Belichick: 'Great pleasure and honor coaching Brown'


Belichick: 'Great pleasure and honor coaching Brown'

FOXBORO -- As Troy Brown gets ready to officially be inducted into the Patriots Hall of Fame this weekend at Gillette Stadium, coach Bill Belichick praised the man that literally defined someone who factored into all three phases of the game.

"On behalf of the team and personally, I'd like to congratulate Troy on his selection to the Patriots Hall of Fame," said Belichick. "It's certainly a great tribute to a player that really deserves the recognition. I had the great pleasure and honor, really, of coaching him.

"He was here in '96, my first year here when I was coaching the defensive backs, working against him every day in practice as a secondary coach. Then as a head coach, just having him on the team in the important role that he had, as a player, captain, a veteran player, and ultimately a player that played in all three phases of the game -- offense, defense, and special teams -- very well. He ahd some very big games.

"He's meant a lot to me. He's meant a lot to this football team and the organization. And congratulations to Troy and his family. It's well deserved."

Brown spent his entire career -- 15 seasons -- with the Patriots after being drafted in the eighth round (198th overall) of the 1993 NFL Draft. He retired as the team's all-time leading receiver with 557 receptions and all-time leading punt returner with 252 career returns. He finished second in team history with 6,366 career receiving yards.

Raiders' Marshawn Lynch suspended game for shoving official


Raiders' Marshawn Lynch suspended game for shoving official

NEW YORK - Oakland running back Marshawn Lynch was suspended for one game without pay by the NFL on Friday for shoving a game official during the Raiders' victory over Kansas City on Thursday night.

Lynch was ejected from the game after he shoved line judge Julian Mapp.

The scuffle started when Oakland quarterback Derek Carr was hit late on a run by Kansas City's Marcus Peters midway through the second quarter. Raiders offensive linemen Kelechi Osemele and Donald Penn immediately confronted Peters, and Lynch sprinted onto the field from the bench to join the fray. Mapp tried to break up the fight, but Lynch pushed him and grabbed his jersey. Lynch also got a personal foul.

NFL vice president of football operations Jon Runyan wrote a letter to Lynch, saying:

"You made deliberate physical contact with one of our game officials as he was diffusing an active confrontation between players. You were disqualified for your inappropriate and unsportsmanlike actions. Your conduct included pushing the game official and grabbing his jersey. ... You were not directly involved in the active confrontation that the game official was attempting to diffuse, nor were you a participant in the play that initiated the confrontation. You were the only player from either team who ran from the sideline to midfield to insert himself into a situation in which he was not directly involved."

Lynch will be eligible to return to Oakland's active roster on Oct. 30, the day after the Raiders' game against the Buffalo Bills.

Lynch finished the game with two carries for 9 yards.

The Raiders rallied to win 31-30 on a touchdown pass by Carr on the final play, and Lynch was in the locker room after the game congratulating his teammates.

Lynch came out of retirement this season and was traded from Seattle to the Raiders. Lynch said he wanted to make a comeback so he could give something back to his hometown of Oakland before the Raiders move to Las Vegas in 2020.

Lynch has rushed for 266 yards and two touchdowns in seven games.