Football

Seriously? Ex-Cat fined $5,000 for 'Joker' shirt

Buffalo Bills receiver and former Kentucky Wildcat Stevie Johnson says the NFL has fined him $5,000 for his playful touchdown celebration following the first of his three scores during a win over the Cincinnati Bengals last weekend.

Johnson said Wednesday he learned of the punishment through a letter sent by the league a day earlier.

Shortly after scoring on a 28-yard reception, Johnson pulled up his jersey to reveal a message — "Why So Serious?" — written in black marker on his undershirt.

The phrase was used by the Joker in the Batman movie The Dark Knight. Johnson used the phrase to poke fun at Bengals receivers Terrell Owens and Chad Ochocinco, who have referred to themselves as Batman and Robin this season.

Brady questionablefor Turkey Day

The New England Patriots are listing quarterback Tom Brady as questionable for their Thanksgiving Day game against the Detroit Lions.

Brady skipped a walkthrough practice on Wednesday because of foot and right shoulder injuries. He also sat out practice Tuesday.

Bengals sign rookie safety

The Cincinnati Bengals have signed rookie safety Jeromy Miles from their practice squad in time for Thursday night's game with the New York Jets.

The Bengals earlier this week signed free-agent defensive backs Jonathan Wade and Fred Bennett for their injury-depleted secondary. They put safety Chris Crocker on injured reserve Monday, and four other defensive backs are hampered by injuries.

Ochocinco au naturelfor PETA anti-fur ad

Chad Ochocinco is baring it all — almost — in a new anti-fur ad for People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals.

Wearing nothing but a carefully placed football, the outspoken Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver has his tattoos on full display as part of PETA's "Ink, Not Mink" campaign. The ad will debut Friday.

PETA says the football in the photo is made from synthetic material, not leather.

Cancer diagnosis for Titans' offensive coordinator

Tennessee offensive coordinator Mike Heimerdinger has been diagnosed with cancer and is expected to start chemotherapy treatment almost immediately.

Coach Jeff Fisher announced Wednesday that Heimerdinger has been very sick the past three weeks but learned the diagnosis Wednesday morning. Heimerdinger wasn't at practice.

Around the league

■ The Philadelphia Eagles have placed cornerback Ellis Hobbs on injured reserve, ending his season.

Hobbs sustained a neck injury in a helmet-to-helmet collision with New York Giants defensive lineman Dave Tollefson on the second-half kickoff in Sunday's 27-17 win over New York.

■ Eagles cornerback Asante Samuel says he's been fined $40,000 for a helmet-to-helmet hit on Giants wide receiver Derek Hagan that drew an unnecessary roughness penalty.

■ Saints Coach Sean Payton says he's optimistic Reggie Bush will be able to finally come back from his broken right leg at Dallas on Thanksgiving.

■ With Colt McCoy out with a high left ankle sprain, Jake Delhomme, who has been inactive for eight games because of a similar injury, will start Sunday for the Cleveland Browns against his former team, the Carolina Panthers. Delhomme spent seven seasons in Carolina, leading the Panthers to their only Super Bowl appearance. Delhomme hasn't started since the season opener Sept. 12.

■ Carolina rookie quarterback Jimmy Clausen has returned to practice after missing a game with a concussion and will start Sunday against Cleveland barring a setback.

■ Clinton Portis' season has come to an early end for the second year in a row. Teammates said Wednesday that the Washington Redskins running back was being placed on injured reserve after reaggravating a groin injury.

■ Brandon Jacobs is once again the New York Giants' No. 1 running back.

■ The Giants have been awarded receiver Devin Thomas on waivers from the Panthers.

■ New York Jets wide receiver Jerricho Cotchery will miss his second straight game as he recovers from a groin injury. Backup defensive back Dwight Lowery also has not practiced and is out with a concussion.

■ Miami Dolphins wide receiver Brandon Marshall didn't practice Wednesday because of a hamstring injury, raising questions as to whether he'll play Sunday at Oakland.

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