National Football League roundup
(The Sports Xchange) - New Cleveland Browns general manager John Dorsey didn't wait long to take a shot at the previous regime.
Dorsey took the Sashi Brown-led regime to task on Thursday, saying the group led by the former head of football operations failed to give coach Hue Jackson players that could lead the team to victory.
"You know what? You gotta get a guy like that players. And you know what, I'll come straight out with it, the guys who were here before and that system, they didn't get real players," Dorsey said in an interview on 850 WKNR-AM, via Cleveland.com.
Dorsey became the ninth general manager since the club was resurrected in 1999 when he was hired last Friday, one day after the team fired Brown. Dorsey made it no secret that he respected Jackson, who has seen the Browns post an 0-13 mark this season and 1-28 record under his watch.
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New York Giants guard Justin Pugh will be placed on season-ending injured reserve, interim coach Steve Spagnuolo announced.
Pugh, who has missed five games with a back ailment, met with Dr. Robert Watkins of the Watkins Spine Group in California to seek a second opinion.
The 27-year-old was prescribed rest and rehab and will avoid surgery, although that diagnosis won't prevent him from landing on injured reserve for the first time in his career. Pugh has started all 63 games in which he has appeared since being selected with the 19th-overall pick of the 2013 draft.
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The Detroit Lions will be without right tackle Rick Wagner (ankle) and center Travis Swanson (concussion) for Saturday's game against the Chicago Bears.
Wagner sustained his injury versus the Baltimore Ravens on Dec. 3. Swanson suffered concussion-like symptoms after last week's game
In addition, right guard T.J. Lang and defensive end Ezekiel Ansah are both questionable for the game with foot injuries.
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