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[July 23, 2016]
July 22 (The Sports Xchange) - Former Minnesota Vikings and Arizona
Cardinals head coach Dennis Green died Thursday night after
suffering a heart attack. He was 67.
"Dennis passed away last night from complications of cardiac
arrest," Green's family said in a statement Friday morning.
Green made eight playoff appearances in 10 seasons with the Vikings
and reached the NFC Championship Game in 1998 and 2000. He led the
Vikings to a 15-1 regular season in 1998.
Green finished his career in 2006 with a 113-94 overall record in 13
seasons as a head coach and a 4-8 mark in the postseason.
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Pittsburgh Steelers running back Le'Veon Bell is facing a four-game
suspension for missing a drug test in violation of the NFL's
substance-abuse policy, according to multiple reports.
Sources told ESPN's Dan Graziano that the suspension is the result
of a missed drug test, not a failed one. Bell's appeal is expected
to be heard before the start of the season.
If the suspension is not overturned, Bell would miss the first four
games of the season. Players are tested once for recreational drugs
between April 20 and July.
Bell was suspended for the first three games last season -- which
was later reduced to two games -- for violating the substance-abuse
policy after he was arrested for DUI and marijuana possession in the
summer of 2014.
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Indianapolis Colts defensive lineman Arthur Jones has been suspended
without pay for the first four games of the 2016 season for
violating the NFL policy on performance enhancing substances, the
Jones, 30, will be eligible to rejoin the Colts on Oct. 3, one day
after the team's game against the Jacksonville Jaguars.
Jones is entering the third season of a five-year, $33 million
contract. He missed all of last season due to an ankle injury.
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Washington Redskins released veteran linebacker Adam Hayward.
Hayward, 32, was signed by the Redskins on March 12, 2014, and
elected special teams captain in his first season with the team. He
had 13 defensive tackles before suffering a season-ending broken leg
after 11 games.
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The Philadelphia Eagles released wide receiver Jonathan Krause, the
team announced. Krause, 24, played two games for the Eagles last
season, and he caught two passes for 11 yards.
Krause was an undrafted free agent out of Vanderbilt, and he had
previously been a member of the practice squads of the Cleveland
Browns and New England Patriots.
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The Chicago Bears announced they have terminated the contract of
vested veteran defensive back Omar Bolden.
The move comes just a few months after the Bears had signed Bolden
as a free agent in March. According to ESPN, the Bears had signed
Bolden to a one-year contract worth $840,000, with $80,000
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The Cleveland Browns signed defensive lineman Nick Hayden, the team
Hayden is entering his seventh NFL season, and last season, he
started 15 of his 16 games with the Dallas Cowboys and totaled 48
tackles plus one fumble recovery. (Editing by Andrew Both)
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