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Seattle Seahawks defensive back Walter Thurmond plans to drop an appeal of a four-game suspension for violating the NFL's substance abuse policy so he can return for the playoffs, the NFL Network reported Sunday.

Thurmond will start serving the suspension this week when the Seahawks come off their bye, according to multiple reports.

The Seahawks have five games left on their schedule, which means Thurmond would be back in time for the last regular-season game against the St. Louis Rams (Dec. 29). However, he would miss important games against the New Orleans Saints (Dec. 2) and San Francisco 49ers (Dec. 8).

Seattle (10-1) has the best record in the NFC and leads the West by 3 1/2 games heading into Sunday.

Thurmond is Seattle's nickelback, playing behind Richard Sherman and Brandon Browner.

---Washington Redskins coach Mike Shanahan denied a report that quarterback Robert Griffin III asked coaches to stop showing his negative plays during team film sessions.

Shanahan referred to the report, which appeared Sunday morning on the NFL Network, as "absolutely untrue" and "character assassination."

Citing sources, the NFL Network's Mike Silver reported that Baylor coaches did not show video of Griffin's mistakes when he played there and asked Redskins coaches to do the same, but they have refused.

---Suspended Miami Dolphins offensive guard Richie Incognito paid about $30,000 to settle a 2012 incident involving a Florida woman during a team golf tournament, the Miami Herald reported Sunday.

The 34-year-old woman accused Incognito of harassing her while she was a volunteer at the Dolphins' annual "Fins Weekend Golf Tournament" in May 2012 at the Turnberry Resort and Club in Aventura.

She claimed Incognito had been drinking alcohol and was acting inappropriately.

---The NFL's competition committee has no plans to change its rules on challenging penalties, ESPN reported.

The committee has resisted using video replay to review penalties. However, some coaches reportedly wondered if the committee would take another look at changing the policy after the controversial ending to last Monday night's game between the New England Patriots and Carolina Panthers.

A penalty flag was thrown on the game's final play because Panthers linebacker Luke Kuechly appeared to interfere with Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski. However, referee Clete Blakeman ruled there was no penalty because Brady's throw was deemed uncatchable, nullifying a pass interference and giving Carolina the victory.
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