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NEW YORK — Hall of Fame player Marshall Faulk and two other NFL Network analysts were suspended after a woman who worked as a wardrobe stylist at the network accused them of sexual misconduct in a lawsuit.
The NFL on Tuesday identified the three as Faulk, Ike Taylor and Heath Evans. They have been "suspended from their duties at NFL Network pending an investigation into these allegations," league spokesman Brian McCarthy said.
Jami Cantor described several sexually inappropriate encounters with the three retired players and others who have worked for NFL Network, according to court documents first reported by Bloomberg .
The lawsuit and suspensions are the latest in a wave of sexual misconduct allegations against prominent men in politics, entertainment and media.
Former NFL Network executive Eric Weinberger, former NFL Network analysts Donovan McNabb, Eric Davis, and Hall of Famer Warren Sapp, and former NFL Network employee Marc Watts also are named in the lawsuit.
"We are investigating, and McNabb and Davis will not appear on our networks as that investigation proceeds," ESPN spokesman Josh Krulewitz said Tuesday.
Young players lead Dolphins' resurgence
DAVIE, Fla. — Kenyan Drake is handling his new role as an NFL workhorse just fine, thank you.
The Miami Dolphins' second-year running back totaled 193 yards rushing and receiving on 31 touches Monday night to spearhead a surprising 27-20 victory over New England.
"I feel great," Drake said. "Body always feels great after a win, especially a win against a top-notch opponent such as the Patriots."
Like Drake, cornerback Xavien Howard has been getting his hands on the ball a lot, with two interceptions in each of the past two games. The second-year pros are a big reason for Miami's late-season surge.
After five consecutive losses, the Dolphins (6-7) have won two in a row.
Miami DT calls Patriots center 'dirty player'
DAVIE, Fla. — Miami Dolphins defensive tackle Jordan Phillips has called New England Patriots center David Andrews a "dirty player" in an Instagram post.
Phillips' comment Tuesday was accompanied by a video of the play on which he injured his left leg in Monday night's Miami victory.
Andrews went at Phillips' legs trying to block him on a screen pass. Phillips limped off the field, but later returned to the game.
Redskins Cravens plans to play next year
WASHINGTON — Su'a Cravens' agent says the Washington Redskins safety has been cleared to resume football activities and plans to play next season.
Fadde Mikhail says in a statement released Tuesday that Cravens suffered from post-concussion syndrome, was cleared Dec. 7 and no longer has symptoms. Cravens left the Redskins in early September as he mulled retirement.
Cravens, 22, was Washington's second-round pick in 2016 and played 11 games during his rookie year. He was set to be a starter this season.
Ex-Bears return star Devin Hester retires
CHICAGO — Devin Hester, the spectacular speedster who holds the NFL record for kick return touchdowns with 20, announced his retirement from the NFL on Tuesday.
Hester played for Atlanta, Baltimore and Seattle, but his best years were with Chicago from 2006-13.
He is the third-leading punt returner in NFL history and was selected to the Pro Bowl in 2006, 2007, 2010 and 2014.
Steelers hope to have Haden against Pats
PITTSBURGH — Mike Tomlin is ready to talk about the New England Patriots.
The fact the Pittsburgh Steelers coach can include cornerback Joe Haden in the discussion is a bonus.
Haden will attempt to practice for the AFC North champions this week, barely a month removed from a fractured left leg that appeared to put his season in jeopardy.
Tomlin will wait to make a decision on whether Haden will be available on Sunday when the Steelers (11-2) host the Patriots (10-3).
While Haden could return, the Steelers are still adjusting to life without linebacker Ryan Shazier. The 25-year-old Shazier injured his spine in the first quarter of a 23-20 victory over Cincinnati on Dec. 4 and remains in the hospital recovering from spine stabilization surgery.
The team has been tight-lipped about Shazier's long-term prognosis, but placing him on injured reserve means he won't be back at any point this season, if he returns at all.
Still, Shazier remains very much a part of the team, as Tomlin and several Steelers players have visited him in the hospital.
Chiefs Peters returns from suspension
KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Marcus Peters is back on the practice field for the Kansas City Chiefs after a series of embarrassing antics earned him a one-game suspension from coach Andy Reid.
The All-Pro cornerback sat out a 26-15 victory over Oakland, and will return Sunday as the Chiefs host the Chargers.
The teams are tied at 7-6 atop the AFC West, and the winner has the inside track on a division title.
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