FOXBOROUGH, Mass. — The Massachusetts Secretary of State’s office ruled that police can withhold from the public video of the encounter between officers and disoriented and shirtless New England Patriots’ player Chandler Jones.

Jones, who lives nearby, showed up at the back door of the Foxborough police station at about 7:40 a.m. on Jan. 10, dropped to his knees and locked his hands behind his head. The police report said he was obviously seeking help.

Some media organizations had requested video of the encounter.

The attorney for the state who oversees public records appeals wrote in his decision that Jones’ “privacy interest in this matter outweighs the public’s interest in disclosure.”

Jones was not arrested or disciplined by the team, and later apologized for what he called “a pretty stupid mistake.”

THREE FEDERAL judges will hear the NFL’s appeal of the lifting of New England quarterback Tom Brady’s four-game suspension next week.

Arguments before a panel of the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals are scheduled for March 3 in New York. The judges will decide whether a lower-court judge was correct to negate the suspension over a ball-deflation scandal last year.

The three judges were listed Thursday on the court’s website. They are Chief Judge Robert A. Katzmann, Barrington D. Parker and Denny Chin.

BROWNS: Dallas police said Thursday they have referred their domestic violence case against Johnny Manziel to a grand jury, which will consider whether to charge the quarterback on allegations that he attacked his ex-girlfriend.

Police said in a statement that they have asked the district attorney’s office to present a misdemeanor assault case. Such a charge carries a maximum punishment of one year in jail and a $4,000 fine.

The 2012 Heisman Trophy winner was accused by ex-girlfriend Colleen Crowley of hitting her and threatening to kill her during a night out on Jan. 30. Crowley said Manziel accosted her at a Dallas hotel and later struck her when they drove back to her apartment in Fort Worth.

The Browns have indicated they will release Manziel as early as March 9, when the league begins its new calendar year.

If Josh Gordon is reinstated by the NFL, the Browns appear ready to have the wide receiver return to the team.

Gordon was suspended for the 2015 season for violating the NFL’s substance abuse policy. He applied for reinstatement and NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell will rule on that application.

“Everything that we see and hear … is that he’s eager to get back and contribute,” said Sashi Brown, the team’s executive vice president of football operations. “And so I think if he’s done all the things to put himself in that position and clean up some of the mistakes of the past, then certainly we would welcome him back.”

GIANTS: It wasn’t the report about his fingers being blown off. It was the picture of his confidential medical chart sent to almost 4 million Twitter followers that prompted linebacker Jason Pierre-Paul to sue ESPN and reporter Adam Schefter for invasion of privacy.

Citing state privacy laws, Pierre-Paul asked a Miami-Dade County Circuit Court to award him at least $15,000 in damages over the report that followed his July fireworks accident. The lawsuit filed on Wednesday also left open the possibility of punitive damages.

The suit concedes that the injury to an NFL star was a matter of public interest, a legal standard that limits his right to a privacy claim. However, it contends that the photo of his actual medical chart describing the injury to three fingers on his right hand was not.

WASHINGTON: Two British lawmakers have written to the NFL to complain about the team’s nickname ahead of its visit to London next season.

Labour Party members Ruth Smeeth and Ian Austin wrote in a letter dated Feb. 2 that the NFL “should consider changing the name of the Washington franchise or, at a minimum, send a different team to our country to represent the sport, one that does not promote a racial slur.”

“A team’s name is a club decision,” NFL spokesman Brian McCarthy said. “We recognize there are strong views on both sides of this.”

BRONCOS: General Manager John Elway said quarterback Peyton Manning “needs more time” to determine his future, and Elway is going to give him that out of respect for the five-time MVP even as he tries to keep Brock Osweiler from bolting the Broncos in free agency next month.

Manning, who turns 40 in March, is pondering retirement. Elway said he isn’t pressing for an answer even though Manning’s plans could complicate Elway’s efforts to re-sign Osweiler.