Alex Karras, the rugged lineman who anchored the Detroit Lions’ defense in the 1960s, then went on to an acting career, died Wednesday. He was 77.
Karras, who had recently suffered kidney failure, died at home in Los Angeles surrounded by family members, said Craig Mitnick, Karras’ attorney.
Diagnosed with dementia, Karras in April joined the more than 3,500 former NFL players suing the league for not protecting them better from head injuries, immediately becoming one of the best-known names in the legal fight.
REDSKINS: There was a major sigh of relief at Redskins Park on Wednesday when Washington rookie quarterback Robert Griffin III practiced and showed no effects from a mild concussion.
Barring any unexpected setbacks between now and Sunday, Griffin will start against the visiting Minnesota Vikings.
BROWNS: Angered by Roger Goodell’s handling of the New Orleans Saints’ bounties scandal, Scott Fujita accused the commissioner of misusing his power, questioned his record on player safety, and the Browns linebacker vowed to keep fighting to clear his name.
“The commissioner says he is disappointed in me,” Fujita said. “The truth is, I’m disappointed in him.”
JETS: Owner Woody Johnson told CNBC on Wednesday morning that Tim Tebow will “be with us for three years,” putting to rest any suggestions that the Jets might want to try to trade the popular backup during the off-season.
That would mean a few more years of constant questions about who should be the starter: Mark Sanchez or Tebow?
A few hours after Johnson’s comments, coach Rex Ryan said Sanchez is the team’s starting quarterback “this week” – but curiously wouldn’t make a long-term commitment.
Ryan has repeatedly said Sanchez is his guy, as he did even Tuesday, a day after the Jets’ 23-17 loss to Houston.