Denver Broncos running back Travis Henry won his appeal of a one-year suspension over a failed drug test yesterday.

The NFL informed Henry in September that he had failed a test for marijuana. He disputed the results and sued the league to avoid a suspension. Henry contended that the NFL violated its substance abuse policy by not allowing an expert of Henry's choosing to be present for the testing.

Henry served a four-game drug-related suspension while with the Tennessee Titans in 2005.

The Broncos signed Henry to a five-year, $22.5 million contract that included $12 million in guarantees this off-season after the Titans released him in a cost-cutting move.

Henry had missed three games with a partially torn posterior cruciate ligament in his left knee. He returned to the Broncos backfield in a loss to Oakland on Sunday, carrying the ball 15 times for 49 yards and two scores.


Commissioner Roger Goodell is reviewing the union's appeal of his decision last month not to ease the season-long suspension of Tennessee cornerback Adam "Pacman" Jones.

The players' association announced its appeal of Goodell's decision Nov. 6 to reject Jones' request for leniency. The union hopes to persuade Goodell to change his mind.

When Goodell suspended Jones in April, the cornerback had been arrested five times since the Titans drafted him in April 2005.

Jones is due to plead no contest today in a Nevada court to a reduced charge of conspiracy to commit disorderly conduct, a gross misdemeanor that will get him probation in return for later testimony about a Las Vegas strip club shooting that left one man paralyzed.


The NFL is looking into a postgame comment by Baltimore cornerback Samari Rolle, who said an on-field official called him "boy" during the 27-24 loss to New England on Monday night.

The game was marked by several controversial officiating decisions.

"The refs called me a boy," Rolle said, according to a transcript of postgame comments provided to the media by the Ravens. "No. 110 called me a boy."

Both Rolle and the official, identified as head linesman Phil McKinnely, are black. The 53-year-old McKinnely played with three NFL teams as an offensive tackle from 1976 to '82. Rolle was arguing an unsportsmanlike conduct call in the final minute.


New England survived three apparent fourth-down stops by Baltimore on its final scoring drive Monday before scoring the decisive touchdown. A Ravens time-out that negated one stop and a pair of penalties helped keep New England (12-0) unbeaten.

"You need luck sometimes," said Patriots receiver Jabar Gaffney, who caught the decisive 8-yard TD pass from quarterback Tom Brady.


New York placed leading rusher Derrick Ward on injured reserve two days after he broke his left leg in a victory over the Chicago Bears.

Opening-day starter Brandon Jacobs, who has rushed for 599 yards, is expected to play Sunday against the Eagles after missing two games with a hamstring injury.


The Texans placed offensive linemen Fred Weary (broken right leg) and Chris White (knee) on injured reserve.


Miami middle linebacker Zach Thomas, who has been named to the Pro Bowl seven times, was placed on injured reserve after missing the last five games because of migraines.


Bill Maas, a former broadcaster who played for the Kansas City Chiefs and Green Bay Packers, will be tried March 10 on drug and weapons charges.

Maas, a product of Marple Newtown High, was arraigned in Pekin, Ill. He was charged with two felony counts of possession of a controlled substance after Illinois State Police said they found cocaine and ecstasy in his sport utility vehicle during a July roadside safety check in East Peoria.