Report: Jones threatens deal for Goodell
The Associated Press
NEW YORK — A person with knowledge of the situation says Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones has threatened to sue the NFL over a proposed contract extension for Commissioner Roger Goodell, a dispute sparked by star running back Ezekiel Elliott’s six-game suspension over alleged domestic violence.
Jones told the six owners on the compensation committee he had hired high-profile attorney David Boies and was prepared to sue if the group voted to extend Goodell’s deal, the person tells The Associated Press. The person spoke on condition of anonymity Wednesday because no one has been authorized to reveal details.
Jones also has expressed disapproval with the structure and compensation in the contract extension, another person familiar with the proposed lawsuit says. That person also spoke on condition of anonymity for the same reason.
The actions of Jones were first reported by The New York Times.
All 32 owners voted in May to extend Goodell’s contract and authorized the compensation committee to work out the details. Goodell suspended Elliott in August after a yearlong NFL investigation. Prosecutors in Ohio declined to pursue the domestic violence case.
While not on the compensation committee Jones has expressed frustration over the NFL’s pursuit of criminal matters with its own investigators.
GREEN BAY, Wis. — The Green Bay Packers have waived Martellus Bennett, bringing the tight end’s short tenure at Lambeau Field to a surprising end.
General manager Ted Thompson announced the move on Wednesday after practice.
The Packers cited a “failure to disclose a physical condition” for making the move. Bennett practiced on Tuesday after the bye last week before going on the injury report with a shoulder injury.
He did not play in the 30-17 loss on Monday to the Detroit Lions after being listed as doubtful for the game.
Bennett also posted on Instagram during the bye week a message that indicated he was thinking about retirement.
Bennett signed with the Packers as an unrestricted free agent last offseason and started seven games. He had 24 catches for 233 yards. Bennett dropped a few passes, but was an asset in the running game.
Bennett’s agent, Kennard McGuire, declined comment.
What about Jimmy?
SANTA CLARA, Calif. — Coach Kyle Shanahan doesn’t even need to leave his own house to hear about how excited people are to see whether Jimmy Garoppolo can be the long-term answer at quarterback for the San Francisco 49ers.
The hype surrounding Garoppolo has only been increasing since he arrived last week from New England in a trade in hopes he can be a franchise quarterback in San Francisco. But for now, rookie C.J. Beathard remains the starter while Garoppolo gets up to speed on a new offense and the 49ers get healthy enough to give him a chance to succeed when he does get to play.
“I know everyone is very excited and wants to see him play, including myself, including our coaches and players, including my wife,” Shanahan said Wednesday. “I get that. I’m very well aware of that, but I think I’m fortunate to be in a situation where we truly can do what we think is right and that’s really what we’re trying to figure out and that’s not something you just assume. It’s something you watch day-to-day and you take everything into account.”
Garoppolo is learning quickly. He did well enough last week to be able to serve as the backup in case Beathard got hurt. Shanahan said he was confident in calling about 25 run plays and 20 passes if Garoppolo had been forced into action.
However, Beathard will start Sunday at home against the New York Giants.
NEW YORK — The NFL players union wants everyone in the league to honor a two-minute moment of silence on Sunday in observance of U.S. military veterans.
President Barack Obama signed into law the Veterans Day Moment of Silence Act in October 2016. The act calls on all Americans to observe a two-minute moment of silence every Nov. 11.
With Veterans Day falling on Saturday this year, the players union voted to ask everyone in the NFL community to observe this moment of silence Sunday prior to kickoffs.
The NFLPA said it will work with the league office on logistics to implement the observance.
RENTON, Wash. — Eddie Lacy will be out and Earl Thomas is doubtful for the Seattle Seahawks heading into Thursday night’s game against Arizona.
Lacy suffered a groin injury early in Sunday’s loss to Washington. But the bigger absence could be Thomas, who is on the verge of missing his second straight game with a hamstring injury. Coach Pete Carroll sounded pessimistic that Thomas would be able to play after missing practice all week.
EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. — The Minnesota Vikings’ seemingly constant search for long-term success and stability at quarterback took another turn on Wednesday.
Sam Bradford’s future was cast in further doubt because of another knee surgery.
And Teddy Bridgewater finally made his way back to the active roster from his devastating knee injury.
Meanwhile, coach Mike Zimmer announced Case Keenum will make his seventh start of the season for the game at Washington on Sunday.
The Vikings (6-2) activated Bridgewater from the physically unable to perform list, adding him to the active roster for the first time in more than 14 months since his left knee was dislocated during practice. The freak injury resulted in ligament tears and an ambulance ride to the emergency room to save his leg.
The Vikings faced a deadline on Wednesday at the end of the three-week window that opened when Bridgewater resumed practice with the team.
To make room on the 53-man roster, Bradford was placed on injured reserve after having arthroscopic surgery the day before on his left knee, which had ACL tears in 2013 and 2014.
Zimmer said “no one knows” when asked if Bradford will play again.
Seeing old friends
FLORHAM PARK, N.J. — Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick says facing the New York Jets after two seasons with them means “a little bit extra” to him.
Fitzpatrick will make his first start for the Buccaneers on Sunday, which coincidentally comes against the visiting Jets — something the veteran QB says is “ironic.”
Tampa Bay starter Jameis Winston will miss at least two weeks with a shoulder injury. The 34-year-old Fitzpatrick replaced him in the second half of the Buccaneers’ 30-10 loss to New Orleans last Sunday.
Fitzpatrick was signed by the Jets in 2015 and came within a win of leading them to the playoffs.
Last year, he struggled mightily after not re-signing until the night before training camp and was benched twice during the season. Fitzpatrick was allowed to become a free agent after a season he calls the toughest of his career.