Cleveland Browns cornerback Daven Holly took offense to the late hit laid on him by Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Hines Ward in last week's season opener. The league agreed, and took $5,000 out of Ward's paycheck.
There has been no official announcement from coach Romeo Crennel, but all indications are that quarterback Charlie Frye has retained the Browns' starting job for the outset of the season and will open against the Steelers.
Making only their second foray into the free agent market this offseason, the Pittsburgh Steelers on Tuesday signed unrestricted defensive end Nick Eason, who played the past two seasons for the Cleveland Browns.
In the past, the NFL was reluctant to punish so swiftly, so sternly. Not anymore. Roger Goodell's lengthy suspensions of Pacman Jones and Chris Henry sent a much-needed message to the players, writes Len Pasquarelli.