Ravens' Lewis Pays for Laying Out Ochocinco
Baltimore Ravens linebacker Ray Lewis was fined $25,000 by the NFL for a hit last Sunday on Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver Chad Ochocinco, ESPN reported. Lewis plans to appeal the fine, according to the report. The hit by Lewis drew a 15-yard penalty during the Bengals' triumph.
-- STEELERS: Safety Troy Polamalu is to return to Pittsburgh's lineup Sunday against the Cleveland Browns, according to several reports. Polamalu has been sidelined since the NFL's season-opening game because of a damaged medial collateral ligament in his left knee.
Tailback Willie Parker also is to play Sunday after missing two games because of a toe injury. But Rashard Mendenhall is scheduled to start at tailback ahead of Parker, according to reports. Mendenhall practiced Friday after missing Thursday's practice because he was sick.
-- VIKINGS: According to the Minneapolis Star Tribune, rookie wide receiver Percy Harvin's availability for Minnesota's game Sunday against the Ravens will be a game-time decision. Harvin has a shoulder injury and is listed as questionable on the official injury report.
Also, the newspaper reported that defensive tackle Kevin Williams was fined $7,500 by the NFL for a hit on St. Louis Rams quarterback Kyle Boller last Sunday. Vikings tackle Artis Hicks was fined $5,000 by the league for a late hit on Rams defensive tackle Gary Gibson, according to the Star Tribune.
-- BEARS: Chicago obtained defensive end Gaines Adams in a trade with Tampa Bay. The Buccaneers announced that they received a second-round draft pick next spring from the Bears. Adams was a first-round draft choice by the Buccaneers in 2007.
-- CHIEFS: First-year Coach Todd Haley fired Chan Gailey as the team's offensive coordinator during the preseason, and reportedly he has made another change to his offensive coaching staff. According to the Kansas City Star, Haley demoted wide receivers coach Dedric Ward and replaced him with Richie Anderson. The Chiefs visit the Redskins on Sunday.