Jones: Forced sale ‘ridicu­lous’

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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 ProFoot­bal­ 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.

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