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NFL: Giants' Gilbride claims 49ers DL Smith 'gets away with murder'

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New York Giants offensive coordinator Kevin Gilbride, while praising the work of the San Francisco 49ers, also claimed that officials fail to call holding on defensive end Justin Smith.

"Smith is a beast on the inside," Gilbride told reporters. "He's strong, he does as good a job of grabbing a hold of offensive linemen and allowing those twists to take place. He never gets called for it, so he gets away with murder."

Gilbride wants to officials to take note of Smith's play. Penalties are often not called as long as players keep hands inside shoulder pads without arms outstretched.

49ers head coach Jim Harbaugh responded to Gilbride's assertion before Friday's practice.

"Kevin Gilbride's outrageous, irrational statement regarding Justin Smith's play is, first, an absurd analogy. Second, it is an incendiary comment targeting one of the truly exemplary players in this league. It's obvious that the Giants coaching staff's sole purpose is to use their high visibility to both criticize and influence officiating."

---San Francisco 49ers cornerback Carlos Rogers told the New York Daily News that he will stop mimicking the salsa dance of Giants receiver Victor Cruz, according to a Daily News report.

Cruz began performing his salsa touchdown celebration as a tribute to his late grandmother, Lucy Molina, who died recently. Molina had taught Cruz the dance when he was a child.

Cruz performs the dance after scoring a touchdown, and Rogers imitated it after intercepting a pass intended for Cruz last season. The teams play each other on Sunday.

"I'm not gonna do it," Rogers told the Daily News. "That's a tribute to his grandmother. Once (I heard) that, I threw that out the door. It's definitely out."

Earlier this week, Cruz said he would've felt insulted if Rogers did the dance again Sunday.

"It's just something that I do for my grandmother," Cruz told reporters. "It's something that's sacred to me; it's something that's due to her passing. Before she passed away, it was something dear to me."

---New York wide receiver Hakeem Nicks told reporters that he hopes to play Sunday against the 49ers, while head coach Tom Coughlin said no decision had been made on whether Nicks will travel to San Francisco.

"I did the majority of the practice -- about four or five reps a period - about what I would normally do on a Friday practice," Nicks said. "I did good. I had coach watching me, asking how I looked, was I compensating or anything like that. I wasn't. So it looked good. I feel good about it. We'll see how I respond in the morning and then they'll let me know.

"I would like to see what the coaches are going to say, what they're going to say about it in the morning and what the trainers are going to say, but I think I've got a pretty good shot."

---Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III participated full in Friday's practice, providing another sign that he will start Sunday's game against the Minnesota Vikings.

Griffin is still listed as questionable, five days after he suffered a mild concussion in a loss to the Atlanta Falcons. The rookie must still receive medical clearance.

"Doctors make those decisions, we don't," Redskins coach Mike Shanahan told the team's web site. "That's why we run all these tests. But why would you not let somebody play if he's felt good right at the end of the game (and) every day until now?

"If he has these tests after practice today and all of sudden he's not feeling good or something's wrong, obviously we're not going to take the chance."

---Green Bay Packers Greg Jennings will miss Sunday's game against the Houston Texans because his groin injury.

Coach Mike McCarthy said at Friday's press conference that Jennings was six days away from testing his injury again.

Tight ends Jermichael Finley (shoulder) and D.J. Williams (hamstring), and defensive tackle B.J. Raji (ankle) were listed as questionable.

---All four players involved in the New Orleans Saints bounty scandal have appealed their suspensions ahead of Friday's deadline, according to an NFL.com report.

The appeals come after commissioner Roger Goodell re-issued punishments on Tuesday. In doing that, Goodell reduced Anthony Hargrove's ban from eight games to seven, and Scott Fujita's suspension from three games to one. He re-instated the year-long suspension for Jonathan Vilma and four-game ban for Will Smith.

In appealing his season-long suspension, New Orleans Saints linebacker Jonathan Vilma requested that NFL commissioner Roger Goodell recuse himself on the basis of bias and partiality, according to an ESPN.com.

Vilma hopes for a favorable rating from Judge Helen Berrigan in his defamation suit in federal court.

---New York Jets cornerback Darrelle Revis will have surgery on his torn ACL Thursday and will be placed on season-ending injured reserve, head coach Rex Ryan told reporters Friday.

The move clears a roster spot needed after safety Eric Smith sprained his knee in practice on Thursday, forcing him out of Sunday's game against Indianapolis.

"I know I had said before about Darrelle that I'd like to wait for him to have surgery before we placed him on IR or not," Ryan said. "Unfortunately with that time situation, you've had Eric Smith being out this week, we're going to need that roster spot."

The team planned to fill the empty roster spot with a safety by Saturday.

The Jets delayed placing Revis on IR based on the small chance that he could return for the Super Bowl XLVII in February, should the Jets advance that far.

"When I said it was a 0.002 percent chance? Well, it's not that high," Ryan said. " ... I was holding out hope but the more information we got, I realized that wouldn't be good for Darrelle either."

---Pittsburgh Steelers tight end Weslye Saunders was released Friday, the team announced.

A second-year undrafted free agent out of South Carolina, Saunders was suspended for the first four games of this season by the NFL. He had four receptions and one touchdown during his rookie season in 2011.

---Cleveland Browns wide receiver Josh Cooper was signed to the active roster from the practice squad on Friday.

Also, the team also placed wide receiver Jordan Norwood on injured reserve; designated for return, and lifted the roster exemption for defensive back Joe Haden.

---Miami Dolphins cornerback Richard Marshall and running back Daniel Thomas have been ruled out from playing Sunday against the St. Louis Rams, the team announced Friday.

Marshall (back) is missing his second straight game. Thomas, who is the backup to starter Reggie Bush, has a concussion.

---New England Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez did not practice Friday and is listed as questionable for Sunday against the Seattle Seahawks.

Hernandez is among 14 Patriots listed as questionable, according to ESPN Boston. The list features running back Brandon Bolden (knee), wide receiver Julian Edelman (hand), tight end Rob Gronkowski (hip), linebacker Dont'a Hightower (hamstring), guard Logan Mankins (calf/hip) and right tackle Sebastian Vollmer (back/knee).

Also, safety Steve Gregory (hip) and linebacker Tracy White (foot) have been rule out for Sunday's game.

Hernandez, who practiced on a limited basis Wednesday and Thursday, has missed three consecutive games with a right ankle injury.

Patriots coach Bill Belichick said Hernandez could be a game-time decision.
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