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NFL notebook: Browns official has DUI charge dropped in N.D.

Associated Press

Browns executive Jon Sandusky pleaded guilty to refusing a chemical test when he was pulled over last month for suspicion of drunken driving in Fargo, N.D.

Sandusky, 36, received a suspended sentence Tuesday in Fargo Municipal Court and was placed on unsupervised probation that requires him to complete a chemical dependency evaluation, defense attorney Mark Friese said Wednesday.

The sentence should be wiped off Sandusky’s record if he doesn’t break any more laws. The DUI charge was dismissed.

“Jon is genuinely sorry for the incident,” Friese told the Associated Press. “He takes full responsibility for his actions and he’s glad to put this matter behind him.”

Court documents in the case were not available Wednesday.

Police say Sandusky, the director of player personnel for the Browns, was pulled over for making an illegal turn in the early morning hours of Oct. 8 near the city’s downtown. Police say he crossed over three lanes of traffic to make the turn.

Officers determined Sandusky was driving under the influence after administering field sobriety tests. Fargo police Lt. Joel Vettel said Sandusky told officers he was coming from “just down the road,” but officers did not ask for further details.

A Browns spokesman said Sandusky has been disciplined by the team, but offered no further details or comment.

Sandusky is the son of former Penn State assistant coach Jerry Sandusky, who is serving 30 to 60 years in prison for sexually abusing 10 boys over 15 years.

Jon Sandusky is in his fourth season as Cleveland’s director of player personnel after spending nine seasons with Philadelphia’s personnel department. He’s responsible for the evaluation of college prospects and NFL free agents. He played safety for Penn State from 1996-99.

The football team for North Dakota State University, located in Fargo, has a couple of players touted as pro prospects.

Costly snooze

Washington Redskins tight end Fred Davis said Wednesday he’s “nodded off” during meetings, but he said it’s something every player does.

He also said he wishes the Redskins had traded him this week if he’s not going to be a part of the team’s plans for the rest of the season.

“I like it here. I was drafted here,” Davis said. “But at the end of the day, I just want to play. If I can’t play here, then I did want to play somewhere else.”

Davis has been inactive for the last two games, having fallen behind rookie Jordan Reed as the team’s top pass-catching tight end.

The 2008 second-round draft pick has talent, but his career has been hindered by injuries and a four-game suspension in 2011 for violating the NFL’s substance abuse policy.

There have also been persistent questions about Davis’ work ethic and his ability to focus during meetings, starting from the day he overslept and missed a minicamp practice as a rookie.

Around the league

The Green Bay Packers’ standout linebacker Clay Matthews hasn’t played since breaking his right thumb against Detroit on Oct. 6, but when he gets the pins removed from the thumb on Monday — a fact he confirmed Wednesday — he will be one step closer to returning to the field. He won’t play against the Bears on Monday night, but if he can return Nov. 10 against Philadelphia, he will have missed only four games. The Tennessee Titans have placed center Rob Turner on injured reserve because of a shoulder injury and signed veteran offensive lineman Pat McQuistan to take his place on the roster. Turner started the first six games at center before being replaced by rookie Brian Schwenke. The Cincinnati Bengals put safety Taylor Mays on injured reserve with a dislocated right shoulder, ending his season. Mays hurt the shoulder while making a tackle on the final play in the first half of a 49-9 win over the New York Jets on Sunday. The Kansas City Chiefs waived tight end Kevin Brock and elevated offensive lineman Rokevious Watkins from the practice squad to the 53-man roster. The Chiefs also signed tight end Dominique Jones to the practice squad. Miami right tackle Jonathan Martin is doubtful for the Dolphins’ game tonight against Cincinnati because of illness, signaling a likely change in the offensive line for the second consecutive week. Martin would be replaced by Tyson Clabo, who was benched a week ago after the Dolphins traded for tackle Bryant McKinnie. Pass protection has been a problem all season for Miami, and Ryan Tannehill has been sacked an NFL-high 32 times. Martin hasn’t practiced this week. Backup tight end Dion Sims also is doubtful because of a toe injury. Nick Foles will be back at quarterback for the Eagles when they play the Raiders on Sunday. Two weeks after suffering a concussion, Foles will start in place of Michael Vick, who is out for the second time this season with a hamstring injury. Buffalo Bills quarterback Thad Lewis missed practice because of sore ribs and is “50-50” to play Sunday against the unbeaten Kansas City Chiefs, coach Doug Marrone says. Rookie Jeff Tuel and free-agent addition Matt Flynn split the first-team reps. Oakland Raiders linebacker Miles Burris practiced for the first time since undergoing knee surgery in January, and second-round pick Menelik Watson joined him on the field after missing nearly a month. St. Louis Rams offensive guard Harvey Dahl will be sidelined at least a few weeks with an MCL injury to his left knee. Dahl was hurt in the third quarter of Monday night’s loss to Seattle. He started the first eight games.

Titans to honor late owner

The Tennessee Titans will be wearing a patch on their jerseys the rest of the season honoring their late owner Bud Adams starting Sunday against the St. Louis Rams. The Titans announced the patch in memory of the franchise’s founder, who died Oct. 21 at the age of 90. The patch features a black background with the Titans’ logo and the words “BUD” in white inside a white circle. The patch will be on the right front of players’ jerseys opposite the patch commemorating the team’s 15th season as the Titans.



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