NFL Investigating Browns' Running Back Injury

Cleveland Browns running back James Davis had been put on the injured reserve, ending his season, but now there's questions circulating -- from the NFL primarily -- as to just how Davis became injured:

On Sunday, ESPN.com reported that Davis was injured during a recent post-practice "opportunity period" when he was hit by a Browns linebacker. According to the report, witnesses said Davis was not wearing shoulder pads while the unidentified defender who hit him had them on.

League spokesman Greg Aiello said the league is aware of the alleged incident and has been looking into the matter.

"The review is ongoing," Aiello said in an e-mail response to The Associated Press.

Browns coach Eric Mangini has had discussions with the league regarding the injury:

Mangini said the post-practice period is open to all players to get in extra work, but that it's normally attended by rookies and younger players. He said the workouts are done in a controlled environment, supervised by coaches. Mangini said he occasionally watches.

Mangini said he would never condone a situation like the one being reported.

"Never do that," he said. "If something like that did happen, it shouldn't. Ever."

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