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NFL notebook: League lifts Goldson's 1-game suspension

| Wednesday, Sept. 18, 2013, 7:57 p.m.

Buccaneers safety Dashon Goldson's one-game suspension was reduced to a $100,000 fine for his hit on Darren Sproles of New Orleans.

Goldson was suspended one game without pay Monday for flagrant and repeat violations of NFL safety rules prohibiting hits to the head and neck area of defenseless players. This will allow him to play Sunday against New England.

Browns tab QB Hoyer

Browns third-string quarterback Brian Hoyer will start Sunday against Minnesota in place of Brandon Weeden, who sprained his right thumb last week.

Cleveland decided to go with Hoyer over more experienced backup Jason Campbell. The veteran came in for one series in the fourth quarter against Baltimore after Weeden injured his thumb when he banged it on a teammate's helmet while making a pass. Campbell has 71 career starts.

Broncos lose LT Clady

Peyton Manning will have a new left tackle protecting his blindside after the Broncos placed All-Pro Ryan Clady on season-ending injured reserve.

Clady will soon undergo surgery for what's being called a Lisfranc tear, which involves a separation of ligaments and joints in the foot.

Colts TE Allen out for year

Colts tight end Dwayne Allen will miss the rest of the season with a hip injury.

The Colts had hoped Allen would heal with rest, but doctors said surgery is required.

Packs RB Starks to start

James Starks will get the start at running back Sunday for the Packers against the Bengals with rookie Eddie Lacy recovering from a concussion.

Starks ran for a career-best 132 yards last week against the Redskins.

NFL fines Pollard $42K

The NFL fined Titans safety Bernard Pollard $42,000 for his hit on Texans wide receiver Andre Johnson.

The hit in last week's 30-24 overtime win by Houston left Johnson with a concussion after Pollard helped knock him out of bounds near the goal line late in regulation.

Cards WR Fitzgerald sits

Larry Fitzgerald sat out practice with his ailing right hamstring, and his status is uncertain for the Cardinals' game Sunday at New Orleans.

The seven-time Pro Bowl wide receiver has missed only four games in his nine-plus NFL seasons.

Starting running back Rashard Mendenhall did not practice because of a toe injury.

Around the league

John Coughlin, the younger brother of Giants coach Tom Coughlin, died Monday night at Hackensack University Medical Center. He was 63. … Seahawks Pro Bowl tackle Russell Okung (toe) will not play Sunday against the Jaguars.

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