Davis keeps up push for Ve­gas

Baltimore Sun - - RAVENS & NFL -

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.

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