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Commish allowing return of Garrett

The Associated Press

CLEVELAND — Myles Garrett is allowed to play and chase quarterbacks again after the NFL reinstated the Browns’ star defensive end from his indefinite suspension for a vicious attack on Pittsburgh QB Mason Rudolph last season.

The league lifted its ban Wednesday on Garrett, who ripped off Rudolph’s helmet and smashed him over the head with it during a Nov. 14 game on national television. Garrett missed Cleveland’s final six games and his loss was a major blow to the Browns, who went 2-4 without him, finished 6-10, fired coach Freddie Kitchens and saw general manager John Dorsey resign.

On Monday, Garrett met with Commissioner Roger Goodell and other league officials in the final step before he was cleared to return. He can participate in all of the Browns’ offseason activities and that’s a big relief as the team is undergoing another new start under coach Kevin Stefanski.

Garrett is cleared to return to all activities with the Browns.

“We welcome Myles back to our organization with open arms,” Browns vice president of football operations and GM Andrew Berry said. “We know he is grateful to be reinstated, eager to put the past behind him and continue to evolve and grow as a leader. We look forward to having his strong positive presence back as a teammate, player and person in our community.”

Jags hire McAdoo

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — The Jacksonville Jaguars hired former New York Giants head coach Ben McAdoo as quarterbacks coach.

McAdoo replaces Scott Milanovich, who left at the end of last season to take the head coaching job with the CFL’s Edmonton Eskimos.

The 42-year-old McAdoo is the second former NFL head coach to join Doug Marrone’s staff. Jacksonville hired former Washington head coach Jay Gruden last month as offensive coordinator, a position that opened when Marrone fired John DeFilippo.

The Giants fired McAdoo late in the 2017 season. He has been out of the NFL the past two seasons.

McAdoo spent less than two seasons as the Giants’ head coach. He was fired after a 2-10 start in 2017. He benched Eli Manning before a Week 13 game, ending the quarterback’s consecutive starts streak at 210 games, and was fired the following Monday along with general manager Jerry Reese.

The Giants went 11-5, finishing second in the NFC East, and lost a wild-card game to Green Bay in McAdoo’s first season. Before his head coaching stint, McAdoo was the Giants’ offensive coordinator (2014-15) under ex-Jaguars executive Tom Coughlin. He also spent two seasons (2012-13) as Green Bay’s quarterbacks coach and worked alongside Aaron Rodgers.

Adding to the combine

MIAMI — The NFL will stage an additional event beyond the upcoming scouting combine in Indianapolis.

The league’s combine series will have a regional invitational and historically black colleges and universities combine from March 27-29 at the Miami Dolphins’ Baptist Health Training Facility. Attendees will include draft-eligible athletes who were not invited to the national combine that begins later this month.

Vikings Pro Bowl wide receiver Adam Thielen and fullback C.J. Ham, along with Broncos kicker Brandon McManus, Rams four-time All-Pro punter Johnny Hekker, and Chiefs center Austin Reiter attended the regional combine during their draft year.

Nearly 10 percent of all players in the Pro Football Hall of Fame attended HBCUs. In 2019, there were 32 players from HBCU programs on NFL rosters.

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