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Ravens CB Smith suspended 4 games

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OWINGS MILLS, Md. (AP) Baltimore Ravens cornerback Jimmy Smith has been suspended for four games without pay for violating the NFL's personal conduct policy.

The suspension, announced Tuesday, stems from Smith's behavior toward his ex-girlfriend.

The Ravens released a statement that in part read: "The Ravens fully support the NFL's decision. The NFL found evidence of threatening and emotionally abusive behaviors by Jimmy toward his former girlfriend that showed a pattern of improper conduct. Our player's behavior was inappropriate and wrong."

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Ex-NFL OL Incognito arrested for threats

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) Former NFL offensive lineman Richie Incognito bonded out of an Arizona jail Tuesday after being arrested on charges he threatened to shoot employees of a funeral home a day earlier, authorities said.

Police in the Phoenix suburb of Scottsdale said Incognito had been booked on suspicion of misdemeanor charges of threats and disorderly conduct.

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Browns expect WR Gordon to practice soon

BEREA, Ohio (AP) Browns coach Hue Jackson expects wide receiver Josh Gordon will be on the practice field "very soon."

Gordon returned to the team Saturday following a three-weeks-plus absence connected to his recovery from drug and alcohol addiction. The former Pro Bowler has only been allowed to attend meetings and watch from the sideline since returning. He may need to be cleared by the NFL before he can practice.

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Panthers LT Kalil undergoes knee surgery

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) Carolina Panthers left tackle Matt Kalil has undergone arthroscopic surgery on his right knee and will be re-evaluated on a weekly basis.

The team said Kalil traveled to Florida on Monday for a second opinion on his knee from Dr. James Andrews and the decision was made to have the procedure.

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Peterson believes he can help Redskins

WASHINGTON (AP) Adrian Peterson believes he still has something left.

The 33-year-old running back had his first practice with the Redskins on Tuesday, a day after signing a one-year deal with Washington.

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Falcons to sit healthy Jones, Freeman

FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. (AP) Julio Jones and Devonta Freeman are healthy and practicing at full speed again this week but will be held out for the third straight preseason game when the Atlanta Falcons visit the Jacksonville Jaguars on Saturday.

Coach Dan Quinn said the team decided during the offseason not to play Jones, a two-time All-Pro receiver, and Freeman, a former Pro Bowl running back, in exhibitions, so it's likely neither will suit up until Atlanta opens the regular season Sept. 6 at Philadelphia.

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Ex-Giants WR Cruz retires, joins ESPN

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) Former New York Giants wide receiver Victor Cruz has retired.

In making the announcement Tuesday, the 31-year-old Cruz said he plans to join ESPN as an NFL analyst. Cruz will contribute to variety of shows and make his ESPN debut Wednesday.

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Titans, WR Matthews agree to extension

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) The Tennessee Titans are doing their best to keep their core players together, and now wide receiver Rishard Matthews is the latest to receive a contract extension.

The Titans announced Tuesday they extended Matthews through 2019, a surprising move for a veteran who missed the offseason and has been on the physically unable to perform list this preseason.

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Broncos QB Lynch on roster bubble

ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) Denver Broncos coach Vance Joseph said former first-round pick Paxton Lynch was "obviously motivated" by his demotion to third-string quarterback last week "and that's a good sign. He's upset and he should be upset."

Lynch might not have enough time to channel that frustration and salvage a roster spot.

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Marrone takes dig at Pederson's critique

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) With a straight face and a shoulder shrug, Jacksonville Jaguars coach Doug Marrone provided a subtle response to being criticized in Doug Pederson's new book.

In Pederson's book released Tuesday, the Philadelphia Eagles coach ripped Marrone's decision to take a knee at the end of the first half of the AFC championship game. Jacksonville led New England 14-10 with 55 seconds remaining and two timeouts, but Marrone called for Blake Bortles to run out the clock and head to the locker room. According to ESPN Stats and Info, Jacksonville was the first team last season to take a knee with that much time remaining in the first half.

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