Lineman Josh Brent, the player charged with intoxication manslaughter in the one-car accident that killed his Dallas Cowboys teammate Jerry Brown, had a blood alcohol level of more than twice the legal limit at the time of the crash, according to a report.
Brent’s blood alcohol limit was 0.18, the Dallas Morning News reported Thursday, citing an unnamed law enforcement source involved in the investigation.
VIKINGS: Punter Chris Kluwe’s latest campaign for a cause involving former Thomson resident Ray Guy and it isn’t sitting well with his position coach.
Vikings special teams coordinator Mike Priefer says Kluwe needs to “focus on punting and holding.”
Kluwe has been one of the most outspoken players in the NFL, taking up very public fights for gay marriage and against drunken driving this season.
On Sunday against the Bears, Kluwe put a message over the Hall of Fame patch on his jersey that read “Vote Ray Guy” for the former Raiders punter. It was an effort to raise awareness that the Hall of Fame does not have a punter enshrined, and it cost Kluwe a $5,250 fine from the NFL.
TITANS: Tight end Brandon Barden has joined Jarius Wynn, who is also a former Lincoln County player, on the Tennessee roster.
Barden was promoted from the practice squad after tight end Jared Cook was injured.
Wynn, a former Green Bay Packer defensive end, signed with Tennessee several weeks ago.
PLAYOFFS: Commissioner Roger Goodell said this week at the NFL’s owners meetings that the league would spend the next few months exploring playoff expansion.
“Of course, something that we discussed in the past is expanded playoffs. That is something that we teed up (at the meeting Wednesday),” he said. “We will probably be looking at it with the committee over the next several months. Right now, we are at 12 teams, obviously. We will look at probably 14 or 16. The committee will be looking at that.”
In the current format, adopted in 2002 after the NFL added the Houston Texans and realigned the league into eight four-team divisions, 12 teams make the playoffs – eight division champions and two wild cards in each conference.
Redskns: Robert Griffin III moved better on his sprained right knee at practice Thursday, apparently improving his chances of playing in the Washington Redskins’ game Sunday against the Cleveland Browns.
“You could see he was more comfortable,” coach Mike Shanahan said. “He was improved over yesterday.”
As expected, Shanahan reiterated that he plans to wait as long as possible to announce whether Griffin or backup Kirk Cousins will start.
“We’ll get a chance to see how Robert progresses during the week and make a decision, probably on game day,” the coach said.