April 24, 2014

NFL News: Fujita, Patterson and Pinkston out vs. Colts

The Friday injury report is out concerning the Browns game this Sunday versus the Colts. No big surprises as Scott Fujita, Dimitri Patterson and Jason Pinkston are all listed as out.

Important questionable players include Trent Richardson, Mohamed Massaquoi, Travis Benjamin and Ahtyba Rubin.

Certainly looks like the Browns have the advantage in the injury report. The Colts officially won’t have Robert Mathis or Donald Brown. Dwight Freeney practiced fully.

Of course the big news out of all this is the scary blood clot that hospitalized Jason Pinkston. It is reportedly in his lung. Anyone who has dealt with blood clots – or embolisms as they’re called if they form in one part of the body and travel to another – will tell you just how scary they can be.

[Related: Browns’ Pinkston Hospitalized with Blood Clot]

Browns LB Scott Fujita Rips NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell

The NFL has announced new suspensions for participants in the Saints’ bounty scandal. Among them, current Browns linebacker Scott Fujita has been handed a 1 game suspension. And while the league seems to acknowledge Fujita was not a participant in the bounty scandal, he is still being suspended for 1 game for not speaking up (or something like that).

Obviously, this does not sit well with the beleagured linebacker, and on Wednesday, Fujita fired back at the commissioner, calling him out for his abuse of power and condescending tone. Speaking to the media before practice, Fujita said:

“Additionally, I am now purportedly being suspended for failing to confront my former defensive coordinator for his inappropriate use of language. This seems like an extremely desperate attempt to punish me. I also think it sets a dangerous precedent when players can be disciplined for not challenging the behavior of their superiors. This is an absolute abuse of the power that’s been afforded to the Commissioner.

For me, the issue of player health & safety is personal. For the league and the Commissioner, it’s about perception & liability. The Commissioner says he is disappointed in me. The truth is, I’m disappointed in him. His positions on player health and safety since a 2009 congressional hearing on concussions have been inconsistent at best. He failed to acknowledge a link between concussions & post-career brain disease, pushed for an 18-game regular season, committed to a full season of Thursday night games, has continually challenged players’ rights to file workers compensation claims for on-the-job injuries, and he employed incompetent replacement officials for the start of the 2012 season. His actions or lack thereof are by the league’s own definition, ”conduct detrimental”.

My track record on the issue of player health & safety speaks for itself. And clearly, as I just listed, the Commissioner’s does too.”

No word yet on whether Fujita will appeal this suspension.