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Former Seattle Seahawks cornerback Brandon Browner was reinstated by the NFL following his suspension in December for violating the league’s policy on substance abuse.

The NFL and NFL Players Association announced the decision in a joint statement a day after Browner revealed the news on Twitter.

Browner’s contract with the Seahawks expires March 11, and he will be eligible to sign with a club and participate in offseason and preseason activities. If he complies with the terms of the substance abuse policy and program, he will be fully reinstated after serving a four-game suspension without pay at the start of the regular season and forfeiting an additional four weeks of pay.

CLEVELAND (AP) - The Browns parted ways with wide receiver Davone Bess, following one disappointing season and a disturbing off season.

Cleveland released the troubled wide receiver in an expected ending after Bess was arrested in January for assaulting a law enforcement officer at an airport.

Bess is still owed $3.06 million for 2014, but the Browns may try to recoup some of that money.

PITTSBURGH (AP) - Troy Polamalu and Heath Miller agreed to new three-year contracts with the Pittsburgh Steelers that will keep them with the team through 2016.

Terms of the deals were not disclosed, but both figure to give Pittsburgh salary cap relief before free agency begins next week. The Steelers also agreed to terms with safety Will Allen.

HOUSTON (AP) - It took 10,000 retweets but a Houston-area teenager got his dream date for the high school prom: A Houston Texans cheerleader.

Seventeen-year-old Michael Ramirez, a Crosby High School senior, asked cheerleader Caitlyn on Twitter if she would be his prom date if he could get 10,000 retweets. She responded, “Of course I will,” and within 24 hours, it was a done deal.

Ramirez’s proposal - “10,000 Retweets and I’ll be taking a texans cheerleader to prom” - hit 10,000 on Friday. Caitlyn says she is looking forward to the prom; the team does not release full names of its cheerleaders.

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COLLEGE FOOTBALL

NEW YORK (AP) - The NCAA football rules committee tabled a proposal that would have penalized offenses for snapping the ball before 10 seconds had run off the 40-second play clock.

After a conference call, the committee decided not to send the so-called 10-second rule to the playing rules oversight panel for approval Thursday.

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