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NFL Notebook: League suspends official

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ASHBURN, Va. -- An NFL game official was suspended Friday for one game without pay for making "a profane and derogatory statement" to a Washington Redskins player, an incident that has led to a call for NFL players to stop using the N-word on the field and in the locker room.
The league announced Friday that umpire Roy Ellison will not work an NFL game this weekend as punishment for words directed at left tackle Trent Williams late in the second quarter of the Redskins' loss to the Philadelphia Eagles on Sunday.
The National Football League Referees Association issued a statement Friday evening saying that it will file a grievance, that the suspension was a rush to judgment without hearing Ellison's side of the story.
Williams said he was called vulgar names -- although not the N-word -- by Ellison and did nothing to provoke it. A replay from the second quarter shows Ellison gesturing at Williams while walking backward just before a snap, with Williams, quarterback Robert Griffin III and tight end Niles Paul turning to look back at the umpire. Redskins coach Mike Shanahan was among those who supported Williams, saying: "You just can't use that type of language to get your point across."
Broncos' Welker probable
ENGLEWOOD, Colo. -- Five days after leaving a game with a concussion, Broncos receiver Wes Welker was cleared for full practice Friday and listed as probable for Denver's game against New England.
49ers' CB gets extension
SAN FRANCISCO -- The San Francisco 49ers have signed cornerback Tramaine Brock to a $16 million, four-year contract extension that takes him through the 2017 season.
The Niners (6-4) announced the deal late Friday, and Brock is expected to move into the starting lineup for Monday night's game at Washington in place of the injured Tarell Brown. It would be the second career start for Brock after he also started against Houston on Oct. 6.
Incognito meets again with NFL
DAVIE, Fla. -- Suspended Miami Dolphins guard Richie Incognito met with NFL special investigator Ted Wells for a second consecutive day Friday to discuss the team's bullying scandal.
On Thursday, Incognito agreed to postpone his grievance hearing challenging the suspension until Wells completes his investigation. Tackle Jonathan Martin alleges he was harassed daily by teammates, including Incognito. Martin left the team Oct. 28.
Incognito was suspended indefinitely for conduct detrimental to the team Nov. 3.
NFL hands out fines
NEW YORK -- Washington Redskins cornerback E.J. Biggers has been fined $21,000 by the NFL for unnecessary roughness in a loss to Philadelphia.
Bears cornerback Zack Bowman was fined $15,750 for a horse-collar tackle on Ravens receiver Torrey Smith. Also fined $15,750 was Patriots tackle Marcus Cannon for his leg whip on Panthers defensive end Charles Johnson.
, who sustained a knee injury on the play.
Titans linebacker Akeem Ayers was fined $7,875 for unnecessary roughness for a hit on Colts QB Andrew Luck.
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