Wednesday’s roundup: Chargers, Raiders not talking about stadiums
Irving, Texas — NFL commissioner Roger Goodell isn’t saying whether he’s optimistic San Diego and Oakland can keep their teams, while Indianapolis owner Jim Irsay considers both franchises all but gone.
Chargers owner Dean Spanos and Raiders owner Mark Davis weren’t talking at the NFL owners meeting Wednesday in the Dallas area.
No new specifics were revealed by Goodell a day after city and county officials in Oakland agreed to open negotiations with an investment group on a $1.3 billion plan for a new stadium.
“As you know, these issues have been going on for an awful long time,” Goodell said. “The challenges of getting stadiums built is something that we’ve worked very hard on.
“We have not made great progress in Oakland and San Diego. There is not a stadium proposal on the table that we think addresses the long-term issues of the clubs and the communities.”
The Chargers face a Jan. 15 deadline to decide whether to join the Rams in Los Angeles, part of a deal struck almost a year ago when owners agreed to let the Rams leave St. Louis.
A Chargers-written ballot measure asking for $1.15 billion in increased hotel taxes to help fund a new downtown stadium was soundly defeated last month.
Earlier this year, Davis said he was committed to moving the Raiders to Las Vegas, where a $1.9 billion stadium project has been approved.
He declined to comment Wednesday when asked about the vote a day earlier in Oakland.
The Raiders will have from the end of their season, which will likely include their first trip to the playoffs since 2002, until Feb. 15 to apply for relocation.
Irsay didn’t offer any encouraging words for San Diego or Oakland.
“I think that there is at this point really no reason for optimism in either market for the Chargers and Raiders right now,” he said. “We’ll see what happens. That’s the way it appears to be going with the year ending here.”
Adrian Peterson was back on the practice field for the first time in nearly three months, and the Vikings hope their star running back can give them the jolt they need to chase down a postseason berth.
Peterson’s rehab of a torn meniscus in his right knee is nearly complete, allowing him to rejoin his teammates at practice.
Peterson was not available for comment Wednesday after practice, but did tell a local website earlier in the week he is targeting the Dec. 24 game in Green Bay for his first game since suffering the injury against the same Packers in Week 2.
... Quarterback Aaron Rodgers will missed practice to focus on rehabbing his leg injuries, a plan Packers coach Mike McCarthy says likely will stay in place through today.
Still, signs point to Rodgers still being ready to play Sunday in Chicago.
... Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. has a sore thumb. It hurts when he catches the ball the wrong way, and he admits he has altered how he catches passes. He is not expected to miss Sunday’s game against the Lions.
... Colts quarterback Andrew Luck says he expects to play Sunday against the Vikings after missing Wednesday’s practice with a sore throwing shoulder and a sore right elbow.
... The Cardinals released wide receiver Michael Floyd, two days after he was arrested on charges of driving under the influence and failure to obey a police officer.
... Falcons coach Dan Quinn updated receiver Julio Jones’ injury as a sprained toe instead of turf toe. Jones’ status for Sunday’s game against the 49ers remains uncertain.
... The Saints have starting left tackle Terron Armstead on injured reserve, ending his season, because of nagging knee and quadriceps injuries.
New Orleans added linebacker Jason Trusnik, who joined the NFL in 2007 and has played for the N.Y. Jets, Cleveland, Miami and Minnesota.