Some own­ers want to re­visit how probes con­ducted

The News Tribune - - Sports / Weather - — WIRE SER­VICES

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 Ver- non 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 Jack­sonville de­fen­sive end Calais Camp­bell, Charg­ers tight end An­thony Gates, In­di­anapo­lis quar­ter­back An­drew Luck, Bal­ti­more safety Eric Wed­dle, New Or­leans quar­ter­back Drew Brees, San Fran­cisco tackle Joe Sta­ley, and Green Bay cor­ner­back 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.

The Los An­ge­les Rams drafted Robert­son from South­ern Univer­sity in the first round of the 1971 NFL draft. He re­mained with the Rams through 1978, then played in 1979-82 for the Buffalo Bills. He was named first-team All-Pro in 1973 and 1976 and was cho­sen for the Pro Bowl in his rookie 1971 sea­son, as well as 1973-77.

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 was ruled out with knee and an­kle in­juries and kicker Matt Bryant is ques­tion­able with a back in­jury. Tex­ans: More than 1,000 friends from Hous­ton and the NFL gath­ered to pay re­spects and say good­bye to for­mer Hous­ton Tex­ans founder and owner Bob McNair, who died Nov. 23 at the age of 81. He brought the NFL back to Hous­ton in 2002 after the Oil­ers moved to Ten­nessee.

Pan­thers: Chan­dler Catan­zaro was signed to han­dle kick­ing du­ties against the Browns on Sun­day.

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