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NFL suspends Browns' Kareem Hunt 8 games for 'altercations'

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NFL suspends Browns' Kareem Hunt 8 games for 'altercations'

CLEVELAND (AP) -- The NFL suspended Browns running back Kareem Hunt for eight games after a video showed him kicking a woman and his involvement in a fight at a resort.

The league on Friday cited a violation of its personal conduct policy "for physical altercations at his residence in Cleveland last February and at a resort in Ohio last June." Hunt will not be paid during the half-season suspension, which he will not appeal.

The league recently completed an investigation that included a review of law enforcement records, video and electronic communications and interviews with witnesses as well as Hunt, who said he met with Commissioner Roger Goodell last week.

The 23-year-old said he wants to "again apologize for my actions."

Hunt will be allowed to practice with the Browns through training camp until the suspension begins Aug. 31 after the final roster reduction. Hunt has been working out at the Browns' facility in Berea, Ohio, and is scheduled to take part in the team's offseason program starting April 1.

Hunt was released last season by the Kansas City Chiefs after a video surfaced showing him pushing and kicking a woman. The footage drew a public outcry and led to the Chiefs cutting ties with one of their best players amid a Super Bowl push. Hunt later admitted lying to the Chiefs.

The Browns signed Hunt in February, saying he was remorseful. General manager John Dorsey drafted Hunt while he was in Kansas City and felt the Ohio native was contrite and deserved a second chance.

"I know that he has really done a nice job of being committed and of doing that work so that he can be the best version of himself," Dorsey said Thursday. "I know he has been diligently working on that."

The league said Hunt has told them he's committed to "available resources" and he has pledged to live up his obligations.

"I want to again apologize for my actions last year," Hunt said in a statement released by the Browns. "I know that my behavior hurt a lot of people, and I again apologize to them. I respect the league's decision on discipline, and I appreciate the time I spent with Commissioner Goodell last week. I'm grateful for my time with the Browns over the last month and thankful to all the people in the organization that have welcomed me.

"I also appreciate all of the support I received from my union through this process. My commitment to earning the trust of the league, my teammates, the organization and this community through my actions will continue, and I understand there is a lot of hard work ahead of me before I'm able to fully return to playing the game I love."

Hunt's suspension comes during a busy week for the Browns, who acquired star receiver Odell Beckham Jr. on Tuesday in a trade with the New York Giants.

The Browns signed Hunt to a one-year contract Feb. 11 knowing he was facing a potential long suspension. Dorsey didn't excuse Hunt's behavior and said he was willing to help a young man who had made a mistake.

Hunt led the league in rushing as a rookie with 1,327 yards, scoring eight touchdowns. He also showed his versatility by catching 53 passes for 455 yards and three TDs. In 11 games last season, he ran for 824 yards and seven touchdowns.

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Baltimore Ravens Roundup: Go inside the mind of GM Eric DeCosta ahead of 2019 NFL Draft

Baltimore Ravens Roundup: Go inside the mind of GM Eric DeCosta ahead of 2019 NFL Draft

Good morning. We are officially one day away from the 2019 NFL Draft.

Here is the latest Baltimore Ravens news.

Player/Team Notes: 

1. General manager Eric DeCosta will walk into the Ravens' draft room Thursday night and hold the reins as he leads his first-ever NFL Draft. Working alongside Ozzie Newsome since 2004, DeCosta first envisioned himself as a general manager when he was just six-years-old. So, how has he been preparing for one of the biggest days of his life? Click here for some insight on DeCosta's road to GM. 

2. Fans and experts have kept a close eye on potential wide receivers for the Ravens in this year's draft. Considering those prospects have yet to play a snap in the NFL, who can we compare them to that have? NFL.com's Lance Zierlein did the comparing for us. 

D.K. Metcalf of Ole Miss most resembles Josh Gordon, Marquise Brown of Oklahoma resembles DeSean Jackson and Parris Campbell of Ohio State resembles Percy Harvin. Click here for the full list

3. In AFC North news, the Steelers and Ben Roethlisberger are reportedly close to agreeing to a contract extension, according to sources of NFL Network's Ian Rapoport. The extension would make him one of the highest paid players in the NFL, once again.


Looking Ahead:

April 25-27: 2019 NFL Draft in Nashville, Tn.

May 3-6 or May 10-13: Potential three-day rookie mini camp

July 15: 4 p.m. deadline to get long-term deal done with designated franchise tag player

The 2019 NFL schedule is set!  See the Baltimore Ravens defend the AFC North at M&T Bank Stadium this season. Get your tickets now at www.BaltimoreRavens.com/tickets.

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Baltimore Ravens Roundup: Ravens exercise 2020 fifth-year option on 2016 first-round pick Ronnie Stanley

Baltimore Ravens Roundup: Ravens exercise 2020 fifth-year option on 2016 first-round pick Ronnie Stanley

Life moves pretty fast. If you don't stop and look around once in a while, you could forget that the 2019 NFL Draft is just two days away.

Here's the latest Baltimore Ravens news.

Player/Team Notes: 

1. The Ravens have exercised the 2020 fifth-year option on LT Ronnie Stanley, according to a league source of ESPN's Field Yates. The Ravens' 2016 first round pick, Stanley has started 42 games in three seasons.

2. Part of the pre-NFL draft fun that goes on in the months leading up to the big weekend is re-drafting previous drafts. Bleacher Report's Chris Roling re-drafted the 2018 NFL Draft and have the Ravens selecting two completely different players.

Instead of TE Hayden Hurst at No. 25, Roling has the Ravens selecting TE Chris Herndon out of Miami.

"For the sake of value, the re-draft move is Miami's Chris Herndon," Roling said. "He slipped to the New York Jets in the fourth round yet put up 39 catches for 502 yards and four scores and is two-and-a-half years younger than Hurst."

And instead of QB Lamar Jackson, he has the Ravens picking LB Harold Landry out of Boston College.

"Landry, a second-round pick by Tennessee, flashed with 4.5 sacks over 15 games (three starts) as a rookie and earned a much bigger role heading into next season," Roling said. "He seems like a natural fit in a Baltimore front thanks to his ability to rush from all over the field, fitting a multiple look, and could produce in those spots freed up by players who left on the open market."

3. We knew who the Ravens would be facing in the preseason and when, but now we know what time. The Ravens' preseason matchups with the Jaguars, Packers, Eagles and Redskins will all take place at 7:30 p.m. ET. 


Looking Ahead:

April 25-27: 2019 NFL Draft in Nashville, Tn.

May 3-6 or May 10-13: Potential three-day rookie mini camp

July 15: 4 p.m. deadline to get long-term deal done with designated franchise tag player

The 2019 NFL schedule is set!  See the Baltimore Ravens defend the AFC North at M&T Bank Stadium this season. Get your tickets now at www.BaltimoreRavens.com/tickets.

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