Lions’ Suh gets 1-game suspension

NEW YORK (AP) — Ndamukong Suh is in trouble with the NFL again.

The Detroit defensive tackle was suspended for this Sunday’s wild-card playoff game against Dallas for a violation of safety-related playing rules against Green Bay in the season finale.

The league announced Monday that Suh was suspended for stepping on Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers’ left leg twice, once with each foot. Suh also applied pressure and pushed off Rodgers’ unprotected leg with his left foot, violating unnecessary roughness rules, the league said in a statement.

Suh, who will be reinstated next Monday, can appeal the suspension within three days. He can ask for an expedited appeal, which would be heard by Ted Cottrell, a hearing officer employed by the NFL and the players’ union. No hearing is scheduled, but one could happen as soon as Tuesday.

Bills QB Kyle Orton retiring

ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. (AP) — Quarterback Kyle Orton has informed the Buffalo Bills that he plans to retire.

The team announced Orton’s decision in a news release issued Monday, a day after the Bills (9-7) closed their season with a 17-9 win at New England. The release was issued shortly after Bills players held end-of-season meetings.

The team issued a statement from Orton, in which he calls retirement a “family decision,” and says he wants to go home to be a father.

Orton went 7-5 in closing the season as the Bills starter. The 10-year journeyman took over after EJ Manuel was benched following a 2-2 start.

Orton had one year left on a two-year contract he signed with Buffalo a little more than a week before the start of the season.

Volquez signs 2-year deal with Royals

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Edinson Volquez watched the Kansas City Royals make their surprising run to the World Series this past autumn and thought to himself, “Maybe I want to be a part of things there.”

On Monday, he took the biggest step toward doing just that.

Volquez finalized a $20 million, two-year contract that includes a mutual option for the 2017 season and was announced during a brief news conference at Kauffman Stadium.

The right-handed Volquez, coming off one of the best seasons of his career with Pittsburgh, will make $7.5 million this season and $9.5 million next season. The option year would be worth $10 million and carries with it a $3 million buyout.

USC’s Leonard Williams going pro

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Southern California defensive lineman Leonard Williams announced Monday he will skip his final year of eligibility to enter the NFL draft.

Williams has long been expected to forego his senior season for the draft, where he is likely to be a high first-round pick.



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