NFL suspends Titans' Michael Griffin; safety will appeal

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Titans safety Michael Griffin is appealing his one-game suspension without pay after being labeled by the NFL as a repeat offender of the league’s rules prohibiting hits to the head and neck area of defenseless players.

The league announced the penalty Monday for Griffin’s hit on Oakland tight end Mychal Rivera.

The suspension would cost
him $205,882.35 out of his $3.5 million base pay this season and keep him out of Sunday’s game at Indianapolis.

Griffin cannot take part in any football activities until Dec. 2, and the Titans hold the AFC’s sixth and final playoff berth at this point.

VIKINGS: Released cornerback A.J. Jefferson after he was arrested and jailed on a domestic assault complaint.

The move was made Mon­day. According to Hennepin County records, Jefferson, 25, was being held without bail. Formal charges were not expected Monday.

He played in Sunday’s tie game at Green Bay.

RAMS: Rookie Zac Stacy has been a big part of the revitalized rushing attack.

But whether Stacy will suit up against San Francisco on Sunday is up in the air.

Stacy was one of three Rams players who left Sunday’s 42-21 win over the Chicago Bears with concussion-like symptoms. Cornerback Trumaine Johnson and guard Chris Williams also were sidelined and their status for Sunday were unknown.

BILLS: Jon Bon Jovi’s publicist tells The Associated Press that while the New Jersey rocker is interested in becoming an NFL owner one day, he’s not currently pursuing the team.

Ken Sunshine calls a report that Bon Jovi is actively involved in purchasing the Bills “preposterous.” Sunshine notes the Bills are not for sale and adds that Bon Jovi has too much respect for owner Ralph Wilson to consider engaging in discussions for buying the team.

Sunshine spoke a day after CBSSports.com posted a story citing unidentified sources that Bon Jovi is among the parties positioning themselves to purchase the Bills after Wilson’s death. Wilson, 95, has maintained he has no interest in selling the franchise during his lifetime.

BROWNS: Quarterback Jason Campbell is following the NFL’s protocol on head injuries and will likely miss this week’s game against Jacksonville.

Campbell sustained a concussion in Sunday’s loss against Pittsburgh when he was slammed in the head by blitzing Steelers cornerback William Gay on a sack in the third quarter. Browns coach Rob Chudzinski said Campbell was at the Browns’ training facility Monday before being sent home.

DOLPHINS: Running back Daniel Thomas is expected to miss several games because of a left ankle injury, leaving the team with little experience
behind starter Lamar Miller.

Marcus Thigpen and rookie Mike Gillislee will replace Thomas, offensive coordinator Mike Sherman said Monday.

OBITUARY: Former NFL supervisor of officials Jerry Seeman, who worked as the chief referee in two Super Bowls, has died after a long bout with cancer at age 77.

Seeman died Sunday at his home in Blaine, Minn., league spokesman Greg Aiello confirmed Monday. The St. Paul Pioneer Press first reported the death of Seeman, who was an NFL game official from 1975 to 1990, including 12 seasons as a lead referee.


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