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NFL notes: Colts' Austin Collie cleared to practice

Published September 12, 2012 8:24 pm

NFL notes • Receiver may play vs. Minnesota after concussions.
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Indianapolis • Colts receiver Austin Collie will practice this week and could make his first regular-season appearance Sunday against Minnesota.

Coach Chuck Pagano said Wednesday that doctors cleared Collie earlier this week. Collie has not played since being diagnosed with a concussion Aug. 19.

He practiced last week and went through a workout before last weekend's loss at Chicago. But the Colts (0-1) then put Collie on the inactive list.

Collie has had at least three concussions since November 2010 and left another game during that span with concussion-like symptoms.

Johnson formally charged with domestic battery

Six-time Pro Bowl receiver Chad Johnson has been formally charged with one count of misdemeanor domestic battery.

The Broward State Attorney's Office filed the charge Wednesday. Johnson faces up to a year in county jail.

Johnson was arrested last month after his wife accused him of head-butting her during an argument in front of their home. He was later freed on $2,500 bond.

Around the league

Browns • Linebacker Scott Fujita is practicing for the first time since his three-game suspension was overturned.

Fujita was banned from the team's facility last week before a three-member appeals panel ruled in his favor and for three other players suspended by the NFL for their roles in the Saints' bounty program. Fujita is expected to meet soon with commissioner Roger Goodell to discuss the case.

Bears • Pro Bowl linebacker Brian Urlacher was listed as probable and cornerback Charles Tillman questionable by Chicago for Thursday's game at Green Bay.

Urlacher missed nearly all of training camp and the preseason with a left knee injury that required surgery. He started the season-opening win over Indianapolis and got pulled once the game was in hand for the Bears.

Cowboys • Dallas left tackle Tyron Smith has been fined $15,000 by the NFL for his horse-collar tackle that prevented a touchdown on an interception return in the season-opening win over the Giants. When asked Wednesday if it was money well spent, Smith said it was, because the play helped his team. He said he wasn't asking for any help from his teammates to pay the fine. —

Week 2 schedule

Thursday

Chicago at Green Bay, 6:20 p.m., NFL Net.

Sunday

Tampa Bay at N.Y. Giants, 11 a.m.

New Orleans at Carolina, 11 a.m.

Arizona at New England, 11 a.m., Ch. 13

Minnesota at Indianapolis, 11 a.m.

Baltimore at Philadelphia, 11 a.m., Ch. 2

Kansas City at Buffalo, 11 a.m.

Cleveland at Cincinnati, 11 a.m.

Houston at Jacksonville, 11 a.m.

Oakland at Miami, 11 a.m.

Dallas at Seattle, 2:05 p.m.

Washington at St. Louis, 2:05 p.m.

Tennessee at San Diego, 2:25 p.m.

N.Y. Jets at Pittsburgh, 2:25 p.m., Ch. 2

Detroit at San Francisco, 6:20 p.m., Ch. 5

Monday

Denver at Atlanta, 6:30 p.m., ESPN