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Packers reiterate struggling Crosby is still their kicker

  • Article by: NEWS SERVICES
  • December 18, 2012 - 1:07 AM

The Green Bay Packers are sticking with Mason Crosby, although that decision has as much to do with their personnel philosophy as it does with their faith in the struggling kicker.

After missing a pair of field-goal attempts during the Packers' 21-13 victory over the Chicago Bears on Sunday, Crosby is 17-for-29 (an NFL-worst 58.6 percent) this season and has botched at least one kick in the past eight games. Nevertheless, coach Mike McCarthy remained steadfast in his support of Crosby, saying no change is in the offing.

"Mason Crosby is an accountable man. He needs to perform better," McCarthy said Monday. "I'm disappointed in the way he performed yesterday. There's more that goes into it as far as when you evaluate players and everything around each player at their position. So, at the end of the day, Mason will be our kicker and that's my focus."

Crosby signed a five-year, $14.75 million contract extension that included a $3 million signing bonus in July 2011 and responded with the best season of his career last year, making 24 of 28 field-goal attempts. He has a base salary of $1.65 million this season and has three more years left on his deal, at $2.4 million in 2013, $2.65 million in 2014 and $2.8 million in 2015.

Asked after Sunday's game if he was worried about the Packers cutting him, Crosby replied, "That's not even on my mind. ... I'm not even going to think about that."

Steroids found in room when Reid's son died

The oldest son of Eagles coach Andy Reid had steroids in his room at the team's training camp when he overdosed from heroin in August, according to Northampton (Pa.) County District Attorney John Morganelli.

The steroids weren't a factor in the death of Garrett Reid, Morganelli said at a news conference. Reid was found dead in his dorm room on Aug. 5 at Lehigh University in Bethlehem, Pa., during Eagles training camp and the county coroner later ruled it a heroin overdose.

Morganelli said in a telephone interview that there was no evidence Reid, who was working as a strength and conditioning coach for the Eagles, was supplying steroids to the players.

Andy Reid said Monday in a statement that Morganelli's report further confirmed his 29-year-old son's troubles, and that Eagles players were in no way involved.

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• Redskins coach Mike Shanahan said Robert Griffin III will be the starting quarterback again once doctors say the rookie's sprained right knee has healed "100 percent." Shanahan said he hopes it's not too long before Griffin is cleared, but the coach gave no indication as to when he expects that to be. The Redskins are 8-6, tied for first in the NFC East. They visit Philadelphia on Sunday.

• Redskins tackle Jordan Black was suspended without pay for four games for violating the NFL's policy on performance enhancing substances. Black's suspension begins immediately and will include playoff games if the Redskins advance that far.

• Bills reserve linebacker Arthur Moats will miss the final two games of the season after injuring an ankle Sunday against Seattle.

• The Browns waived defensive back Dimitri Patterson, who appeared in seven games this season with four starts. Patterson signed a 3-year, $16 million deal in the offseason with $6 million guaranteed.

• The Seahawks reinstated rookie safety Winston Guy from the suspended list after he missed the past four games for violating the league's policy on performance-enhancing substances.

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