NFL Notes: Ex-NFL Star Hernandez Acquitted in Boston Double Murder

BOSTON -- The jury deliberating in the double-murder trial of ex-NFL star Aaron Hernandez has reached a verdict.

The verdict will be read Friday. Jurors have been deliberating first-degree murder charges against Hernandez for more than 40 hours over six days.

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The former New England Patriots tight end is accused of shooting two men in 2012 after one of them accidentally spilled a drink on Hernandez at a Boston nightclub.

Hernandez's lawyers say a former Hernandez friend shot the men over a drug deal.

The 27-year-old Hernandez is already serving a life sentence in the 2013 killing of semi-professional football player Odin Lloyd.

About six weeks after Furtado and de Abreu were killed, Hernandez signed a five-year, $40 million contract with the Patriots and went on to play another season before Lloyd was killed.

Jets: CB Marshall suspended 4 games
NEW YORK -- Cornerback Nick Marshall of the New York Jets has been suspended by the NFL for the first four games of the 2017 regular season for violating the league's policy on performance enhancers.

Heading into his third pro season, Marshall is eligible to participate in all offseason and preseason practices and games before serving the suspension.

A college quarterback at Auburn, Marshall was converted to cornerback by Jacksonville in 2015. He joined the Jets last season and has mostly been used as a kick returner.

Falcons: Roddy White retires
ATLANTA -- Roddy White, the leading receiver in Atlanta Falcons history, has officially retired.

White has announced his retirement on his Twitter account. White, who was released by Atlanta before the 2016 season, thanked team owner Arthur Blank and the Falcons "for a great 11 years."

He also expressed his thanks to Atlanta by adding "I love y'all so much" in Friday's Twitter post.

White, 35, is the Falcons' career leader in receptions, yards receiving and touchdown catches. He did not land with another team after being cut by Atlanta.

The Falcons drafted White from Alabama-Birmingham in the first round of the 2005 draft. He was a first team All-Pro in 2010, when he led the league with 115 catches. He was a four-time Pro Bowl selection.

Redskins: LB Murphy suspended 4 games
ASHBURN, Va. -- Washington Redskins linebacker Trent Murphy has been suspended the first four games of next season for violating the NFL's performance enhancing drug policy.

The league announced the suspension Friday. Murphy is suspended without pay for the first four regular-season games, but he can participate in offseason workouts and preseason games.

Murphy, 26, was second on the Redskins with nine sacks last year, trailing only Ryan Kerrigan. He had 47 tackles at linebacker after the Redskins went into training camp planning to move Murphy to defensive line.

An injury to linebacker Junior Galette forced Murphy to remain at linebacker last season.

Murphy has 112 tackles in three NFL seasons.

A message sent to his agent seeking comment was not immediately returned.

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