Kosar won't back off comments
BERNIE KOSAR didn't back down.
The former Browns quarterback, who angered St. Louis coach Jeff Fisher for criticizing Rams backup quarterback Kellen Clemens and others during a TV broadcast last week, did not apologize in his first public comments last night and defended the way he analyzes games.
Working as a color commentator for Cleveland's exhibition game against the Rams last week, Kosar made harsh comments about Clemens, Rams wide receivers and assistant coach Ray Sherman. Fisher took issue with Kosar, saying he had lost respect for him and questioned his motives.
During the first 15 minutes of the Browns' pregame show before Cleveland hosted the Detroit Lions yesterday, Kosar stood by his remarks.
"I love the game so much, there's no way I'd want to disrespect or hurt, or make fun of, any players or coaches," Kosar said. "That being said, the way I look at the game and the way I like to analyze it from a football perspective, it is what it is. And again, I don't want to disrespect and hurt any of the players and coaches in the league.
"I do like the way I look at the game and I have strong feelings about the way the game's played," he said.
In the second half last week, Kosar tried to make a joke when play-by-play announcer Jim Donovan mentioned that Clemens had recently met the Pope.
"Bless me father for I have sinned," Kosar said. "I have to watch him the whole fourth quarter."
Fisher didn't find anything amusing about Kosar's remarks.
* Saints linebacker Jonathan Vilma traveled to Philadelphia to have arthroscopic knee surgery, but how long he'll be sidelined remains unclear, coach Sean Payton said.
"We'll have him back and we'll kind of go from there," Payton said.
The 31-year-old Vilma has had numerous surgeries on his left knee during the past two seasons. He missed five games in 2011 and started last season on the physically unable to perform list. However, Payton stopped short of saying he viewed Vilma's latest surgery as a setback.
"This is a little different procedure, so we'll how he does when he gets back," the coach said.
* A day after moving atop Pittsburgh's depth chart at running back, Steelers rookie Le'Veon Bell's status is in doubt for Monday night's preseason game against the Washington Redskins. Bell aggravated a left knee injury during a training camp practice yesterday. Pittsburgh's second-round pick out of Michigan State was on the ground for several minutes while being attended by trainers after going down in a pile among multiple defensive players.
* Tom Brady participated fully in the Patriots' walkthrough yesterday, jogging with other players and dropping back normally to throw passes. But his status for tonight's exhibition game against the Tampa Bay is uncertain. Patriots coach Bill Belichick didn't speak with reporters after the third and final day of joint practices with the Buccaneers.
* Browns rookie linebacker Barkevious Mingo has been hospitalized with a bruised lung. Mingo, the No. 6 overall pick in April's NFL draft from LSU, was injured in the first half of Cleveland's 24-6 victory over Detroit last night.
Also, Browns running back Dion Lewis broke his leg and is likely out for the season. Cleveland also lost offensive guard Jason Pinkston, who sustained a severely sprained ankle. He left the stadium in a walking boot and on crutches.
* Chicago Bears Pro Bowl defensive end Julius Peppers sat out his second straight preseason game last night because of a hamstring injury.