NFL Notes: Art Briles, Lions, Redskins & Titans


Art Briles

  • Baylor will announce the dismissal of HC Art Briles on Thursday after years of allegations from women against the school’s football players, according to Craig Smoak.
  • Briles had previously come up as a potential head-coaching candidate for NFL teams including the Redskins a few years ago.


  • Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press reports that Lions RB Ameer Abdullah underwent surgery to repair a torn labrum in January and could miss the rest of the offseason.
  • According to Birkett, Abdullah is rehabbing his shoulder in Atlanta and also with the team this offseason. He’s currently ahead of schedule with his rehab, but the Lions plan to be cautious with him until training camp.


According to Mike Jones of the Washington Post, the Redskins plan to hold OLB Junior Galette (Achilles) out of OTAs and have him return for the start of training camp.

I’m about 85, 90 percent,” Galette said. “But we’re just being extra careful right now and taking our time instead of rushing into OTAs. … I could play right now; we’re just being careful. I don’t feel like it’s to my advantage to come out here and really rush and have those sore days. … I’m as excited as I’ve ever been, probably as excited as I was in 2010 as an undrafted rookie. I’m very excited.


Both Titans HC Mike Mularkey and second-year QB Marcus Mariota offered praise for RB DeMarco Murray after this week’s OTA practices.

“I certainly liked some of the cuts I saw,” Mularkey said, via John Glennon of the Tennessean. “Even without pads on, those were cuts he wasn’t going to get touched on. It was going to be an explosive run. You can tell when a play is going to work and not work.”

“He made a few cuts today that were pretty special,” Mariota added. “To have someone of that talent back there, it will not only open a lot of run-game stuff, but also play-action stuff and passing game. It will really make our team that more dimensional.”

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