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WR Simpson Cut by Vikings


Al Messerschmidt/Getty Images(EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn.) -- The Minnesota Vikings finally had enough with receiver Jerome Simpson.

Simpson was cut by the team Thursday, hours after ESPN reported the 28-year-old was cited on July 7 for misdemeanor charges of marijuana possession, driving on a limited license and having an open bottle in a motor vehicle.

While Simpson wasn't arrested, it is just the latest incident in which the receiver has been in trouble with the law.

Simpson pled guilty to a felony drug charge in March 2012 that resulted in a 15-day prison stint and three years of probation. He also was arrested for drunken driving last November, resulting in a three-game suspension to start this season.

Simpson played in 16 games last season for the Vikings, catching 48 balls for 726 yards and a touchdown.

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Charles Limited Participant in Practice


Jason O. Wastson/Getty Images(KANSAS CITY, Mo.) -- Kansas City Chiefs running back Jamaal Charles was a limited participant in practice Thursday.

Charles suffered a high ankle sprain in the Chiefs' loss to the Broncos Sunday.

Charles participated in warm-ups and running back drills.

There has been no update on Charles' status for Sunday's game versus the Dolphins, but practicing is a good sign.

The 27-year-old Charles rushed for 1,287 yards, caught 70 balls and accounted for 19 touchdowns last season for the Chiefs.

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Vick Supports Goodell


Joe Robbins/Getty Images(FLORHAM PARK, N.J.) -- Many people are questioning whether NFL commissioner Roger Goodell should keep his job after the way he's handled the array of recent domestic violence charges against NFL players, but New York Jets quarterback Michael Vick isn't one of them.

"You have to give the man a chance," Vick said of Goodell. "You have to give him a chance, you have to give everybody a chance to get it right."

Vick went on to say that Goodell is doing a great job and that progress is being made.

"You see the other teams that are dealing with it now are making the right decisions, based on what has happened in weeks prior," he said. "You have to give people a chance. You have to give people a chance, man. You're not always going to get it right the first time."

In 2007, Goodell suspended Vick indefinitely after the quarterback pleaded guilty to federal dogfighting charges.

Vick was eventually reinstated by Goodell after missing two seasons.

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Falcons Stomp Bucs 56-14


Leon Halip/Getty Images(ATLANTA) -- The Atlanta Falcons scored 35 first-half points en route to a 56-14 stomping of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers Thursday night.

The game was out of reach by the end of the first quarter, when the Falcons scored 21 points, 14 of them on Matt Ryan touchdown passes.

Ryan finished the game completing 21 of 24 passes for 286 yards and three touchdowns.
                                                   

Falcons receiver Devin Hester scored twice, the second time on a 62-yard punt return that moved him ahead of Deion Sanders for the most return touchdowns in NFL history.

"It's tough to break the record of the guy who is my No. 1 mentor," Hester said. "I'm kind of emotional right now."

Tampa Bay (0-3) turned the ball over five times and mustered only 217 yards of offense in the loss.

Julio Jones caught nine passes for 161 yards and two touchdowns for Atlanta, which improves its record to 2-1.

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Scoreboard Roundup - 9/18/14


Hemera/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Top 25 College Football: (5) Auburn 20 (3-0) – (20) Kansas State 14 (2-1)

NFL: Atlanta Falcons 56 (2-1) - Tampa Bay Buccaneers 14 (0-3)

MLB: Texas Rangers 7 (60-92) – Oakland Athletics 2 (83-69)

Pittsburgh Pirates 3 (82-70) – Boston Red Sox 2 (66-87)

New York Yankees 3 (78-74) – Toronto Blue Jays 2 (77-75)

Washington Nationals 6 (88-64) – Miami Marlins 2 (74-78)

San Diego Padres 7 (71-81) - Philadelphia Phillies 3 (70-83)

Colorado Rockies 7 (62-91) - Arizona Diamondbacks 6 (62-91)

Los Angeles Dodgers 8 (87-66) - Chicago Cubs 4 (68-85)

Cleveland Indians 2 (79-73) - Houston Astros 1 (67-86) -13 Innings

St. Louis Cardinals 3 (85-68) - Milwaukee Brewers 2 (79-74) - 13 Innings

Seattle Mariners 3 (82-70) - Los Angeles Angels 1 (95-58)

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Former Rangers Manager Ron Washington Explains Resignation


Thinkstock(IRVING, Texas) -- Former Texas Rangers manager Ron Washington told reporters at a news conference Thursday that he resigned because of marriage infidelity.

 “I was not true to my wife after 42 years,” Washington said. “I broke her trust. I’m here today to own that mistake and apologize to her and to those I disappointed.”

Washington stepped down as manager of the Rangers on Sept. 5, citing a personal issue. In eight seasons at the helm, he compiled a record of 664-611, leading them to two World Series appearances (2010, 2011).

Tim Bogar took over as manager on an interim basis.

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Cardinals Place RB Jonathan Dwyer on Reserve List


David Lee/iStockphoto/Thinkstock(TEMPE, Ariz.) -- The Arizona Cardinals placed running back Jonathan Dwyer on the reserve/non-football illness list on Thursday.

Dwyer was arrested on aggravated assault charges by Phoenix police on Wednesday. According to the police report, he is accused of head-butting his wife and breaking her nose after she refused his sexual advances. He is also accused of punching her in the face the following day.

Dwyer has appeared in two games this season with the Cardinals, rushing for 51 yards and a touchdown on 16 carries. The fifth-year NFL veteran signed with Arizona this past offseason as a free agent after spending his entire career with the Pittsburgh Steelers.

The Cardinals also cut running back Chris Rainey from their practice squad. He was waived by the Steelers in 2013 after being accused of slapping his girlfriend.

To take Dwyer’s roster spot, Arizona re-signed running back Jalen Parmele. The Cards also added running back Kerwynn Williams to the practice squad.

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Texas QB David Ash Retires


Brian Bahr/Getty Images(AUSTIN, Texas) -- Texas Longhorns quarterback David Ash has decided to end his football journey after battling concussion-related symptoms over the past year.

"We just decided, because of his health -- that's the No. 1 concern for all of us -- that he's no longer going to play football," head coach Charlie Strong said Wednesday. "But he is going to be part of the team, because I told him I wanted him around the team and that's what he deserves."

"It was a very tough call for him," Strong added. "He's very emotional. He's done a lot for this program, been a major part of this university."

Ash played in two games after suffering a concussion last September against BYU.

The junior quarterback had started 22 games during his career. Ash threw for 4,728 passing yards and 36 touchdowns in three seasons.

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Broncos Happy to Have Welker Back


Dustin Bradford/Getty Images(ENGLEWOOD, Colo.) -- The Broncos are happy to have Wes Welker back on the field after the new NFL drug policy deal was announced on Wednesday.

Welker was re-instated just in time for Sunday's game against the Seahawks after the NFL's new policy on performance enhancing drugs was passed.

Welker was originally suspended for four games and was not eligible to return until Oct. 6.

"It feels great, it feels great,'' Welker said. " ... You really realize how much you miss it.''

Welker continued, "It seemed like every other day, I was kind of going back and forth about whether I was coming back or not.''

Quarterback Peyton Manning is among the players welcoming back Welker on the field. "Good to have Wes back,'' he said. "Guys were excited when he walked in the offensive meeting this morning...I know he's been excited to get back out here.''

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Richard Sherman: I Was Not Exposed


Steve Dykes/Getty Images(RENTON, Wash.) -- Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman still is confident in his abilities after Chargers wide receiver Keenan Allen said Sherman was a "normal guy and not a shutdown corner" after their win over Seattle on Sunday.

"You know, when a guy wants his name in the paper, he's gotta say something crazy," Sherman said about Allen on Wednesday. "It's humorous. I guess he wants something to tell his grandkids: 'Remember the day I caught a couple of balls on Richard Sherman? No touchdowns, but I caught a few.'"

Sherman and the Seahawks are preparing for a Super Bowl rematch against the Broncos on Sunday.

Sherman added that he is still a shutdown cornerback although he isn't perfect all the time. "I played pretty well," he continued. "But it's really funny that two little Chargers say I was exposed. One had 50 yards, and one had 60. It makes you laugh."

Sherman was referencing Allen, who had five receptions for 55 yards, and Eddie Royal, who had seven receptions for 69 yards, respectively.

The Seahawks signed Sherman to a record four-year deal during the offseason.

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