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NFL notebook: No discipline expected for Manziel


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Cleveland Browns backup quarterback Johnny Manziel met with NFL investigators after practice Wednesday regarding his role in the Oct. 12 incident with his girlfriend in Avon, Ohio.

The NFL investigated whether Manziel violated the league’s personal-conduct policy and clarified Thursday afternoon that the investigation was not complete. NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport reported Thursday no discipline was coming for Manziel.

Manziel was represented in the meeting at the Browns’ facility by NFL Players Association attorney Heather McPhee. Lisa Friel, hired to lead the league’s handling of domestic violence issues last year, was present for the NFL.

Manziel was stopped by police on Oct. 12 on an interstate in the Cleveland suburb of Avon after allegedly driving at a high rate of speed and weaving through traffic. He had an argument with his girlfriend, Colleen Crowley, who told police that Manziel hit her “a couple times” and pushed her face against a car window.

Manziel, who spent time in alcohol rehab during the offseason, said he had a few drinks earlier in the day, but police did not detect that he was impaired. However, officers determined that Crowley was drunk.

—Injured Dallas Cowboys running back Joseph Randle is facing a suspension for a violation of the NFL’s personal conduct policy in the offseason and could be out of the Dallas lineup for multiple games.

Coach Jason Garrett ruled Randle out for Sunday. He was dismissed Thursday to deal what Garrett termed a personal issue.

ESPN reported on Thursday that Randle was arrested in the offseason in Wichita, Kan., his second police incident in four months, in a domestic violence incident that involved a gun. According to ESPN, Randle was investigated for breaking out the window of a car owned by the mother of his son and threatening her with the gun. Police also cited him unlawful possession of marijuana.

Charges were dropped in April, but Randle could still be fined or suspended under the NFL’s personal conduct policy.

Meanwhile, Cowboys wide receiver Dez Bryant was feeling “great” after practicing with the team for the first team since he broke a bone in his right foot and is pointing for a Sunday return against the Seattle Seahawks.

—Defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul can earn more than $8.7 million on the one-year deal he signed to return to the New York Giants, but the deal includes no guaranteed money.

Pierre-Paul will not play Sunday but is back with the team this week for the first time since his July 4 fireworks accident and subsequent hand surgeries.

CBS Sports reported in a contract breakdown that Pierre-Paul’s base salary will be $2.55 million, $1.5 million of which is guaranteed for skill and injury at the time of signing, but not for performance. His deal is worth a maximum of $8.763 million with incentives.

—San Francisco 49ers tight end Vernon Davis denied a published report that he and left tackle Joe Staley had a verbal altercation after he reportedly called out quarterback Colin Kaepernick in a players-only meeting earlier this month.

Published reports suggested the altercation escalated into a physical confrontation. Davis shot down both reports – claiming he didn’t criticize Kaepernick and he didn’t get into a dispute with Staley.

“No, I didn’t call Kap out,” Davis told reporters. “I don’t know where you got that from. I didn’t call Kap out at all.

“It’s not my job or my role to call Kap out. I let coaches do that. We’re all together. There’s nothing that can separate any of us. We’re inseparable, I would think. Me, Kap, Joe are all on the same page. We’re captains, we’re leaders so we have to stay together in order for things to happen.”

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