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Indianapolis Colts owner Jim Irsay's driver's license was suspended for one year by an Indiana court after his arrest for driving while intoxicated.

The Indianapolis Star reported Thursday that police and prosecutors recently released documents that confirmed the license suspension starting May 27. Irsay refused a blood test after he was arrested March 16 in Carmel, a suburb of Indianapolis. Indiana law requires a one-year suspension of a driver's license when someone refuses to take a blood test.

Charges were filed on May 23 in Indiana court against Irsay and he faces two misdemeanor counts of impaired driving. An initial hearing is set for June 19. Irsay, 54, entered a rehabilitation facility after his arrest. NFL commissioner Roger Goodell has yet to address how he plans to discipline Irsay, saying he wants to see how the legal case proceeds.

---Veteran Pittsburgh quarterback Ben Roethlisberger returned to practice after missing time to attend to family matters and the Steelers signed Ryan Shazier, the team's first round draft pick, on Thursday.

Shazier's rookie four-year-plus-option contract is believed to be worth $9.51 million, including a signing bonus of $5.2 million.

A 6-foot-1, 223-pounder who dazzled scouts at the combine with a 40-yard dash time of 4.38 seconds, Shazier is expected to be a three-down player and a part of every defensive package. At Ohio State, he played in 39 games, starting the final 29 at weak-side outside linebacker. He totaled 316 tackles, 14 sacks, 44 1/2 tackles for a loss, nine quarterback pressures and nine forced fumbles for the Buckeyes.

---Competition or not, New York Jets quarterback Michael Vick still believes he is a starter.

"It's hard not to," Vick told NFL Network.

Vick signed a one-year, $5 million deal with the Jets in free agency, effectively changing places with Mark Sanchez, the former first-round pick and New York starter who missed last season due to injuries and signed with the Philadelphia Eagles.

Vick said last month that he didn't consider his mentorship of 2013 Jets starter Geno Smith a competition, a statement with which coach Rex Ryan brashly disagreed. Vick maintains he is there to push the second-year quarterback to improve.

--- San Francisco 49ers tight end Vernon Davis is willing to sacrifice a $200,000 bonus for skipping voluntary offseason workouts in order to make a statement.

"Every decision that I make is in the best interest of my brand," Davis said during an interview on The Jay Mohr radio show.

Davis, who is the first pro athlete to sell stock tied to his career, was named to the Pro Bowl last season and has two years remaining on the six-year, $42.7 million contract he signed in 2010. He said the possibility of skipping mandatory minicamp is realistic.

--- Jack Elway, the 24-year-old son of Denver Broncos general manager and Hall of Fame quarterback John Elway, has pleaded not guilty to charges that he assaulted his girlfriend and pulled her out of a car by her hair.

John Albert Elway III was charged with disturbing the peace and assault after the Saturday incident near a college campus in downtown Denver. He was scheduled to appear in Denver County Court on Thursday morning, but the hearing was canceled after he entered his plea on Wednesday, according to the Denver Post. He posted a $550 bond after being arrested at his father's home. A jury trial has been set for Aug. 6.

--- The Cleveland Browns agreed to a four-year deal with third-round linebacker Chris Kirksey, the team announced Thursday.

The National Football Post reported the deal is for $3.04 million and includes a $662,500 signing bonus. Kirksey started 38 games at Iowa and totaled 315 tackles, 5 1/2 sacks, 13 1/2 tackles for losses, four interception returns, five forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries.

--- Cincinnati Bengals defensive tackle Devon Still announced that his daughter Leah is battling cancer.

Still posted the news on his Instagram account: "I debated with myself whether I was going to post anything on social media but I felt it would be beneficial for my family. Last night I found out my daughter has cancer. I decided to let ppl know not for sympathy because I've come to the point where I no longer feeling sorrow but to ask that y'all keep my daughter in your prayers."

--- For the 50th Super Bowl, the NFL is abandoning Roman numerals.

The Feb. 7, 2016, game will be known as "Super Bowl 50." The news was first reported Wednesday by ESPN.com. The change was made because the league didn't like the look of a "Super Bowl L" logo.

According to ESPN.com, the change is for one year only. Super Bowl XLIX is scheduled for 2015 in Glendale, Ariz., and Super Bowl LI will be played in Houston in 2017.

---The Oakland Raiders announced Thursday that they signed third-round draft pick Gabe Jackson, a guard who is vying for Khalif Barnes' starting job on the left side and is expected to add punch to the power running game.

A powerful interior blocker, Jackson was a first-team All-America selection who had 52 starts for Mississippi State in the Southeastern Conference, home of the toughest defensive linemen in college football.

---The Chicago Bears signed quarterback Jimmy Clausen to a one-year contract and waived linebacker Lawrence Wilson.

Clausen spent last season on injured reserve with the Carolina Panthers after suffering a shoulder injury in the preseason finale. He joins a mix of players in Chicago competing for the backup role to Jay Cutler. Jordan Palmer entered the offseason program as the No. 2 quarterback. The team also spent a sixth-round pick on former San Jose State standout David Fales and has Jerrod Johnson on the roster.

Clausen, the former Notre Dame star, spent his first four NFL seasons with the Panthers. He has played in 13 career games, including 10 starts, all in the 2010 season.
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