Panthers quarterback Cam Newton, who is still in the NFL’s concussion protocol, was fined $9,115 for taunting Falcons linebacker Deion Jones, who avoided a fine for his helmet-to-helmet hit on the Carolina quarterback on a two-point conversion later that knocked Newton from the game with a concussion.
Panthers right guard Trai Turner was fined $24,309 for verbally abusing an official who didn’t flag Jones for the hit that the NFL also deemed legal.
Newton missed a third straight day of practice on Friday. Derek Anderson is expected to start at quarterback on Monday night against Tampa Bay. Anderson is 2-0 as Carolina’s starter, with both wins coming against the Bucs in 2014.
Panthers Coach Ron Rivera wasn’t quite ready to rule out the league’s MVP, saying only “he’s in the protocol.” However, Newton hasn’t made it outside to watch any of the practices this week in preparation for the Buccaneers.
Giants receiver Odell Beckham Jr. was fined $24,309 for taunting in a loss at Minnesota on Monday night.
Redskins cornerback Josh Norman was fined $9,115 for pantomiming a bow and arrow after an interception against the Browns, and Cleveland receiver Terrell Pryor was fined the same amount for using the football as a prop.
Also, Washington wide receiver DeSean Jackson is expected to be fined for wearing cleats with a yellow “caution” tape design in violation of league rules regarding uniforms, which are handled separately from physical or verbal infractions.
Also in that game, Jets safety Calvin Pryor ($24,309) was fined for an illegal hit on Seattle receiver Doug Baldwin.
Other players fined this week included: Colts linebacker Curt Maggitt ($9,115), late hit on the quarterback; Titans center Ben Jones ($9,115), taunting; Raiders guard Gabe Jackson ($9,115), unnecessary roughness; Ravens receiver Mike Wallace ($9,115), unnecessary roughness and taunting; Broncos linebacker Todd Davis ($18,321), horse-collar tackle.
The Buffalo Bills have activated Marcell Dareus even though the star defensive tackle is questionable to play Sunday against the Los Angeles Rams because of a hamstring injury. Running back LeSean McCoy is also listed as questionable because of a hand injury. The Bills have ruled out offensive linemen Cyrus Kouandijo (ankle) and Patrick Lewis (knee) and cornerback Corey White (shoulder). … The Detroit Lions will be without defensive end Ziggy Ansah (ankle), tight end Eric Ebron (ankle and knee) and linebacker DeAndre Levy (knee and quadriceps) on Sunday against the Philadelphia Eagles. … Minnesota Vikings wide receiver Stefon Diggs has been listed as doubtful for the game against Houston because of a groin injury. ...
New York Jets cornerback Darrelle Revis is doubtful to play against the Pittsburgh Steelers after not practicing all week because of a tweaked hamstring. He will be a game-time decision. … The New England Patriots have placed quarterback Jacoby Brissett on injured reserve because of a right thumb injury. The rookie was pressed into duty with Tom Brady suspended when usual backup Jimmy Garoppolo was injured in Week 2. In all, Brissett completed 34 of 55 passes for 400 yards and ran 16 times for 83 yards, including a 27-yard touchdown. … Miami Dolphins rookie cornerback Xavien Howard underwent knee surgery to repair his meniscus and is expected to be sidelined several weeks. …
The Atlanta Falcons will be without three linebackers when they play the Broncos in Denver. Deion Jones (ankle), De’Vondre Campbell (ankle) and Paul Worrilow (groin) are all injured and will miss Sunday’s game at Denver. Jones and Campbell are starters and Worrilow is a former starter.. … Carolina had three other starters miss their third straight day of practice: running back Jonathan Stewart (hamstring), left tackle Michael Oher (concussion) and cornerback James Bradberry (toe). None of those players are expected to be ready to play against the Buccaneers. … The Tennessee Titans have ruled out two starters: safety Da’Norris Searcy (ankle) and nose tackle Al Woods (calf).