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NFL roundup: Seahawks' Sherman wins appeal; Jets' McElroy treated for concussion

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Seattle Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman said Thursday he he won his appeal of a four-game suspension for violating the league's policy on performance-enhancing drugs.

"I won," Sherman wrote on his Twitter account. "Thank you @nfl for upholding the truth! To the 12s Thank you your faith is rewarded! Thank you lord"

The NFL has yet to confirm the ruling, declining comment because of confidentiality issues.

"I never took any PEDs," Sherman later told ESPN Radio. "That's always the key to it."

Sherman and fellow Seahawks cornerback Brandon Browner were handed suspensions in November for reportedly testing positive for Adderall. Both appealed, with Browner dropping his appeal three games ago.

---New York Jets head coach Rex Ryan announced quarterback Mark Sanchez will start Sunday's season finale with Greg McElroy being evaluated for a concussion.

McElroy replaced Sanchez as the starter last week, but was sacked 11 times in a loss to the San Diego Chargers.

---San Francisco defensive end Justin Smith has a partially torn left triceps, according to a Sacramento Bee report, citing a source with knowledge of the injury.

Smith, who was selected to his third straight Pro Bowl on Wednesday, was hurt in the third quarter of a Dec. 16 game against the New England Patriots. His injury has been listed as "elbow" on the team's injury reports.

---Dallas Cowboys nose tackle Josh Brent's blood-alcohol content level was more than twice the legal limit on the night of a fatal crash that killed his teammate and friend Jerry Brown.

Irving police released a crash report that said Brent's level was 0.189, above the Texas legal limit of 0.08. A search of his Mercedes sedan produced an unopened bottle of Cognac liquor, along with "multiple receipts" and the title to the car.

Brent was indicted Wednesday on one count of intoxication manslaughter in the Dec. 8 crash, and could face up to 20 years in prison if convicted.

---Former Detroit Lions offensive lineman Lomas Brown apologized for allowing former teammate Scott Mitchell purposely to be sacked and injured and regretted the way he admitted it earlier this week.

Brown said on ESPN's "First Take" that he missed the block because he was frustrated with Mitchell's ineffective quarterbacking.

"I regret it happened," Brown said. "Did I regret it happened then? No, I didn't regret it happened then. For my 18-year career, they say you average probably about 1,000 plays or so per (season). So I know I've played well over 18,000 plays, excluding practice, in this league. It's one play out of the 18,000 that I regret."

Mitchell this week said he was angered and astonished at Brown's admission.
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