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Brady has 10th season with 4,000 passing yards...Ertz gets 111th reception...Jets’ Williams ejected

December 23, 2018

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) — Tom Brady has added his name to yet another list of elite NFL passers. With a 6-yard pass to Rex Burkhead in the second quarter, the Patriots quarterback Brady joined Peyton Manning, Drew Brees and Philip Rivers as quarterbacks with at least 10 seasons of 4,000-plus passing yards. Manning has 14 of those seasons, Brees has 12 and Rivers has 10.

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Philadelphia’s Zach Ertz has set a single-season record for most catches by a tight end with his 111th reception, breaking Jason Witten’s mark. Witten had 110 catches for the Dallas Cowboys in 2012. Ertz eclipsed the record on a 13-yard pass from Nick Foles in the third quarter of the Eagles’ game against Houston. Ertz fumbled after the catch and teammate Dallas Goedert recovered.

NEW YORK (AP) — The New York Jets’ top defensive lineman has been thrown out of today’s game against Green Bay. Leonard Williams was ejected for throwing a punch at Packers right tackle Bryan Bulaga after the two got into a shoving match late in the second quarter. Quarterback Aaron Rodgers took exception to Williams’ actions and shoved him. After a lengthy conference by the officials, they called a personal foul on Williams and tossed him from the game.

NEW YORK (AP) — San Jose Sharks defenseman Erik Karlsson has been suspended two games for an illegal check to the head of Los Angeles Kings forward Austin Wagner. The incident occurred early in the second period of the Kings’ 3-2 overtime win over the Sharks yesterday. Wagner left the game after getting taken down by Karlsson on a hard hit near center ice. After getting back on his feet, Wagner’s legs came out from under him. No penalty was called.

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Florida State has hired former Houston assistant Kendal Briles as its offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach. Terms weren’t disclosed when Florida State announced Briles’ hiring today. Briles resigned Saturday after Houston finished the season with a 70-14 loss to Army in the Armed Forces Bowl.

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