INDIANAPOLIS – Indianapolis organizers expect the 2012 Super Bowl to be played on its original date despite growing concerns that an NFL work stoppage could force postponement or cancellation of the game.
At a news conference Thursday, host committee officials said they were moving full speed ahead with their plans for Feb. 5, 2012. They outlined a number of initiatives that either have started or will begin in the next several months, and are beginning to line up volunteers for the biggest sporting event Indy has ever hosted.
And it appears everything is on schedule – for now.
The NFL has instructed us to be ready Feb. 5, 2012, and we will be, host committee president Allison Melangton said. I get concerned about things that I can control, not something that I cant.
The biggest concern for football fans is a lockout.
NFL Players Association executive director DeMaurice Smith reiterated Wednesday that he is 100 percent certain league owners will lock out players before the start of next season. The current collective bargaining agreement expires in March, and Smith often points to the leagues television deals, which will pay the owners whether next seasons games are played or not.
Roger Goodell, the NFL commissioner, has argued owners will eventually have to pay that money back if games are canceled.
New York Jets owner Woody Johnson said wide receiver Braylon Edwards let himself and the team down as a result of his drunken-driving arrest Tuesday morning. Johnson said he has spoken to Edwards three or four times and told him his actions were not acceptable, Braylon. Im disappointed.
Around the league
Baltimore and top draft pick Sergio Kindle agreed to terms on a 1-year contract, even though the linebacker will not play this season because of a fractured skull suffered when he fell down two flights of stairs before training camp in July. Minnesotas Percy Harvin returned to practice after missing Wednesdays session with another migraine headache. Cleveland quarterback Jake Delhomme has not been cleared to practice, making it more likely that backup Seneca Wallace will make his second straight start. Delhomme injured his right ankle in the Browns season opener. Arizona coach Ken Whisenhunt said Beanie Wells (bruised knee) looked good in practice and is optimistic the second-year running back will make his season debut Sunday against Oakland. St. Louis safety Craig Dahl is still feeling effects of a concussion.