Added @AndrewLucksHead: Has Roger Goodell suspended the @Patriots twitter feed yet?

— The hearing regarding Adrian Peterson’s possible reinstatement to the NFL is scheduled for Monday, with veteran arbiter Shyam Das slated to hear the sides speak via conference call.

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Thursday’s Morning Mashup: Cardinals RB Jonathan Dwyer latest NFL player to face domestic assault charges 09.18.14 at 7:50 am ET
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Welcome to Thursday’s Morning Mashup. For the latest news, start at our WEEI.com home page or click here for the top stories from our news wire.

THURSDAY’S BROADCAST HIGHLIGHTS:
MLB: Red Sox at Pirates, 3:30 p.m. (NESN; WEEI-FM)
MLB: Rangers at Athletics, 3:30 p.m. (MLB Network)
MLB: Brewers at Cardinals, 8 p.m. (MLB Network)
NFL: Buccaneers at Falcons, 8:25 p.m. (CBS, NFL Network)
College football: Auburn at Kansas State, 7:30 p.m. (ESPN)
College football: Arkansas-Pine Bluff at Alabama State, 7:30 p.m. (ESPNU)
Soccer: UEFA Europa: Partizan vs. Tottenham, 1 p.m. (FS1)
Soccer: UEFA Europa, Wolfsburg at Everton, 3 p.m. (FS1)
Soccer: Women’s exhibition, Mexico at United States, 7 p.m. (ESPN2)

AROUND THE WEB:

— A difficult month for the NFL got a little more challenging Wednesday when Cardinals running back Jonathan Dwyer became the latest player to be arrested on charges related to domestic violence.

Dwyer was charged with aggravated assault for his role in two altercations at his home in July involving a 27-year-old woman and their 18th-month-old child. Police said the 25-year-old Dwyer denied committing any assault, although he admitted other facts about the confrontations.

“Given the serious nature of these allegations we have taken the immediate step to deactivate Jonathan from all team activities,” the team said in a statement.

Following two incidents days before training camp opened, the woman moved out of state with the child. She contacted police last week with new information, including text messages that indicated Dwyer “was going to harm himself because of what had been going on.”

Dwyer was freed on $25,000 cash bond early Thursday, wearing an electronic monitoring device. He was ordered to stay in the state and avoid contact with the alleged victims. He also cannot have involvement with weapons, drugs and alcohol.

Dwyer, who signed a one-year, $795,000 contract with the Cardinals as a free agent on March 12, has 16 carries for 51 yards and a touchdown in two games this season.

Meanwhile, attorney Gloria Allred claimed in a press conference Wednesday that Bears receiver Brandon Marshall assaulted his former girlfriend in 2007, and commissioner Roger Goodell failed to investigate the situation after promising to do so.

Marshall was arrested after an incident seven years ago, but he claims he never hit his ex-girlfriend, despite her repeated accusations of domestic violence.

— Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston acknowledged his mistake after being suspended for the first half of this Saturday’s game against Clemson for shouting an inappropriate comment on campus.

“I have to tone it down,” he said during his weekly press conference before Wednesday’s practice.

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Tuesday’s Morning Mashup: Mike Pouncey, Dolphins silent about subpoena in Aaron Hernandez case 10.29.13 at 7:59 am ET
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Welcome to Tuesday’s Morning Mashup. For the latest news, start at our WEEI.com home page or click here for the top stories from our news wire.

TUESDAY’S BROADCAST HIGHLIGHTS:
NBA: Bulls at Heat, 8 p.m. (TNT)
NBA: Clippers at Lakers, 10:30 p.m. (TNT)
NHL: Lightning at Devils, 7:30 p.m. (NBCSN)
MLB: Gold Glove award show, 7 p.m. (ESPN2)

AROUND THE WEB:

‘€¢ Dolphins center Mike Pouncey, who was served a subpoena after Sunday’s game against the Patriots to testify in front of a Massachusetts grand jury in the Aaron Hernandez case, remained quiet about the matter after returning to Miami.

Pouncey, a former University of Florida teammate of Hernandez, practiced Monday but did not meet the media following a long meeting with a team executive, according to the Miami Herald.

Coach Joe Philbin was asked about the situation numerous times at his Monday press conference, but he offered nothing.

“We are obviously aware of the reports regarding Mike,” Philbin said. “Consistent with my responses to non-football-related matters, I have nothing further to say.”

There are reports that prosecutors are looking into Hernandez’s possible involvement in interstate gun trafficking, but it’s not clear if Pouncey would be a witness or a suspect.

‘€¢ Former Patriots safety Brandon Meriweather, now toiling in Washington, took his war of words with Bears wide receiver Brandon Marshall to a new level Monday.

After Marshall suggested that players like Meriweather — who just returned after a one-game suspension for multiple helmet-first hits against defenseless receivers — should be “taken out of the game completely,” Meriweather fired back by referencing Marshall’s arrests for confrontations with his girlfriend earlier in his career.

“Everybody got their opinion,” Meriweather said. “If he feel like, you know, I need to be kicked out of the league, I feel like people who beat their girlfriends should be kicked out of the league, too. You tell me who you’d rather have — somebody who plays aggressive on the field, or somebody who beat up their girlfriend?”

Marshall initially declined to respond to Meriweather’s comment, but during a radio appearance later in the day, he said: “You can only pray for someone with those feelings. So, that’s all I have to say about that.”

Marshall also expressed his frustration with being penalized for his hits, promising to aim lower, even if it causes serious knee damage.

“I guess I’ve just got to take people’s knees out,” Meriweather said. “I’d hate to end a guy’s career over a rule, but I guess it’s better [for something to happen to] other people than me getting suspended for longer.”

Added Meriweather: “You’ve just got to go low now. You’ve got to end people’s career. You’ve got to tear people’s ACLs and mess up people’s knees now. You can’t hit ’em high anymore.”

‘€¢ The Raiders and the NFL announced Monday that the team would handle discipline for defensive coordinator Jason Tarver following the coach’s obscene gestures toward the officials during Sunday’s 21-18 victory over the Steelers.

Upset about a penalty on Raiders cornerback Mike Jenkins for a hit to the head of the ball-carrier, Tarver twice held up his middle finger in the direction of the officials.

“I apologize for my action on the sideline of [Sunday’s] game,” Tarver said in a statement. “It was in the heat of the moment, and I regret drawing attention away from the Raiders players and what they accomplished.”

Said coach Dennis Allen: “I don’t know it’s one of those things where you say, ‘Let’s forget about it.’ He’s made his statement about what happened. The only thing I’ll say is I think he’s done an outstanding job with this defense. I think he’s a fiery and emotional guy, and our players have really taken to that. I think they’ve embraced that type of attitude, and he has the defense playing at a high level right now.”

ON THIS DAY TRIVIA (answer below): On Oct. 29, 1996, as part of the NBA’s 50th anniversary celebration, the league announced its list of the 50 greatest players in NBA history. The list included a number of Celtics — nine who played all or most of their career with the C’s, one who played five of his 13 NBA seasons in Boston, three who played two seasons or less with the Celtics, and one who had not yet played in Boston but made a brief stop here before retiring. Who are they?

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