“I wasn’t trying to hurt him, obviously,” Jets guard Matt Slauson said. “I must have just caught him by surprise, but unfortunately, things like that happen.”
The suspensions of ex-Jet Jonathan Vilma and three other players in the NFL’s bounty investigation were lifted on Friday by a three-member appeals panel, and the league reinstated those players a few minutes later.
The NFL Players Association filed a lawsuit against the NFL on behalf of three players suspended in connection with the bounty investigation, calling Commissioner Roger Goodell “incurably and evidently biased.”
The NFL Players Association has filed a complaint in federal court accusing the league of colluding to impose a secret salary cap during the uncapped 2010 season.
Now that the NFL has uncovered a big-money bounty program for players in New Orleans, it likely will zero in on other teams Gregg Williams worked for.
“We didn’t talk about it,” linebacker Michael Boley said. “Concussions are a big deal. Obviously we don’t want to hurt anybody.”
Asked about losing two challenges in the game, Tom Coughlin said Monday he felt nauseous about the first one. Why? Because he has photographic proof of the touchdown.
The NFL is looking into an Internet video that appears to show New York Jets coach Rex Ryan using an obscenity while angrily responding to a fan after the team’s 37-16 loss to the New England Patriots.
The NFL and its players held talks Tuesday at a New York City hotel, seeking a resolution to the ongoing lockout. NFL spokesman Greg Aiello said the league has no comment on the meeting, first reported by the NFL Network.
The NFL has canceled next month’s rookie symposium, the first league event called off because of the lockout. League spokesman Greg Aiello said Tuesday the decision was made because of “the uncertainty of the labor issues we are facing.”
Armed with a key victory in the courts, NFL owners will gather Monday for their annual spring meetings.
Might the court-ordered mediation between the NFL and its players foreshadow progress toward ensuring that pro football goes on this fall? Or is it merely a formality that will yield little as long as a key legal ruling on the lockout is still pending?
It’s been a month since the NFL lockout began and there haven’t been any talks between the league and its players. That will change this week.
NFL players are defending their decision to disband the union, saying employers cannot force workers to unionize, and dissolution is “not akin to turning off a light switch.”
Jets center Nick Mangold countered Patriots wide receiver Wes Welker’s tongue-in-cheek words Thursday with some words of his own, via Twitter.