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NFL's new domestic violence ban: 6 weeks

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NEW YORK (AP) Acknowledging he "didn't get it right" with a two-game suspension for Ravens running back Ray Rice, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell announced tougher penalties for players accused of domestic violence, including six weeks for a first offense and at least a year for a second.

In a letter sent to all 32 team owners Thursday and obtained by The Associated Press, Goodell never mentions Rice by name but makes clear references to the Baltimore player who was charged with assault after being caught on video dragging his then-fiancee off a casino elevator.

"My disciplinary decision led the public to question our sincerity, our commitment, and whether we understood the toll that domestic violence inflicts on so many families. I take responsibility both for the decision and for ensuring that our actions in the future properly reflect our values," Goodell wrote. "I didn't get it right. Simply put, we have to do better. And we will."

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Bills WR Watkins aggravates rib injury

ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. (AP) Bills coach Doug Marrone defended his decision to play his starters in their preseason finale, even if it led to rookie receiver Sammy Watkins leaving the game after aggravating a rib injury.

"One of the big questions is the quarterback with Sammy, they really haven't played in a lot of games," Marrone said, following a 23-0 loss to the Detroit Lions on Thursday night. "You don't want to just throw them in there during the season."

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WR Gordon can't play in CFL during ban

CLEVELAND (AP) Josh Gordon can't run a deep pass route into Canada and play.

The Cleveland Browns' suspended star wide receiver wanted to play in the Canadian Football League during his indefinite suspension, but CFL rules prohibit him from doing so.

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Patterson: AWOL claim 'completely false'

NEW YORK (AP) Dimitri Patterson disputes the New York Jets' version of his mysterious absence.

The suspended cornerback said in a statement to ESPN on Thursday that the Jets' claims that he went missing for 48 hours without notifying the team are "completely false."

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Hoyer directs TD drive vs. Bears backups

CLEVELAND (AP) Brian Hoyer can take a deep breath. His pressure-packed preseason ended positively.

Hoyer drove Cleveland's starting offense to a rare preseason touchdown before turning things over to rookie Johnny Manziel in the Browns' 33-13 exhibition win over the Chicago Bears on Thursday night.

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Peterson: I'd love to retire as a Viking

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) Vikings running back Adrian Peterson reiterated on Thursday that he hopes to remain in Minnesota until he retires, responding to a report that he spoke to Jerry Jones about one day playing for the Dallas Cowboys.

Peterson and the Vikings both issued statements shortly after ESPN reported that Peterson had a phone conversation with Jones, the owner of the Cowboys, this summer about playing for the team in Peterson's home state after his time with the Vikings came to a close.

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Peyton fined for taunting Texans safety

ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) Peyton Manning has been docked a reported $8,268 for taunting Houston Texans safety D.J. Swearinger in a preseason game last week.

The Denver Broncos quarterback laid into the safety for hitting Wes Welker in the head, which left the slot receiver with his third concussion in 10 months.

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Giants top Pats, finish preseason 5-0

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) No one wanted overtime in the preseason finale, and Bill Belichick made sure neither the New York Giants or New England Patriots had to endure it.

Josh Brown kicked a 37-yard field goal with 38 seconds to play after Belichick went for a first down in his territory late, and the Giants capped their first undefeated preseason since 2006 with a 16-13 victory on Thursday night.

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McCoy throws for 321 to lead Redskins

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) So much for the idea there is an unlikely quarterback controversy brewing in Washington.

Backup Kirk Cousins didn't get a chance to add any fuel to the notion. And for that matter, neither did struggling starter Robert Griffin III

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Bridgewater throws TD in first start

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) Letting the rookie quarterbacks play and keeping the starters on the sideline may have been the best decisions Vikings coach Mike Zimmer and Titans coach Ken Whisenhunt made all night.

And Zimmer, who interviewed with Tennessee before the Titans hired Whisenhunt, still finished off his first preseason in perfect fashion.

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