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Report: Snyder had role in toxic culture

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WASHINGTON (AP) The Washington Commanders created a "toxic work culture" for more than two decades, "ignoring and downplaying sexual misconduct" and what former female employees described as hundreds of instances of sexual harassment by men at the top levels of the organization, according to a report published Thursday by the U.S. House Committee on Oversight and Reform.

The misconduct included Commanders owner Dan Snyder, who is accused of inappropriately touching a former employee at a dinner, having staffers produce a video "of sexually suggestive footage of cheerleaders" and ordering that women auditioning to be cheerleaders walk on the field "while he and his friends gawked from his suite through binoculars," according to the report.

The House committee opened its investigation in October 2021 after the NFL did not release a written report of its review of the team's workplace culture. The league's independent review by attorney Beth Wilkinson was completed in summer 2021 and resulted in a $10 million fine to the team.


Mayfield likely to be active vs. Raiders

LOS ANGELES (AP) Coach Sean McVay says Baker Mayfield probably will be active for the Los Angeles Rams' game against the Raiders on Thursday night, just two days after the Rams claimed the former No. 1 draft pick off waivers from Carolina.

McVay wouldn't rule out the possibility of Mayfield playing against Las Vegas, but the Rams coach indicated it likely would happen only if John Wolford's persistent neck injury forces struggling Los Angeles to try an admittedly desperate solution to its quarterback woes.


Chiefs add veteran DT Williams to roster

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) The Kansas City Chiefs promoted veteran defensive tackle Brandon Williams to their 53-man roster on Thursday and there's a chance the longtime Baltimore Ravens run-stopper will play when they visit the Denver Broncos this weekend.

The Chiefs waived defensive tackle Taylor Stallworth earlier this week. That created an opening on the roster for Williams, who was signed to their practice squad on Nov. 30 and has spent the past week-plus learning the playbook.


Packers don't plan to give Love audition

GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) The Green Bay Packers are playing to win in the present, even if their NFC playoff chances are slim.

Fact-finding about their younger players - including backup quarterback Jordan Love - can wait, general manager Brian Gutekunst insisted this week. He said he doesn't want the team's final four games to serve as auditions for Love and other inexperienced players who could be vital to the team's future.


Bills' Miller did tear ACL, out for year

ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. (AP) The Buffalo Bills' hopes of having Von Miller back in time for the playoffs were dashed after exploratory surgery revealed the injury to the top pass rusher's right knee was worse than the team and player previously anticipated.

Miller's season is over, the Bills announced Wednesday, a day after he had surgery in Texas to repair what general manager Brandon Beane described as being "a mostly to fully torn" anterior cruciate ligament.


49ers not counting on Garoppolo return

SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) The San Francisco 49ers are not counting on getting quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo back for a possible playoff run even after getting the favorable news that he wouldn't require surgery on his broken left foot.

"There's that way outside chance late in the playoffs or something like that," coach Kyle Shanahan said Wednesday. "But it's just an outside chance. I'm not really real optimistic about that. But they didn't rule it out."


Ex-P Araiza not charged in rape case

SAN DIEGO (AP) Former Buffalo Bills punter Matt Araiza will not be charged in connection with an alleged gang rape of a 17-year-old girl at an off-campus party last year when he played football for San Diego State University, prosecutors said Wednesday.

The San Diego County District Attorney's Office said no charges will be filed against any of Araiza's former Aztec teammates who were also accused in the reported assault in October 2021.


Lawrence plans to play despite hurt toe

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) Jacksonville Jaguars quarterback Trevor Lawrence felt a sense of relief Wednesday that he was merely missing the first practice of his NFL career.

Lawrence said he "kind of dodged a bullet for sure on that hit," which left him with a painful big toe. The second-year pro initially feared he sustained a potentially season-ending knee injury when he was sacked on the final play of the first half at Detroit last Sunday.


DE Anderson hopes to return from stroke

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) Carolina Panthers defensive end Henry Anderson said he's hopeful he can return to action on Sunday against the Seattle Seahawks after suffering what he called "a minor stroke" in October because of a blood clot in his brain.

The 31-year-old Anderson said he felt numbness in his legs and his speech became slurred on Oct. 22, the day before the Panthers were to host the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. His wife took him to a hospital, where he remained for several days receiving treatment.


Chargers S James questionable Sunday

Add Derwin James to the extensive list of Los Angeles Chargers players whose status for Sunday night's game against the Miami Dolphins is questionable.

The Chargers said the fifth-year safety didn't participate in practice Wednesday because of a lingering quadriceps injury. Coach Brandon Staley conducted a walkthrough instead of a full practice, so the team's report is an estimate of what players' participation would have been.

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