NFL notebook: Browns rookie QB Manziel fined for gesture
Johnny Manziel was slapped on the finger.
The NFL fined the Browns rookie quarterback $12,000 on Friday for flipping his middle finger at Washington's sideline.
Manziel said he was reacting to incessant taunting by the Redskins during Monday night's nationally televised game when he made the gesture while running back to Cleveland's huddle.
“I had words exchanged with me throughout the entirety of the game, every game, week after week,” Manziel said. “I should have been smarter. It was a ‘Monday Night Football' game, and the cameras were probably solidly on me, and I need to be smarter about that.”
• Browns wide receiver Josh Gordon said the only place he can find peace is on the football field. His time there could be running short. The Pro Bowler still is awaiting word from the NFL on whether he'll be suspended for all or part of the season. Gordon recently appealed a yearlong league suspension for violating the league's substance-abuse program and has been practicing and playing in limbo for weeks.
• Chiefs offensive tackle Donald Stephenson was suspended for the first four games of the regular season for violating the league's policy on performance-enhancing substances. Stephenson was expected to anchor the right side of the line this year. He will miss games against Tennessee, Denver, Miami and New England and be eligible to return Sept. 30.
• The Dolphins cut tight end Michael Egnew, their 2012 third-round pick, ending what was a bad experiment.Egnew, who attended Missouri, ended his Dolphins career with seven receptions for 69 yards.
• The Vikings are spending another $19.7 million for their new stadium to make sure it has the features they want. The team said the new money will guarantee “crucial” features such as massive pivoting glass doors. The Vikings said their contribution now stands at $525.6 million, a little more than half of the roughly billion-dollar project. Taxpayers are paying the rest. Rising steel costs have pushed the overall price tag to $1.023 billion.
• The Washington Post said it will stop calling Washington's football team the “Redskins” on its editorial page. The paper's editorial board announced it will refrain from using the term it said “unquestionably offends not only many Native Americans but many other Americans, too.”
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