Wednesday's roundup: Goodell pushes for L.A. relocation vote
NFL commissioner Roger Goodell expects NFL owners will vote on franchise relocation to Los Angeles.
When is another matter.
Goodell said Wednesday at the owners meeting in New York the owners expressed interest “in wanting to be there, but also recognize we need to find solutions. Our relocation policy is very important.”
The Rams, Raiders and Chargers all have designs on moving to Los Angeles, which has not had an NFL franchise since 1995, when the Rams and Raiders left. The current timetable calls for submission of applications to relocate in January, when the owners could vote.
There has been speculation that timetable could be moved up to December, when the next owners meeting occurs in Dallas. But Steelers president Art Rooney said he doesn’t envision that.
“I don’t think we’ll move up the deadline,” Rooney said. “We have cities that still are putting together their proposals” to keep their teams.
Eric Grubman, the league’s main point man on Los Angeles, added the NFL is not married to a January vote.
No time limit for Woodson
When Charles Woodson entered the NFL nearly two decades ago, the idea that he’d still be playing at age 39 never crossed his mind.
Yet, here he still is in his 18th season, ignoring a banged-up shoulder that limits his practice time for the Raiders.
“I never looked that far into the future to say I’d play past 10 years,” Woodson, the former Heisman Trophy winner at Michigan, said Wednesday on his 39th birthday.
Dolphins QB Ryan Tannehill says he became frustrated during a recent practice and regrets disparaging two teammates.
Annoyed that defensive players were practicing aggressively during last Saturday’s workout in London, Tannehill sarcastically told two players they would receive a “scout team trophy.” Neither player is a starter.
Gates happy to be back
As he served a four-game suspension for testing positive for performance-enhancing drugs, Antonio Gates followed Chargers games through score updates on his cellphone.
He didn’t watch the broadcasts because he didn’t want to hear what was being said about him.
“I didn’t want to hear absolutely nothing about what I was doing and what I did wrong,” Gates (Detroit Central) said. His first game back is Sunday against Pittsburgh.
More international games
The NFL’s appetite for international games is growing.
The league’s owners approved more such games through 2025, including ones possibly in Mexico, Germany and Canada.
The Colts re-signed QB Josh Johnson as Andrew Luck recovers from an injured right shoulder.
... The Giants signed WR Myles White (Livonia Stevenson) off their practice squad.