NFL Week 1: Lions loss hinges on rule interpretation
Updated at 5:34 p.m.
What to take away from Sunday's games: The Detroit Lions' loss to the Chicago Bears came as Calvin Johnson's touchdown reception was ruled an incompletion. Mike Pereira, a Fox analyst who formerly was the director of officiating for the NFL, explained that refs got the call right, but that isn't going to stop the debate over whether the rule itself is wrong. It's a rule that is being compared -- and this is never a good thing -- to the tuck rule. And quarterback Matthew Stafford hurt his shoulder in the game. ...
Houston Texans defensive end Connor Barwin broke his right ankle in Houston's 34-24 victory over the Colts. Barwin collided with a teammate and is out for the year. Arian Foster ran for 231 yards and scored three touchdowns for the Texans, who play the Redskins next week. ...
Other teams repeated the player solidarity gesture by the Vikings and Saints on Thursday night. ... Bengals wide receivers Chad Ochocinco (Robin) and Terrell Owens (Batman) oddly weren't on the field at the end of the first half (perhaps Commissioner Gordon called). Ochocinco was getting an IV, but TO reportedly -- doh! -- thought the half was over. It wasn't and they weren't available for a Hail Mary attempt.
Owens tweeted later: "Yes!! WE played bad!! No excuses!! There, u happy? I said it! Batman sucked & so did Robin! Nt how u start but how u Finish!!"
Updated at 2:14 p.m.
The NFL is investigating the alleged harassment of a female reporter during New York Jets practice, spokesman Greg Aiello said.
Players allegedly were running into a TV Azteca reporter during passing drills and later harassed her in the locker room, according to USA Today.
"When we first heard of it, we immediately started the process of looking into it," Aiello told USA Today. "It's troubling. We've had contact with the team multiple times and are moving very aggressively to establish the facts."
The Association of Women in Sports Media requested the investigation on behalf of Ines Sainz, who was present to interview Mark Sanchez.
Filed at 11:59 a.m.
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