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NFL roundup: Harvin admits frustration in Seattle
New York Jets wide receiver Percy Harvin admitted Monday in his first comments since being traded Friday that he was frustrated in Seattle and now wants to put the past behind him.
“It definitely was,” Harvin said after his first practice with the Jets when talking about his frustration with his former Seahawks. “I wanted to get downfield a little bit more.”
The Seahawks traded Harvin to the Jets for a conditional sixth-round draft pick. Reports surfaced Saturday that Harvin had physical altercations with players and was a destructive force in the Seattle locker room.
Harvin denied that he refused to re-enter the game against the Dallas Cowboys — his last one in Seattle. Multiple reports indicated Harvin didn’t go back in against the Cowboys and the Seahawks were concerned he would shut down if not involved more in the offense.
Former Seahawks fullback Michael Robinson, now an analyst with NFL Network, revealed Sunday that he was the one who broke up the fight between Harvin and wide receiver Golden Tate. It was reported that Harvin gave Tate a black eye during a fight before the Super Bowl earlier this year. Tate now plays for the Detroit Lions.
Harvin said he had no issues with his former teammates.
Harvin added that he did not have anger management issues with his former teams in Seattle and Minnesota.
—Commissioner Roger Goodell is likely to be informed soon whether his testimony if required by judge Barbara Jones, the appointed arbitrator in the independent review of the NFL’s handing of the Ray Rice situation.
Goodell is a key witness and one of the focal points in scrutiny of the league’s response and actions in first suspending Rice two games and fining him the equivalent of three game checks before later ruling that he be suspended indefinitely when video showing Rice knocking out his then-fiancee in a casino elevator was released.
The NFL claimed it hadn’t seen that piece of evidence until TMZ released it, but law enforcement officials said the video was sent to an NFL executive.
—Colt McCoy will take over from Kirk Cousins as Washington’s starting quarterback if Robert Griffin III remains out, coach Jay Gruden announced.
If Griffin, who is expected to practice this week, is not completely healthy, McCoy will start next Monday against the Dallas Cowboys.
—Washington outside linebacker Brian Orakpo is out for the rest of the season with a torn pectoral muscle, and his career with the Redskins may be over as well.
Orakpo was placed on season-ending injured reserve. Orakpo’s 2011 season ended early because of the same injury to his left pectoral muscle, and just two games into the 2012 season he went down with another pectoral tear.
—Jacksonville Jaguars linebacker Paul Posluszny will miss the remainder of the season after suffering a torn pectoral in the 24-6 win over the Cleveland Browns on Sunday.
The team said Posluszny will have surgery this week and placed on injured reserve.
Posluszny leads the Jaguars in tackles with 69.
—The Atlanta Falcons placed center Peter Konz on injured reserve, making him the team’s fifth offensive lineman to be lost for the season.
The team signed journeyman Jonathan Scott to replace Konz, who suffered a knee injury in the Falcons’ 29-7 loss to Baltimore on Sunday.
—Buffalo Bills running back Fred Jackson could miss up to a month after suffering a groin injury, and fellow running back C.J. Spiller is scheduled to have season-ending surgery on a broken collarbone.
Buffalo’s top two running backs were carted off the field in the first half of Sunday’s 17-16 win over the Minnesota Vikings.
—Chicago Bears guard Kyle Long admitted he was wrong for criticizing fans at Soldier Field for booing Sunday as the team went into the locker room at halftime down 14-0 to the Miami Dolphins.
“It was wrong for me to point fingers at the fans,” Long said Monday during his weekly appearance on the WXRT Morning Show in Chicago
Long said the Bears should have given the fans a reason to cheer instead of losing 27-14 to the Dolphins.
—Bears wide receiver Brandon Marshall called out quarterback Jay Cutler, as yelling could be heard from outside the double doors to the locker room after Sunday’s game, ESPN reported.
Marshall didn’t deny there was friction in the aftermath of the game.
“We lost, there should be a lot of frustration,” Marshall said. “You should hear frustration. We’re 3-4. Yeah, this means everything to a lot of guys in this locker room. This means a lot.”
Marshall reportedly also yelled at kicker Robbie Gould, but the receiver declined to answer when specifically asked.
—The Cleveland Browns waived fullback Ray Agnew and promoted fullback Kiero Small to the active roster from the practice squad.
Agnew, who started Sunday’s 24-6 loss to the Jacksonville Jaguars, played 18 snaps on offense and caught one pass for three yards.
—The Detroit Lions signed veteran tight end Kellen Davis.
The move will give the Lions more depth at tight end after Joseph Fauria (ankle) and Eric Ebron (hamstring) sat out Week 7.
— Houston Texans rookie outside linebacker Jadeveon Clowney was declared inactive for Monday night’s game against the Pittsburgh Steelers.
He had arthroscopic knee surgery on Sept. 8, and the injury was expected to require 4-6 weeks of recovery time.
The Texans and Clowney had hoped he could return for the game against the Steelers.
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