Some owners want to revisit how probes conducted
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?”
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 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.
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 197982 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. “I’d like to think that I’ll be remembered as an honorable man, as a good Christian man, and that I always did things in a first-class manner and treated people honestly,” McNair said on a video that was show.
Panthers: Chandler Catanzaro was signed to handle kicking duties against the Browns on Sunday. Regular kicker Graham Gano has been bothered by a knee injury and has not practiced the last two days.
Dolphins: NFL interception leader Xavien Howard was ruled out of Sunday’s game against New England because of a left knee injury. Center Jake Brendel was also ruled out because of a calf injury and receiver Danny Amendola is questionable to play against his former team.
Jets: Coach Todd Bowles declined to name a starter for Sunday’s game at Buffalo, though all signs indicate rookie Sam Darnold will return under center after missing three games with a strained right foot. … Linebacker Darron Lee has been suspended four games by the NFL for violating its substance abuse policy.
Titans 30, Jaguars 9: Under center at the 1-yard line, Titans quarterback Marcus Mariota checked out of a quarterback sneak, and Derrick Henry did the rest, running and stiff-arming his way to a record-tying 99-yard touchdown run, leading Tennessee to the rout in Nashville. The win keeps the Titans in the playoff chase.
Henry’s run matched Tony Dorsett’s 99-yarder on Jan. 3, 1983, for Dallas against Minnesota for the longest TD run in NFL history.