NFL Notebook: Commissioner Goodell re-issues bounty discipline

| Tuesday, Oct. 9, 2012, 10:14 p.m.

NEW ORLEANS — NFL commissioner Roger Goodell has handed down new discipline to four players in connection with the NFL's bounty investigation of the Saints.

There are no changes to the full-season suspension for New Orleans' linebacker Jon Vilma or the four-game suspension for Saints defensive end Will Smith.

The suspension of free agent defensive lineman Anthony Hargrove was reduced from eight to seven games while Cleveland linebacker Scott Fujita is now docked one game, down from three.

Only Smith and Fujita have played this season. Vilma has been rehabilitating from offseason knee surgery.

The players also can delay the suspensions by appealing again.

Redskins cut K Cundiff

The Washington Redskins released struggling kicker Billy Cundiff on Tuesday and replaced him with free agent Kai Forbath.

Forbath emerged as the winner in a tryout at Redskins Park. He won the Lou Groza Award with UCLA in 2009 as the top kicker in college football, but he has yet to play in the NFL. Cundiff was signed late in preseason after he was waived by the Baltimore Ravens. He has been the worst kicker in the league this year, making only seven of 12 field goal attempts.

Texans LB Cushing done

Houston Texans linebacker Brian Cushing is out for the season with a torn ligament in his left knee.

Cushing was hurt in the second quarter of the Texans' 23-17 win over the New York Jets on a low block by guard Matt Slauson.

Ex-Pats RB Faulk retires

Kevin Faulk has made it official. After two injury-plagued seasons, the running back is retiring after 13 years with the New England Patriots. His 12,349 all-purpose yards, 5,041 return yards and 4,098 kick return yards are team records. He also rushed for 3,607 yards and 16 touchdowns and caught 431 passes for 3,701 yards and 15 TDs.

HOF gets Brees' football

The Pro Football Hall of Fame has received the football Drew Brees threw to eclipse Hall of Fame quarterback Johnny Unitas' record of 47 consecutive games with a touchdown pass. Brees broke the record with a 40-yard pass to Devery Henderson during a 31-24 victory over San Diego on Sunday night, marking Brees' 48th straight game with a scoring pass, a streak that began on Oct. 18, 2009, in a victory over the New York Giants.

Wells signs with Bills

The Buffalo Bills have signed former South Park High School and Clarion University star Reggie Wells to address an injury-depleted offensive line.

Wells is a 10-year NFL veteran who appeared in five games last season with Carolina. He spent his first seven seasons with Arizona and one year with Philadelphia. He has 91 starts in 117 career games.

Karras returns home

Former Detroit Lions defensive star Alex Karras, 77, is at home, spending his final days with his family.

Craig Mitnick, Karras' attorney in a lawsuit against the NFL, says Karras may be dying from kidney failure because his body has caught up to dementia he suffers from.

Sanchez still Jets starter

Coach Rex Ryan says there is “no question” that Mark Sanchez is the New York Jets' starting quarterback despite struggling at times against the Houston Texans. Sanchez has completed less than 50 percent of his passes in four straight games, and many fans and media have suggested that backup Tim Tebow should take over as the starter.

RB Williams goes on IR

The Arizona Cardinals announced they are putting running back Ryan Williams on injured reserve with a left shoulder injury, officially ending his season.

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