- The Washington Times - Tuesday, November 17, 2009

From combined dispatches

The NFL fined Titans owner Bud Adams $250,000 for making an obscene gesture at Buffalo fans while celebrating Tennessee’s victory over the Bills.

Commissioner Roger Goodell notified Adams of the fine Monday, and league spokesman Greg Aiello said it is for conduct detrimental to the NFL. Adams was seen making the gesture while in his luxury suite and again on the field after Sunday’s 41-17 victory.

The 86-year-old Adams issued an apology a couple of hours later, saying he got caught up in the excitement of the moment.

EAGLES: Brian Westbrook’s status is uncertain after the former All-Pro running back suffered another concussion in Philadelphia’s 31-23 loss at San Diego.

Westbrook was playing his first game after sitting out two because of a concussion suffered Oct. 26. He was injured in the third quarter Sunday on a screen play in which he was caught between a block by Eagles receiver Jason Avant and Chargers safety Eric Weddle.

BENGALS: Larry Johnson might get to revive his troubled career with a team known for giving second chances.

Cincinnati coach Marvin Lewis said Johnson would be in Cincinnati to discuss a limited role - fourth-string running back, essentially an insurance policy in case Cedric Benson’s hip injury gets worse or another running back gets hurt.

BROWNS: The NFL Players Association is trying to set up a meeting with Cleveland players this week to talk about coach Eric Mangini’s practices, a person at the union told the Associated Press.

The person said the union is looking into what has been going on in Cleveland this season because of concerns about health and safety.

DOLPHINS: Running back Ronnie Brown remains on crutches after he was hurt Sunday during the Dolphins’ 25-23 win over Tampa Bay. He’s unlikely to play Thursday at Carolina, and he could be sidelined much longer.

JETS: Safety Jim Leonhard is having surgery on his broken right thumb, and coach Rex Ryan is uncertain how long he might be sidelined.

Ryan said Leonhard is having surgery Monday, adding “that doesn’t sound good to me.”

COWBOYS: Dallas will be without safety Ken Hamlin at least three weeks and offensive tackle Marc Columbo longer than that.

Hamlin sprained an ankle and Columbo broke his left leg and suffered ankle ligament damage in Sunday’s 17-7 loss to the Green Bay Packers.

RAMS: St. Louis lost leading wide receiver Keenan Burton for the rest of the season, the result of a right knee injury in Sunday’s 28-23 loss to New Orleans.

The Rams placed Burton on injured reserve with a torn patella tendon.

ESPN: Jon Gruden has agreed to a multiyear contract to stay at ESPN, suggesting he won’t be returning to coaching anytime soon.

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