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Friday’s Morning Mashup: Prosecutors seek new arrest warrant for Adrian Peterson after admission of marijuana use 10.10.14 at 8:03 am ET
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MLB playoffs: Royals at Orioles, 8:07 p.m. (TBS; WEEI-FM)
NBA preseason: Celtics at Raptors, 7:30 p.m. (CSNNE)
NBA preseason: Thunder at Mavericks, 8:30 p.m. (NBA TV)
College football: Washington State at Stanford, 9 p.m. (ESPN)
College football: San Diego State at New Mexico, 9:30 p.m. (ESPNU)
College football: Fresno State at UNLV, 10 p.m. (CBSSN)
College hockey: Boston College at UMass-Lowell, 7 p.m. (NESN; WEEI-AM)
MLS: Whitecaps at Sounders, 10 p.m. (NBCSN)
Soccer: Exhibition, United States vs. Ecuador, 6:40 p.m. (ESPN)
Soccer: European, Netherlands vs. Kazakhstan, 2:30 p.m. (FS1)


— Texas prosecutors are seeking an arrest warrant for Adrian Peterson based on his admission that he smoked marijuana while out on bond. Peterson allegedly confessed to a drug tester that he “smoked a little weed” before he was tested during Wednesday’s court appearance to address a child abuse charge.

Peterson has been free on $15,000 bond since being charged with felony child abuse. Using illegal drugs usually is a condition for revocation of bond.

“In light of this statement, and the fact that it was made during the urinalysis testing process, and the term ‘weed’ is a common slang term for marijuana, the state argues that the defendant has smoked marijuana while on bond,” the district attorney’s office wrote.

MASHUP POLL: Should Adrian Peterson go to jail for using marijuana while on bond?

  • Yes, if he breaks the rules he should be treated like everyone else (66%, 121 Votes)
  • No, he's not a threat to anyone and it would be unnecessary and unreasonable to imprison him (34%, 62 Votes)

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No action can be taken on the matter until a hearing is held on whether a new judge should be appointed in the child abuse case. Prosecutors asked that the judge be replaced after a comment he made about the lead attorneys playing to the media.

A trial date tentatively was set for Dec. 1 for Peterson, who did not enter a plea during Wednesday’s hearing.

The 29-year-old running back remains on paid leave from the Vikings, who placed him on the exempt/commissioner’s permission list last month. He is not allowed to participate in any activities, although he continues to draw his $11.75 million salary.

— Colin Kaepernick revealed Thursday that he was fined $10,000 for wearing Beats by Dre headphones after the 49ers‘ victory Sunday.

The NFL has a contract with Bose. Kaepernick, who has an endorsement deal with Beats, knew he could be punished for wearing the Beats headphones — a pink version in honor of breast cancer awareness month in October.

Tweeted Kaepernick: I support breast cancer awareness! My grandma is a survivor!

Asked if Beats would pay his fine, Kaepernick said, “We’ll let that be unanswered.”

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Friday’s Morning Mashup: Donald Sterling reportedly hires private investigators to seek dirt on NBA 06.13.14 at 7:56 am ET
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Welcome to Friday’s Morning Mashup. For the latest news, start at our home page or click here for the top stories from our news wire.

MLB: Indians at Red Sox, 7:10 p.m. (NESN; WEEI-FM)
MLB: Cubs at Phillies, 7 p.m. (WGN)
MLB: Nationals at Cardinals, 8 p.m. (MLB Network)
Stanley Cup finals: Rangers at Kings, 8 p.m. (NBC)
World Cup soccer: Mexico vs. Cameroon, 11:30 a.m. (ESPN2; WEEI-AM)
World Cup soccer: Spain vs. Netherlands, 3 p.m. (ESPN; WEEI-AM)
World Cup soccer: Chile vs. Australia, 5:30 p.m. (ESPN2; WEEI-AM)
Track and Field: NCAA championships, 7:30 p.m. (ESPNU)
Golf: U.S. Open, 9 a.m. (ESPN; WEEI-AM), 3 p.m. (NBC), 5 p.m. (ESPN)


— Banned Clippers owner Donald Sterling is pulling no punches in his bid to exact revenge on the NBA. According to multiple reports, Sterling’s legal team has given four private investigation firms a six-figure budget to unearth any history of misconduct by NBA commissioner Adam Silver, former commissioner David Stern and the league’s 29 other owners.

As part of their investigation, the detectives will attempt to discover if any owners have made racist or sexist comments or jokes.

“The gloves are off, as they say,” a person familiar with Sterling’s legal strategy told The Associated Press. “Have them dig up all the dirt they can find.”

Sterling is suing the NBA for $1 billion in federal court after being pushed out as Clippers owner and fined $2.5 million, claiming that the tape of him making racist comments was made illegally and use of it as evidence violates his constitutional rights. He also accuses the league of committing a breach of contract and violating antitrust laws.

Sterling is headed to probate court next month to fight a claim by his estranged wife, Shelly Sterling, that he is mentally incapacitated. Shelly Sterling negotiated the $2 billion sale of the team to former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer.

The NBA on Wednesday submitted a filing encouraging a judge to confirm Shelly Sterling’s authority to act as sole administrator of The Sterling Family Trust, which controls the team.

“He realized these guys will literally go to any low to get this sold,” the Sterling insider said of the NBA. “Even if it gets[him] nothing other than exposing all these guys and shaking up the league and seeing a change in the leadership of the league, it’ll be worth it to him.”

Colin Kaepernick and two other NFL players will not face charges related to an incident involving a woman at a Miami hotel on April 1, as the Miami-Dade County State Attorney’s Office said Thursday there was not enough evidence that a crime was committed.

The woman, who had a previous sexual relationship with the 49ers quarterback, was incoherent when police responded to the room after receiving a 911 call, according to authorities. A hotel security officer said she started “screaming incoherently about Jesus and devils” and banged her head against the walls. The woman was sedated and taken to a hospital. Tests indicated she was not sexually assaulted.

Seahawks wide receiver Ricardo Lockette and 49ers receiver Quinton Patton were the other players in the room.

Kaepernick, who signed a six-year, $126 million contract extension this month, attempted to leave the hotel when the women’s behavior deteriorated.

He tweeted Thursday: As I said from day one, I would never do the things that were made up about me. I’m glad this issue is resolved. It’s time for football.

— Quarterback Matt Ryan and the Falcons will be featured on the ninth annual edition of HBO’s “Hard Knocks” documentary program this preseason.

“We are excited about the opportunity to give our fans a behind the scenes look at what it takes to prepare an NFL team for the rigors of a 16-game regular season and beyond,” Falcons owner Arthur Blank said in a statement. “This marks the first time that our franchise will be featured on ‘Hard Knocks’ and we look forward to showcasing our great players and coaches to football fans all across America.”

Coach Mike Smith seemed an unlikely willing participant in the show, which debuts Aug. 5, but he said he’s up for the challenge.

“We are looking forward to connecting with our fans across the country as the program chronicles our 2014 training camp,” Smith said. “The series will give fans a behind the scenes look at the competition between players as we build our roster and prepare for the season. We are looking forward to the start of camp in late July.”

ON THIS DAY TRIVIA (answer below): On June 13, 1997, the Red Sox played their first interleague regular-season game ever, recording an 8-7 victory over which National League club?

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Colin Kaepernick reportedly inks six-year, $126 million extension with 49ers 06.05.14 at 9:42 am ET
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Niners quarterback Colin Kaepernick will be serving as San Francisco’€™s franchise play-caller for a long, long time — with the contract to show it.

The dynamic signal-caller agreed to a six-year contract extension on Wednesday, keeping the University of Nevada product with the Niners through the 2020 season. The contract is reported to be worth $126 million — with $61 million in guaranteed money.

Both Kaepernick and the 49ers made it a goal to reach an agreement on a new contract before the start of training camp in July.

“They were able to get it done six weeks earlier than what I think everyone thought,” Kaepernick said. “I’m very excited to have it done at this point and we don’t have to worry about talks or anything like that moving forward.”

Kapernick, who was set to make less than $1 million this season, now has the most guaranteed money of any current NFL quarterback under contract.

“I’m always striving to be in that group. An elite group in the NFL. Not necessarily pay, but as far as a player. Whatever comes along with that comes along with it,” Kaepernick said. “I’m very grateful for it. … I don’t think my motivation is money-driven.”

Once a relative unknown on a team that advanced to the NFC championship game during his one season as backup to current Chiefs play-caller Alex Smith, Kaepernick supplanted Smith as starting quarterback midway through the 2012 season and has led the team to one of its most successful periods in franchise history.

Kaepernick led the Niners to their first Super Bowl in 18 years during the 2012 year — losing by three points to the Ravens — while later helping his team make it to the NFC championship game in 2013, when San Francisco fell to the eventual Super Bowl champion Seahawks by a score of 23-17.

In 32 career NFL games, Kaepernick has completed 382 of 639 passes for 5,046 yards with 31 touchdowns and 11 interceptions.

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Friday’s Morning Mashup: 49ers’ Colin Kaepernick in Miami police report after incident with woman 04.11.14 at 8:04 am ET
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MLB: Red Sox at Yankees, 7:05 p.m. (NESN; WEEI-FM)
MLB: Rays at Reds, 7:10 p.m. (MLB Network)
NBA: Bobcats at Celtics, 7:30 p.m. (CSNNE)
NBA: Pacers at Heat, 7:30 p.m. (NBATV)
NBA: Pistons at Bulls, 8 p.m. (WGN)
NBA: Warriors at Lakers, 10:30 p.m. (NBATV)
NHL: Blackhawks at Capitals, 7 p.m. (NBCSN)
NHL: Avalanche at Sharks, 10 p.m. (NBCSN)
Golf: The Masters, 3 p.m. (ESPN)


Colin Kaepernick is one of three NFL players named in a police report for an incident involving a woman who says she passed out in a Miami hotel room and woke up at a hospital with no knowledge of how she got there.

The 49ers star was with teammate Quinton Patton and Seahawks wide receiver Ricardo Lockette on April 1 at the hotel where Lockette lives. The woman, who acknowledged having a sexual relationship with Kaepernick in the past, said she was told by the men to use marijuana before drinking shots of alcohol with them. She later went to the bedroom to lie down because she was feeling lightheaded. Kaepernick allegedly joined her and undressed her, but she does not remember what happened after that, and police stressed that there are only unproven allegations at this point.

“As far as whether there was a crime committed, it’s too early to say,” police spokeswoman Kenia Reyes said.

The 49ers and Seahawks issued statements only saying they were aware of the incident.

“The 49ers organization is aware of the recent media report regarding Colin Kaepernick and is in the process of gathering the pertinent facts,” 49ers general manager Trent Baalke said.

Kaepernick, 26, just completed his third season, leading San Francisco to the NFC title game a year after sparking the team’s run to the Super Bowl. He has been working out in the Miami area.

Giants quarterback Eli Manning, coming off a disappointing 2013 season, had arthroscopic surgery on his left ankle Thursday after rehab efforts did not relieve the discomfort, the team announced.

Manning sprained the ankle in New York’s regular-season finale. The 33-year-old finished the season with a career-high 27 interceptions and a QB rating of 69.4, his worst since his rookie season in 2004 (55.4). The Giants finished 7-9 and missed the playoffs for the second straight year.

Manning had been working out with his brother, Peyton Manning, and members of the Giants and Broncos at Duke University under the watch of Duke coach David Cutcliffe, who coached both Mannings in college.

“I’m looking forward to the start of the offseason program on the [April] 21st,” Manning said. “I will be in the weight room and in the meeting rooms so we can all learn the new offense. I got some good work in this week at Duke, and I think it’s smart to get this procedure done now so the ankle isn’t an ongoing issue. I’m eager to get to work with our new offensive coaches and system.”

— Hall of Fame baseball writer Peter Gammons will accompany a fan to Fenway Park for the Red Sox-Yankees game April 23 as part of a contest to benefit the Peter Gammons Scholars through the Foundation To Be Named Later.

Fans can enter for free via through next Wednesday. The winner will receive round-trip airline tickets (if more than 150 miles from Boston) and a one-night stay in a downtown Boston hotel, and meet Gammons on the field for batting practice prior to sitting with him to watch the game.

ON THIS DAY TRIVIA (answer below): On April 11, 1998, which Red Sox pitcher recorded his 1,000th career strikeout while making his Fenway Park debut?

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49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick: Insecure Richard Sherman ‘afraid’ of San Francisco receivers 01.31.14 at 9:22 am ET
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Colin Kaepernick typically has few words for the media, but after Richard Sherman‘€™s postgame interview after the NFC championship, the 49ers quarterback decided to open up.

“I think everyone knows his comments were ridiculous,” Kaepernick said of Sherman to the New York Post.

“As my dad has always told me, if you have to tell people how good you are, then how good are you really? If you have to go on national TV and try to say you’€™re the best cornerback in the league, then you’ve got your own insecurities.”

Seattle’€™s Sherman made a choke sign toward Kaepernick after the quarterback underthrew a pass to Michael Crabtree in the end zone at the end of the championship game. According to Sherman, the 49er should have known better than to throw the ball near him.

Kaepernick responded Thursday saying he would attempt the same play again.

“I don’€™t care who’€™s out there,” Kaepernick said. “I had Crabtree one-on-one with half of the field to himself, and I’€™m going to take that every single time. He made a good play on that ball, but if I throw it a foot farther, it’€™s a touchdown and now you’€™re the goat, Richard Sherman.

“It’€™s a game of inches. The inches were in [Sherman’€™s] favor in that case, but this game will humble you very quickly.”

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NFL roundup: Discipline expected for Steelers coach Mike Tomlin; Giants-Redskins ends in controversy 12.02.13 at 11:35 am ET
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When the NFL comes out with a decision regarding Mike Tomlin‘€™s disciple for his antics in the Steelers’€™ 22-20 loss to the Ravens on Thanksgiving night, it’€™s expected that his pockets will be significantly lighter.

ESPN’€™s Adam Schefter reported that Tomlin could, at the least, be issued a hefty fine by the league. Schefter wrote that in addition to a possible six-figure fine, the Steelers also could lose a draft pick.

During Thursday’s game with Pittsburgh trailing 13-7, Baltimore kickoff returner Jacoby Jones raced up the sideline, seemingly destined for the end zone. Replays showed Tomlin, who stood perilously close to the field to begin with, step with his right foot onto the field before immediately jumping back off. Jones was tackled, and the question of whether Tomlin intended to disrupt Jones came into play. The officials did not issue Tomlin a flag.

The NFL is expected to reach a decision this week, but Schefter reported that a suspension for Tomlin is unlikely.

The last case of a coach interfering with a player occurred in 2010 when Jets strength and conditioning coach Sal Alosi was caught on video tripping a gunner on the Dolphins punt return team. The NFL fined the Jets $100,000 while the team fined Alosi $25,000 and suspended him for the remainder of the season.

‘€¢ A battle between NFC East cellar-dwellers featured a controversial ending on the final drive of the Giants‘€™ 24-17 win over the Redskins Sunday.

With less than two minutes remaining in the game, and Washington down seven with the ball on its own 41-yard line facing a second-and-5, Robert Griffin III completed a pass to Pierre Garcon close to the first-down marker. The Redskins, without any timeouts, went into a no-huddle offense as it appeared the officials had given Washington a fresh set of downs, with the chains moving. But after an incompletion, the refs revealed that instead of second-and-10, it would be fourth-and-1. The Redskins completed a pass but fumbled, and New York went on to win.

‘€œI said I wanted a measurement,” Redskins coach Mike Shanahan said after the game. ‘€œAnd [the official] said, ‘€˜You don’t have to, it’s a first down.’€™ ‘€

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Tuesday’s Morning Mashup: Yankees, Orioles managers have angry confrontation 09.10.13 at 8:03 am ET
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Welcome to Tuesday’s Morning Mashup. For the latest news, start at our home page or click here for the top stories from our news wire.

MLB: Red Sox at Rays, 7:10 p.m. (NESN; WEEI-FM)
MLB: Yankees at Orioles, 7 p.m. (MLB Network)
Soccer: World Cup qualifier, Mexico at United States, 7:40 p.m. (ESPN)


‘€¢ Yankees manager Joe Girardi, who famously went on a hypocritical, holier-than-thou rant against Ryan Dempster after the Red Sox pitcher hit Alex Rodriguez with a pitch last month, continued his crusade against the American League East on Monday, sparking a confrontation with Orioles manager Buck Showalter during the teams’ game in Baltimore.

In the first inning, Girardi walked to the end of his dugout and started yelling at O’s third-base coach Bobby Dickerson, accusing him of stealing signs. That didn’t sit well with Showalter, who stormed out of his dugout after the frame, angrily yelling and gesturing at his counterpart. Girardi left his dugout as well, as did the players, before the umpires interceded and issued warnings to both teams.

“He was yelling at the third-base coach,” Showalter said. “Somebody’s wearing black and orange, I’m not going to let that happen.”

Girardi would only say: “It was something that I saw. I’m going to leave it at that.”

Showalter and Dickerson strongly denied any sign-stealing. Dickerson said Girardi yelled at him, “I know what you’re doing.”

“I’m a grown man. I don’t see why he was yelling at me,” Dickerson said. “I just said, ‘You don’t know anything. You don’t even know me to be yelling at me.’ I’m just trying to do my job over there and nobody’s going to yell at me for nothing.”

The O’s won the game, 4-2, putting another dent in New York’s chances to earn a postseason berth. The Yankees trail the Rays by three games for the second wild card, with the Orioles and Indians in their way as well.

‘€¢ Talk after the 49ers’ 34-28 victory over the Packers on Sunday centered on Clay Matthews‘ late hit on Colin Kaepernick and the way the officials handled it.

After Matthews dove and collided with Kaepernick out of bounds on a run in the second quarter, San Francisco lineman Joe Staley got in Matthews’ face and the two had an angry exchange, with Matthews appearing to be more aggressive, punching and smacking Staley. The officials gave Staley an unsportsmanlike penalty that matched the one on Matthews for the hit, and they negated the play entirely.

The NFL on Monday announced that it was handled incorrectly, that Staley should not have been penalized and the run should have stood.

Niners coach Jim Harbaugh, meanwhile, voiced his disappointment with Matthews, who had said before the game that Green Bay would target the scrambling Kaepernick.

“Like I said last week, usually a man will tell you his bad intentions if you just listen,” Harbaugh said. “That certainly was a cheap shot, launching, clotheslining to the neck-head area. Bad play.”

Harbaugh also took a shot at Matthews for slapping Staley.

“If you’re going to go to the face, come with knuckles, not an open slap,” the coach said. “I think if that young man works very hard on being a tough guy, he’ll have some repairing to do to his image after the slap.”

Responded Packers coach Mike McCarthy: “Clay Matthews is not a dirty player, by no means. I addressed Harbaugh’s comments in the team meeting, and as always, we’ll stay above it.”

‘€¢ The U.S. men’s national soccer team plays Mexico on Tuesday night in Columbus, Ohio, in a World Cup qualifying match, and U.S. defender Matt Besler will miss the match after receiving a controversial yellow card in Friday’s loss to Costa Rica.

Costa Rican winger Joel Campbell walked behind Besler, bumped into him and flopped to the ground, claiming to be injured. Mexican referee Marco Rodriguez, who was not near the play as the ball was up the field, jogged over and gave Besler a yellow card after communicating with his linesman. Because it’s Besler’s second yellow in World Cup qualifying play, he has to sit out a game.

Tweeted Besler: It’s difficult putting into words the feeling, but watching the video confirms what I already knew. ‘€¦ I’m extremely disappointed this is the reason I won’t get a chance to represent my country in another Mexico match, with a chance to qualify.

The United States sits in second place in the final CONCACAF qualifying round, one point behind Costa Rica. The top three teams earn automatic berths in the World Cup, while the fourth-place finisher faces New Zealand for another spot.

The incident can be seen at the 5:40 mark.

ON THIS DAY TRIVIA (answer below): On Sept. 10, 1999, Pedro Martinez pitched perhaps his best game ever — a one-hitter with 17 strikeouts and no walks at Yankee Stadium, leading the Red Sox to a 3-1 victory. Which Yankee had the lone hit, a home run in the second inning?

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49ers QB Alex Smith: ‘I feel like the only thing I did to lose my job was get a concussion’ 11.30.12 at 1:14 pm ET
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Alex Smith is baffled by the fact that he lost the starting job as 49ers quarterback to Colin Kaepernick.

Smith, who was NFC Offensive Player of the Week just one month ago, is medically cleared after suffering a concussion Nov. 11 against the Rams, but he won’€™t be playing for the second Sunday in a row when the 49ers and Rams square off.

Coach Jim Harbaugh has again named Kaepernick the starter this week.

“I feel like the only thing I did to lose my job was get a concussion,” Smith said.

Smith ranks fifth in the NFL with a passer rating of 104.1 and leads the league with a 70.0 completion percentage.

“You kind of state your case with your play and I felt like I’ve done that,” Smith said. “It’s tough. It stings the most just because I really felt there was something special going on here and you sacrifice and invest so much time. I felt like I was playing good football. I have no idea what’s going to happen from here. All I can do now is just prepare and get ready.”

Since replacing Smith, Kaepernick has completed 48-of-74 passes for 680 yards and three touchdowns with one interception, and he’s been sacked six times. He led the 49ers past the Saints and Bears.

Harbaugh says he’€™ll keep his mind open going forward about whether to use Kaepernick or Smith.

“Alex is a class act all the way,” Harbaugh said. “He’ll prepare as if he is the starter. And that’s what we would expect. And be ready to go in and play and contribute to this football team. We’ve got two quarterbacks that we feel great about as the starting quarterback. Anything’s a possibility. I would assume nothing or rule out anything.”

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Report: 49ers QB Alex Smith out for Monday night Bears-49ers game 11.19.12 at 10:43 am ET
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Quarterback Alex Smith will not start for the 49ers on Monday night against the Bears because he was not given clearance from a neurologist after suffering a concussion last week, according to an ESPN report.

If the report proves true, Colin Kaepernick will make his first start in Smith’s place.

Smith had been practicing last week and reports indicated he was on track to start the game.

The Monday night matchup is a backup showdown, as the Bears already ruled out starting quarterback Jay Cutler last week. Jason Campbell will start in his place.

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Backup quarterback showdown possible for Monday night Bears-49ers game 11.16.12 at 1:41 pm ET
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When the Bears and 49ers play Monday night, it might be a matchup of backup quarterbacks as both Bears QB Jay Cutler and 49ers QB Alex Smith deal with post-concussion issues from hits received in their last game.

Cutler missed practice on Thursday and his status remains in question for Monday night’€™s game. Smith practiced Thursday and looks more likely to start, ESPN’€™s Ed Werder tweeted.

Jason Campbell would replace Cutler if it turns out he is not ready. Colin Kaepernick would start in place of Smith.

Bears coach Lovie Smith said Cutler continues to improve, but it’s not clear if he’ll be ready to go against the 49ers. Smith added that Cutler could play even if he doesn’€™t practice.

Meanwhile, the NFL has fined Texans linebacker Tim Dobbins $30,000 for his helmet-to-helmet hit on Cutler during the first half of Sunday night’€™s game.

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