Bills Deal Almost Done – NFL Roundup
ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. (AP) — Buffalo Sabres owners Terry and Kim Pegula took a step closer to buying the Buffalo Bills after their NFL-record $1.4 billion purchase agreement was unanimously approved by the league's finance committee.
Three-quarters of the owners will be required to approve the deal in a vote next month.
SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) — Colin Kaepernick (KAH'-lihn KAP'-ur-nihgk) says he has been fined more than $11,000 by the NFL and he will appeal the penalty for what was called "inappropriate language".
Kaepernick was flagged for unsportsmanlike conduct following an interception against Chicago Sunday when he was engaged with the Bears Lamarr Houston. The 49ers quarterback maintains he didn't say anything inappropriate and that Houston's post-game remarks back him up.
UNDATED (AP) — The NFL is facing yet another case of domestic abuse.
Arizona Cardinals running back Jonathan Dwyer has been arrested on aggravated assault charges in connection with two altercations at his home in late July involving a 27-year-old woman and an 18-month-old child. The Cardinals said they became aware of the situation on Wednesday and are cooperating with the investigation. He has been deactivated from all team functions.
Police say one of the counts was "aggravated assault causing a fracture."
Meanwhile, Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson and Carolina Panthers defensive end Greg Hardy will not play this weekend, and it could be a while before either player sees any game action.
The Vikings put Peterson on the exempt-commissioner's permission list, meaning he is off the active roster again while he deals with his legal affairs. General manager Rick Spielman would not put a timeframe on when Peterson might be back.
Team owner Zygi (ZIH'-gee) Wilf said the team "made a mistake" in bringing back its superstar earlier this week following his indictment on a felony child-abuse charge in Texas.
The All-Pro running back is accused of injuring his 4-year-old son by spanking him with a wooden switch earlier this year.
The Panthers have removed Hardy from the team's active roster until the Pro Bowl defensive end's domestic violence case is resolved. The Pro Bowl lineman has been placed on the exempt-commissioner's permission list.
Carolina general manager Dave Gettleman says Hardy will continue to be paid and is allowed to be at the team facility, but will not practice. Hardy earns more than $770,000 each week during the regular season.
Hardy is appealing a July 15 conviction for assault on a female and communicating threats.
MARIETTA, Ga. (AP) — The father of a woman who once dated Bears receiver Brandon Marshall is calling for commissioner Roger Goodell (guh-DEHL') to resign because of the way he handled the women's abuse case.
Clarence Watley says his daughter, Rasheedah Watley, was abused by Marshall.
Marshall was with Denver at the time and now plays for Chicago. He was suspended for three games in 2008, but the suspension was reduced to one game. He has denied the allegations.
Watley says he and others wrote to Goodell about the case and never heard back from league officials. Watley called the NFL's investigation one-sided.
NEW YORK (AP) — The NFL and the players union have agreed on a new drug policy that will include HGH testing, perhaps as early as the end of this month.
The new performance-enhancing drug policy will have a more immediate impact this weekend. Denver receiver Wes Welker, Dallas Cowboys defensive back Orlando Scandrick and St. Louis Rams wide receiver Stedman Bailey had been suspended for four games. All can return Sunday under the new rules in which players who test positive for banned stimulants in the offseason will no longer be suspended. Instead, they will be referred to the substance abuse program.