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NFL roundup: 49ers LB Smith suspended 9 games

The NFL suspended San Francisco 49ers linebacker Aldon Smith for the first nine games of the season for violating the league's substance-abuse and personal-conduct policies. Smith, 24, will be eligible to return to the 49ers' active roster on Nov. 10 following the team's Nov. 9 game against New Orleans. "Our organization has known this decision would come and we have prepared for it," 49ers ...
NFL will no longer allow virtual on-field advertisements during preseason game

- 6 days earlier @ espn.go.com: The NFL will no longer allow virtual on-field advertisements during preseason game broadcasts, citing they have become an increasing distraction for viewers. The new policy appears to have been at least partly inspired by a "Slap Ya Mama" promotion ...

NFL bans virtual on-field ads for preseason

- 6 days earlier @ ri.search.yahoo.com: The NFL will no longer allow virtual on-field advertisements during preseason game broadcasts, citing that they have become an increasing distraction for viewers.

NFL preseason scores and results: Sam Bradford hurt, EJ Manuel shaky in Bills

- 5 days earlier @ sbnation.com: He will have to clear NFL protocol before returning to the field. Baltimore's Bernard Pierce also suffered a concussion. Piece was in line to start the first two games of the season with Ray Rice suspended. If he's unable to gain concussion clearance ...

Matt Prater to be suspended by NFL for first four games

- 5 days earlier @ ri.search.yahoo.com: Broncos kicker Matt Prater has been notified by the NFL he will be suspended through the first four games of the season for violating the league's substance-abuse policy.

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There will be gray areas when NFL implements domestic violence policy

How the NFL applies the stronger policy on domestic violence will be interesting to watch, because there’s a lot of gray area that will be figured out when there’s a case brought before commissioner Roger Goodell (much like, how players with previous domestic violence issues or how Carolina defensive end Greg Hardy, who was convicted in July but is appealing, will be handled).

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NFL suspension tracker: Jerome Simpson the latest to hear from the league

The NFL is slowly getting suspensions handed out. The latest is Minnesota Vikings wide receiver Jerome Simpson. The San Francisco 49ers continue to wait for word from NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell regarding Aldon Smith's potential suspension.

2014 Final NFL cuts: 10 players on the 53-man roster bubble

By the time the clock strikes 4 p.m. ET on Saturday, 704 NFL players will have lost their jobs. Anyway, although 704 players will be cut by then, almost half of them will end up on an NFL practice squad. Thanks to a recent rule change, teams can now carry 10 players on their practice squad, instead of 8, meaning at least 320 of those released players will still be on an NFL roster. Rams DL ...

NFL sets new penalties on domestic violence, sexual assault violations

The penalty was underwhelming. The angry public fallout was not.

NFL roundup: Goodell toughens stance on domestic violence

NFL commissioner Roger Goodell announced a dramatic new domestic violence policy for the league Thursday, admitting "I didn't get it right" with Ray Rice. The measures were announced in a letter to all team owners and come after widespread criticism and a social media firestorm that Goodell absorbed following his handling of discipline for the Baltimore Ravens running back. A first offense under ...

NFL Cracks Down on Domestic Violence After Criticism

Six-game suspension for a first offense, lifetime ban for a second

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Ten Bold NFL predictions: Plenty of rookie QBs will start in 2014

CBSSports.com: I'm not entirely sure what constitutes a "bold" prediction anymore in the NFL. With media coverage at saturation levels year-round and games only actually being played five months a year, there is no shortage of opinions out there and people willing to ...

2014 NFL award predictions: MVP, Rookie of the Year and more

NFL.com: The Super Bowl champion, who has logged a triple-digit quarterback rating and 26 touchdown passes in each of his first two NFL campaigns, becomes an even better passer in Year 3. While he lost steady target Golden Tate in the offseason, he'll be ...

NFL fines Johnny Manziel for flipping off Redskins

Los Angeles Times: The NFL has given a thumbs down to Johnny Manziel's raised middle finger. According to multiple reports, the league fined the Cleveland Browns rookie quarterback $12,000 on Friday for flipping his middle finger toward the Washington Redskins sideline ...

NFL roundup: Vikings to start Cassel Week 1

Minnesota Vikings coach Mike Zimmer's announcement on Monday that Matt Cassel will start the season opener had been assumed by everybody for weeks and came as a surprise to no one. Even the guy who lost the competition, rookie first-round draft pick Teddy Bridgewater.

Sam Bradford Is Exactly Why the NFL Changed Its Rookie Contracts

NFL injuries can be absolutely crushing, in more than one way. Take Sam Bradford's season-ending ligament tear, for example. The St. Louis Rams starting quarterback is out for the season after tearing the anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) in his left knee for the second time in less than a year. Bradford had been the No. 1 overall pick in the 2010 NFL Draft and was signed to a six-year, $78 ...

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Fantasy football: Ranking the NFL team defenses

Carolina: Led the NFL in sacks and was tied for fifth in INTs last season. Many publications have the Panthers in the top four or higher, but be careful: Atlanta won't be as bad this year; they still have to play the Saints twice; and Carolina lost ...

BUFFALO BILLS..

NFL players say they don't want to play for Oakland and Buffalo

USA TODAY: As part of an NFL Nation poll, ESPN asked more than 100 NFL players the following question: “The only way I'd play for [team name] is if they doubled my salary.” It's not exactly earth-shattering news that the teams earning the most votes — Oakland ...

Buffalo Rumblings' 2015 NFL Draft coverage: college football preview

Let's talk about the plans for NFL Draft coverage at Buffalo Rumblings this coming season.

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NFL Clears Richie Incognito to Return to the Field

New York Times: Richie Incognito, the N.F.L. offensive lineman who was suspended in November for a pattern of bullying his Miami Dolphins teammates and a team employee, is eligible to work again. The N.F.L. confirmed Tuesday that he was cleared to play, and he is free ...

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NFL upholds Josh Gordon's 1-year suspension

USA TODAY: BEREA, Ohio – The NFL upheld its one-year suspension of Cleveland Browns receiver Josh Gordon on Wednesday for his latest violation of the league's substance-abuse policy. Gordon's suspension begins immediately, and he is barred from the Browns' ...

Josh Gordon season suspension for drugs spotlights NFL domestic violence policy

Cleveland Browns wide receiver Josh Gordon rests during practice at the NFL football team's training campin Berea, Ohio, Aug. 4. Gordon has been suspended by the NFL one year for violating the league's substance abuse policy. Gordon's suspension is ...

Johnny Manziel scores first NFL rushing TD

SB Nation: Cleveland Browns backup quarterback Johnny Manziel had his first NFL rushing touchdown on Saturday night in Cleveland's preseason game agianst the St. Louis Rams. On 3rd-and-goal in the third quarter, Manziel scrambled from seven yards out to cut the ...

NFL roundup: Browns WR Gordon suspended one year

Cleveland Browns wide receiver Josh Gordon was suspended for one year by the NFL on Wednesday for violating the league's substance-abuse policy. Gordon is not allowed to practice with the Browns, attend team meetings or other club functions for an entire year. Gordon, 23, acknowledged that the league upheld his suspension in a statement released by the NFL Players Association. "I'd like to ...

NFL suspends Browns star WR Gordon for 2014 season

CLEVELAND (AP) — Josh Gordon's wait is over, and so is his 2014 season. Now the star wide receiver's career is in peril.

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Saints tight end Jimmy Graham fined $30000 by NFL for celebratory dunks vs

New Orleans Saints tight end Jimmy Graham was fined $30,000 by the NFL for his two celebratory dunks after touchdowns in last week's preseason game against the Tennessee Titans, an NFL source told NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune. Officials flagged ...

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