• Ravens’ Reed suspended: Baltimore Ravens star safety Ed Reed was suspended for one game by the NFL on Monday for repeated hits to the head and neck area of defenseless players. The 11-year veteran will miss Sunday’s game against San Diego. Reed is suspended for three violations of the player safety rules in the past three seasons. The latest came in Sunday night’s 13-10 victory over Pittsburgh when he was penalized for unnecessary roughness in the third quarter for a hit to the head of receiver Emmanuel Sanders. Reed also was penalized Sept. 23 against the Patriots for unnecessary roughness and fined $21,000 for striking Deion Branch when the receiver was defenseless. Before that, Reed hit Saints quarterback Drew Brees on Dec. 19, 2010, and was fined $10,000.
• Pats TE Gronkowski has surgery: No more end-zone spikes for a while from Rob Gronkowski. A person familiar with the process said Monday the New England Patriots tight end expects to be sidelined for four to six weeks after having surgery for a broken left forearm. The person spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because there was no official announcement. Patriots coach Bill Belichick gave no update on the high-scoring, free-spirited tight end, who appeared to be hurt while blocking on an extra point late in the Patriots’ 59-24 win over the Indianapolis Colts on Sunday.
• Broncos’ McGahee has torn knee ligament: Denver Broncos running back Willis McGahee tore a ligament in his right knee and is expected to miss the rest of the regular season. An MRI conducted Monday showed a “nonsurgical" tear, said coach John Fox. He said there was no immediate plan to put the 10-year veteran on injured reserve. Backups Ronnie Hillman and Lance Ball are expected to share McGahee’s spot, with Knowshon Moreno also available. McGahee has rushed for 731 yards this season.
• Embattled Eagles coach isn’t going anywhere: Andy Reid isn’t quitting his job. The Philadelphia Eagles have sunk so low that people are wondering if Reid will simply step down instead of waiting to be fired. “I think that’d be a cop-out," Reid said Monday when asked about resigning. “That’s not how I see things. That’s not the way I’m wired. We’re going to keep battling and do it as a team. I’m not going to tell the guys one thing and then do the other." As the losses pile up and get worse each week, Reid has run out of explanations. The Eagles (3-7) have dropped six in a row.
• Miami self-imposes second straight bowl ban: Miami officials said Monday that the university is making what it called an “unprecedented decision" to self-impose a postseason ban for the second straight year, ending any chance of the Hurricanes playing in either the Atlantic Coast Conference championship game or a bowl. Just like last year, Miami’s decision was made with regard to the status of the ongoing NCAA investigation into the school’s compliance practices. The inquiry began in 2011 after a former booster went public with allegations that he provided dozens of athletes and recruits with extra benefits such as cash and gifts. By sitting out again, Miami — which still has not been presented with its notice of allegations from the NCAA — is hoping to lessen the hit of any looming sanctions that could be handed down when the investigation ends.
• Marlins salary dump to Toronto finalized: The Miami Marlins’ latest payroll purge received final approval Monday from the commissioner’s office, and as the team’s top baseball executive began to discuss the deal during a conference call, a bad connection generated waves of reverberating noise that filled the phone line. Nearly a week after the Marlins swung their widely ridiculed trade with Toronto, negative feedback keeps coming. Commissioner Bud Selig approved the blockbuster deal, however, even though it made Marlins fans irate and made the team a nationwide punch line. The trade sends All-Star shortstop Jose Reyes to the Blue Jays along with pitchers Mark Buehrle and Josh Johnson, catcher John Buck and outfielder Emilio Bonifacio for seven players, none of whom has a big-money contract. By swinging the deal only months after the Marlins moved into a new stadium built with taxpayer money, they pared from their books $154 million in payroll.
— From wire reports