CLEVELAND – The Cleveland Browns have waved off their white-flag giveaway.
Following days of criticism, the Browns decided to cancel a promotion to hand out white flags to fans before Sunday’s game against the Pittsburgh Steelers. Because white flags symbolize surrender, the giveaway seemed to imply the Browns were giving up against the Steelers, who have won 16 of the past 17 games between the AFC North foes.
A Browns spokesman said in a statement Saturday that the team scrapped the idea “in the best interests of everyone. It is something that was intended to be fun for our fans and that they could rally around, and we regret that some didn’t perceive it that way.”
The flag giveaway was poorly received by many Browns fans and even some players.
EAGLES: Quarterback Michael Vick and running back LeSean McCoy were ruled out for the Monday night game against Carolina because of concussions.
Trainer Rick Burkholder said Vick is symptom-free but McCoy has headaches and dizziness.
CHIEFS: Kansas City waived offensive lineman Rich Ranglin and elevated receiver Jamar Newsome from the practice squad to the 53-man roster.
Newsome originally joined the Chiefs’ practice squad in December 2011 after playing two games with Jacksonville that season. The former Central Florida player also spent some time on Pittsburgh’s practice squad.
RAIDERS: Oakland promoted linebacker Kaelin Burnett from the practice squad to fill the spot vacated by Aaron Curry’s release.
Burnett was signed by Oakland as an undrafted free agent from Nevada.
VIKINGS: Minnesota declared receiver Percy Harvin out of Sunday’s game at Chicago because of his sprained left ankle.