NFL Suspends Free Agent Manziel for 4 Games – Quarterback Johnny Manziel has been suspended four games, the NFL announced Thursday. The NFL did not specify the reason for the suspension, but a source confirmed to ESPN that it was for violating the NFL’s substance abuse policy. Manziel, 23, is a free agent after being released by the Cleveland Browns earlier this year. His four-game suspension becomes effective immediately. If he signs with a team, Manziel would be suspended for the first four games of the 2016 season and conceivably could play in Week 5. The NFL stated that Manziel was eligible to sign and participate in all preseason activities, including games. Manziel could face additional discipline under the personal conduct policy for other transgressions, including being charged with assaulting his girlfriend, sources told ESPN.
Cowboys LB McClain Suspended 10 Games – Dallas Cowboys linebacker Rolando McClain has been suspended for the season’s first 10 games for violating the NFL’s substance abuse policy, the league announced. McClain, 26, was suspended the first four games of last season for violating the policy. In March, the Cowboys re-signed McClain to a one-year deal worth up to $5 million. He is set to receive a $1.25 million base salary and could earn $125,000 for each game he is on the 46-man roster, maxing out at $2 million. He also has $1 million in playing-time incentives. Per the collective bargaining agreement, McClain could be forced to repay the $750,000 signing bonus he received as part of the deal. McClain will be eligible to return to the Cowboys’ active roster on Nov. 21 following the team’s Nov. 20 game against the Baltimore Ravens.