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Rice wins appeal, suspension vacated

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NEW YORK (AP) An arbitrator Friday threw out Ray Rice's indefinite suspension by the NFL for hitting his then-fiancee and now wife in a hotel elevator, freeing him to play again.

The NFL said Rice, a free agent, is "eligible to play upon signing a new contract." Whether any team will consider signing him is another matter.

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" and an "abuse of discretion."


Manziel: I tried to avoid altercation

CLEVELAND (AP) No, he's not Johnny Footbrawl.

Johnny Manziel said he did everything he could to escape a "very aggressive" fan before an altercation in the lobby of the Browns rookie quarterback's apartment building.


Texans' Clowney out against Titans

HOUSTON (AP) No. 1 overall pick Jadeveon Clowney will miss Houston's game against Tennessee on Sunday after a setback on his surgically repaired right knee.

He experienced swelling in his knee after last week's game and didn't practice all week. He was ruled out on Friday.


Broncos' Marshall expects to face Chiefs

ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) Broncos top tackler Brandon Marshall says he expects to play Sunday night at Kansas City after clearing concussion protocol and practicing in full Friday.

"It should be normal," said Marshall, Denver's versatile linebacker who leads the team with 92 tackles.


Cards WR Fitzgerald game-time decision

TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) Arizona Cardinals wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald practiced on a limited basis on Friday and coach Bruce Arians says the eight-time Pro Bowl wide receiver's participation will be a game-time decision Sunday in Atlanta.

It was the first time that Fitzgerald had practiced since spraining his left MCL in Arizona's 14-6 win over Detroit two weeks ago.


49ers reeling after embarrassing loss

SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) As if there weren't already enough humiliating elements to San Francisco's lopsided loss to its biggest rival on Thanksgiving night, owner Jed York weighed in on an effort he said "wasn't acceptable."

Cassie Baalke, daughter of general manager Trent Baalke, called for offensive coordinator Greg Roman's ouster before quickly deleting her Twitter post and later closing the account altogether.


Bears put Briggs on reserve/injured list

LAKE FOREST, Ill. (AP) The Chicago Bears placed linebacker Lance Briggs on the reserve/injured list Friday because of a groin injury.

Briggs has 63 tackles, including 2 1/2 tackles, and an interception, a forced fumble, two pass breakups and a quarterback pressure this season.


Falcons S Moore set to return

FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. (AP) Atlanta Falcons strong safety William Moore is set to return from a shoulder injury after missing seven straight games.

Moore, a sixth-year veteran and an alternate Pro Bowl selection two years ago, has 235 solo tackles and 14 interceptions in 62 career games.


Saints RB Robinson to sit out again

METAIRIE, La. (AP) The New Orleans Saints have ruled out running back Khiry Robinson for Sunday's game at Pittsburgh, meaning he'll miss his sixth straight game with a forearm injury.

Linebacker Kyle Knox, who missed last week's game with a hand injury, also has been listed as out on Friday's injury report.


Jets' Wilkerson to sit out with turf toe

FLORHAM PARK, N.J. (AP) Muhammad Wilkerson's big left toe will likely keep him off the field for the New York Jets.

The star defensive end has turf toe that has sidelined him all week at practice, and Wilkerson said Friday he expects to miss the team's game Monday night against the Miami Dolphins.



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