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[August 30, 2014]  Aug 29 (The Sports Xchange) - The NFL suspended San Francisco 49ers linebacker Aldon Smith for the first nine games of the season for violating the league's substance-abuse and personal-conduct policies.

Smith, 24, will be eligible to return to the 49ers' active roster on Nov. 10 following the team's Nov. 9 game against New Orleans.

According to ESPN.com, the suspension is broken down in two parts: four games for violations of the substance-abuse policy and five games for violations of the personal-conduct policy.

"Our organization has known this decision would come and we have prepared for it," 49ers general manager Trent Baalke said in a statement. "Aldon has taken responsibility for his actions and has continued to show growth personally and professionally. We will continue to support him, but it is time to put this matter behind us and focus on the season ahead."

Smith will lose $1.24 million of his $2.34 million salary, ESPN.com reported.

Smith was sentenced in July to 11 days of work release by a Santa Clara County (Calif.) court after his September 2013 arrest for drunken driving. It was his second such arrest since entering the NFL in 2011.
 


Smith also had three felony gun charges knocked down to misdemeanors.

Smith voluntarily missed five games last season when he entered a substance-abuse treatment center.

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A plea agreement was reached with Indianapolis Colts owner Jim Irsay in his impaired driving case, the Indianapolis Star reported.

The details for the agreement were not immediately available.

Irsay's trial date had been set for Oct. 30 on two misdemeanor counts of impaired driving.

Irsay was arrested March 16 in Carmel, Ind., after he was stopped by police officers. Police records indicate that the officers had to support Irsay to keep him from falling down.

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The NFL upheld Minnesota Vikings wide receiver Jerome Simpson's three-game suspension stemming from a drunken-driving arrest last November.

The league announced the three-game ban for violating its substance abuse policy and program.

Simpson will be eligible to return to the Vikings' active roster on Sept. 22, a day after the game against the New Orleans Saints.

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The Philadelphia Eagles will cut quarterback G.J. Kinne before Saturday's 4 p.m. deadline for NFL teams to reduce rosters to 53 players, according to CSNPhilly.com.

Kinne was competing with Matt Barkley for the No. 3 spot behind starter Nick Foles and backup Mark Sanchez. He went three for three for 39 yards with a touchdown in the preseason finale against the New York Jets. He also rushed for 15 rushing yards on three carries.

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The Cincinnati Bengals terminated the contract of running back BenJarvus Green-Ellis.

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Green-Ellis joined the Bengals in 2012 after a four-year stint with the New England Patriots. He led the Bengals in rushing yards in each of the last two seasons.

The Bengals also waived linebacker Brandon Joiner, quarterback Tyler Wilson and defensive tackle LaKendrick Ross.

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The Tampa Bay Buccaneers released veteran kicker Connor Barth.

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The Chicago Bears released veteran center/guard Rob Turner, according to the National Football Post.

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Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Dez Bryant and team owner Jerry Jones recently met one-on-one to discuss a potential contract extension, but no deal was done.

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The Buffalo Bills reduced their roster with the release of recently signed quarterback Jordan Palmer and nine other players.

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Cincinnati Bengals cornerback Dre Kirkpatrick drew a $22,050 fine from the NFL for his hit against Ted Ginn of the Arizona Cardinals during their preseason game last Sunday, according to NBC Sports' Pro Football Talk.

Kirkpatrick's helmet to helmet hit on Ginn during a first-quarter punt return did not draw a penalty flag.

 



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Mike Brewster looked at one point to be in line for the starting center job with the Jacksonville Jaguars, but he was released along with third-string quarterback Ricky Stanzi.

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The Washington Redskins released eight players, including tight end Ted Bolser, a seventh-round draft pick in May, and cornerback Richard Crawford, who was with the team the past two seasons. (Editing by Gene Cherry)

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