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NFL roundup: Irsay likely to be suspended

By By The Sports Xchange
Published On: Jun 07 2014 04:58:24 PM MDT
Updated On: Jun 09 2014 08:22:01 AM MDT
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NFL sources told ESPN that they expect commissioner Roger Goodell to suspend Indianapolis Colts owner Jim Irsay for six to eight weeks and fine him about $1 million.

Irsay was arrested in March for driving while intoxicated and recently had his driver's license suspended for a year. He was charged with two misdemeanors. Each one carries a maximum penalty of 60 days in jail and a $500 fine. An initial hearing is scheduled for June 19.

Irsay, 54, entered a rehabilitation facility after his arrest. The team was run by his daughter, Carlie Irsay-Gordon, in his absence.

Goodell has not acted on Irsay's arrest, but the expectation is that he will ban Irsay for about half of the upcoming season.

---Seattle Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman will grace the cover of the "Madden NFL 15" video game that becomes available in August before the start of the 2014 season.

Sherman beat out Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton in online voting at ESPN.com.

"Winning the cover is a kid's dream come true," Sherman said. "I would never be in the position without my fellow Legion of Boom members and teammates."

Sherman joins running back Shaun Alexander (2007) as the second Seahawks player to land on the cover. He also becomes just the third defensive player on the front of the game, joining Baltimore Ravens linebacker Ray Lewis (2005) and Pittsburgh Steelers safety Troy Polamalu (2010).

The 26-year-old Sherman is known as one of the best cornerbacks in the game and also his boisterous personality. His rant to a reporter after his game-saving deflection in the Seahawks' NFC Championship game victory over the San Francisco 49ers in January received widespread attention.

Sherman has 20 interceptions and 60 passes defensed during his four years in the NFL, which are more than any other player. He has been named to the past two Pro Bowls and in May signed a four-year, $56 million contract extension.

In the voting for the cover, Sherman advanced through three rounds, beating out Chicago Bears wide receiver Alshon Jeffery, New Orleans Saints tight end Jimmy Graham and San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick.

Newton made it past Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Antonio Brown, Kansas City Chiefs running back Jamaal Charles (58-42) and Indianapolis Colts quarterback Andrew Luck.

Newton's coach, Ron Rivera, said this week that he hoped the quarterback would not be on the cover to avoid a perceived curse that goes with it.

---First overall draft pick Jadeveon Clowney and the Houston Texans on Friday agreed to terms on a four-year deal worth $22.72 million guaranteed, including a signing bonus of $14.518 million.

Clowney is expected to instantly become a key chess piece in the Texans' 3-4 defense under coordinator Romeo Crennel. Clowney will play outside linebacker in the base defense, then drop down and rush with his hand in the dirt on obvious passing situations. He has the benefit of facing offensive lines that have focused on containing perennial defensive player of the year candidate J.J. Watt, who will rotate all around the front seven, Crennel said.

Clowney is eager to get started because he believes he's got something to prove after being so heavily criticized after recording only three sacks as a junior at South Carolina last season.

"I want to learn," Clowney said. "I want to be great. Now that I'm in the NFL, hopefully, I'll be a Hall of Famer someday."

---Arizona Cardinals rookie safety Deone Bucannon has not been able to participate in practice because he has turf toe, according to the Arizona Republic.

Bucannon was reportedly not moving well during Thursday's practice. The team has not said how long he will be out. Coach Bruce Arians has said there are areas where Bucannon needs improvement so the injury may set him back.

The Cardinals selected Bucannon with the No. 27 overall pick in last month's draft out of Washington State. He is vying for a starting spot at strong safety.

---Denver Broncos wide receiver Wes Welker's horse Undrafted won the Jaipur Invitational on Saturday in an undercard race leading up to the Belmont Stakes in New York.

The gelding, ridden by John Velazquez for trainer Wesley Ward, won the race by 1 1/2 lengths. The race had a purse of $300,000 with the winner receiving $160,000.