(AP) - The NFL's renewed push to protect quarterbacks has led to a jump in the number of roughing the passer penalties, and that proved pivotal in the Green Bay Packers' tie with the Minnesota Vikings. Week 2 included more trash talk from Jalen Ramsey, a Twitter troll of Jon Gruden by Marquette King and some misdirected anger at the wrong Zane Gonzalez.
FLORHAM PARK, N.J. (AP) - Sam Darnold appeared destined to go to Cleveland in the months leading up to the NFL draft. The Browns called an audible along the way and went instead with Baker Mayfield at No. 1 overall. After the Giants took Saquon Barkley next, the New York Jets ended up with the quarterback they wanted all along. On Thursday night, Darnold will be in Cleveland _ but as the enemy, and as a reminder to Browns fans of who they might have had.
CLEVELAND (AP) - The Browns have cut ties with receiver Josh Gordon by trading him to the New England Patriots. Cleveland's decision to deal Gordon came two days after the Browns said they intended to release the former Pro Bowler. Gordon played in the season opener, but then showed up for Saturday's walk-through with a hamstring injury after practicing all week. The team said it could no longer stand by Gordon after supporting him for the past few years while he battled drug and alcohol addictions.
CINCINNATI (AP) - Bengals running back Joe Mixon had a procedure to remove debris from his right knee over the weekend and is expected to be sidelined for a few games. In the interim, the early AFC North leaders will lean more heavily on Giovani Bernard and Tra Carson, who hasn't carried the ball in an NFL game.
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - Ohio State coach Urban Meyer says he has sent letters and had conversations families of players as a key step toward containing and repairing the scandal that led to his three-game suspension. Meyer acknowledged that the program's reputation has suffered and said he hopes more clarity about what happened will help mitigate the damage. Meyer was questioned at length during a 55-minute news conference about his mismanagement of an assistant coach accused of domestic abuse.
CLEVELAND (AP) - The Browns have signed free agent kicker Greg Joseph to replace Zane Gonzalez, who missed two field-goal attempts and two extra points in Sunday's 21-18 loss at New Orleans. Joseph was one of several kickers to work out Monday for the Browns, who played well enough to beat the Saints but were undone by Gonzalez's misses, including a 52-yarder that would have forced overtime.
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