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Rice case arbiter: Goodell must testify

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(AP) -- NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell has been told to testify in Ray Rice's appeal of his indefinite suspension, a person familiar with the case told The Associated Press on Wednesday night.

Former U.S. District Judge Barbara S. Jones, the neutral arbiter selected to hear the appeal, informed the parties of her decision Wednesday. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because details of the appeal have not been made public.

It was uncertain whether Goodell will actually testify. He said this month he would leave the decision to Judge Jones.

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Lions still uncertain if Johnson plays

BAGSHOT, England (AP) Lions wide receiver Calvin Johnson is still a doubt for Detroit's game against the Atlanta Falcons on Sunday in London.

Johnson has missed the last two games, both wins, for the Lions (5-2) with a right ankle injury. He made the trip to England, but said Thursday there was still no decision on whether he would play this weekend.

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Gruden: RG3 is 'wild card' for Monday

ASHBURN, Va. (AP) Many ifs and maybes and buts surround Robert Griffin III's status for the Washington Redskins' game Monday night against the Dallas Cowboys. There is so much uncertainty, he has been declared a "wild card" by coach Jay Gruden even though Colt McCoy is the announced starter.

Gruden said Wednesday that McCoy remains the starter as of "right now." He also said Griffin has yet to be cleared for full contact, and that he'd like to see Griffin go through a couple of days of rigorous practice once the OK comes from the doctors.

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Chiefs' Charles passes concussion tests

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) Jamaal Charles has passed a battery of tests and does not show symptoms of a concussion, the Chiefs said Wednesday - one day after the star running back told a radio show he saw "light bulbs" after a hit in Kansas City's win over San Diego.

Charles took a vicious blow from Brandon Flowers when he dove into the end zone in the Chiefs' 23-20 victory Sunday. Flowers received a concussion from the collision and missed the rest of the game, but Charles popped up and trotted off the field, where he was met by team trainers. He played the rest of the game.

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Lions' Waddle played despite concussion

BAGSHOT, England (AP) Detroit Lions offensive lineman LaAdrian Waddle kept playing after banging his head on the ground late in last week's victory over the New Orleans Saints, even though the team knew a concussion was possible.

Waddle was knocked down while blocking during an extra-point attempt after Corey Fuller had scored in the 24-23 comeback win over the Saints. He was then on the field at right tackle when quarterback Matthew Stafford took a knee to end the game on the next possession.

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Report: Pats DE Jones to miss 1 month

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) The "next man up" approach will be tested again after another injury to a key defender for the New England Patriots.

Maybe this time they'll do better.

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Favre's return to Lambeau Field on hold

(AP) -- Brett Favre's first visit to Lambeau Field since his retirement is on hold because of Bart Starr's health.

Favre had hoped to attend the Green Bay Packers' Nov. 9 game against the Chicago Bears and participate with Starr in a pregame coin toss. But Starr, 80, is recovering from two strokes and a mild heart attack he suffered last month.

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Colts' Walden fined $27,562 for ref bump

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) Colts linebacker Erik Walden has been fined $27,562 after being ejected for making contact with an official during Sunday's victory over Cincinnati.

Walden says he didn't mean to bump umpire Bruce Stritesky late in the first half. Instead, Walden says he was trying to move around Stritesky so he could hear and see which Bengals player was talking to him.

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Rivera: NFL says Kuechly wrongly ejected

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) Panthers coach Ron Rivera says the NFL has informed him that Luke Kuechly was wrongfully ejected from Sunday's game against the Green Bay Packers for contact with an official.

Rivera said Wednesday he received a memo from the league that also indicated the middle linebacker will not be fined.

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Chargers CB Flowers out against Broncos

SAN DIEGO (AP) San Diego Chargers cornerback Brandon Flowers has been ruled out of Thursday's game at Denver with a concussion.

Flowers was hurt in a 23-20 home loss to Kansas City on Sunday.

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