NFL Notes: Cowboys' Joseph Randle gets probation for theft


McKINNEY, Texas -- Dallas Cowboys running back Joseph Randle has been put on six months of probation for stealing $123 worth of cologne and underwear from a Texas mall.

Collin County jail records reviewed Friday show that Randle pleaded guilty to misdemeanor theft in a plea deal involving his Oct. 13 arrest.

A judge in McKinney put Randle on 180 days of deferred adjudication probation. Tuesday's agreement means the guilty plea will be dismissed if Randle successfully completes probation. He also paid $706 in court-related costs.

Prosecutors say the items were stolen from a department store at Stonebriar Centre in Frisco. Randle was stopped by a security guard.

Chiefs: Cornerback Smith suspended 3 games for DUI arrest
KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Chiefs cornerback Sean Smith will miss the first three games of the regular season, including matchups against the Broncos' Peyton Manning and Packers' Aaron Rodgers, after he was suspended Friday for violating the NFL's substance abuse policy.

Smith, who was arrested last year on a drunken driving charge, pleaded guilty earlier this year. The 28-year-old paid a fine and received two years of probation.

Smith will miss games against Houston, Denver and Green Bay before returning Week 4 against Cincinnati. That means the Chiefs will have to fill his spot with an unproven rookie or backup for matchups with a couple of the game's prolific quarterbacks.

"We respect and support the league's decision in this matter and will have no further comment on the situation," the Chiefs said in a brief statement Friday.

The timing is far from ideal for Smith, too. He is entering a contract year after one of the best seasons of his career. He started all 16 games and was part of a stingy defense that did not allow a 300-yard passer, and finished second to NFC champion Seattle in scoring (see full story).

Broncos: DE Derek Wolfe suspended 4 games
ENGLEWOOD, Colo. -- Denver Broncos defensive end Derek Wolfe will miss the first month of the season after being suspended by the NFL for violating the league's policy on performance enhancing substances.

Wolfe said in a statement he took medicine this offseason that he didn't realize was prohibited by the NFL. He apologized to the Broncos and their fans.

Wolfe played in every game last year, contributing to a Denver defensive line that allowed 79.8 rushing yards per game, the lowest single-season figure in team history.

He was a shell of himself, however, after missing a good chunk of the 2013 season, which was marked by a seizure on the team bus. Doctors believe that was related to a bruised spinal cord he suffered that preseason.

Vikings: CB Jabari Price suspended 2 games
NEW YORK -- Cornerback Jabari Price of the Minnesota Vikings has been suspended by the NFL for the first two games of the 2015 regular season for violating the league's substance abuse policy.

Price will be entering his second NFL season. He appeared in 14 games in 2014 for Minnesota, with no starts, after being a seventh-round pick out of North Carolina that year.

He can participate in all preseason activities, and after missing the two games, Price will be eligible to return to the Vikings' active roster on Sept. 21.

"I sincerely apologize to my family, my teammates, the Vikings organization and Vikings fans for the mistake I made last winter," Price said in a statement Friday. "I can assure you that it will never happen again. I look forward to returning to helping my team on the field in Week 3."

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