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Chiefs checking into Johnson's slur, tweets

Kansas City running back Larry Johnson used a homosexual slur for the second time in as many days Monday, the Kansas City Star reported on its Web site.

Johnson declined to speak with reporters Monday. Sitting in front of his locker, he turned away and muttered the slur in telling reporters to get “out of here,” according to the Star, which recorded the comment.

On Sunday, Johnson belittled rookie coach Todd Haley on Twitter in a series of posts that also included the same gay slur.

Haley said Monday the Chiefs were looking into “a couple of situations” involving Johnson, but declined further comment. Asked about the slurs, he said the team was “gathering facts.”

One tweet read: “My father got more creditentials than most of these pro coaches.” That was followed by: “My father played for the coach from “rememeber the titans”. Our coach played golf. My father played for redskins briefley. Our coach. Nuthn.”

Haley did not play high school or college football and attended college on a golf scholarship.

Smith to start at QB

Alex Smith is getting a big chance to resurrect his career.

All but forgotten, the No. 1 overall pick in 2005 is the San Francisco 49ers’ starting quarterback — again.

“I don’t know if I’d say surprised. I don’t know if I was anticipating it, either,” Smith said after getting the news from coach Mike Singletary.

Singletary made the announcement after sitting down with Shaun Hill, who was benched during the Niners’ 24-21 loss at Houston.

Smith, who hadn’t played in nearly two years, came in and gave the offense a much-needed jolt of energy and efficiency.

Extra points

Three-time Pro Bowl linebacker DeMarcus Ware and the Dallas Cowboys agreed on a contract extension, a $78 million, six-year deal through the 2015 season that guarantees him $40 million. … Authorities say Jets wide receiver Braylon Edwards has been charged with misdemeanor assault over accusations he punched a man – a friend of NBA star LeBron James – outside a Cleveland nightclub. … Jets running back Leon Washington has been placed on season-ending injured reserve after having surgery in which a rod was inserted into his broken right leg. … Backup quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick will remain the Buffalo Bills starter for one more week, and maybe longer as coach Dick Jauron announced Trent Edwards will miss his second consecutive game because of a concussion. ... The Broncos shuffled punters, bringing in two-time Pro Bowl player Mitch Berger and waiving Brett Kern. … Dolphins cornerback Will Allen will need season-ending knee injury to repair the anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee. … An official scoring change took away one of Brett Favre’s completions during Minnesota’s 27-17 loss to the Steelers. Favre officially completed 33 of 50 passes, not 34 of 51. … Browns coach Eric Mangini said he has no plans to bench Derek Anderson, the NFL’s lowest-rated quarterback. … Panthers coach John Fox acknowledged he’s contemplating benching quarterback Jake Delhomme.

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