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Jaguars WR Osgood attacked

Jacksonville receiver Kassim Osgood leapt out a second-floor window to escape a gun-wielding man who attacked him and a 19-year-old Jaguars cheerleader, according to police.

The armed intruder exchanged gunfire with his ex-girlfriend, Mackenzie Rae Putnal, after putting a gun to her head Monday night, according to the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office.

According to the sheriff’s report, Osgood, 30, sustained some minor bruises during the attack and while fleeing.

Julian Armond Bartletto, 20, of Jacksonville, was arrested on charges of aggravated battery, false imprisonment, armed robbery, burglary and violation of an injunction. He was being held without bond at the Duval County Jail.

The Jaguars declined comment on Putnal. The team has a rule forbidding cheerleaders from dating players.

‘A’ FOR RACIAL HIRING

The NFL received its highest grade ever for racial diversity hiring practices but is behind on hiring women.

The annual report card by The Institute for Diversity and Ethics in Sport at the University of Central Florida gave the NFL its first “A” on racial hiring practices in 18 years. The high mark was in large part because of sustained progress hiring black coaches, the effectiveness of the “Rooney Rule” requiring a minority to be interviewed and the creation of a vice president and chief diversity officer in the league office.

The NFL earned a “C” for gender hiring and an overall grade of “B” – the same mark as last year.

EXTRA POINTS

Safety Nick Collins apologized to his team and his fans for drawing negative attention to the Packers after he confronted a fan as he left Soldier Field after Monday’s loss to the Bears and threw his mouthpiece into the stands. … Ravens running back Ray Rice missed practice with a bruised right knee. … Drew Brees said he’s wearing a brace on his left knee but is not having trouble practicing. … Panthers wide receiver Steve Smith, caught by TV cameras screaming at rookie quarterback Jimmy Clausen in Sunday’s loss to the Bengals, said his sideline comments have been overblown by the media. … Cardinals receiver Steve Breaston will miss at least one game, and possibly more, after having arthroscopic surgery for torn cartilage in his right knee. … Bills linebacker Chris Kelsay signed a four-year contract extension worth about $24 million. … Chargers linebacker Larry English had foot surgery and is expected to miss four to six weeks.

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