The NFL announced on Monday the punishments that it will raise against the Atlanta Falcons and Cleveland Browns for league infractions that occurred during the 2014 season.
Cleveland’s General Manager Ray Farmer will be suspended for the first four, regular-season games of the upcoming season. Farmer was accused and admitted to texting former Browns quarterback coach Dowell Loggains during at least four games, a clear violation of the NFL’s policy on electronic device use among staff. The organization will also be fined $250,000.
While there were no suspensions levied against the Falcons’ upper-level personal, the league did fine the Birds $350,000 and stripped the team of its fifth-round pick in the 2016 NFL draft. The Falcons were found to have been illegally pumping in additional crowd-noise while on defense with the intent of confusing opposing offensive players.
Neither team will appeal the league’s decision.