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Cardinals RB Dwyer arrested for assault

(AP Photo/The Arizona Republic, David Kadlubowski)

PHOENIX (AP) The Arizona Cardinals say they first learned of the domestic abuse accusations against backup running back Jonathan Dwyer on Wednesday afternoon.

By evening, citing "the serious nature of these allegations," the team had deactivated Dwyer from all team activities.

The quick reaction came with the backdrop of intense criticism of the NFL's handling of a spate of such cases.


Vikings 'made mistake,' now bar Peterson

EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. (AP) Minnesota Vikings star running back Adrian Peterson was declared out, back in, then out again as he faces a felony child-abuse charge in Texas.

This time, he could be gone for the season.


Panthers take DE Hardy off active roster

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) The Panthers finally made a decision on Greg Hardy: the Pro Bowl defensive end will not play anymore games for Carolina until his domestic violence case is resolved.

The team removed Hardy from its active roster Wednesday, ending three weeks of indecision regarding his playing status. He played Week 1, sat out Week 2 and there was uncertainty about this week.


New drug policy allows Welker to return

NEW YORK (AP) The NFL finally will have HGH testing, perhaps as early as the end of this month.

And of more immediate impact - this weekend - the new performance-enhancing drug policy the league and players' union agreed to Wednesday will allow the Broncos' Wes Welker and two other suspended players to return to the field.


'Skins WR Jackson likely to face Eagles

ASHBURN, Va. (AP) Washington Redskins receiver DeSean Jackson says he expects to play Sunday in his much-anticipated return to Philadelphia.

Jackson has a Grade 1 sprain of the AC joint in his left shoulder from the Redskins' win over Jacksonville, but he said Wednesday that the swelling and soreness have gone down and he's getting back to full strength and full motion in his arm.


Bengals WR Green held out of practice

CINCINNATI (AP) Pro Bowl receiver A.J. Green didn't practice on Wednesday because of an injured big toe on his right foot, limited to walking around the practice field in sweats holding a football.

The Bengals haven't ruled him out for Sunday against Tennessee (1-1) at Paul Brown Stadium. They could sit him for the game, giving him an additional week to heal heading into Cincinnati's bye.


Nike suspends deal with RB Peterson

BEAVERTON, Ore. (AP) Nike has suspended its sponsorship deal with Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson following child abuse allegations.

The Beaverton-based shoemaker issued a statement Wednesday morning that said Nike "in no way condones child abuse or domestic violence of any kind and has shared our concerns with the NFL."


Cards' Palmer improving, status unclear

TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) Arizona quarterback Carson Palmer says he's tried everything under the sun to try to heal his ailing right shoulder.

But whether it responds to any of the treatment in time for him to play Sunday against the San Francisco 49ers remains to be seen.


Jaguars stick with Henne, shuffle O-line

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) The Jacksonville Jaguars are making changes - just not the one many outsiders want.

Coach Gus Bradley said Wednesday that rookie Luke Bowanko will start at center against Indianapolis and veteran Sam Young will start at right tackle. Chad Henne, however, remains the starting quarterback ahead of rookie Blake Bortles.


49ers QB Kaepernick fined for language

SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) Colin Kaepernick said Wednesday he has been fined more than $11,000 by the NFL and he will appeal the penalty for what an official called "inappropriate language" by the 49ers quarterback following a fourth-quarter interception in Sunday's 28-20 loss to the Bears.

Kaepernick reiterated that he did nothing wrong when he and Chicago defensive end Lamarr Houston went at it - and Kaepernick points to Houston's comments that the quarterback didn't say anything offensive or out of line. Kaepernick shoved Houston.

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