MINNEAPOLIS - A federal appeals court on Friday cleared the way for Vikings Pat Williams and Kevin Williams to play all season, despite the NFL's attempts to suspend them for violating its anti-doping policy.
The NFL had said the defensive tackles, who are not related, could play in Sunday's opener at Cleveland because their court fight over the suspensions would not be decided in time.
"It's a big sigh of relief to know we're going to get to play the whole season," Kevin Williams said.
The fight isn't over, but a three-judge panel of the 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals upheld earlier decisions from a federal district court. Commissioner Roger Goodell said the league is troubled by the ruling.
Scaife: Harrison's hit was 'cheap shot'
NASHVILLE - Tennessee tight end Bo Scaife called linebacker James Harrison's hit on his left leg in the third quarter of Thursday's game a "cheap shot."
Scaife missed the rest of the Titans' 13-10 overtime loss at Pittsburgh and was limping badly afterward.
"I have been playing my whole life and no one has ever hit me like that. ... So it was a cheap shot and I don't care if that gets back to him either," Scaife said.
Titans coach Jeff Fisher didn't agree: "When the ball carrier's got the ball, he's a runner," he said. "... It was just a strange set of circumstances."
Scaife had an MRI exam. Fisher said he has some swelling and is day to day.
MERRIMAN CASE DROPPED:San Diego district attorney Bonnie Dumanis dismissed reality TV star Tila Tequila's accusations that Chargers linebacker Shawne Merriman choked her and threw her to the ground on Sunday. Dumanis said there is insufficient evidence. Told that he wouldn't be charged, Merriman said he couldn't comment until after he spoke with his lawyers.
BLACKOUTS: The Cardinals and Bengals sold out their openers in time to avoid a local television blackout. The league granted the Raiders a 24-hour extension to sell out and avoid a blackout.
BRADY BABY: Patriots quarterback Tom Brady confirmed to ESPN that he and his wife, model Gisele Bundchen, are expecting a child in December.
BRONCOS: Receiver Brandon Marshall declined to comment about his return from a team-imposed suspension, culminating his week of public silence on the matter. The former UCF standout could now face a fine for failing to make himself available to the media.
RAIDERS: The team reportedly sent defensive lineman Richard Seymour a letter giving him until Tuesday to report or face a possible season-long suspension. The Boston Herald reported Friday that Seymour was hand-delivered the "five-day letter" on Thursday. If Seymour does not report to the Raiders, who acquired him from the Patriots this week, the team could prohibit him from playing for any team this season and roll over his contract for another year.
SAINTS: Left tackle Jammal Brown had hip surgery, and team officials said he could miss several weeks.