The city of Cleveland says it is within its rights to tax visiting professional athletes based on the number of games they play a year because taxation is a matter of local jurisdiction. In a filing Tuesday, the city asked the U.S. Supreme Court to back its position after the Ohio Supreme Court struck down Cleveland's system earlier this year. The state court ruled that Cleveland's method for taxing athletes violates players' due process rights.
The San Francisco 49ers acquired linebacker Gerald Hodges in a trade with the Minnesota Vikings that sent center Nick Easton and a sixth-round draft pick to the Vikings, the teams announced. Hodges started three of the first four games for Minnesota this season and made 20 tackles. - - NFL Vice President of Officiating Dean Blandino told NFL Network that a penalty should have been called on Seattle Seahawks linebacker K.J. Wright for intentionally batting the ball through the end zone after it was stripped from Detroit Lions receiver Calvin Johnson inside the 1-yard line late in Monday's game.
Veteran cornerback David Amerson looks back on the Washington Redskins' decision to cut him less than a month into the season and can't help but smile. A former second-round draft pick who lost his starting job in training camp and was inactive for Washington's Week 2 win over St. Louis, Amerson has bounced back fairly well since being claimed off waivers by Oakland in late September. The 23-year-old defensive back was on the field for all but two plays during last week's loss to Chicago and is expected to make his second consecutive start Sunday when the Raiders host Peyton Manning and the Denver Broncos.