Football

Palmer's season could be in doubt

Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Carson Palmer is unlikely to play another game this season because of his injured throwing elbow, according to an ESPN report.

Bengals Coach Marvin Lewis said Friday that Palmer will play "probably later than sooner." Palmer will miss Sunday's game at Houston, Lewis said.

The source in the ESPN report said the Bengals have no plans to place Palmer on injured reserve, which would officially end his season. Palmer, the source said, has asked the Bengals to wait "around two months" before taking any action because the quarterback "does not want to abandon the team until he's certain he can't play."

Goodell wants more games

An expanded regular season would improve the overall quality of the NFL and increase interest among fans, commissioner Roger Goodell said Friday.

The NFL discussed adding one or two more games to the regular-season schedule at its owners meetings this month, but no decision was made and no change is expected for 2009.

In the long term, however, Goodell said it made sense to shorten the pre-season schedule in favor of more games that count in the standings.

"We think that's better content, it's higher quality," Goodell said. "That's what our partners, our fans are going to demand."

Police say Holmes had pot

Steelers receiver Santonio Holmes will be charged with misdemeanor marijuana possession after a Thursday night traffic stop in which police smelled burning marijuana and found marijuana-filled cigars in his car.

Police said the 24-year-old Holmes acknowledged having marijuana when stopped and pointed out the paraphernalia to officers.

The team will deactivate Holmes for Sunday's game against the Giants. Holmes is second on the team with 22 catches for 360 yards and a touchdown.

Colts: Manning had staph

A staph infection in a bursa sac in Peyton Manning's left knee led to the surgery that kept him out of much of the Colts' pre-season training camp, the team confirmed Friday.

But team officials denied reports Manning had a highly virulent form of staph infection that is difficult to treat called methicillin-resistant staphylococcus aureus (MRSA). "At no time did he have MRSA," a team statement said.

Around the league

Giants: Receiver Plaxico Burress was fined $45,000 by the NFL for verbally abusing an official and tossing a ball into the stands during last weekend's game against San Francisco.

Jets: Receiver Laveranues Coles and safety Eric Smith were listed as probable for Sunday's game against Kansas City despite suffering concussions last weekend. Coles and Smith, both injured in the Jets' 16-13 overtime loss at Oakland last weekend, fully participated in practice for the first time this week on Friday.

Redskins: Defensive end Jason Taylor went to a hospital Friday to have his left calf re-examined, and Coach Jim Zorn said Taylor will have a second operation on the leg next week.

Patriots: Three of New England's top four running backs probably will miss Sunday's game against the Rams. Sammy Morris and LaMont Jordan were listed as doubtful for the game, and Laurence Maroney is out for the season with a shoulder injury. That leaves Kevin Faulk, primarily a third-down back, rookie free agent BenJarvus Green-Ellis and fullback Heath Evans.

Seahawks: Matt Hasselbeck (knee) will not play Sunday when Seattle travels to San Francisco, and receiver Deion Branch is questionable because of a foot injury.

Titans: Defensive tackle Tony Brown missed Friday's practice with an ankle injury, but he said he expects to play Monday against Indianapolis.

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