Mangini backs off accusations that Lions players faked injuries

BEREA, Ohio -- Browns coach Eric Mangini says he was frustrated at losing when he suggested the Detroit Lions faked injuries in Sunday's game.

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Mangini had suggested Lions defensive players faked that they were hurt to slow down Cleveland's no-huddle offense in Detroit's 38-37 win. Mangini noted that several Lions left the field with injuries only to return.

During his Wednesday news conference, Mangini expressed regret about his comments, saying he wasn't trying to "shy away from accountability" for losing.

Lions coach Jim Schwartz has said Mangini was "way out of bounds" in questioning the Lions' motives.

Mangini said the two have "cleared the air."

Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press

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