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Raiders' Rhodes suspended

OAKLAND, Calif., July 4 (UPI) -- Oakland running back Dominic Rhodes was told Tuesday he will be sitting out the first four games this season for violating the NFL's substance abuse policy.

The league doesn't provide details behind its substance abuse suspensions but Rhodes pleaded guilty to reckless driving charges in Indiana during the offseason after authorities dropped drunken driving charges. He was sentenced to 180 days in jail but 178 were suspended and he received credit for two days.

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He originally was charged with operating a vehicle while intoxicated and operating a vehicle with a blood-alcohol level above the legal limit.

Rhodes' suspension begins Aug. 31 and he will become eligible to return on Oct. 1.

Rhodes, who ran for 113 yards and a touchdown in the Colts' 29-17 Super Bowl XLI win over Chicago, signed a deal with Oakland in the offseason reported to be worth $7.5 million for two years. He ran for 641 yards and five touchdowns last season, his sixth in the league, while splitting time in the backfield with Joseph Addai.

Rhodes has run for 2,274 yards and 19 touchdowns in six seasons, plus another 649 yards and a score receiving.

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