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The Journal Gazette

Thursday, December 07, 2017 1:00 am


Goodell gets his extension

Associated Press

NEW YORK – Roger Goodell has signed a five-year contract extension to remain commissioner of the NFL through 2024.

A memo from the NFL's compensation committee to team owners and obtained by The Associated Press confirms that Goodell and committee chairman Arthur Blank, owner of the Atlanta Falcons, have signed the extension.

That extension has been a source of controversy because Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones objected to the process. All 32 owners approved in May the compensation committee's power to negotiate and sign a deal with Goodell, who replaced Paul Tagliabue in 2006.

Since Goodell took over, the league's total revenues have more than doubled to over $13 billion.

Injured Shazier sent to Pittsburgh

Steelers linebacker Ryan Shazier has been transferred from a Cincinnati hospital to Pittsburgh to continue treatment for a spinal injury suffered during Monday night's game against the Bengals.

The Steelers say Shazier was transported from Cincinnati to Pittsburgh on Wednesday afternoon and will continue to undergo tests before offering an update on his status.

Extra points

Ron Meyer, the football coach behind SMU's famed “Pony Express” and the NFL's infamous “Snowplow Game” between New England and Miami, has died at the age of 76. Meyer spent 21/2 seasons with the Patriots. He also coached the Colts from 1986 to 1991. ...

Cincinnati safety George Iloka had his one-game suspension overturned on appeal, leaving him with a $36,464.50 fine for his hit to Antonio Brown's head on Monday night. ... 

Buffalo starting quarterback Tyrod Taylor didn't practice because of a bruised left knee, though coach Sean McDermott isn't ready to rule him out from playing against Indianapolis. ... Detroit quarterback Matthew Stafford did not throw passes at practice Wednesday as he seems to be resting the injured fingers on his throwing hand. ...

The NFL will look into adding targeting as a specific category for video review. Troy Vincent, the league's football operations chief, says it is on the agenda to discuss with the competition committee and the players' union after the season. ...

Two-time Super Bowl MVP Eli Manning is back as the New York Giants' starting quarterback following the firing of head coach Ben McAdoo. ... Kansas City suspended Marcus Peters for Sunday's game against Oakland after the volatile young cornerback's embarrassing tantrum during a last-minute loss to the Jets last weekend. ... Carolina's three-time Pro Bowl tight end Greg Olsen (foot) returned to practice and is expected to play against Minnesota.