NEW YORK — Carolina quarterback Cam Newton was fined $21,000 for abusive conduct toward a game official, and another $10,000 for kicking Oakland’s Tommy Kelly after a play was over.
Newton shouted at and bumped referee Jerome Boger in the fourth quarter of Carolina’s 17-6 victory.
Baltimore Ravens safety Ed Reed was fined $55,000 by the NFL for his high hit on the New York Giants’ Victor Cruz last weekend.
Reed struck the wide receiver in the head and neck area, and was penalized for the hit in the game. He had a one-game suspension last month for several helmet-to-helmet hits reduced to a $50,000 fine.
New England’s Vince Wilfork was docked $30,000 for hitting Jacksonville offensive lineman Steve Vallos in the head with his forearm on a play in which possession changed.
Colts lose two starters
The Indianapolis Colts are keeping two more injured starters out of Sunday regular-season finale against Houston.
Coach Chuck Pagano has ruled out defensive end Cory Redding (quad) and defensive tackle Antonio Johnson (ankle). Earlier this week, Pagano said starting center Samson Satele and backup running back Delone Carter would miss the game with ankle injuries.
Davis back with 49ers
Vernon Davis is anxious to get back on the field with the San Francisco 49ers and help them build momentum for the playoffs during Sunday’s regular-season finale against Arizona.
Davis practiced in a non-contact black jersey for the second consecutive day Friday and is taking the necessary steps, according to NFL-mandated protocol, to return from a concussion he sustained during last week’s loss to the Seattle Seahawks.
Forte expects to play
Chicago Bears running back Matt Forte expects to start Sunday against the Bears despite an ankle injury suffered last week.
Forte went through a full practice Friday and was listed probable for the game at Detroit, which the Bears will need to win if they have any shot at making the playoffs.
Linebacker Brian Urlacher is doubtful for the Lions game, although he went through a limited practice Friday in his first workout since before suffering a hamstring injury Dec. 2.
The team also announced Friday it had waived defensive end Cheta Ozougwu and promoted running back Harvey Unga to the 53-man roster from the practice squad. That gives the Bears two healthy running backs besides Forte. Kahlil Bell is the other backup.
Embattled Ryan says he loves Jets
Rex Ryan has no plans to go anywhere.
Doesn’t want to, he said.
The feisty New York Jets coach denounced a published report that said he would welcome being fired if owner Woody Johnson doesn’t make significant personnel and coaching changes to the offense.
“There was a report that was untrue,” Ryan said.
Pryor to start for Raiders
Terrelle Pryor will make his first career start at quarterback for the Oakland Raiders in their season finale in San Diego. Pryor, who has taken seven snaps this season, replaces the injured Carson Palmer.