NFL notebook: Crime spikes during NFL home games, according to study |

NFL notebook: Crime spikes during NFL home games, according to study

• NFL home games are associated with upticks in city crime, according to a recent study, which observed crime rates in eight separate cities — Detroit, Miami, New Orleans, Newark, Philadelphia, St. Louis, Baltimore and Washington — over the course of a two-year period. Specifically, the study found that days on which cities hosted home games for their respective professional football teams coincided with a nearly 3 percent increase in total crime, including a more than 4 percent increase in larceny and almost 7 percent increase in the number of car thefts.

• Cardinals receiver Larry Fitzgerald, a former Pitt star, said it’s “highly likely” he will be able to play Sunday against Atlanta, then backtracked and said it’s not his call. The eight-time Pro Bowl wide receiver has not practiced for two weeks after spraining his left knee against the Lions.

• Former linebacker Darryl Talley told The Buffalo News he is suffering from depression and has contemplated suicide in what he considers to be side-effects from his hard-hitting playing days. The 54-year-old Talley, who played at West Virginia, spent 12 of his 14 NFL seasons in Buffalo, where he was part of an attacking defense that helped the Bills win four consecutive AFC championships from 1991-94.

• No. 1 overall draft pick Jadeveon Clowney had a setback with his surgically repaired right knee and said his chances of playing for Houston at Tennessee on Sunday are slim.

• The Bengals’ injury report listed linebacker Vontaze Burfict (knee) and defensive end Margus Hunt (ankle) as non-participants in practice, reported

• Packers rookie wide receiver Davante Adams has been limited in practice because of a heel injury.

— Wire reports

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