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FILE - In this Oct. 24, 2007 file photo, San Diego Chargers' Philip Rivers, left, Shane Olivea (70) and Shawne Merriman, right, arrive for practice with teammates and coaches at the Arizona Cardinals training facility  in Tempe, Ariz.   Olivea, whose NFL career fell apart because of a painkiller addiction says he wants to become a college coach and help others avoid similar pitfalls now that he's clean and has a degree. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)
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  • FILE - In this Oct. 24, 2007 file photo, San Diego Chargers' Philip Rivers, left, Shane Olivea (70) and Shawne Merriman, right, arrive for practice with teammates and coaches at the Arizona Cardinals training facility  in Tempe, Ariz.   Olivea, whose NFL career fell apart because of a painkiller addiction says he wants to become a college coach and help others avoid similar pitfalls now that he's clean and has a degree. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)

    Ex-NFL player gets clean, now seeks college coach position

    COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A former Ohio State University football player whose NFL career fell apart because of a painkiller addiction says he wants to become a college coach and help others avoid similar pitfalls now that he’s clean and has a degree. Shane Olivea told The Columbus Dispatch (http://bit.ly/2hjuJcY ) he was high every […]
  • FILE - In this Monday, Dec. 26, 2016 file photo, Dallas Cowboys' Randy Gregory participates in warm ups before an NFL football game against the Detroit Lions in Arlington, Texas. Dallas Cowboys defensive end Randy Gregory has been suspended for at least a year for another violation of the NFL's substance-abuse policy. The suspension announced Thursday, Jan. 5, 2017 makes him ineligible for the playoffs, which start Jan. 15 for Dallas, the top seed in the NFC.(AP Photo/Brandon Wade, File)

    Cowboys’ Randy Gregory gets 1-year ban for substance abuse

    FRISCO, Texas (AP) — Dallas defensive end Randy Gregory was suspended for at least a year Thursday for another violation of the NFL’s substance-abuse policy. It’s the third time this season Gregory has been suspended. The first was a four-game ban, followed by 10 games on top of that. The latest suspension makes him ineligible […]
  • FILE - In this Sept. 13, 2015, file photo, Oakland Raiders linebacker Aldon Smith (99) sits on the bench during the second half of an NFL football game against the Cincinnati Bengals in Oakland, Calif. Suspended Oakland Raiders pass rusher Aldon Smith will not be reinstated by the NFL this season. NFL spokesman Brian McCarthy said Friday, Dec. 30, 2016,  that the league has deferred a decision on Smith's petition for reinstatement and will begin consideration in March. (AP Photo/Ben Margot, File)

    NFL defers decision to reinstate Raiders LB Aldon Smith

    ALAMEDA, Calif. (AP) — Suspended Oakland Raiders pass rusher Aldon Smith will not be reinstated by the NFL this season. NFL spokesman Brian McCarthy said Friday that the league has deferred a decision on Smith’s petition for reinstatement and will begin consideration in March. Pro Football Talk first reported the decision by the league. Smith […]