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[October 03, 2014]  Oct 2 (The Sports Xchange) - A one-year experiment of holding the draft the first full weekend in May is on hold, but the 2015 NFL Draft is indeed on the move.

According to ESPN, the 2015 draft will be held April 30-May 2, with the first round in prime time.

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Minnesota Vikings quarterback Teddy Bridgewater was to sit out Thursday night's game against the Green Bay Packers.

ESPN reported Bridgewater's left ankle was not healthy enough for the team to consider risking his long-term health just four days after the rookie was carted to the locker room with a high ankle sprain. Replacing Bridgewater was former Vikings starter Christian Ponder.

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Police confirmed that Dallas Cowboys safety C.J. Spillman is being investigated in connection with at alleged sexual assault in Grapevine, Texas, but the Cowboys said Thursday that Spillman's roster status would not change unless he is charged or arrested.



"I think you have to be careful with just accusations and allegations in this situation," Cowboys coach Jason Garrett said. "When someone is officially charged or arrested for something, that's when it becomes a different situation in our minds. For now, he's a member of our football team and will take part in everything we do to this point."

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The Chicago Bears have another potential problem on their offense line. Left tackle Jermon Bushrod has a knee injury suffered in practice that kept him from practicing Wednesday and Thursday.

Bushrod is day to day, according to head coach Marc Trestman. Bushrod hasn't missed a start as a Bear or since 2009 when he was with the Saints.

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The NFL appointed former United States District Judge Barbara S. Jones to handle the appeal case filed by the NFL Players Association on Ray Rice's behalf.

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Commissioner Roger Goodell was required by the terms of the Collective Bargaining Agreement to consult with NFLPA executive director DeMaurice Smith before naming Jones to hear the appeal.

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Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson offered a personal perspective on domestic violence in an article for a new players website, saying he was a bully who beat up other kids in his youth.

Writing for ThePlayersTribune.com, which was founded by recently retired New York Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter, Wilson confessed, "Truthfully, I used to beat people up a lot. Many of you readers probably think I have been Mr. Goody Two-Shoes my whole life, but honestly, I was a bully growing up."

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The NFL Referees Association responded Thursday to criticism from the league that two recent calls made by officials on the field were incorrect.

The union called out the NFL for its inconsistencies in grading calls, saying the league has "caused confusion for NFL officials as to what the league does and doesn't want called." (Editing by Frank Pingue)

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