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Former Seattle Seahawks cornerback Brandon Browner was sentenced to eight years in a state prison after pleading no contest to attempted murder, according to TMZ Sports.

The 34-year-old was charged with attempted murder for an incident in July during which he allegedly broke into the apartment of an ex-girlfriend, chased and dragged her, and smothered her in a carpet.

He also pleaded no contest to two counts of willful child endangerment, as the woman’s children were present for the reported incident.

Browner fled the residence but was later arrested. Charges of robbery, burglary, and false imprisonment were dropped as a result of his plea.

He had been in custody since the arrest and was credited with 300 days for good behavior.

The two-time Super Bowl champion last played 16 games for the New Orleans Saints in 2015.

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The Washington Redskins lost quarterbacks Alex Smith and Colt McCoy to serious injuries in rapid succession but are unlikely to pursue one obvious replacement-level candidate.

Redskins head coach Jay Gruden was asked Tuesday if the team is considering signing Colin Kaepernick, but it sounds like the former San Francisco 49ersquarterback will remain a free agent for now.

“He’s been talked about and discussed, but we’ll probably go a different direction,” Gruden said during his media availability, noting that the team worked out quarterbacks last week and Tuesday.

Gruden added, “Do we want to go with a guy that’s familiar with my terminology who we worked out last week, or with a new guy to back up (Mark) Sanchez with a similar skill set, or go with a guy and teach basically a whole new kind of offense with a new offensive line and with a lot of those zone reads? … Not a lot of time to really get a brand-new quarterback and new system installed and taught.”

McCoy broke his fibula during Monday’s loss to the Philadelphia Eagles. Smith broke his fibula and tibia during a Nov. 18 loss to the Houston Texans.

Mark Sanchez took over for McCoy on Monday, going 13-of-21 for 100 yards and an interception.

Gruden noted McCoy underwent surgery on his fibula and doesn’t expect the Redskins to place him on injured reserve, potentially allowing McCoy to return by the end of the season if healthy.

Sanchez is the only quarterback on Washington’s roster at the moment.

New York Giants receiver Odell Beckham Jr. is drawing criticism after he appeared to hesitate rather than dive on an onside kick late in Sunday’s game.

Chicago Bears tight end Daniel Brown recovered the kick with just over a minute remaining in regulation, allowing Chicago to tie the game and send it to overtime – before losing 30-27.

Despite the Giants coming away with the victory, Beckham’s effort on the onside kick is what’s attracting attention.

“It was a great kick. Sometimes somebody makes a better play than you do,” Beckham said after the game, according to Jordan Raanan of ESPN. “I could dive in there and still not get the ball. So it was a very tough call. Nobody should ever question my effort or my heart. That’s the last thing you can do. You can question me as a person, as a man, whatever you want to do, but my heart and my effort can never be questioned, ever.”

The receiver believes the failed recovery was due to a miscommunication with the first line of the hands team rather than any hesitation on his part.

“Honestly, when it took the hop, the guys on the front line kind of looked like we were in a position where we didn’t know if they were going to get it,” Beckham said. “If they wanted me to go get it and I was just so far back when they passed the ball, I was trying to run up there and get in the mix and I got to it late.”

Beckham finished the game with three catches, 35 yards, and one touchdown. He also threw his second touchdown pass of the season on a 49-yard toss to Russell Shepard early in the third quarter.

The three-time Pro Bowler has hauled in 77 passes for 1,052 yards and six touchdowns this season.

Todd Gurley ran for 132 yards and two touchdowns to help the Los Angeles Rams overcome a sputtering start to beat the Detroit Lions 30-16 Sunday and clinch the NFC West title for a second straight season.

The Rams (11-1) also moved a step closer to earning home-field advantage in the NFC playoffs, taking a one-game lead over New Orleans after it lost to Dallas on Thursday night. It is a cushion Los Angeles needs because its only loss was against the Saints last month.

The Lions (4-8) have lost five of six since a surge of success gave them a winning record in late October.

Detroit’s defense held Los Angeles’ high-powered offense in check for three quarters, giving the slumping team a shot to potentially pull off a stunning upset. The Lions, though, failed to make the most of the opportunity because their offense struggled to move the ball and score.

Aaron Donald helped seal the win by forcing Matthew Stafford to fumble midway through the fourth quarter. The star defensive tackle had two strip-sacks in his last game on Nov. 19, a 54-51 win over Kansas City.

Linebacker Samson Ebukam recovered Stafford’s fumble at the Detroit 24 and Gurley scored on a 13-yard run three snaps later, giving the Rams a 23-13 lead.

Jared Goff, perhaps rusty coming off a bye week, was off the mark on many passes and lost a fumble to help keep the game close. His lackluster performance led to Los Angeles settling for Greg Zuerlein kicking three field goals. Goff was 17 of 33 for 207 yards with a tie-breaking 8-yard touchdown pass to Robert Woods late in the second quarter. Goff also threw an interception on an overthrown pass in the second quarter and lost a fumble in the third period.

The Rams were able to lean on Gurley, who has a single-season franchise record with 15 rushing touchdowns. The standout running back also caught three passes for 33 yards.

Stafford was 20 of 33 yards for 245 yards with an 11-yard touchdown pass to tackle Taylor Decker, who faked the Rams out by blocking for a moment before releasing into the flat, where he was wide open. Decker’s touchdown pulled Detroit within three points late in the third quarter.

The Lions had a chance to cut the deficit to three again late in the game, but Kenny Golladay couldn’t get both feet in the end zone on a pass from Stafford. They had settle for Matt Prater’s third field goal.

Gurley converted a third down on the ensuing drive and after breaking free, he chose not to score to run more time off the clock and force Detroit to take timeouts. It proved a good move because Gurley ran for a 2-yard score with 1:54 left.

The Lions’ final drive that ended with Troy Hill intercepting a pass in the end zone with 12 seconds left.

INJURY REPORT

Rams: RB Malcom Brown left with a shoulder injury. CB Aqib Talib played for the first time since going down with an ankle injury in Week 3.

Lions: LB Devon Kennard went out with a hip injury.

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Rams: Play at Chicago on Sunday night.

Lions: Play at Arizona on Sunday.

The Green Bay Packers fired head coach Mike McCarthy on Sunday, the team announced.

Joe Philbin has been named interim head coach and will remain as the team’s offensive coordinator.

“The 2018 season has not lived up to the expectations and standards of the Green Bay Packers. As a result, I made the difficult decision to relieve Mike McCarthy of his role as head coach, effective immediately,” Packers president and CEO Mark Murphy said. “Mike has been a terrific head coach and leader of the Packers for 13 seasons, during which time we experienced a great deal of success on and off the field.

“We want to thank Mike, his wife, Jessica, and the rest of the McCarthy family for all that they have done for the Packers and the Green Bay and Wisconsin communities. We will immediately begin the process of selecting the next head coach of the Green Bay Packers.”

Murphy will hold a press conference on Monday afternoon.

McCarthy was not expecting to be fired after Sunday’s loss to the Arizona Cardinals, a source told ESPN’s Adam Schefter.

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Just talked to Mike McCarthy. Had nothing but praise for the Packers organization. “Im proud I was part of the Packers family, proud to be part of such a great organization.” Said his main focus tonight is his family.

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Following the defeat but prior to the announcement, McCarthy admitted he’d never been in the position of being so far from playoff contention at this point in the season.

“I mean, I’ve never been in this spot,” McCarthy said, according to Pro Football Talk’s Josh Alper. “I’m not going to act like I know what the hell I’m going to do tomorrow when they get in here. So, we’re going to do what we always do, we’re going to represent the Packers the right way, I know that. Other than that, we’ll focus on what’s in front of us.”

The 55-year-old began his tenure as Packers head coach in 2006, posting a cumulative 125-77-2 record and winning the Super Bowl in 2011.

McCarthy was the second-longest tenured head coach in Packers history, behind only Hall of Famer Curly Lambeau (1921-1949).

Green Bay has slumped to a 4-7-1 record this season and is in serious danger of missing the playoffs for the second consecutive campaign.

Patrick Mahomes provided perhaps one of the strongest statements from a member of the Kansas City Chiefs on the actions that led to the team cutting Kareem Hunt.

A video emerged on Friday of Hunt shoving and kicking a woman in a Cleveland hotel hallway in February and the Chiefs released him hours later.

“I saw the stuff that happened. We don’t do those things,” Mahomes said, according to ESPN’s Adam Teicher.

Mahomes’ comment came after the Chiefs played their first game without their former star running back, defeating the Oakland Raiders 40-33.

Some members of the Chiefs offered words of support for their former teammate, but head coach Andy Reid mostly steered clear of the subject.

“Those kinds of things are never easy,” he said. “I don’t want to get anything to distract from how tough a place this is to play (and) my locker room leadership overcoming the situation we had there which can be a distraction and (they) stepped up today in a place that we haven’t always come out with this kind of result.”

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The Dallas Cowboys became a serious threat in the NFC after a shocking Thursday night win over the New Orleans Saints, and owner Jerry Jones believes it could be a season-changing moment for his franchise.

Dallas forced MVP front-runner Drew Brees into his worst performance of the year and held the offense, which was averaging a league-high 37.2 points per game, to just 10 points.

With four straight wins and a signature performance in prime time, Jones is expecting his team to move forward with a newfound swagger.

“This bunch, this team won’t be the same again,” Jones said, according to Charean Williams of Pro Football Talk. “I’m serious. You win something like this against a team that well-coached, those kind of players, a caliber of team like that, and you know you’ve done it; the mirror knows you’ve done it. You change. This is a changer in here. These guys, they’re different cats now as they go forward.”

The 7-5 Cowboys are now in the driver’s seat in the NFC East, and their position could potentially improve even further with the Washington Redskins set to face off with the Philadelphia Eagles on Monday Night Football.