NFL notebook: Bears sign LB DeCicco
LAKE FOREST, Ill. — With Brian Urlacher nursing a hamstring injury, the Chicago Bears signed former Pitt standout Dom DeCicco to a two-year contract, adding depth at linebacker.
The Chicago Tribune, citing sources, reported Tuesday that Urlacher is expected to miss three games and possibly the rest of the regular season. The team declined comment.
DeCicco appeared in all 16 games for the Bears last season.
Cards' Rhodes discusses tiff with teammate Dockett
Arizona safety Kerry Rhodes confirmed he had a run-in with teammate Darnell Dockett at the end of Sunday's game against the New York Jets, but emphatically denies a report that Dockett spit in his face and says the two have agreed to move on.
The dispute reportedly centered on the Cardinals' desire to allow the Jets to score late in the game so the offense would get the ball to go for the tying score. Dockett didn't want to allow a TD.
The issue became moot when Shonn Greene purposely downed the ball at the Arizona 1-yard line and the Jets ran out the clock for a 7-6 victory.
Seattle drops WR Edwards
The Seattle Seahawks have cut wide receiver Braylon Edwards after a season during which he had little impact on the offense.
Jaguars release LB Session
The Jacksonville Jaguars waived Clint Session, parting ways with the veteran linebacker from Pitt who has missed significant time following three concussions.
Session had his first concussion in the preseason and two more against Cleveland on Nov. 20. He stayed in the game after the first one against the Browns and didn't tell team doctors. He was placed on injured reserve two days later.
He signed a five-year contract in July 2011 worth $30 million. The deal included $11.5 million guaranteed.
Father of Raiders coach dies
Grady Allen, the father of Oakland Raiders coach Dennis Allen and a former NFL linebacker, died. He was 66.
Dennis Allen, who had left the Raiders on Sunday night to go to the Dallas area to be with his father, is expected to rejoin the team Wednesday night and coach Oakland against Denver on Thursday.
Hall of Fame QB collapses
Hall of Fame quarterback Bart Starr collapsed during a speech in Madison, Wis. Conference organizers say the 78-year-old appears to be OK.
The Green Bay Packers' former quarterback and coach finished speaking at the Wisconsin Housing and Economic Development Authority conference, then collapsed on stage.
Authority spokesman Kevin Fischer said Starr then sat up and said he was fine.
Pats put WR Edelman on IR, ink Stallworth
The New England Patriots placed wide receiver Julian Edelman on injured reserve with a foot injury and signed Donte' Stallworth at that position.
Arizona parts ways with TE Heap
The Arizona Cardinals released Todd Heap, bringing an end to the former All-Pro tight end's brief, injury-plagued time in the desert.
Redskins CB docked 4 games
Washington Redskins cornerback Cedric Griffin was suspended four games without pay for violating the NFL's policy on performance enhancing substances.
He will miss the rest of the regular season and be eligible to return to the active roster on Dec. 31.
Marijuana charge dropped against Lions' Fairley
A Mobile, Ala., municipal judge dismissed a misdemeanor marijuana charge against Detroit Lions defensive tackle Nick Fairley.
Judge Matt Greene agreed with prosecutors there wasn't enough evidence to show partially smoked marijuana cigarettes found in Fairley's vehicle on April 3 belonged to the former first-round pick out of Auburn.
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