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Rice wins appeal, suspension vacated

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NEW YORK (AP) Ray Rice has won the appeal of his indefinite suspension by the NFL.

An arbitrator ruled Friday that his suspension should be vacated immediately. Former U.S. District Judge Barbara S. Jones said Commissioner Roger Goodell's decision in September to change Rice's original suspension from two games to indefinite was "arbitrary."

Jones was deciding whether the NFL overstepped its authority in modifying Rice's two-game suspension after video of the Baltimore Ravens running back punching his fiancee- now his wife, Janay - became public.

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Manziel: I tried to avoid altercation

CLEVELAND (AP) Johnny Manziel says he tried to avoid an altercation with a man who was "very aggressive" when he approached the Browns' rookie quarterback in the lobby of his apartment building last week.

Speaking on Friday for the first time since the incident, Manziel said the fan, identified in a police report as Chris Gonos, was "very intoxicated" when he confronted the QB inside The 9, a downtown hotel where the popular former Heisman Trophy winner lives. Police responded to the skirmish, which took place at 2:30 a.m.

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Jets' Wilkerson to sit out with turf toe

FLORHAM PARK, N.J. (AP) New York Jets defensive end Muhammad Wilkerson has a turf toe injury that won't require surgery, but he expects to miss Monday night's game against the Miami Dolphins.

Wilkerson says Friday he's still in a walking boot and his left big toe was heavily wrapped. The injury occurred in the Jets' 38-3 loss to Buffalo last Monday night, and Wilkerson is uncertain when he will be able to play.

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Vikings RB McKinnon out vs. Panthers

EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. (AP) Minnesota Vikings running back Jerick McKinnon will not play against Carolina on Sunday because of an injury to his lower back.

McKinnon didn't practice all week. He was listed as doubtful. The rookie said Friday his condition is nothing he "can't play through," but he confirmed he will be held out against the Panthers. That will mean more time in the backfield for Matt Asiata, Joe Banyard and perhaps Ben Tate.

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Sherman keys Seahawks' win over 49ers

SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) Richard Sherman offered one final challenge to San Francisco: "I told their sideline if they threw it my way I'd end the game."

He did exactly that - just like last time.

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Eagles rip Cowboys, take NFC East lead

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) LeSean McCoy threw open his arms just before crossing the goal line on a touchdown run that essentially put away another big win over the Dallas Cowboys.

While Philadelphia didn't walk off with a playoff berth in hand after beating the Cowboys 33-10 on Thursday, it was a sweet Thanksgiving for McCoy, Mark Sanchez and the Eagles.

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Johnson shines as Lions beat Bears 34-17

DETROIT (AP) After a week of questions about his limited production of late, Calvin Johnson lifted Detroit's offense with an emphatic reminder that he's still one of the game's most dynamic players.

Johnson caught 11 passes for 146 yards with a pair of first-half touchdowns, and the Lions boosted their postseason hopes with a 34-17 victory over the Chicago Bears on Thursday. Johnson had been held under 60 yards in two of three games since returning from an ankle injury, and there were rumblings that the 29-year-old receiver was slowing down, but he quieted a lot of those concerns with perhaps his best game of the season.

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Report: Ex-LB Talley considered suicide

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) Former Buffalo Bills star linebacker Darryl Talley told The Buffalo News that he is suffering from depression and has contemplated suicide in what he considers side-effects from his hard-hitting playing days.

The 54-year-old Talley said in an interview published in the newspaper Thursday that it would be "easy to call it a day." Talley reverses those thoughts by saying his parents didn't raise a coward and that he wants to be around for his grandchildren.

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Eisner: NFL team would boost downtown LA

LOS ANGELES (AP) Michael Eisner likes a good game. He was chief executive at The Walt Disney Co. when it owned the Los Angeles Angels and founded the NHL's Mighty Ducks of Anaheim.

But ask him about the NFL playing in a stadium in downtown Los Angeles and it's clear he sees the possibility in much broader terms than two opposing teams and 72,000 seats under the California sun.

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Texans' Clowney could miss another game

HOUSTON (AP) No. 1 overall pick Jadeveon Clowney had a setback with his surgically repaired right knee and said Thursday that his chances of playing for Houston at Tennessee on Sunday are slim.

Clowney has played just four games this season after being injured in Week 1. The outside linebacker, who had arthroscopic surgery Sept. 8, was in for about 50 plays last Sunday in his most significant action since his injury.

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