Saturday, January 20, 2018
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Cowboys LB McClain banned indefinitely

Cowboys linebacker Rolando McClain's on-again, off-again career could be over this time.

McClain was suspended indefinitely Friday for violating the NFL's substance-abuse policy, his third suspension since the end of the 2014 season. McClain missed a test, which the NFL considers a positive test, and had appealed it. The announcement means the appeal process is over.

McClain, 27, was on his third straight one-year deal with Dallas. He was suspended for the first 10 games this year after a four-game ban to start 2015. He was eligible to return Thanksgiving, but owner and general manager Jerry Jones said he wouldn't report to the team. Jones declined to be specific.

McClain must "work on his off-the-field situations" before he can be a productive player again, team executive vice president Stephen Jones said. "We certainly wish him the best."

The eighth overall draft pick by Oakland in 2010 out of Alabama, McClain had three disappointing seasons before he was released. He signed with Baltimore shortly after but retired twice while with the Ravens.

Fines: Chiefs safety Eric Berry and Texans cornerback Kareem Jackson were fined $24,309 each by the NFL for helmet-to-helmet hits last weekend. … Panthers backup quarterback Derek Anderson was fined $12,154 after an unsportsmanlike penalty for yelling at an official from the sideline. Panthers linebacker A.J. Klein was docked $9,115 for a face mask penalty. … Steelers receiver Antonio Brown was fined $24,309 and running back Le'Veon Bell $12,154 for dancing together after a of Brown touchdown, USA Today reported.

Broncos: Quarterback Trevor Siemian (sprained foot) is out Sunday. Rookie Paxton Lynch will make his second start.

Panthers: Linebacker Luke Kuechly, safety Kurt Coleman (concussions) and defensive end Mario Addison (foot) will miss Sunday's game.

Raiders: Quarterback Derek Carr (finger) practiced without a glove on his right hand for the second straight day and will play Sunday.

Seahawks: At least six players were expected back from injury for Sunday's game, including safety Earl Thomas (hamstring), defensive end Michael Bennett (knee surgery) and center Justin Britt (ankle sprain).

Packers: Quarterback Aaron Rodgers (hamstring) and linebacker Clay Matthews (shoulder) are questionable for Sunday, but coach Mike McCarthy said both are expected to play.

ex-player fatally shot: The man held in the fatal shooting of former NFL player Joe McKnight in Louisiana told investigators he did it, officials said, but he was released without charges while they investigate. Ronald Gasser, 54, was let go hours after McKnight, 28, was shot three times Thursday in an apparent road-rage episode in Terry­town, about five miles south of New Orleans, the Jefferson Parish Sheriff's Office said. The men had a "heated verbal exchange" that might have started because one "recklessly" cut off the other on a bridge, Sheriff Newell Normand said. McKnight, was the nation's top running back out of high school, starred at USC and played 41 NFL games from 2010-14 for the Jets and Chiefs (one start). He is the second ex-player this year to be shot in a possible road-rage case in Louisiana. Will Smith, a Saints defensive end, was killed in April in New Orleans.

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