Jones: Forced sale ‘ridiculous’
Jerry Jones dismissed the notion that the NFL could force him to sell the Cowboys because of his attempts to block an extension for commissioner Roger Goodell.
“I’ve had not one, not one, inkling of communication from the league office or any owner that would suggest something that laughable and ridiculous,” Jones said Tuesday on his radio show in Dallas.
“If somebody is asserting that or thinking about that kind of thing, they’re not knowledgeable on how things work in the NFL.”
The notion surfaced in a ProFootballTalk.com story suggesting the league could have a “nuclear option” to force Jones to sell the Cowboys, although it noted it would be highly unlikely for the league to go down that road.
But that’s how contentious things have gotten between the owners over Goodell’s extension. Jones has threatened to sue the league if the six-member compensation committee doesn’t seek approval among the other owners for Goodell’s extension.
The compensation committee’s chairman, Falcons owner Arthur Blank, and Jones did not meet or even exchange pleasantries during the Cowboys’ latest road game.
“We didn’t and, frankly, hadn’t planned to,” Jones said.
MRI for Samuel: Rookie wide receiver Curtis Samuel will undergo an MRI after injuring his left ankle in the Panthers’ 45-21 win over the Dolphins on Monday night.
Panthers coach Ron Rivera said trainers were “not very optimistic” about Samuel’s prognosis after he hobbled off the field in the third quarter and did not return.
Russell Shepard would likely replace Samuel if he is sidelined.
Seahawks sign Maxwell:
The Seahawks signed cornerback Byron Maxwell to help make up for the loss of Richard Sherman toa season-ending Achilles tendon injury. Maxwell knows the defensive system after starting his career with the Seahawks and becoming a starter during the 2013 season.
Extra points: Browns starting LB Jamie Collins was placed on IR after tearing a knee ligament while returning an interception against the Lions. Collins signed a four-year, $50 million contract during the offseason . ... The Bills signed Deandre Coleman, a 6-foot-5, 341-pound DT who spent part of last season in Buffalo . ... The Lions signed DE George Johnson and WR Jace Billingsley after releasing DE Jacquies Smith and WR Jared Abbrederis. ... The Saints signed RB Jonathan Williams off the Broncos practice squad . ... A knee injury to QB Drew Stanton could clear the way for Blaine Gabbert to make his debut for the Cardinals . ... The Bengals signed RB Brian Hill off the Falcons practice squad and waived LB Hardy Nickerson to open a roster spot . ... The Redskins placed RB Rob Kelley and ILB Will Compton on IR and signed free-agent DL Caraun Reid and Eagles practice squad RB Byron Marshall. ... The Jaguars placed long-snapper Matt Overton on IR and signed free agent Colin Holba to fill his spot on roster.