BEREA, Ohio — Kickoffs have defined Josh Cribbs’ career in the NFL and made him an invaluable weapon for the Cleveland Browns.
So the thought of the league abolishing the play irritates the return specialist.
“They need to call it a different league if they do that,” Cribbs said. “It’ll change the game drastically.”
Earlier this week, commissioner Roger Goodell said the league’s competition committee will consider eliminating kickoffs in the offseason in an effort to reduce head injuries.
Cribbs shares the league record (8) for kickoff return touchdowns with Seattle’s Leon Washington.
Atlanta’s Moore, Samuel held out for third straight day
Falcons strong safety William Moore and cornerback Asante Samuel missed practice for the third straight day and are questionable for Sunday’s game at Carolina.
Moore has been sidelined since injuring a hamstring in the Falcons’ home win over New Orleans on Nov. 29.
Running back Michael Turner (elbow) and defensive tackle Peria Jerry (thigh) are questionable.
Source: Arizona fines Dockett ‘six figures’
Arizona defensive tackle Darnell Dockett has received a “six-figure” fine from the Cardinals for his behavior in the waning seconds in a 7-6 loss to the Jets on Sunday, a person with knowledge of the situation confirmed.
The exact size of the fine was not known and it was uncertain whether the punishment would impact Dockett’s participation Sunday in Seattle.
Dockett refused to go along with a coach’s directive to allow the Jets to score late in the game so the Cardinals could get the ball back and go for the tying touchdown. He indicated in a tweet that he was appealing through the players’ union.
Broncos’ Von Miller fined $25K
Denver defensive end Von Miller was fined $25,000 by the NFL for his hit below the knee of Tampa Bay quarterback Josh Freeman last week.
Chicago linebacker Brian Urlacher was fined $21,000 by the NFL for a horse-collar tackle on Seattle’s Washington, his second fine in two weeks.
Green Bay’s Tramon Williams was fined $21,000 for his helmet-to-helmet hit on Minnesota’s Toby Gerhart.
Detroit defensive tackle Nick Fairley was fined $15,750 for his horse-collar tackle of Indianapolis quarterback Andrew Luck.
Washington center Will Montgomery was fined $10,000 for kicking Giants defensive lineman Linval Joseph, who was docked $7,875 for unnecessary roughness.