NFL notebook: Vrabel tweets his 3 Super Bowl rings were stolen |

NFL notebook: Vrabel tweets his 3 Super Bowl rings were stolen

Police are investigating a break-in at the home of Texans linebackers coach Mike Vrabel, who said someone took his three Super Bowl rings he won as a player.

Vrabel tweeted Saturday about the break-in at his home in the Houston enclave of Bellaire.

“To all the Houston area pawn shops: 3 super bowl rings are headed your way. Courtesy of the (expletive) who smashed our back door in,” Vrabel tweeted.

Vrabel, in his first season as a coach with the Texans, won the rings when he played for the Patriots. He was a third-round pick of the Steelers out of Ohio State in 1997.

Bellaire police said the break-in occurred at around 11 a.m. Saturday. No arrests have been made in the case.

Ravens sign CB Melvin

The Ravens made it official, placing top cornerback Jimmy Smith on injured reserve after he underwent surgery on his sprained left foot.

By shutting down Smith, the Ravens created a roster spot to sign cornerback Rashaan Melvin off the Dolphins’ practice squad.

Ex-Jet: Team ‘babied’ Sanchez

Former Jets receiver Braylon Edwards told WPEN-FM the team “babied” quarterback Mark Sanchez, who will make his first start with the Eagles on Monday night against the Panthers.

Edwards, a teammate of Sanchez during the Jets’ playoff runs, said the team protected the quarterback by emphasizing a run-heavy offense.

“You have to remember Mark was 20 years old when he was drafted. He was a kid,” Edwards said. “They babied him and never really allowed him to man-up in the NFL.”

Around the league

Giants tailback Rashad Jennings (knee) didn’t travel for Sunday’s game at the Seahawks. … The Chiefs activated linebacker Joe Mays from short-term injured reserve ahead of Sunday’s game.

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