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Former actor and Detroit Lions lineman Alex Karras, seen in 1971, died Wednesday at age 77. In April, he joined other former NFL players suing the league for not protecting them better from head injuries. (Associated Press)

Former actor and Detroit Lions lineman Alex Karras, seen in 1971, died Wednesday at age 77. In April, he joined other former NFL players suing the league for not protecting them better from head injuries. (Associated Press)

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Say hello, Assad: See the Navy warships off the coast of Syria

The Navy has sent four warships — USS Ramage, USS Mahan, USS Gravely and USS Barry — armed with ballistic missiles into the eastern Mediterranean Sea amid violence in Syria. Navy ships are capable of a variety of military actions, including launching Tomahawk cruise missiles as they did against Libya in 2011.