NFL notebook: Cowboys RB Randle fined, but will play Sunday
Cowboys running back Joseph Randle won’t be suspended after his arrest on a shoplifting charge.
Coach Jason Garrett said Wednesday the Randle would be fined “significantly” but would play Sunday against the Giants.
Randle was charged with a Class B misdemeanor of theft between $50 and $500 after he was accused of taking $123 worth of cologne and underwear from a department store at a suburban Dallas mall on Monday.
The arrest came a day after one of Randle’s best games in two seasons with Dallas in a 30-23 victory against Super Bowl champion Seattle. He had a 38-yard run and a key tackle on a late kickoff.
The Cowboys (5-1) play their first NFC East opponent in the Giants (3-3).
• Lions receiver Calvin Johnson said he’s still having pain in his sprained right ankle and “wouldn’t be surprised” if he missed his second straight game Sunday against the Saints.
• Bears safetyRyan Mundy plans to appeal the fine the NFL levied for his hit against Falcons receiverRoddy White on Sunday, the Chicago Tribune reported. The league fined the former Woodland Hills star $22,050 for a helmet-to-helmet hit. There was no penalty called on the play as officials said Mundy hit White with his shoulder.
• Retired CB Ty Law of Aliquippa will be honored at halftime of Thursday night’s Jets-Patriots game as a member of Patriots Hall of Fame.
• Former Steelers cornerback Grant Mason was charged with receiving and concealing stolen property and intent to pass a false vehicle title in Michigan.
U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials said he 31-year-old Mason was arrested Monday while trying to board a flight from Detroit Metropolitan Airport to Canada. The arrest follows a two-year investigation into a stolen Audi Q5 that was intercepted at the Ambassador Bridge in Detroit after being sold online for about $30,000 to a buyer in Canada. The Canadian buyer was able to stop payment on the check after learning of the scheme. Mason, a native of Pontiac, Mich., played cornerback in 2007 for the Steelers.
• The NFL cut in half the $11,025 fine on 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick after a Week 2 game in which he directed a profanity at Bears defensive end Lamarr Houston, according to multiple reports.
• Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III threw passes in individual and one-on-one drills in the early part of practice, his first such work since he dislocated his left ankle in Week 2. Griffin wore cleats with high ankle support and looked a bit rusty. CoachJay Gruden has said Griffin might begin taking full-team snaps next week.
• The NFL is fining Bengals linebacker Vontaze Burfict $25,000 for his actions during a game against the Panthers. Burfict received two personal foul penalties during a 37-37 tie Sunday. He was flagged for a late hit on quarterback Cam Newton after he threw a pass, and for unnecessary roughness against receiver Kelvin Benjamin. The rookie wideout is dealing with post-concussion symptoms.
• The NFL suspended Buccaneers fullback Jorvorskie Lane for two games without pay for the violating the league’s policy on performance-enhancing substances.
• Dallas right tackle Doug Free will miss up to a month with a broken right foot, and linebacker Bruce Carter is expected to sit out his third straight game because of a thigh injury.