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Detroit Lions defensive lineman Ndamukog Suh will not be suspended for an incident in Thursday's game in which his foot hit Texans quarterback Matt Schaub in the groin, but he still might be fined, ProFootballTalk.com reported Monday, based on a Twitter message from the NFL office.

A tweet from NFL spokesman Greg Aiello reported, "Our office has notified the Lions that N(damukong) Suh will not be suspended for last Thursday's incident. It will be reviewed for a potential fine."

That "incident" occurred while Suh was rushing the passer, and it's unclear whether Suh intentionally kicked Schaub in the groin area.

Suh still might be fined, and, as a repeat offender, the fine could be substantial.

However, Suh will not miss any games as the Lions make their push for a playoff berth.

---New York Giants running back Andre Brown is probably out for the remainder of the season with a broken fibula, although the Giants on Monday labeled him designated-to-return.

Brown sustained the injury during Sunday night's 38-10 rout of the Green Bay Packers.

Asked why he was labeled designated-to-return, which gives him the ability to come back this season if he recovers, coach Tom Coughlin said he thought it was possible Brown could return. Coughlin said it has not yet been determined whether Brown will need surgery.

Brown has a team-best eight rushing touchdowns and is averaging 5.3 yards per carry.

---Tampa Bay Buccaneers cornerback Eric Wright was suspended for violating the NFL's policy on performance-enhancing substances after an unsuccessful appeal.

Buccaneers coach Greg Schiano announced the suspension on Monday.

Wright explained in a statement that he was taking Adderall for health reasons.

"It was announced today by the NFL that I am being suspended for four games," he said. "This is a result of taking Adderall at the end of July for health issues I was experiencing. I am extremely disappointed that the suspension was upheld at my appeal."

ESPN.com reported that Wright will lose $1.706 million due to the suspension. He signed a five-year, $37.5 million contract in March.

---New England Patriots defensive end Jermaine Cunningham was suspended four games for violating the NFL's performance-enhancing substances policy.

The league announced the suspension Monday, but did not reveal which substance Cunningham is accused of using.

Cunningham can return to the team's roster on Dec. 24 but will not be able to play the Patriots' regular-season finale against the Miami Dolphins on Dec. 30.

Cunningham has 23 tackles and 2.5 sacks in 11 games this season.

---Miami Dolphins defensive back Jonathon Amaya was arrested and charged with battery early Monday morning, according to NFL.com.

Amaya was reportedly arrested after he tried to choke a cab driver in Miami Beach, police said. He was arrested about 4:30 a.m. outside Club Bamboo in Miami Beach after an altercation with a cab driver, according to the police report.

---Chicago Bears right guard Lance Louis was placed on injured reserve and is out for the rest of the season with a torn left anterior cruciate ligament, the team announced Monday.

Louis started all 11 games for the 8-3 Bears this year.

Louis was injured in the third quarter of Sunday's 28-10 victory over the Minnesota Vikings. Louis was blindsided by Vikings defensive end Jared Allen after an interception thrown by quarterback Jay Cutler.

---Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning took a concussion test at halftime of Sunday's game against the Kansas City Chiefs but did not miss a snap.

Manning took a hit to the back of his helmet during the first half of the 17-9 victory and later passed the team's concussion protocols, according to the Denver Post.

"I'm fine," he said. "Everything checked out OK. I took a hit there, but I was cleared."

---The Denver Broncos announced Monday they signed running back Jacob Hester to their active roster and added running back Jeremiah Johnson to the practice squad.

Hester was a third round draft choice of the San Diego Chargers in 2008. He played in San Diego before getting cut earlier this year. He has a career 3.4 yards-per-carry average.

Johnson is in his third pro season.

---The Philadelphia Eagles on Monday fired Tim McDermott, their senior vice president and chief marketing officer.

The team released a statement that read: "Tim McDermott is no longer with the Philadelphia Eagles organization. Tim's departure was amicable, and the Eagles thank him for his work, value his past contributions, and wish him well in his future endeavors."

McDermott was one of the top executives in the organization after owner Jeff Lurie and team president Don Smolenski in the team's executive structure.

---Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger, who has missed two games with a rib and shoulder injury, hopes to play this Sunday.

"I'm going to try," Roethlisberger told the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. "It's killing me to watch."

The Steelers fell to the Cleveland Browns 20-14 on Sunday and fell to 6-5 on the season. Pittsburgh takes on the AFC North division-leading Baltimore Ravens (9-2) in a rematch this Sunday.

---Baltimore Ravens linebacker Ray Lewis, who was expected to miss the remainder of the year with a torn triceps, could return later this season, Yahoo! Sports reported Monday.

Lewis was placed on injured reserve in mid-October after he sustained the injury against the Dallas Cowboys, but with the designated-for-return label. That means he could be back on the field playing at some point this season.

More than six sources told Yahoo! Sports that Lewis could be back as early as Dec. 16 against the Denver Broncos.

---Indianapolis Colts defensive tackle Fili Moala, who sprained his right ACL in the third quarter of Sunday's game against the Buffalo Bills, and is out for season.

Colts interim coach Bruce Arians made the announcement on Monday.

Arians said that Clifton Geathers, Lawrence Guy and Ricardo Mathews will fill in.

---The Dallas Cowboys placed linebacker Bruce Carter on injured reserve, ESPN Dallas reported Monday.

Carter dislocated his left elbow during Thursday's game against the Washington Redskins. He will have surgery this week and miss the rest of the season.

Dallas signed Brady Poppinga, who worked out for the team in late October. At the time, the Cowboys ended up signing Ernie Sims, who could start in place of Carter.

---Green Bay Packers coach Mike McCarthy said wide receiver Greg Jennings will fully practice this week and play Sunday as he recovers from a torn abdomen muscle.

McCarthy told reporters after Sunday night's 38-10 loss to the New York Giants that Jennings was close to playing the game, but was held out as a precautionary measure.

Jennings has not played since Sept. 30.

--Washington Redskins rookie linebacker Keenan Robinson is out for the season after sustaining a torn pectoral muscle Thursday against the Dallas Cowboys, the team announced Monday.

The Redskins signed linebacker Roddrick Muckelroy to replace Robinson on the active roster.

---The NFL announced its "flexible schedule" for Weeks 14 and 15 on Monday, sticking to its regularly-scheduled Sunday night games.

The Detroit Lions at Green Bay Packers game in Week 14 and San Francisco 49ers at New England Patriots matchup will remain in place on NBC's Sunday Night Football.

The league uses flexible scheduling on Sundays in Weeks 11 thru 17 to ensure quality matchups in every Sunday time slot. It also allows each team a chance to play in primetime or in the 4:25 p.m. ET time slot on CBS and FOX.

--- The Pittsburgh Steelers have activated offensive guard David DeCastro from the Reserve/Injured list and promoted offensive lineman John Malecki to their active roster.

DeCastro was placed on the injured reserve after suffering a knee injury during Pittsburgh's third preseason game at Buffalo. He was the Steelers' first-round selection (24th overall) in this past year's NFL Draft.

He was eligible to return from injured reserve after eight weeks but did not begin practicing until last week.
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