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Bucs CB Mack suspended for hit on Ryan

TAMPA — Bucs rookie cornerback Elbert Mack is making a name for himself after just two games in the NFL.

But not in a good way.

Mack has been suspended one game for his helmet-to-helmet hit on Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan Sunday.

NFL executive vice president of football operations Ray Anderson issued the suspension Tuesday. Mack will miss Sunday's game at Chicago, without pay, for a flagrant violation of player safety rules, his second this season.

Anderson said Mack unnecessarily launched himself into Ryan during a fumble return and made impermissible helmet-to-helmet contact.

Mack was recently fined $5,000 for an unnecessary roughness penalty on Texans quarterback Alex Brink.

In a letter to Mack, Anderson said, "Your actions are of particular concern in light of the emphasis that our office has placed on developing and enforcing rules designed to protect players from injury, including concussions. The safety of our players is paramount to all of us in the NFL.''

An undrafted free agent from Troy, Mack might have played Sunday because starting nickel back Aqib Talib (hamstring strain) could be questionable.

Around the league

Browns: Defensive end Robaire Smith is out for the season after being placed on injured reserve with a left Achilles' injury. Santonio Thomas, on the Patriots practice squad for most of the past three seasons, was signed to replace him.

Jets: Punter Ben Graham was waived. The former Australian Football League star averaged 27.3 net yards in a loss to the Patriots, who started five of their nine series in Jets territory.

Raiders: Defensive end Tommy Kelly, who replaced Warren Sapp as the line's anchor, was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence. He was booked at an Oakland detention facility on Monday and released.

Seahawks: Seattle, which has lost six receivers to injury this season, shored up the position by trading for Keary Colbert and reacquiring Koren Robinson. Robinson, Seattle's former No. 1 draft choice who was released in 2005 because of repeated problems with alcohol, agreed to a one-year deal. Robinson said he has been sober for 25 months thanks to a new marriage, two sons, a girl due next month and religion. Colbert was acquired from the Broncos for what is believed to be a fifth-round pick.

Steelers: Quarterback Ben Roethlisberger has a sprained shoulder and likely will be limited in practice today, but should play Sunday against the Eagles.

INGRAM SENTENCED: Former Giants receiver Mark Ingram was sentenced to more than seven years in prison for bank fraud and money laundering. It's a third term behind bars for the player who starred in the 1991 Super Bowl in Tampa. Ingram, 42, also was ordered in Long Island federal court to pay $252,000 in restitution.

RECORD RATINGS: The Cowboys' 41-37 victory over the Eagles in the final Monday night game at Texas Stadium drew 18.6-million viewers in 12.95-million homes, a record audience for a cable program. Also, Dallas safety Roy Williams is out for a month after breaking a bone in his right arm.

Information from Times wires was used in this report.

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