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Monday’s Morning Mashup: Odell Beckham Jr. reportedly punches hole in wall after Giants loss; Steelers assistant coach Joey Porter arrested for assault 01.09.17 at 8:55 am ET
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Good morning, here is your Monday Morning Mashup. For the latest news, start at our WEEI.com home page or click here for the top stories and scores from our news wire.

MONDAY’S BROADCAST HIGHLIGHTS: 
NHL: Washington at Montreal, 7:30 p.m. (NHL Network)
College football: Clemson vs. Alabama, 8 p.m. (ESPN)
College basketball: St. John’s at Georgetown, 6:30 p.m. (FS1)
Women’s college basketball: Rhode Island at La Salle, 7 p.m. (CBSSN)

AROUND THE WEB:


— Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. was so angry after his team’s 38-13 playoff loss to the Packers on Sunday he allegedly punched a hole in a wall outside the grounds crew locker room at Lambeau Field.

Members of the grounds crew told ESPN’s Sal Paolantonio they heard someone hitting a wall outside the locker room and when they came out of the locker room, they saw Beckham and a hole in the wall.

Beckham also banged his head against the door of the Giants locker room, according to Paolantonio.

He was also seen banging his head against a wall after a loss to the Eagles a few weeks ago.

Right before the incident in Green Bay, Beckham was reportedly composed while answering questions in the locker room.

“I’m sure it’s going to be a long offseason,” Beckham said. “At the end of the day, you just have to take it and you have to grow. You have to learn from it and find ways not to have this feeling again.”

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Wednesday’s Morning Mashup: Giants WRs defend trip to Miami, Eli Manning jokes he is ‘disappointed'; Bengals CB Adam Jones arrested for assault 01.04.17 at 8:33 am ET
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Good morning, here is your Wednesday Morning Mashup. For the latest news, start at our WEEI.com home page or click here for the top stories and scores from our news wire.

WEDNESDAY’S BROADCAST HIGHLIGHTS: 
NBA: Chicago at Cleveland, 8 p.m. (ESPN)
NBA: Portland at Golden State, 10:30 p.m. (ESPN)
NHL: NY Rangers at Philadelphia, 8 p.m. (NBCSN)
College basketball: Villanova at Butler, 6:30 p.m. (FS1)
College basketball: Georgetown at Providence, 7 p.m. (CBSSN)
College basketball: Georgia Tech at Duke, 7 p.m. (ESPN2)
College basketball: South Carolina at Georgia, 7 p.m. (ESPNU)
College basketball: Iowa State at Baylor, 8 p.m. (ESPNews)
College basketball: Creighton at St. John’s, 8:30 p.m. (FS1)
College basketball: Oregon at Washington, 9 p.m. (ESPN2)
College basketball: Temple at SMU, 9 p.m. (CBSSN)
College basketball: Tulsa at Houston, 9 p.m. (ESPNU)
College basketball: Boise State at UNLV, 11 p.m. (CBSSN)
College basketball: New Mexico at Utah State, 11 p.m. (ESPN)
College basketball: San Diego State at Nevada, 11 p.m. (ESPN2)
Women’s college basketball: Baylor at West Virginia, 7 p.m. (FS2)

AROUND THE WEB:

— On Tuesday Odell Beckham Jr defended the Giants wide receivers’ trip to Miami on their Monday off-day.

“We were going to [Florida] to get our minds right,” Beckham said. “That’s what we we’re doing. I handle my business. I’m a grown man. I do what I am supposed to be doing. I’m in the building, when I’m supposed to be in the building. I don’t miss team meetings, none of that.”

“I’m not perfect, but everybody knows my passion for football, when I’m on the football field,” Beckham went on. “I’m here for the NY Giants, especially over the next four weeks. Now, we are about to make a run, about to make a push; it’s go time. Everybody is focusing on what they need to be focusing on.”

During his weekly appearance on Mike Francesa’s show on WFAN, Victor Cruz downplayed the hoopla surrounding the trip.

“There’s nothing to really talk about, Mike, to be honest,” Cruz said. “Those things are personal. It’s my personal life that doesn’t need to be discussed. If it doesn’t have anything to do with football, it doesn’t really matter.”

Giants quarterback Eli Manning joked on Tuesday he was upset with his teammates.

“I think as a team we always pride ourselves on being well prepared. So when I saw some of those pictures I was a little disappointed,” Manning said. “Just because obviously they didn’t pack accordingly. They didn’t have any shirts. Kind of long pants. No shorts. No flip flops or anything.”

Manning also joked he was not in the picture on the boat because he was the one taking it.

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Friday’s Morning Mashup: Giants reportedly fed up with Odell Beckham Jr., threatening suspension 10.07.16 at 8:53 am ET
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Good morning, here is your Friday Morning Mashup. For the latest news, start at our WEEI.com home page or click here for the top stories from our news wire.

FRIDAY’S BROADCAST HIGHLIGHTS:
MLB playoffs: Boston at Cleveland, 4:38 p.m. (TBS; WEEI-FM)
MLB playoffs: Toronto at Texas, 1:08 p.m. (TBS)
MLB playoffs: Los Angeles at Washington, 5:38 p.m. (FS1)
MLB playoffs: San Francisco at Chicago, 9:15 p.m. (FS1)
College football: Clemson at Boston College, 7:30 p.m. (ESPN)
College football: SMU at Tulsa, 8 p.m. (ESPN2)
College football: Boise State at New Mexico, 9 p.m. (CBSSN)

THURSDAY’S RESULTS:
MLB: Indians 5, Red Sox 2
MLB: Blue Jays 10, Rangers 1
NFL: Cardinals 33, 49ers 21

AROUND THE WEB:

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Odell Beckham Jr.

— The Giants apparently have had enough of Odell Beckham’s antics.

If the wide receiver has another outburst during Sunday’s game against the Packers, the team reportedly will consider benching and/or suspending him.

Beckham is prone to meltdowns. On Monday he was flagged for taunting and scuffled multiple times with Vikings cornerback Xavier Rhodes. This prompted Beckham to say after the game he no longer enjoys playing football.

Giants punter Brad Wing, who also was Beckham’s teammate at LSU, has a theory as to what causes Beckham to fly off the handle.

“I think it’s from within himself,” Wing said. “I think it’s when he gets frustrated that he’s not performing to the height of his level. It’s not what anyone else is doing.’’

The only person who can get Beckham back on track is Beckham himself, and he looks to do so in Week 5.

“I think I just have to control what I can control,” Beckham said Thursday. “I can control myself. I can’t control anything else but what I do. I definitely know I can do a better job at that.”

— On the topic of Beckham, Giants coach Ben McAdoo got into a heated exchange with WFAN sports radio host Mike Francesa on Thursday afternoon when Francesa asked McAdoo about Beckham’s behavior.

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Wednesday’s Morning Mashup: Arnold Palmer remembered in memorial service 10.05.16 at 8:04 am ET
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Good morning, here’s your Wednesday morning mashup. For the latest news, start at our WEEI.com home page or click here for the top stories from our news wire.

WEDNESDAY’S BROADCAST HIGHLIGHTS:
MLB playoffs: San Francisco at NY Mets, 8 p.m. (ESPN)
NBA preseason: Oklahoma City at Barcelona, 2:30 p.m. (NBA TV)
NBA preseason: Orlando at Cleveland, 7 p.m. (NBA TV)
NBA preseason: Utah at Phoenix, 10 p.m. (NBA TV)
College football:Georgia Southern at Arkansas State, 8 p.m. (ESPN2)

TUESDAY’S RESULTS:
MLB playoffs: Blue Jays 5, Orioles 2

AROUND THE WEB:

— Legends of golf gathered on Tuesday to pay their respects to Arnold Palmer in a memorial service at Saint Vincent College in Latrobe, Pennsylvania.

Jack Nicklaus, Nick Faldo, Tom Watson, Lee Trevino, Phil Mickelson, Rickie Fowler, Bubba Watson were some of the game’s greatest in attendance.

Nicklaus was one of the speakers at the service and spoke about Palmer’s incredible character.

“He was an everyday man,” Nicklaus said. “Everyone’s hero. Arnold managed to remove the ‘I’ from icon and instead let the world share in his greatness.”

“Remember when Arnold Palmer touched your life, and touched your heart,” Nicklaus said to end his speech, “please, don’t forget why.”

Other speakers included CBS Sports broadcaster Jim Nantz, retired LPGA golfer Annika Sorenstam, Palmer’s grandson Sam Saunders and Royal & Ancient Golf Club former chief executive Peter Dawson.

Palmer won 62 PGA Tours and seven majors championships.

People turned out in droves to honor Palmer. Monitors were set up in several locations on campus for those who couldn’t get into the basilica, and giant screens were set up for spectators to watch the service.

Palmer’s longtime friend, singer Vince Gill, sang and ended the service with Carole King’s, “You’ve Got A Friend.”

“This man was my favorite person,” Gill said of Palmer. “Not my favorite golfer, my favorite person I ever met.”

Palmer died at the age of 87 on Sept. 25 in Pittsburgh.

— Andy Murray told reporters he was stalked by a hotel maid who followed him to many of his European tennis events and entered his hotel room and stroked his arm while he slept.

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Wednesday’s Morning Mashup: Panthers coach Ron Rivera says of Odell Beckham allegations, ‘We don’t tolerate’ homophobic slurs 12.23.15 at 8:06 am ET
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Welcome to Wednesday’s Morning Mashup. For the latest news, start at our WEEI.com home page or click here for the top stories from our news wire.

WEDNESDAY’S BROADCAST HIGHLIGHTS:
NBA: Celtics at Hornets, 7 p.m. (CSNNE)
NBA: Rockets at Magic, 7 p.m. (NBATV)
NBA: Thunder at Lakers, 10:30 p.m. (NBATV)
College basketball: Auburn vs. Harvard, 5 p.m. (ESPNU)
College basketball: Central Connecticut at UConn, 12:30 p.m. (ESPNU)
College basketball: New Mexico vs. BYU, 2:30 p.m. (ESPNU)
College basketball: Bryant at Michigan, 7 p.m. (Big Ten Network)
College basketball: Illinois vs. Missouri, 7 p.m. (ESPN2)
College basketball: Utah Valley at Louisville, 7 p.m. (ESPNU)
College basketball: Pepperdine at Portland, 9 p.m. (ESPNU)
College basketball: Green Bay at Wisconsin, 9 p.m. (Big Ten Network)
College football: Poinsettia Bowl, Northern Illinois vs. Boise State, 4:30 p.m. (ESPN)
College football: GoDaddy Bowl, Bowling Green vs. Georgia Southern, 8 p.m. (ESPN)

AROUND THE WEB:

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Odell Beckham Jr.

— As Odell Beckham Jr. prepares for his appeal hearing Wednesday, reports continue to swirl about what triggered his cheap shots on Panthers cornerback Josh Norman in Sunday’s game that led to the receiver’s one-game suspension.

NFL Network analyst Michael Irvin told the New York Daily News not only was Beckham hearing homophobic slurs Sunday, he has been hearing similar trash talk all season.

“He deals with it a lot,” said Irvin, who said he has spoken to Beckham multiple times since Sunday’s game. “For some reason, everybody goes after him with gay slurs. He’s a different kind of dude. He has the hairdo out, he’s not the big muscular kind of dude. The ladies all love him. He’s a star. I wonder why people are going in that direction. It blows my mind. I told him he can’t let stuff that people say get to you.”

Panthers coach Ron Rivera, however, said no such behavior would be allowed on his team.

“If there is something out there that is factual, that there is truth or hard evidence, please present it to us as well so we can act accordingly,” Rivera said. “We don’t tolerate that here. We don’t. If there is some truth to it we will react to it and handle it appropriately. Until there is, there’s nothing for me to do.”

One thing Rivera couldn’t deny is that a Panthers player was wielding a baseball bat as he confronted Beckham before the game — something Irvin said also upset the second-year receiver. Video has emerged of Panthers practice player Marcus Ball, with bat in hand, walking up to an angry Beckham as the Giants warmed up, but what they said was not clear.

The Panthers have said the bat is for inspiration, but the league reminded teams Tuesday that “no foreign objects unrelated to the uniform or playing equipment are permitted on the playing field and sidelines on game day.”

Rivera said he was banning the bats, “because I’m going to hear it if I don’t. That’s the truth of the matter. So to avoid the situation and set of circumstances, let’s just eliminate it. So that’s what we’re going to do. Again, it’s the No Fun League for a reason.”

Meanwhile, NFL vice president of officiating Dean Blandino said Tuesday night that he called the officials during Sunday’s game to offer a reminder that they could eject players, and they would have the league’s support if they did. He said the officials now realize they should have done exactly that.

“The crew was doing a really tough job of trying to keep the game under control,” Blandino said. “They had spoken to both head coaches. They had spoken to the players. There was a point during the game when I did get on the headset to the replay official to remind the referee that, ‘You can eject players. You’ll have our full support. This thing cannot get out of control.’

“Things did tend to settle down as the game got closer in the fourth quarter, but certainly there was a point there where it was getting a little bit crazy.”

— The Colts offense has struggled of late, recording just two offensive touchdowns in the last three games, and receiver T.Y. Hilton believes he knows the reason why: the coaches are holding the team back.

“The throws have been there, but we just haven’t been calling them,” Hilton said. “It’s more the play-calling.”

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Tuesday’s Morning Mashup: Giants WR Odell Beckham Jr. appeals suspension, reportedly claims he felt threatened by Panthers 12.22.15 at 8:14 am ET
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Welcome to Tuesday’s Morning Mashup. For the latest news, start at our WEEI.com home page or click here for the top stories from our news wire.

TUESDAY’S BROADCAST HIGHLIGHTS:
NHL: Blues at Bruins, 7 p.m. (NESN)
NHL: Canadiens at Wild (NBCSN)
NHL: Sharks at Kings, 10:30 p.m. (NBCSN)
NBA: Mavericks at Raptors, 7:30 p.m. (NBATV)
College basketball: Boston College vs. Fordham, 3:30 p.m. (WEEI-AM)
College basketball: BYU vs. Harvard, 5 p.m. (ESPNU)
College basketball: Auburn vs New Mexico, 2:30 p.m. (ESPNU)
College basketball: Miami at La Salle, 5 p.m. (CBSSN)
College basketball: Delaware at Villanova, 7 p.m. (FS1)
College basketball: Iowa State at Cincinnati, 7 p.m. (ESPN2)
College basketball: Michigan State vs. Oakland, 7 p.m. (ESPNU)
College basketball: Georgetown at Charlotte, 7 p.m. (CBSSN)
College basketball: Vanderbilt at Purdue, 8 p.m. (Big Ten Network)
College basketball: California at Virginia, 9 p.m. (ESPN2)
College basketball: George Washington at DePaul, 9 p.m. (FS1)
College basketball: Mercer at Ohio State, 9 p.m. (ESPNU)
College basketball: St. John’s vs. South Carolina, 9 p.m. (CBSSN)
College basketball: Oklahoma vs. Washington State, 11 p.m. (ESPNU)
College basketball: Kansas at San Diego State, 11 p.m. (CBSSN)
College basketball: Northern Iowa at Hawaii, 1:30 a.m. (ESPNU)
College football: Famous Idaho Potato Bowl, Akron vs Utah State, 3:30 p.m. (ESPN)
College football: Boca Raton Bowl, Temple vs. Toledo, 7 p.m. (ESPN)

AROUND THE WEB:

— Odell Beckham Jr. isn’t yet commenting to the media, but he let the NFL know that he would like to talk about his actions Sunday, when he repeatedly targeted the head of Panthers cornerback Josh Norman, leading to his one-game suspension.

The NFL issued its ruling Monday, citing Beckham for “multiple violations of safety-related playing rules.”

Wrote NFL vice president of football operations Merton Hanks: “At numerous times during [Sunday’s] game against the Carolina Panthers, your actions placed a fellow player at unnecessary risk, and clearly did not represent the high standards of sportsmanship expected.”

Losing Beckham, the team’s most potent offensive threat, would make the Giants‘ challenge even more daunting. At 6-8, New York needs to win its final two games (and have Washington lose twice) to have a chance at qualifying for the postseason.

Beckham would not discuss specifics about his feud with Norman after Sunday’s game, although he did say, “You never want to hurt your team like that. I have learned it all throughout my life you know, always second man gets called, always that it is just unfortunate. You go back and watch the film tomorrow and you learn from it.”

ESPN NFL analyst Ray Lewis said before Monday night’s game that he spoke to Beckham and the player admitted, “I messed up.” Lewis said Beckham was responding to being challenged and threatened by Panthers players.

Other reports indicated the Panthers directed homophobic and personal insults at Beckham. Some Panthers also wielded a baseball bat pregame, a tradition they established this season.

An infuriated Norman called Beckham a “ballerina” and said he deserved a suspension. “He’s got the maturity of a little kid,” Norman said.

— The Broncos‘ season has taken a downward turn, but coach Gary Kubiak indicated there will be no change at quarterback this week — assuming Brock Osweiler is available to play.

Osweiler is having tests on his left shoulder, which he injured in Sunday’s 34-27 loss to the Steelers in which Denver squandered a 17-point lead. Kubiak said Osweiler was sore Monday, but “all indications are that he’ll be OK.”

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Monday’s Morning Mashup: Giants WR Odell Beckham Jr. appears likely to be fined or suspended after repeatedly targeting head of Panthers CB Josh Norman 12.21.15 at 8:01 am ET
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Welcome to Monday’s Morning Mashup. For the latest news, start at our WEEI.com home page or click here for the top stories from our news wire.

MONDAY’S BROADCAST HIGHLIGHTS:
NBA: Timberwolves at Celtics, 7:30 p.m. (CSNNE)
NBA: Magic at Knicks, 7:30 p.m. (NBATV)
NBA: Thunder at Clippers, 10:30 p.m. (NBATV)
College basketball: Providence at UMass, 7 p.m. (CBSSN)
College basketball: Sacred Heart at Northwestern, 7 p.m. (Big Ten Network)
College basketball: Appalachian State at North Carolina, 7 p.m. (ESPN2)
College basketball: Eastern Kentucky at West Virginia, 7 p.m. (ESPNU)
College basketball: Chicago State at Marquette, 7 p.m. (FS1)
College basketball: Oregon at Alabama, 9 p.m. (ESPNU)
College basketball: Pepperdine at Gonzaga, 9 p.m. (ESPN2)
College basketball: North Texas at Creighton, 9 p.m. (FS1)
NFL: Lions at Saints, 8:30 p.m. (ESPN)

AROUND THE WEB:

— The Panthers remained undefeated Sunday, squandering a big lead to the Giants but then winning on the game’s final play, a 43-yard field goal from Graham Gano. But the talk after the game was about Giants receiver Odell Beckham Jr., who repeatedly delivered dirty hits to the head of Panthers cornerback Josh Norman.

On one play, as Norman was trying to help tackle Giants running back Shane Vereen, Beckham raced in and launched himself at Norman’s head.

“The guy ran 15 yards down the field, dead-on collision,” the outspoken Norman said after Carolina’s 38-35 victory. “The play was all the way to the left side. He came back and was hunting, and it was just, like, malicious in every way.

“I hope the league office gets a chance to review the film and see what they can do, because players like that don’t deserve to be in the game.”

Added Norman: “It was ridiculous. I think it was personal. He was trying to come at me. I didn’t take nothing personal. I just went out and did my job.”

Beckham did not have a reception until midway through the third quarter, but he rallied late to finish with six receptions for 76 yards and caught a game-tying touchdown pass with less than two minutes remaining. However, according to Norman, the second-year receiver’s flaws were revealed for all to see.

“You going to get out here, and you’re going to dance around and prance around like you’re a ballerina, that goes to show you,” Norman said. “When you cut back layers, you see. Everybody saw that live on national TV. There’s nothing that I can show that he hasn’t already been exposed.

“The maturity level on him is just as a little kid. I think he needs to grow. I tried to do my best to respect people.”

Beckham said he’s not concerned about additional penalties from the league, implying Norman was the instigator.

“You never want to hurt your team like that, and I have learned throughout my life, always, second man gets caught,” Beckham said. “It is just unfortunate.”

Giants coach Tom Coughlin acknowledged that his second-year player did not have his finest moment.

“We had discussed prior to the game, going in, what the expectation would be, and he thought that that was all behind him,” Coughlin said. “But he did lose his composure. … I wanted him to play the game. He had to learn. He’s got to learn at some point how to deal with some things on the field.”

— All is not well in Buffalo, where the Bills clinched another season without a playoff appearance following Sunday’s 35-25 loss to Washington, and frustrated defensive end Mario Williams appeared to accept the likelihood that he’ll be sent packing soon.

“Of course there’s going to be changes. That’s obvious,” said the highly paid Williams, who also questioned some of the moves by his coaching staff. “You just wait and see if your number is called, that’s all.”

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Monday’s Morning Mashup: Buzz continues over Giants WR Odell Beckham Jr.’s incredible TD catch 11.24.14 at 8:15 am ET
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Welcome to Monday’s Morning Mashup. For the latest news, start at our WEEI.com home page or click here for the top stories from our news wire.

MONDAY’S BROADCAST HIGHLIGHTS:
NHL: Penguins at Bruins, 7 p.m. (NESN)
NFL: Ravens at Saints, 8:30 p.m. (ESPN; WEEI-FM)
College basketball: Purdue vs. Kansas State, 2:30 p.m. (ESPN2)
College basketball: Missouri vs. Arizona, 5 p.m. (ESPN2)
College basketball: Arizona State vs. Maryland, 7 p.m. (ESPNU)
College basketball: Murray State at Xavier, 7 p.m. (FS1)
College basketball: Eastern Washington at Indiana, 7:30 p.m. (ESPNews)
College basketball: Pittsburgh vs. Chaminade, 9 p.m. (ESPNU)
College basketball: NJIT at Marquette, 9 p.m. (FS1)
College basketball: Alabama vs. Iowa State, 9:30 p.m. (ESPN2)
College basketball: Tulsa vs. Auburn, 11 p.m. (ESPNU)
College basketball: BYU vs. San Diego State, 11:30 p.m. (ESPN2)
Soccer: Premier League,Southampton at Aston Villa, 2:55 p.m. (NBCSN)

AROUND THE WEB:

— The Giants continued to struggle, losing Sunday night’s game to the Cowboys, but most of the talk after the game was about Odell Beckham Jr.’s amazing touchdown catch that some have called the best ever.

Despite being interfered with by Cowboys DB Brandon Carr, Beckham leaped in the air and snatched the high pass with his outstretched right hand, then pulled it back to his stomach while his left hand cushioned his fall to the turf in the corner of the end zone.

“That’s the best catch I’ve seen in my 10 years playing,” teammate Antrel Rolle said.

Tweeted injured Giants receiver Victor Cruz: That’s the greatest catch I’ve ever seen.

The 43-yard TD gave the Giants a 14-3 second-quarter lead, although they went on to drop a 31-28 decision.

“Obviously Beckham had the great catch, which excited everybody,” Giants coach Tom Coughlin said. “But we weren’t able to win, so it’s back to the drawing board.”

Added Coughlin of Beckham: “He’s got a gift, there’s no doubt.”

— Former Patriots backup Ryan Mallett‘s stint as a starter with the Texans appears to have come to an end — at least for now.

Mallett reportedly suffered an injury to his right pectoral muscle before Sunday’s 22- 13 loss to the Bengals. Mallett played in the game but could not duplicate the success he had the week before against the Browns, completing 21-of-45 passes for 189 yards and no touchdowns with one interception and a quarterback rating of 49.2.

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