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Ex-Duck James agrees to terms with Dolphins

DAVIE, Fla. — Former University of Oregon running back and kick returner LaMichael James agreed to terms with the Miami Dolphins to join their practice squad.

The deal Tuesday came after James was released Sept. 8 by the San Francisco 49ers, who took him in the second round of the 2012 draft.

The Dolphins have five other running backs under contract, including Knowshon Moreno, who has missed the past two games because of an elbow injury.

James was frustrated by his lack of playing time with the 49ers and has 41 career carries while averaging 4.5 yards per attempt. He was used mostly on returns, averaging 10.9 yards on punt returns and 28.4 on kickoffs.

James finished third in Heisman Trophy voting in 2010 and 10th in 2011 at Oregon.

CHIEFS: Kansas City Chiefs safety Husain Abdullah was flagged during Monday night’s game after he kneeled for a Muslim prayer after returning an interception for a touchdown — a penalty the league says he shouldn’t have incurred.

Abdullah, a practicing Muslim, was flagged 15 yards for unsportsmanlike conduct after the pick-six during the Chiefs 41-14 rout of the New England Patriots in Kansas City.

“Abdullah should not have been penalized. Officiating mechanic is not to flag player who goes to ground for religious reasons,” said Michael Signora, vice president of communications for the NFL.

The penalty stirred controversy on social media, many saying Christian players are not penalized when they make religious gestures after a scoring play.

REDSKINS: The head of the Federal Communications Commission says the agency will consider a petition to ban the Washington Redskins nickname from the public airwaves.

FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler says Tuesday that the commission “will be dealing with that issue on the merits, and we’ll be responding accordingly.”

A law professor has challenged the use of the name on broadcast television, saying it violates FCC rules against indecent content. Native American and other groups have demanded the name be changed, calling it a racial slur.

Wheeler did not offer a timetable for a ruling on the matter. He has previously said he finds the name “offensive and derogatory,” but that he hoped Redskins owner Dan Snyder would change it without any formal action.

Snyder has vowed never to change the name.

VIKINGS: Minnesota rookie quarterback Teddy Bridgewater won’t place a percentage on his chances to play Thursday against the Packers, but he feels the ankle has made progress.

“I’m much further ahead than I was Sunday,” Bridgewater said.

The Vikings have a quick turnaround after defeating the Falcons, 41-28, on Sunday. In that game, Bridgewater suffered the ankle injury on a quarterback sneak in the goal line. Bridgewater said he’ll run for the first time on Tuesday after rehabbing the ankle indoors with flexibility exercises.

“Teddy’s doing much better,” Vikings head coach Mike Zimmer said. “If he can play, he’ll play.”

RAVENS: Baltimore Ravens wide receiver Steve Smith was honored Tuesday for his work fighting homelessness and domestic violence.

The National Law Center on Homelessness & Poverty presented the five-time Pro Bowl wide receiver, a former Carolina Panthers star, with the Stewart B. McKinney Award at a special ceremony in downtown Washington, D.C. Smith and his wife, Angie, created the Steve Smith Family Foundation to help victims of domestic violence and homelessness.

Smith, 35, dressed in a gray suit and gray striped tie, said it was an honor to receive the award. Sometimes, he said, he and his wife questioned whether people noticed the work they did off the field.

“To receive this award means a lot to my family and myself,” he said. “But it also says that work (gets done) in a little town like Charlotte (N.C.) by a little organization and a big city like D.C. notices.”