Archive: League

K. Faulk Suspended One Game

The NFL suspended New England Patriots backup tailback Kevin Faulk for one game without pay for violating the league's substance abuse policy. Faulk was also fined an additional game check. He pleaded no contest to misdemeanor possession of marijuana and was sentenced to one year probation in July....

 

By Mark Maske | August 30, 2008; 04:23 PM ET | Comments (0)

Vikings' McKinnie Suspended Four Games

The NFL suspended Minnesota Vikings left tackle Bryant McKinnie for the first four games of the regular season without pay for violating the league's personal conduct policy. McKinnie faces charges, including one felony, stemming from a fight outside a Miami nightclub in February. He has pleaded not guilty and...

 

By Mark Maske | August 29, 2008; 07:28 PM ET | Comments (0)

Still More on the Possibility of a Longer Season

The NFL Players Association likely would demand a salary increase for each player with an existing contract in return for giving its approval to any proposed lengthening of the sport's regular season, a person familiar with the union's position on the issue said today. The league and the franchise...

 

By Mark Maske | August 29, 2008; 04:45 PM ET | Comments (0)

Lots of Question Marks For Lots of Teams

Here's what strikes me most about this preseason: Just about all the presumed top teams in the league will enter the season with a major question mark. Start with the two Super Bowl teams: The Giants traded tight end Jeremy Shockey before training camp, lost defensive end Osi Umenyiora...

 

By Mark Maske | August 29, 2008; 11:02 AM ET | Comments (3)

Longer Regular Season Likely Would Bring Expanded Rosters

The NFL's franchise owners can offer the union more than just additional money to existing players when it comes time to attempt to secure the necessary approval of the Players Association for expanding the regular season to 17 or 18 games per club. The owners also can offer more...

 

By Mark Maske | August 29, 2008; 10:39 AM ET | Comments (0)

B. Marshall's Suspension Reportedly Reduced

A Denver television station is reporting that Broncos wide receiver Brandon Marshall has had his suspension reduced to one game without pay. Marshall also will be fined a second game check, according to the report by KCNC-TV. The NFL originally had suspended Marshall for three games for violating the...

 

By Mark Maske | August 28, 2008; 09:47 PM ET | Comments (0)

Cowboys' Jones Reinstated

The NFL has fully reinstated cornerback Adam Jones, making him eligible to play for the Dallas Cowboys during the regular season. The league's previous partial reinstatement of Jones had covered only training camp and preseason games. Jones was suspended all of last season, while with the Tennessee Titans, for...

 

By Mark Maske | August 28, 2008; 04:35 PM ET | Comments (0)

More About the Plan to Shorten the Preseason

Clarifying one point related to today's story in the print edition about the NFL's likely future reduction of the preseason and lengthening of the regular season... The players are paid FOR the preseason. They're just not paid DURING the preseason. NFL players are paid their salaries in 17 installments...

 

By Mark Maske | August 28, 2008; 11:22 AM ET | Comments (4)

B. Marshall in N.Y. For Appeal

Denver Broncos wide receiver Brandon Marshall was in New York on Tuesday to appeal his three-game suspension by the NFL for violating the league's personal conduct policy. NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell previously indicated a willingness to reduce Marshall's suspension to two games if he met certain conditions, including staying...

 

By Mark Maske | August 27, 2008; 12:31 AM ET | Comments (0)

Rooneys to Meet With Goodell Today

The five Rooney brothers reportedly are scheduled to meet with NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell today to discuss the ownership of the Pittsburgh Steelers. The meeting is scheduled for this morning at the league's offices in New York, Pittsburgh newspapers reported. Dan Rooney, the Steelers' chairman and one of the...

 

By Mark Maske | August 26, 2008; 10:18 AM ET | Comments (0)

L. Petitgout Reportedly Facing Four-Game Suspension

According to reports by Tampa-area media outlets, former Buccaneers offensive tackle Luke Petitgout has been suspended by the NFL for the first four games of the regular season. A league official told the Tampa Tribune and St. Petersburg Times that Petitgout was suspended for violating the league's steroids policy....

 

By Mark Maske | August 20, 2008; 01:11 PM ET | Comments (2)

B. Marshall Appeals Suspension

Broncos wide receiver Brandon Marshall has appealed his three-game suspension under the league's personal conduct policy, the Denver Post reported. People involved in the league's disciplinary process have said in the past that such appeals are virtually certain to fail. NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell is responsible both for imposing...

 

By Mark Maske | August 16, 2008; 11:41 AM ET | Comments (0)

Rooneys Reportedly to Meet With Goodell Next Week

Pittsburgh Steelers Chairman Dan Rooney and his four brothers are scheduled to meet next Thursday in New York with NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reported. The league continues to look for a solution to the Steelers' ownership dilemma. The Rooneys own 80 percent of the franchise, with...

 

By Mark Maske | August 15, 2008; 12:37 PM ET | Comments (0)

A. Jones to Request Full Reinstatement

Dallas Cowboys cornerback Adam Jones told the Dallas Morning News that he has written a letter to NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell requesting his full reinstatement and plans to mail it to the league office in New York on Thursday. "I'm feeling real good," Jones told the newspaper. "I just...

 

By Mark Maske | August 13, 2008; 10:12 PM ET | Comments (0)

NFL Reportedly Lands Springsteen for Super Bowl

NFL officials have been trying for years to get Bruce Springsteen to agree to do a Super Bowl halftime show. They reportedly have succeeded. The New York Post is reporting that Springsteen will perform at this season's game in February in Tampa. The reported agreement has not been confirmed...

 

By Mark Maske | August 12, 2008; 09:35 AM ET | Comments (0)

Speculation About Vick and Proposed New League

The speculation about where Michael Vick might play football when his 23-month federal prison sentence for his role in a dogfighting operation ends now includes a new entry: the upstart United Football League. The proposed league's commissioner, former agent and Jacksonville Jaguars executive Michael Huyghue, told Sports Illustrated he...

 

By Mark Maske | August 11, 2008; 11:33 AM ET | Comments (2)

Vikings Cleared in Tampering Case

GREEN BAY, Wis.--The league has completed its investigation of the tampering charge against the Minnesota Vikings by the Green Bay Packers in the Brett Favre case and has decided that the Vikings won't be punished. The Packers had accused the Vikings of improper contact with Favre, who's under contract...

 

By Mark Maske | August 4, 2008; 04:33 PM ET | Comments (0)

Favre Reinstated, Headed to Green Bay With Plans to Resume Playing Career (Updated 6:30 p.m.)

Quarterback Brett Favre is rejoining the Green Bay Packers with plans to end his five-month retirement and play this season, perhaps even reclaiming his old starting job from would-be successor Aaron Rodgers. The NFL announced today that Commissioner Roger Goodell will reinstate Favre on Monday afternoon. The league office...

 

By Mark Maske | August 3, 2008; 12:44 PM ET | Comments (0)

Favre Resolution Finally Near?

The Brett Favre situation finally could be resolved within the next few days. Maybe. NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell is pushing for a resolution Monday and likely will grant Favre's reinstatement request then. Favre filed for reinstatement last week but Goodell postponed granting the request to give Favre and the...

 

By Mark Maske | August 3, 2008; 11:02 AM ET | Comments (0)

Favre Situation On Hold for Weekend?

People connected with the Brett Favre situation figure that things are probably on hold for the weekend as Favre contemplates the Green Bay Packers' 10-year, approximately $20 million offer to him to stay in retirement and work for the franchise in some sort of marketing capacity. Favre's reinstatement request...

 

By Mark Maske | August 2, 2008; 11:46 AM ET | Comments (4)

Ravens' F. Washington Suspended For Opener Under Conduct Policy

The NFL has suspended Baltimore Ravens cornerback Fabian Washington without pay for the opening game of the regular season for violating the league's personal conduct policy. "We had knowledge of Fabian's situation prior to the trade we made for him," Ravens General Manager Ozzie Newsome said in a written...

 

By Mark Maske | August 1, 2008; 04:57 PM ET | Comments (0)

Status Quo On Favre

No reinstatement yet. No trade yet. No deal with the Packers to stay retired yet. Enough said for now....

 

By Mark Maske | August 1, 2008; 04:44 PM ET | Comments (0)

Packers Might Be Able to Keep Favre Off Field Until Tuesday

Glancing at the Packers' practice schedule, it's looking more and more like Brett Favre isn't likely to be on the field before Tuesday, even if he reports to training camp and isn't traded. He wasn't reinstated today. Even if he's reinstated Friday, the Packers can wait another 24 hours...

 

By Mark Maske | July 31, 2008; 08:00 PM ET | Comments (0)

Favre Reinstatement Delayed Another Day

Brett Favre wasn't reinstated today by the NFL. Commissioner Roger Goodell delayed Favre's reinstatement by at least another day to allow more time for the retired quarterback and the Green Bay Packers to try to settle their differences. Favre sent his reinstatement request to the league office in New...

 

By Mark Maske | July 31, 2008; 06:13 PM ET | Comments (0)

C. Henry Suspended Four Games

The NFL has suspended former Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver Chris Henry for the first four games of the season for violating the league's personal conduct policy. Henry was released by the Bengals in April after being arrested and charged with assault. The charge later was dropped. If Henry is...

 

By Mark Maske | July 31, 2008; 05:00 PM ET | Comments (0)

Favre Could Travel to Green Bay Tonight

Brett Favre is scheduled to fly from Hattiesburg, Miss., to Green Bay tonight on a private jet. He is to arrive in Green Bay just before 9 p.m. local time (10 p.m. Eastern). That doesn't necessarily mean that Favre would be able to practice with the Packers on Friday,...

 

By Mark Maske | July 31, 2008; 04:44 PM ET | Comments (2)

Favre Situation Remains In Flux

There are whispers around the league that Brett Favre might be in the Packers' training camp in Green Bay on Friday. But nothing is certain yet. Favre still hasn't been reinstated by NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell but that could happen this afternoon. If it does, the Packers would have...

 

By Mark Maske | July 31, 2008; 03:19 PM ET | Comments (0)

Packers Reportedly Offering Favre Money to Stay Retired, Reconsidering Trade Options

According to media reports in Wisconsin, the Green Bay Packers made a financial offer Wednesday to quarterback Brett Favre to try to induce Favre to remain retired and not report to the team's training camp. WTMJ-TV in Milwaukee reported that the Packers offered Favre approximately $20 million over 10...

 

By Mark Maske | July 31, 2008; 08:06 AM ET | Comments (19)

No Favre Reinstatement Today

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell is taking no action today on quarterback Brett Favre's reinstatement request. A league official said that Goodell wanted to give more time to Favre and the Green Bay Packers to work out their issues. "He wants to give both the Packers and Brett an appropriate...

 

By Mark Maske | July 30, 2008; 04:43 PM ET | Comments (10)

McCarthy Not Commenting on Favre Meeting

Packers Coach Mike McCarthy declined to comment on today's meeting in Mississippi between team president Mark Murphy and quarterback Brett Favre. McCarthy was asked about it during his daily news conference in Green Bay. Favre participated in the meeting at Cook's office in Hattiesburg, Miss., and then left. There...

 

By Mark Maske | July 30, 2008; 03:43 PM ET | Comments (1)

No Grievance Planned Yet in Favre Case

NFL Players Association officials say they won't file a grievance on behalf of Brett Favre if he merely is asked today not to show up at training camp. The Packers can ask Favre not to attend camp. What they can't do is keep him from attending camp if Favre...

 

By Mark Maske | July 30, 2008; 03:01 PM ET | Comments (0)

Visit to Favre Could Be Blunder By Packers

According to reports by media outlets in Wisconsin, Green Bay Packers President Mark Murphy has traveled to Mississippi to meet with quarterback Brett Favre and his agent, Bus Cook. The Green Bay Press-Gazette reported that Murphy will ask Favre not to show up for the Packers' training camp. If...

 

By Mark Maske | July 30, 2008; 12:10 PM ET | Comments (48)

Favre Officially Requests Reinstatement

Quarterback Brett Favre has sent his letter to the league office requesting reinstatement. NFL spokesman Greg Aiello acknowledged the league received Favre's letter but indicated that Commissioner Roger Goodell would take no action today. Goodell previously informed the parties that Favre would be reinstated if he asked. Favre announced...

 

By Mark Maske | July 29, 2008; 04:51 PM ET | Comments (25)

Goodell on Favre, M. Lynch

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell said today that he will not serve as a mediator in the dispute between the Green Bay Packers and quarterback Brett Favre. "From my standpoint, these are decisions that the team and Brett are going to have to make individually based on what their desires...

 

By Mark Maske | July 28, 2008; 04:31 PM ET | Comments (0)

League Not Commenting on Goodell's Involvement In Favre Dispute

GREEN BAY, Wis.--NFL officials aren't commenting on the nature and scope of Commissioner Roger Goodell's involvement in the Brett Favre controversy. Goodell has been in contact with both Favre and Green Bay Packers officials, and Favre told Sports Illustrated he's hopeful that Goodell will serve as an arbitrator of...

 

By Mark Maske | July 27, 2008; 03:27 PM ET | Comments (23)

Down to 10 First-Round Picks Still Looking For Deals

After a flurry of signings today, there are 10 first-round picks without contracts. The list: No. 5 Glenn Dorsey, DT, Chiefs No. 7 Sedrick Ellis, DT, Saints No. 8 Derrick Harvey, LB, Jaguars No. 9 Keith Rivers, LB, Bengals No. 11 Leodis McKelvin, CB, Bills No. 13 Jonathan Stewart,...

 

By Mark Maske | July 25, 2008; 09:54 PM ET | Comments (0)

A Dozen Unsigned First-Round Picks

It's now down to a dozen unsigned first-round draft picks league-wide. They are: No. 5 Glenn Dorsey, DT, Chiefs No. 7 Sedrick Ellis, DT, Saints No. 8 Derrick Harvey, LB, Jaguars No. 9 Keith Rivers, LB, Bengals No. 11 Leodis McKelvin, CB, Bills No. 13 Jonathan Stewart, RB, Panthers...

 

By Mark Maske | July 25, 2008; 06:09 PM ET | Comments (0)

No Formal Reinstatement Request Yet By Favre

As of 5:45 p.m., Brett Favre had not filed a formal request with the NFL office asking Commissioner Roger Goodell to reinstate him. It's a formality. Goodell has made it clear that he will reinstate Favre once Favre formally requests to return from retirement. But it's a necessary formality...

 

By Mark Maske | July 25, 2008; 06:03 PM ET | Comments (0)

Favre Tampering Investigation Reportedly Under Way

The NFL reportedly has begun its investigation of the tampering allegation levied against the Minnesota Vikings by the Green Bay Packers for improper contact with quarterback Brett Favre. The Minneapolis Star Tribune reported that members of the league's security staff interviewed Vikings officials Tuesday at the team's headquarters. The...

 

By Mark Maske | July 23, 2008; 11:51 AM ET | Comments (1)

Union Prevails In Case Affecting Rookie Signings

The NFL Players Association has prevailed over the league in an arbitration case that clears the way for draft picks to sign with their teams. The union and league were at odds over a set of complex rules governing how guaranteed money in players' contracts would be counted against...

 

By Mark Maske | July 21, 2008; 12:53 PM ET | Comments (0)

Key NFL Question No. 10: Is Spygate Over?

My thoughts: Yes. Whether you agree with the actions taken by NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell or not, Goodell did act. The public didn't share the ongoing interest of Sen. Arlen Specter (R-Pa.) and Matt Walsh didn't have the goods when it came to the allegation that the Patriots had...

 

By Mark Maske | July 20, 2008; 09:38 AM ET | Comments (3)

Many Rookie Contract Negotiations Temporarily on Hold

Quarterback Joe Flacco, a first-round draft pick in April, agreed to a contract with the Baltimore Ravens in recent days but most negotiations league-wide between teams and their first- and second-round selections have been put temporarily on hold. Agents for those players and team negotiators are awaiting an arbitration...

 

By Mark Maske | July 18, 2008; 10:07 AM ET | Comments (0)

Thoughts on Tampering Charge in Favre Case

The Green Bay Packers reportedly have accused the Minnesota Vikings of tampering with quarterback Brett Favre, and the league office is investigating. In the past, this would be the sort of matter that probably would go away quietly. Tampering was easy to allege but difficult to prove, and there...

 

By Mark Maske | July 17, 2008; 01:01 PM ET | Comments (1)

Rookie Pay Issue Remains Hot Topic

The issue of rookie pay isn't going away. It promises to be a major topic of debate in the upcoming labor negotiations. NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell made that clear last week when he spoke out on the topic, calling the escalating salaries and bonuses that teams give to just-drafted...

 

By Mark Maske | July 2, 2008; 09:43 AM ET | Comments (4)

Teams Getting Earlier Starts On Rookie Negotiations

I always used to wonder why the way of the NFL was to draft a player in April, have him in for a rookie minicamp and some other offseason practices, and then say goodbye to him for the action-less period on the league calendar between mid-June and early July...

 

By Mark Maske | June 26, 2008; 09:42 AM ET | Comments (0)

Owners' Support for NFL Network Wavering?

When the NFL's franchise owners decided, along with former commissioner Paul Tagliabue, to pass up rights fees from a TV network and put a package of prime time games on Thursdays and Saturdays on the league-owned NFL Network, they said they wanted to create a unique business asset. They...

 

By Mark Maske | June 23, 2008; 11:10 AM ET | Comments (0)

Specter On Spygate: "I've Gone As Far As I Can"

Even Sen. Arlen Specter (R-Pa.) now appears ready to allow the Spygate scandal to fade away. The Philadelphia Daily News reported that Specter told the newspaper's editorial board Monday that he won't ask fellow Capitol Hill lawmakers to pursue the matter and won't request hearings of the Senate Judiciary...

 

By Mark Maske | June 17, 2008; 10:37 AM ET | Comments (0)

Accorsi Named Co-Chairman of League's New GM Advisory Committee

The NFL announced today that former New York Giants general manager Ernie Accorsi will work as a consultant for the league and will serve as co-chairman of a newly formed general managers advisory committee. Accorsi was out of the league last season, having retired after assembling much of the...

 

By Mark Maske | June 16, 2008; 08:54 PM ET | Comments (0)

C. Henry Suspended Indefinitely

The NFL suspended former Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver Chris Henry indefinitely. Henry was released by the Bengals in April after he was charged with assault and criminal damaging. It was the latest in a series of off-field issues for Henry, who was suspended by the league for the first...

 

By Mark Maske | June 13, 2008; 11:00 PM ET | Comments (0)

Three Bills Players Subpoenaed in Lynch Case

Three Buffalo Bills players reportedly have been subpoenaed to testify before a grand jury in the hit-and-run case involving Bills tailback Marshawn Lynch. The Buffalo News reported that the players are offensive lineman Christian Gaddis and rookie wide receivers James Hardy and Steve Johnson. A grand jury has been...

 

By Mark Maske | June 13, 2008; 10:14 AM ET | Comments (0)

Anyone Need A Running Back?

For those keeping track, the list of unemployed tailbacks now includes Shaun Alexander, Travis Henry and Cedric Benson. They remain unsigned along with quarterbacks Daunte Culpepper and Byron Leftwich....

 

By Mark Maske | June 10, 2008; 02:20 PM ET | Comments (0)

Prosecutor Says Vick's State Trial Will Come After Release From Federal Prison

Michael Vick's trial on state dogfighting charges reportedly will not begin until after he's released from federal prison. Prosecutor Gerald Poindexter told the Associated Press that it would be too expensive for Surry County to pay for Vick and his co-defendants to travel to Virginia for their trials. Vick...

 

By Mark Maske | June 10, 2008; 11:08 AM ET | Comments (0)

O. Thurman Suspended Indefinitely by League

Former Cincinnati Bengals linebacker Odell Thurman has been suspended indefinitely by the NFL for violating the league's substance abuse policy. A league spokesman told the Associated Press that Thurman will not be eligible for reinstatement until after next season. Thurman missed the last two seasons for violations of the...

 

By Mark Maske | June 7, 2008; 02:28 PM ET | Comments (0)

D. Jacobs's Death Ruled Suicide

The death of Plano, Tex., personal trainer David Jacobs was ruled a suicide Friday by the Dallas County medical examiner. Jacobs had been found shot to death in his home. He was a convicted steroids dealer who had spoken to NFL representatives last month about players to which he...

 

By Mark Maske | June 6, 2008; 09:00 PM ET | Comments (0)

Specter Repeats Call for NFL to Hire Outside Investigator

Sen. Arlen Specter (R-Pa.) hasn't forgotten about Spygate just yet. Specter entered a floor statement into the Congressional record Thursday. He reiterated the same points he's been making all along, repeating his criticisms that the NFL's investigation of the videotaping scandal involving the New England Patriots was insufficient. He...

 

By Mark Maske | June 6, 2008; 09:47 AM ET | Comments (2)

Steroids Dealer Who Met With NFL Officials Reportedly Found Dead in Home

A convicted steroids dealer who had met recently with NFL representatives was found shot to death today, according to reports. Plano, Tex., personal trainer David Jacobs, 35, was found dead in his home when police went there to make a welfare check, the Associated Press reported. Amando Jo Earhart-Savell,...

 

By Mark Maske | June 5, 2008; 02:55 PM ET | Comments (0)

NFL Grants Pacman Jones "Limited Reinstatement"

The NFL has released the following statement about Dallas Cowboys cornerback Adam (Pacman) Jones, who's been suspended for more than a year under the league's personal conduct policy: "Commissioner Roger Goodell notified Adam Jones today that, effective immediately, he may participate in organized team activities with the Dallas Cowboys,...

 

By Mark Maske | June 2, 2008; 06:30 PM ET | Comments (0)

Pacman Jones Reportedly Met With Goodell Last Week

Suspended Dallas Cowboys cornerback Adam (Pacman) Jones met with NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell last week in Atlanta, the Dallas Morning News reported today. Goodell is readying to decide whether Jones will be permitted to join offseason workouts with the Cowboys. He also is to rule before training camps open...

 

By Mark Maske | May 28, 2008; 09:37 AM ET | Comments (1)

New Orleans to Bid to Host 2013 Super Bowl

New Orleans reportedly will bid to host the Super Bowl in 2013. The city has hosted nine Super Bowls, but none since 2002. The longterm future of the Saints franchise was put in question when Hurricane Katrina struck in 2005, but team owner Tom Benson told the New Orleans...

 

By Mark Maske | May 27, 2008; 10:12 AM ET | Comments (0)

League Probe of Non-Videotaping Allegations Against Patriots by Walsh Ongoing

The NFL continues to investigate two non-videotaping allegations against the New England Patriots made by their former video assistant, Matt Walsh. When he met with NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell 10 days ago in New York to be interviewed about the videotaping scandal, Walsh also told Goodell and other league...

 

By Mark Maske | May 23, 2008; 12:03 PM ET | Comments (0)

Goodell Says League Will Begin Fining Teams Under Conduct Policy

ATLANTA--Commissioner Roger Goodell announced that the NFL will begin fining teams as part of its personal conduct policy. Whenever a player is suspended without pay for a violation of the policy, Goodell said, a portion of the withheld pay will go to the league. The percentage taken by the...

 

By Mark Maske | May 20, 2008; 05:51 PM ET | Comments (0)

Indianapolis Awarded 2012 Super Bowl

ATLANTA--The owners awarded the 2012 Super Bowl to Indianapolis. The game will be played at the Colts' new stadium, Lucas Oil Stadium, that opens next season. The other finalists were Houston and Arizona. Indianapolis was regarded as a virtual lock to get the game after being edged out in...

 

By Mark Maske | May 20, 2008; 03:22 PM ET | Comments (5)

Owners Also Talking About Adding 17th Regular Season Game

ATLANTA--NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell just conducted a news conference and said the owners voted to exercise the reopener clause in the labor deal because it was clear to them that the agreement wasn't working and they saw no need to wait until closer to the November deadline. Goodell said...

 

By Mark Maske | May 20, 2008; 01:06 PM ET | Comments (5)

Upshaw Says Owners' Move Not Surprising

ATLANTA--NFL Players Association chief Gene Upshaw just spoke to reporters in a half-hour conference call. Upshaw said he wasn't the least bit surprised about the owners' decision today to terminate their labor deal with the union early. "I expected that," Upshaw said. "I don't think that was a shock...

 

By Mark Maske | May 20, 2008; 01:05 PM ET | Comments (0)

Owners Opt Out of Labor Deal Early

ATLANTA--The NFL's franchise owners voted here today to end their labor deal with the players' union early. The owners' decision means that the deal, ratified in March 2006, expires after the 2010 season. The 2009 season becomes the final one with a salary cap. The labor agreement contained a...

 

By Mark Maske | May 20, 2008; 10:12 AM ET | Comments (24)

It's Still Unclear if There Will Be a Labor Vote Tomorrow

It's not definite, by the way, that the owners will take a vote Tuesday in Atlanta about terminating the labor deal early. People familiar with the owners' deliberations say it remains unclear whether the owners will vote, or simply discuss the labor situation and postpone taking any actions until...

 

By Mark Maske | May 19, 2008; 03:56 PM ET | Comments (0)

Pacman Jones Reportedly to Seek Permission to Participate in Cowboys' Workouts

Suspended Cowboys cornerback Adam (Pacman) Jones told the Dallas Morning News that he plans to ask NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell for permission to participate in the team's offseason workouts. Goodell has said he will reconsider Jones's status before training camp. Jones has been suspended for more than a year...

 

By Mark Maske | May 19, 2008; 03:54 PM ET | Comments (0)

Owners' Meetings Today and Tomorrow in Atlanta

The owners are gathering today in Atlanta. There are some committee meetings scheduled for today, and a one-day full owners' meeting is to take place Tuesday. The big news will be whether the owners vote to exercise the reopener clause in their labor deal with the players' union. The...

 

By Mark Maske | May 19, 2008; 11:03 AM ET | Comments (0)

Belichick Says Walsh Lacks Credibility

New England Patriots Coach Bill Belichick fired back at former Patriots video assistant Matt Walsh during an interview with CBS News aired this evening. "I don't know what the agenda is," Belichick said. "Again, he was fired here for poor job performance. There's not a lot of credibility. You...

 

By Mark Maske | May 16, 2008; 06:58 PM ET | Comments (0)

Martz Issues Statement About Rams' Walk-Through

Former St. Louis Rams coach Mike Martz has issued a statement about the circumstances surrounding the team's walk-through before it played the New England Patriots in the Super Bowl in 2002. It says: "I had the opportunity to talk to Commissioner [Roger] Goodell yesterday and I was very satisfied...

 

By Mark Maske | May 15, 2008; 08:17 PM ET | Comments (0)

More From Matt Walsh's HBO Interview

In today's print edition, we wrote about Matt Walsh's interview with HBO scheduled to air Friday night. The story focuses on Walsh's contention that the New England Patriots gained a significant competitive advantage from their illegal videotaping program and quotes him extensively from excerpts from the interview released by...

 

By Mark Maske | May 15, 2008; 08:10 PM ET | Comments (0)

Ted Kennedy Says Senate Has More Important Business

Sen. Edward M. Kennedy (D-Mass.) says the New England Patriots' videotaping scandal should not be a matter for Congressional scrutiny. "With the war in Iraq raging on, gasoline prices closing in on $4 a gallon, and Americans losing their homes at record rates to foreclosure, the United States Senate...

 

By Mark Maske | May 15, 2008; 07:52 PM ET | Comments (0)

Daboll Does Not Verify Walsh's Account Of Rams' Walk-Through Info

A former New England Patriots assistant coach did not verify the account given to the NFL this week by Matt Walsh about relaying information from the St. Louis Rams' walk-through before the Super Bowl in 2002. The league has announced that members of its security department re-interviewed Brian Daboll,...

 

By Mark Maske | May 15, 2008; 07:51 PM ET | Comments (0)

Specter Calls for Independent Investigation

Sen. Arlen Specter (R-Pa.) today called for the NFL to appoint an independent investigator to look into the videotaping scandal involving the New England Patriots. "What is necessary is an objective investigation," Specter said during a Capitol Hill news conference. "This one has not been objective." Specter, the ranking...

 

By Mark Maske | May 14, 2008; 02:06 PM ET | Comments (9)

Boston Herald Issues Apology

The Boston Herald has issued an apology for its admittedly "false" Feb. 2 report that the New England Patriots videotaped the St. Louis Rams' walk-through before the two teams played in the Super Bowl in 2002. The apology, printed in today's editions, reads: "On Feb. 2, 2008, the Boston...

 

By Mark Maske | May 14, 2008; 07:10 AM ET | Comments (5)

Something to Keep In Mind About the Patriots' September Penalties

The delivery of eight videotapes to the NFL's offices Thursday from former New England Patriots video assistant Matt Walsh is producing calls for the league to impose new penalties upon the Patriots. It's not my place in this situation to express an opinion about what the league should or...

 

By Mark Maske | May 9, 2008; 10:43 AM ET | Comments (14)

Specter Issues Statement

Sen. Arlen Specter (R-Pa.) has released a statement about the latest developments in the "SpyGate" case. It says: "I think it is very unfortunate that the NFL has already started its 'nothing new' spin before watching the tapes or finding out what Mr. Matt Walsh has to say. Let's...

 

By Mark Maske | May 8, 2008; 07:00 PM ET | Comments (2)

Tapes Being Reviewed By League

The eight videotapes handed over to the league by former New England Patriots video assistant Matt Walsh arrived in the NFL's offices in New York today, as promised. They're being reviewed by league officials. It's too soon to say for certain there won't be any further penalties imposed on...

 

By Mark Maske | May 8, 2008; 03:40 PM ET | Comments (3)

Is SpyGate Almost Over?

Is the "SpyGate" scandal now just about over? Perhaps. The lawyer for former New England Patriots video assistant Matt Walsh sent a letter to the NFL Wednesday saying that eight videotapes from Walsh will arrive at the league's offices in New York today. Today is the deadline for Walsh...

 

By Mark Maske | May 8, 2008; 09:51 AM ET | Comments (0)

Walsh Turns Over Eight Tapes to League But Not One of Rams' Walk-Through

The NFL has been sent eight videotapes by former New England Patriots video assistant Matt Walsh, a league official said tonight. All of them are games between the 2000 and 2002 seasons in which the Patriots taped opponents' play signals. Included were games against the Miami Dolphins, Buffalo Bills,...

 

By Mark Maske | May 7, 2008; 09:35 PM ET | Comments (0)

League Threatening to Penalize Teams Under Conduct Policy

When NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell toughened the league's personal conduct policy last year, the revised policy included a provision that allows him to penalize any team with a significant number of offending players or other employees. Goodell recently told the Dallas Morning News that he intends to begin utilizing...

 

By Mark Maske | May 7, 2008; 10:17 AM ET | Comments (0)

Police Reportedly Saying M. Harrison Not a Suspect "At This Point" In Shooting

The Philadelphia police reportedly are not calling Indianapolis Colts wide receiver Marvin Harrison a suspect at this time in last week's shooting about which he was questioned. The Indianapolis Star reported that a police spokesperson, Tanya Little, said today: "He's not a suspect at this point." According to the...

 

By Mark Maske | May 6, 2008; 02:16 PM ET | Comments (0)

Judge Grants C. Henry's Request to Meet With Unnamed NFL Team

A judge reportedly has granted a request by Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver Chris Henry to be released from house arrest and electronic monitoring in order to travel out of town to meet with an NFL team apparently interested in signing him. The Cincinnati Enquirer reported that Henry's attorney made...

 

By Mark Maske | May 6, 2008; 01:57 PM ET | Comments (0)

Deadline for Walsh to Hand Over "SpyGate" Materials Looming

Soon, we all should know what Matt Walsh knows about "SpyGate." The deadline for the former New England Patriots video assistant to turn over to the league any materials that he possesses related to the videotaping scandal involving his former team is Thursday, under his agreement with the NFL...

 

By Mark Maske | May 6, 2008; 09:58 AM ET | Comments (1)

M. Harrison Interviewed By Police About Philadelphia Shooting

Indianapolis Colts wide receiver Marvin Harrison has been interviewed by police about a shooting outside a Philadelphia bar this week. Harrison has not been arrested or charged with any crime at this point. The incident took place Tuesday. Colts and league officials said they were monitoring the situation but...

 

By Mark Maske | May 2, 2008; 07:12 PM ET | Comments (1)

Eagles Sue T. Owens For Unreturned Bonus Money

The Philadelphia Eagles are suing wide receiver Terrell Owens for bonus money not repaid to them, according to several reports. Owens, now with the Dallas Cowboys, lost an arbitration ruling requiring him to repay the Eagles $1.7 million in bonus money based on his actions in 2005, when the...

 

By Mark Maske | April 29, 2008; 11:07 AM ET | Comments (0)

Upshaw Says Union Won't Agree to Rookie Wage Scale

Executives from NFL teams again have raised the idea in recent weeks of imposing a rookie wage scale, so that less money is directed to players just entering the league and more is given to established veterans under the salary cap system. But Gene Upshaw, the executive director of...

 

By Mark Maske | April 28, 2008; 04:32 PM ET | Comments (0)

Flurry of Post-Draft Roster Moves Likely to Come Now

Get ready for a little post-draft flurry of roster moves around the league over the next few days. Teams that fortified certain positions during the draft might release veteran players. Clubs that failed to address particular needs might sign veterans. But that doesn't necessarily mean that the players thought...

 

By Mark Maske | April 28, 2008; 10:52 AM ET | Comments (0)

Goodell Says He's Prepared to Act if Further Violations By Patriots Are Substantiated

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell spoke to a gathering of sports editors today in New York. There was no major news, but there were a few tidbits. According to Post football editor Cindy Boren, who was on hand, Goodell said he's prepared to punish the New England Patriots severely if...

 

By Mark Maske | April 24, 2008; 06:43 PM ET | Comments (2)

Assessing the Major Trade Possibilities

Jared Allen and Adam (Pacman) Jones have been traded in recent days. Other significant deals could be in the works. Here's one assessment of the biggest potential (or rumored) draft-weekend trades, by player... Lito Sheppard... The Eagles perhaps have to take what they can get for the cornerback after...

 

By Mark Maske | April 24, 2008; 10:01 AM ET | Comments (0)

Titans Agree to Trade Pacman Jones to Cowboys

The Dallas Cowboys and Tennessee Titans have agreed to a trade involving suspended cornerback Adam (Pacman) Jones, a source familiar with the discussions confirmed. The Titans have agreed to trade Jones to the Cowboys for a draft pick, according to the source, who spoke on the condition of anonymity...

 

By Mark Maske | April 23, 2008; 07:03 PM ET | Comments (0)

Patriots Statement

The New England Patriots have issued a written statement about Matt Walsh's agreement to be interviewed by the league about the "SpyGate" scandal. It says: "The New England Patriots are pleased to learn that Matt Walsh is finally willing to come forward to meet with the NFL. We are...

 

By Mark Maske | April 23, 2008; 05:07 PM ET | Comments (0)

NFL Completes Deal With Former Patriots Video Assistant

The NFL has completed an agreement with former New England Patriots video assistant Matt Walsh. The deal provides legal protection for Walsh. In return, Walsh is to turn over materials to the league by May 8 and is to meet with NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell on May 13 in...

 

By Mark Maske | April 23, 2008; 12:37 PM ET | Comments (0)

League, M. Walsh Nearing Deal

Lawyers for the NFL and former New England Patriots video assistant Matt Walsh are close to completing an agreement that would provide legal protection for Walsh so that he could be interviewed by league officials about the videotaping scandal involving the Patriots. Indications are that the deal could be...

 

By Mark Maske | April 23, 2008; 11:42 AM ET | Comments (0)

Progress in M. Walsh Negotiations?

Lawyers for the league and former New England Patriots video assistant Matt Walsh continue to negotiate an agreement that would provide legal protection for Walsh if he is interviewed by NFL officials about the videotaping scandal involving the Patriots. There are hopes that a deal perhaps could be completed...

 

By Mark Maske | April 22, 2008; 05:39 PM ET | Comments (0)

Bengals' Thurman Reinstated

The NFL has reinstated Cincinnati Bengals linebacker Odell Thurman, the team announced today. Thurman missed the last two seasons for violations of the league's substance abuse policy. "Odell has met the NFL's conditions for reinstatement and has been added to our offseason roster," Bengals Coach Marvin Lewis said in...

 

By Mark Maske | April 21, 2008; 04:47 PM ET | Comments (0)

Walsh Still on League's Radar Screen

The NFL hasn't forgotten about Matt Walsh, the former New England Patriots video assistant who has hinted to media organizations that he has further information about the "SpyGate" scandal. Commissioner Roger Goodell reportedly said during an appearance in the Dallas area Wednesday that he hopes to meet with Walsh...

 

By Mark Maske | April 18, 2008; 10:21 AM ET | Comments (0)

Pacman Jones Delays Petitioning For Reinstatement, Hoping to be Traded to Cowboys First

Suspended Tennessee Titans cornerback Adam (Pacman) Jones and his representatives have held off on making their latest bid for reinstatement by the NFL, hoping that Jones first will be traded to the Dallas Cowboys in the coming days. The two teams have been negotiating for several weeks and the...

 

By Mark Maske | April 16, 2008; 10:27 AM ET | Comments (0)

Seven of Eight NFL Network Games Are On Thursday Nights

The league obviously prefers Thursday night games to Saturday night games on the NFL Network. The eight-game package for the league-owned television channel includes seven Thursday night games and only one Saturday nighter. The Thursday night games begin on Nov. 6, three weeks before Thanksgiving, with Denver at Cleveland....

 

By Mark Maske | April 15, 2008; 06:44 PM ET | Comments (0)

Notable Games

After a quick once-over of the schedule, here are some notable games: Week 1: Redskins at Giants... The Redskins' rookie head coach, Jim Zorn, must visit the defending Super Bowl champions in his debut in the league's season opener. Jets at Dolphins... New Dolphins front office czar Bill Parcells...

 

By Mark Maske | April 15, 2008; 03:03 PM ET | Comments (0)

Full Schedule Released

Next season's full schedule has been released by the NFL. The New England Patriots, coming off a Super Bowl defeat to the New York Giants on the heels of the first 16-0 regular season in league history, open the 2008 season at home against the Kansas City Chiefs at...

 

By Mark Maske | April 15, 2008; 02:08 PM ET | Comments (0)

Schedule to be Announced Tuesday Afternoon

Next season's full NFL schedule is to be announced Tuesday at 2 p.m. The featured games during the season's opening weekend, including the season opener between the Washington Redskins and New York Giants on Sept. 4, already have been announced by the league....

 

By Mark Maske | April 14, 2008; 02:29 PM ET | Comments (0)

Jones-to-Cowboys Trade Could Be On Again

There are rumblings that the proposed trade of suspended cornerback Adam (Pacman) Jones from the Tennessee Titans to the Dallas Cowboys perhaps could be completed in the coming days. The trade discussions had stalled at the recent league meeting but apparently have been re-started. It's unclear what the compensation...

 

By Mark Maske | April 14, 2008; 08:44 AM ET | Comments (0)

Gumbel Leaving NFL Network

Bryant Gumbel is leaving the NFL Network, the league-owned television channel announced today. The veteran broadcaster had served as the play-by-play announcer on the channel's eight-game package of regular season games the past two seasons. "I thoroughly enjoyed the opportunity to call NFL Network games the past two years,...

 

By Mark Maske | April 11, 2008; 05:17 PM ET | Comments (7)

Players' Advisory Committee to Discuss Chiefs' Hair Proposal With Goodell

A group of players will meet with NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell soon to discuss the Kansas City Chiefs' proposal to restrict players' hair length during games. NFL Players Association chief Gene Upshaw said the members of the players' advisory committee will meet with Goodell to talk about the issue....

 

By Mark Maske | April 10, 2008; 09:56 AM ET | Comments (0)

Stover Reportedly Seeking to "Clarify" Position in Letter to ESPN

ESPN has published a letter on its website that it says it received today from Baltimore Ravens kicker Matt Stover. In it, Stover writes that he wants to "clarify" his e-mail sent to fellow players in recent days, outlining a plan to replace Gene Upshaw as executive director of...

 

By Mark Maske | April 9, 2008; 10:00 PM ET | Comments (0)

Upshaw Says He's Staying Put Through Negotiations

Gene Upshaw said today that he intends to keep his job as executive director of the NFL Players Association through the upcoming set of labor negotiations with the sport's franchise owners, but he already has informed the players that they should be prepared to choose his successor after that....

 

By Mark Maske | April 9, 2008; 11:05 AM ET | Comments (0)

P. Daniels on Upshaw

Jason Reid has gotten these comments from Washington Redskins defensive lineman Phillip Daniels on Matt Stover's effort to overthrow Gene Upshaw as executive director of the NFL Players Association: "You know, I really don't understand this. I really don't understand what Matt is doing. I saw the letter pop...

 

By Mark Maske | April 8, 2008; 08:53 PM ET | Comments (0)

Several Players in Union Leadership Express Support for Upshaw

Tennessee Titans center Kevin Mawae, the newly elected president of the union, has issued a written statement saying that Matt Stover's effort to remove Gene Upshaw as executive director of the NFL Players Association is not a widespread movement. "Matt Stover's letter does not reflect the view of the...

 

By Mark Maske | April 8, 2008; 06:32 PM ET | Comments (0)

Stover Outlines Plan to Replace Upshaw as Union Chief

Baltimore Ravens kicker Matt Stover sent an e-mail in recent days to fellow player representatives in the NFL Players Association outlining a plan to select a new union executive director by next spring to replace Gene Upshaw. Reached by telephone today, Stover confirmed that he sent the message but...

 

By Mark Maske | April 8, 2008; 02:39 PM ET | Comments (0)

Blank's Account of Vick Playing Football in Prison Is Disputed

There is some confusion about whether suspended Atlanta Falcons quarterback Michael Vick is playing football while serving a 23-month federal prison sentence in Leavenworth, Kan., for his role in a dogfighting operation in Virginia. Falcons owner Arthur Blank told the New York Daily News, in a story published Sunday,...

 

By Mark Maske | April 8, 2008; 12:21 PM ET | Comments (0)

Most Free Agents Now Out of Luck Until After Draft

The unrestricted free agent market has slowed to a crawl as teams look to the NFL draft, now less than three weeks away, to fill their needs. Most agents for still-available veteran players have all but given up trying to negotiate contracts and find jobs for their clients until...

 

By Mark Maske | April 8, 2008; 10:24 AM ET | Comments (0)

Owners Reportedly Suspend Debt-Reduction Plan

The NFL's team owners reportedly decided at the annual league meeting last week in Palm Beach, Fla., to suspend the league's plan to reduce its debt limit by 20 percent per franchise. The Sports Business Journal reported that the owners agreed to give the players' union 45 days notice...

 

By Mark Maske | April 7, 2008; 02:42 PM ET | Comments (0)

Playoff Reseeding Issue Might Be Revisited In Future

There weren't very many supporters for the proposal made by the competition committee at this week's league meeting in Palm Beach, Fla., to revise the formula for seeding playoff teams. The proposal didn't even make it to a formal vote of the owners when it became clear that the...

 

By Mark Maske | April 4, 2008; 09:59 AM ET | Comments (1)

Obscure Rule Changes

During a game this past season in Philadelphia between the Eagles and Chicago Bears, an odd play happened. With the Bears on offense, a snap with the quarterback directly under center went straight through the quarterback's legs untouched. The Eagles recovered the loose ball and made a lengthy return...

 

By Mark Maske | April 3, 2008; 10:48 AM ET | Comments (2)

Cowboys Balking at Titans' Asking Price for Suspended Cornerback

Dallas Cowboys Coach Wade Phillips declined to comment during the league meeting this week in Palm Beach, Fla., about his team's trade discussions with the Tennessee Titans regarding suspended cornerback Adam (Pacman) Jones. According to a source familiar with the discussions, the Titans are asking for two draft choices...

 

By Mark Maske | April 3, 2008; 10:17 AM ET | Comments (0)

Owners Endorse Goodell's Cheating Crackdown, Reject Reseeding Proposal

PALM BEACH, Fla.--The owners passed a resolution endorsing NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell's measures for cracking down on cheating within the league. The measures didn't need the owners' approval but the owners offered their support anyway. Goodell said that the measures--which include unannounced inspections by league officials of teams' locker...

 

By Mark Maske | April 2, 2008; 11:42 AM ET | Comments (2)

Votes on Other Proposed Rule Changes to Come Wednesday

PALM BEACH, Fla.--The annual league meeting concludes Wednesday. Before it does, the owners will vote on a series of proposed rule changes. Among them is a proposal to change the formula for seeding playoff teams. The competition committee's proposal would make wild card clubs eligible for the third through...

 

By Mark Maske | April 1, 2008; 07:30 PM ET | Comments (0)

Kraft, Belichick Addressed Other Owners and Coaches Behind Closed Doors Today

PALM BEACH, Fla.--New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft and Coach Bill Belichick addressed the league's other owners and head coaches during a meeting today. According to people familiar with the speeches, Kraft gave a heart-felt address in which he expressed regret over the videotaping scandal involving his franchise and...

 

By Mark Maske | April 1, 2008; 05:19 PM ET | Comments (0)

"Mutual Respect" Between Players and Officials Among Officiating Points of Emphasis for Next Season

PALM BEACH, Fla.--One of the officiating points of emphasis for next season includes an enforcement of "mutual respect" guidelines in the interaction between players and officials. The issue is being stressed after a couple high-profile on-field meltdowns by players this past season, including a verbal confrontation between Baltimore Ravens...

 

By Mark Maske | April 1, 2008; 02:47 PM ET | Comments (0)

Redskins Among No Votes on Coach-to-Defense Rule

PALM BEACH, Fla.--The Washington Redskins were one of the seven teams to vote against the coach-to-defense proposal that was ratified today. The other six no votes came from the Green Bay Packers, Oakland Raiders, Philadelphia Eagles, St. Louis Rams, Seattle Seahawks and Tampa Bay Buccaneers. All seven teams have...

 

By Mark Maske | April 1, 2008; 02:41 PM ET | Comments (0)

Coach-to-Defense Proposal Is Approved By Owners

PALM BEACH, Fla.--The NFL's team owners today approved a proposal to connect one defensive player per team to a coach on the sideline via a wireless communication device during games. The proposal was ratified by a vote of 25-7. It needed at least 24 votes to be enacted. It...

 

By Mark Maske | April 1, 2008; 12:12 PM ET | Comments (0)

Belichick Had Followup "SpyGate" Interview With League After Super Bowl

PALM BEACH, Fla.--NFL officials interviewed New England Patriots Coach Bill Belichick for a second time after the Super Bowl about the "SpyGate" scandal. The interview was revealed by Belichick at the AFC coaches' media breakfast here today at the league meeting, and confirmed by NFL officials. The interview came...

 

By Mark Maske | April 1, 2008; 08:37 AM ET | Comments (0)

Vote on Coach-to-Defense Proposal Possible Today

PALM BEACH, Fla.--Votes on most of the proposed rule changes will take place Wednesday. But it's possible that the coach-to-defense proposal could be voted on today. That proposal would put a wireless communication device in the helmet of one defensive player per team, connecting him to a coach on...

 

By Mark Maske | April 1, 2008; 08:25 AM ET | Comments (0)

Opposition to Reseeding Proposal

PALM BEACH, Fla.--It seems like a long shot that the competition committee's reseeding proposal will be ratified by the owners at this league meeting. Under the proposal, wild card playoff teams would be eligible for the third through sixth postseason seeds in each conference, instead of merely the fifth...

 

By Mark Maske | April 1, 2008; 05:30 AM ET | Comments (0)

More Ominous Signs on Labor Front

PALM BEACH, Fla.--Roger Goodell said nothing today to debunk the notion that the owners are headed toward a labor confrontation with the players' union. The NFL commissioner stopped short of saying the owners plan to exercise a reopener clause in the labor deal by the Nov. 8 deadline. But...

 

By Mark Maske | March 31, 2008; 11:20 PM ET | Comments (0)

Kraft On SpyGate

PALM BEACH, Fla.--The videotaping scandal involving the New England Patriots is what prompted NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell to propose measures cracking down on cheating. Yet Patriots owner Robert Kraft said today he's supportive of Goodell's proposals. "I think everything he's proposing is fine and good," Kraft said. "Everyone wants...

 

By Mark Maske | March 31, 2008; 07:08 PM ET | Comments (0)

No Change in Timetable for Consideration of Jones's Reinstatement

PALM BEACH, Fla.--Commissioner Roger Goodell said there's been no change in his timetable for ruling on the eligibility of suspended Tennessee Titans cornerback Adam (Pacman) Jones. He will rule on Jones's possible reinstatement by training camp, Goodell said. The Dallas Cowboys and other teams have been linked to trade...

 

By Mark Maske | March 31, 2008; 06:59 PM ET | Comments (0)

Hair Proposal Might Be Shelved

PALM BEACH, Fla.--It's possible that the Kansas City Chiefs' proposal about players' hair length won't be voted on at this meeting and instead will be shelved until a future owners' meeting. That would allow more time for the players' union and other interested parties to weigh in on the...

 

By Mark Maske | March 31, 2008; 06:52 PM ET | Comments (0)

Redskins Awarded Third-Round Pick

PALM BEACH, Fla.--The Washington Redskins were awarded three additional picks in the NFL draft in April, including a third-rounder, today. The league announced the compensatory draft choices awarded based on a formula balancing players lost and added in free agency. The Redskins were awarded the highest of the compensatory...

 

By Mark Maske | March 31, 2008; 03:03 PM ET | Comments (0)

Goodell Says Measures In Cheating Crackdown Will Be Enacted

PALM BEACH, Fla.--Commissioner Roger Goodell said today that he will implement the measures in his proposed crackdown on cheating whether they're supported by the NFL's franchise owners or not. Goodell said the proposals have been well-received by the league's competition committee and the owners. But Goodell is empowered to...

 

By Mark Maske | March 31, 2008; 02:55 PM ET | Comments (0)

Bears-Colts Is Opening Sunday Night Game

PALM BEACH, Fla.--The NFL announced its slate of featured games on the opening weekend of next season. The Chicago Bears will play at Indianapolis on Sept. 7 at 8:15 p.m. on NBC in the first Sunday night game of the season. It will be the first regular season game...

 

By Mark Maske | March 31, 2008; 02:48 PM ET | Comments (0)

Support for Goodell's Proposals

PALM BEACH, Fla.--Indianapolis Colts owner Jim Irsay says he supports NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell's proposed crackdown on cheating. "You have to compete within the rules as vigorously as you can," Irsay said during a break in today's meeting. "You know the rules. You compete vigorously within them." Many of...

 

By Mark Maske | March 31, 2008; 11:28 AM ET | Comments (0)

League Meeting Under Way

PALM BEACH, Fla.--The annual league meeting is under way. NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell's address to the franchise owners and other representatives of the 32 teams has begun at the Breakers resort. Goodell is scheduled to participate in a news conference later today, and the focus undoubtedly will be his...

 

By Mark Maske | March 31, 2008; 09:15 AM ET | Comments (0)

Labor Talk

From Mark on vacation: In addition to Commissioner Roger Goodell's proposed crackdown on cheating and other prospective rule changes, the other main topic of conversation at the annual league meeting next week in Palm Beach, Fla., will be the potential labor confrontation between the franchise owners and the players'...

 

By Emilio Garcia-Ruiz | March 28, 2008; 11:52 AM ET | Comments (0)

Reseeding Proposal Would Affect Wild Cards

The reseeding proposal by the competition committee would enable wild card playoff qualifiers to compete for the third and fourth seeds in each conference. Currently, the four division winners in each conference get the top four seeds. The proposal would reserve the top two playoff seeds for division winners,...

 

By Cindy Boren | March 27, 2008; 02:13 PM ET | Comments (2)

Hair Proposal Isn't Likely to Take Root

The Kansas City Chiefs' proposal to limit the hair length of players comes without the endorsement of the competition committee, at least at this point. Under the proposal, a player's hair could not cover his name or number on his jersey. It would have to be ratified by at...

 

By Cindy Boren | March 27, 2008; 01:27 PM ET | Comments (4)

Rules Allow Titans to Trade Jones to Cowboys... Or Anyone Else

There are reports that the Dallas Cowboys are talking to the Tennessee Titans about a possible trade for suspended cornerback Adam (Pacman) Jones. Jones also has been linked to other possible new teams, including the New England Patriots and Detroit Lions, in media speculation about prospective trades. Which leads...

 

By Mark Maske | March 21, 2008; 12:59 PM ET | Comments (0)

G. Dorsey Says Knee Is All Right

There continues to be speculation about the health of LSU defensive tackle Glenn Dorsey as the draft approaches. The latest report is that Dorsey underwent an undisclosed knee surgery in recent months. Dorsey denied that, just as he denied speculation at the scouting combine that he had a stress...

 

By Mark Maske | March 20, 2008; 01:00 PM ET | Comments (0)

Free Agency Winners and Losers

With the free agent market basically picked-over at this point, here are some quick thoughts on the league's winners and losers since Feb. 29: Winners: The Players... With next season's salary cap set at $116 million, the teams had to spend money. There is, after all, a payroll minimum...

 

By Mark Maske | March 20, 2008; 10:00 AM ET | Comments (0)

Mawae's Election as Union President Announced

The NFL Players Association made it official today and announced the election of Kevin Mawae as its president. The Tennessee Titans center succeeds Troy Vincent, whose term expired. Mawae is to serve a two-year term. "It is an honor to be elected president of the NFLPA by the board...

 

By Mark Maske | March 19, 2008; 09:00 PM ET | Comments (0)

Culpepper, Leftwich Still Looking For Work

The backup quarterback slots around the league are being filled rapidly but two relatively prominent former NFL starters, Daunte Culpepper and Byron Leftwich, remain available on the free agent market. Leftwich was released by the Atlanta Falcons after the season on the heels of being released by the Jacksonville...

 

By Mark Maske | March 19, 2008; 10:39 AM ET | Comments (0)

K. Mawae Succeeds T. Vincent as Union President

Tennessee Titans center Kevin Mawae is the new president of the NFL Players Association, according to a union official. Mawae succeeds Troy Vincent, whose term expired. The union currently is conducting its annual meeting in Hawaii....

 

By Mark Maske | March 18, 2008; 10:00 PM ET | Comments (0)

Union Announces End of T. Vincent's Term as President

Troy Vincent's term as president of the NFL Players Association has expired, the union announced on its Web site. It's not clear whether the former NFL defensive back will remain with the union in another capacity. He is viewed by many within the league as a possible successor to...

 

By Mark Maske | March 18, 2008; 04:58 PM ET | Comments (0)

League Probing Tampering Allegation Against Niners Over Bears' Briggs

NFL officials said the league conducted a hearing today regarding an allegation that the San Francisco 49ers improperly tampered with Chicago Bears linebacker Lance Briggs. The 49ers apparently could be in jeopardy of being penalized by NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell if they're found to have had improper contact with...

 

By Mark Maske | March 17, 2008; 06:24 PM ET | Comments (0)

Vick's State Trial Postponed

Michael Vick's trial on state dogfighting charges reportedly has been postponed indefinitely. The trial, originally scheduled to begin April 2, is to be rescheduled March 25, the Associated Press reported. Vick already is serving a 23-month federal prison sentence for his role in a dogfighting operation. The Atlanta Falcons...

 

By Mark Maske | March 14, 2008; 01:26 PM ET | Comments (0)

No Deal Yet Between Walsh, NFL

People familiar with the discussions between the NFL and former New England Patriots video assistant Matt Walsh say an agreement between the two sides remains close but is not completed yet. Both sides released statements Sunday evening saying they expected an agreement to be completed soon. They have been...

 

By Mark Maske | March 10, 2008; 06:02 PM ET | Comments (0)

Free Agency Slowing Down

The pace of free agency is slowing way, way down now. Most, if not all, of the big deals are done now, and it has reached the point at which many of the players still looking for work had better find jobs and get contracts soon or all of...

 

By Mark Maske | March 10, 2008; 01:36 PM ET | Comments (0)

League Close to Deal to Interview Walsh About "SpyGate"

The NFL is close to an agreement to interview former New England Patriots video assistant Matt Walsh, possibly a key figure in the "SpyGate" investigation. Attorneys for Walsh and the league have been negotiating an agreement to indemnify Walsh against possible legal problems arising from what he might tell...

 

By Mark Maske | March 9, 2008; 08:30 PM ET | Comments (1)

More on Goodell's Memo to the Competition Committee

Don't miss our story in today's print edition about the memo that NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell sent Thursday to the league's competition committee, detailing his proposals for preserving the competitive integrity of the game and maintaining the public's confidence in the sport in the wake of the "SpyGate" scandal....

 

By Mark Maske | March 7, 2008; 06:00 AM ET | Comments (21)

Kearse Returns to Titans, and the Day's Other Moves

Defensive end Jevon Kearse is back with the Tennessee Titans. Kearse, cut by the Philadelphia Eagles, agreed to a deal with the Titans today. He left Tennessee as a free agent before the 2004 season to sign with the Eagles. Now he's back. In other moves: Free agent linebacker...

 

By Mark Maske | March 6, 2008; 09:58 PM ET | Comments (0)

Patriots Retain J. Gaffney

Free agent wide receiver Jabar Gaffney agreed to a one-year, $2 million contract Tuesday night to remain with the New England Patriots. The Patriots are doing what they can to keep quarterback Tom Brady's receiver corps intact, losing Donte' Stallworth but re-signing Randy Moss and Gaffney to go with...

 

By Mark Maske | March 5, 2008; 09:53 AM ET | Comments (0)

J. Walker to Raiders, M. Booker Returning to Bears

There are some significant moves tonight involving recently released wide receivers. Javon Walker, cut by the Denver Broncos, has agreed to a huge deal with the Oakland Raiders. His six-year, $55 million contract includes $16 million in guaranteed money. Marty Booker, released by the Miami Dolphins, has agreed to...

 

By Mark Maske | March 4, 2008; 11:10 PM ET | Comments (0)

Another Would-Be Bengals' Trade For A Defensive Tackle Unravels

The Cincinnati Bengals are oh for two in trying to trade for defensive tackles. A near-deal with the New York Jets for Dewayne Robertson unraveled Monday when the Bengals and Robertson couldn't agree on a reworked contract. Earlier, the Bengals nearly traded for Detroit's Shaun Rogers but that deal,...

 

By Mark Maske | March 4, 2008; 09:59 AM ET | Comments (0)

Still-Busy Jets Add C. Pace, D. Woody

The New York Jets are on a free agent frenzy. The Jets have agreed to deals with linebacker Calvin Pace, formerly of the Arizona Cardinals, and offensive lineman Damien Woody, formerly of the Detroit Lions. Pace agreed to a six-year, $42 million contract that includes $22 million in guaranteed...

 

By Mark Maske | March 3, 2008; 04:27 PM ET | Comments (0)

Leftovers

Some Saturday night leftovers: The Denver Broncos, looking for a complementary receiver after releasing Javon Walker, signed wideout Keary Colbert to a three-year deal. Colbert formerly was with the Carolina Panthers. The New Orleans Saints re-signed tailback Aaron Stecker as well as wide receiver Devery Henderson, and released linebacker...

 

By Mark Maske | March 2, 2008; 01:30 PM ET | Comments (0)

D. Florence to Jags, Plus Other Early Afternoon Moves

Free agent cornerback Drayton Florence agreed to a contract with the Jacksonville Jaguars that includes approximately $12 million in guaranteed money. He leaves the San Diego Chargers. Florence lost his starting job with the Chargers this past season but was regarded as one of the better cornerbacks available in...

 

By Mark Maske | March 1, 2008; 03:56 PM ET | Comments (0)

I. Bruce Rejoins Martz With Niners

Wide receiver Isaac Bruce, cut by the St. Louis Rams, agreed to a two-year, $6 million deal with the San Francisco 49ers. He rejoins former Rams coach Mike Martz, now the offensive coordinator in San Francisco. In other late developments: The proposed trade of defensive tackle Shaun Rogers from...

 

By Mark Maske | February 29, 2008; 10:22 PM ET | Comments (0)

Lions Trade S. Rogers to Bengals

The Detroit Lions traded defensive tackle Shaun Rogers to the Cincinnati Bengals. The Bengals sent third- and fifth-round draft picks to the Lions for Rogers. The Bengals also re-signed free agent linebacker Dhani Jones. The moves keep coming: The Miami Dolphins have agreed to free agent deals with wide...

 

By Mark Maske | February 29, 2008; 04:12 PM ET | Comments (0)

Vikings Land M. Williams, Plus Other Developments

Safety Madieu Williams, an unrestricted free agent, agreed to a six-year, $34 million contract with the Minnesota Vikings. He leaves the Cincinnati Bengals. The Vikings also signed running back Thomas Tapeh, formerly of Philadelphia. In other deals: The Denver Broncos re-signed reserve tight end Nate Jackson. Linebacker Kawika Mitchell...

 

By Mark Maske | February 29, 2008; 01:32 PM ET | Comments (0)

Early Signings

Free agency is well under way and here are some early moves: The New Orleans Saints have agreements to re-sign linebacker Mark Simoneau and defensive tackle Brian Young. Center Jeff Faine, formerly of the Saints, agreed to a deal with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. The Cleveland Browns re-signed safety...

 

By Mark Maske | February 29, 2008; 10:02 AM ET | Comments (0)

Free Agent Checklist

The top unrestricted free agents, by position: Quarterback 1. Daunte Culpepper, Raiders 2. Byron Leftwich, cut by Falcons 3. Trent Green, cut by Dolphins 4. Todd Collins, Redskins 5. Josh McCown, Raiders 6. Billy Volek, Chargers 7. Cleo Lemon, Dolphins 8. Gus Frerotte, cut by Rams 9. Quinn Gray,...

 

By Mark Maske | February 28, 2008; 06:40 PM ET | Comments (0)

I. Bruce, G. Frerotte Among Late Cuts

More last-second maneuvering before free agency: The St. Louis Rams released veteran wide receiver Isaac Bruce and backup quarterback Gus Frerotte. The San Diego Chargers released fullback Lorenzo Neal, safety Marlon McCree and offensive tackle Shane Olivea. The Baltimore Ravens released center Mike Flynn. The Houston Texans re-signed wide...

 

By Mark Maske | February 28, 2008; 06:12 PM ET | Comments (0)

Colts Cut Two on Defense

More cuts: The Indianapolis Colts released defensive tackle Anthony McFarland and linebacker Rob Morris. The Tennessee Titans cut wide receiver David Givens. The New Orleans Saints released kicker Olindo Mare. It should be a busy day as teams made their final pre-free agency moves....

 

By Mark Maske | February 28, 2008; 10:10 AM ET | Comments (2)

Free Agency Opens Tonight

Free agency opens tonight just after midnight. Quickly, here are my top five unrestricted free agents: 1. Randy Moss, WR, Patriots 2. Asante Samuel, CB, Patriots 3. Lance Briggs, LB, Bears 4. Alan Faneca, G, Steelers 5. Michael Turner, RB, Chargers Most people in the league don't seem to...

 

By Mark Maske | February 28, 2008; 09:56 AM ET | Comments (4)

D. Carr, K. Holcomb, T. Law Among Those Released Today

Catching up on today's comings and goings: The players released included Carolina Panthers quarterback David Carr, Minnesota Vikings quarterback Kelly Holcomb, Baltimore Ravens tailback Mike Anderson, Buffalo Bills running back Anthony Thomas, defensive ends Kevin Carter and Greg Spires of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Kansas City Chiefs cornerback...

 

By Mark Maske | February 27, 2008; 11:00 PM ET | Comments (0)

SpyGate Comes Up During Steroid Hearing

While testifying before the House subcommittee on commerce, trade and consumer protection today, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell was asked about "SpyGate" by Rep. Vito J. Fossella (R-N.Y.). Because the subject of the hearing was the use of performance-enhancing drugs in sports, Rep. Bobby L. Rush (D-Ill.), the chairman of...

 

By Mark Maske | February 27, 2008; 10:00 PM ET | Comments (2)

Goodell, Upshaw Testify Before Congressional Subcommittee

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell and Players Association chief Gene Upshaw testified today before a congressional subcommittee examining the use of performance-enhancing drugs in sports. Also testifying were the commissioners and players' union executive directors of the NBA, NHL and Major League Baseball. Former Senate majority leader George Mitchell, the...

 

By Mark Maske | February 27, 2008; 05:00 PM ET | Comments (0)

Union Accuses Owners of Collusion

INDIANAPOLIS--The NFL Players Association filed a grievance against the league's team owners accusing them of improper collusion for reducing each franchise's debt ceiling by 20 percent. The case is to be heard by Stephen Burbank, the University of Pennsylvania law professor who serves as the NFL's special master, putting...

 

By Mark Maske | February 21, 2008; 05:02 PM ET | Comments (0)

Competition Committee Discussing Re-Seeding Proposal

INDIANAPOLIS--Members of the league's competition committee have begun discussions about a proposal to change the way the NFL seeds teams for the playoffs. The league is attempting to reduce the number of games at the end of the regular season that have no bearing on playoff seedings. One proposal...

 

By Mark Maske | February 21, 2008; 03:31 PM ET | Comments (0)

Goodell Briefs Competition Committee on SpyGate

INDIANAPOLIS--Commissioner Roger Goodell and league attorney Jeff Pash briefed members of the NFL's competition committee here today on the SpyGate investigation. Goodell and Pash explained the league's investigation of the videotaping incident involving the New England Patriots in the opening week of the just-completed season. They told committee members...

 

By Mark Maske | February 21, 2008; 03:09 PM ET | Comments (0)

Franchise Tag Roundup

There have been 11 players league-wide given their teams' franchise tags this offseason. One of them, Indianapolis Colts tight end Dallas Clark, already has signed a new six-year contract to replace his one-year franchise player deal. Here are the other 10 (with their positions, teams and 2008 salaries if...

 

By Mark Maske | February 20, 2008; 07:20 PM ET | Comments (0)

League Appeals Latest Ruling in Vick Bonus Case

The NFL appealed the latest ruling in the Michael Vick bonus money case by U.S. District Judge David Doty. Doty ruled that the Atlanta Falcons were not entitled to force Vick to return $16.22 million in bonus money in the quarterback's 10-year, $130 million contract with the team. That...

 

By Mark Maske | February 14, 2008; 08:27 PM ET | Comments (0)

Goodell Making Rounds on Capitol Hill, Meets With Schumer About Bills

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell met today with Sen. Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) Goodell is to participate with Schumer in an upcoming meeting with Buffalo Bills owner Ralph Wilson about keeping the franchise in Buffalo. The league recently approved a plan for the team to play a limited number of home...

 

By Mark Maske | February 13, 2008; 03:47 PM ET | Comments (0)

Goodell's Meeting With Specter Scheduled for Wednesday

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell is scheduled to meet Wednesday on Capitol Hill with Sen. Arlen Specter (R-Pa.). Specter has been critical in recent weeks of Goodell's handling of the spying scandal involving the New England Patriots, and has threatened to call for hearings on the matter. Wednesday's meeting is...

 

By Mark Maske | February 12, 2008; 06:11 PM ET | Comments (0)

Push Coming to Amend Interviewing Rules for Assistant Coaches

There could be a push this offseason to amend the league's tampering rules when it comes to the ability of assistant coaches to interview for jobs with other teams. Currently, a team must grant a request by another club to interview an assistant for a head coaching job. However,...

 

By Mark Maske | February 12, 2008; 09:28 AM ET | Comments (0)

New Class of Head Coaches Lacks Star Power

The four head coaches hired by NFL teams this offseason were Tony Sparano, John Harbaugh, Mike Smith and Jim Zorn. That perhaps qualifies this year's class of new head coaches as the least celebrated in recent memory. When the just-completed season began, all were NFL assistant coaches but none...

 

By Mark Maske | February 11, 2008; 10:31 AM ET | Comments (1)

Franchise Tags Can Be Applied Beginning Today

Today is the first day on which an NFL team can apply its franchise player tag to one of its players eligible for unrestricted free agency. The period lasts from Feb. 7-21. Most clubs likely will wait until much closer to the deadline to take such an action, however....

 

By Mark Maske | February 7, 2008; 08:38 AM ET | Comments (103)

Judge's Ruling Does Allow Falcons to Try to Get Back $3.75 Million From Vick

The ruling Monday by U.S. District Judge David S. Doty in the Michael Vick contract case does allow the Atlanta Falcons to try to force Vick to return $3.75 million in bonus money. The Falcons had been seeking to force Vick, their quarterback who's serving a 23-month federal prison...

 

By Mark Maske | February 5, 2008; 02:45 PM ET | Comments (0)

Former Patriots Video Assistant Now Is Central Figure In "SpyGate" Investigation

PHOENIX--Members of the NFL's security department are attempting to arrange a meeting with former New England Patriots video assistant Matt Walsh, who has hinted to several news organizations that he has information pertinent to the "SpyGate" case. Walsh now lives in Hawaii but it's unclear if NFL Commissioner Roger...

 

By Mark Maske | February 4, 2008; 08:00 PM ET | Comments (2)

Falcons Express Disappointment With Ruling in Vick Case

PHOENIX--The Atlanta Falcons issued a statement expressing disappointment with U.S. District Judge David S. Doty's decision today in the Michael Vick case. "While we are disappointed by Judge Doty's decision, this ruling does not affect our salary cap management for the 2008 season," team president Rich McKay said in...

 

By Mark Maske | February 4, 2008; 05:57 PM ET | Comments (0)

Falcons Not Entitled to Vick's Bonus Money, Federal Judge Rules

PHOENIX--A federal judge ruled today that the Atlanta Falcons are not entitled to recoup nearly $20 million in bonus money from suspended quarterback Michael Vick. U.S. District Judge David S. Doty overturned an earlier ruling that the Falcons were entitled to pursue the money through arbitration. The Falcons had...

 

By Mark Maske | February 4, 2008; 12:27 PM ET | Comments (0)

Roof Closed

GLENDALE, Ariz.--With rain in the forecast, officials closed the roof at the University of Phoenix Stadium long before kickoff. That ensures there won't be a repeat of last year's rainy Super Bowl in Miami in which the Indianapolis Colts beat the Chicago Bears....

 

By Mark Maske | February 3, 2008; 04:55 PM ET | Comments (142)

Seeding System for Playoffs Could Change

PHOENIX--The NFL will explore the possibility of using a different formula to seed teams for the playoffs to try to eliminate meaningless games at the end of the regular season, Commissioner Roger Goodell said today. Goodell was asked during his news conference about teams resting key players in games...

 

By Mark Maske | February 1, 2008; 05:03 PM ET | Comments (2)

Goodell Defends Decision to Destroy SpyGate Tapes

PHOENIX--NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell today defended his decision to have the league destroy six videotapes handed over by the New England Patriots after the team's spying scandal in September. "I think it was the appropriate thing to do," Goodell said at the commissioner's annual state of the league news...

 

By Mark Maske | February 1, 2008; 04:54 PM ET | Comments (6)

Franchise Figures Released

PHOENIX--The union released the salary figures for next season that teams will have to use to apply the franchise and transition tags to players this offseason. The figures are listed by position and the highest is $10.73 million for a quarterback given the franchise player tag by his team....

 

By Mark Maske | January 31, 2008; 08:15 PM ET | Comments (0)

Ruling Coming in Vick Case

PHOENIX--Richard Berthelsen, the union's general counsel, said a ruling by U.S. District Judge David S. Doty in a case involving suspended Atlanta Falcons quarterback Michael Vick is expected soon. Doty heard the union's appeal of an arbitrator's ruling that could clear the way for the Falcons to retrieve nearly...

 

By Mark Maske | January 31, 2008; 08:03 PM ET | Comments (1)

Upshaw Says Labor Unrest Could Be on Horizon

PHOENIX--The NFL could be headed for another labor confrontation in the fall, Players Association chief Gene Upshaw said here today. The current labor agreement between the franchise owners and the players' union allows either side to reopen the deal by Nov. 8 if it chooses. Upshaw said during his...

 

By Mark Maske | January 31, 2008; 08:00 PM ET | Comments (1)

Not Much Wow Factor in This Offseason's Head Coach Hirings

As the Washington Redskins and other teams have found out in recent weeks, this simply wasn't the offseason to be looking for a coach. Look at the three new head coaches who have been hired league-wide so far: Tony Sparano by the Miami Dolphins, John Harbaugh by the Baltimore...

 

By Mark Maske | January 24, 2008; 02:29 PM ET | Comments (0)

NFL Going Back to London Next Season

The NFL is going back to London, announcing today that it will play a regular season game there again next season. The teams that will play in the game and the venue are to be announced during Super Bowl week, according to the league. This season, the New York...

 

By Mark Maske | January 17, 2008; 03:32 PM ET | Comments (4)

Commissioner Earning His Salary

INDIANAPOLIS--NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell is keeping busy. He was in Green Bay on Saturday for the Packers-Seahawks game, and he's here today at the RCA Dome for the Colts-Chargers game. Goodell loved the snowy setting Saturday in Green Bay. "The only bad part," he said, "was when it was...

 

By Mark Maske | January 13, 2008; 12:05 PM ET | Comments (0)

Wilfork Fined $15,000

The NFL fined New England Patriots defensive tackle Vince Wilfork $15,000 for poking his finger through the facemask of New York Giants tailback Brandon Jacobs during the regular season finale last Saturday night at Giants Stadium. Officials did not see the incident and Wilfork was not penalized during the...

 

By Mark Maske | January 4, 2008; 04:41 PM ET | Comments (0)

NFL Sets Another Attendance Record

The league announced that it set a regular season attendance record for a fifth year in a row. Average attendance was nearly 68,000 fans per game....

 

By Mark Maske | January 3, 2008; 08:02 PM ET | Comments (0)

Dolphins to Pick First in Draft, Rams Second, Patriots Seventh

The league announced the tentative selection order for the NFL draft in April. The Miami Dolphins will have the top overall choice and the St. Louis Rams will pick second. The Atlanta Falcons or Oakland Raiders will select third, to be determined by a coin flip because they're tied...

 

By Mark Maske | December 31, 2007; 03:15 PM ET | Comments (0)

Coaching Carousel Ready to Spin?

It could be a relatively quiet day after the regular season, at least by recent NFL standards. The 32 teams combined to make 17 head coaching changes the previous two offseasons. The Atlanta Falcons already are in the coaching market after Bobby Petrino's resignation earlier this month, and the...

 

By Mark Maske | December 31, 2007; 11:23 AM ET | Comments (0)

Official Fined for Incident With Packers' Barnett

The NFL fined official Jim Quirk for his contact with Green Bay Packers linebacker Nick Barnett during last Sunday's game against the Chicago Bears. Quirk grabbed Barnett from behind and pulled him to the ground in an attempt to keep him from being involved in a confrontation with a...

 

By Mark Maske | December 28, 2007; 03:52 PM ET | Comments (0)

Sapp Fined $75,000

The league fined Oakland Raiders defensive tackle Warren Sapp $75,000 for his conduct during last Sunday's loss to the Jacksonville Jaguars. Sapp received three unsportsmanlike conduct penalties and was ejected from the game. The officials accused him of using foul language, being disrespectful to them and bumping them. Sapp...

 

By Mark Maske | December 27, 2007; 06:32 PM ET | Comments (1)

Union's Final Appeal on Jones's Behalf Denied

The NFL rejected the final appeal by the Players Association of the one-year suspension of Tennessee Titans cornerback Adam (Pacman) Jones for violating the league's personal conduct policy. The union was appealing Commissioner Roger Goodell's decision not to reinstate Jones after 10 games, as the terms of Jones's suspension...

 

By Mark Maske | December 20, 2007; 06:59 PM ET | Comments (0)

League Receives More Prodding by Congress to Settle NFL Network Disputes

The dispute between the league and several large cable television carriers over distribution of the NFL Network continues to draw scrutiny from Capitol Hill. Sens. Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) and Arlen Specter (R-Pa.) sent a letter Wednesday to NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell threatening to reconsider the sport's exemption from federal...

 

By Mark Maske | December 20, 2007; 10:15 AM ET | Comments (0)

R. Williams's Appeal Denied

The league denied the appeal of Dallas Cowboys safety Roy Williams. He must serve a one-game suspension without pay for Sunday's horse-collar tackle of Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Donovan McNabb. Williams is to miss the Cowboys' game Saturday night at Carolina and forfeit his game check of $35,000....

 

By Mark Maske | December 19, 2007; 09:30 PM ET | Comments (0)

R. Williams Given More Time for Appeal

The NFL granted a request by Dallas Cowboys safety Roy Williams to be given more time to appeal his one-game suspension for Sunday's horse-collar tackle of Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Donovan McNabb. The appeal was to be heard and decided today. If the suspension stands, Williams would miss the Cowboys'...

 

By Mark Maske | December 18, 2007; 04:47 PM ET | Comments (0)

R. Williams Suspended For One Game

The league suspended Dallas Cowboys safety Roy Williams for one game without pay late Monday for his horse-collar tackle of Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Donovan McNabb on Sunday. Williams might appeal the suspension. If so, the appeal is to be heard by the league today. If the suspension stands, Williams...

 

By Mark Maske | December 18, 2007; 10:03 AM ET | Comments (2)

Five Falcons Players Fined for Vick-Related Uniform Violations

The NFL fined five Atlanta Falcons players a total of $47,500 for uniform violations during the team's Monday night loss to the New Orleans Saints last week. Wide receiver Roddy White, tight end Alge Crumpler and cornerbacks DeAngelo Hall and Chris Houston were fined $10,000 apiece, and wideout Joe...

 

By Mark Maske | December 18, 2007; 09:47 AM ET | Comments (1)

Last Union Appeal on Jones's Suspension Is Mere Formality

The NFL Players Association's latest appeal of the season-long suspension of Tennessee Titans cornerback Adam (Pacman) Jones is scheduled to be heard Friday. The hearing is to take place by telephone and apparently has virtually no chance of success. Jones was suspended for the entire season by NFL Commissioner...

 

By Mark Maske | December 13, 2007; 11:05 PM ET | Comments (0)

More Jets-Patriots Intrigue

Naturally, there is more intrigue between the New York Jets and New England Patriots as they ready to play Sunday at Gillette Stadium. Jets Coach Eric Mangini told reporters today that the club videotaped last season's playoff game against the Patriots from behind both end zones after being given...

 

By Mark Maske | December 12, 2007; 10:51 PM ET | Comments (0)

J. Stevens Suspended For One Game

Tampa Bay Buccaneers tight end Jerramy Stevens was suspended for one game without pay for violating the NFL's substance abuse policy. Stevens was arrested in March on a drunk driving charge. He also is to be fined an additional game check....

 

By Mark Maske | December 12, 2007; 10:48 AM ET | Comments (0)

Not All That Much Really Left Up For Grabs As Regular Season Winds Down

Perhaps the most remarkable thing as the regular season winds down is how little is up for grabs. All that's really left to be determined in the season's final three weeks is the identity of the sixth and final playoff team in each conference. In the AFC, the Patriots...

 

By Mark Maske | December 12, 2007; 09:00 AM ET | Comments (0)

Ditka Announces He'll Dissolve Fund for Former Players

Mike Ditka announced today that he would dissolve his charitable fund for needy former NFL players. Ditka said during an appearance in Minneapolis to publicize another fund that he would dissolve his Hall of Fame Assistance Trust Fund. USA Today reported last week that the fund had distributed only...

 

By Mark Maske | December 11, 2007; 05:09 PM ET | Comments (0)

Good Behavior Potentially Could Reduce Vick's Prison Stay By About Three Months

Federal rules governing good behavior could reduce the 23-month prison term given today to suspended Atlanta Falcons quarterback Michael Vick by about three months. That could result in Vick being released in the summer of 2009, and perhaps could allow him to attempt to play in the 2009 NFL...

 

By Mark Maske | December 10, 2007; 02:05 PM ET | Comments (0)

Vick Receives 23-Month Prison Sentence

Atlanta Falcons quarterback Michael Vick was sentenced to 23 months in prison by U.S. District Judge Henry Hudson today in Richmond. Vick had been facing a recommended sentence of 12 to 18 months after pleading guilty to a federal conspiracy charge stemming from his participation in a dogfighting operation...

 

By Mark Maske | December 10, 2007; 10:49 AM ET | Comments (0)

Vick Hearing Under Way

The sentencing hearing of suspended Atlanta Falcons quarterback Michael Vick is under way in Richmond. Vick is to be sentenced by U.S. District Judge Henry Hudson. The hearing began at 10 a.m. Vick pleaded guilty to a federal conspiracy charge stemming from his participation in a dogfighting operation based...

 

By Mark Maske | December 10, 2007; 10:35 AM ET | Comments (0)

League Fines Four Ravens Players $70,000 in Total, Official Not Disciplined

Four Baltimore Ravens players were fined a total of $70,000 by the NFL for "abuse" and criticism of the game officials during and after Monday night's loss to the New England Patriots, the league announced today. Linebacker Bart Scott was fined $25,000 for "verbally abusing" the officials and throwing...

 

By Mark Maske | December 7, 2007; 03:33 PM ET | Comments (0)

T. Henry Wins Appeal, Overturns Drug Suspension

Denver Broncos tailback Travis Henry has won his appeal and overturned his one-year suspension for an alleged violation the NFL's substance abuse policy, the Broncos announced today. Henry reportedly tested positive for marijuana in August and was informed in September that he would be suspended for a year. But,...

 

By Mark Maske | December 4, 2007; 05:22 PM ET | Comments (3)

League Investigating Rolle's Allegation Against Official

The NFL is investigating an allegation by Baltimore Ravens cornerback Samari Rolle that an official spoke to him in a demeaning fashion late in Monday night's loss to the New England Patriots. Rolle said that head linesman Phil McKinnely referred to him as "boy." Rolle told reporters after the...

 

By Mark Maske | December 4, 2007; 05:20 PM ET | Comments (0)

Developments in Two Different Courtrooms in Vick Case

U.S. District Judge Henry E. Hudson may have provided a preview of the approach that he will take in sentencing suspended Atlanta Falcons quarterback Michael Vick when he sentenced two of Vick's co-defendants Friday. Hudson sentenced Purnell Peace to 18 months in prison and Quanis Phillips to 21 months...

 

By Mark Maske | December 1, 2007; 11:49 AM ET | Comments (0)

Players' Union Issues Statement on Taylor's Death

The players' union has issued a written statement on Sean Taylor's death. "The NFL Players Association is in deep mourning after the loss of one of our own, Redskins safety Sean Taylor, who died early this morning," the statement says. "We were all shocked and saddened to hear of...

 

By Mark Maske | November 27, 2007; 02:35 PM ET | Comments (0)

Goodell Says Entire NFL "Deeply Saddened" By Taylor's Death

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell has issued a written statement about the death of Washington Redskins safety Sean Taylor. It reads: "The entire NFL is deeply saddened by the death of Sean Taylor. We extend our heartfelt sympathy to Sean's family, friends, teammates, and the Redskins' organization. This is a...

 

By Mark Maske | November 27, 2007; 01:32 PM ET | Comments (0)

Vick's State Trial Scheduled for April

A judge set an April 2 trial date for suspended Atlanta Falcons quarterback Michael Vick to face state dogfighting charges. Lawrence Woodward, one of Vick's attorneys, requested a jury trial during a five-minute hearing today in Sussex, Va. Vick is jailed as he awaits sentencing by a federal judge...

 

By Mark Maske | November 27, 2007; 11:54 AM ET | Comments (0)

League Not Punishing Packers

The NFL isn't punishing the Green Bay Packers after players reportedly offered money to their teammates to keep opponents below certain statistical benchmarks. The practice violates league rules. But a league spokesman indicated that the NFL is leaving the matter to the Packers and the club is ensuring that...

 

By Mark Maske | November 26, 2007; 08:54 PM ET | Comments (0)

Some Field Goals Could Be Subject to Replay Reviews in Future Seasons

The NFL's competition committee will study the issue this offseason of whether instant replay should be made available to review certain field goal attempts, a league spokesman said today. The committee's consideration will come in reaction to the bizarre ending of the Cleveland Browns' triumph Sunday over the Baltimore...

 

By Mark Maske | November 20, 2007; 10:00 PM ET | Comments (0)

Prosecutors Ask Judge to Order Vick to Set Aside Money for Care and Placement of Seized Dogs

Prosecutors asked the judge presiding over Michael Vick's federal case to set aside more than $900,000 of Vick's money for the suspended Atlanta Falcons quarterback to meet his obligation to pay for the care and placement of the dogs seized from his property. The prosecutors cited Vick's "deteriorating financial...

 

By Mark Maske | November 20, 2007; 06:35 PM ET | Comments (0)

Vick Chooses to Begin Prison Term Early

Suspended Atlanta Falcons quarterback Michael Vick has decided to surrender and begin serving his prison sentence immediately, according to court documents. Vick is scheduled to be sentenced on Dec. 10 by U.S. District Judge Henry E. Hudson after pleading guilty to a conspiracy charge related to his participation in...

 

By Mark Maske | November 19, 2007; 02:49 PM ET | Comments (0)

Judge Accepts Jones's Plea Deal

A judge in Las Vegas accepted the terms of the plea agreement of suspended Tennessee Titans cornerback Adam (Pacman) Jones for his involvement in a dispute that led to a February shooting at a strip club. Jones did not appear in court today but is scheduled to appear to...

 

By Mark Maske | November 15, 2007; 02:21 PM ET | Comments (1)

R. Williams's Status With Dolphins Could Be Determined by Meeting With Cameron Today

Ricky Williams is scheduled to be in South Florida today to meet with Miami Dolphins Coach Cam Cameron. Cameron has not said whether the Dolphins will activate the tailback, who was reinstated by NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell on Wednesday after serving a drug-related suspension of more than 18 months....

 

By Mark Maske | November 15, 2007; 09:52 AM ET | Comments (0)

R. Williams Reinstated

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell has reinstated Miami Dolphins running back Ricky Williams after a suspension that lasted more than a year and a half. A source said the Dolphins were informed this morning of Goodell's decision. Williams applied for reinstatement Oct. 1. He was suspended in April 2006 for...

 

By Mark Maske | November 14, 2007; 11:42 AM ET | Comments (1)

Personal Trainer Reportedly Tells Federal Authorities He Supplied Performance-Enhancing Drugs to Cowboys Players

A Plano, Tex., personal trainer reportedly has told federal investigators that he supplied performance-enhancing drugs to Dallas Cowboys players. The trainer, David Jacobs, pleaded guilty in federal court Tuesday to one count of conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute steroids. Under a plea deal, Jacobs reportedly agreed to...

 

By Mark Maske | November 14, 2007; 10:09 AM ET | Comments (8)

Trainer Claiming Ties to Cowboys, Falcons Players Pleads Guilty in Steroids Case

A personal trainer based in Plano, Tex., claiming to have ties to players with the Dallas Cowboys and Atlanta Falcons pleaded guilty in federal court today to one count of conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute steroids. The trainer, David Jacobs, told KTVT-TV in Dallas that he will...

 

By Mark Maske | November 13, 2007; 06:28 PM ET | Comments (0)

Union's Appeal in Jones Case Seems Doomed to Fail

People familiar with the Adam (Pacman) Jones case say the appeal by the NFL Players Association of Commissioner Roger Goodell's decision not to reinstate Jones this season has little to no chance of success. Goodell decided last week not to shorten Jones's season-long suspension for violating the league's personal...

 

By Mark Maske | November 13, 2007; 03:04 PM ET | Comments (0)

Jones Reportedly to Avoid Serving Jail Time Under Plea Deal

Suspended Tennessee Titans cornerback Adam (Pacman) Jones reportedly has agreed to a plea deal in which he will avoid serving jail time in exchange for his testimony about a shooting at a Las Vegas strip club. The Associated Press reported that Jones has agreed to plead no contest to...

 

By Mark Maske | November 13, 2007; 10:57 AM ET | Comments (0)

Officials Instructed to Eject Players for Flagrant Helmet-to-Helmet Hits

The NFL reportedly has instructed game officials to eject players for helmet-to-helmet hits "judged to be flagrant." Teams were informed of the directive in a memo from officiating director Mike Pereira, the Associated Press reported. "Officials will be reminded this week to pay strict attention to these rules and...

 

By Mark Maske | November 10, 2007; 07:28 PM ET | Comments (1)

County Prosecutor in Vick Case Re-Elected

The Surry County, Va., prosecutor who is handling the Michael Vick case was re-elected Tuesday. Gerald Poindexter received 1,657 votes to 1,173 votes for write-in challenger Ed Vaughn, country registrar Lucille Epps told the Associated Press. Poindexter received some criticism for his handling of the case before federal officials...

 

By Mark Maske | November 7, 2007; 02:20 PM ET | Comments (0)

Stroud Suspended

Jacksonville Jaguars defensive tackle Marcus Stroud has been suspended for four games without pay for violating the league's policy on steroids and banned substances. Stroud's suspension is to begin immediately. "Rules are rules," Stroud told a Jacksonville radio station. "I've got to abide by the rules like everybody else....

 

By Mark Maske | November 6, 2007; 08:10 PM ET | Comments (0)

League Announces Goodell Not Reducing Jones's Suspension

The NFL announced today that Commissioner Roger Goodell has decided not to reduce the season-long suspension of Tennessee Titans cornerback Adam (Pacman) Jones for violating the league's personal conduct policy. Goodell had made the suspension reviewable after 10 games and met last week in New York with Jones. But...

 

By Mark Maske | November 6, 2007; 07:03 PM ET | Comments (0)

The Scandal That Wasn't

There were reports throughout the day Monday that the New England Patriots had complained to the league after Sunday's victory in Indianapolis that the Colts were illegally piping artificial crowd noise through speakers at the RCA Dome during the game. It's an accusation that has been made in the...

 

By Mark Maske | November 6, 2007; 10:34 AM ET | Comments (1)

League Fines L. Landry, L. Ramsey One Game Check Each for Illegal Hits

The league handed out hefty fines today to Washington Redskins safety LaRon Landry and Philadelphia Eagles defensive tackle LaJuan Ramsey for illegal hits with their helmets during Sunday's games. Each was fined one game check--$16,764 for Landry and $21,176 for Ramsey. Landry was fined for a helmet-to-helmet hit on...

 

By Mark Maske | November 5, 2007; 08:00 PM ET | Comments (3)

Jones Scheduled to Meet With Commissioner Today But Suspension Not Expected to be Reduced

Suspended Tennessee Titans cornerback Adam (Pacman) Jones is scheduled to meet with NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell today in New York. But several league sources familiar with Jones's case said they do not expect Goodell to shorten Jones's suspension to make him eligible to play in any games this season....

 

By Mark Maske | November 2, 2007; 10:16 AM ET | Comments (0)

D. Florence Fined $15,000 For Hit That Caused Schaub's Concussion

The NFL fined San Diego Chargers cornerback Drayton Florence $15,000 for a hit on Houston Texans quarterback Matt Schaub last weekend. League officials ruled that Florence made an unnecessary helmet-to-helmet hit on Schaub during an interception return. But the Texans considered the penalty insufficient, given that Schaub suffered a...

 

By Mark Maske | November 1, 2007; 09:30 PM ET | Comments (0)

Dungy Stands Ground on Patriots Comments

Even as his team readies to face the New England Patriots on Sunday, Indianapolis Colts Coach Tony Dungy isn't taking back comments that he made just after the Patriots were punished by NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell for using videotaping equipment to steal the signals of the New York Jets...

 

By Mark Maske | November 1, 2007; 09:49 AM ET | Comments (6)

No Hearing in C. Rogers Bonus Forfeiture Case

The league and players' union waived a scheduled hearing this week in the case of former Detroit Lions wide receiver Charles Rogers. Instead, the two sides had a conference call Tuesday and submitted briefs. An arbitrator is to determine whether Rogers must return more than $10 million of his...

 

By Mark Maske | November 1, 2007; 09:32 AM ET | Comments (0)

Nedney Fined for Gesture

San Francisco 49ers kicker Joe Nedney was fined $7,500 by the league for making an obscene gesture during last Sunday's game. Nedney's gesture, directed toward the stands as he sat on the bench after sending a kickoff out of bounds, was picked up on television....

 

By Mark Maske | October 31, 2007; 10:18 PM ET | Comments (0)

Hearing Scheduled For Nov. 30 in Appeal of Key Ruling in Vick Bonus Money Case

A hearing has been scheduled for Nov. 30 before U.S. District Judge David Doty in the NFL Players Association's appeal of a key ruling in the Michael Vick bonus forfeiture case. The Atlanta Falcons are attempting to force Vick, their suspended quarterback, to return $19.97 million of the $37...

 

By Mark Maske | October 26, 2007; 05:06 PM ET | Comments (0)

Chargers-Texans Game to Be Played Sunday Afternoon at Qualcomm Stadium as Scheduled, Mayor's Office Announces

The San Diego Chargers will play as scheduled Sunday afternoon at Qualcomm Stadium against the Houston Texans, the office of San Diego Mayor Jerry Sanders announced today. "Qualcomm Stadium will be ready for NFL football by this weekend," Sanders said in a written statement released by his office. "The...

 

By Mark Maske | October 26, 2007; 03:27 PM ET | Comments (0)

San Diego Mayor's Office Gives Go-Ahead to Playing Sunday at Qualcomm Stadium

The office of San Diego Mayor Jerry Sanders reportedly indicated Thursday night that Qualcomm Stadium will be ready to host the Chargers-Houston Texans game on Sunday afternoon, as scheduled. The mayor's office indicated the final decision about playing the game would be up to the Chargers, the San Diego...

 

By Mark Maske | October 26, 2007; 10:09 AM ET | Comments (1)

Odds Seem to Be Increasing that Game Will Be Played in San Diego

It's looking more and more like the Chargers will play the Houston Texans in San Diego, but perhaps on Monday instead of Sunday. The wildfires raging in San Diego County have had NFL officials considering moving the game to Houston or Dallas. But conditions seem to have improved to...

 

By Mark Maske | October 25, 2007; 07:30 PM ET | Comments (0)

Virginia Prosecutor Reportedly Has Potential Conflict of Interest in Vick Case

Surry County, Va., prosecutor Gerald Poindexter reportedly has a potential conflict of interest in the Michael Vick case. The Virginian-Pilot reported that, according to court records, Poindexter once represented Vick's father, Michael Boddie, in a traffic case. Poindexter filed a petition in 2003 to have Boddie's driving privileges reinstated....

 

By Mark Maske | October 25, 2007; 01:30 PM ET | Comments (1)

Decision on Chargers Game Now Expected Thursday

The decision about when and where the San Diego Chargers' game will be played now is unlikely to come until Thursday. NFL officials had hoped to make a determination by day's end. But they're waiting to hear whether Jerry Sanders, the mayor of San Diego, thinks the game can...

 

By Mark Maske | October 24, 2007; 06:23 PM ET | Comments (0)

Davis's Sale of Minority Stake in Raiders Ratified

The league's team owners today approved the sale of a minority interest in the Oakland Raiders. Raiders owner Al Davis is selling a 20 percent stake in the franchise to businessmen David Abrams, Dan Goldring and Paul Leff....

 

By Mark Maske | October 24, 2007; 04:30 PM ET | Comments (0)

C. Henry Practices With Bengals

Wide receiver Chris Henry participated in the Cincinnati Bengals' practice today after being cleared to do so by the league. But Henry remains ineligible to play in games as he continues to serve an eight-game suspension for violating the NFL's personal conduct policy....

 

By Mark Maske | October 24, 2007; 04:27 PM ET | Comments (0)

League Hopes to Make Decision Later Today About Where, When Chargers Will Play

PHILADELPHIA--NFL officials hope to make a decision later today about whether the Chargers will be able to play their home game as scheduled Sunday in San Diego. NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell said it's possible that the game between the Chargers and Houston Texans could be rescheduled for Monday if...

 

By Mark Maske | October 24, 2007; 11:51 AM ET | Comments (0)

Owners Approve $10 Million Funding to Assist Retired Players

PHILADELPHIA--The NFL's team owners voted unanimously here today to approve $10 million in funding to provide medical assistance to retired players. The new funding supplements the $7 million in funding committed in July by the league, the NFL Players Association and other league-affiliated members of an alliance formed in...

 

By Mark Maske | October 24, 2007; 11:29 AM ET | Comments (2)

Owners Say They Remain Committed to NFL Network Despite Ongoing Disputes With Cable Companies

PHILADELPHIA--When the NFL's team owners decided to pass up hundreds of millions of dollars in potential rights fees to put a package of Thursday and Saturday night games on their league-owned television channel, the NFL Network, beginning last season, their idea was to try to develop a business asset...

 

By Mark Maske | October 24, 2007; 08:53 AM ET | Comments (6)

Goodell Reminds Owners to Play Fair

PHILADELPHIA--In the wake of the spying scandal for which he disciplined the New England Patriots earlier this season, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell told the league's team owners during their meeting here Tuesday that the league will remain vigilant in enforcing rules regarding fair competition. "We talked about the integrity...

 

By Mark Maske | October 24, 2007; 07:30 AM ET | Comments (0)

T. Johnson's Suspension Won't Be Reduced

PHILADELPHIA--NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell said he won't reduce the suspension of Dallas Cowboys defensive tackle Tank Johnson. Johnson, formerly of the Chicago Bears, is serving an eight-game suspension for violating the league's personal conduct policy. Goodell has permitted Johnson to begin practicing with the Cowboys, and he said today...

 

By Mark Maske | October 23, 2007; 08:25 PM ET | Comments (0)

League Considering Contingency Plans In Case Game Can't Be Played in San Diego

PHILADELPHIA--NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell met with San Diego Chargers President Dean Spanos here this evening to discuss contingency plans in case the team is unable to play in San Diego as scheduled Sunday. The wildfires raging in San Diego County have forced the Chargers to leave town. They're scheduled...

 

By Mark Maske | October 23, 2007; 08:23 PM ET | Comments (0)

Strange Call in Bears-Eagles Game Was Correct, Head of Officiating Says

Mike Pereira, the NFL's director of officiating, said today that the rules were properly enforced on the strange play that helped to determine the outcome of the Chicago Bears' win Sunday at Philadelphia. The Bears benefited from a little-known rule. In the fourth quarter of a tied game, Bears...

 

By Mark Maske | October 23, 2007; 04:08 PM ET | Comments (1)

Game Time Could Change Monday Night in Denver

The NFL plans to move up the starting time of Monday night's game in Denver if there's a World Series game in the city that night. Game 5 of the World Series between the Colorado Rockies and Boston Red Sox is scheduled for Monday. If the best-of-seven baseball series...

 

By Mark Maske | October 23, 2007; 03:48 PM ET | Comments (0)

Owners Supportive of Bills' Proposal to Play Some Games in Toronto

PHILADELPHIA--The NFL's franchise owners began discussions of a proposal by the Buffalo Bills to play a limited number of their home games in Toronto. The Bills have received state and county approval of the proposal, which they say is designed to increase the franchise's regional appeal. The measure also...

 

By Mark Maske | October 23, 2007; 01:24 PM ET | Comments (0)

NFL Shortens First Round of Draft

PHILADELPHIA--The NFL is shortening the first round of the draft. As the franchise owners opened a two-day meeting today at a downtown Philadelphia hotel, the league announced that it is shortening the amount of time allowed for first-round selections from 15 minutes to 10 minutes per team. The time...

 

By Mark Maske | October 23, 2007; 12:04 PM ET | Comments (0)

Bills to Present Toronto Plan to Owners

The Buffalo Bills have received county and state approval of their proposal to play one preseason and one regular season home game in Toronto annually, beginning next year. Next up is approval by the NFL. The Bills are scheduled to present the plan to the league's franchise owners during...

 

By Mark Maske | October 22, 2007; 10:05 PM ET | Comments (0)

Bills Say They're Seeking Permission to Play Some Games in Toronto

The Buffalo Bills announced today that they're seeking approval to play a preseason game in Toronto next summer and a regular season game in the Canadian city as early as 2009. The games would be played at the Rogers Center, formerly called the SkyDome. The Bills' lease requires them...

 

By Mark Maske | October 18, 2007; 12:53 PM ET | Comments (0)

K. Robinson Reinstated to Packers

The NFL today reinstated Green Bay Packers wide receiver Koren Robinson, who'd been suspended for violating the league's substance abuse policy. Robinson was scheduled to travel to Green Bay tonight to join the team. Today was the first day that he was eligible to be reinstated from his one-year...

 

By Mark Maske | October 17, 2007; 01:48 PM ET | Comments (0)

No Decision By Goodell Yet About Possibly Shortening T. Johnson's Suspension

An NFL official said that Commissioner Roger Goodell had not made a decision as of earlier today about whether to reinstate Dallas Cowboys defensive tackle Tank Johnson. Johnson is serving an eight-game suspension for violating the league's personal conduct policy but Goodell made the suspension reviewable after six games....

 

By Mark Maske | October 16, 2007; 07:02 PM ET | Comments (0)

Judge Approves Neutering of Dogs Seized in Vick Case

The federal judge in Richmond overseeing the Michael Vick case approved the neutering of fighting dogs seized from the Virginia property of suspended Atlanta Falcons quarterback Michael Vick. U.S. District Judge Henry Hudson also appointed an expert to determine whether the 48 dogs will be euthanized or placed elsewhere....

 

By Mark Maske | October 16, 2007; 06:59 PM ET | Comments (0)

Legal Maneuverings Reportedly Will Keep T. Henry Eligible to Play for Broncos At Least Three More Weeks

Tailback Travis Henry apparently will remain eligible to play for the Denver Broncos for at least three more weeks while legal maneuverings take place in his attempt to keep the NFL from suspending him. Henry is challenging the league in court, reportedly over a failed drug test that has...

 

By Mark Maske | October 12, 2007; 09:41 AM ET | Comments (0)

No Fine for T. Johnson for Taunting T. Green

NFL officials decided against fining Houston Texans defensive tackle Travis Johnson for taunting injured Miami Dolphins quarterback Trent Green during Sunday's game. Johnson was penalized during the game for yelling at Green following the play on which Green was hurt. Gene Washington, the league's director of football operations, reviewed...

 

By Mark Maske | October 10, 2007; 08:20 AM ET | Comments (0)

Bengals Cornerback J. Joseph Suspended for One Game

The NFL suspended Cincinnati Bengals cornerback Johnathan Joseph for one game without pay for a violation of the substance abuse policy. He also was fined an additional game check. Joseph was arrested in January and found to have marijuana....

 

By Mark Maske | October 9, 2007; 08:42 PM ET | Comments (0)

Falcons Make Progress in Vick Bonus Case with Ruling by Special Master

The Atlanta Falcons made legal progress today in their attempt to force suspended quarterback Michael Vick to return $19.97 million of the $37 million in bonus money in his 10-year, $130 million contract. Stephen Burbank, the NFL's special master, ruled that a precedent set in a previous case involving...

 

By Mark Maske | October 9, 2007; 06:37 PM ET | Comments (1)

Goodell to Review T. Johnson's Case Next Week

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell told reporters before tonight's Cowboys-Bills game in Buffalo that he will review the case of suspended defensive tackle Tank Johnson next week. Goodell suspended Johnson, formerly of the Chicago Bears, for the first eight games of the season for violating the NFL's personal conduct policy,...

 

By Mark Maske | October 8, 2007; 04:50 PM ET | Comments (0)

T. Henry Reportedly Facing Possible One-Year Suspension for Positive Marijuana Test

Denver Broncos tailback Travis Henry tested positive for marijuana and is facing a possible one-year suspension by the NFL, KDVR-TV in Denver reported. Henry served a four-game suspension for a violation of the league's substance abuse policy in 2005 while with the Tennessee Titans. Newsday reported that Henry filed...

 

By Mark Maske | October 4, 2007; 09:59 PM ET | Comments (0)

Hearing in Vick Contract Case Done, Parties Told to Expect Ruling By End of Next Week

Today's Michael Vick hearing is over. University of Pennsylvania law professor Stephen Burbank, the NFL's special master, told the parties to expect a ruling by the end of next week. Representatives of the Atlanta Falcons argued to Burbank that Vick should be forced to return about $20 million of...

 

By Mark Maske | October 4, 2007; 02:38 PM ET | Comments (0)

Vick's Contract Case Before NFL's Special Master Today

University of Pennsylvania law professor Stephen Burbank is scheduled to hear arguments today in the Atlanta Falcons' attempt to force suspended quarterback Michael Vick to return a large portion of the $37 million in bonuses in his 10-year, $130 million contract. The hearing is to take place at the...

 

By Mark Maske | October 4, 2007; 11:35 AM ET | Comments (1)

Judge Schedules Nov. 27 Hearing to Determine Trial Date for Vick in State Case

A Surry County, Va., judge today scheduled a Nov. 27 hearing to determine a trial date for suspended Atlanta Falcons quarterback Michael Vick to face state dogfighting charges. Vick did not attend today's initial court appearance in the case in Sussex, Va. Attorney Lawrence Woodward represented Vick and appeared...

 

By Mark Maske | October 3, 2007; 11:21 AM ET | Comments (7)

Vick Attended PETA Class Last Month

Suspended Atlanta Falcons quarterback Michael Vick attended a day-long class on the prevention of animal cruelty last month at the Virginia office of People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals. A source close to Vick said that the quarterback and PETA officials initially discussed the possibility of Vick doing...

 

By Mark Maske | October 2, 2007; 05:37 PM ET | Comments (5)

Police Spoke to Jaguars Rookie Safety About Weekend Shooting

Police in Gainesville, Fla., spoke to Jacksonville Jaguars rookie safety Reggie Nelson on Sunday morning, about 7-1/2 hours after a shooting near a nightclub, according to broadcast and print reports. Nelson reportedly gave the police a statement but is not a suspect in the incident, in which two men...

 

By Mark Maske | October 1, 2007; 04:47 PM ET | Comments (0)

R. Williams Applies to NFL for Reinstatement

Suspended Miami Dolphins tailback Ricky Williams applied to the league for reinstatement, according to his representatives. The former NFL rushing champion has been suspended since April 2006 for violating the league's substance abuse policy. Williams reportedly tested positive for marijuana this past April, pushing back his potential reinstatement. It...

 

By Mark Maske | October 1, 2007; 04:31 PM ET | Comments (0)

Wilfork Fined for Hit That Injured Losman

The NFL fined New England Patriots defensive tackle Vince Wilfork $12,500 for a low hit last weekend that injured Buffalo Bills quarterback J.P. Losman. Wilfork was penalized on the play. Losman suffered a sprained knee and is to miss at least two weeks. Rookie Trent Edwards has taken over...

 

By Mark Maske | September 28, 2007; 10:20 AM ET | Comments (0)

Vick Reportedly Tests Positive for Marijuana

Atlanta Falcons quarterback Michael Vick reportedly tested positive for marijuana this month. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported that, according to court documents, a probation officer requested that U.S. District Judge Henry Hudson impose stricter pretrial release conditions on Vick because a urine sample submitted Sept. 13 by Vick tested positive...

 

By Mark Maske | September 26, 2007; 01:44 PM ET | Comments (0)

Vick's Defense Team Claiming Double Jeopardy

After Michael Vick was indicted today by a grand jury in Virginia on dogfighting charges, Vick's defense team issued a written statement in which it said it would examine the state charges and "aggressively protect his rights to ensure that he is not held accountable for the same conduct...

 

By Mark Maske | September 25, 2007; 09:52 PM ET | Comments (0)

Vick Indicted

A grand jury in Virginia indicted Atlanta Falcons quarterback Michael Vick and three co-defendants today on state charges related to their admitted operation of a dogfighting ring. Vick was indicted for beating or killing or causing dogs to fight other dogs, and engaging in or promoting dogfighting, the Associated...

 

By Mark Maske | September 25, 2007; 01:23 PM ET | Comments (0)

Virginia Prosecutor Indicates He Will Present Evidence to Grand Jury Today in Vick Case

A Virginia prosecutor said he plans to present evidence to a grand jury today, seeking indictments of Atlanta Falcons quarterback Michael Vick and his co-defendants on state charges related to their admitted operation of a dogfighting ring. Gerald Poindexter, the commonwealth attorney for Surry County, Va., told the Associated...

 

By Mark Maske | September 25, 2007; 09:51 AM ET | Comments (0)

And Then There Were Five

The number of unbeaten NFL teams was cut in half Sunday, from 10 to five. The Patriots, Colts, Steelers, Cowboys and Packers won to remain undefeated. The Redskins, Lions, 49ers, Broncos and Texans tumbled from the ranks of the unbeaten. The Patriots and Colts still seem to be a...

 

By Mark Maske | September 24, 2007; 11:13 AM ET | Comments (0)

List of Unbeaten Teams to be Pared Today

PHILADELPHIA--There are 10 unbeaten teams in the NFL entering today's play: the Patriots, Colts, Steelers, Texans, Broncos, Cowboys, Redskins, Lions, Packers and 49ers. Barring ties, there will be, at most, eight undefeated clubs when today is done because the 49ers play the Steelers and the Colts are at Houston....

 

By Mark Maske | September 23, 2007; 11:44 AM ET | Comments (1)

State Charges Against Vick Might Not Come Until After Federal Sentencing in December

A Virginia prosecutor reportedly plans to pursue dogfighting charges against suspended Atlanta Falcons quarterback Michael Vick but might not do so until after Vick is sentenced by a federal judge. Gerald Poindexter, the commonwealth attorney for Surry County, Va., told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution it's possible that he might present...

 

By Mark Maske | September 21, 2007; 11:39 AM ET | Comments (0)

Patriots Case Appears Closed

NFL officials are saying they don't expect any further penalties against the New England Patriots for using videotaping equipment to steal opponents' play signals. The league announced Thursday that the Patriots had complied with the NFL's request to hand over all materials related to their videotaping program, and league...

 

By Mark Maske | September 21, 2007; 10:47 AM ET | Comments (0)

Authorities Reportedly Find Link Between Slain North Carolina Man and Vick's "Bad Newz Kennels"

According to broadcast and print reports, including one in the Charlotte Observer, law enforcement officials have found a link between a North Carolina man found shot to death in his home in April and the "Bad Newz Kennels" of suspended Atlanta Falcons quarterback Michael Vick. A friend reportedly found...

 

By Mark Maske | September 20, 2007; 07:30 AM ET | Comments (0)

T.O. Fined for Touchdown Celebration Inspired By Spying Scandal

The NFL truly has no sense of humor. The league fined Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Terrell Owens $7,500 for his touchdown celebration Sunday that made reference to the spying scandal involving the New England Patriots. After scoring a touchdown against the Miami Dolphins, Owens stood by the goal post...

 

By Mark Maske | September 19, 2007; 09:29 PM ET | Comments (1)

Some of Backlash for Spying Scandal Aimed at Mangini?

One of the curious after-effects of the New England Patriots' spying scandal is that part of the backlash within the league seems to be aimed at New York Jets Coach Eric Mangini. Several people within the league said in recent days that there is anger within the NFL coaching...

 

By Mark Maske | September 19, 2007; 06:48 AM ET | Comments (12)

League Investigating Leak of Patriots' Spy Tape

The league office is conducting an internal investigation to try to determine how a copy of the New England Patriots' spying video was leaked to the Fox television network, an NFL official said. A copy of the tape was aired by Fox on Sunday, showing the New York Jets...

 

By Mark Maske | September 18, 2007; 09:56 PM ET | Comments (0)

Goodell Defends Patriots Sanctions

FOXBOROUGH, Mass.--NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell, criticized by some observers for failing to suspend New England Patriots Coach Bill Belichick, defended the sanctions that he imposed on Belichick and the Patriots during an interview tonight on NBC. Goodell called the potential loss of a first-round draft choice "unprecedented" and "terribly...

 

By Mark Maske | September 16, 2007; 10:03 PM ET | Comments (0)

R. Williams Reportedly Will Seek Reinstatement Next Month

Miami Dolphins running back Ricky Williams reportedly will seek reinstatement to the NFL when he's eligible after Oct. 1. Williams is under suspension for violating the league's substance abuse policy. "He sounds wonderful," David Cornwell, Williams's attorney, told the Associated Press. "He sounds like he's in a great place,...

 

By Mark Maske | September 14, 2007; 07:17 PM ET | Comments (0)

Goodell-Vick Meeting Not Scheduled Yet

The expected meeting between NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell and Atlanta Falcons quarterback Michael Vick hasn't been scheduled yet, two sources familiar with the case said today. Goodell suspended Vick indefinitely after Vick entered a guilty plea in a federal dogfighting case. According to sources, Goodell plans to meet with...

 

By Mark Maske | September 14, 2007; 04:41 PM ET | Comments (0)

Belichick Responds

New England Patriots Coach Bill Belichick issued a written statement tonight after being penalized by NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell for last weekend's spying incident. Belichick, who discussed the incident with Goodell earlier in the week, said in the statement that he accepted "full responsibility" for the incident but blamed...

 

By Mark Maske | September 13, 2007; 11:18 PM ET | Comments (0)

Belichick Fined $500,000, Patriots Stripped of At Least One Draft Pick

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell fined New England Patriots Coach Bill Belichick $500,000 and stripped the team of at least one draft pick, possibly its first-round selection next spring, for using videotaping equipment to try to steal the New York Jets' play signals during a game last Sunday. The Patriots...

 

By Mark Maske | September 13, 2007; 09:19 PM ET | Comments (0)

Eagles Wonder About Super Bowl Loss to Patriots

PHILADELPHIA--With the New England Patriots accused of using videotaping equipment to steal defensive play signals from the New York Jets last weekend, some Philadelphia Eagles players said today they wonder if they might have been cheated out of a Super Bowl title three seasons ago. The Eagles lost the...

 

By Mark Maske | September 13, 2007; 04:58 PM ET | Comments (6)

Goodell, Upshaw to Testify Before Senate Committee Tuesday

Commissioner Roger Goodell, Players Association chief Gene Upshaw and former Chicago Bears coach Mike Ditka are among those scheduled to testify before the Senate commerce committee during a hearing Tuesday. The hearing deals with benefits for former players....

 

By Mark Maske | September 12, 2007; 03:46 PM ET | Comments (4)

Hearing Over Vick Contract Scheduled for October

An Oct. 4 hearing has been scheduled in the Atlanta Falcons' attempt to retrieve bonus money from suspended quarterback Michael Vick's 10-year, $130 million contract. The hearing is to take place before Stephen Burbank, the University of Pennsylvania law professor who is the NFL's special master, charged with resolving...

 

By Mark Maske | September 12, 2007; 03:14 PM ET | Comments (13)

Belichick Issues Apology for Spying Incident

New England Patriots Coach Bill Belichick issued an apology today for the incident in which his team is accused of improperly stealing signals by New York Jets coaches during a game last weekend at Giants Stadium. Belichick also indicated that he'd spoken to NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell this week...

 

By Mark Maske | September 12, 2007; 01:49 PM ET | Comments (0)

Goodell Prepared to Strip Patriots of Draft Picks

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell is prepared to strip draft picks from the New England Patriots as punishment for Sunday's incident in which they allegedly used videotaping equipment to steal the play signals of the New York Jets, two sources familiar with the league's investigation into the matter said today....

 

By Mark Maske | September 11, 2007; 07:20 PM ET | Comments (3)

League Investigating Charge that Patriots Improperly Monitored Jets' Play Signals

NFL officials are investigating an incident in which a New England Patriots employee who was on the field during Sunday's triumph over the New York Jets at Giants Stadium was accused of videotaping Jets coaches on their sideline signaling play calls to players on the field, a league source...

 

By Mark Maske | September 10, 2007; 03:24 PM ET | Comments (0)

NFL Rescinds Rucker's Suspension

The NFL overturned a one-game suspension of Cincinnati Bengals defensive end Frostee Rucker, according to Rucker's attorney. Rucker had appealed his one-game suspension for a violation of the NFL's personal conduct policy. The penalty had been imposed after Rucker pleaded no contest in April to charges stemming from a...

 

By Mark Maske | September 7, 2007; 06:47 PM ET | Comments (1)

Fomer Players' Lawsuit Against Union Dismissed

A federal judge in California dismissed a lawsuit by former NFL player Bernie Parrish accusing the players' union of unfair competition. The lawsuit by Parrish and two other retired NFL players accused the union and its licensing arm, Players Inc., of inadequately representing 3,500 former players. U.S. District Judge...

 

By Mark Maske | September 7, 2007; 05:08 PM ET | Comments (0)

Goodell Says He Thinks League Emerged Mostly Unscathed from Controversial Offseason

INDIANAPOLIS--NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell said as the new season got under way here tonight that he believes the league emerged from its turbulent offseason, filled with controversies that included Goodell's crackdown on player misconduct, with its reputation basically intact. "In talking to fans, in talking to our business partners,...

 

By Mark Maske | September 6, 2007; 09:01 PM ET | Comments (0)

The Season Is Almost Here

INDIANAPOLIS--It's a gray, drizzly afternoon in Indianapolis, and the NFL season is almost at hand. It opens here tonight with the Colts hosting the New Orleans Saints at the RCA Dome. The Colts are to unfurl their Super Bowl championship banner during a pregame ceremony that follows a concert...

 

By Mark Maske | September 6, 2007; 02:00 PM ET | Comments (0)

Goodell Says Vick Should Be Focused on Legal Troubles, Not Return to NFL

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell is making the television rounds as the new season approaches, but isn't saying much about the indefinite suspension that he imposed on Atlanta Falcons quarterback Michael Vick after Vick pleaded guilty in his federal dogfighting case. Goodell basically avoided the subject in separate interviews with...

 

By Mark Maske | September 4, 2007; 08:47 PM ET | Comments (0)

No Other Drug Suspensions Stemming from Albany Probe Pending, According to League Officials

NFL officials say they've been given no more names by drug investigators of players or coaches in the league possibly involved in obtaining and using performance-enhancing substances. The league suspended New England Patriots safety Rodney Harrison and Dallas Cowboys quarterbacks coach Wade Wilson in recent days after being alerted...

 

By Mark Maske | September 3, 2007; 10:09 AM ET | Comments (0)

NFL Suspends Cowboys' Quarterbacks Coach

The NFL announced its second suspension in two days for use of a performance-enhancing substance, this one of Dallas Cowboys assistant coach Wade Wilson. Wilson, a former NFL quarterback who is now the Cowboys' quarterbacks coach, was suspended for the first five games of the season and fined $100,000...

 

By Mark Maske | September 1, 2007; 03:30 PM ET | Comments (0)

R. Harrison Suspended After Admitting HGH Use

The NFL suspended New England Patriots veteran safety Rodney Harrison for four games after he admitted to league officials that he used human growth hormone, two sources familiar with the case said tonight. People familiar with the league's drug-testing program said they believed that Harrison is the first NFL...

 

By Mark Maske | August 31, 2007; 11:05 PM ET | Comments (0)

Vick Radio Appearance Canceled, According to Host

Michael Vick canceled a radio appearance scheduled for this morning, host Tom Joyner said on his nationally syndicated show. Joyner said that Vick apologized to him after being told by his advisers not to appear. The Atlanta Falcons quarterback addressed reporters Monday in Richmond after entering his guilty plea...

 

By Mark Maske | August 28, 2007; 11:00 AM ET | Comments (6)

Falcons Might Not Be Able to Get More Than $6 Million Back From Vick

Here are the ins and outs of the Atlanta Falcons' attempt to try to force quarterback Michael Vick to return a portion of the $37 million in bonuses in his 10-year, $130 million contract: Vick's contract, signed in December 2004, contained a $7.5 million signing bonus and two roster...

 

By Mark Maske | August 27, 2007; 10:05 PM ET | Comments (3)

Vick Enters Guilty Plea, Scheduled to Speak Publicly This Morning

Michael Vick entered his guilty plea to a federal conspiracy charge this morning in a Richmond courtroom. The Atlanta Falcons quarterback is scheduled to speak to reporters in an 11:30 a.m. news conference at a Richmond hotel, according to William R. (Billy) Martin, Vick's Washington-based attorney. Martin said outside...

 

By Mark Maske | August 27, 2007; 11:03 AM ET | Comments (0)

Falcons Reportedly Plan to Try to Force Vick to Return $22 Million in Bonus Money

The Atlanta Falcons reportedly intend to try to force quarterback Michael Vick to return a significant portion of the $37 million in bonus money in his 10-year, $130 million contract. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported that the team plans to attempt to recoup $22 million. Vick was suspended indefinitely Friday...

 

By Mark Maske | August 26, 2007; 07:51 PM ET | Comments (0)

NFL Suspending Vick Indefinitely

The NFL is suspending Atlanta Falcons quarterback Michael Vick indefinitely, a source said. The suspension is to be announced this evening....

 

By Mark Maske | August 24, 2007; 05:20 PM ET | Comments (0)

Vick's Plea Deal Filed With Court

Atlanta Falcons quarterback Michael Vick's plea agreement was filed today in federal court in Richmond. Federal prosecutors and Vick's attorneys took the unusual step of filing the deal with the court three days before Vick's scheduled appearance Monday before U.S. District Judge Henry E. Hudson, who must decide whether...

 

By Mark Maske | August 24, 2007; 12:40 PM ET | Comments (1)

Vick Won't Admit to Killing Dogs or Gambling, But Plea Deal Not Expected to Unravel

A source familiar with the Michael Vick case this morning confirmed an ESPN report that the Atlanta Falcons quarterback won't admit to killing dogs or gambling on dogfights when he pleads guilty Monday to a federal dogfighting charge. Vick will plead guilty to the conspiracy count on which he...

 

By Mark Maske | August 24, 2007; 09:35 AM ET | Comments (4)

Vick, Goodell Will Meet, But It's Not Scheduled Yet

There indeed will be a meeting between Atlanta Falcons quarterback Michael Vick and NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell before Goodell decides what punishment the league will impose on Vick, sources familiar with Vick's case said today. But the meeting hasn't been scheduled yet, said the sources. Vick's lawyers announced Monday...

 

By Mark Maske | August 22, 2007; 04:35 PM ET | Comments (0)

NAACP Leader Says Vick Should Be Allowed to Return to NFL In Future

The head of the Atlanta chapter of the NAACP is urging the NFL to allow Falcons quarterback Michael Vick to play in the league again after he serves his sentence for pleading guilty in his dogfighting case. "As a society, we should aid in his rehabilitation and welcome a...

 

By Mark Maske | August 22, 2007; 01:35 PM ET | Comments (0)

Meeting Between Vick, Goodell Might Be Scheduled Before League's Disciplinary Decision

Michael Vick's representatives plan to try to arrange a meeting between the Atlanta Falcons quarterback and NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell before Goodell decides what discipline the league will impose on Vick, sources familiar with Vick's case said today. NFL officials said that Goodell had not decided what punishment to...

 

By Mark Maske | August 21, 2007; 10:00 PM ET | Comments (0)

Will Vick Ever Play in the NFL Again?

The question being asked by people both inside and outside the NFL on the morning after Michael Vick agreed to plead guilty to the federal dogfighting charges against him is this: Will Vick ever play in the NFL again? Here's one view: It's too soon to know. Vick is...

 

By Mark Maske | August 21, 2007; 09:29 AM ET | Comments (0)

Vick Agrees to Plead Guilty, According to Lawyer

Atlanta Falcons quarterback Michael Vick has agreed to plead guilty to the federal dogfighting charges against him under a deal reached today between his attorneys and prosecutors, his lawyer said. William R. (Billy) Martin, Vick's Washington-based attorney, said that Vick decided to accept the plea deal after talking to...

 

By Mark Maske | August 20, 2007; 03:08 PM ET | Comments (0)

Plea Deal in Vick Case Could Be Announced This Afternoon

There were growing indications today that Michael Vick's attorneys could complete a plea agreement with federal prosecutors and perhaps announce as soon as this afternoon that the Atlanta Falcons quarterback has accepted the deal. A source familiar with the case, speaking on the condition of anonymity because nothing had...

 

By Mark Maske | August 20, 2007; 01:18 PM ET | Comments (0)

Two Remaining Vick Co-Defendants Enter Guilty Pleas

Michael Vick's two remaining co-defendants pleaded guilty today in federal court in Richmond to the dogfighting charges against them. Purnell Peace and Quanis Phillips joined fellow co-defendant Tony Taylor, who pleaded guilty last month. Vick's attorneys have been negotiating a potential plea deal with prosecutors in which the Atlanta...

 

By Mark Maske | August 17, 2007; 10:24 AM ET | Comments (1)

Vick Considering Plea Deal

Atlanta Falcons quarterback Michael Vick and his attorneys were deliberating today about whether to accept a plea agreement with federal prosecutors. There were indications that a plea deal perhaps could be completed quickly if Vick gives his approval. Sources familiar with the situation said that Vick's lawyers had made...

 

By Mark Maske | August 15, 2007; 08:00 PM ET | Comments (0)

Atlanta TV Station Reports There's Division Within Vick's Defense Team Over Plea Deal Decision

An Atlanta television station reported today that there is division within the defense team of Falcons quarterback Michael Vick about whether to accept a plea agreement in his federal dogfighting case. Vick's attorneys are in plea negotiations with federal prosecutors, according to sources. A source said Tuesday night that...

 

By Mark Maske | August 15, 2007; 10:25 AM ET | Comments (4)

Two Remaining Vick Co-Defendants Reportedly Could Enter Plea Agreements This Week

Michael Vick's remaining two co-defendants in his federal dogfighting case have scheduled hearings for late this week to possibly enter plea agreements, the Associated Press reported. Quanis Phillips and Purnell Peace reportedly scheduled hearings for Thursday and Friday. Another co-defendant, Tony Taylor, previously pleaded guilty to the dogfighting charges...

 

By Mark Maske | August 13, 2007; 10:31 PM ET | Comments (3)

Wrestling Appearance Is All Talk for Jones

Suspended Tennessee Titans cornerback Adam (Pacman) Jones appeared in a pay-per-view pro wrestling event Sunday and seemed to stick to the terms of an agreement crafted Friday between representatives of the Titans, Jones and Total Nonstop Action Wrestling. Jones was shown being taken away on a stretcher after what...

 

By Mark Maske | August 13, 2007; 09:36 AM ET | Comments (2)

League Officials Say Goodell Has Not Decided on Disciplinary Action Against Vick

NFL officials say that Commissioner Roger Goodell hasn't made a decision yet about possible disciplinary action against Atlanta Falcons quarterback Michael Vick. Goodell continues to await the completion of the league's review of the case, which is being conducted by D.C. attorney Eric Holder. Vick is scheduled to go...

 

By Mark Maske | August 13, 2007; 09:07 AM ET | Comments (0)

Titans, Jones Reach Compromise on Wrestling Participation

Suspended cornerback Adam (Pacman) Jones and Tennessee Titans officials reportedly reached an agreement Friday night that will allow Jones to participate in a pro wrestling circuit but not as a wrestler. The Tennessean reported that the compromise was struck during a six-hour meeting Friday night between representatives of Jones,...

 

By Mark Maske | August 11, 2007; 09:29 AM ET | Comments (0)

Titans Obtain Temporary Restraining Order to Keep Jones Out of Wrestling Ring

The Tennessee Titans reportedly obtained a temporary restraining order today to prevent suspended cornerback Adam (Pacman) Jones from participating in a pro wrestling event. The Tennessean reported that Williamson County Judge Jeffrey Bivins signed the order and scheduled the case to be heard, but it's not known yet when....

 

By Mark Maske | August 10, 2007; 04:37 PM ET | Comments (0)

Instant Replay Is Going High-Definition

One offseason rule change made by the NFL that's going into effect for this weekend's preseason games is that most stadiums now have high-definition television equipment for the instant replay officials. High-definition equipment has been installed in all but three stadiums--Giants Stadium, Texas Stadium and the RCA Dome. Those...

 

By Mark Maske | August 10, 2007; 10:02 AM ET | Comments (0)

Bears Fullback Suspended for Violation of Steroid Policy

The NFL suspended Chicago Bears fullback Obafemi Ayanbadejo for the first four games of the regular season for a violation of the league's policy on steroids and banned substances. Ayanbadejo signed with the Bears in the offseason after spending three seasons with the Arizona Cardinals....

 

By Mark Maske | August 9, 2007; 05:07 PM ET | Comments (0)

League Officials Mum on Status of Review of Vick Case

NFL officials are saying little or nothing about the league's review of the Michael Vick case that is to determine the playing status of the Atlanta Falcons quarterback. It's been 15 days since NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell ordered Vick not to report to the Falcons' training camp four days...

 

By Mark Maske | August 7, 2007; 09:25 AM ET | Comments (0)

Jones Reportedly Set for Pro Wrestling Debut

Suspended Tennessee Titans cornerback Adam (Pacman) Jones reportedly will make his debut on a pro wrestling circuit this week, although it remains unclear if he will be a wrestler or participating in another capacity. Jones has signed with Total Nonstop Action Wrestling and is to be in a ring...

 

By Mark Maske | August 6, 2007; 12:58 PM ET | Comments (1)

Three First-Rounders Left Unsigned

Only three first-round draft picks league-wide remain unsigned after two first-rounders completed deals Sunday. The Carolina Panthers signed linebacker Jon Beason, the 25th overall selection in April, and the Kansas City Chiefs completed a deal with wide receiver Dwayne Bowe, the 23rd choice, Sunday. That leaves only Oakland Raiders...

 

By Mark Maske | August 6, 2007; 10:19 AM ET | Comments (1)

Browns Tackle Suspended By League for Violation of Steroid Policy

The NFL suspended Cleveland Browns offensive tackle Ryan Tucker for the first four games of the regular season for violating the league's policy on steroids and banned substances. "I didn't intend to compromise the integrity of the NFL [or] my team," Tucker said after the Browns' morning practice, according...

 

By Mark Maske | August 3, 2007; 02:10 PM ET | Comments (1)

McNabb Expresses Support For Vick

BETHLEHEM, Pa. Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Donovan McNabb expressed support for Michael Vick during an interview here Tuesday. "I'm a supporter of Vick," McNabb said. "That's because I'm a good friend of his and also we're guys that obviously compete to win the Super Bowl. We push each other. Now,...

 

By Mark Maske | August 1, 2007; 03:55 PM ET | Comments (32)

Vick Says in Radio Interview He's Put Team's Owner, Fans "Through a Lot"

Michael Vick said in an interview with an Atlanta radio station today that he hopes to play for the Falcons again but is uncertain whether he will be able to do so. "Hopefully I'll see you all again," Vick said in a taped interview. "It remains to be seen....

 

By Mark Maske | July 30, 2007; 02:25 PM ET | Comments (0)

Jones Reportedly Could Be Involved in Pro Wrestling Circuit During NFL Suspension

Suspended Tennessee Titans cornerback Adam (Pacman) Jones reportedly is in discussions to be involved in a pro wrestling circuit. One of Jones's attorneys, Worrick Robinson, told the Tennessean that Jones could have a role in Total Nonstop Action Wrestling. Jones would not be a wrestler, Robinson told the newspaper....

 

By Mark Maske | July 30, 2007; 02:08 PM ET | Comments (0)

D. Sanders's Newspaper Column on Vick Controversy Pulled

The NFL Network prohibited one of its analysts, Deion Sanders, from having a column published in a Florida newspaper over the weekend to defend his views on Atlanta Falcons quarterback Michael Vick. Sanders wrote in his previous weekly column for the Fort Myers News-Press that he was "more concerned...

 

By Mark Maske | July 30, 2007; 01:53 PM ET | Comments (1)

Co-Defendant in Vick Case Pleads Guilty

One of the three men indicted with Michael Vick on federal dogfighting charges pleaded guilty today. Tony Taylor is to be sentenced on Dec. 14. Taylor's plea came as part of an agreement with prosecutors. According to the Associated Press, Taylor said he was not promised a specific sentence....

 

By Mark Maske | July 30, 2007; 10:37 AM ET | Comments (0)

Only Seven First-Rounders Still Without Deals

The deals are coming fast and furious now, and only seven of the 32 first-round draft picks league-wide haven't agreed to contracts with their teams. The top two selections in April, Oakland Raiders quarterback JaMarcus Russell and Detroit Lions wide receiver Calvin Johnson, remain unsigned. So, too, are Arizona...

 

By Mark Maske | July 30, 2007; 09:59 AM ET | Comments (0)

Deals Done for More Than Half of First-Rounders

Seventeen of the 32 first-round draft picks have agreed to contracts with their teams. Agreeing today were wide receiver Ted Ginn Jr. (the No. 9 overall selection) with the Miami Dolphins, defensive end Adam Carriker (13th) with the St. Louis Rams and safety Brandon Meriweather (24th) with the New...

 

By Mark Maske | July 27, 2007; 06:11 PM ET | Comments (0)

League Denies Jones's Request to Participate in Titans' Camp

The NFL has denied a request by suspended Tennessee Titans cornerback Adam (Pacman) Jones to participate in training camp. Jones and his representatives had hoped that NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell would allow Jones to report to camp. But the Titans apparently opposed to the idea, and the league rejected...

 

By Mark Maske | July 26, 2007; 01:57 PM ET | Comments (1)

Two D.C. Attorneys Playing Key Roles in Vick Case

Two prominent Washington-area lawyers became involved in the Michael Vick case this week. On Monday, Vick hired William R. "Billy" Martin to represent him. Martin is a partner at Sutherland Asbill & Brennan whose clients have included former NBA player Jayson Williams, Monica Lewinsky and her mother and the...

 

By Mark Maske | July 26, 2007; 12:59 PM ET | Comments (3)

T. Johnson Suspended for Eight Games

The NFL today suspended Chicago Bears defensive tackle Tank Johnson for eight games for violating the league's conduct policy. Johnson was recently released from prison after serving half of a 120-day sentence for violating his probation in a gun case. His suspension is the third significant disciplinary action taken...

 

By Mark Maske | June 4, 2007; 03:24 PM ET | Comments (1)

Tragedy Strikes Again as M. Hill Becomes Third Active NFL Player to Die This Offseason

For the third time this offseason, an active NFL player has died. Authorities in New Orleans on Monday identified a body pulled from Lake Pontchartrain as that of New England Patriots defensive end Marquise Hill. There had been a search for Hill being conducted since he and a female...

 

By Mark Maske | May 29, 2007; 10:53 AM ET | Comments (0)

NFL Security Officers Reportedly Contact County Investigators in Vick Case

NFL security officials reportedly have offered their assistance to Surry County, Va., investigators who are looking into allegations that Atlanta Falcons quarterback Michael Vick was involved in a dog-fighting operation in Virginia. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported today that members of the league's security staff called county officials and showed...

 

By Mark Maske | May 25, 2007; 09:30 AM ET | Comments (0)

C. Henry Didn't Fail Drug Test

Officials said Wednesday that Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver Chris Henry has not failed a court-ordered drug test. A Kentucky prosecutor told reporters Monday that Henry had failed a drug test and could be subject to jail time, but later that day the prosecutor's office backed off that contention and...

 

By Mark Maske | May 24, 2007; 10:38 AM ET | Comments (0)

Owners' Decision About 2011 Super Bowl Host Seemingly Was a Money Decision

NASHVILLE, Tenn.--The decision by the NFL's team owners here Tuesday to award the 2011 Super Bowl to the Dallas area instead of Indianapolis seems to have been made largely for financial reasons. The Cowboys and Colts both have new stadiums on the way. The domed stadium in Indianapolis, scheduled...

 

By Mark Maske | May 23, 2007; 12:05 AM ET | Comments (7)

T. Johnson Ruling Could Come Soon

NASHVILLE, Tenn.--NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell appears poised to rule on a possible suspension of Chicago Bears defensive tackle Tank Johnson for violating the league's conduct policy. Goodell met with Johnson last week in New York after Johnson was released from prison. Johnson served half of a 120-day sentence for...

 

By Mark Maske | May 22, 2007; 08:55 PM ET | Comments (0)

Competition Committee Recommends That Goodell Shorten Draft

NASHVILLE, Tenn.--The NFL's competition committee has recommended to Commissioner Roger Goodell that he take steps to shorten the draft, Goodell said here today. Goodell discussed the possibility with the franchise owners during today's meeting here but took no action. During his post-meeting news conference, Goodell said he plans to...

 

By Mark Maske | May 22, 2007; 08:34 PM ET | Comments (1)

Goodell Says He's "Very Concerned" About Vick Allegations But Not Ready to Decide About Discipline

NASHVILLE, Tenn.--NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell said here today that he's "very concerned" about the allegations that Atlanta Falcons quarterback Michael Vick might have been involved in a dogfighting operation in Virginia but is not prepared to make a decision about possible disciplinary action. Authorities are investigating Vick's possible involvement,...

 

By Mark Maske | May 22, 2007; 08:17 PM ET | Comments (15)

Concussion Recommendations Presented to Teams

NASHVILLE, Tenn.--At today's owners' meeting, the league presented the teams with a set of medical recommendations for handling concussions suffered by players. The recommended practices were drawn up by the league's committee on mild-traumatic brain injury, and include a "whistle-blower" provision in which anyone can anonymously report an incident...

 

By Mark Maske | May 22, 2007; 04:24 PM ET | Comments (2)

Owners Award 2011 Super Bowl to Dallas

NASHVILLE, Tenn.--The NFL's franchise owners voted during a meeting here today to award the 2011 Super Bowl to the Dallas area. Indianapolis and Phoenix also submitted bids, and Dallas and Indianapolis had been regarded as the favorites. The game is to be played in the $1 billion stadium that's...

 

By Mark Maske | May 22, 2007; 02:38 PM ET | Comments (4)

Owners to Select Host of 2011 Super Bowl During Meeting Tuesday

The owners are scheduled to choose a host city for the 2011 Super Bowl when they meet Tuesday in Nashville. Dallas and Indianapolis are regarded as the front-runners. Both cities are building new stadiums. Phoenix also has submitted a bid. The owners also might talk about the possibility of...

 

By Mark Maske | May 21, 2007; 08:00 PM ET | Comments (2)

Accounts Differ on Result of Court-Ordered Drug Test for C. Henry

There were conflicting reports today about a court-ordered drug test taken by suspended Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver Chris Henry. A prosecutor in Kentucky told reporters that Henry had failed a drug test and could be facing jail time. But later in the day, the prosecutor's office indicated that results...

 

By Mark Maske | May 21, 2007; 04:15 PM ET | Comments (1)

Vick Case Drawing Congressional Scrutiny

The possible involvement of Atlanta Falcons quarterback Michael Vick in a dog fighting ring in Virginia is drawing attention on Capitol Hill. Rep. Tom Lantos (D-Calif.) wrote a letter today to NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell urging him to take strong disciplinary action against Vick if it's determined that Vick...

 

By Mark Maske | May 18, 2007; 11:16 PM ET | Comments (3)

Ticket Sales Brisk For London Game

Tickets to the Giants-Dolphins game in London in October are going fast. It took only an hour and a half for the league to sell 40,000 tickets Wednesday. The game is to be played on Oct. 28 at Wembley Stadium. It will be the second regular season NFL game...

 

By Mark Maske | May 17, 2007; 09:56 AM ET | Comments (0)

First Round of Draft Could Be Shortened

NFL officials are considering reducing the amount of time allotted to each team to make its first-round selection during the draft, a league source said this morning. Currently, each club is given 15 minutes to make its first-round pick. It's possible that will be reduced to 10 minutes. Last...

 

By Mark Maske | May 17, 2007; 09:52 AM ET | Comments (0)

T. Johnson Meets With Commissioner, No Decision Yet On Possible Suspension

Chicago Bears defensive tackle Tank Johnson had a hearing before NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell on Wednesday in New York. Johnson is facing a possible suspension by Goodell for violating the league's conduct policy. Over the weekend, Johnson was released from prison after serving half of a 120-day sentence for...

 

By Mark Maske | May 17, 2007; 09:09 AM ET | Comments (0)

T. Johnson Set For Hearing Before Commissioner

Chicago Bears defensive tackle Tank Johnson, facing a possible suspension for violating the league's conduct policy, is scheduled to have a hearing before NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell on Wednesday in New York. Johnson just finished serving 60 days of a 120-day jail sentence for violating his probation in a...

 

By Mark Maske | May 15, 2007; 06:51 PM ET | Comments (0)

T. Johnson Released From Jail

Chicago Bears defensive tackle Tank Johnson was released from prison Sunday after serving half of a 120-day sentence for violating his probation in a gun case. He was released for good behavior. Johnson is scheduled to have a hearing Wednesday in New York before NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell. Owners...

 

By Mark Maske | May 14, 2007; 10:15 AM ET | Comments (0)

Few In League Expect Goodell to Reduce Jones's Suspension

Tennessee Titans cornerback Adam (Pacman) Jones had a hearing before NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell on Friday in New York, as scheduled. Jones is appealing the season-long suspension imposed on him by Goodell for violating the league's conduct policy. Jones and his representatives have cited the punishments handed down to...

 

By Mark Maske | May 14, 2007; 10:07 AM ET | Comments (0)

R. Williams's Reinstatement Delayed By Positive Marijuana Test

Suspended Miami Dolphins tailback Ricky Williams tested positive last month for marijuana use, an NFL source said. Williams sat out last season and continues to serve a one-year suspension for violating the league's substance abuse policy. He has applied for reinstatement but now won't be eligible before September, said...

 

By Mark Maske | May 11, 2007; 03:15 PM ET | Comments (0)

T. Johnson's Hearing Set for Next Wednesday

Chicago Bears defensive tackle Tank Johnson is scheduled to have a hearing before NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell next Wednesday in New York. Johnson is completing a 120-day jail term for violating his probation in a gun case. Several NFL sources familiar with Johnson's case have said in recent weeks...

 

By Mark Maske | May 10, 2007; 08:56 PM ET | Comments (0)

Jones's Appeal Hearing Set For May 11

The hearing for Tennessee Titans cornerback Adam (Pacman) Jones's appeal of his season-long suspension has been scheduled for May 11 in New York. Jones's appeal is to be heard by Commissioner Roger Goodell, who imposed the suspension last month. Goodell made the suspension reviewable after 10 games. Goodell found...

 

By Mark Maske | May 4, 2007; 10:28 PM ET | Comments (1)

Concussion Summit Scheduled For Next Month

The NFL plans to conduct a concussion summit next month. According to the league, Commissioner Roger Goodell has told the 32 teams that each of them must send members of their medical departments to a meeting in Chicago scheduled for June 19. The representatives are to discuss issues related...

 

By Mark Maske | May 2, 2007; 04:17 PM ET | Comments (3)

Bears' T. Johnson Pleads Guilty to Misdemeanor Gun Charge

Chicago Bears defensive tackle Tank Johnson pleaded guilty today to a misdemeanor gun charge. Johnson pleaded guilty to possessing a firearm without an owner's identification as part of a deal with prosecutors to avoid additional jail time. He is to serve 45 days in jail, a term that is...

 

By Mark Maske | April 30, 2007; 03:31 PM ET | Comments (0)

Jones Appeals Season-Long Suspension

Tennessee Titans cornerback Adam (Pacman) Jones has notified the league office that he is appealing the season-long suspension imposed on him by NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell for violating the league's conduct policy. Goodell suspended Jones, who's been questioned by the police in a series of incidents since being drafted...

 

By Mark Maske | April 30, 2007; 02:57 PM ET | Comments (0)

Most of the Big Proposed Trades Didn't Happen

The draft is over, and one of the big stories is the trade that did get made: Wide receiver Randy Moss goes from the Oakland Raiders to the New England Patriots. But a draft weekend that was supposed to be filled with significant trades wasn't. Quarterback Trent Green still...

 

By Mark Maske | April 30, 2007; 10:17 AM ET | Comments (0)

Long First Round Filled With Defensive Linemen, Wide Receivers, Safeties

NEW YORK--The first round of the draft lasted 6 hours 8 minutes, making it the longest first round in draft history. Some tends went as expected: There were seven defensive linemen, six wide receivers and four safeties taken in the opening round. The rest of the breakdown went like...

 

By Mark Maske | April 28, 2007; 06:45 PM ET | Comments (0)

Players to Undergo Annual Neurological Exams

Commissioner Roger Goodell said today the league plans to require teams to have all their players undergo annual neurological examinations. Many teams already do that, but Goodell said the league is taking steps to try to protect players from concussions. Goodell said that players will be urged to fasten...

 

By Mark Maske | April 26, 2007; 09:20 PM ET | Comments (0)

Additional Regular Season Game Is a Down-the-Road Possibility

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell told a gathering of sports editors today in New York that league officials are considering eventually adding a 17th regular season game to the schedule to accommodate the desire to play overseas games. The idea is in the formative stages. Goodell and other league officials...

 

By Mark Maske | April 26, 2007; 09:00 PM ET | Comments (0)

Teams Warned Not to Leak Confidential Draft Information

The NFL warned each of its teams in a memo distributed Tuesday not to leak confidential draft information. Commissioner Roger Goodell warned clubs in the memo that any leaks could be considered conduct detrimental to the league and warrant punishment. The warning comes after Pro Football Weekly reported last...

 

By Mark Maske | April 25, 2007; 12:45 PM ET | Comments (0)

Plenty of Trades In Play as Draft Nears

There is plenty of trade talk going on league-wide as the draft approaches, and not only about the swapping of picks this weekend. Some prominent players also are involved in the discussions. The Miami Dolphins are pressing the Kansas City Chiefs to complete a trade before the draft that...

 

By Mark Maske | April 25, 2007; 10:36 AM ET | Comments (0)

Upshaw Says Prospects No Longer Will Be Asked About Past Drug Use During League-Sponsored Interviews

NFL prospects no longer will be asked during league-sponsored interviews about past drug use, according to players' union chief Gene Upshaw. Upshaw said during an interview Monday with Sirius NFL Radio that he contacted Commissioner Roger Goodell after Pro Football Weekly reported that Georgia Tech wide receiver Calvin Johnson,...

 

By Mark Maske | April 24, 2007; 10:30 AM ET | Comments (2)

Jones Writes in Full-Page Newspaper Ad That He'll Change His Ways

Suspended Tennessee Titans cornerback Adam (Pacman) Jones took out a full-page advertisement in today's Tennessean, writing that he intends to try to win back the trust of members of the organization and the team's fans. "To my family, teammates, coaches and fans, I recognize that I have lost the...

 

By Mark Maske | April 20, 2007; 09:03 AM ET | Comments (13)

Restricted Free Agent Market Closes Today

The NFL's restricted free agent market closes today. It is the final day for a player who's a restricted free agent to sign an offer sheet with another team, or his rights remain with his current club. Six restricted free agents have agreed to offer sheets this offseason. Three...

 

By Mark Maske | April 20, 2007; 07:30 AM ET | Comments (1)

Three Top Draft Prospects Reportedly Admitted Past Marijuana Use During Combine Interviews

Three top draft prospects reportedly admitted to past marijuana use in interviews taped by the league at the NFL scouting combine in February and distributed to each of the 32 teams. Pro Football Weekly reported that Georgia Tech wide receiver Calvin Johnson, Clemson defensive end Gaines Adams and Louisville...

 

By Mark Maske | April 19, 2007; 10:08 AM ET | Comments (28)

Union Wins Case to Make Sauerbrun Free Agent

The NFL Players Association won a case before league special master Stephen Burbank to make punter Todd Sauerbrun a free agent. The former Pro Bowl selection likely will sign with the Denver Broncos. Sauerbrun had signed a contract with the Broncos, but the New England Patriots had exercised their...

 

By Mark Maske | April 18, 2007; 06:37 PM ET | Comments (0)

Urlacher Fined $100,000 For Sponsor Infraction During Super Bowl Media Day

The league today fined Chicago Bears linebacker Brian Urlacher $100,000 for wearing a cap of an unauthorized sponsor during his media day interview session at the Super Bowl. The fine was so hefty because the infraction came at the Super Bowl, according to the league. A similar infraction during...

 

By Mark Maske | April 18, 2007; 04:21 PM ET | Comments (4)

Jones Says He'll Appeal Suspension

Tennessee Titans cornerback Adam (Pacman) Jones said during a televised interview that he'll appeal the suspension imposed on him by NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell. Jones told ESPN while attending a boxing event Friday night in Tunica, Miss., that he thinks Goodell made him the "poster boy" for the league's...

 

By Mark Maske | April 14, 2007; 10:00 AM ET | Comments (0)

Decisions On Possible Appeals By Jones, Henry Due Early Next Week

Representatives for Tennessee Titans cornerback Adam (Pacman) Jones and Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver Chris Henry have told NFL Players Association officials that they'll decide by early next week whether to appeal the suspensions imposed on the two players this week by Commissioner Roger Goodell. On Tuesday, Goodell suspended Jones...

 

By Mark Maske | April 13, 2007; 10:51 AM ET | Comments (0)

T. Johnson Also Facing Suspension

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell imposed lengthy suspensions on Tennessee Titans cornerback Adam (Pacman) Jones and Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver Chris Henry this week under the league's conduct policy. According to sources familiar with the situation, Goodell also is virtually certain to suspend Chicago Bears defensive tackle Tank Johnson in...

 

By Mark Maske | April 12, 2007; 10:38 AM ET | Comments (0)

Schedule Announcement Set For Wednesday Afternoon

The NFL plans to announce next season's schedule at 1 p.m. Wednesday. Portions of the schedule, including the prime-time games on the season's opening weekend and the Thanksgiving games, already were announced last month....

 

By Mark Maske | April 10, 2007; 11:08 PM ET | Comments (0)

Conduct Policy Announced

The NFL announced its new player conduct policy today in conjunction with Commissioner Roger Goodell's suspensions of Tennessee Titans cornerback Adam (Pacman) Jones and Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver Chris Henry. The policy, as expected, says that a player with repeat criminal offenses is subject to a range of disciplinary...

 

By Mark Maske | April 10, 2007; 02:07 PM ET | Comments (0)

Goodell Suspends Jones for Entire Season, Henry for Eight Games

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell today suspended Tennessee Titans cornerback Adam (Pacman) Jones for the entire 2007 season without pay under the league's personal conduct policy. Goodell also suspended Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver Chris Henry for eight games. Each player had a hearing before Goodell last week in New York...

 

By Mark Maske | April 10, 2007; 01:32 PM ET | Comments (3)

Schedule to be Released Wednesday?

An official with one NFL team said the clubs are scheduled to be updated by the league office this afternoon about when next season's schedule will be released. The official said he's been led to believe the schedule might be released Wednesday. The league is juggling the timing of...

 

By Mark Maske | April 9, 2007; 01:33 PM ET | Comments (0)

Formation of Player Advisory Council Officially Announced

The league officially announced the formation of its player advisory council. The council has been formed to advise Commissioner Roger Goodell on a variety of issues. The group met with Goodell on Tuesday in New York and discussed player conduct, concussions and pensions. The members of the council are...

 

By Mark Maske | April 6, 2007; 05:11 PM ET | Comments (0)

Jones Expecting Punishment By Goodell

Tennessee Titans cornerback Adam (Pacman) Jones said in an interview with the NFL Network that he knows he will be disciplined by Commissioner Roger Goodell. "I know there is going to be a punishment and whatever the punishment is, I am going to be a man and I am...

 

By Mark Maske | April 5, 2007; 11:00 AM ET | Comments (0)

Jones, Henry Suspensions Might Come By End of Week

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell conducted hearings today with Tennessee Titans cornerback Adam (Pacman) Jones and Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver Chris Henry. Both are facing possible suspensions under the league's personal conduct policy for repeated criminal infractions. Goodell also met with Gene Upshaw, the executive director of the NFL Players...

 

By Mark Maske | April 3, 2007; 11:15 PM ET | Comments (1)

Schedule Out By April 19

The league plans to release the regular season schedule for next season by April 19. League officials had hoped to release it Thursday but continue to tinker with it and now are aiming for next week at the soonest. At last week's annual league meeting, the prime time games...

 

By Mark Maske | April 3, 2007; 08:20 AM ET | Comments (1)

Dallas, Indianapolis, Phoenix Vying for 2011 Super Bowl

Dallas, Indianapolis and Phoenix submitted bids to host the 2011 Super Bowl. The Cowboys and Colts have new stadiums in the works. The Cardinals' new stadium near Phoenix is hosting next year's Super Bowl. The site for the 2011 game is expected to be selected at an owners' meeting...

 

By Mark Maske | April 2, 2007; 10:42 PM ET | Comments (5)

League Officially Puts Off Game In China

The league, as expected, canceled its preseason game in China in August between the New England Patriots and Seattle Seahawks. League officials said they wanted to focus on the regular season game in October in London between the New York Giants and Miami Dolphins. An exhibition game in Beijing...

 

By Mark Maske | April 2, 2007; 10:13 PM ET | Comments (2)

Goodell to Meet With Player Advisory Council Tuesday In Addition to Conducting Hearings

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell is scheduled to conduct hearings Tuesday in New York with Tennessee Titans cornerback Adam (Pacman) Jones and Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver Chris Henry. Both are in jeopardy of being suspended by Goodell under the league's new player conduct policy. Goodell also is to meet Tuesday...

 

By Mark Maske | April 2, 2007; 09:54 PM ET | Comments (0)

Preseason Game in China to be Postponed

The NFL is postponing its plans to play a preseason game in China. The league is expected to announce within the next few days that it won't play its game in Beijing as scheduled in August, a source familiar with the deliberations said this morning. The decision first was...

 

By Mark Maske | April 2, 2007; 08:40 AM ET | Comments (2)

Overtime Issue Unresolved

PHOENIX, Ariz.--One unresolved issue for the NFL coming out of the annual league meeting is what to do about overtime games. The problem is that winning the coin toss has become too much of an advantage in the sudden-death session. According to the league's competition committee, the team that...

 

By Mark Maske | March 29, 2007; 12:44 AM ET | Comments (0)

Disciplinary Decision on Jones Expected By Mid-April

PHOENIX, Ariz.--NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell plans to have a decision about possible punishment for troubled Tennessee Titans cornerback Adam (Pacman) Jones by mid-April. Goodell is scheduled to meet with Jones on April 3 about the player's legal problems, and Goodell said today he expects to make a decision within...

 

By Mark Maske | March 28, 2007; 03:15 PM ET | Comments (0)

Overtime Proposal Doesn't Pass

PHOENIX, Ariz.--The NFL's team owners today failed to pass a proposal to move the kickoff in overtime from the 30- to the 35-yard line. The competition committee recommended the change to try to offset the advantage of the team that wins the coin toss in overtime, citing a statistic...

 

By Mark Maske | March 28, 2007; 02:32 PM ET | Comments (0)

Owners Make Instant Replay Permanent, Reject Having Radio Receiver In One Defensive Player's Helmet

PHOENIX, Ariz.--The team owners voted here today to make instant replay a permanent NFL fixture. The rule previously had been approved and renewed on a temporary basis. The owners voted, 30-2, to make it a permanent rule, with only the Arizona Cardinals and Cincinnati Bengals voting against it. Atlanta...

 

By Mark Maske | March 27, 2007; 03:34 PM ET | Comments (0)

League Awards Compensatory Draft Picks

PHOENIX, Ariz.--The league awarded 32 compensatory draft picks to teams today for losses in free agency. Four teams--the San Diego Chargers, San Francisco 49ers, Indianapolis Colts and Oakland Raiders--were awarded third-round selections. The Baltimore Ravens and New England Patriots were awarded four choices each and the Colts three. The...

 

By Mark Maske | March 26, 2007; 09:17 PM ET | Comments (0)

Saints-Colts to Open Season on Sept. 6

PHOENIX, Ariz.--The NFL announced its schedule for the featured games of the season's opening weekend and Thanksgiving. The Indianapolis Colts will host the New Orleans Saints at 8:30 p.m. on Sept. 6 in the season-opening Thursday night game on NBC. On Sept. 9, the first Sunday of the regular...

 

By Mark Maske | March 26, 2007; 04:53 PM ET | Comments (0)

Conduct Policy To Be In Place Before Draft, Goodell Says

PHOENIX, Ariz.--NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell said during a news conference here today that he will announce his new player conduct policy before the draft next month. Goodell said the policy could include a provision that players with repeat criminal offenses could be suspended for up to one year. It...

 

By Mark Maske | March 26, 2007; 04:16 PM ET | Comments (0)

Goodell's Tougher Conduct Policy Will Have Widespread Support

PHOENIX, Ariz.--Commissioner Roger Goodell told owners, executives and coaches from the 32 NFL teams in his address to open the annual league meeting here today that a tougher policy on player conduct is coming. Goodell is expected to announce that policy Tuesday, and it will have widespread support. "I...

 

By Mark Maske | March 26, 2007; 03:07 PM ET | Comments (0)

Henderson Retiring From League Office

PHOENIX, Ariz.--The NFL's team owners were told here today that Harold Henderson is retiring as the league's chief labor executive, according to New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft. Henderson has been the league's chief labor negotiator for 15 years. Kraft said that Commissioner Roger Goodell and attorneys Jeff Pash...

 

By Mark Maske | March 26, 2007; 03:02 PM ET | Comments (0)

Owners Approve Qualifier Proposal to Put Revenue-Sharing Plan Into Effect

PHOENIX, Ariz.--The NFL's team owners voted, 30-2, here today to approve a set of criteria by which clubs will qualify to receive funds under the revenue-sharing system ratified last year. The revenue-sharing plan was approved by the owners last March as part of the labor settlement with the players'...

 

By Mark Maske | March 26, 2007; 02:55 PM ET | Comments (0)

Meeting Under Way

PHOENIX, Ariz.--The annual league meeting began here this morning with NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell addressing the franchise owners, executives and coaches gathered at the Arizona Biltmore resort. Goodell is expected to announce a new player conduct policy Tuesday and the owners likely will ratify the guidelines under which teams...

 

By Mark Maske | March 26, 2007; 12:05 PM ET | Comments (0)

League Sets Another Attendance Record

PHOENIX, Ariz.--The NFL announced that it set its single-season attendance record for a fifth year in a row. Total paid attendance last season, including the preseason and postseason games, was just less than 22.2 million, or 66,666 per game. The Washington Redskins led the NFL in attendance for a...

 

By Mark Maske | March 26, 2007; 10:27 AM ET | Comments (0)

Players Association Restricts Agents' Access to College Players

The Players Association announced today that its executive board, meeting in Hawaii, approved a rule prohibiting agents from being in contact with college players who haven't yet declared themselves eligible for the NFL draft. Union chief Gene Upshaw said last year that he would propose such a rule in...

 

By Mark Maske | March 21, 2007; 04:21 PM ET | Comments (0)

Competition Committee to Propose That One Defensive Player Gets to Have Radio Receiver in Helmet

The NFL's competition committee will propose to the team owners at next week's league meeting that one defensive player per club be allowed to have a radio receiver in his helmet during a game to connect him to a coach. That proposal, designed to even the competition between offense...

 

By Mark Maske | March 21, 2007; 03:58 PM ET | Comments (0)

Final Revenue-Sharing Component Could Be Put in Place Next Week, Finally

When the NFL's team owners meet next week in Phoenix at the annual league meeting, they might determine the criteria by which teams would qualify for additional funds under the revenue-sharing plan they approved last year. The owners ratified a plan for bolstered revenue-sharing as part of their labor...

 

By Mark Maske | March 21, 2007; 03:42 PM ET | Comments (0)

Conduct Policy Could Be Announced Next Week

The NFL could have its new conduct policy for its players completed as soon as next week, a league spokesman said today. Greg Aiello, the NFL's vice president of public relations, said during a conference call with reporters that the issue is to be discussed by Commissioner Roger Goodell...

 

By Mark Maske | March 21, 2007; 03:34 PM ET | Comments (0)

Upshaw Expects New Conduct Policy to Include One-Year Suspension for Some Repeat Offenders

Members of the players' executive board and union officials are in Hawaii for the NFL Players Association's annual meetings. The prime topic of conversation likely will be the new player conduct policy that NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell and union chief Gene Upshaw have been discussing with the players. Upshaw...

 

By Mark Maske | March 15, 2007; 12:01 AM ET | Comments (1)

Early Thoughts on Winners and Losers

An early look at some free agency winners and losers: Winners: 49ers: Okay, maybe they overpaid for cornerback Nate Clements. But he makes the defense better. So does safety Michael Lewis. Ashley Lelie isn't a great receiver but he has speed and that should open up space for tight...

 

By Mark Maske | March 6, 2007; 10:45 AM ET | Comments (4)

Offensive Linemen Cashing In

The NFL's free agent market is inflated, and offensive linemen have been the main beneficiaries so far. Leonard Davis cashed in today with a seven-year, approximately $50 million deal with the Dallas Cowboys. That followed the approximately $7 million-a-year signings of guards Eric Steinbach by the Cleveland Browns, Derrick...

 

By Mark Maske | March 4, 2007; 07:31 PM ET | Comments (2)

Visits Starting

Free agent visits and, undoubtedly, signings will begin today. The market officially opened just after midnight. Bigger-name players are on the market but the consensus around the league seems to be the four best players available are Baltimore Ravens linebacker Adalius Thomas, Buffalo Bills cornerback Nate Clements and guards...

 

By Mark Maske | March 2, 2007; 09:58 AM ET | Comments (0)

It's On

Free agency is under way. Let the spending begin....

 

By Mark Maske | March 2, 2007; 12:01 AM ET | Comments (0)

Physician Resigns as Head of Concussion Committee

Physician Elliot Pellman has resigned as the head of the NFL's concussion committee. His work on the committee had been criticized by some medical experts in the wake of a series of reports about teams' handling of players with concussions. Pellman is to continue serving on the committee, however....

 

By Mark Maske | February 28, 2007; 08:12 PM ET | Comments (0)

Teams Have Cap Room to Spend Big When Market Opens

The NFL free agent market that's about to open is lacking in star-caliber players but that probably won't stop teams, spurred by their abundant salary cap space that was provided by the league's labor settlement last spring, from doing some fast and furious spending. The salary cap is jumping...

 

By Mark Maske | February 28, 2007; 08:11 PM ET | Comments (0)

Goodell, Upshaw Meet with Players About Off-Field Behavior Issues

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell and Players Association chief Gene Upshaw met with players this week in Indianapolis at the scouting combine to discuss the off-field misbehavior of players this past season, as they'd promised at the Super Bowl they would do. Goodell said at the Super Bowl it was...

 

By Mark Maske | February 23, 2007; 03:10 PM ET | Comments (2)

Lions Tag Redding as Franchise Deadline Looms

Today is the final day for NFL teams to apply the franchise tag to players. The Detroit Lions put their franchise player tag on defensive tackle Cory Redding on Wednesday. He'll have a salary of $6.775 million next season if he plays under the franchise designation. Redding was the...

 

By Mark Maske | February 22, 2007; 09:40 AM ET | Comments (0)

More Than Ever, Coaches Are Hired to be Fired

Who would've thought that one year after 10 NFL teams changed head coaches, seven more would do so this offseason? It's not that, individually, any of this offseason's coaching moves was so surprising. Arizona's Dennis Green clearly was in danger of being fired after the way the Cardinals played...

 

By Mark Maske | February 13, 2007; 11:45 AM ET | Comments (0)

Teams Mulling Franchise Player Decisions

Teams have until Feb. 22 to use their franchise or transition player tags on players to limit their mobility on the free agent market, which is scheduled to open on March 2. Among the players who are candidates for franchise tags are New England Patriots cornerback Asante Samuel, Chicago...

 

By Mark Maske | February 12, 2007; 08:25 AM ET | Comments (2)

Giants-Dolphins Set for Oct. 28 at Wembley Stadium

MIAMI--The NFL announced that the New York Giants and Miami Dolphins will play on Oct. 28 at Wembley Stadium in London. The Dolphins will be listed as the home team in the second regular season game in league history to be played in a foreign country. The league's team...

 

By Mark Maske | February 2, 2007; 02:15 PM ET | Comments (0)

Goodell, Upshaw to Work Together on Player Conduct Issues

MIAMI--Gene Upshaw said at his annual Super Bowl news conference that he's highly concerned about the number of NFL players to have been arrested in recent months and he intends to work with Commissioner Roger Goodell to try to rectify the problem. Upshaw, the executive director of the NFL...

 

By Mark Maske | February 1, 2007; 06:48 PM ET | Comments (1)

Upshaw Defends Pension Plan

MIAMI--NFL Players Association officials defended the league's pension plan for retired players today after a group of former players attacked the plan as insufficient. "What we're hearing is, "It's not enough. We should give more. It should be the same for the active players and the retired players,' "...

 

By Mark Maske | February 1, 2007; 06:47 PM ET | Comments (2)

League Announces that London Will Be Site of Next Season's Overseas Game

The NFL announced today that London will be the site of its overseas regular season game next season. The league's team owners voted in October to play one overseas game next season and up to two regular season games per year in foreign venues thereafter. The league narrowed its...

 

By Mark Maske | January 16, 2007; 10:34 AM ET | Comments (0)

Overseas Game Likely to be in London

NFL officials seem to have settled on London as the site of the overseas game that is to be played during the 2007 regular season. The New York Daily News reported today that the New York Giants and Miami Dolphins are to be the participants in the game....

 

By Mark Maske | January 12, 2007; 09:51 AM ET | Comments (0)

Germany, England Under Consideration to Host Overseas Game

The league narrowed the list of potential hosts for its regular season game overseas next season to two, Germany and England. Six teams are under consideration to be the "home" team in the game--the Seattle Seahawks, Miami Dolphins, New Orleans Saints, Buffalo Bills, Kansas City Chiefs and San Francisco...

 

By Mark Maske | January 8, 2007; 07:15 PM ET | Comments (1)

League Sets Another Attendance Record

The NFL set its single-season attendance record for a fourth year in a row. Total attendance was more than 17.3 million, for an average of nearly 68,000 per game....

 

By Mark Maske | January 4, 2007; 06:44 PM ET | Comments (0)

Even With No Suspension for Owens, Goodell Still Increasing Penalties for On-Field Misdeeds

Atlanta Falcons cornerback DeAngelo Hall called for the league to suspend Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Terrell Owens for spitting in Hall's face during Saturday night's game at the Georgia Dome. It didn't happen. On Monday, the NFL instead fined Owens $35,000. But even if he didn't suspend Owens, first-year...

 

By Mark Maske | December 19, 2006; 10:00 AM ET | Comments (0)

Owens Fined $35,000 For Spitting Incident Saturday

The NFL today fined Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Terrell Owens $35,000 for spitting at Atlanta Falcons cornerback DeAngelo Hall during the Cowboys' triumph Saturday night in Atlanta. Owens was not suspended, keeping with precedent for punishments levied by the league for similar infractions in the past. Hall complained to...

 

By Mark Maske | December 18, 2006; 03:12 PM ET | Comments (12)

Webster Estate Wins Disability Ruling

An appeals court ruled that the estate of late Pittsburgh Steelers center Mike Webster is entitled to as much as $2 million in disability benefits. A three-judge panel of the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled unanimously Wednesday that the NFL must pay benefits to the estate retroactive...

 

By Mark Maske | December 14, 2006; 10:24 PM ET | Comments (0)

League Wants to Stay in Stadium-Construction Business

FRISCO, Tex.--The NFL has exhausted the funds in its stadium subsidy program. But Commissioner Roger Goodell said today that the league, the franchise owners and the players' union will study ways to continue to be business partners with teams in stadium construction. The owners today approved two grants from...

 

By Mark Maske | December 7, 2006; 08:41 PM ET | Comments (0)

Owners to Meet Today and Vote on N.Y. Stadium Loan

The NFL's team owners are scheduled to meet in the Dallas area today and are to take a vote on the request by the New York Giants and New York Jets for a $300 million subsidy from the league's stadium loan program. The two teams are planning to build...

 

By Mark Maske | December 7, 2006; 09:45 AM ET | Comments (0)

Owners Expected to Vote Next Week on N.Y. Stadium Loan

The NFL's team owners likely will vote next week on a request by the New York Giants and New York Jets for a $300 million subsidy from the league's stadium loan program to help fund their planned $1.2 billion stadium in East Rutherford, N.J. The owners are scheduled to...

 

By Mark Maske | November 29, 2006; 10:06 AM ET | Comments (0)

Owners Approve Resolution to Play As Many As Two Regular Season Games Outside the U.S. Annually

NEW ORLEANS--The NFL's team owners today approved a resolution to play as many as two regular season games outside the U.S. per year. League officials said they will begin accepting bids from potential host venues in Mexico, Canada, Germany and England with the goal of selecting a site for...

 

By Mark Maske | October 24, 2006; 09:18 PM ET | Comments (0)

Bears-Giants Game on Nov. 12 Moved to Nighttime Slot Under Flexible-Scheduling Plan

The Nov. 12 game between the Chicago Bears and New York Giants at Giants Stadium has been moved to 8:15 p.m. It had been scheduled to be played that afternoon. It is the first game to be rescheduled under the league's new flexible-scheduling plan, designed to ensure that NBC...

 

By Mark Maske | October 24, 2006; 02:29 PM ET | Comments (3)

Top Union Official Becomes Executive Director of Screen Actors Guild

The NFL Players Association has lost one of its top officials. Doug Allen is leaving to become the executive director of the Screen Actors Guild. Allen, a former Buffalo Bills linebacker, had been with the union since 1982. He has served as the president of Players Inc., the union's...

 

By Mark Maske | October 24, 2006; 11:58 AM ET | Comments (0)

Owners Are Meeting Today

NEW ORLEANS--The NFL's team owners are conducting a one-day meeting here today. The owners are to discuss a wide variety of topics, including revenue-sharing and pending stadium projects, but no major developments are expected. It is the first owners' meeting since Roger Goodell succeeded Paul Tagliabue as commissioner....

 

By Mark Maske | October 24, 2006; 11:05 AM ET | Comments (0)

Trading Deadline Nears

The NFL's trading deadline comes at 4 p.m. today. There has been speculation that the Oakland Raiders could trade wide receiver Randy Moss, perhaps to the New England Patriots or Jacksonville Jaguars. But many executives around the league wonder whether Moss's skills have diminished to the point that he's...

 

By Mark Maske | October 17, 2006; 10:52 AM ET | Comments (0)

Goodell's Revenue-Sharing Memo Eases Small-Market Concerns

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell sent a memo to each of the 32 teams Monday outlining the plan for increased revenue-sharing among the clubs that he foresees going into effect this season. The plan was approved by the franchise owners in March in conjunction with their new labor agreement with...

 

By Mark Maske | October 11, 2006; 01:35 PM ET | Comments (0)

Owners to Consider More Overseas Games

The NFL is considering a proposal to play two games overseas annually. The team owners are to consider the proposal at a meeting scheduled for next month in New Orleans. League officials considered a proposal to play a game in London this season, but scrapped the idea. Last season,...

 

By Mark Maske | September 28, 2006; 10:48 PM ET | Comments (0)

Numbers

There are seven unbeaten teams and seven winless teams three weeks into the season. Through three weeks, road teams have a record of 25-21, including 10-4 this past weekend....

 

By Mark Maske | September 26, 2006; 01:45 PM ET | Comments (0)

Goodell, Upshaw To Meet Thursday

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell and Players Association chief Gene Upshaw are scheduled to meet on Thursday to discuss a variety of topics, including possible changes to the league's steroid-testing program. Goodell has said it's possible that the program will be strengthened, perhaps by testing players more frequently or adding...

 

By Mark Maske | September 19, 2006; 10:05 AM ET | Comments (1)

R. Hill Joins League Office

The league on Thursday hired Ron Hill as its vice president of football operations. Hill, a longtime scout and executive for several teams, will work under Ray Anderson, the NFL's newly appointed senior VP of football operations. Hill began his NFL career as a scout with the Dallas Cowboys...

 

By Mark Maske | September 1, 2006; 03:04 PM ET | Comments (0)

League Hires Anderson Over Casserly

The league announced today that it had hired former Atlanta Falcons executive Ray Anderson as its senior vice president of football operations. He replaces Art Shell, who returned to coaching when he was re-hired by the Oakland Raiders during the offseason. Anderson's responsibilities will include overseeing officiating and NFL...

 

By Mark Maske | August 7, 2006; 02:51 PM ET | Comments (0)

 

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