The AFC East Notebook

The AFC East Notebook takes a look at the news, notes and quick hits from around the AFC East.

From the "Life Is Stranger Then Fiction" file, the Cleveland Browns accomplished a decisive victory over the Patriots on Sunday in a 34-14 game. But even more perplexing was the Pats' kickoffs and extra points being taken by New England's leading receiver Wes Welker. What's going on here?

Those Pats fans still suffering through the end of the game Sunday witnessed the Patriots being forced to employ Welker as their emergency kicker in the fourth quarter. New England's regular kicker, Stephen Gostkowski, had to leave the game with a thigh injury to his kicking leg.

Did they mean to sign Justin Bieber?

Under Armour, the Baltimore sports apparel company that has taken over the football world, announced a multi-year partnership with Tom Brady, quarterback of the New England Patriots.

Reports of the deal were confirmed by an Under Armour spokesperson who said that Brady will be given a stake in the company; the size of said stake is not yet being disclosed.

"As the newest member of the Under Armour team, Brady will appear in various in-store and advertising promotional campaigns," UA said in a press release. Brady joins Pro-Bowl wide receivers Miles Austin and Anquan Boldin in Under Armour's new campaign. Brady will be wearing Under Armour apparel and footwear for training and will also be debuting a new customized cleat in games soon.

MIAMI:

Miami Dolphins' Coach Tony Sparano said Monday he wants the NFL to investigate the team's charge that Baltimore Ravens fullback Le'Ron McClain spat in the face of linebacker Channing Crowder.

A video replay from WFOR-TV in Miami appeared to confirm that McClain did in fact spit in Crowder's face although McClain denies the incident.

Dolphins linebacker Karlos Dansby was especially offended stating McClain, a Pro Bowl fullback, should be suspended for the rest of the season.

"As a man, you spit in somebody's face, you crossed the line," Dansby said as reported by the Associated Press. "Where I'm from, that'll get you killed, straight up. That's around the world, period."

BUFFALO:

To add insult to injury, the still unwinning (sic) Buffalo Bills have just reported the season loss of two more players due to injuries.

Starting receiver Roscoe Parrish is scratched for the season after a right wrist injury in Buffalo's 22-19 loss to the Chicago Bears in Toronto on Sunday that will require surgery to repair the damage.

And starting inside linebacker Andra Davis is done because of a nagging shoulder injury that he sustained in the season-opening loss to the Dolphins back in September.

Coach Chan Gailey announced the sad news following Buffalo's drop to 0-8, its worst start since losing 11 straight to open the 1984 season.

Three days after the Buffalo Bills claimed Shawn Merriman off the waivers, the former San Diego Chargers star finally joined his new teammates and met with reporters Saturday afternoon at the upstate New York facility.

He comes to the Bills as a seasoned outside linebacker with a somewhat self-destructive reputation.

Merriman knew for weeks he would be waived from San Diego giving him time to ponder where he would eventually end up. His reaction to being chosen by the Bills;

"That I have a helmet," Merriman said to ESPN.com. "As long as that happened, I was good."

Publicist in tow, Merriman appeared humble and appreciative of another chance to play. Merriman insisted he's all about playing football for Buffalo.


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