NFL won't change rules because of tie game

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When St. Louis and San Francisco couldn’t produce a winner during 75 minutes of play, the complaints came from all corners of the NFL.

Tie games, after all, aren’t much fun for the fans or the players, who finish just as unsatisfied as anyone else.

“I never had to think about it until now, and I sure don’t like it,” Rams defensive end Chris Long said. “I think everybody on the field would have liked to have gone back out and just settled it, but that’s where we are. That’s the rule right now, so it is what it is.”

The Rams-49ers game Sunday finished at 24-all, the first tie in four years and only the fifth since 1990. So the rule right now that limits regular-season overtime to one period is likely to stay the same for a while.

“It’s an occasional event. There is no real concern we need to change the system,” said NFL executive vice president of football operations Ray Anderson.

FALCONS: Placed tight end Tommy Gallarda on injured reserve Tuesday and signed wide receiver Tim Toone and tight end Chase Coffman to their active roster.

The team also signed tight end Andrew Szczerba to the practice squad.

COURTS: Former Seahawks tight end Jerramy Stevens was arrested on suspicion of assaulting U.S. women’s soccer team goalkeeper Hope Solo a day before their planned wedding day, according to police and court records.

A Kirkland Municipal Court judge released Stevens after a court appearance Tuesday, saying there was no evidence connecting Stevens to any assault, according to news reports.

He was arrested early Monday for fourth-degree domestic violence assault but wasn’t charged.

Solo appeared in the courtroom Tuesday afternoon, but left without saying anything to reporters, according to KING-TV.

• A grand jury in Houston has dismissed a misdemeanor resisting arrest charge against Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson after hearing from the four-time Pro Bowler and other witnesses.

Derek Hollingsworth, one of Peterson’s attorneys, said Tuesday the case stemming from Peterson’s July 7 arrest outside a night club is expected to be formally dropped on Wednesday.

Peterson was due in court for a pretrial hearing on Thursday before Judge Natalie Fleming.

Hollingsworth said Peterson testified before the grand jury on Tuesday and found no probable cause for prosecutors to continue.

BUCCANEERS: Linebacker Quincy Black will miss the remainder of the season after injuring his neck making a tackle.

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