Fan displeasure is running rampant in Cleveland, where a 1-6 start has some Browns fans planning to protest before the team's Monday night game on Nov. 16, urging other fans to stay away from their seats for the opening kickoff to send a message to the franchise.
At least one Browns coach is firing back.
“That (ticks) me off. This is Cleveland. They’re going to show up and back this damn team,” outspoken defensive coordinator Rob Ryan said. “This is a town that’s tough and that loves football. Nobody’s happy. I hate me, too. So they hate me. Great. Doesn’t mean you turn your back. …
“Our fans are great fans. They deserve better and we’re going to give them better.”
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League levies fines
Arizona Cardinals safety Antrel Rolle was fined $7,500 by the NFL for his hit on a defenseless receiver, Giants tight end Kevin Boss, during last Sunday night’s Arizona victory.
Cardinals tackle Cardinals Levi Brown also was fined $5,000 for a chop block.
Indianapolis Colts cornerback Jacob Lacey was fined $10,000 for unsportsmanlike conduct when he went to the ground to celebrate after a touchdown in a win over St. Louis.
Panthers running back DeAngelo Williams was fined $5,000 for an illegal chop block, Browns linebacker Kaluka Maiava and Giants running back Ahmad Bradshaw were fined $5,000 apiece for unnecessary roughness, and Giants safety Michael Johnson got a $5,000 fine for roughing the passer.
The Cardinals and Chargers sold enough tickets to avoid television blackouts of their home games Sunday. Both teams received a 24-hour extension on the blackout deadline. … Larry Johnson’s agent, Peter Schaffer, said there had been no progress in discussions with the Chiefs over the future of the suspended running back. … Lions coach Jim Schwartz says it will be game-day decisions on whether quarterback Matthew Stafford and wide receiver Calvin Johnson play against the Rams. … The Panthers will be without starting receiver Muhsin Muhammad and reserve tight end Dante Rosario for Sunday’s game against the Cardinals. … Giants receiver Mario Manningham missed practice with an injured left shoulder but said he expected to play against the Eagles. … Jaguars cornerback Rashean Mathis won’t play against the Titans because of a broken finger. … Jets wide receivers Jerricho Cotchery, David Clowney and Brad Smith are listed as questionable but expected to play against the Dolphins on Sunday.