NFL Notes: Jerry Jones, Broncos, Panthers, Patriots

Jerry Jones

  • Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk, citing a source with knowledge of the situation, reports that Cowboys owner Jerry Jones intends to seek a secret ballot of owners for a vote to be conducted in connection with Roger Goodell’s contract extension.
  • According to Florio, the purpose of the secret ballot isn’t know at this point in time, and nothing has been finalized. Florio’s source added that many different approaches and permutations of votes are possible.
  • It would require 17 owners to trigger a secret ballot and 24 votes are needed to rescind or revise the resolution the prior 32-0 vote from this past May.
  • According to a report from the Wall Street Journal, the NFL compensation committee has denied Jones’ request that the league’s owners be allowed a final vote of approval on Goodell’s extension.
  • The committee also reiterated Monday that Jones should drop his threat to sue the league over Goodell’s deal as his dispute “reflects conduct unbefitting an owner and is damaging to the League.”


  • Broncos OLB Shane Ray suffered a sprained ankle and knee during Sunday’s loss to the Bengals. (Troy Renck)


  • Dan Graziano reports that Panthers C Ryan Kalil is still trying to regain strength in his shoulder.
  • While Kalil’s neck is feeling better, Graziano says that until his shoulder is at full strength, there’s a fear of him possibly re-injuring his neck.
  • Kali is back and doing some work in practice this week, there’s no guarantee he’ll return for the Panthers’ Week 12 game, according to Graziano.


Patriots HC Bill Belichick mentioned during an appearance on WEEI’s “Dale and Holley Show” that their recent game in Mexico really took a lot out of them.

“It’s a long way to go for a game,” Belichick said, per Mike Reiss. “There’s a lot to it, in terms of all the logistics of it. They’re not used to having an NFL team, so it took a lot of manpower, a lot of hours and energy out of our organization to do that. This week, we’re exhausted from the trip. It was a good trip but it took a lot out of us.

Belichick added that he’s thankful they didn’t experience any ” volcano eruptions, earthquakes or anything else.”

“I think we’re fortunate there was no volcano eruptions, earthquakes or anything else while we were down there,” Belichick said. “I mean, you have two NFL franchises in an area that I don’t know how stable the geological plates that were below us [were], but nothing happened so that was good.”

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