Texans’ Johnson reaches 100 catches

HOUSTON — Houston receiver Andre Johnson reached 100 catches for the fifth time in his career, tying an NFL record for most seasons with at least that many receptions.

Johnson had four catches for 63 yards, giving him 103 for the season. Johnson also had more than 100 receptions in 2006, 2008, 2009 and 2012.


Garcon breaks Monk’s season catch record: In Landover, Md., Washington Redskins receiver Pierre Garcon broke Hall of Famer Art Monk’s franchise record for most catches in a season by getting to 107 with a game to go.

Garcon had 11 catches, giving him 107 catches for 1,290 yards and five touchdowns.

Monk had 106 catches in 1984.

“It’s pretty cool, but with the season going on, it’s pretty hard to celebrate anything right now,” said Garcon, whose Redskins have lost seven consecutive games to fall to 3-12.

Garcon’s previous career highs of 70 catches and 947 yards both came with the Colts in 2011.


Linebacker Matthews reinjures thumb: In Green Bay, Wis., Packers linebacker Clay Matthews was knocked out of the game against the Steelers after appearing to reinjure his right thumb.

Matthews was hurt after sacking Ben Roethlisberger at the Packers 43 with about five minutes left in the second quarter. Matthews appeared to be in pain as soon as he got up and ran to the sideline.

Matthews missed four games after hurting the thumb while recording a sack Oct. 6 against Detroit. He leads Green Bay with 7½ sacks.


Bentley injured in second-quarter collision: In Detroit, Lions cornerback Bill Bentley was being evaluated for a head injury after a scary collision in the second quarter against the New York Giants.

Bentley was trying unsuccessfully to prevent a touchdown pass to Jerrel Jernigan when Detroit teammate Louis Delmas appeared to catch him in the head with his arm. Bentley was down for a while, but he was able to walk off the field with some assistance. He did not return to the game.


Injured tackle Melton arrested at Texas bar: In Grapevine, Texas, Chicago Bears defensive tackle Henry Melton was charged with assault and public intoxication after refusing to leave a bar and fighting with employees in a Dallas suburb.

Grapevine police Sgt. Robert Eberling said Melton was arrested early Sunday at Chill Sports Bar after becoming belligerent. The nearly 300-pound Melton, who suffered a cut nose but declined treatment, was freed on $1,210 bond.

The 27-year-old Melton allegedly punched the manager in the face and bit his arm, Eberling said. The manager wasn’t seriously hurt. Eberling said four bar staffers restrained Melton until police arrived.

Melton, a former Texas standout from Grapevine, is out for the season after tearing his left anterior cruciate ligament Sept. 22 against Pittsburgh.

Bears officials and agent Jordan Woy both said they were seeking more information about the incident.


Umpire at Browns-Jets game leaves after injury: In East Rutherford, N.J., umpire Butch Hannah left the game against the Cleveland Browns and New York Jets after appearing to suffer and injury to his face late in the first half.

After an 8-yard run by the Browns’ Chris Ogbonnaya, it appeared Hannah made contact with Jets cornerback Antonio Cromartie’s right shoulder pad as he was spotting the ball. Hannah then stumbled into Jets defensive end Muhammad Wilkerson before going down to the turf, holding his face.

Trainers from both teams checked on Hannah, who walked to the locker room under his own power.

He was not back on the field to start the second half. There was no immediate word on the nature of the injury.