NFL Notebook

Steelers' Holmes Will Play vs. Redskins

Associated Press
Wednesday, October 29, 2008

The Pittsburgh Steelers won't further punish wide receiver Santonio Holmes for being charged last week with a marijuana-related offense and plan to start him Monday night in Washington.

Holmes, who led the NFL in yards per catch last season, was benched for the Steelers' 21-14 loss Sunday to the New York Giants and was not in uniform. He was allowed to rejoin the team after speaking to his teammates and issuing a public apology on Monday.

The NFL could punish Holmes once his case is resolved, but Coach Mike Tomlin said there will be no additional action taken by the team. Tomlin did not say if Holmes was fined.

Holmes, a third-year player from Ohio State, was charged with a misdemeanor count of possession of a small amount of marijuana following a police stop on Thursday. Holmes has a preliminary hearing before a Pittsburgh district judge on Nov. 24.

"As a football team and an organization, in terms of our view of the situation, we've laid it to bed," Tomlin said yesterday. "Satisfactory action has been taken from our standpoint. . . . For us, we're moving forward."

· COWBOYS: Tight end Jason Witten has a broken rib but could play anyway Sunday against the New York Giants.

Witten tried to come back after injuring his ribs last weekend against Tampa Bay, but he eventually sat out most of the second half. He could wear added protection against the Giants, according to a posting yesterday on the team's Web site.

Cornerback Anthony Henry tore his quadriceps against the Buccaneers, but the Cowboys are optimistic rest and treatment will be enough for him to play Sunday, according to the Web site.

· SEAHAWKS: Quarterback Matt Hasselbeck said a doctor has not cleared him to play because of a leg problem stemming from a bulging disk in his back.

Hasselbeck told KIRO Radio he does not need surgery. He said he failed tests in Los Angeles and was unable to walk on his heels. He says there is no pain in his back or right leg, just a "dead leg" feeling.

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