2014 DRAFT GUIDE
Browns' Little knows he has to slow down driving

By TOM WITHERS - AP Sports Writer
    2013-08-22 16:21

BEREA, Ohio (AP) - Browns wide receiver Greg Little knows he has to slow down. It's the only option.

His career, and perhaps his life, depends upon it.

Little vowed Thursday to act more responsibly after it was revealed that he wrecked his car driving 127 mph - more than 70 mph over the legal speed limit - in April, an incident and decision he called ``mindless.''

Little was cited for drag racing after crashing his expensive, high-performance Audi into a guardrail, taking out a light pole and leaving more than 40 yards of brake tracks, according to a police report. Little and a passenger were uninjured in the single-car accident, which records say took place at 2:47 a.m. He said he understands his behavior was unacceptable and realizes he's lucky to have survived.

``It's obviously something that I've got to take very seriously and slow my speeds down and be cautious of others on the road,'' Little said following practice. ``I could have seriously put my life and other lives in danger. It was a pretty traumatic experience and it's something that I learned from and I'm just trying to move forward and just learn from it.''

Little was fined $350.

Although Little vowed to change his behavior, earlier this week he was ticketed for driving 81 mph in a 60 mph zone and expired license plates. He's due in court on Sept. 4 - four days before Cleveland's season opener.

Little, 24, isn't the only Browns player to recently break the law for speeding.

Fellow wide receiver Josh Gordon was cited for driving 98 mph on Aug. 13, at least his second offense since May.

Browns coach Rob Chudzinski said he reprimanded Little and Gordon, who is suspended from Cleveland's first two regular-season games for violating the NFL's drug policy. Chudzinski would not reveal whether he disciplined the players, but said both seemed remorseful and recognize the potential severity of their thoughtless actions.

``We take that seriously,'' Chudzinski said. ``It's not acceptable. I've sat down with both of those guys individually and talked to them and addressed that with them as well as with the team. All these guys are guys that are learning how to mature. We're working to build a locker room and a team and a foundation of guys accountable and that's what being a Brown is going to be all about.''

Risky behavior on vehicles is nothing new for the Browns. Kellen Winslow (2005) and Marcus (2011) both had near-fatal motorcycle accidents.

Chudzinski said the violations by Little and Gordon will not affect their playing time Saturday when the Browns play Indianapolis.

Beyond the violations, Little, who has been stopped at least four times for traffic offenses in the Cleveland area since December, twice had warrants issued for his arrest after failing to appear in court. Little said he notified the Browns immediately after the crash in April.

``It was really just a mindless effort on my behalf and just not thinking at all, just being careless of the, you know, there are laws in place on the roads and just not abiding by them,'' Little said.

In explaining his most recent violation, Little said he was driving with ``the flow of traffic'' and didn't realize how fast he was doing.

It's part of a troubling pattern for Little, who was issued 93 parking tickets on multiple vehicles with nine different license plates while he was at North Carolina.

Gordon, who was cited driving 45 in a 25 mph zone and failed to appear in court, was not in the locker room during the period it was open to the media.

Browns linebacker D'Qwell Jackson said his message to his young teammates is simple.

``You've got to slow down,'' he said. ``Now, everything (Little) does is going to be talked about and written about. The last thing you want is something bad to happen out there.''

Little's off-the-field missteps seem to contradict talk that he has matured, and brought an unfavorable light on the Browns, a team trying to shed a losing image.

``We want to talk about football,'' Jackson said. ``We don't want to talk about any other distractions.''

--

NOTES: Browns DT Desmond Bryant (back spasms) and rookie K Brandon Bogotay (groin) will not play Saturday against the Colts. ... Chudzinski said CB Chris Owens (foot), WR Davone Bess (knee tendinitis) and LB Jabaal Sheard (knee) are unlikely to play after missing time this week. ... The Browns waived punter T.J. Conley, who kicked for the New York Jets in 2011. ... Chudzinski said Oneil Cousins will start at right guard and rookie Garrett Gilkey will get some snaps with Cleveland's first-team. The Browns are looking for a right guard after Shawn Lauvao and Jason Pinkston suffered ankle injuries and their trade with Seattle for John Moffitt was voided.

---

AP NFL Website: www.pro32.ap.org

Fantasy Football Player Notes RSS FeedPLAYER NOTES

Matt JonesMay 20 02:15p

Washington Redskins RB Matt Jones said that he loves the offense and has a chip on his shoulder after not being used properly while in college. 'My college career [ More ]

Derek CarrMay 20 08:53a

Updating a previous report, Oakland Raiders QB Derek Carr (finger) is experiencing numbness in his right ring finger. He hopes to avoid surgery through rest and rehab, and no [ More ]

Derek CarrMay 19 06:13p

Oakland Raiders QB Derek Carr (finger) has a right ring finger injury that could be surgically repaired. A return for training camp is still achievable, however, according to a source.

L. WashingtonMay 19 05:23p

Pittsburgh Steelers WR L'Damian Washington (undisclosed) was waived/injured Tuesday, May 19.

Shayne GrahamMay 19 03:03p

New Orleans Saints PK Shayne Graham was released Tuesday, May 19. Subsequently, free-agent WR Lance Lewis (49ers) was signed.

Joseph BarksdaleMay 19 02:23p

Free-agent OT Joseph Barksdale (Rams) will sign a one-year deal worth $350,000 with the San Diego Chargers, according to a source. The deal also comes with more than $1 million in incentives available.

Tom BradyMay 19 01:43p

New England Patriots QB Tom Brady will continue to appeal his four-game suspension, despite owner Robert Kraft saying the team will not appeal the discipline levied against them.

Jed CollinsMay 18 03:32p

Dallas Cowboys FB Jed Collins was released Monday, May 18, and FB Tyler Clutts was re-signed to an undisclosed contract.

Tyler CluttsMay 18 03:32p

Dallas Cowboys FB Jed Collins was released Monday, May 18, and FB Tyler Clutts was re-signed to an undisclosed contract.

Lache SeastrunkMay 18 02:42p

Tennessee Titans RB Lache Seastrunk was released Monday, May 18.

Jimmy GaroppoloMay 17 08:42p

New England Patriots QB Jimmy Garoppolo's quick decision making and accuracy fit well with New England's playbook that includes quick-rhythm passes as part of the foundation, and Bucky Brooks [ More ]

Zach HockerMay 17 04:42p

The New Orleans Saints have signed free-agent PK Zach Hocker (Dolphins).

Joseph RandleMay 16 07:32p

Dallas Cowboys RB Joseph Randle has the skills to lead the team's backfield in 2015 but he'll need to work on his off-field issues, according to Jon Machota of [ More ]

Matt CasselMay 15 07:52p

Buffalo Bills QB Matt Cassel is likely to enter Week 1 of the season as the team's backup quarterback, in the opinion of The Buffalo News' Vic Carucci. He [ More ]

Santana MossMay 15 07:12p

Free-agent WR Santana Moss (Redskins) is not ready to hang up his cleats and retire this offseason. 'I'm a free agent right now, you know how they do [ More ]

Robert TurbinMay 14 05:32p

Seattle Seahawks RB Robert Turbin (hip) underwent hip surgery this offseason, according to sources. No timetable was disclosed for his recovery.

Tom BradyMay 14 03:52p

New England Patriots QB Tom Brady has officially appealed his four-game suspension.

Greg SalasMay 13 02:23p

Free-agent WR Greg Salas (Jets) signed a one-year deal with the Detroit Lions Wednesday, May 13. Financial terms were not disclosed.

John ConnerMay 13 12:03p

Free-agent FB John Conner (Jets) signed with the Buffalo Bills Wednesday, May 13. FB Corey Knox was waived to make room for him.

Tom BradyMay 13 10:03a

New England Patriots QB Tom Brady's four-game suspension could be reduced significantly, and possibly overturned, a source told ESPN's Adam Schefter. Brady has put together a renowned legal team to appeal his suspension.

D.J. SwearingerMay 12 05:22p

Free-agent SS D.J. Swearinger was officially claimed by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers Tuesday, May 12.

Fred JacksonMay 12 03:13p

Buffalo Bills RB Fred Jackson may not make the final roster if the Bills end up keeping only three running backs, according to Mike Rodak of ESPN.com. RB LeSean [ More ]

Lance MooreMay 12 01:23p

Free-agent WR Lance Moore (Steelers) signed a one-year deal with the Detroit Lions.

Justin BlackmonMay 12 11:02a

Jacksonville Jaguars WR Justin Blackmon was denied reinstatement by the NFL this offseason, according to The Associated Press' Mark Long. It's unclear whether Blackmon failed a drug test or [ More ]

Joseph RandleMay 12 10:42a

Dallas Cowboys RB Joseph Randle could see the bulk of the carries as the season weighs on, in the opinion of beat writer Todd Archer. Archer pegged Randle for [ More ]

Jimmy GaroppoloMay 11 09:42p

New England Patriots QB Jimmy Garoppolo is expected to start while QB Tom Brady serves his suspension for 'DeflateGate'. Brady was suspended four games by the National Football League [ More ]

Tom BradyMay 11 07:12p

New England Patriots QB Tom Brady will appeal his four-game suspension, according to his agent.

Tom BradyMay 11 05:52p

New England Patriots QB Tom Brady has been suspended four games for his involvement in the deflated-football incident in the AFC Championship. In addition, the Patriots will lose their [ More ]

D.J. SwearingerMay 11 04:12p

Houston Texans SS D.J. Swearinger was officially released Monday, May 11.

Carey SpearMay 11 01:22p

Cleveland Browns PKs Travis Coons and Carey Spear will compete for the kicker job this offseason, and the competition is wide open at this point, according to special teams coordinator Chris Tabor.

Garrett HartleyMay 11 01:12p

Cleveland Browns PK Garrett Hartley was released Monday, May 11.

Kyle ArringtonMay 11 10:32a

New England Patriots CB Kyle Arrington was released Monday, May 11, according to a source. The team left the door open for him to return.

RSS Feeds

NFL News:
 
Player Notes:
 
Forum Posts:
 

© 2015 RealTime Fantasy Sports, Inc.
Email Us  ·  Call Us 636.447.1170  ·  Lost Password
Advertising represented by USA Today Sports Media Group