Some owners want to revisit probe procedure
Some NFL owners are interested in revisiting how the league investigates criminal allegations made against players, with an eye toward potential revisions of the league’s investigative methods and possible consideration of whether it should be conducting such probes at all.
Those owners, according to several people familiar with their thinking, are concerned about the controversy that resulted from the investigation into Kareem Hunt, the running back released by the Kansas City Chiefs last week.
“It’s certainly an issue that needs discussion,” said one of those people with knowledge of those owners’ views, speaking on the condition of anonymity because of the sensitivity of the topic. “Is there a way to do this better? If not, should the NFL even be in the investigative business?” Sportsmanship finalists: Washington tight end Vernon Davis, already nominated for the NFL’s Man of the Year Award, is one of eight finalists for the league’s Art Rooney Sportsmanship Award. The other finalists, announced Friday, are Jaguars DE Calais Campbell, Chargers TE Anthony Gates, Colts QB Andrew Luck, Ravens S Eric Weddle, Saints QB Drew Brees, 49ers T Joe Staley, and Packers CB Tramon Williams. The winner will be announced Feb. 2.
Robertson obituary: Former two-time All-Pro linebacker Isiah Robertson, 69, was killed Thursday night when the limousine he was driving skidded on a rain-slicked curve on a dark, rural highway in Mabank, Texas (50 miles southeast of Dallas), and was hit by two other vehicles. The Texas Department of Public Safety report said the limousine was going too fast for the rainy conditions. One driver was treated for minor injuries, the other was unhurt.
Bears: Quarterback Mitchell Trubisky was removed from the injury list, clearing him to start Sunday night against the Rams.
Falcons: Wide receiver Julio Jones is expected to play Sunday at Green Bay after being removed from the injury report. Backup tight end Logan Paulsen (knee/ankle) was ruled out and kicker Matt Bryant (back) is questionable.