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NFL Notes: Suspensions, Cardinals, Colts, & Saints

Suspensions

Cardinals

Cardinals HC Bruce Arians mentioned that RB Chris Johnson would be their “lead dog” for as long as Andre Ellington (PCL) is out.

“I thought Chris looked good,” Arians said, via The Arizona Republic. “He’ll get more touches and we will feel very confident if he is our lead dog.”

Cardinals QB Carson Palmer said of Ellington: “It’s hopefully a day-to-day thing with Andre. I thought it was a lot more serious with the way he down. But it looks like he’s going to be O.K., hopefully.

Colts

Colts owner Jim Irsay refuted reports from over the weekend that HC Chuck Pagano is likely coaching for his job this season, and there is a growing rift between Pagano and GM Ryan Grigson.

“That couldn’t be farther from the truth,” Irsay said, via Stephen Holder of the Indianapolis Star. “Someone mentioned that to me when I walked in the locker room. I don’t keep track of the rumor mill. That could not be farther from the truth. Ryan and Chuck work hard together. They have a great relationship. I’ve seen coaches and general managers work together since I was 11 years old. I know the dynamic that needs to be there to work together. They have a great relationship.

“That report is completely false. I guarantee you. There is not one shred of truth to it at all, honestly. These guys have a great relationship. When I heard the report, I was as shocked as anyone. We have so many reports that go around the league these days with Twitter and all the different people who publish reports who are so-called journalists. Couldn’t be further from the truth.”

Saints

Mike Triplett reports that Saints RB Khiry Robinson was fined for allegedly striking an intern in the head during training camp.

Pro Football Talk first reported the news that Robinson struck the intern after a dispute over whether Robinson owed the intern money for driving him to a store to get his cellphone fixed during the Saints’ training camp in West Virginia.

The NFLPA is reportedly investigating the way the NFL has handled its review of the matter.