Washington Redskins wide receiver Pierre Garcon filed a class-action lawsuit against popular daily fantasy sports website FanDuel, accusing the site of profiting off his name and likeness without permission.
The lawsuit, filed Friday in federal court in Maryland, where the Redskins play their home games, represents the latest legal challenge for the lucrative daily fantasy industry, which has attracted scrutiny since a multimillion-dollar advertising blitz at the start of the NFL season.
According to Garcon's lawsuit, FanDuel has repeatedly used his name and likeness in its TV ads and on its website without his consent. Garcon claims that he and other players should be compensated by FanDuel for the use of their names, which he says has driven up revenues for the company.
Garcon said in a statement that he was bringing the lawsuit "on behalf of myself as well as any other players who are being treated unjustly."
• Hall of Fame quarterbacks Dan Marino and Joe Montana will host the World Fantasy Football Championship on Dec. 12-13 in San Diego for 120 players vying for the first-place prize of $3 million through FanDuel.
Marino says he's "excited to team up with Joe Montana and get back out on the gridiron to see if these fantasy players can translate their skills to the field."
JPP stayed positive
When his right hand was injured by fireworks, Jason Pierre-Paul says he wasn't frightened. And he never doubted he'd return to football.
"I wasn't worried at all," the Giants star defensive end said Friday. "I wasn't in shock or nothing. I looked at my hand, and my fiance was going crazy. But I kept calm."
The July 4 fireworks accident cost him his right index finger. In his first comments since the mishap, Pierre-Paul left unanswered many questions, but he recalled his time in a Florida hospital with a mangled hand and burns covering his arm.
He said he remained confident even as doctors decided to amputate, leaving him with a large gap between his middle finger and a thumb that remains swollen and bent inward from multiple fractures and a partial amputation.
"When I was in the hospital, I saw a kid die," Pierre-Paul said. "I feel very fortunate I'm alive. … What happened to my hand was bad, but I've seen worse."
• San Francisco 49ers running back Carlos Hyde has been ruled out of Sunday's game at the St. Louis Rams because of an injured left foot. Hyde is the NFL's ninth-leading rusher with 470 yards on 115 carries and three touchdowns.
• Rams defensive tackle Nick Fairley and Jacksonville Jaguars defensive end Andre Branch were each fined $17,363 by the NFL for illegal hits on quarterbacks last weekend.
• Miami Dolphins defensive end Cameron Wake has a torn left Achilles' tendon that will end his season.
• Tennessee Titans quarterback Marcus Mariota is close to a return from his knee injury, just not this week. The Titans announced Friday that Zach Mettenberger will start at Houston.
• Browns quarterback Josh McCown's right shoulder has improved enough that he'll likely start Sunday against Arizona "Threw the ball around [Friday], felt a little better," McCown said.