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NFL roundup: Dolphins continue Incognito's suspension

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The Miami Dolphins and Richie Incognito have agreed to maintain his suspension during the ongoing NFL investigation, the team announced Monday.

Incognito's suspension was scheduled to end after Sunday's game against the New England Patriots, based on the rules in the Collective Bargaining Agreement.

The Dolphins had three options: release Incognito, reinstate him, or reach an agreement with Incognito to keep him with pay but keep him on the suspended list.

Apparently, the parties settled on the third option, although the Dolphins made no official mention of Incognito's pay status during the suspension.

The Dolphins suspended Incognito on Nov. 3 for detrimental conduct toward to teammate Jonathan Martin. Incognito allegedly threatened Martin and used a racial slur. Martin is currently on leave from the team.

---Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones is standing by Jason Garrett, although he would not give another vote of confidence about his coach's future following Sunday's 37-36 loss to the Green Bay Packers.

Jones had previously given Garrett a vote of confidence in November, but didn't repeat that following the loss to Green Bay.

"Let me be real clear: My refusal to comment one way or another is not, in any way, a change from anything that I've said earlier about Jason's future as our coach," Jones said Sunday night. "That's all I'm going to say about it."

---Cowboys wide receiver Dez Bryant apologized Monday for leaving the field before the clock ran out in Sunday's loss.

Bryant left the sideline with 1:21 left on the clock.

"I was wrong," Bryant told reporters during a visit to Cook Children's Medical Center in Fort Worth. "It didn't have anything to do with my teammates. I just ... I couldn't watch Green Bay kneel the ball down on the field after a tough loss like that."

---Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers has not been ruled out for Sunday's game against the Pittsburgh Steelers, but he has not yet been cleared to return from his broken collarbone either.

As a result, Packers coach Mike McCarthy said on Monday that, at this point, he is planning for Matt Flynn to start his fourth consecutive game on Sunday.

"Aaron's situation will be evaluated Wednesday morning and then we'll have a plan for him come Wednesday," McCarthy said.

--Arizona Cardinals wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald sustained a concussion attempting to recover an onside kick in the fourth quarter of Sunday's 37-34 overtime win against the Tennessee Titans, multiple media outlets reported.

Fitzgerald missed overtime while going through the league's concussion protocol, according to ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter.

Fitzgerald also was evaluated for a concussion last October and suffered one late in the 2010 season. He will have to be cleared to suit up this week against the Seattle Seahawks.

--Detroit Lions running back Reggie Bush is listed as questionable but he is expected to play in Monday night's matchup against the Baltimore Ravens.

Bush missed last week's loss to the Philadelphia Eagles after aggravating a calf injury before the game.

--Chicago Bears cornerback Charles Tillman, sidelined since Nov. 10 with a triceps injury, will not return this season even if the team makes the playoffs, coach Marc Trestman said.

Meanwhile, Trestman said he is reasonably optimistic that linebacker Lance Briggs can play on Sunday against the Philadelphia Eagles. Briggs has missed the last seven games with a shoulder injury.

--The Denver Broncos were still without wide receiver Wes Welker, who missed last week's game because of a concussion, when they returned to practice Monday.

Welker missed the 27-20 loss to the San Diego Chargers on Thursday night after suffering his second concussion in a month.
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