Manziel suspended half of Texas A&M’s opener

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HOUSTON — Johnny Manziel was suspended for the first half of Texas A&M’s opening game against Rice on Saturday for what the school called an “inadvertent” violation of NCAA rules by signing autographs.

The penalty appears to bring a quick end to an investigation that could have ruined the Aggies’ upcoming season.

The school issued a statement saying it declared the Heisman Trophy winner ineligible and that the NCAA agreed to reinstate Manziel after he sits out the first half against the underdog Owls.

The QB was being investigated for allegedly accepting money for signing autographs for memorabilia brokers, a violation that could have led to a much longer suspension.

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