NFL notebook: Chiefs safety Berry may have lymphoma
Chiefs safety Eric Berry was placed on the non-football injury list Monday after a mass was found in his chest following last week’s game in Oakland. Team trainer Rick Burkholder said Berry might have lymphoma.
Burkholder said doctors are “75 percent” of the way toward a definitive diagnosis and that Berry was on his way to Atlanta to be examined by specialists at Emory University.
“They may do further scans. In all likelihood, they’ll do a biopsy of one of the lymph nodes or the mass,” Burkholder said. “We’ll be able to give you more information in the next couple days.”
Berry issued a statement in which he said he was “in shock” but vowed to battle the illness.
Fan alleges Manziel incident
A Browns fan who said he wanted to give Johnny Manziel “a hug” was struck by the rookie quarterback’s entourage at a downtown hotel and was left with a swollen eye and lip, police said. According to a police report, Chris Gonos told police he was assaulted by “Johnny Football and his entourage.” Gonos contends he was struck several times in the face by bodyguard Dana Kirk and “pushed and attacked” by a group of unidentified men who were with Manziel. Kirk said Gonos tried to assault Manziel, and he defended the 2012 Heisman Trophy winner.
Gruden: RGIII will start this week
Redskins coach Jay Gruden said Robert Griffin will remain the starting quarterback this week, although the coach indicated he was dissatisfied with the passing game and left open the option of making a change. Griffin struggled to move the ball again Sunday in a 17-13 loss to the 49ers. He completed 11 of 19 passes for just 106 yards and was sacked five times.
Texans QB Mallett sidelined
Texans quarterback Ryan Mallett has taken his last snap of the season. Mallett aggravated a pectoral injury during warmups of Sunday’s 22-13 loss to the Cincinnati Bengals. According to the Houston Chronicle, Mallett decided to play through the injury because he had waited so long for the opportunity to play.
Broncos seek kicking help
The Broncos apparently are not satisfied with their kicking situation and will explore other options this week. Among the kickers they will try out are Jay Feely and Connor Barth, according to Fox Sports. Brandon McManus, who is 9 for 13 on field-goal attempts, missed a 33-yard kick in the third quarter of Denver’s 39-36 win over the Dolphins on Sunday.
Bucs FB Lane out for season
Buccaneers fullback Jorvorskie Lane will miss the rest of the season with a right leg injury. Lane was placed on injured reserve Monday, a day after he was hurt early in the second quarter of Sunday’s 21-13 loss at Chicago. Lane will need surgery for the injury.
Browns starting safety Tashaun Gipson’s season could be over after he suffered a severe sprain to his right knee in Sunday’s win over Atlanta. … The Colts signed free agent outside linebacker Victor Butler to the active roster and waived defensive tackle Kelcy Quarles. … The Redskins placed special teams captain Adam Hayward on injured reserve with a knee injury. … Vikings right tackle Phil Loadholt will miss the rest of the season with a torn pectoral muscle. … Linebacker Larry Kelm, who played for the Rams and 49ers from 1987-93, died in a hunting accident this weekend. He was 49.