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Wednesday’s Morning Mashup: Broncos, facing criticism for hits to Cam Newton’s head, insist they’re not dirty 09.14.16 at 8:27 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: Orioles at Red Sox, 7:10 p.m. (NESN; WEEI-FM)
MLB: Mariners at Angels, 10:05 p.m. (ESPN)
Hockey: World Cup of Hockey exhibition, Russia vs. Canada, 7 p.m. (ESPN)
Soccer: UEFA Champions, Sevilla at Juventus, 2:30 p.m. (ESPN2)
Soccer: UEFA Champions, Sporting CP at Real Madrid, 2:30 p.m. (FS2)

AROUND THE WEB:

— The Broncos defense has come under some criticism since last Thursday’s season-opening victory over the Panthers in which Carolina quarterback Cam Newton took multiple hits to his head.

On Tuesday, Denver players defended themselves against accusations that they are dirty.

“I just don’t think that’s what we are,” linebacker Todd Davis said. “We’re not malicious. We don’t intentionally go to hurt anybody. We just play hard. We play physical.”

Added linebacker Brandon Marshall: “Just because we hit Cam in the head a couple of times, that doesn’t make us dirty.”

After the game — and after only one of the four head-to-head hits against Newton drew a flag — there was widespread criticism of the league for failing to check on Newton as per the sideline concussion protocol. But the Broncos — who are likely to face some fines from the league Wednesday — also found themselves being accused of some cheap shots.

“We just play hard. We hit hard. We play fast. … It’s the speed of the game,” Marshall said. “We’re a malicious group, but we’re not dirty.”

Coach Gary Kubiak defended his players, insisting: “We play hard. We’re going to continue to play hard.”

— Following three off-field incidents involving Washington State football players over the past few months, coach Mike Leach expressed his frustration — with local police.

Leach suggested that police in Pullman, Washington, were focusing their attention on his players, because he implied that other people involved in the incidents did not face similar treatment.

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Friday’s Morning Mashup: Broncos LB Brandon Marshall joins anthem protest; Seahawks planning ‘demonstration of unity’ 09.09.16 at 7:51 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:
MLB: Red Sox at Blue Jays, 7:07 p.m. (NESN; WEEI-FM)
MLB: Dodgers at Marlins, 7 p.m. (MLB Network)
College football: Maryland at Florida International, 7:30 p.m. (CBSSN)
College football: Louisville at Syracuse, 8 p.m. (ESPN2)
Hockey: World Cup exhibition, United States vs. Canada, 7 p.m. (ESPNU)
Soccer: Bundesliga, Schalke 04 vs. Bayern Munich, 2:30 p.m. (FS1)
Tennis: U.S. Open, noon (ESPN2), 3 p.m. (ESPN)

AROUND THE WEB:

— Broncos linebacker Brandon Marshall became the latest NFL player to take a knee during the national anthem, performing his protest before the season-opening game Thursday night in Denver.

Marshall, a college teammate of Colin Kaepernick, said he “felt it was the right thing to do.”

“I’m not against the military, police or America. I’m against social injustice,” he said, adding: “I think the more people do it, the more it’s seen — there’s going to be hate mail, hate comments, but at the same time, people will talk about it. Some people are going to stand by me, some people aren’t. But I know my loved ones, the people that love me and care about me, they’re going to stand behind me, and that’s all that matters to me.

“A lot of stuff that happened this summer, the police brutality, that sparked a conversation. We can talk all we want, but actions speak louder than words, so when [Kaepernick] took a knee, or sat down, he got people thinking. Then he was able to say everything he felt, everything he meant.”

Meanwhile, the anthem talk Thursday centered on the Seahawks, who revealed that they are planning a team-wide display of some kind before Sunday’s opener.

Tweeted Doug Baldwin: To express a desire to bring people together, our team will honor the country and flag in a pregame demonstration of unity.

Asked by reporters what the team had planned, Baldwin would only say: “You’ll see on Sunday.”

Former Green Beret Nate Boyer, who has spent time with the Seahawks and most recently talked to Kapernick about his protest (and reportedly encouraged him to kneel rather than sit during the anthem), said he was impressed by the Seahawks’ team unity.

“It has to be a team-first approach in order to get anything done,” Boyer told Fox Sports Radio. “Whether it is Kaepernick’s mission-changing policy or changing things on the field, you have to be unified. Showing a common goal between different walks of life is how you influence change.

“I spoke with the players, and they realize that 9/11 is a very important day in our nation’s history. The Seahawks, and probably every team, will be honoring those who serve in camouflage and also those in blue who served on such a difficult day. Shortly after 9/11, our country seemed more unified than I had ever experienced and was the most unified it has been since I have been alive. Since that date, we have grown farther apart in our unity. Standing together this Sunday is key to making progress. What the team will do is a powerful sign of unification.

— Bruce Miller, who was released by the 49ers after being arrested early Monday morning, was charged Thursday with multiple accounts of assault and battery.

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Wednesday’s Morning Mashup: Jets WR Brandon Marshall defends Colin Kaepernick, ‘one of the biggest patriots out there’ 09.07.16 at 8:12 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: Red Sox at Padres, 9:10 p.m. (NESN; WEEI-FM)
MLB: Angels at Athletics, 3:35 p.m. (MLB Network)
MLB: Cardinals at Pirates, 7:05 p.m. (ESPN)
MLB: Rangers at Mariners, 10:10 p.m. (ESPN)
Tennis: U.S. Open, noon, 7 p.m. (ESPN)

AROUND THE WEB:

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Brandon Marshall

— Outspoken Jets wide receiver Brandon Marshall said he will continue to stand for the national anthem, but he heaped praise on Colin Kaepernick for taking the opposite approach.

“This guy, he is one of the biggest patriots out there. Because he’s standing up for human rights,” Marshall said during an appearance on WFAN radio’s “Boomer and Carton” on Tuesday.

Esiason previously said Kaepernick’s protest was “disgraceful,” but Marshall disagreed.

“When I look at the American flag I see a bunch of fights. You know how much we have overcome,” Marshall said. “When you look at it the American flag is bigger than just one thing. And, you have the civil rights movement, you have sex trafficking, immigration law. There’s so many different fights there.”

Marshall said his fellow Jets have discussed the issue, and it’s a good discussion to have.

“This conversation is happening in every locker room across America and also across the world as well,” Marshall said. “This is a huge topic and I’m glad that [the conversation is] being had.”

Added Marshall: “I think President Obama said it best — that’s his constitutional right. That was Colin’s right and that’s all the other guy’s right. But I do think this is very thought-provoking for all. I think that the message was a little diluted because of how much respect a lot of us have for those that served . . . and gave us our freedoms, fought for our freedoms. But the message was clear.”

Meanwhile, Blue Jackets coach John Tortorella, the Concord native who is coaching the U.S. team at this month’s World Cup of Hockey, said he will not tolerate a similar protest from any of his Team USA skaters.

“If any of my players sit on the bench for the national anthem, they will sit there the rest of the game,” he said.

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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

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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