NEW ORLEANS (AP) -- NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell has handed down new discipline to four players in connection with the NFL's bounty investigation of the Saints. There are no changes to the full-season suspension for New Orleans' linebacker Jon Vilma or the four-game suspension for Saints defensive end Will Smith. The suspension of free agent defensive lineman Anthony Hargrove was reduced from eight to seven games, while Cleveland linebacker Scott Fujita is now docked one game, down from three. Only Smith and Fujita have played this season since an appeal panel created by the NFL's labor agreement vacated the original suspensions on technical grounds and told Goodell he needed to clarify the basis of the punishment. Vilma has been rehabilitating from offseason knee surgery. The players also can delay the suspensions by appealing again.
With Washington's loss to Arizona on Sunday, the Dallas Cowboys have become the first team in the NFL to officially clinch a playoff spot.
That loss came after Dallas defeated Minnesota earlier in the week.
Dallas is 11-1. The Giants lost to Pittsburgh on Sunday to fall to 8-4. The Redskins are 6-5-1. The Eagles are 5-7.
Redskins center Spencer Long left the Redskins game with a concussion and will not return for action against the Cardinals.
Long injured himself in the second quarter and was helped off the field by medical staff. Initially, his injury was called a shoulder issue and he was questionnable to return.
The initial report also said Long did not sustain a concussion.Then, the news came that Long was re-evaluated and determined to have suffered a concussion.
With Long out, the Redskins turned to John Sullivan at center. Both while Long was playing and with Sullivan at center, the 'Skins O-line has struggled against Arizona, dealing with penalties and consistent pressure on QB Kirk Cousins.
In his third year out of Nebraska, Long was drafted to be a guard but converted to center once Kory Lichtensteiger got hurt earlier this season. Long's play has been steady and at times quite strong, a positive development for the franchise.