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NFL notebook: Colts linebacker Mathis suspended 4 games

| Friday, May 16, 2014, 8:36 p.m.
FILE - These 2013 file photos show members of The Associated Press 2013 NFL All-Pro team defense, selected Friday, Jan. 3, 2014. Top row from left are Eric Berry, Kansas City; NaVorro Bowman, San Francisco; Lavonte David, Tampa Bay; Johnny Hekker, St. Louis; Luke Kuechly, Carolina and Robert Mathis, Indianapolis. Bottom row from left are Gerald McCoy, Philadelphia; Patrick Peterson, Arizona; Robert Quinn, St. Louis; Richard Sherman, Seattle; Ndamukong Suh, Detroit and Earl Thomas, Seattle. (AP Photo/File)

Colts sack leader Robert Mathis was suspended four games Friday for violating the NFL's ban on performance-enhancing substances.

What exactly Mathis tested positive for remains a mystery but the linebacker said in a statement he was seeking fertility assistance. He acknowledged that he and his wife are expecting a baby.

If the NFL's decision stands, Mathis would not be eligible to rejoin the Colts until Sept. 29. He is allowed to participate in the team's offseason workouts, training camp and preseason games.

Mathis said commissioner Roger Goodell denied Mathis' request to not issue a suspension based on the circumstances.

Michael Sam, OWN postpones documentary

The Oprah Winfrey Network (OWN) and Michael Sam's representation announced it was postponing its documentary series with the openly gay football player, ESPN reported.

The plan was to follow Sam's personal life as he tried to make the Rams, dividing the content into six to eight segments.

O'Brien's talks with Johnson ‘very positive'

After wrapping the squad's first rookie minicamp practice, Texans coach Bill O'Brien declined to comment on Andre Johnson's displeasure over the direction of the franchise, NFL.com reported.

“I'll let Andre speak for himself,” O'Brien told reporters, before adding that he felt a “tremendous amount of respect” for the 32-year-old Pro Bowl wide receiver.

“The conversations that Andre and I have had have been very positive about what we're doing here as a team,” O'Brien said.

“Obviously, offensively, what we're doing here, we've had good communications. But as far as what Andre said, I'll let him speak for himself.”

Cardinals' Mathieu could be back for opener

During a radio interview with Adam Schein on SiriusXM Radio on Friday, Cardinals general manager Steve Keim said Tyrann Mathieu, who tore is ACL and LCL in Week 14 last season, could be healthy enough to play by Week 1 of the upcoming season.

Panthers DE turns in guns to police

Panthers defensive end Greg Hardy surrendered assault weapons and shotguns to police Friday, a day after a judge ordered him to turn over all firearms and weapons as an amendment to his bond for domestic violence charges, ESPN reported.

Hardy was arrested Tuesday and charged with domestic violence stemming from an incident with 24-year-old Nicole Holder, a woman with whom he's had a relationship since September.

Welker gets extra cash at Kentucky Derby

Broncos receiver Wes Welker was seen at Churchill Downs with a large stack of cash and handing out $100 bills to random people earlier this month.

A spokesman for Churchill Downs said Friday that a patron believed to be a member of Welker's group was accidentally overpaid $14,898. TMZ reported that the receiver sent a friend to collect his winnings for him.

Manziel told Browns ‘Hurry up and draft me'

During a radio interview on ESPN Arkansas 96.3, Cleveland quarterbacks coach Dowell Loggains said as Johnny Manziel slid down the draft board, he sent him a text that read: “I wish you guys would come get me. Hurry up and draft me because I want to wreck this league together.”

Around the league

The Browns released receiver Greg Little. ... The Saints signed defensive back Vinnie Sunseri, brother of former Pitt quarterback Tino Sunseri.

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