NFL fines Fal­cons’ Hope $30,000

Austin American-Statesman - - C SPORTS - Chris Hope was pe­nal­ized for his hel­met-to­hel­met hit.

Strong safety Chris Hope of the At­lanta Fal­cons was fined $30,000 by the NFL for his hel­metto-hel­met hit on Giants re­ceiver Vic­tor Cruz.

Hope was pe­nal­ized for un­nec­es­sary rough­ness on the third-quar­ter play dur­ing At­lanta’s 34-0 win on Sun­day.

Bears: Line­backer Brian Ur­lacher (ham­string) will miss his third straight game Sun­day at Ari­zona. Also, de­fen­sive tackle Henry Mel­ton (chest) is listed as doubt­ful.

Bills: CEO Russ Bran­don said the Bills agreed to a new 10-year lease to con­tinue play­ing at Ralph Wil­son Sta­dium. It’s a $271 mil­lion deal, of which $130 mil­lion will be used to up­graded a sta­dium that opened in 1973.

Broncos: Of­fen­sive line­man Chris Ku­per (left an­kle and mi­graine) missed prac­tice and is doubt­ful for Sun­day’s game against the Browns.

Browns: Coach Pat Shur­mur said wide re­ceiver Mo­hamed Mas­saquoi (knee), tight end Jor­dan Cameron (con­cus- sion) and de­fen­sive back Tashaun Gip­son (foot) will not travel to Den­ver for Sun­day’s game.

Dol­phins: Former Pro Bowl kicker Nate Kaed­ing was signed to re­place Dan Car­pen­ter, who went on in­jured re­serve with a groin in­jury.

49ers: Safety Dashon Gold­son was fined $21,000 for an il­le­gal hit in Sun­day’s win at New Eng­land.

■ De­fen­sive tackle Justin Smith missed prac­tice be­cause of an el­bow in­jury for the third con­sec­u­tive day, plac­ing his streak of 185 con­sec­u­tive starts in jeop­ardy for Sun­day night’s game at Seat­tle. The 49ers listed Smith as doubt­ful on the in­jury report.

Jaguars: With run­ning back Mau­rice Jones-Drew miss­ing his ninth con­sec­u­tive game be­cause of a foot in­jury Sun­day against the Pa­tri­ots, Jonathan Grimes was claimed off waivers from Hous­ton. Grimes played in nine games this sea­son, six with the Tex­ans and three with the Jets.

Jets: De­fen­sive end Quin­ton Co­ples was fined $15,750 for a hel­met-to­hel­met hit in Mon­day’s loss at Ten­nessee.

Pack­ers: Safety Charles Wood­son (bro­ken col­lar­bone) and re­ceiver Jordy Nel­son (ham­string) will miss Sun­day’s game against Ten­nessee.

Ravens: Wide re­ceiver An­quan Boldin and cor­ner­back Cary Wil­liams were each fined $15,750 for un­nec­es­sary rough­ness in Sun­day’s loss to Den­ver.

Ti­tans: Wide re­ceiver Ken­dall Wright (ribs) missed his third straight prac­tice and isn’t ex­pected to play Sun­day at Green Bay.

■ De­fen­sive end An­to­nio Smith was fined $15,750 for a hel­met-to­hel­met hit in Mon­day’s win over the Jets.

Vik­ings: Cor­ner­back Chris Cook (bro­ken right arm) will play at Hous­ton on Sun­day fol­low­ing a sixgame ab­sence.

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