The NFL is reviewing comments made by Tennessee Titans defensive coordinator Jerry Gray in which he said his players need to perform with a reckless abandon and not fret about consequences, according to a league source.
“If you are worrying about that, you are not going to go out and try and blow the guy up,” Gray told The Tennessean on Thursday.
“Great football players have to put that out of their mind. You have to say, ‘This is my territory between the numbers, and if you throw the football you better bring the Gator truck.’ And that’s how you have to play. You can’t play timid in the NFL.”
The Gator is a vehicle teams use to take injured players off the field.
Gray, who coached under suspended Gregg Williams with the Titans, Buffalo Bills and Washington Redskins, told ESPN he regrets making the reference to the “Gator truck” and reiterated he was not urging his players to deliberately injure opponents or deliver illegal hits.
STEELERS: Will be at full strength on Sunday for the first time this season.
Running back Rashard Mendenhall, linebacker James Harrison and safety Troy Polamalu completed a full week of practice on Friday. They are listed as probable and will play Sunday against the Eagles.
RAMS: Running back Steven Jackson can void the final year of his contract after this season in a compromise after talks fell through on a long-term extension.
He is the franchise’s career leading rusher.
• Coach Jeff Fisher had little to say about the condition of Danny Amendola, calling it a “competitive issue” after the receiver was injured during Thursday night’s win over Arizona.
ESPN reported that a league source said Amendola is expected to miss about six weeks with an injury to his collarbone, but he could return earlier.
BRONCOS: Will be without linebacker D.J. Williams until mid-November after the NFL added three games to his suspension.
Williams was punished for violating the league’s policy and program for substances of abuse following his conviction in August of driving while ability impaired.
FINED: Linebackers Chad Greenway, of Minnesota, and Brandon Spikes, of New England, were fined $21,000 by the NFL for unnecessary roughness in games last weekend. Buffalo defensive tackle Kyle Williams was fined $15,750 for roughing the passer.