“Truly, this is just a matter of getting to a deal too late in the process,” Brown said. “I think both sides, both Cincinnati and us, tried our damnedest to try to get the paperwork in at the last minute — we’re talking minutes and seconds before the trade deadline ended — we were on the phone with the NFL at the time to try to make it happen and it did not happen.
“I do think Cincinnati, in earnest, tried. I know we did everything humanly possible to get it done. It just didn’t happen. It is truly that simple.”
Packers coach Mike McCarthy said he has been aware of the situation since shortly after it occurred.
“I spoke to Aaron after the incident,” McCarthy said Monday. “It’s been a while since, I don’t recall the date. He made a mistake, and I know it’s a pending legal situation. But yes, I am aware of it.”
Jones is the Packers’ leading rusher this season with 370 yards on 70 carries and three touchdowns. He made his first extended appearance in the backfield in the game immediately before his arrest, with 13 carries for 49 yards and a touchdown in the Sept. 28 win over the Bears. Jones followed that with two 100-yard games in his next three outings, but did not play in Sunday’s 23-0 loss to the Ravens because of the knee injury he suffered the previous week at Chicago. Jones is expected to miss three to six weeks with a sprained MCL.
Dolphins defense imploding — Coming off worst loss since 1997, the Dolphins came out strong against the favored Raiders, keeping QB Derek Carr in check and trailing by just four at halftime. Oakland receivers Amari Cooper and Michael Crabtree had quiet nights but tight end Jared Cook torched Miami for 126 yards on eight catches.