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ANOTHER CHARGE FACING KANSAS CITY RB JOHNSON

Larry Johnson, already facing a possible league suspension, was charged Monday with simple assault for spitting his drink in a woman's face. Several hours later, the Chiefs indicated the two-time Pro Bowl running back would not play for the foreseeable future.

Various media reports said that Johnson would meet with league officials today in New York.

Johnson also faces a court date Dec.4 for another incident in February when he reportedly pushed a woman's face in another Kansas City nightspot.

This most recently reported incident, Oct.10 at a Kansas City nightspot, marks the fourth time in five years Johnson has been accused of assaulting a woman.

He was deactivated for the past two games for breaking team rules. But in a written statement Monday, Chiefs president and general manager Carl Peterson left little doubt the team's highest-paid player would be absent again this week regardless of what action the league might take.

"The case with Larry Johnson has been and continues to be in the hands of the NFL office in New York," Peterson said in an e-mail to the Associated Press and the Kansas City Star.

City police spokesman Darin Snapp said that Johnson turned himself in and was released on $500 bond. Simple assault is a municipal charge, similar to a traffic ticket, and carries a maximum penalty of a $500 fine and 180 days in jail.

Singletary calmer but still decisive

SANTA CLARA, Calif. - Mike Singletary realizes a public apology for his team's poor play and his postgame trashing of tight end Vernon Davis were the most memorable highlights of the 49ers' sorry season.

Just don't expect the interim coach's next postgame news conference to be as entertaining as his animated debut.

"Maybe I'll drink a little more water," Singletary said Monday. "Maybe I'll breathe a little bit."

After a day to cool down from San Francisco's 34-13 loss to Seattle, Singletary was ready to have a calm talk with Davis, whose reaction to a personal-foul penalty drove Singletary to banish the tight end from the field.

"Vernon is not a problem guy," Singletary said. "Vernon just forgets sometimes that the team is more important."

Singletary also named Shaun Hill his starting quarterback for the next game, Nov.10 at Arizona, benching J.T. O'Sullivan.

WINSLOW BACK: After a week laced with suspicion, innuendo and dueling statements, Pro Bowl tight end Kellen Winslow returned to the Browns eager to restart his disrupted season. "I'm ready to move on and just play football," the former Miami standout said. He was suspended one game last week by the club, which later rescinded its penalty. Winslow, 25, said he has worked out his differences with general manager Phil Savage and owner Randy Lerner.

THREATS PUNISHED: An Arizona man accused of planning to kill people at this year's Super Bowl in Glendale was sentenced to a year and a day in prison. Kurt William Havelock was found guilty in June of six counts of mailing threatening communications.

COWBOYS: Coach Wade Phillips hesitated on whether Brad Johnson will remain the starter Sunday against the Giants in what should be the final game missed by Tony Romo (broken right pinkie). The only other quarterback on the roster is Brooks Bollinger. Also, Phillips said it is "really unknown" whether tight end Jason Witten (ribs) and cornerback Anthony Henry (thigh) will be able to play.

DOLPHINS: Owner H. Wayne Huizenga told the South Florida Sun-Sentinel that no date has been set for selling up to 45 percent more of the team to Stephen Ross, but the election is weighing on his decision. A Barack Obama administration is expected to mean higher capital-gains taxes. Ross purchased 50 percent of the team and Dolphin Stadium for $550-million this year with the intention he would eventually become majority owner.

JETS: Running back Jessee Chatman (knee) is out for the season.

PACKERS:Defensive tackle Johnny Jolly was indicted by a grand jury for felony drug possession. Jolly, 25, of Houston was arrested there July 8 for possession of at least 200 grams of codeine.

RAIDERS: Starting fullback Justin Griffith (torn ACL, right knee) is out for the season.

REDSKINS: Coach Jim Zorn said defensive end Jason Taylor (calf) and cornerback Shawn Springs (calf) will miss Monday's game against Pittsburgh, but he expects running back Clinton Portis (hip, ankle) to play.

SEAHAWKS: Matt Hasselbeck returned to Los Angeles for a second visit to a back surgeon, and coach Mike Holmgren says Seneca Wallace remains the starting quarterback for now.

STEELERS: Wide receiver Santonio Holmes apologized for being involved in a marijuana-related case that caused coach Mike Tomlin to bench him for Sunday's loss to the Giants. Holmes, a 2006 first-round draft pick out of Ohio State, was charged with possession of a small amount of marijuana after a traffic stop Thursday. His preliminary hearing before a Pittsburgh district judge is scheduled Nov.24.

VIKINGS: Coach Brad Childress said he plans on Pro Bowl defensive tackles Kevin Williams and Pat Williams playing Sunday against Houston and had no comment on a Fox Sports report that both Williamses have tested positive for a banned substance.

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