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NFL Notes: Browns, Cowboys, Lions

Browns

  • Mary Kay Cabot of the Cleveland Plain Dealer does not think the Browns will have HC Hue Jackson on a short leash this season, even if they get off to a slow start.
  • Interestingly enough, Cabot expects second-year QB DeShone Kizer to start most of the season for them in order to see that they have in him.
  • With this in mind, Cabot doesn’t thing the team’s three-way competition between Kizer, Cody Kessler, and Brock Osweiler will last very long into training camp and instead expects Jackson to announce a starter by the second preseason game.

Cowboys

  • Cowboys linebacker Damien Wilson told police that he “had road rage” after backing his truck into a tailgater and threatened another with a rifle last week. (Dallas Morning News)
  • A man flagged down officers in the stadium’s parking lot and explained that someone in a pickup truck hit his sister-in-law while parking and pulled out his rifle.
  • Wilson initially denied having weapons and “said nothing” when police asked if he was involved in the incident. He was arrested on aggravated assault charges on July 4.
  • Wilson is facing two counts of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon.

Lions

Former Lions WR Calvin Johnson told reporters in Italy for the Italian Bowl XXXVII that he thought about playing for another team, but Detroit wasn’t going to release him from his contract.

“I mean, I thought about it,” Johnson said, via the Detroit News. “Just like in basketball, you know, guys, they create these superteams. But it’s not quite like that in football where I had the freedom just to go.

“I was stuck in my contract with Detroit, and they told me, they would not release my contract, so I would have to come back to them. I didn’t see the chance for them to win a Super Bowl at the time, and for the work I was putting in, it wasn’t worth my time to keep on beating my head against the wall … and not going anywhere.

“It’s the definition of insanity,” Johnson said laughing.

“That’s everybody’s goal, when they come to the league, is to win a Super Bowl,” Johnson said. “That’s the ultimate goal. … I wanted to win it, and like I said, I just didn’t see that opportunity (with the Lions).”