The NFL has fined Green Bay Packers safety Nick Collins $50,000 for his helmet-to-helmet hit on Dallas Cowboys WR Roy Williams. League officials say Collins "violently and unnecessarily struck a defenseless receiver" in the neck and head area with his helmet. They're calling the hit a "flagrant violation of player safety rules."
The Panthers have lost starting quarterback Matt Moore for the season with a torn labrum in his throwing shoulder, further complicating Carolina's miserable season. Moore will undergo surgery in two weeks and be out four to six months, a league source told ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter. Moore is expected to be able to throw again in April. He was driven to the turf on a sack by New Orleans defensive tackle Sedrick Ellis in the second quarter of Sunday's 34-3 loss. Coach John Fox wouldn't say if Jimmy Clausen or fellow rookie Tony Pike would start Sunday at Tampa Bay.
It didn't take long for crew chief Chad Knaus to make up his mind about pit crew changes to Jimmie Johnson's team for the final two races. Hendrick Motorsports announced on Monday that Jeff Gordon's over-the-wall crew will replace the crew for the four-time defending Sprint Cup champion for the final two races at Phoenix and Homestead-Miami. The change is limited to the seven over-the-wall members of the teams. No other team member roles will be affected. Knaus made the switch to Gordon's crew during Sunday's race at Texas Motor Speedway, where pit road mistakes were a part of Johnson going from a 14-point lead in the Chase standings to a 33-point deficit to race winner Denny Hamlin.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.