NFL notebook: Official suspended 1 game for profanity
By The Associated Press
Published: Friday, Nov. 22, 2013, 9:36 p.m.
An NFL game official was suspended Friday for one game without pay for making “a profane and derogatory statement” to a Redskins player, an incident that has led to a call for NFL players to stop using the N-word on the field and in the locker room.
The league announced that umpire Roy Ellison will not work an NFL game this weekend as punishment for words directed at left tackle Trent Williams late in the second quarter of the Redskins' loss to the Eagles on Sunday.
Williams said he was called vulgar names — although not the N-word — by Ellison and did nothing to provoke it.
A replay from the second quarter shows Ellison gesturing at Williams while walking backward just before a snap, with Williams, quarterback Robert Griffin III and tight end Niles Paul turning to look back at the umpire. Redskins coach Mike Shanahan was among those who supported Williams, saying: “You just can't use that type of language to get your point across.”
Incognito, NFL meet again
Suspended Dolphins offensive guard Richie Incognito was meeting with NFL investigator Ted Wells at the team facility, according to ESPN.com.
NBC6 TV in Miami shot footage of Incognito arriving at the Dolphins' facility. ESPN.com reported Incognito met with Wells on Thursday night and also was meeting with him again Friday.
At the Dolphins' request, the league is looking into the issues that led up to offensive tackle Jonathan Martin walking away from the team Oct. 28, citing bullying from Incognito and other teammates.
WR Welker probable
Five days after leaving a game with a concussion, Broncos receiver Wes Welker was cleared for full practice and listed as probable for Denver's game against New England.
“If you had the ‘Definitely will go' category, he'd probably be on there, too,” Broncos interim coach Jack Del Rio said.
Welker has passed NFL-mandated tests that have allowed him to gradually work his way back into practice with the Broncos. He was out Wednesday, limited Thursday and a full participant Friday.
Broncos tight end Julius Thomas was limited and listed as questionable.
Ravens TE Pitta on mend
Ravens tight end Dennis Pitta might be ready to make his season debut Sunday after being sidelined since July with a hip injury.
Pitta returned to practice this week for the first time after he dislocated and fractured his hip on the second day of training camp.
Baltimore coach John Harbaugh said “there is always a chance” that Pitta will play Sunday against the Jets.
Vikings hike stadium share
The Vikings said they will raise their contribution to a new stadium to more than $500 million to make sure the project has everything needed.
Vice president Lester Bagley said the extra money is the only way to preserve the design and features in the new stadium, which will now cost more than $1 billion.
Around the league
Redskins rookie tight end Jordan Reed remains unable to practice because of a concussion, making it unlikely he will play in Monday night's game against the 49ers. … Raiders running back Darren McFadden and receiver Denarius Moore missed practice with injuries, and neither is expected to play Sunday against the Titans. … Ravens defensive tackle Haloti Ngata practiced for the first time since injuring a knee last week. … Chiefs wide receiver Kyle Williams (knee) was placed on injured reserve. … The Panthers will be without three starters for Sunday's game against the Dolphins, including defensive end Charles Johnson. … Lions running back Joique Bell (Achilles tendon) is questionable for Sunday's game against Tampa Bay. ... Eagles quarterback Michael Vick told radio station WIP that the team should continue to stick with Nick Foles as starter.
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