The League: No charges against Henry's fiancee

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No charges against Henry's fiancee

Criminal charges will not be filed against the fiancee of Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver Chris Henry for her role in the incident that led to his death last month in Charlotte, police announced Wednesday.

According to the Associated Press, police announced there was no evidence that Loleini Tonga was driving a pickup truck recklessly or at an excessive speed when Henry came out of the back of the truck and suffered injuries that resulted in his death.

The truck was traveling between 19 and 23 mph in a 35-mph zone, police announced.

"Homicide detectives interviewed Ms. Tonga, who was cooperative throughout the duration of the investigation," police said in their announcement. "Her statement was consistent with witness accounts. However, there were no witnesses that actually saw how Mr. Henry came out of the back of the truck."

Harvin earns honor

Minnesota Vikings wide receiver Percy Harvin was named the NFL's offensive rookie of the year by the AP.

Harvin received 41 of 50 votes by the media members who voted on the award.

Baltimore Ravens offensive tackle Michael Oher finished second with six votes. Philadelphia Eagles wide receiver Jeremy Maclin, Denver Broncos running back Knowshon Moreno and Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Mike Wallace received one vote each.

Brady: Comeback player

New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady was named the NFL's comeback player of the year by the AP.

Brady got 19 of the 50 votes cast by media members, five more than Tampa Bay Buccaneers running back Carnell "Cadillac" Williams.

Tennessee Titans quarterback Vince Young finished third with seven votes. Bengals running back Cedric Benson and Vikings quarterback Brett Favre received four votes each.

Brady threw for 4,398 yards and 28 touchdowns this season and led the Patriots back to the playoffs. He missed almost all of last season after suffering a knee injury in the opener.

Committee sets forum

After holding two hearings on the rate and severity of brain injuries suffered by NFL players, the House Judiciary Committee has scheduled a forum dealing with the head injuries of football players.

The forum, scheduled for Feb. 1 in Houston, is to focus on high school and college players.

The committee made the announcement Wednesday, two days after its hearing in Detroit as a follow-up to a late-October hearing on Capitol Hill.

Weis to join Chiefs staff

Charlie Weis has agreed to join the Kansas City Chiefs as their offensive coordinator, according to multiple reports.

Weis was fired as the head coach at Notre Dame after college football's regular season.

The former New England Patriots offensive coordinator returns to the NFL working for Chiefs General Manager Scott Pioli, formerly the Patriots' front office chief, and Coach Todd Haley, a former fellow assistant coach with the New York Jets.

Pats place Welker on IR

New England officially placed Wes Welker on the season-ending injured reserve list in the wake of his season-ending knee injury suffered in the regular season finale.

Welker led the league with 123 catches this season and had a career-high 1,348 receiving yards.

-- Mark Maske

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