Baltimore’s Ed Reed, among the best safeties in NFL history, has been suspended by the league for a game for repeated headhunting.
Reed will not be allowed to practice this week, and cannot play in the Ravens’ game Sunday at San Diego.
According to the NFL, his personal-foul penalty in Sunday night’s game at Pittsburgh was the third time in the past three seasons that Reed violated the rule against hitting defenseless players in the head or neck area. He was flagged for a hit on Steelers receiver Emmanuel Sanders.
AP: Gronkowski had surgery
A person familiar with the process said New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski expects to be sidelined for four to six weeks after having surgery for a broken left forearm. The person spoke to the Associated Press on condition of anonymity because there was no official announcement.
Patriots coach Bill Belichick gave no update on the tight end, who appeared to be hurt while blocking on an extra point late in the Patriots’ 59-24 win over the Indianapolis Colts on Sunday.
The Patriots gave no estimate of how long Gronkowski, who hasn’t missed a game in his three NFL seasons, might be sidelined.
McGahee has torn knee ligament
Willis McGahee tore a ligament in his right knee and will be out for what’s expected to be a six-to-eight-week stint.
Coach John Fox said McGahee’s injury, suffered in the second quarter of Denver’s 30-23 victory over San Diego on Sunday, will not require surgery and that the Broncos had no immediate plans to put the 10th-year veteran on injured reserve.
Around the league
New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees says he is donating $1 million to Superstorm Sandy relief efforts. … Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Byron Leftwich injured his ribs in Sunday night’s loss to Baltimore and will not start next week against the Cleveland Browns. … The Detroit Lions are benching wide receiver Titus Young for Thursday’s game against Houston following what coach Jim Schwartz calls “unacceptable” behavior during Sunday’s loss to Green Bay. … The Jacksonville Jaguars named Chad Henne their starting quarterback for Sunday’s game against Tennessee. … The Green Bay Packers are sticking with struggling kicker Mason Crosby.