Patriots grab pair of lesser knowns in 6th and 7th

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Patriots grab pair of lesser knowns in 6th and 7th

By Tom E. Curran
CSNNE.com
FOXBORO - A day (or two) after many experts expected the Patriots would select a pass rusher, New England finally made a move to take a guy who can chase quarterbacks on the regular. Markell Carter, a defensive end from Scottie Pippen's alma mater Central Arkansas, was the 194th pick in this draft. New England closed out its 2011 draft by selecting defensive back Malcolm Williams from TCU with the 219th pick. Carter is a 6-4, 248-pound fella who didn't attend the Combine. When he worked out at a pro day, he ran a 4.76 40 and bench pressed 225 pounds 17 times. For you and me, that's good. For an NFL linebacker, not as impressive. He'll be thrown in that DEOLB mix with Tully Banta-Cain, Rob Ninkovich, Jermaine Cunningham and Eric Moore. As for Williams, he's not very well known. At all. He's got some flexibility, having played safety in junior college. He's solidly build and compact at 5-9, 204 and he runs a 4.48 40. Kid's got special teams written all over him, at least at the start.

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Brown apologizes for 'distraction' caused by Facebook Live video

Brown apologizes for 'distraction' caused by Facebook Live video

Pittsburgh Steelers wideout Antonio Brown posted an apology on social media Tuesday night for his Facebook Live video that has caused a stir over the last few days.

"I let my emotions and genuine excitement get the best of me, and I wanted to share that moment with our fans," said Brown in a statement on his Twitter. ""It was wrong of me to do, against team and NFL policy, and I have apologized to Coach Tomlin and my teammates for my actions.

"I'm sorry to them for letting it become a distraction and something that they've had to answer questions about while we're preparing for a big game on Sunday."

Steelers coach Mike Tomlin said on Tuesday that he has “absolutely no worries on the video's effect" on Sunday's game against the Patriots, but it was "selfish and inconsiderate" of his star wide receiver.

Brown could still be fined for violating the league's social-media policy. The policy states that players, coaches and football operations personnel are banned from using social media on game days 90 minutes before kickoff, during games, and before "traditional media interviews."

Koppen: Antonio Brown should know locker room isn’t time for Facebook posts

Koppen: Antonio Brown should know locker room isn’t time for Facebook posts

Former NFL player Dan Koppen says the team locker room after a win is a sacred place and that Steelers WR Antonio Brown should know not to be posting on Facebook.