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Hoyer is Texans starter...Bears' Ratliff suspended....Manziel takes it easy

By The Associated Press | Posted - Aug. 24, 2015 at 1:31 p.m.

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HOUSTON (AP) — Brian Hoyer has been named the Houston Texans' starting quarterback over Ryan Mallett. Coach Bill O'Brien says Hoyer won the job because of his composure and consistency. He started 13 games for the Cleveland Browns last season before signing with the Texans in the offseason.

CHICAGO (AP) — The NFL has suspended Chicago defensive lineman Jeremiah Ratliff without pay for the first three games of the season for violating its substance-abuse policy. The league provided no details when making the announcement. Ratliff will miss games against the Packers, Cardinals and Seahawks before he is eligible to return to the active roster on Monday, Sept. 28.

BEREA, Ohio (AP) — Browns quarterback Johnny Manziel did not throw a pass during practice today due to a sore right elbow, a problem that's been bothering him for two weeks. Manziel's elbow flared up during practice on Sunday and the Browns had the quarterback rest his arm Monday.

FLORHAM PARK, N.J. (AP) — New York Jets quarterback Geno Smith returned to the practice field for the first time since being sidelined with a broken jaw after a teammate punched him nearly two weeks ago. Smith stretched with the rest of his teammates at the start of practice, and then headed to the trainers' area. Smith is unlikely to take part in drills for the next few weeks.

PHOENIX (AP) — The Phoenix Suns will induct Steve Nash into the franchise's Ring of Honor at halftime of their game against Portland on Oct. 30. Nash was a two-time MVP and eight-time All-Star while running the attack for the Suns. He's the Suns' all-time leader in assists, 3-point field goals made and free-throw percentage.

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