LEAGUE DE­FERS DE­CI­SION TO RE­IN­STATE SMITH

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alameda, calif.» Sus­pended Raiders pass rusher Al­don Smith will not be re­in­stated by the NFL this sea­son.

NFL spokesman Brian McCarthy said Fri­day the league de­ferred a de­ci­sion on Smith’s pe­ti­tion for re­in­state­ment and will be­gin con­sid­er­a­tion in March. Pro Foot­ball Talk first re­ported the de­ci­sion by the league.

Smith had been sus­pended in Novem­ber 2015 for vi­o­lat­ing the league’s pol­icy on sub­stance abuse. He was el­i­gi­ble to be re­in­stated on Nov. 17 and met with com­mis­sioner Roger Good­ell ear­lier this month to make his case to re­turn. But the league de­cided to wait in­stead.

Ben­nett signs ex­ten­sion

B ren­ton, wash.» Michael Ben­nett and the Sea­hawks reached agree­ment on a three-year con­tract ex­ten­sion that will keep the de­fen­sive end un­der con­tract through the 2020 sea­son.

Ben­nett’s deal be­gins with the 2018 sea­son and is worth up to $31.5 mil­lion, in­clud­ing $16 mil­lion in the first year of the new con­tract.

Dis­ci­pline is­sue for Bills

B or­chard park, n.y.» Pro Bowl run­ning back LeSean McCoy and star re­ceiver Sammy Watkins be­lieve the next Bills coach should hold play­ers more ac­count­able than Rex Ryan did the past two sea­sons in Buf­falo.

“Dis­ci­pline has been an is­sue,” McCoy said in his first pub­lic com­ments since the Bills fired Ryan on Tues­day.

McCoy cited play­ers be­ing late for meet­ings and missed as­sign­ments on the field as rea­sons for the Bills’ strug­gles.

Peter­son out for fi­nale

B min­neapo­lis» Adrian Peter­son is listed as out for the sea­son fi­nale against the Bears, leav­ing open the pos­si­bil­ity the star run­ning back has played his fi­nal game for the Vik­ings.

Peter­son was listed has hav­ing groin and knee in­juries.

Peter­son is un­der con­tract for more than $18 mil­lion next sea­son, and it is un­likely the Vik­ings will keep the 31-yearold player at that price.

Hous­ton out for Chiefs

B kansas city, mo.» The Chiefs ruled out Justin Hous­ton for Sun­day’s game in San Diego with swelling in his sur­gi­cally re­paired left knee, throw­ing into ques­tion the four-time Pro Bowl pass rusher’s sta­tus for the play­offs.

• Two mem­bers of the Chiefs were docked a to­tal of $30,385 for their ac­tions in their vic­tory over the Bron­cos last week. De­fen­sive tackle Chris Jones was fined $18,231 for his fore­arm shiver to quar­ter­back Trevor Siemian well after the ball was thrown. Tight end Demetrius Har­ris was docked $12,154 for us­ing the foot­ball as a prop.

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