League dings safety for $7,500


New York Jets: Safety Jon McGraw was fined $7,500
Friday for a helmet-to-helmet hit on San Diego Chargers quarterback
Drew Brees, who sustained a concussion.

McGraw was called for roughing the passer late in the third
quarter of the Jets' 34-28 win on Sunday. He was fined for hitting
Brees in the chest and head area with his helmet, NFL spokesman
Vince Casey said.

Brees declared himself ready to start Sunday's game at Denver
after being cleared by the team's medical staff on Wednesday. The
NFL injury report Friday listed Brees as a probable starter against
the Broncos.

Despite the hit, Brees stayed in for 12 plays and threw a
33-yard touchdown pass. He wasn't happy to get pulled with less
than four minutes left, tossing his helmet on the sideline and
having a heated discussion with coach Marty Schottenheimer.

The Jets are off Sunday and play Miami on Oct. 3.

Washington Redskins: Quarterback Mark Brunell practiced Friday for the first time this week, taking about a third of the snaps on his strained hamstring to keep alive his chances of playing Monday night against the Dallas Cowboys.

"It's not 100 percent," Brunell said. "Sure, there's a little soreness, and it's a little tight, but it's better than yesterday; so I'm pleased with that."

Patrick Ramsey got the rest of the work. Coach Joe Gibbs has said Ramsey will probably start, but Brunell's unexpected improvement postponed the coach's final decision for at least another day.

"We'll just continue to look at it and make a decision based on what we think tomorrow,'' Gibbs said.

Gibbs said he might not announce a starter at all, keeping the Cowboys in suspense until kickoff Monday night.

Brunell was injured in the third quarter of last week's 20-14 loss to the New York Giants.

Indifference over Redskins name?
WASHINGTON -- A poll of American Indians found that an overwhelming majority of them are not bothered by the name of the Washington Redskins.

Only 9 percent of those polled said the name of the NFL team is "offensive," while 90 percent said it's acceptable, according to the University of Pennsylvania's National Annenberg Election
Survey, released Friday.

Annenberg polled 768 Indians in every state except Hawaii and Alaska from Oct. 7, 2003, to Sept. 20, 2004.

The survey found little disparity between men and women or young and old. However, 13 percent of Indians with college degrees said the name is offensive, compared with 9 percent of those with some college and 6 percent of those with a high school education or less. Among self-identified liberals, 14 percent found the term disparaging, compared with 6 percent of conservatives.

The franchise began in Boston as the Braves but was purchased in 1932 by George Preston Marshall, who changed the name to honor head coach William "Lone Star" Dietz, an American Indian. The team kept its monicker after moving to the nation's capital in 1937.

The name and feather-wearing mascot have since been challenged.

A panel of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office canceled the team's trademarks in 1999 on the grounds that the name disparages American Indians in violation of federal trademark law. But last year, a federal judge ruled the team can keep its name, finding insufficient evidence to conclude it is an insult to American Indians.

Some Indian leaders are still pressing their case, noting that many schools with similar mascots referencing Indians have made name changes in recent years.

Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.