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Sept 18 (The Sports Xchange) - Tampa Bay Buccaneers safety Dashon Goldson has been fined $100,000 but was cleared to play this Sunday against New England after his one-game suspension for a helmet-to-helmet hit in Sunday's loss to the Saints was overturned.

Goldson was flagged for the hit on Saints running back Darren Sproles, his third penalty in two regular-season games for unnecessary roughness or helmet-to-helmet contact. Goldson leads the NFL in personal fouls since 2010.

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Cleveland Browns coach Rob Chudzinski informed quarterback Brian Hoyer he will start Sunday's game at Minnesota.

Hoyer has one career start in four seasons and spent his first three seasons as Tom Brady's primary backup in New England.

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The Denver Broncos placed left tackle Ryan Clady on season-ending injured reserve.

The All-Pro suffered a Lisfranc sprain in the arch of his left foot in the final minutes of the Broncos' 41-23 victory over the New York Giants on Sunday.

The Broncos were hoping the anchor of their offensive line could return to protect quarterback Peyton Manning before the end of the season, but medical tests on Tuesday ruled that out and he will undergo surgery. The normal recovery time from the Lisfranc injury is three to four months.

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Tennessee Titans strong safety Bernard Pollard said he was fined $42,000 for his fourth-quarter hit on Houston Texans wide receiver Andre Johnson.

Johnson left the game after hauling in a pass inside the 5-yard line and is being treated for a concussion from the hit by Pollard, a former teammate with a reputation for hard hitting.

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Indianapolis Colts tight end Dwayne Allen is facing season-ending hip surgery, coach Chuck Pagano said.

Allen was injured in the Colts' season opener against the Oakland Raiders on Sept. 8 and sat out last Sunday's loss to the Miami Dolphins.

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Washington Redskins safety Brandon Meriweather was fined $42,000 by the NFL for his hit on Green Bay Packers running back Eddie Lacy during Sunday's game.

Meriweather will not face a suspension despite being a repeat offender of the NFL rule that prohibits leading with the helmet on a tackle.

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The Cincinnati Bengals placed defensive end Robert Geathers on season-ending injured reserve and re-signed safety Jeromy Miles.

Geathers suffered an elbow injury during Monday night's win over the Pittsburgh Steelers. A former starter, Geathers was the team's No. 3 defensive end this year and had no tackles in two games. (Editing by Frank Pingue)

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