Football's giving Browns coach Hue Jackson refuge to cope with family loss.
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A team spokesman confirmed Wednesday night that Jackson's mother, Betty Lee, died over the weekend in Los Angeles following a long illness. Her passing came two weeks after Jackson's brother [url=http://www.packerscheapstore.com/randall-cobb-jersey-cheap]Randall Cobb Jersey[/url] , John Jr., died unexpectedly.
Jackson intends to stay with the Browns through next week's exhibition opener against the New York Giants while the family finalizes funeral plans.
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Jackson's agent, John Thornton, told Cleveland that the deaths have deeply affected the coach.
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Although Jackson is just 1-31 in two seasons with the Browns, owners Dee and Jimmy Haslam said last week that the coach still has their unwavering support.
Five-time Pro Bowl defensive tackle Haloti Ngata and linebacker Corey Nelson have agreed on one-year contracts with the Philadelphia Eagles, according to two people familiar with the deals.
Both people spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity Tuesday because the deals won't be official until the league year starts Wednesday.
Ngata leaves the Detroit Lions to add depth on a strong front four that already landed Michael Bennett last week in a trade with Seattle. Nelson, who started six games in four seasons in Denver [url=http://www.seahawkscheapstore.com/cortez-kennedy-jersey-cheap]Cortez Kennedy Jersey[/url] , bolsters the special teams and gives Philadelphia another option at linebacker.
The Super Bowl champions released veteran tight end Brent Celek earlier in the day and lost tight end Trey Burton to Chicago.
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