Larry Johnson facing charges in Vegas

Cardinals quarterback Kevin Kolb (4) takes a beating as he is sacked by Rams defensive tackle Jermelle Cudjo (93). Kolb was sacked nine times in the 17-3 loss on Thursday. SETH PERLMAN / AP
Cardinals quarterback Kevin Kolb (4) takes a beating as he is sacked by Rams defensive tackle Jermelle Cudjo (93). Kolb was sacked nine times in the 17-3 loss on Thursday. SETH PERLMAN / AP
Posted: October 06, 2012

Former NFL running back Larry Johnson was arrested early Friday at a Las Vegas Strip resort after an ex-girlfriend told police he choked her into unconsciousness and left her in her underwear in a hotel hallway.

Larry Alphonso Johnson Jr., 32, was being held on $15,000 bail at the Clark County jail pending an initial court appearance on a domestic violence charge that could get him a minimum of two years in state prison if he is convicted.

Johnson was arrested about 4:30 a.m. at the Bellagio resort, according to a police report that said Johnson and the woman had been drinking alcohol before the altercation, and that the woman had marks on her face and bruises on her neck.

Johnson, who lives in North Bay Village, Fla., had marks on his face that police attributed to the woman fighting him as he choked her.

The woman, 32, from Maryland, told police that she told Johnson that he would have to squeeze harder and get it over with if he was going to kill her, the report states.

She said she awoke in the 10th floor hallway and knocked on doors until someone called hotel security.

It wasn't clear from the police report whether the woman was hospitalized or received medical treatment.

Payton with Saints

Suspended New Orleans Saints coach Sean Payton will be in attendance at the Louisiana Superdome for Sunday night's game against the San Diego Chargers, league sources told ESPN.com.

Payton cannot have contact with the Saints as part of his season-long suspension. However, if Drew Brees delivers a TD pass in his record 48th straight game Sunday night, the NFL has approved the quarterback's going upstairs to Payton after the game to share the moment with the coach.

Contract status

St. Louis Rams running back Steven Jackson can void the final year of his contract after this season in a compromise after talks fell through on a long-term extension.

"It's part of the business," Jackson said. "I've said that from the beginning that, even in 2004, I wanted to retire here. This organization gave me the opportunity to live out a dream."

Kolb battered in loss

Kevin Kolb wasn't around to talk to reporters Friday. He probably was home nursing his many aches and pains in the aftermath of Arizona's first loss of the season, a 17-3 Thursday night manhandling at the hands of the Rams.

Kolb was sacked nine times after being nailed eight times a week earlier. When he wasn't sacked, he often was slammed to the ground after barely getting off the pass.

No update on Amendola

Rams coach Jeff Fisher had little to say about the condition of Danny Amendola, calling it a "competitive issue," after the receiver injured his right shoulder during Thursday night's win over Arizona.

Fisher said he'd have an injury report on Wednesday regarding Amendola but said he was certain the receiver would miss the Oct. 14 game at Miami.

However, ESPN.com, citing sources, is reporting that the receiver is expected to be sidelined six weeks.

More games for Williams

The Denver Broncos will be without linebacker D.J. Williams until mid-November after the NFL added three games to his suspension. Williams was punished for violating the league's substance-abuse policy following his conviction in August of driving while ability impaired.

Already serving a six-game suspension, Williams won't be eligible to return to the Broncos until Nov. 12.

Fines

Linebackers Chad Greenway of Minnesota and Brandon Spikes of New England were fined $21,000 by the NFL for unnecessary roughness in games last weekend.

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