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NFL: Manziel fined for gesture to 'Skins sideline

Browns quarterback Johnny Manziel celebrates a touchdown pass Monday against Washington.
Browns quarterback Johnny Manziel celebrates a touchdown pass Monday against Washington. AP
Johnny Manziel has been slapped on the finger.

The NFL fined the Browns rookie quarterback $12,000 on Friday for flipping his middle finger at Washington's sideline, a person familiar with the penalty said.

The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the ruling had not been made public.

Manziel said he was reacting to incessant taunting by the Redskins during Monday night's nationally televised game when he made the gesture while running back to Cleveland's huddle.

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His finger flipping didn't help his chances of winning Cleveland's starting job, which went to veteran Brian Hoyer, although coach Mike Pettine said in a radio interview that a two-quarterback system is "on the table."

Graham's costly dunks

Saints tight end Jimmy Graham also was fined Friday by the league.

Graham received a $30,000 fine for twice dunking over the goalpost during last week's preseason game against the Titans.

Lions edge Jags

Reggie Bush broke free for an 86-yard touchdown run in the first quarter, one of only a few offensive highlights as the host Detroit Lions edged the Jacksonville Jaguars, 13-12, in a penalty-filled game.

Calvin Johnson played for the first time this preseason, catching two passes for 27 yards, but Matthew Stafford was intercepted once, and the Lions struggled in the red zone.

Blake Bortles threw for 158 yards and a touchdown for the Jaguars. Jacksonville started Chad Henne, but Bortles, the third pick in this year's draft, was impressive in relief. He completed 10 of 16 passes, including a 13-yard touchdown to Allen Hurns.

Smith, Vick toss TDs

Geno Smith and Michael Vick each threw touchdown passes with the New York Jets' starting offense, and the defense mostly shut down Eli Manning before the Giants' backups rallied for a 35-24 preseason victory.

Smith was 9 of 14 for 137 yards, including a 1-yard scoring toss to rookie Jace Amaro. Vick replaced Smith to start the second half, and after a rough first series in which he was sacked and lost a fumble, he led an 11-play, 76-yard drive capped by a go-ahead 3-yard TD to Eric Decker. Vick finished 4 of 5 for 34 yards in his two series for the Jets (2-1).

Stephenson suspended

Chiefs offensive tackle Donald Stephenson was suspended by the NFL for the first four games of the regular season for violating the league's policy on performance-enhancing substances.

Stephenson was a fill-in starter last season but was expected to anchor the right side of the line this year. He remains eligible to participate in all preseason practices and games, including Saturday night's matchup with Minnesota.

Patriots rout Panthers

Tom Brady threw for 204 yards and two touchdowns, Stephen Gostkowski kicked a 60-yard field goal, and the host New England Patriots shut down Cam Newton and the Carolina Panthers, 30-7.

Brady led the Patriots (2-1) to scores on three of his five series and completed 17 of 21 passes. Newton was 8 for 12 for 88 yards and was sacked three times.

All five of Newton's possessions ended in punts.

Packers down Raiders

Aaron Rodgers threw for two touchdowns, and Eddie Lacy ran for a first-quarter score in the host Green Bay Packers' 31-21 preseason victory over the Oakland Raiders.

The game was stopped for several minutes in the second quarter after Raiders linebacker Sio Moore was taken off the field with a neck injury. He gave a thumb-up sign as he was wheeled off to a standing ovation. Moore was taken to a hospital.

Associated Press
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