Ward appeals fine
Browns safety T.J. Ward is appealing a $25,000 fine for a hit on Cowboys wide receiver Kevin Ogletree that he maintains was legal under the NFL’s rules on helmet-to-helmet contact . . . Michael Vick and LeSean McCoy aren’t practicing because of concussions and their status for Philadelphia’s game against Carolina on Monday night is uncertain . . . Browns cornerback Joe Haden returned to practice and may play against Pittsburgh Sunday after missing last week’s game with an oblique injury . . . Former Baylor basketball player Richard Hurd was sentenced to 18 months in federal prison for trying to get $1 million from Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III through extortion. Hurd, 26, also was ordered to pay a $1,000 fine for threatening to release damaging information about Griffin last June.