Mangini, Browns talk with NFL about how rookie injured shoulder

ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. -- Cleveland Browns coach Eric Mangini said he has spoken with NFL officials about concerns over how rookie running back James Davis sustained a season-ending shoulder injury and whether it happened during a post-practice session.

"We talked to the league about it. Addressed it," Mangini said after Sunday's 6-3 victory over the Buffalo Bills. "We feel very comfortable with being where we're at."

Mangini was responding to a question about an ESPN report that cited two unnamed witnesses who claimed Davis wasn't wearing pads after practice when he was struck by an unnamed Browns linebacker who was wearing pads.

Davis was hurt during the Browns' Sept. 13 season opener against the Minnesota Vikings and placed on injured reserve on Oct. 3.

Last month, the NFL Players Association confirmed that it filed a formal grievance over Mangini fining a player $1,701 for not paying a hotel for a $3 bottle of water. At the time, Mangini said: "Grievances are common. People grieve with every single team. It's not unique at all. I guess what would be more surprising is if 90 percent of fines aren't grieved. That's not just with us. That's any team."

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