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Parrish goes west, inks one-year deal with San Diego Set five Bills punt-return marks

Roscoe Parrish is going all the way to San Diego.

The oft-injured receiver/return specialist who holds five Buffalo Bills for punt returns agreed to a one-year deal with the Chargers on Tuesday.

Parrish, 5-foot-9, 175-pounds, has had trouble staying healthy the last two seasons but is still one of the more feared punt returners in the league.

Parrish's 12.1 yard average per punt return ranks sixth in NFL history. Among active punt returners, only the Chicago Bears' Devin Hester (12.9) averages more yards per return. Of his 11 career TDs, Parrish has recorded three of them on punts.

But he's had issues staying healthy. Last year, he was placed on injured reserve with an ankle injury after just two games. During his breakout season in 2010 when he showed he could be a reliable slot receiver, a broken wrist ended his season after just eight games in which he had 33 catches for a career-best 400 yards and two TDs.

He is the third receiver and second return specialist signed during the offseason by San Diego -- joining Robert Meachem and Eddie Royal.

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Appeals Thursday

NEW YORK -- Saints head coach Sean Payton, general manager Mickey Loomis and assistant head coach Joe Vitt are set to have their NFL appeals heard Thursday regarding the punishment they've received for their roles in New Orleans' bounty system.

League spokesman Greg Aiello confirmed the hearing schedule in an email to The Associated Press on Tuesday afternoon, about two hours after Payton's agent, Don Yee, said the coach and NFL were "trying to schedule a mutually convenient time for the proceedings" that would not interfere with people's plans for the upcoming religious holidays.

Aiello also said former Saints defensive coordinator Gregg Williams, who has since taken a job as defensive coordinator with the St. Louis Rams, did not appeal his indefinite suspension.

NFL commissioner Roger Goodell suspended Payton for all of next season. Loomis was suspended for eight games, Vitt for six, and the Saints were fined $500,000 and docked two second-round draft picks.

The unusually tough penalties stemmed from an NFL probe which concluded that from 2009-11 the Saints offered improper cash bonuses for big hits that either knocked opponents out of games or left them needing help off of the field.

Payton's suspension -- due to start last Sunday -- has been on hold pending his appeal, allowing him to get in a few extra days of work as he rushes to create a plan that's as detailed as possible for the Saints' 2012 season.

Beyond the punishment for Saints coaches and executives, the NFL still has to determine whether players who were involved in the bounty program will also be disciplined.

Speaking at a press event Tuesday for new NFL uniforms created by Nike, Goodell said the NFL met with the players' association representatives on Monday to discuss the league's investigation of the Saints.

Goodell added that he expected to speak with NFLPA chief DeMaurice Smith again as soon as today.

"I hope to be able to make some decisions soon," Goodell said.

According to the league, Saints linebacker Jonathan Vilma offered $10,000 to any New Orleans player who sidelined Minnesota Vikings quarterback Brett Favre during the 2010 NFC championship game. No other players involved have been publicly identified by the NFL.

Saints running back Pierre Thomas, who was modeling his team's new uniform at the NFL's fashion show, called possible player suspensions by the league "ridiculous."

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Fairley arrested

MOBILE, Ala. -- Authorities say Detroit Lions defensive tackle Nick Fairley has been arrested in Mobile, Ala. on a charge of possessing marijuana.

Mobile police spokeswoman Ashley Rains says Fairley was arrested Tuesday after citizens called to complain that his Cadillac Escalade was speeding through a lower-middle class neighborhood.

Rains says officers smelled marijuana coming from the vehicle and found a small amount in an ashtray. Fairley and a passenger were booked into Mobile's metro jail facility and released a short time later on $1,000 bail.

Fairley was a standout at Auburn University and the Lions' first-round draft pick.

The Lions said in a statement they are aware of Fairley's arrest. The statement says the charges are not consistent with the team's standards for player behavior and that the team is disappointed.

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Surgery for Harvin

EDINA, Minn. -- Minnesota Vikings wide receiver Percy Harvin will have minor shoulder surgery soon to address a nagging injury he played with last season.

Harvin revealed the news via Twitter on Monday night, and Vikings coach Leslie Frazier confirmed it on Tuesday while attending a speaking event for his close friend, former NFL coach Tony Dungy. Frazier declined to specify which shoulder was hurt, but he said Harvin sprained the AC joint during the season.

Harvin felt some pain in recent weeks while weightlifting.