NEW YORK — Geno Smith shouted a couple of mighty expensive expletives.
The New York Jets quarterback was fined $12,000 by the NFL on Friday for cursing at a fan after the team’s game against Detroit on Sunday.
Smith was walking off the field following the 24-17 defeat when he glared at a heckler in the stands and yelled at him, twice using an expletive. The fine issued by the league was for unsportsmanlike conduct.
Pittsburgh defensive lineman Cameron Heyward also got in trouble with his mouth, docked $22,050 for using abusive language toward an official during the Steelers’ loss to Tampa Bay on Sunday.
Houston’s J.J. Watt was fined $16,537 for roughing the passer against Buffalo. The star defensive end was called for penalties twice after hitting Bills quarterback EJ Manuel in the knee area.
Broncos cut ties with Prater
ENGLEWOOD, Colo. — Just 300 days after putting his name in the record books with the longest field goal ever, Matt Prater is history.
At least in Denver.
The Broncos cut ties Friday with the eighth-year kicker who’s about to come off his four-game suspension.
That means first-year kicker Brandon McManus has turned his temp job with the AFC champs into a full-time one.
Report on Bironas released
NASHVILLE, Tenn. — The toxicology report showed former Titans kicker Rob Bironas had a blood alcohol content more than twice the legal limit for driving in Tennessee when he died in a one-vehicle crash.
Testing released Friday by the Davidson County Medical Examiner’s Office shows Bironas had a blood alcohol level of 0.218 percent.
Tennessee’s limit for driving under the influence is 0.08 percent.
The autopsy report finalized Friday shows the 36-year-old Bironas died of blunt force trauma after his SUV went off the road and crashed into a line of trees Sept. 20, and 911 calls described Bironas as chasing people and trying to run them off the road before losing control of his 2009 Yukon Denali near his home.
Panthers to play trio of backs
CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Panthers coach Ron Rivera expects to use a running back-by-committee approach against the Chicago Bears on Sunday.
With starter DeAngelo Williams out with a sprained ankle and Jonathan Stewart doubtful with a sprained knee, Rivera said Fozzy Whittaker, Darrin Reaves and Chris Ogbonnaya will split carries.
Bushrod to miss game
LAKE FOREST, Ill. — The Chicago Bears will be without starting left tackle Jermon Bushrod and defensive tackle Jeremiah Ratliff for Sunday’s game at Carolina.
Bushrod suffered ankle and knee injuries in practice this week. Ratliff is recovering from a concussion from the Week 2 win at San Francisco.
Locker listed as probable
NASHVILLE, Tenn. — After going through a full week of practice, Titans quarterback Jake Locker is on track to return to the starting lineup for Tennessee against the Cleveland Browns on Sunday.
Locker was listed Friday as probable on the final injury report. He sat out last week’s 41-17 loss at Indianapolis with a wrist injury to his right, throwing arm, which he hurt the week before in Cincinnati.
Bills’ Williams doubtful
ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. — Buffalo Bills defensive tackle Kyle Williams and linebacker Nigel Bradham are both doubtful for Sunday’s game against Detroit.
Williams, a three-time Pro Bowl selection and former LSU standout, hurt his right knee and Bradham his left knee in a loss at Houston last weekend.
Both players were limited in practice Friday.
League hires another adviser
NEW YORK — The NFL has hired Beth E. Richie as a senior adviser on domestic conduct.
Richie is the director of the Institute of Research on Race and Public Policy and a professor of African-American studies, criminology, sociology, gender and women’s studies, and criminal law and justice at Illinois-Chicago. She is considered a leading expert on issues of sexual assault.