- Infertility crisis launched Browns’ Chris Hubbard into mental health advocacy (beaconjournal.com) - Browns right tackle Chris Hubbard remembers when he realized he needed therapy. He and his wife Tamara were dealing with infertility before the birth of their son Creed. Hubbard said he was losing weight and it was hard to balance the crisis in his personal life with his professional career.
- 10 questions for Joe Schobert (clevelandbrowns.com) - Joe Schobert’s had games where he felt he was playing just as well as he did last week against the Steelers. The opportunities to make big plays just didn’t present themselves the way they did in a defense-driven victory over Pittsburgh.
- NFL’s All-Time Team: Jim Brown tops RBs (NFL.com) - How do you choose between Red Grange and Barry Sanders? Or Dutch Clark and Marshall Faulk? That was the struggle -- repeated over and over again, at every position -- for the blue-ribbon panel chosen to select the NFL’s All-Time Team. Selecting Jim Brown was the easiest.
- NFL punishes Mason Rudolph with fine (New York Post) - Mason Rudolph has been punished by the NFL for his role in the Myles Garrett melee. The Steelers quarterback was fined $50,000 on Saturday, according to NFL Network, a week after he was hit on the head with his helmet by Garrett during an ugly brawl near the end of the Browns’ win.
- Cowboys LB Leighton Vander Esch out for Patriots game, maybe longer with neck injury (star-telegram.com) - The Dallas Cowboys will be without Pro Bowl linebacker Leighton Vander Esch due to a neck injury when they play at the New England Patriots Sunday, according to sources. And his absence could be longer than one game.
- Fred Cox, Vikings Kicker and an Inventor of Nerf Football, Dies at 80 (New York Times) - Fred Cox, a place-kicker for the Minnesota Vikings who scored the most points in the team’s history and, while still playing, helped conceive the Nerf Football, a squishy faux pigskin that sold in the millions, died on Wednesday at his home in Monticello, Minn. He was 80.
- All the NFL running backs who could get paid in 2020, and why recent deals look like disasters (ESPN) - The 2017 running back class becomes eligible for extensions for the first time this offseason, but it’s a strange time to be a running back.