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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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Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger isn’t apologizing for a playing style that has him tied for second in the NFL in interceptions, including a game-sealing pick at the Denver Broncos‘ goal line on Sunday.

“I’m a quarterback that is going to go out and sling it,” Roethlisberger said on his weekly radio show Tuesday, according to Jeremy Fowler of ESPN.

Only New York Jets rookie Sam Darnold has thrown more interceptions than Roethlisberger this season.

Still, the 36-year-old Roethlisberger ranks second in passing yards per game (333) and is tied for seventh in touchdowns (24). He’s also on pace for a career high in yards and leads the league with 472 attempts through the air.

The Steelers hold the top spot in the AFC North with a record of 7-3-1.

The New York Giants have just six wins in their last 27 games, but they still aren’t ready to commit to a change behind center.

New York has yet to make a decision about quarterback Eli Manning‘s status after the 2018 season, a source told Ralph Vacchiano of SNY. The Giants are reportedly considering Manning to be their best possible option for the 2019 campaign, according to the source.

Manning carries a $22.2-million cap hit next year and is scheduled to become an unrestricted free agent after the 2019-20 season.

The Giants selected quarterback Kyle Lauletta in the fourth round of the 2018 NFL Draft but he’s yet to take a snap this season.

Manning has completed a career-best 69.1 percent of his passes for 3,093 yards, 14 touchdowns, and seven interceptions in 11 games. Despite his efficient season, the Giants rank 22nd in scoring offense, averaging 21.5 points per game.

Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger has earned a reputation for publicly calling out his teammates over a career that includes six Pro Bowls and two Super Bowl victories.

The 15-year veteran believes his accomplishments and experience permit him to speak his mind.

“I think I have earned the right to be able to do that with as long as I have been here,” Roethlisberger said Wednesday, according to Chris Adamski of TribLive.com. “I’ll just be just as critical of myself (in the media), as well.”

Roethlisberger criticized wide receivers Antonio Brown and James Washingtonfor their route-running and drops during his weekly radio appearance in Pittsburgh on Tuesday. He also questioned offensive coordinator Randy Fichtner’s play-calling on the Steelers’ final drive.

He maintains his remarks are designed only to bring out the best in his teammates and lead the Steelers to success, not hurt anyone’s feelings.

“I would hope that they would understand that as the quarterback and the captain that I have the right to do those things. I don’t feel like I abuse that situation. So I don’t think it’s an issue, but you would have to ask them,” said Roethlisberger.

His comments seem to have the desired effect as the Steelers sit atop the AFC North at 7-3-1, while Roethlisberger ranks second among all quarterbacks with 3,664 passing yards.

Baltimore Ravens rookie quarterback Lamar Jackson is already setting recordsthrough his first two career starts, having racked up 37 carries for 190 yards on the ground.

His hot start has drawn the attention of the NFL’s all-time greatest dual-threat quarterback, Michael Vick, who offered up some advice to a player he can one day see breaking his own record for QB rushing yards.

“With quarterbacks, we’re not used to getting hit all the time. When we do it, it can either get you into the game or it can shake you up a little bit,” said Vick, according to Jamison Hensley of ESPN. “It’s not like a guy sitting in the pocket, you run the risk of getting injured. I’m not saying that should deter Lamar or scare him; I’m just saying proceed with caution.”

Vick averaged just 6.1 rushing attempts per game over his 13-year career and totaled 6,109 yards and 36 touchdowns. The four-time Pro Bowler never topped 15 attempts in a single game and said he’d like to see Jackson cut down on his total carries to help preserve his body.

“Later on in my career, I did feel it more,” said Vick. “It took a longer time for my legs to come back. Six-thousand yards are a lot, but I’m in the record books.”

Jackson is expected to make his third straight start in place of Joe Flacco on Sunday in Atlanta, where Vick spent the first six years of his career after being chosen with the No. 1 pick in the 2001 NFL Draft.

The Green Bay Packers are in a precarious position.

Following a 24-17 loss to the Minnesota Vikings on Sunday night, the Packers own a 4-6-1 record and sit behind nine teams in the NFC standings.

Having lost four of their last five games, quarterback Aaron Rodgers knows the playoffs are currently a longshot for Green Bay.

“We’re going to need some help. We’ve got to win these five and then get some help,” Rodgers said in his postgame press conference.

The Packers have the Arizona CardinalsAtlanta FalconsChicago BearsNew York Jets, and Detroit Lions left on their schedule and will likely need to finish the year 9-6-1 just to give themselves a chance to secure a spot in the postseason.

Rodgers doesn’t think it’s impossible.

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The Cincinnati Bengals placed quarterback Andy Dalton on injured reserve with an injured thumb on his throwing hand, ending his season.

Dalton suffered the injury during Week 12 on Sunday versus the Cleveland Browns. Tests revealed torn ligaments, a source told NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport.

The Bengals are expected to give Jeff Driskel his first career start when they face the Denver Broncos in Week 13. Additionally, Cincinnati claimed journeyman quarterback Tom Savage off waivers from the San Francisco 49ers.

Dalton, an eighth-year veteran, threw for 2,566 yards with 21 touchdowns and 11 interceptions across 11 contests this season. The 31-year-old has two years left on his contract.