NFL notes: Broncos cut Chad Kelly after trespassing arrest; Giants to trade Harrison to Lions

The Denver Broncos have waived backup quarterback Chad Kelly a day after he was arrested on suspicion of criminal trespass after a couple reported he came into their suburban home uninvited and sat down on their couch “mumbling incoherently.”

General manager John Elway huddled with coach Vance Joseph and team president Joe Ellis and “we agreed that releasing Chad was the right thing to do,” Elway said in a statement.

Elway added: “Even though Chad’s no longer part of our team, we’ve offered to help him however we can and are supportive of him in every possible way.”

About half an hour before the Broncos released him, Kelly appeared in Arapahoe County Court, where a court date of Nov. 8 was set for filing charges.


Kelly declined to comment outside the courthouse.

The Broncos’ move leaves third-year pro Kevin Hogan as Case Keenum’s backup.

Denver Broncos backup quarterback Chad Kelly appears for a hearing in the Arapahoe County Courthouse
Former Denver Broncos quarterback Chad Kelly appears for a hearing in the Arapahoe County Courthouse on Oct. 24, in Centennial, Colo.
(David Zalubowski / Associated Press)

Giants to trade Harrison to Lions


The New York Giants are trading star defensive tackle Damon “Snacks” Harrison to the Detroit Lions, a person with knowledge of the deal told the Associated Press.

The Giants will receive a fifth-round draft pick in 2019 for the stalwart in the middle of the defensive line, according to the person, who spoke to the AP on condition of anonymity Wednesday because the deal has not been announced.

“I’m not going to comment on any situation that is not official or not complete,” Detroit coach Matt Patricia said Wednesday. “There’s a process that is involved in all this. We have spoken to the Giants. That is true.”

ESPN was the first to report the trade, which comes less than a week before the league’s trading deadline at 4 p.m. Tuesday.

The trade is the second for the Giants (1-6) in less than 24 hours and indicates the organization is cleaning house after four wins in the last 23 regular-season games. New York sent cornerback Eli Apple, a 2016 first-round selection, to New Orleans for two picks on Tuesday.

Last week, it waived offensive tackle Ereck Flowers, a 2015 first-round pick.

Hit on Mayfield expected to draw a fine

Baker Mayfield’s head snapped back violently from a nasty hit that seemed illegal and unnecessary.


The officials on the field didn’t think so. The NFL feels otherwise.

Tampa Bay safety Jordan Whitehead is expected to be fined for his helmet-to-helmet hit on Mayfield during Sunday’s game, a person familiar with league discipline told the Associated Press.

Whitehead struck Mayfield in the fourth quarter of the Buccaneers’ 26-23 overtime win as Mayfield was starting to slide at the end of a 35-yard scramble. Whitehead should have been flagged for unnecessary roughness or unsportsmanlike conduct, said the person who spoke Wednesday on condition of anonymity because the league has not commented on calls from last week’s games.

Fines are typically announced on Saturday.

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