NFL report: Ex-Spartans Langford, Cousins have big days
It was a good Sunday for a pair of Spartans.
■Rookie Jeremy Langford scored his first NFL touchdown, from a yard out, in the Bears 48-23 loss to the Cardinals in Chicago. Langford had six carries for 21 yards.
■In Washington, an efficient Kirk Cousins avoided turnovers in a 24-10 victory over St. Louis.
“I can’t say enough good things about the way our offensive line played,” said Cousins, who went 23-for-27 for 203 yards and a 4-yard touchdown pass to Pierre Garcon. “I could give you five reasons for us playing so well, and it’d be those five guys.”
Cousins did not throw an interception and was sacked twice.
Chancellor’s holdout expected to continue
The Seahawks shouldn’t expect to welcome All-Pro S Kam Chancellor, holding out in a contract dispute, any time soon.
According to NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport, Schneider has the backing of owner Paul Allen, a typically hands-off owner who has “been informed of every single development and is standing behind GM John Schneider’s stance.”
As of Sunday, lost wages and fines for Chancellor exceeded $2 million.
Bills honor former
GM Polian at halftime
The Bills honored former general manager Bill Polian by presenting him his Pro Football Hall of Fame ring at halftime against the Patriots.
Polian, who was inducted into the hall in August, was general manager and architect of the Jim Kelly-led Bills teams that made four consecutive Super Bowl appearances in the early 1990s only to lose them all. He was with the Bills from 1984-92. During the ceremony, he was joined by the Bills Hall of Fame players he drafted: Kelly, RB Thurman Thomas, DE Bruce Smith and WR Andre Reed.
Baseball infield could be disappearing
Sunday’s game between the Raiders and Ravens could be the last the league plays on a baseball infield.
With the A’s eliminated from playoff contention, the Raiders will get the all-grass field back when they play their next home game, Oct. 11 against the division rival Broncos.
With the Raiders playing on a one-year lease in Oakland and in talks with the Chargers about a new Los Angeles-area stadium, this could be their final season at the only remaining venue that is shared by an NFL team and a Major League Baseball team.
The Raiders are 6-4 over the past six seasons with the infield that runs between the 20s and 12-19 with the all-grass field.
Animal rights activists are taking aim at Vick
Animal rights activists protested the Steelers signing of QB Michael Vick.
The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reported more than 50 people lined up outside Heinz Field before kickoff wearing crimson shirts that read “I Support Pits Over Points.”
They lined the sidewalk near the Law Enforcement Officers Memorial.
Vick returned to football in 2009 after serving 18 months for helping run an interstate dogfighting ring. Since then he’s advocated against organized animal fighting.