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NFL puts Giants K Brown on exempt list

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LONDON (AP) The NFL placed Josh Brown on paid leave Friday hours after coach Ben McAdoo struggled to answer questions about how the New York Giants might discipline the kicker for abusing his wife.

In a letter to the 14-year veteran, NFL senior vice president of labor policy Adolpho Birch said Brown was being placed on the league's "exempt list" while the league investigates whether he should be suspended as punishment for several alleged acts of spousal abuse. Birch said the move "does not represent a finding that you have violated the personal conduct policy," but does pave the way toward potential further sanctions.

Being placed on Commissioner Roger Goodell's "exempt" list means Brown cannot attend practices or Giants games but can go to Giants headquarters for meetings and workouts. It also means Brown continues to be paid and his presence won't be counted on the Giants' 53-man roster. Brown could appeal the decision.


Redskins' Reed still out, Doctson to IR

ASHBURN, Va. (AP) First-round draft pick Josh Doctson was put on injured reserve by the Washington Redskins on Friday with an injured left Achilles tendon.

Doctson has missed the past four games for Washington (4-2) after making just one catch in each of the team's first two games.


Bills' McCoy to be game-time decision

ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. (AP) Buffalo Bills running back LeSean McCoy is questionable and will be a game-time decision for Buffalo's upcoming game against the Miami Dolphins.

McCoy returned to practice on a limited basis Friday after sitting out Thursday. He revealed he suffered the injury in Buffalo's Wednesday practice session at the start of individual drills.


Beckham fined $24K for taking helmet off

NEW YORK (AP) New York Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. was fined $24,309 by the NFL on Friday for taking off his helmet during a touchdown celebration last Sunday against Baltimore.

After scoring the go-ahead 66-yard TD with 1:24 left in the Giants' 27-23 win, Beckham drew an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty when he removed his helmet while in the back of the end zone. He then ran toward the sideline, tossed his helmet and kept celebrating.


Jets LB Henderson on reserve injury list

FLORHAM PARK, N.J. (AP) The New York Jets have placed linebacker Erin Henderson on the reserve/non-football injury/illness list and tight end Braedon Bowman on injured reserve, and have promoted linebackers Victor Ochi and Julian Stanford from the practice squad.

Henderson led the Jets in total tackles the last two games, with 11 at Pittsburgh and seven at Arizona. The team didn't announce the nature of Henderson's ailment. He started four games this season.


Hoyer breaks arm, Cutler not cleared yet

LAKE FOREST, Ill. (AP) The Chicago Bears keep losing games and quarterbacks.

After quarterback Brian Hoyer suffered a broken left arm against the Green Bay Packers in a 26-10 loss Thursday night, Jay Cutler's return as starter appears inevitable.


49ers RB Hyde won't play vs. Buccaneers

SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) San Francisco 49ers running back Carlos Hyde will miss Sunday's game against Tampa Bay with a shoulder injury.

Hyde hurt his shoulder last week in Buffalo and was listed Friday as out for the game. Mike Davis and Shaun Draughn will pick up most of the rushing load for the Niners (1-5). Hyde leads the team with 429 yards rushing and six TDs.


Jets' Wilkerson questionable vs. Ravens

FLORHAM PARK, N.J. (AP) Big Mo might be a no-go for Sunday.

New York Jets defensive end Muhammad Wilkerson is questionable to play against the Baltimore Ravens because of an ailing right ankle.


Dolphins' Jordan hopes to return in 2016

DAVIE, Fla. (AP) Miami Dolphins defensive end Dion Jordan has yet to practice this year and hasn't played in a game since 2014, but he still hopes to return this season from knee surgery.

Jordan, the No. 3 overall draft pick in 2013, received conditional reinstatement from the NFL in July following a 15-month suspension for his latest violation of the league's substance abuse policy. He has since been rehabilitating from surgery with the goal of getting into some games in 2016.


Former rookie of year Cogdill dies at 79

DETROIT (AP) Gail Cogdill, a star receiver for the Detroit Lions and the NFL rookie of the year in 1960, has died. He was 79.

A statement from his family says Cogdill died Thursday in Spokane, Washington. He had organ failure and dementia.