Sep 15, 2014 7:35 PM

NFL union to appeal Rice ban...NFL close to new drug policy...Chargers lose Mathews

The Associated Press

NEW YORK (AP) The NFL Players Association will appeal the indefinite suspension the league handed to Ray Rice last week. Union spokesman George Atallah told The Associated Press the appeal is expected to be requested before tomorrow night's deadline. Rice originally was suspended two games under the NFL's personal conduct policy for striking his then-fiancee in a hotel elevator, but the ban was increased when videotape of that incident was made public.

NEW YORK (AP) The NFL and the players' union are close to finalizing the drug policy changes they tentatively agreed upon last week. League and NFLPA attorneys and officials are reviewing the documents and could approve them this week. One key element is how the changes affect players currently under suspension, including Denver receiver Wes Welker's four-game ban and Browns receiver Josh Gordon's season-long punishment.

SAN DIEGO (AP) San Diego Chargers head coach Mike McCoy says he doesn't know how long running back Ryan Mathews will be out with a sprained MCL in his right knee. Mathews was carted off the field yesterday after hurting the knee trying to recover his own fumble in the fourth quarter of a 30-21 victory against the Seattle Seahawks. He gained a career-high 1,255 yards last season.

CHICAGO (AP) The Chicago Bears say cornerback Charles Tillman will miss the remainder of the season after tearing his right triceps in last night's win at San Francisco. Tillman clutched his arm in pain after he got tangled with 49ers receiver Michael Crabtree in the third quarter. The Bears left open the possibility of a comeback by placing him on IR with a designation to return.

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) Yankees pitcher Masahiro Tanaka (mah-sah-HEE'-roh tah-NAH'-kah) said through a translator that he felt "all right" after tossing five scoreless innings against minor leaguers in a simulated game today. Tanaka has been sidelined since July 9 with a partial tear of the ulnar collateral ligament in his right elbow. If the Yankees think he is ready, Tanaka could start against Toronto this weekend during the team's final homestand.


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