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NFL notebook: MRI reveals Steelers guard Foster suffered minor sprain

| Monday, Sept. 30, 2013, 9:09 p.m.

The Steelers received good news concerning their much-maligned and struggling offensive line.

Veteran guard Ramon Foster's MRI on Monday revealed that he suffered only a minor sprain of the right pectoral muscle during the first half of Sunday's 34-27 loss to the Vikings in London.

Foster originally suffered the injury the week before against Chicago, and aggravated it early in the second quarter Sunday when got knocked over from behind on a running play and braced his fall with his arms extended.

Foster left the game for four plays, then returned for the final nine of the drive the resulted in a field goal. He did not play in the second half.

The Steelers, who have a bye this week, will play the Jets on Oct. 13.

Foster has been durable at a position that has been injury-prone for the Steelers in recent years. He missed only the second half of last year's season opener against Denver with a severe headache before playing the final 966 snaps.

Bucs safety won't be suspended

Dashon Goldson will not be suspended for his hit on Cardinals receiver Jaron Brown in Sunday's game, but the Tampa Bay safety could be fined.

Merton Hanks, the league's vice president of football operations, said the play is being re-examined for a helmet-to-helmet hit, but it will not warrant a suspension.

Since the 2009 season, Goldson has been called for a league-high 16 personal fouls.

Freeney tears quadriceps

San Diego Chargers outside linebacker Dwight Freeney has a torn quadriceps muscle that could sideline him for several weeks or even the rest of the season.

Coach Mike McCoy and general manager Tom Telesco both said that the team doesn't know the severity of the injury or the time frame for recovery for the 33-year-old pass rusher.

Freeney was hurt in the second quarter of San Diego's 30-21 victory against Dallas on Sunday.

Patriots' Wilfork out

Vince Wilfork, the 350-pound heart of the Patriots' defense, is likely out for the season with a torn Achilles.

Coach Bill Belichick said at his press conference Monday the Patriots were still gathering medical information, but later in the day told radio station WEEI it was “unlikely” Wilfork would play again this season.

Chargers-Raiders moved

This weekend's game between the San Diego Chargers and Oakland Raiders has been moved to a night game because of the baseball playoffs.

The Raiders said Monday that kickoff for Sunday's game will be at 8:35 p.m. PDT instead of the originally scheduled 1:25 p.m. game time.

The reason for the switch is the Oakland Athletics are playing Game 2 of their division series on Saturday night. The Raiders are the only NFL team that still plays in a stadium shared by a Major League Baseball team.

The game will be televised by NFL Network.

Kosar pleads not guilty

Former Browns quarterback Bernie Kosar has pleaded not guilty to drunken driving charges in suburban Cleveland.

Bedford Municipal Clerk of Courts Thomas Day says Kosar's attorney sent the not guilty plea on Kosar's behalf Monday. A Dec. 9 pretrial hearing was scheduled.

Around the league

The Browns waived running back Montario Hardesty, whose NFL career has been plagued by injuries. Hardesty was placed on injured reserve in August after undergoing arthroscopic knee surgery. ... The Colts signed fullback Robert Hughes and waived wide receiver Griff Whalen ... The Packers promoted running back Michael Hill to the 53-man roster from the practice squad and signed wide receiver Reggie Dunn to the practice squad. ...The Titans will work out veteran free agent quarterback David Carr on Tuesday, according to Fox Sports.

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