BURFICTâS SUSPENSION REDUCED Cincinnati Bengals linebacker Vontaze Burfict had his N.F.L. suspension reduced from five to three games for his egregious hit on a Chiefs running back during a preseason game. Burfict leveled running back Anthony Sherman on a pass play when he wasnât the intended target. Heâll miss home games against the Ravens and Texans and a road game with the Packers. Heâll be eligible to return for a game in Cleveland on Oct. 1.
HADEN SIGNS WITH THE STEELERS Joe Haden only needed a few hours to find a team that wanted him. Itâs a squad heâs very familiar with. Goodbye, Cleveland. Hello, Pittsburgh. Cut earlier in the day by the Browns after seven seasons, Haden, a two-time Pro Bowl cornerback, signed a three-year, $27 million contract with the rival Steelers. His signing will add some luster to this seasonâs opener when Pittsburgh visits Cleveland on Sept. 10.
BROWNS TRADE ERVING TO CHIEFS The Browns made their final move with offensive lineman Cam Erving. Erving, who was shifted from guard to center to tackle during two seasons with Cleveland, was traded to the Chiefs for a 2018 fifth-round draft pick. Erving was the No. 19 overall pick in 2015.
FLORIDA SUSPENDS TWO MORE FOR OPENER No. 17 Florida has suspended two more players, including starting running back Jordan Scarlett, for its season opener against 11th-ranked Michigan. Scarlett and receiver Rick Wells were suspended indefinitely from all team activities for misusing school funds. That brings to 10 the total number of Florida players suspended for Saturdayâs game in Arlington, Tex.
Orioles Rally to Win Seventh Straight
Welington Castillo went 4 for 4 with a homer and three runs batted in, Jonathan Schoop singled in the go-ahead run in the eighth inning, and the Baltimore Orioles beat the visiting Seattle Mariners, 8-7, for their season-high seventh straight victory.
Schoop, Mancini and Craig Gentry also homered for the Orioles, who…