Davis keeps up push for Vegas
His eyes on Las Vegas, Raiders owner Mark Davis said he hasn’t shut the door on anything. Oakland, though, might have shut the door on itself as home for his team.
“Oakland was in the driver’s seat if they could’ve put together anything,” Davis said Wednesday at the NFL’s fall meetings, after updating his fellow owners on his desire to relocate. “They came up with nothing.
“Las Vegas has already done what it is supposed to do, and we have to bring it up to the National Football League and get permission to move to Las Vegas.”
ESPN reported that Davis plans in January to formally file papers to move the team.
Nevada lawmakers approved a deal last week that increases hotel taxes in the Las Vegas area to raise $750 million for a stadium.
Commissioner Roger Goodell said the league needs to further assess the potential of the move.
“There’s still a great deal of information that we need to gather with respect to the circumstances we see in Las Vegas, the opportunities and also the challenges,” he said. “Those are the things we’ll look at through the committee, and report back to them maybe as early as December, but more likely later than that.” Incognito talks Martin: Bills guard Richie Incog- nito said Jonathan Martin reached out to him several times in the aftermath of the 2013 bullying scandal while both were members of the Dolphins offensive line, but that he hasn’t spoken with Martin.
“Zero conversation with Jonathan Martin,” Incognito said. “He has reached out and tried to speak a few times, but I have nothing to say.”
Incognito was suspended for eight games of the 2013 season.
“The whole incident went down, [and] I’m a pariah in the national media and basically turned radioactive there for a few months,” he said. “Jonathan and I were close friends. I cared about him. If anybody was there for Jonathan, it was me. He left for whatever reason, and he handled it the way he did, and then really the story kind of takes on a life of its own.”
As for Incognito’s role in the scandal?
“I’m not saying I was a saint,” he said, “but I sleep well at night knowing what I did.” Extra points: The Packers ruled out RBs Eddie Lacy (ankle/foot) and James Starks (knee) and CBs Damarious Randall ( groin) and Quinten Rollins (groin) for their game tonight against the Bears. … The league announced that it will now require the athletic trainer in the press box to stay in contact with on-field doctors to help determine if a player has a concussion.