In another four-game ban, New York Giants offensive lineman Eric
Herman was suspended for a violation of the performance-enhancing
Jones and Herman are eligible to participate in all preseason
practices and games.
Jones will be eligible to return to the Dolphins' active roster on
Monday, Sept. 29 following the team's game against the Oakland
Jones was a 16-game starter last season, finishing with 107 tackles,
1.5 sacks and an interception that was ran back for a touchdown. He
signed a four-year, $30 million contract last August.
The Dolphins are now down two important defenders due to suspension.
Defensive end Dion Jordan received a four-game suspension on July 3
for a similar violation.
Herman will be eligible to return to the Giants' active roster on
Friday, Sept. 26 following the team's game against the Washington
Giants cornerback Jayron Hosley drew a four-game ban in June for
violating the league's substance-abuse policy.
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Troy Vincent, the NFL's new executive vice president of football
operations, has identified 21 players as being "at-risk" for making
illegal hits on the field and he has met with 16 of them so far.
According to Albert Breer of the NFL Network, Vincent said there
were six players who have been suspended for hits over the last two
years - Tampa Bay Buccaneers safety Dashon Goldson, Tennessee Titans
safety Michael Griffin, Washington Redskins safety Brandon
Meriweather, Oakland Raiders defensive lineman Antonio Smith, Kansas
City Chiefs linebacker Joe Mays and Indianapolis Colts linebacker
Erik Walden - and 15 others who were close to escalated discipline.
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Dallas Cowboys rookie safety Ahmad Dixon, who led the team with 11
tackles in Thursday's preseason loss to the San Diego Chargers,
didn't finish the game because of a concussion.
Dixon, a seventh-round pick out of Baylor, suffered a concussion
while making one of his tackles, according to ESPN.com, and will
have to be cleared before he can return to action.
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Fans wanted the Houston Texans to draft Johnny Manziel with the No.
1 pick, but owner Bob McNair said the team knew "it would be a
"Probably even if he didn't succeed at being an outstanding NFL
quarterback for a couple years, the fans would have been frenzied,"
McNair told ESPN.com.
The Texans took Jadeveon Clowney out of South Carolina with the
first overall draft pick. Johnny Football was taken by the Cleveland
Browns at No. 22.
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New England Patriots defensive tackle Chris Jones will miss the
remainder of the preseason after suffering an injury to his left
ankle in the preseason opener, ESPN.com reported.
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The injury came on a running play late in the second quarter of
Thursday night's game against the Washington Redskins when fellow
defensive tackle Marcus Forston rolled into his left leg as he was
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Defensive lineman Josh Brent's meeting with commissioner
Roger Goodell on Thursday went well, according to ESPNDallas.com.
Brent met with Goodell to determine if he would be suspended
stemming from his conviction for intoxication manslaughter in a
December 2012 accident that took the life of former Dallas Cowboys
teammate Jerry Brown Jr.
Brent, 26, was sentenced to six months in jail and 10 years of
probation. He spent the final 45 days of his jail term at a drug and
alcohol treatment center.
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Former Buffalo Sabres owner Thomas Golisano is on the list of those
interested in buying the Buffalo Bills, according to multiple
Golisano joins rock star Jon Bon Jovi, real estate mogul Donald
Trump, current Sabres owners Terry and Kim Pegula, and former Bills
quarterback Jim Kelly and his brother Dan as prospective buyers.
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Rookie running back De'Anthony Thomas made quite a splash in his
first chance to play in an NFL game. The fourth-round choice out of
the University of Oregon provided the biggest play of the Kansas
City Chiefs' 41-39 preseason victory over Cincinnati on Thursday,
returning a punt 80 yards for a first-quarter touchdown.
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Indianapolis Colts rookie offensive tackle Ulrick John broke his
ankle in Thursday's preseason game against the New York Jets, the
Indianapolis Star reported.
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Mike Tannenbaum, former New York Jets general manager, was hired by
the Miami Dolphins as a consultant. (Editing by Gene Cherry)
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