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Goodell defends Rice's 2-game suspension

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CANTON, Ohio (AP) NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell defended himself Friday against criticism that he was too lenient in suspending Ray Rice two games for his "horrible mistake."

"We just can't make up the discipline," Goodell said. "It has to be consistent with other cases. And it was in this matter."

Goodell stressed that the Baltimore running back has assumed responsibility for his conduct, has no history of assault and is following a court order to enter a diversionary program following his domestic violence arrest.

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WR Gordon meeting with NFL to appeal ban

BEREA, Ohio (AP) As his teammates sweated through another training camp practice, Josh Gordon was in a New York office building where his career - and Cleveland's season - were in jeopardy.

Gordon met Friday with NFL officials to appeal a possible indefinite suspension for violating the league's substance abuse policy. Gordon's attorney, Maurice Suh, and other members of his legal team were expected to argue that Gordon tested positive for marijuana because of secondhand smoke, a defense they planned to augment with witnesses.

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Chiefs S Berry's heel injury not serious

ST. JOSEPH, Mo. (AP) The Kansas City Chiefs received good news on the injury to All-Pro safety Eric Berry.

Berry, who left Thursday's training camp practice with what the team said was a sore ankle, has a right heel injury according to team spokesman Ted Crews.

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Lions DT Fairley avoids jail in DUI case

MOBILE, Ala. (AP) Detroit Lions defensive tackle Nick Fairley won't spend time in jail after being convicted of drunken driving and reckless driving in his hometown of Mobile, Alabama.

District Judge George Hardesty ordered Fairley to spend one year on probation and pay $750 in fines plus court costs during a hearing Thursday.

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Steelers give K Suisham 4-year extension

LATROBE, Pa. (AP) - Shaun Suisham doesn't seem to mind kicking at Heinz Field.

The most accurate kicker in Pittsburgh Steelers' history parlayed his consistency into a four-year contract extension that runs through the 2018 season. Financial terms for the deal, announced Friday, were not disclosed.

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RB Lynch back at camp, watches practice

RENTON, Wash. (AP) Marshawn Lynch was back on the Seattle Seahawks practice fields Friday morning.

He was once again just a spectator.

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Hall inductions likely to be emotional

CANTON, Ohio (AP) Michael Strahan is pleased to know he is scheduled to go last during the Pro Football Hall of Fame induction ceremonies.

That means the former New York Giants star pass-rusher won't be the first to break down in tears once the 2014 seven-member class is inducted Saturday.

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Manziel inconsistent again in practice

BEREA, Ohio (AP) A look at Browns rookie quarterback Johnny Manziel's day at training camp.

HITS AND MISSES: Manziel had another inconsistent practice as he continues to battle Brian Hoyer for the starting job. He was intercepted during one of the 11-ono-11 scrimmages by Josh Aubrey, who made a one-handed pick. Manziel had a few passes broken up, but he also displayed both power and finesse on come completions.

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Redskins WR Rice Jr. to have surgery

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) Washington Redskins receiver Jerry Rice Jr. has a torn labrum in his left shoulder and will have surgery.

Coach Jay Gruden indicated Friday that Rice will probably be placed on injured reserve.

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Bills offense gets first test vs. Giants

PITTSFORD, N.Y. (AP) After a shaky start to training camp, Buffalo Bills quarterback EJ Manuel has had a renewed confidence on the practice field in recent days.

Buffalo is looking to keep that momentum on its side in its first real test of the preseason when the Bills play the New York Giants in the Hall of Fame Game in Canton, Ohio, on Sunday.

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