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NFL: Browns' Scott Fujita out for season, maybe for life, with neck injury

Published October 24, 2012 5:21 pm

NFL notes • The 11-year veteran goes on IR with a neck injury that could end his career.
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Berea, Ohio • D'Qwell Jackson turned and looked at the empty chair in front of Scott Fujita's locker, where his good friend and teammate would normally be sitting after practice.

Fujita wasn't there. He might be gone for good.

The forthright Fujita, one of the league's most informed players, was placed on injured reserve Wednesday with a neck injury, ending his stormy season — and perhaps his football career.

One of four players suspended by NFL commissioner Roger Goodell for his role in the New Orleans Saints' bounty scandal, Fujita was inactive for Cleveland's past two games. He last started on Oct. 7 against the New York Giants in what may have been his final game as a pro.

Browns coach Pat Shurmur spoke with Fujita before practice, but he does not know if the 11-year veteran will retire.

But in good news for the Browns, offensive guard Jason Pinkston was released from the hospital after being treated for blood clots in his lungs.

Pinkston, who started Cleveland's first six games at left guard, was admitted to the Cleveland Clinic last week with the life-threatening condition. The 25-year-old was placed on injured reserve earlier this week, ending his second NFL season.

Around the league

Broncos • Denver linebacker D.J. Williams will serve 30 days under home arrest for driving under the influence but not until after the season.

Williams was sentenced Wednesday but a judge said he didn't have to start serving it until Feb. 7, 2013.

Bills • Buffalo's Mario Williams is not expected to miss any games after the high-priced defensive end had what the team called "a procedure" to relieve discomfort in his injured left wrist.

Coach Chan Gailey provided the update Wednesday, saying he expects Williams to return to practice next week once the Bills return from their bye weekend off.

Cowboys • Dallas' leading tackler Sean Lee has been placed on injured reserve and will miss the rest of the season because of a right big toe injury. Coach Jason Garrett said Wednesday that Lee will have surgery in the "next week or so." —

Week 8 schedule

Thursday

• Tampa Bay at Minnesota, 6:20 p.m., NFL Network

Sunday

• Jacksonville at Green Bay, 11 a.m.

• Indianapolis at Tennessee, 11 a.m.

• Carolina at Chicago, 11 a.m.

• Miami at N.Y. Jets, 11 a.m.

• San Diego at Cleveland, 11 a.m.

• Atlanta at Philadelphia, 11 a.m.

• Seattle at Detroit, 11 a.m.

• Washington at Pittsburgh, 11 a.m., Ch. 13

• New England vs. St. Louis at London, 11 a.m.

• Oakland at Kansas City, 2:05 p.m., Ch. 2

• N.Y. Giants at Dallas, 2:25 p.m., Ch. 13

• New Orleans at Denver, 6:20 p.m., ESPN

Open • Baltimore, Buffalo, Cincinnati, Houston

Monday

• San Francisco at Arizona, 6:30 p.m., ESPN