Thursday, April 17, 2014
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Brown's Twitter photo looks like pot

CLEVELAND BROWNS wide receiver Davone Bess posted a potentially incriminating photograph on his Twitter account that could jeopardize his future with the team - and possibly lead to NFL discipline.

Bess, who capped a disappointing first season with Cleveland by missing the final two games for personal reasons, posted a photo yesterday morning on his Twitter page of a small package containing what appears to be marijuana. Some of the green-and-brown colored substance is out of the bag and on a table. The photo has since been deleted.

A Browns spokesman said the team "is aware of the photos and looking further into the situation, and will deal with the matter internally."

NFL spokesman Greg Aiello had no comment beyond saying the league was aware of the photo.

This is the second time a photo associated with Bess has brought him under scrutiny.

Last month, a photo posted on his Instagram account showed Bess sitting on an outdoor deck and lighting a cigar or possibly a marijuana joint while he sat next to a picture of reggae legend Bob Marley and with a Rastafarian flag draped around his shoulders.

The Browns traded with Miami to get Bess on draft day last year, swapping picks with Miami to acquire the dependable slot receiver. Cleveland's front office immediately signed the 28-year-old to a 3-year, $11.5 million contract extension through 2016. That deal includes $5.75 million guaranteed and Bess is scheduled to make $3.06 million in 2014.

Touted as a sure-handed receiver, Bess finished with career lows in catches (42) and yards (362) for the Browns, who went 4-12.

Noteworthy

* Patriots quarterback Tom Brady returned to practice after being a no-show Wednesday because of illness.

* Seattle wide receiver Percy Harvin is still going through concussion testing and has not been cleared for Sunday's NFC Championship Game.

* New York Jets coach Rex Ryan signed a contract extension through at least the next two seasons. Ryan had 1 year left on his contract.

* Cincinnati promoted linebackers coach Paul Guenther to defensive coordinator, replacing new Minnesota coach Mike Zimmer.

* Kirk Olivadotti is returning to Washington as inside linebackers coach, and new coach Jay Gruden is retaining Raheem Morris as defensive-backs coach and Jacob Burney as defensive-line coach.

* A search warrant request indicates that Boston police have been investigating whether former Patriots star Aaron Hernandez may have been the gunman in a 2012 double slaying.

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