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PRO FOOTBALL / DAILY REPORT : AROUND THE NFL : Giants' Moore Gets Month Suspension

July 31, 1993| Associated Press

Eric Moore, facing up to a year in federal prison on steroid possession charges, was suspended by the NFL on Friday for the first four 1993 regular-season games for violating league policy on anabolic steroids and related substances.

The suspension will cost the New York Giants' starting right guard $182,500, a quarter of his $730,000 annual salary.

Moore pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor charge of possession of steroids on June 24 in Atlanta. He is scheduled for sentencing Sept. 9, four days after the Giants open their season against the Chicago Bears.

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Quarterback Rodney Peete directed two first-half scoring drives to lead the Detroit Lions to a 14-7 victory over the Buffalo Bills in the NFL's exhibition season-opener at Pontiac, Mich.

Peete strengthened his bid to win the Lions' starting quarterback job as he completed seven of 13 passes for 76 yards and two touchdowns.

Andre Ware played the second half for Detroit and completed seven of 10 passes for 62 yards.

Buffalo running back Thurman Thomas did not play. The Lions' Barry Sanders carried seven times for 33 yards.

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Linebacker John Offerdahl of the Miami Dolphins suffered a torn left biceps in practice and might be sidelined for the season. Offerdahl, who has missed more than half of the last two seasons because of injuries, was hurt during a workout against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. . . . Cleveland Brown wide receiver Hassan Jones has changed his mind and decided not to retire, Coach Bill Belichick said. Jones, 29, announced his retirement three days ago, saying he no longer felt capable of handling the rigors of the game.

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