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Bears DL Ratliff suspended 3 games for substance-abuse issue

The NFL suspended Chicago defensive lineman Jeremiah Ratliff without pay for the first three games of the season Monday, saying he violated its substance-abuse policy. Ratliff will miss games against the Packers, Cardinals and Seahawks before he is eligible to return to the active roster in time for the Oct. 4 game against Oakland. He is eligible to participate in all preseason practices and games, including Saturday's game at Cincinnati. Ratliff said he anticipated the suspension for a 2013 drunken-driving incident and will move on without appealing to the league. "There's a lot of things I could be doing to help myself, help the team," Ratliff said. "That's...

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