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Adam Jones Receives One-Game Suspension From NFL

Jul 21, 2017 2:15 PM

Adam Jones has been suspended one game by the NFL for a violation of the league's personal conduct policy.

Jones' suspension stems from his January arrest at a hotel in downtown Cincinnati. He allegedly pushed a security guard, poked him in the eye and refused to comply with law enforcement officers.

Jones pleaded guilty in May to the obstruction charge. He was sentenced to two days in jail, which had already been served.

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Tags: Cincinnati Bengals, Suspension

Lions' Armonty Bryant Suspended Four Games

Jul 19, 2017 7:51 AM

Armonty Bryant has been suspended four games for violating the NFL Policy and Program for Substances of Abuse, the Detroit Lions announced.

The pass rusher was suspended twice last season for violating the NFL policy on performance enhancing drugs (four games) and violating the league's policy on drugs of abuse (three games).


Tags: Detroit Lions, Misc Rumor, Suspension

Ezekiel Elliott Involved In Incident At Dallas Bar

Jul 17, 2017 12:09 PM

Ezekiel Elliott was involved in an incident at a Dallas bar Sunday.

According to the Dallas Police Department, officers were dispatched to the bar around 9:40 p.m. A 30-year-old man said he was physically assaulted but could not identify who assaulted him. The man was taken to the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.

An NFL official said the league is aware of the situation involving Elliott and "looking into it to understand the facts."

Elliott is already under NFL investigation stemming from a 2016 domestic violence accusation against him.

Multiple sources told Schefter that Elliott could face a one- or two-game suspension, but the NFL has denied that any decision on discipline has been made and said it could not be made until its investigation is complete.

In August, before his first preseason game against the Seahawks, Elliott was spotted at a marijuana dispensary in Seattle. Owner and general manager Jerry Jones was not pleased.

"In general, while it may not be wrong, it's just not good," Jones said of Elliott's visit. "I don't want to say anymore."


Tags: Dallas Cowboys, Suspension

Michael Floyd Suspended Four Games By NFL

Jul 16, 2017 11:25 AM

Michael Floyd has been suspended for the first four games of the 2017 NFL season due to a violation of the league's substance abuse policy.

Floyd was arrested for extreme DUI in Scottsdale, Arizona, in December when he was found asleep at the wheel of his vehicle. He had a blood alcohol level of .217 when he was arrested, and on Feb. 17 he was sentenced to 24 days in jail and 96 days under house arrest.

Floyd spent the end of the season with the Patriots.

Floyd signed with the Vikings in the offseason.


Tags: Minnesota Vikings, Suspension

Karlos Williams Suspended For At Least One Year

Jun 29, 2017 8:04 AM

Karlos Williams, who was cut by the Buffalo Bills before the 2016 season following a promising rookie campaign, has been suspended by the NFL for a period of at least one year after a third substance-abuse violation, according to a league source.

Williams already had one game left on a 10-game suspension for violating the NFL's substance-abuse policy.

He is a free agent after being waived by the Pittsburgh Steelers this offseason.

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Tags: Buffalo Bills, Misc Rumor, Suspension

David Irving Suspended Four Games For PED Violation

Jun 28, 2017 7:47 PM

David Irving of the Dallas Cowboys has been suspended four games for a performance enhancing drug violation.

Irving started two of 16 games for the Cowboys in 2016 and had four sacks.

Irving signed his exclusive free-agent tender earlier in the offseason and is set to become a restricted free agent after the 2017 season. 


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Justin Gilbert Suspended One-Year By NFL

Jun 21, 2017 12:17 AM

Justin Gilbert has been suspended without pay for at least one year for violating the NFL's substance abuse policy.

Gilbert received a four-game suspension from the NFL in May after testing positive for substance abuse, according to Schefter.

Gilbert was the eighth overall pick of the 2014 draft by the Browns. Cleveland traded him to the Steelers before the 2016 regular season and played sparingly before being released in February.

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Roger Goodell: NFL Sees No Benefits Of Medical Marijuana

Apr 28, 2017 12:19 PM

Roger Goodell said on Friday that the NFL sees no medical benefits to the use of marijuana. 

Goodell's comments came amid a federal lawsuit filed by more than 1,800 former players who say they suffered long-term health problems because of improper and deceptive prescription drug-distribution practices by NFL teams.

"We've been studying that through our advisers," Goodell said. "To date, they haven't said, 'This is a change we think you should make that is in the best interest of the health and safety of our players.' If they do, we're certainly going to consider that. But to date, they haven't really said that.

Goodell did add that "medical marijuana is something that is evolving, and that's something that at some point the medical advisers may come to us and say, 'This is something you should consider.'"

Goodell's comments Friday morning suggest the league has no plans to reconsider the possibility of allowing players to use marijuana.

"I think you still have to look at a lot of aspects of marijuana use," Goodell said. "Is it something that can be negative to the health of our players?

"Listen, you're ingesting smoke, so that's not usually a very positive thing that people would say. It does have addictive nature. There are a lot of compounds in marijuana that may not be healthy for the players long-term. All of those things have to be considered.

"And it's not as simple as someone just wants to feel better after a game. We really want to help our players in that circumstance, but I want to make sure that the negative consequences aren't something that is going to be something that we'll be held accountable for some years down the road."

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Tags: Legal, Suspension

Martavis Bryant Conditionally Reinstated By NFL

Apr 25, 2017 4:45 PM

Martavis Bryant has been conditionally reinstated by the NFL.

Bryant had been suspended for the entire 2016 season for multiple violations of the league's policy against substances of abuse.

"Martavis Bryant has followed the protocol and has been conditionally reinstated by the National Football League," steelers general manager Kevin Colbert said in a statement released by the team Tuesday. "We appreciate that he has taken the necessary steps in an effort to get his personal life in order. We also understand this is just the beginning as he works to return to the team and meet all of the conditions of his reinstatement.

"We look forward to working with Martavis to ensure that he is mentally and physically prepared to contribute to our efforts on the field, while also maintaining the proper balance to keep his life in order off the field."

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Tags: Pittsburgh Steelers, Misc Rumor, Suspension

Trent Murphy Suspended Four Games For PED Violation

Apr 15, 2017 12:57 PM

Trent Murphy has been suspended by the NFL for the first four games of the 2017 season due to a PED violation.

Murphy's looming suspension had been reported last month, but he was appealing the decision. 

Entering his fourth season, Murphy is coming off his best year in 2016, with nine sacks as the Redskins' third outside linebacker behind Ryan Kerrigan and Preston Smith.

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T.J. McDonald Suspended 8 Games
Free agent safety T.J. McDonald has been suspended without pay for the first eight games of the 2017 regular season.

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Report Questions NFL's Commitment To New Domestic Violence Policy
The NFL appears to have enforced its "baseline" six-game suspension against just two of 18 players publicly linked to domestic violence allegations since Roger Goodell announced the new policy in 20

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Martavis Bryant Applies For Reinstatement
In recent months, Martavis Bryant underwent NFL-administered treatment while training and coaching local high school football in Henderson, Nevada.

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NFL Sends Additional Questions To Ezekiel Elliott On Alleged Assault
Ezekiel Elliott is still in the process of responding to the league's questions, which he received within the past month.

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Randy Gregory Suspended For At Least One Year
Kenny Gregory served two other suspensions totaling 14 games this season.

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NFL To Revisit Aldon Smith Reinstatement In Offseason
Aldon Smith applied for reinstatement on Oct. 3.


Doug Martin Begins Serving Four-Game Suspension For PED Violation
Doug Martin initially wanted to appeal the ban.

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NFL Fines Giants $150K, Ben McAdoo $50K For Walkie Use
Ben McAdoo was seen on the sideline holding the walkie-talkie when it was apparent the team was having trouble getting plays in to Eli Manning.

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D'Qwell Jackson Suspended Four Games For PED Violation
The Colts will have to make the playoffs in order for D'Qwell Jackson to play again this season.

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Seantrel Henderson Facing 10-Game Ban As He Treats Crohn's Disease
Seantrel Henderson has been told by his doctors medicinal marijuana is the best treatment for Crohn's disease.

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Rolando McClain Suspended For Additional Year
Rolando McClain is likely to appeal the latest suspension.

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Ezekiel Elliott Accused Of Additional Domestic Violence Incident
Police said there were no visible signs of injury and that the accuser declined to go to the hospital after police responded to a call about an altercation at Ezekiel Elliott's apartment

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Aldon Smith Hopeful Of Being Reinstated
Aldon Smith looked fit and strong and was in great spirits while attending the Thunder-Warriors game from a baseline seat Thursday night.


NFL Players Believe Marijuana Would Reduce Chemical Painkillers
Marijuana is legal in 25 states and Washington, D.C., for medicinal purposes but remains one of eight drugs banned under the NFL's policy and program on substances of abuse.

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Josh Gordon Exits Rehab Facility, Hopes To Resume NFL Career
The program was the most intensive treatment that Josh Gordon has gone through, and he is doing "a lot better," one source said.

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Goodell: NFL Has Made 'Tremendous Progress' On Domestic Violence
Roger Goodell believes the NFL is moving in the right direction on handling issues of domestic violence despite significant public criticism on the Josh Brown case.

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Giants Release Josh Brown
The Giants said that they were "misguided" in its previous attitude toward Josh Brown.


Roger Goodell Suggests Public Has 'Misunderstanding' On NFL Punishment
Roger Goodell was asked by the BBC about the disparity between the punishments of Josh Brown and Tom Brady and suggested that the "public's misunderstanding" was to blame.

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Josh Brown Placed On Exempt List
Josh Brown will still collect his $1.15 million salary and has the option to appeal the decision.

Giants Could Use Beckham As Emergency Kicker As Brown Stays Home
The Giants said they will review newly released documents in which Josh Brown admitted to domestic abuse and "revisit" the issue when the team returns from London.

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