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Manziel case will go to grand jury

Dallas police will refer domestic violence allegations against Browns quarterback Johnny Manziel to a Dallas County grand jury.

Manziel is accused of hitting, kidnapping and threatening to kill his ex-girlfriend, 23-year-old Colleen Crowley. The misdemeanor domestic violence charge carries a maximum punishment of one year in jail and a $4,000 fine.

Police said Thursday that they will not release further information.

A grand jury referral means police will not make an arrest as they do in most cases. A small number of cases are instead referred to a grand jury. Usually, these happen in police shootings or cases where a homeowner shoots an intruder.

Grand jurors determine whether there is enough information to believe a crime might have occurred. If they indict, the case moves into the courtroom.

Crowley said Manziel slapped her left ear and ruptured her eardrum, making her lose her hearing.

The Browns have indicated they will release Manziel as early as March 9, when the league begins its new calendar year.

FOWLER UPDATE: Jaguars general manager Dave Caldwell said he doesn't "expect much" to come of the NFL's investigation into defensive end Dante Fowler, a former Lakewood High and Florida standout. The league said this week that video of Fowler apparently refereeing a fight between his girlfriend and the mother of his child includes "disturbing images." Caldwell said Fowler has "been doing the right things, and I think he's going to continue to do the right things."

DOUBTS ABOUT PIERRE-PAUL: Giants general manager Jerry Reese didn't think defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul would play last season after mangling his right hand in a fireworks accident July 4. "After you look at that injury, it's really, for me, people like to throw miracle around, I think it's a miracle that he was able to walk out there and play eight games for us," Reese said. The former USF standout lost his right index finger and parts of two others. Reese refused to say whether the Giants plan to re-sign Pierre-Paul, who could become an unrestricted free agent next month.

BILLS: The team has had discussions with quarterback Tyrod Taylor's representatives regarding a contract extension. Taylor has one season left on his contract and established himself in going 8-6 as a first-time starter last year.

Packers: Coach Mike McCarthy said quarterback Aaron Rodgers and receiver Jordy Nelson should be ready for offseason workouts. Rodgers had minor knee surgery last month. Nelson missed the season a right knee injury.

Ravens: Running back Trent Richardson, who has struggled since the Browns made him the third overall pick in the 2012 draft, could take a physical and sign with Baltimore next week. He was out of the league last season after the Raiders released him.

SAINTS: Coach Sean Payton said he is close to finalizing a new contract, and he envisions remaining with the team for at least the next four or five years. He was hired in 2006.

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