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Andre Johnson retires after 14 years

nashville, tenn.

Star wide receiver Andre Johnson is retiring after 14 seasons in a career mainly spent with the Houston Texans.

The 35-year-old Johnson is a seven-time Pro Bowl player now with Tennessee. The Titans announced Monday that Johnson had informed the team of his decision to retire.

“He had a professional approach to the game both on and off the field and in my opinion is one of the best to have played the game,” Titans general manager Jon Robinson said in a statement.

Johnson ranks among the top 10 receivers in NFL history in catches and receiving yards. He had 1,062 catches for 14,185 yards and 70 touchdowns.

cleveland browns

Josh Gordon leaves rehab facility

Former Cleveland Browns receiver Josh Gordon has finished his recent 30-day rehabilitation stay, a person with knowledge of the situation tells The Associated Press.

The person spoke Monday on condition of anonymity because of the sensitivity of the situation. Gordon said he was entering rehab at the end of September, just after he became eligible to return to the Browns.

Gordon currently is suspended indefinitely by the NFL, and while technically still Browns property, the team has said it has “closed that chapter.” The NFL’s trade deadline is Tuesday.

arizona cardinals

Replay booth was not shut off on fumble

tempe, ariz.

Arizona Cardinals coach Bruce Arians says the “fumble” ruling that resulted in the Carolina Panthers’ first touchdown Sunday was not overturned because the NFL replay system had been shut down.

All touchdowns are reviewed but after Carolina’s Thomas Davis picked up the ball and ran 46 yards for a score, the conversion kick came quickly and the call stood.

Television replays showed that Carson Palmer had shoved the ball forward in the direction of running back David Johnson.

Arians said he was told the replay official “did not have the proper feed for instant replay, so they shut it down” to fix it.

Arians said “it was confirmed” later that it was a forward pass.

The Cardinals went on to lose 30-20.

The NFL did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

new york jets

Jets coach Bowles gets a swear jar

new york

Todd Bowles needs to curb his cussing — or it’ll cost him.

The New York Jets’ normally low-key coach used some profanity during his news conference after a 31-28 victory over winless Cleveland on Sunday. He was talking about his stern message to his team at halftime, when the players acknowledged Bowles had some choice words — aka, not suitable for innocent ears — for them after an awful first two quarters.

Jackie Davidson, the Jets’ director of football administration, has a simple solution. And, no, not washing his mouth out with soap.

“I guess she’s going to put a swear jar in my office,” Bowles said Monday. “And every time I cuss, I’m going to have to put a dollar in it. So I’m going to have to watch myself.”

Wire reports

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