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Denver Broncos linebacker Vonn MIller, who already facing a four game suspension for violating the NFL's drub abuse policy, was arrested Sunday for skipping out on a court appearance for misdemeanor traffic violations. Miller had walked into a gun shop in Centennial, Colorado when he was arrested. The Broncos have released a two-sentence statement say they and league officials are aware of the situation and is being handled through the legal system. Miller was not available for comment yesterday and was scheduled to appear in court December 31 for driving without a license and no proof of insurance.

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Vonn Miller has been handed a six game suspension for violating the league policy on substance abuse. He is in stage three of this policy and will remain there for the remainder of his career. The violation will result in a minimum one year suspension. There is a separate policy for PED's.

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The Lions continue to have discipline issues as they were whistled for two personal foul penalties on New England turnovers, one of which would have resulted a first and goal at the New England four-yard line. Nick Fairley was flagged for two penalties in the game's first four minutes and Willie Young was called for taunting quarterback Tom Brady with the Patriots backed up to their 10-yard line. Detroit finished last season as the sixth most penalized team in the league after finishing second and fourth the previous two seasons.

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ESPN and other media have reported that Aaron Hernandez 's family and friends have said he has been on PCP for a year and has become paranoid to the point of carrying a gun with him everywhere he goes. Yahoo reports Hernandez had already been on thin ice with the Patriots and was one misstep frombeing released and coach Bill Bellick had become frustrated with Hernandez missing practices and thug-like antics.

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The NFL has a reached a $765 million concussion settlement with 18,000 former NFL players to compensate sufferers, compensate for medical exams, and underwrite research. The league, which admitted no wrongdoing, was accused of concealing long term dangers of concussions and rushing players back onto the field, and glorifying bone jarring hits that would be highligh reel material. The agreement includes a cap of $5 million for players' with Alzheimer's, $4 million for players after their deaths were diagnosed with traumatic encephalopathy, and $3 million for players with dementia.

4500 players, including Hall of Famer Tony Dorsett, Super Bowl winnng quarterback Jim McMahon, and the family of Junior Seau have sued the NFL since the first case was filed in Philadelphia in 2011.

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Cleveland may have made a head start on a transition from the Browns to the Clowns when they failed to decide on a placekicker having cut Shayne Graham and rookie Brandon Bogotay less than a week before their opening game with Miami. They also failed to address needs on the defensive front line and their offense is somewhat nonexistent. The Browns have brought in Dan Carpenter who was cut by Arizona and Billy Cundiff who had a previous stint with Cleveland and was also released by Baltimore and San Francisco in the last year.

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After surrendering a 78 yard run to Adrian Peterson on Minnesota's first play from scrimmage, Detroit effectively shutdown the Vikings run game enroute to a 34-24 win. They would intercept Christian Ponder three times and recovered one fumble. The Lions hurt themselves in the first half by failing to finish off three potential touchdown drives. The first occured on a botch snap from center on a field goal attempt, the second on a touchdown to Calvin Johnson that overturned on automatic review and forced Detroit to settle for a field goal. And the third on an interception return for a touchdown by linebacker DeAndre Levy that was negated by an unnecessary illegal low block by Ndamunkong Suh on Viking center John Sullivan who was well behind the play - a block that is under review by the league for disciplinary action due to Suh's past history. Until the Lions can corral Suh, he is going to continue to hurt the team.

Matthew Stafford was 28 for 43 for 357 yards passing for Detroit who rushed for 117 yards, 90 of them by Reggie Bush. The Lions defense held MInnesota to 105 yards rushing and 225 yards passing.

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Detroit defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh has been fined $100,000 by the league for his unnecessary roughness penalty against Minnesota center John Sullivan during an interception return. It was an inexcusable penalty when you remember Sullivan had no chance of catching Suh's teammate. It turns the reason he wasn't suspended was the league didn't judge this as an egregious hit as the one against Green Bay offensive lineman Evan Dietrich-Smith. All this after Suh had called a team meeting to discuss the need for better discipline on and off the field, an issue that needs to be addressed in light of the fact Detroit was flagged 11 times for 88 yards.

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