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NFL roundup: Irsay enters treatment center

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Indianapolis Colts owner Jim Irsay checked into a health-care treatment facility on Tuesday after his arrest on charges of operating a vehicle while intoxicated, along with four felony counts of possession of a controlled substance, the team announced.

"Yesterday, Jim Irsay took the first step toward regaining good health. He voluntarily checked into a highly-respected health-care facility and is committed to undergoing the treatment and care necessary to help him meet his challenges head-on," the Colts said in a statement.

The 54-year-old Irsay was arrested late Sunday night. He spent 14 hours in custody, and his initial court appearance is March 26. He was released from Hamilton County Jail at 1:30 p.m. ET Monday. Several prescription drugs were found, according to police. The drugs were allegedly not associated with prescription bottles in the vehicle.

Irsay will be subject to the NFL's personal conduct policy if convicted. Based on recent comments lashing out against drunken driving and Irsay's position as a vocal and visible franchise leader, commissioner Roger Goodell will likely act swiftly and harshly if the charges stand in court.

---Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton will undergo ankle surgery on Wednesday that could sideline him up to four months.

The Panthers called it a minor procedure that will be performed by team physician Robert Anderson at Carolinas Medical Center in Charlotte, N.C. According to an NFL.com report, the surgery will tighten ligaments in an ankle that bothered Newton late last year. Newton is expected to recover in time for training camp in July but is likely to miss organized team activities this spring.

Meanwhile, the Panthers signed unrestricted free agent safety Roman Harper to a two-year contract. Harper joins Carolina after eight seasons with the New Orleans Saints.

---Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III said he will not wear a knee brace in 2014.

Griffin, who tore multiple ligaments in his right knee during a playoff loss to the Seattle Seahawks in January 2013, wore a brace on the knee throughout last season.

In other team news, the Redskins re-signed safety Brandon Meriweather to a one-year contract.

---The Cincinnati Bengals decided against matching the Cleveland Browns' offer to restricted free agent Andrew Hawkins, clearing the way for the wide receiver to move a few hours up the road to an AFC North and in-state rival.

The Bengals made an official announcement on Tuesday that they elected not to bring back Hawkins, who received a four-year, $13.6 million offer sheet from the Browns. Hawkins will be paid $10.8 million in the first two years of the deal, according to NFL.com. Because he received the lowest restricted free-agent tender ($1.431 million), Cincinnati receives no compensation.

---Veteran wide receiver Mario Manningham agreed to a one-year contract with the New York Giants, ESPN.com reported Tuesday.

Manningham, 27, is returning to New York after two injury-plagued seasons with the San Francisco 49ers. He had just nine receptions for 85 yards in six games last season. Manningham was signed in 2012 to provide a deep threat in the 49ers' offense opposite Michael Crabtree. In addition, the 49ers signed Randy Moss, who became the regular starter.

The Giants also officially announced the signing of former Denver Broncos return specialist Trindon Holliday.

---The Chicago Bears agreed to terms with defensive lineman Israel Idonije on a one-year deal and terminated the contract of veteran wide receiver Earl Bennett on Tuesday. The team also reached agreements with safeties Danny McCray and Craig Steltz on one-year contracts.

The 6-foot-6, 275-pound Idonije returns to the Bears -- where he spent nine seasons (2004-12) -- after one year in Detroit (2013). Bennett managed just 243 receiving yards on 32 catches primarily out of the slot last season.

---The New Orleans Saints agreed to terms with unrestricted free agent fullback Erik Lorig on a four-year contract, the team announced Tuesday.

Lorig comes to New Orleans after spending his first four NFL seasons with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers from 2010-13. Lorig (6-foot-4, 250 pounds) was originally chosen by the Bucs as a seventh-round draft pick in 2010 out of Stanford.

---The Jacksonville Jaguars signed free agent and former Baltimore Ravens wide receiver Tandon Doss on Tuesday.

The 24-year-old Doss, originally a fourth-round selection in the 2011 NFL Draft from Indiana, had 26 receptions for 428 yards and a touchdown in three NFL seasons with the Ravens. He caught a career-high 19 passes for 305 yards last season.
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