Vikings' Jerome Simpson's suspension upheld

Vikings wide receiver Jerome Simpson's three-game suspension for violating the NFL substance abuse policy was upheld by the NFL.

Simpson missed practice on Aug. 18 to meet with the league in New York to appeal the suspension stemming from a ...

49ers' Aldon Smith draws nine-game suspension

SANTA CLARA, Calif. -- Aldon Smith drew a larger-than-anticipated nine-game suspension from the NFL on Friday, a day after commissioner Roger Goodell outlined a stronger stance toward violations of the league's personal-conduct policy.

Smith, the...

49ers rout Texans, but Gabbert struggles

HOUSTON -- Blaine Gabbert got the surprise start in the 49ers' exhibition finale Thursday night, and he reverted to the sketchy form that won't inspire confidence as Colin Kaepernick's top backup.

Gabbert was 4 of 11 passing for 60 yards, ending ...