Reeds wins appeal...Batch to start
The safety has avoided a one-game suspension for illegal hits following an appeal with the NFL. He instead will be fined $50,000 rather than lose an entire game check.
Reed was suspended for one game without pay on Monday by NFL vice president of football operations Merton Hanks for his third violation in three seasons of the rule prohibiting helmet-to-helmet hits against defenseless players. The third violation occurred in Sunday night's game at Pittsburgh when Reed delivered a hit to the head of receiver Emmanuel Sanders.
Also in the NFL, Pittsburgh Steelers coach Mike Tomlin says 37-year-old Charlie Batch will start at quarterback on Sunday in Cleveland. Batch is 5-2 while subbing for starter Ben Roethlisberger through the years. Roethlisberger and Byron Leftwich are both out indefinitely with rib injuries.
San Francisco 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh is undergoing a follow-up evaluation with doctors after having a minor procedure last Thursday for an irregular heartbeat. The 49ers canceled Harbaugh's scheduled media conference call minutes before it was to begin this afternoon, a day after San Francisco's 32-7 victory over the Chicago Bears. The team gave no indication that there is anything of concern with Harbaugh's health in addition to what he went through last week.
Bears quarterback Jay Cutler says he is not sure if he will play this week against Minnesota after missing Monday's loss at San Francisco because of a concussion. Cutler said on a radio show he's "going through the process," to get cleared to return, but still has some "hoops to jump through."
The Jacksonville Jaguars have signed receiver Jordan Shipley and waived fullback Will Ta'ufo'ou. Shipley has played in 18 games since entering the league as a third-round draft pick by Cincinnati in 2010.
And the Houston Texans remain the top team in the AP Pro32 NFL power rankings. The 49ers are second, followed by Atlanta, Denver and Green Bay. Kansas City brings up the rear in the rankings.
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