NFL Notes: Roger Goodell, Johnny Manziel, Dolphins, Lions & Panthers


Roger Goodell 

  • Commissioner Roger Goodell said the league wants the Chargers and Raiders to remain in their home markets of San Diego and Oakland. (Ian Rapoport)
  • Goodell said he’s recommended to the competition committee that two personal fouls in a game should equate to an ejection. (Mike Garafolo)
  • Goodell says the potential of placing a new team in London hinges on the popularity of the NFL growing in the United Kingdom while adding: “If it does, I think that’s a realistic possibility.” (Albert Breer)
  • In regards to Peyton Manning‘s HGH allegations, Goodell said the league began their own investigation once hearing of the report. (Albert Breer)
  • Goodell elaborated on the subject saying, “when we find the facts, we’ll share them,” per Ian Rapoport.
  • Goodell said he does not see the league’s marijuana policy changing in the near future. (Around The NFL)
  • Goodell admitted that he is disappointed with the current Pro Bowl construct while implying that changes could be coming: “We may have to think about (the Pro Bowl) differently. …If it’s not quality, we have to do something different.” (Ian Rapoport)
  • Goodell would not say whether the league would re-impose their four-game suspension on Patriots QB Tom Brady if the league wins the Deflategate appeal. (Joe Person)

Johnny Manziel

Browns owner Jimmy Haslam said he has reached out several times to Johnny Manziel to offer him help.

“Johnny has not responded to us but we’ll do anything we can to help him personally and our thoughts and prayers are with Johnny and his family,” Haslam said, per Ian Rapoport. “We’re not worried about Johnny Manziel the football player, we’re worried out Johnny Manziel the person, and I think that’s all we need to say on the issue.”

“We’ve reached out several times since all this came out just last Saturday and just as we would any other player, and I think it’s enough said on the issue. I think it’s a personal issue now, it’s not a football issue.”



  • Lions president Rod Wood said he has spoken with Calvin Johnson and the team is still giving him time to make a decision on his possible retirement. (Tim Twentyman)


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