On Thursday, the NFL announced official suspensions for defensive end DeMarcus Lawrence and linebacker Rolando McClain of the Dallas Cowboys, defensive end Sheldon Richardson of the New York Jets, and former Cleveland Browns quarterback Johnny Manziel. Lawrence had his appeal denied and has been suspended for the first four games of the season for violating the NFL’s substance abuse policy, while McClain was suspended the first ten games for his latest violation of the same policy. Richardson was suspended for the first game of the season for violating the league’s personal conduct policy, and Manziel was suspended the first four games for reportedly violating the substance abuse policy.

For the second season in a row, the Cowboys will begin the season with multiple players suspended by the league, as Lawrence and McClain join second-year defensive end Randy Gregory on the suspended list, after McClain and Greg Hardy started last season missing four games for league violations. Lawrence, who led the team with eight sacks last season, is being disciplined for amphetamines, as was reported in April. McClain’s suspension comes after Dallas re-signed him in March for one year at $5 million. Per the collective bargaining agreement, McClain could be forced to repay the $750,000 signing bonus he received as part of the deal. McClain faces the possibility of being released, however, which would preclude the Cowboys from seeing the bonus money returned.

Richardson pleaded guilty in January to resisting arrest after leading police on a high-speed chase in July 2015. He avoided jail time but was sentenced to two years of probation and 100 hours of community service. For four traffic violations, he was fined a total of $1,050. He was arrested for driving a 2014 Bentley at speeds as high as 143 mph while trying to avoid police in suburban St. Louis, his hometown. He was accompanied by a 12-year-old relative. Police reported a strong odor of marijuana in the car and discovered a loaded, semiautomatic handgun. The gun was possessed legally, prosecutors said. Richardson wasn’t charged with drug possession or child endangerment because prosecutors said there wasn’t sufficient evidence. He also missed the first four games last season for violating the league’s substance abuse policy.

Manziel, is a free agent after being released by the Cleveland Browns earlier this year. His four-game suspension becomes effective immediately. If he signs with a team, Manziel would be suspended for the first four games of the 2016 season and conceivably could play in week five. The NFL stated that Manziel was eligible to sign and participate in all preseason activities, including games. Manziel could face additional discipline under the personal conduct policy for other transgressions, including being charged with assaulting his girlfriend, sources told ESPN. Manziel currently faces misdemeanor assault charges for allegedly rupturing the eardrum of former girlfriend Colleen Crowley during a January dispute in Texas.

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