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Aldon Smith Suspended For Nine Games

Alson Smith has been suspended for nine games by the NFL.

Smith will be allowed to remain around the San Francisco 49ers' facility during the suspension, which was very important to the franchise.

Smith already appealed the suspension and lost, making it final.

Smith's suspension is for four games for a violation of substance abuse policy and five games for personal-conduct.

Via Ian Rapoport/NFL.com

Sammy Watkins Injures Ribs Again, Should Be Fine For Week 1

Sammy Watkins left in the first quarter of the Buffalo Bills' preseason finale on Thursday when he reinjured his ribs.

Watkins should be available to start in Week 1 for the Bills despite the injury.

Via Mike Rodak/ESPN

Jerome Simpson Suspended Three Games

Jerome Simpson has been suspended for three games by the NFL for violating league policy on substances of abuse.

A repeat offender, Simpson will now serve his second suspension in three years. His previous ban resulted from a felony conviction for mailing two pounds of marijuana to his Kentucky home. The latest suspension stems from a DUI arrest last November.

Simpson finished 2013 with 48 receptions and 726 yards.

Via Chris Wesseling/NFL.com

Peterson Tells Jones He'd Like To Play For Cowboys Someday

Adrian Peterson told Jerry Jones that he would like to play for the Dallas Cowboys at the end of his tenure with the Minnesota Vikings, according to an "Outside the Lines" report.

"Well, I understand, Adrian," Jones told Peterson during the call. "I'd like that, too ... Well, I love your story. I love your daddy's story. I've always respected what you've been about. I've always been a fan of yours."

The telephone call is recounted as part of an expansive "Outside the Lines"/ESPN The Magazine profile of Jones by ESPN senior writer Don Van Natta Jr. that was published Thursday.

As for the Peterson call, Van Natta was in Jones' suite at AT&T Stadium when a friend of Jones' handed the phone to him. Peterson had talked first to a Morgan Stanley money manager who had attended George Strait's final concert on June 7 at AT&T Stadium. After the concert, Jones and several others remained in the suite; Peterson talked with the man, who handed the phone to Jones without saying who was on the line.

"Well, we'll see what we can do, if we can make that happen," Jones, who is also the Cowboys' general manager, told Peterson. "Hmm hmm ... I'd like that, too ... Well, we're talking pig Latin here, but let's see if we can do that ... We're talking pig Latin here, but let's see what we can do about that. OK, Adrian, thanks."


NFL Changes Domestic Violence Standards, Lifetime Ban For 2nd Offense

The NFL sent a letter to all owners today announcing new standards for domestic violence:

First offense: 6 games; Second offense: Lifetime ban.

"These disciplinary consequences apply to all NFL personnel," said the letter.

The NFL received considerable criticism for its two-game ban for Ray Rice.

"My disciplinary decision led the public to question our sincerity, our commitment and whether we understood the toll that domestic violence inflicts on so many families," said Roger Goodell in a statement. "I take responsibility both for the decision and for ensuring that our actions in the future properly reflect our values. I didn’t get it right."

Via Albert Breer/NFL.com

Stevie Johnson Struggling To Develop Chemistry With Kaepernick

Stevie Johnson has caught just two balls for 11 yards this preseason as he's struggled to develop chemistry with Colin Kaepernick.

Johnson was acquired by the San Francisco 49ers in a draft day trade from the Buffalo Bills.

"There are times that he's going to make a move on a DB, and you have to be ready because he's also making a move that you have to see," Kaepernick said, per The Sacramento Bee. "So I think that's something where it took a little bit longer just to get used to his body language because he had some unorthodox things that he does. But ultimately his separation is there, he's getting open."

"I would say we're getting close," Johnson said. "I can't say we're completely on. It's only been a couple months. It's getting there. I can't say we're clicking right now but we're getting there."

Via Kevin Patra/NFL.com

Jurrell Casey Signs Four-Year, $36M Extension With Titans

Jurrell Casey has signed a multi-year contract extension with the Tennessee Titans that keeps him under contract through 2018.

"We are excited to come to an agreement on an extension with Jurrell," general manager Ruston Webster said in a statement. "This is something Jurrell has earned not only with his play on the field but his work ethic as well. We appreciate Jurrell's professionalism through this process and look forward to many good years to come."

Casey's agent Drew Rosenhaus told NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport that it's a four-year deal worth $36 million with $20.5 million guaranteed.

The defensive tackle was a Pro Bowl-snub last season after a 10.5-sack year with 55 tackles. As an under-the-radar beast, Casey epitomized an underrated Titans defensive unit in 2013.

Via Kevin Patra/NFL.com

Josh Gordon Ineligible To Play In Canadian Football League

Josh Gordon has explored the possibility of playing in the Canadian Football League, but there are two roadblocks.

Montreal Alouettes GM Jim Popp has confirmed to NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport that any suspended player under contract to an NFL team is ineligible to play in the Canadian Football League, saying "all leagues adhere to each other's contracts." Former Colts wide receiver LaVon Brazill is eligible because he's no longer under contract in Indianapolis.

Even if the CFL had an open-door policy, Gordon would need the Browns' permission to play north of the border.

A source familiar with the team's thinking tells Rapoport the Browns would not be inclined to grant that permission.

The Calgary Stampeders hold Gordon's CFL rights and are interested in acquiring him after his suspension.

Via Chris Wesseling/NFL.com

Bengals Sign Vontaze Burfict To Extension Through 2017

The Cincinnati Bengals have signed Vontaze Burfict to a contract extension through 2017.

Burfict led the NFL in tackles in 2013 and was eligible for a new deal because he wasn't drafted.

“Vontaze is a special talent; he has shown us that from his first day here,” Marvin Lewis said. “He is a load physically and he’s extremely competitive, but what really makes him stand out is the instinct and feel he has for the game. It’s something born in him, you can’t coach a player to naturally react the way he does in all situations. This signing is a great move for the future of our defense.”

“It’s unusual to sign a player this early in his career to a contract extension, but Vontaze is a player who merits this,” executive vice president Katie Blackburn said. “He has proven to be an exceptional find for us, and we are happy to reward him now for his accomplishments. It’s good for him and good for our team.”

Via Mike Florio/Pro Football Talk

Tommy Kelly Signs With Cardinals

Tommy Kelly has signed a one-year deal with the Arizona Cardinals.

The Cardinals have been searching for help on their defensive line following the ACL tear to Darnell Dockett.

Kelly tore his own ACL in 2013.

Kelly had 22 tackles and 2.5 sacks in five games last season before getting hurt last year.

Via Josh Alper/Pro Football Talk