Goodell, 'bounty' players to meet

The commissioner may revise bans on the 4 players in an alleged pay-for-pain pool.

Posted: September 12, 2012

NFL commissioner Roger Goodell and four players whose suspensions in connection with the bounty investigation were recently lifted by an appeals panel have agreed to new meetings on the matter.

NFL spokesman Greg Aiello said Tuesday that no specific dates have been set for the meetings. An attorney for Saints linebacker Jonathan Vilma said his client hoped to meet with the commissioner by early next week.

The NFL Players Association, which is representing Saints defensive end Will Smith, Cleveland linebacker Scott Fujita and free agent defensive lineman Anthony Hargrove, did not immediately comment.

Goodell is reconsidering whether to hand down revised suspensions for the four players who had been punished in an alleged pay-for-pain pool offering cash bonuses for hits that injured opponents.

Peter Ginsberg, Vilma's attorney, said Vilma's meeting would not be considered a hearing, but would be more akin to preliminary fact-finding meetings that occur at the outset of the disciplinary process outlined by the NFL's collective bargaining agreement.

Modell remembered

Thousands of family and friends turned out in Baltimore for the funeral of former Browns and Ravens owner Art Modell, including current and former players, NFL commissioner Roger Goodell and Cowboys owner Jerry Jones.

An important figure in the development of the league, Modell also was one of the NFL's most polarizing owners. Cleveland fans never forgave him from moving his club to Baltimore for financial reasons after the 1995 season, but Ravens fans were fond of him and Modell also was remembered as a loving family man.

Ray Lewis, Ray Rice, Joe Flacco, Haloti Ngata and Torrey Smith were among current Ravens players who attended the service at Baltimore Hebrew Congregation. Former Ravens players Michael McCrary, Peter Boulware and Rob Burnett also went to pay their respects.

Moving the chains

Tight end Colin Cochart has been released by the Dallas Cowboys. The Cowboys announced the move, 10 days after they had claimed Cochart off waivers from Cincinnati. . . . The Oakland Raiders have finalized a multiyear contract extension with fullback Marcel Reece. Terms were not disclosed. . . . The Jets have waived wide receiver Patrick Turner, and signed linebacker Ricky Sapp to the practice squad. The Jets also released cornerback LeQuan Lewis from the practice squad.

The San Diego Chargers know quite well how shoddy special teams can doom a team. They were happy to be on the receiving end of kicking woes for a change.

Nate Kaeding kicked five field goals in his first game back from a torn knee ligament and the Chargers capitalized on three botched punts following an injury to Oakland's long snapper to beat the Raiders, 22-14, Monday night in Oakland, Calif.

This article contains information from the Associated Press.

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