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Johnny Manziel NFL Suspends QB 4 Games 'Substance Abuse Violation'

6/30/2016 9:25 AM PDT

Johnny Manziel: NFL Suspends QB 4 Games ... 'Substance Abuse Violation'

EXCLUSIVE

Might seem moot ... but Johnny Manziel will be suspended the first 4 games of the 2016 season for violating the NFL's substance abuse policy ... league sources tell TMZ Sports

We're told the violation was NOT due to a performance enhancing drug. 

Manziel has said he plans to make an NFL comeback -- but we're told if by some miracle he did get signed to a team, he will be forced to sit out the first 4 games of the season. 

The good news, we're told the suspension does NOT roll over -- meaning if he signs a contract for the 2017 season, he wouldn't have to miss a game for this particular infraction. 

We're told the suspension has nothing to do with Manziel's legal issues -- it was specifically handed down because of the substance abuse violation. 

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