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Archer: Suspensions loom large for Cowboys

Rolando McClain's four-game suspension -- which comes on the heels of Greg Hardy's 10-game ban -- could have a major impact on Dallas' 2015 fortunes.

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Antonio Gates surprised, upset by suspension (2:10)
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Richardson suspended four games (1:53)
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Fantasy football mock draft No. 2

Twelve ESPN analysts submitted their second official mock draft of 2015, using the point-per-reception (PPR) scoring format. Le'Veon Bell was the first player off the board.

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Which athletic achievements deserve an ESPY?

Your vote decides who will take home the ESPY for Best Male and Female Athlete, Best Play and so much more. The results will air on the 2015 ESPYS on July 15 at 8 p.m. ET on ABC.

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NFL hands out suspensions today

  • Chargers TE Antonio Gates: 4 games for PEDs
  • Jets DT Sheldon Richardson: 4 games for substance abuse
  • Cowboys LB Rolando McClain: 4 games for substance abuse
  • Packers DE Datone Jones: 1 game for substance abuse

Richardson anchors Jets' D

Since Sheldon Richardson's 2013 rookie season, the Jets have limited teams to 3.6 yards per rush, the best in the NFL. When Richardson is on the field, the Jets give up 3.3 yards per carry, against 4.6 ypc when he's not.

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Gates 'shocked,' 'upset' by suspension

"This is a case where Antonio Gates insisted he's innocent," ESPN's Adam Schefter said. "And I think a lot of people in this day and age would love to believe him, but I think we've become so accustomed and so skeptical."

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Gates suspension 'huge blow'

Said Mark Brunell: "Nobody is more disappointed than Philip Rivers, because he's at a stage of his career where he wants a Super Bowl ring. And it's very difficult to get a Super Bowl ring unless you have guys like Antonio."

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Richardson ban affects Jets' defense

ESPN's Dan Graziano breaks down DT Sheldon Richardson's four-game suspension for SportsCenter: "Tough blow for the Jets, who are obviously built around that defense."

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Mike Mazzeo @MazzESPN

The NFL should just start in Week 5. They way all the players can be eligible for the start of the season.

Kevin Seifert @SeifertESPN

NFL Thursday news dump continues: 4-game suspensions for Sheldon Richardson and Rolando McClain. Now, 1 game for #Packers’ Datone Jones.

Cowboys defense suddenly shaky?

The Cowboys will have to shift their defense to account for Rolando McClain's four-game suspension -- and they're still waiting to see how Greg Hardy's appeal shakes out.

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trey wingo @wingoz

Sheldon Richardson made 144 tackles in first 2 seasons. In the last decade no primary defensive lineman made more tackles in 1st 2 seasons

Adam Schefter @AdamSchefter

Suspension Thursday: Cowboys' Rolando McClain also suspended four games for violating substance abuse policy, via NFL.

Rolando McClain suspended 4 games

The Cowboys LB violated the NFL's substance-abuse program and will be eligible to return following Dallas' Oct. 4 game against the Saints. McClain can participate in all offseason practices and preseason games. Story

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Tim MacMahon @espn_macmahon

Cowboys LB Rolando McClain suspended first 4 games for violating NFL drug policy. Good thing he rehabbed back home in Alabama, huh?

Sheldon Richardson suspended 4 games

The Jets DT violated the NFL's substance-abuse program. Coach Todd Bowles called the ban "disappointing," and Richardson apologized: "While I won't be there at the start of the regular season, I will do whatever I can to support my teammates until I'm able to return to the field."

Wilson would clean up with no cap

Imagine the kind of contracts Russell Wilson and Dez Bryant could command if there was no salary cap in the NFL. Kevin Seifert did the math. Staggering numbers

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