NFL notebook: Cards DB loses top of finger in his glove

| Monday, Sept. 23, 2013, 7:45 p.m.

Cardinals safety Rashad Johnson lost more than a football game in New Orleans.

The tip of the middle finger on his left hand departed there, too.

Johnson displayed the reduced digit to reporters when the team gathered in Florida, where it will practice in preparation for next Sunday's game against Tampa Bay.

Johnson removed his glove after a tackle and found the top of his finger was still in the glove, which was drenched in blood. Now the index finger and middle finger are about the same length.

Johnson joked that the finger “probably wouldn't have been used for anything good anyway.” Doctors shaved down the damaged finger and Johnson says he might be able to play next Sunday.

49ers deal with DE Smith

The 49ers placed linebacker Aldon Smith on the reserve non-football injury list as he enters rehab for substance abuse and begins what team CEO Jed York has termed an indefinite absence.

The NFL said there is no minimum number of games Smith must miss on the reserve non-football injury list, and he can return when ready.

On whether he expects Smith to return this season, coach Jim Harbaugh said only, “there's a process; we're going to respect that process.”

Smith played Sunday and had five tackles just two days after he was arrested and jailed Friday morning on suspicion of DUI and marijuana possession.

Bills' Spiller vows to play

Bills running back C.J. Spiller doesn't expect an injury to his right leg to keep him from playing against the Ravens this weekend.

Though still experiencing some soreness, Spiller walked without a limp on Monday.

Spiller was hurt in a 27-20 loss at the Jets.

Browns undecided on QB

Browns coach Rob Chudzinski said he has not yet decided if quarterback Brian Hoyer will make his second start this Mannweek against Cincinnati.

Hoyer threw three touchdown passes Sunday as the Browns (1-2) stunned the Vikings. Chudzinski said he wants to “get more information” before he decides whether to stick with Hoyer or go back to Brandon Weeden, who sprained his right thumb in Week 2 against Baltimore.

Around the league

Baltimore receiver Jacoby Jones is doing well after being involved in an altercation on a chartered bus. TMZ reported Jones and his teammates were returning from Washington after celebrating offensive lineman Bryant McKinnie's birthday. Jones was hurt when he was hit over the head by a stripper wielding a champagne bottle. ... Buccaneers coach Greg Schiano said he did not fly back with the team Sunday night because he was tending to his ill father. ... Jaguars quarterback Blaine Gabbert, who missed the last two games after slicing open the back of his throwing hand, will start Sunday against the Colts. ... The Packers released receiver and return man Jeremy Ross a day after he muffed a kickoff that set up a touchdown in the wild 34-30 loss to the Bengals.

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