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Limbaugh returns the fire at league

Associated Press / October 16, 2009

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Radio personality Rush Limbaugh lashed out at NFL union leader DeMaurice Smith, Al Sharpton, Jesse Jackson, and the media a day after being dropped from a group trying to buy the St. Louis Rams.

On his syndicated show yesterday, Limbaugh said he was approached by St. Louis Blues chairman Dave Checketts earlier this year about participating in a Rams bid. Limbaugh said Checketts assured him his involvement as a minority investor had been vetted by the NFL. “I said to him at this meeting, ‘Are you aware of the firestorm?’ He said, ‘We wouldn’t have approached you if we hadn’t taken care of that,’ ’’ said Limbaugh, a conservative favorite who is reviled by many liberals.

Limbaugh added that Checketts had told him his involvement had been cleared at the “highest levels of the NFL.’’

NFL commissioner Roger Goodell and Colts owner Jim Irsay expressed misgivings this week at a leaguewide meeting about Limbaugh’s involvement, with Goodell saying Limbaugh had made “polarizing’’ comments and Irsay vowing to vote against him.

On Wednesday, Checketts said Limbaugh had been dropped from the bid.

Cotchery hurting
Jets wide receiver Jerricho Cotchery missed his second straight day of practice because of a hamstring injury and was uncertain whether he’ll be ready to play Sunday against Buffalo. “It doesn’t look real good,’’ coach Rex Ryan said. Cotchery was injured in practice last Thursday and sat out two days before playing Monday night at Miami. Wide receiver Brad Smith (quadriceps), right tackle Damien Woody (right foot), and defensive end Shaun Ellis (bruised knee) also didn’t practice for the second consecutive day, although Ryan felt confident Ellis and Woody would be able to play. If both Cotchery and Smith can’t go, David Clowney and Wallace Wright would see increased time. The Jets also might add a wrinkle with practice squad running back Danny Woodhead working at wide receiver yesterday . . . Lions rookie quarterback Matthew Stafford was held out of practice for the third time in four days, leaving his availability in question for Sunday’s game at Green Bay . . . The NFL fined Tennessee defensive end Kyle Vanden Bosch $5,000 for his hit Sunday around the knees of Colts quarterback Peyton Manning.

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