Free-agent safety Keith Fitzhugh turned down an offer to join the New York Jets to remain a conductor with Norfolk Southern Railroad and stay on track financially while helping support his parents in Atlanta.
“I’ve got something now where I know every two weeks I’m getting a paycheck,” Fitzhugh said Tuesday night. “That’s what helps out the most right now. I don’t knock the Jets at all. I highly appreciate them.”
Jets coach Rex Ryan said the team was looking to sign a safety after Jim Leonhard was lost for the season last week with a broken shin and James Ihedigbo suffered a leg injury in New York’s 45-3 loss to New England on Monday night.
The 24-year-old Fitzhugh, who had stints in camp with the Jets the past two years, was contacted by the team but declined New York’s offer to return.
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Simmering all year, the antagonism between Albert Haynesworth and coach Mike Shanahan finally reached the boiling point when the two-time All-Pro defensive lineman was suspended without pay for the rest of the season.
Citing a litany of acts that add up to season-long insubordination, the Redskins suspended Haynesworth for “conduct detrimental to the club” and told him he’s not welcome for the team’s final four games — making it unlikely he will play for the club again.
The Cardinals placed quarterback Max Hall on injured reserve and signed former Redskins third-stringer Richard Bartel. The Steelers signed former Packers punter Jeremy Kapinos to replace the injured Daniel Sepulveda.