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NFL notebook: Browns’ Manziel says he tried to avoid altercation

By Wire Reports 10:35 p.m.
No, he’s not Johnny Footbrawl. Johnny Manziel said he did everything he could to escape a “very aggressive” fan before an altercation in the lobby of the Browns rookie quarterback’s apartment building. Speaking on Friday for the first time ...

Ray Rice wins appeal, suspension vacated, can return to NFL

By The Associated Press 9:16 p.m.
NEW YORK — An arbitrator on Friday threw out Ray Rice’s indefinite suspension by the NFL for punching his then-fiancee and now wife in a ...

NFL notebook: Crime spikes during NFL home games, according to study

By Wire Reports
• NFL home games are associated with upticks in city crime, according to a recent study, which observed crime rates in eight separate cities — Detroit, Miami, New Orleans, Newark, Philadelphia, St. Louis, Baltimore and Washington — over the course ...

NFL notebook: RG3 ‘not happy’ with benching

By Wire Reports
Move over, RG3. It’s Colt vs. the Colts. The Redskins will start Colt McCoy over Robert Griffin III on Sunday against the Colts, the ...

NFL notebook: Bills will play at home Sunday

By Wire Reports
Barring another act of God, the Bills’ home game at Ralph Wilson Stadium on Sunday against the Browns will go on as scheduled — at ...

NFL notebook: Chiefs safety Berry may have lymphoma

By The Associated Press
Chiefs safety Eric Berry was placed on the non-football injury list Monday after a mass was found in his chest following last week’s game in ...

NFL notebook: Vikings coach thinks Peterson will return to team once reinstated

By Wire Reports
• Vikings coach Mike Zimmer thinks running back Adrian Peterson will return to the team once he is reinstated, ESPN reported. Peterson has said he could go to a different team for a change of scenery. “I think Adrian wants ...

NFL notebook: Bills practice in Detroit in advance of Monday matchup with Jets

By Wire Reports
ALLEN PARK, Mich. — A day after arriving in Detroit, the Bills took the practice field Saturday afternoon to prepare for a Monday night matchup with the Jets. Originally scheduled to play Sunday in Buffalo, the Bills were forced to relocate ...

NFL notebook: Peterson’s hearing for appeal of suspension scheduled for Dec. 2

By Wire Reports
Adrian Peterson’s hearing for the appeal of his suspension will be Dec. 2, and it will not be in front of NFL commissioner Roger Goodell. The NFL announced Friday that longtime hearing officer Harold Henderson will preside over the proceedings involving ...

Cut by Steelers, LeGarrette Blount joins Patriots

By The Associated Press
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. — The New England Patriots have re-signed running back LeGarrette Blount two days after he was released by the Pittsburgh Steelers. Blount spent last season with the Patriots before signing a two-year contract with the Steelers. Pittsburgh cut …

NFL asks judge to approve $1 billion in awards in concussion lawsuits

By The Associated Press
PHILADELPHIA — The NFL on Wednesday urged a judge to approve an estimated $1 billion settlement of concussion lawsuits despite concerns raised by former players or survivors who feel left out. The 65-year fund would resolve thousands of lawsuits that ...

NFL notebook: Bills trying to clear snow in time for game Sunday

By Wire Reports
BUFFALO, N.Y. — With 4 feet of snow having fallen at Ralph Wilson Stadium over the past two days, the Bills are racing the clock and Mother Nature to have the facility cleared in time to host the Jets on ...

NFL suspends Vikings’ Peterson for rest of season

By Wire Reports
MINNEAPOLIS — Adrian Peterson’s future with the Minnesota Vikings dimmed further Tuesday, with the NFL suspending the star running back without pay for at least ...

NFL notebook: Champ Bailey retires as member of Broncos

By Wire Reports
ENGLEWOOD, Colo. — Champ Bailey said goodbye to the NFL on Tuesday after signing a ceremonial one-day contract with the Broncos. Bailey, 36, retired with a cornerback-record 12 Pro Bowl selections and more interceptions (52) than any active player. “Until ...

NFL notebook: DEA says probe far from done

By The Associated Press
The five NFL road teams whose medical staffs were interviewed and subjected to spot checks of their bags by federal agents might turn out to be just the first five in line. Drug Enforcement Administration spokesman Rusty Payne said teams ...

NFL notebook: DEA checks teams’ medical staffs as part of investigation

By Wire Reports
• Federal drug enforcement agents showed up unannounced Sunday to check at least two NFL teams’ medical staffs as part of an investigation into former players’ claims that teams mishandled prescription drugs, a law enforcement official told the Associated Press. ...