CLEVELAND (AP) Browns general manager Ray Farmer has been suspended by the NFL for the first four games next season for sending text messages to the sideline during games.
Farmer, who has acknowledged sending the messages, will not be paid during his suspension, the league said in a statement on Monday. His ban begins on midnight of the Sunday preceding the Browns' first regular-season game and will end immediately after the Browns' fourth regular-season game. The league said during his suspension that Farmer cannot be involved in any club matters. He is also prohibited from being at the Browns' offices, practice facility or games.
The Browns were also fined $250,000, but the league did not strip the team of any 2015 draft picks. Cleveland has two first-round selections (No. 12 and 19) and six of the first 115 picks.