Two people familiar with the situation say Atlanta Falcons coach Mike Smith has been fined $15,000 by the NFL for a sideline scuffle, while Washington Redskins cornerback DeAngelo Hall avoided any punishment.
The people spoke to the Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the league has not officially commented on the situation. The NFL also fined Redskins safety LaRon Landry $7,500, Washington defensive tackle Albert Haynesworth $5,000 and Falcons director of athletic performance Jeff Fish $2,500. Hall, a former Raider, was not fined.
Chiefs: Preparing for Oakland this week has triggered memories for Kansas City quarterback Matt Cassel that are both sad and uplifting.
Last season, when he was with New England and the Patriots were getting ready to travel for a game against the Raiders, Greg Cassel died. Matt lost his father on the Tuesday before the Sunday game.
He left the team for two days to be with his family and help make funeral arrangements. Then he had a long and emotional talk with coach Bill Belichick and his offensive coordinator, and decided to go ahead and play.
Determined to honor his father with a good performance, Cassel set his emotions aside and threw a career-best four touchdown passes to lead the Patriots to a 49-26 victory.
Those feelings and memories have been tugging at Cassel all week as he gets ready for his first trip back to Oakland. "It was a great way to honor him by getting a victory up there," Cassel said. "It was a special day."
Titans: Receiver Justin Gage has several broken transverse bones in his lower back, and he is unlikely to play Sunday for Tennessee against Buffalo.
The receiver was injured when he fell to the ground after making a leaping catch to set up the go-ahead touchdown in last week's 34-27 win at San Francisco.
Gage started hurting once the adrenaline wore off, and the Titans ran a variety of X-rays and CT scans.
Coach Jeff Fisher said Thursday the tests revealed the multiple fractures. Fisher did not rule Gage out but says it's unlikely he will play this week.
Joe Namath's dogs: Back in the day, Hall of Fame quarterback Joe Namath was known for his dangerous arm. Now in retirement in Florida, it's his dog that's dangerous.
Namath, 66, appeared before a hearing officer in West Palm Beach to answer to charges that two of his dogs attacked people who came to his home in Tequesta, a quiet community about 90 miles north of Miami.
His 6-year-old yellow Labrador retriever, Leo, was declared "dangerous" during the hearing. The case against another of Namath's dog, a 6-year-old Weimaraner named Stella, was dropped because a witness didn't show.
As a dangerous dog, Leo must now be muzzled and leashed even on Namath's property. It must have a microchip implanted and carry a special "dangerous" dog designation tag. Namath also must post signs on his property warning of the dog's presence.