A&M Readies For Rice Without Manziel for First Half

COLLEGE STATION (August 30, 2013) -- Johnny Manziel won't be on the field when No. 7 Texas A&M opens the season against Rice on Saturday.

At least not until after halftime.

The Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback was suspended Wednesday for the first half of the game for what the school said was an "inadvertent" violation of NCAA rules involving signing autographs.

The quarterback was being investigated for allegedly accepting money for autographs from memorabilia brokers, a violation of NCAA rules that could have led to a much longer suspension.

Now that the Aggies know how long they'll be without him, they can focus on moving forward, and that starts with taking care of the Owls, who enter the game on a five-game winning streak.

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