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Sept 16 (The Sports Xchange) - The New England Patriots were cleared by the NFL on Wednesday to reinstate John Jastremski and Jim McNally, the suspended employees who allegedly took air out of game balls in the Deflategate scandal. The Patriots suspended Jastremski, the team's equipment assistant, and McNally, the team's officials locker room attendant, after the Ted Wells investigation into whether quarterback Tom Brady and the Patriots conspired to break rules by intentionally deflating game balls in the AFC Championship game. Jastremski and McNally became central figures in the case due to text messages they exchanged in the weeks and months before the January game against the Indianapolis Colts. In one of the texts found in the probe, McNally referred to himself as "the deflator." - - - The Baltimore Ravens officially signed outside linebacker Jason Babin to a one-year contract as a replacement for injured veteran Terrell Suggs. Baltimore also placed Suggs on injured reserve. Suggs, 32, suffered a torn left Achilles' tendon during a fourth-quarter pass rush in Sunday's 19-13 loss to the Denver Broncos and will miss the rest of the season. - - - New York Giants defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul says "don't believe the hype" after posting a workout video Wednesday. The 14-second video on Instagram came after reports that JPP not only is missing an index finger but apparently also lost part of his right thumb in a Fourth of July fireworks accident. ESPN reported Tuesday that Pierre-Paul had his right middle finger repaired in an additional surgical procedure and that the tip of his right thumb is gone. The middle finger was repaired before he underwent a physical for the Giants on Sept. 7 and then returned to his home in Florida to work out. - - - Giants running back Rashad Jennings has apologized to quarterback Eli Manning and coach Tom Coughlin for admitting he was told not to score a touchdown late in Sunday night's loss to the Dallas Cowboys. Coughlin and Manning have each owned their parts in the Giants' disastrous clock management that gave the Cowboys enough time for the game-winning score. Manning, losing track of the number of timeouts the Cowboys had left, confirmed Monday that he instructed Jennings not to score a touchdown on two late running plays during a 27-26 loss to the Cowboys. The Giants led by three points and had the ball inside the Dallas 5-yard line with under two minutes left when Manning told Jennings not to cross the goal line. New York settled for a field goal and Dallas responded with the winning drive. - - - Cincinnati Bengals cornerback Adam "Pacman" Jones has been fined $35,000 by the NFL for Sunday's incident when he slammed Oakland Raiders receiver Amari Cooper's head into his helmet. Jones confirmed the fine Wednesday and said he will appeal. - - - Atlanta Falcons strong safety William Moore has been fined upwards of $23,000 for a hit during Monday's game with the Philadelphia Eagles, according to a report by Moore was disciplined by the NFL for a third-quarter hit on Philadelphia receiver Jordan Matthews in which he appeared to lead with the crown of his helmet. Moore was not penalized on the play and plans to appeal the fine. - - - Cleveland Browns starting quarterback Josh McCown is still in concussion protocol and won't be cleared to practice until at least Friday. Head coach Mike Pettine said he will make a decision then on whether or not McCown will start in Sunday's home opener against the Tennessee Titans as Johnny Manziel continues to prepare to start. - - - The Houston Texans are reportedly preparing Ryan Mallett to start at quarterback against the Carolina Panthers on Sunday. - - - Running back Todd Gurley will get some work with the first team this week and head coach Jeff Fisher didn't rule out the rookie first-round pick for Sunday's game at Washington. Gurley is recovering from reconstructive knee surgery in November 2014 during his final season at Georgia. (Editing by Andrew Both)