Police in an affluent Detroit suburb have cleared Lions defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh of any charges for waving a pellet gun in front of a cable company worker attempting repairs to a line on the player’s property in Birmingham, Mich.
Birmingham police said the cable worker thought the gun looked like an assault rifle and feared for his safety. They said Suh told them he feared for his family and said he’d be even more aggressive protecting them than he is on the football field.
Police said the confrontation happened Aug. 16. Police said Suh didn’t point the weapon at the Comcast employee but waived it around.
Suh said he’s appealing the NFL’s $100,000 fine for his illegal hit Sunday on Minnesota Vikings’ center John Sullivan. Suh said he knows the NFL is concerned about player safety and that’s one of the reasons he apologized to Sullivan at halftime after hitting him low during an interception return.
Goodell: NFL should listen to protests
Commissioner Roger Goodell said that the NFL should pay attention to those offended by the Washington Redskins nickname.
“If we are offending one person, we need to be listening,” Goodell said in an interview with 106.7 The Fan, “and making sure that we’re doing the right things to try to address that.”
It was a subtle change in position for Goodell, who had more strongly supported the nickname in his previous statements this year.
Bradham no longer facing pot charge
A judge dropped a marijuana possession charge against Buffalo linebacker Nigel Bradham provided he stays out of trouble for six months.
Bradham was stopped last month in the Buffalo suburb of Tonawanda and the officer smelled marijuana.
Around the league
Kansas City RB Jamaal Charles is expected to be available for Sunday’s game against the Dallas Cowboys after bruising his quad in last weekend’s win at Jacksonville. … New York Jets WR Jeremy Kerley will not play in the team’s game at New England tonight because of a concussion. … CB Champ Bailey (foot) worked on a side field during the Denver Broncos’ practice, and MLB Wesley Woodyard (ankle) also was held out. … Injured Cleveland rookie OLB Barkevious Mingo has been cleared to play and is expected to make his NFL debut Sunday.