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Manziel suspended 4 over substance abuse

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DALLAS (AP) Johnny Manziel has been suspended for the first four games of next season for violating the NFL's substance-abuse policy, and the free agent quarterback could face further discipline over his domestic violence case if he signs with another team.

The suspension announced Thursday is not related to the league's domestic violence policy, but Manziel would be subject to standards that were toughened two years ago if he signs with another team. The 23-year-old Manziel, released by Cleveland in March, faces a misdemeanor assault charge in Dallas involving former girlfriend Colleen Crowley.

The 2012 Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback from Texas A&M was suspended the same week he posted pictures on Instagram from Cabo San Lucas, Mexico.

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Cowboys' McClain banned 10, Lawrence 4

IRVING, Texas (AP) Linebacker Rolando McClain was suspended 10 games Thursday for his second violation of the NFL's substance-abuse policy in as many years, leaving the Dallas defense with three banned starters to open the season.

McClain, who was suspended the first four games last year, is now sidelined along with defensive end DeMarcus Lawrence, who was suspended four games on a substance-abuse violation after an appeal was denied.

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Jets DL Richardson suspended for opener

FLORHAM PARK, N.J. (AP) New York Jets defensive lineman Sheldon Richardson has been suspended by the NFL for the first game of the 2016 regular season for violating the league's personal conduct policy.

Richardson will be eligible to return to the Jets' active roster on Sept. 12 following the team's Sept. 11 opener against Cincinnati. But he can participate in all preseason practices and games.

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Pierre-Paul releases PSA on fireworks

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) Almost a year after mangling his right hand in a fireworks accident, New York Giants defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul has made a public service announcement about keeping children away from fireworks, and warning everyone to handle the pyrotechnic devices with care.

The announcement was unveiled Thursday at a fireworks safety event in Washington by U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission Chairman Elliot F. Kaye.

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Goodell's salary drops to $31M for 2015

NEW YORK (AP) NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell earned just over $31 million for 2015, the league said on Thursday.

The amount represented a 7 percent decrease from his 2014 salary of approximately $34 million.

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Seahawks QB Boykin gets 1-year probation

SAN ANTONIO (AP) Former TCU quarterback Trevone Boykin has pleaded no contest to resisting arrest over an incident that led to his suspension for his final college game at the Alamo Bowl.

The Bexar County District Attorney's Office said Thursday that Boykin, who signed with Seattle as an undrafted free agent, received a one-year probation that could result in dismissal of the misdemeanor charge.

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Browns release QB Shaw

CLEVELAND (AP) The Browns have waived quarterback Connor Shaw, who started Cleveland's 2014 season finale.

Signed as an undrafted free agent after a stellar career at South Carolina, Shaw missed last season with a right thumb injury sustained in the team's exhibition opener. He underwent surgery and was placed on injured reserve in September.

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Ex-Cowboy Spillman guilty of sex assault

FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) Former Cowboys special teams player C.J. Spillman has been convicted of sexual assault in a 2014 incident at a Dallas-area hotel.

A Tarrant County jury deliberated less than two hours Thursday before returning the guilty verdict.

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Series takes closer look at Cardinals

PHOENIX (AP) NFL Films was embedded with the Arizona Cardinals for the 2015 season, granted unprecedented access to just about anything.

The result is "All or Nothing: A Season With the Arizona Cardinals," an eight-part series available for streaming on Amazon on Friday.

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Greenwood to headline HOF game halftime

CANTON, Ohio (AP) Country music singer Lee Greenwood will highlight the halftime show titled "Salute to Service" at the Hall of Fame game Aug. 7.

The celebration will also include all five military branches for the preseason opener featuring the Green Bay Packers and Indianapolis Colts.

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