Carolina Panthers wide receiver Steve Smith was fined an undisclosed amount for calling umpire Dan Ferrell "garbage" the day after a loss two weeks ago to the Arizona Cardinals, a league source told ESPN.com.
The San 49ers are not expecting Michael Crabtree back from his torn Achilles until late November and are not counting on the wide receiver to make a meaningful contribution until the end of the season, a source familiar with his comeback told ESPN.
New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski is officially active for Sunday's game against the New York Jets, marking his first game back after undergoing offseason surgeries on his back and forearm.
To prepare for Peyton Manning's return to Indianapolis, the Colts stadium operations department went so far as to research the return of other great athletes in all sports to their former cities, sources close to the team told ESPN.
The NFL's recently formed advisory panel, which helps to identify potential minority coaching candidates, already is advocating the candidacy of Louisville's Charlie Strong and Stanford's David Shaw, league sources told ESPN.