NFL notebook: Goodell entertains idea of getting rid of kickoffs

| Thursday, Dec. 6, 2012, 8:30 p.m.

NFL commissioner Roger Goodell told TIME that he'd consider eliminating kickoffs in the NFL.

Goodell has, per the article via Chris Burke of Sports Illustrated, considered the idea of changing the way the NFL handles kickoffs by replacing them with an offensive opportunity.

The idea is to give the team that scored the ball on their own 30-yard line. That team would have one shot to pick up 15 yards and keep the ball, or they could simply punt from the 30-yard line.

This kickoff replacement is even crazier than you might think, because of its origination: it was proposed by Buccaneers coach Greg Schiano.

But Goodell maintains the possibility of radically redesigning the kickoff procedure isn't some public relations stunt; he'd only consider it because it's “the right thing to do.”

“I don't do things for public relations,” Goodell said. “I do things because they're the right thing to do, because I love the game.”

Report: GM Smith, coach Turner out in S.D.

Sources say Chargers general manager A.J. Smith and coach Norv Turner will be fired after the season.

Sources said this week that Chargers president Dean Spanos essentially decided at least a month ago that Turner's time was drawing to a rapid close. Spanos, sources said, has more recently resigned himself to the fact that Smith can't be kept in the current environment of plummeting performance and fan unrest.

Ravens' Suggs practices

Dealing with a torn biceps in his upper right arm, Terrell Suggs re-emerged onto Baltimore's practice field after missing Wednesday's session.

Suggs tore his biceps this past Sunday in the fourth quarter of Baltimore's 23-20 loss to the Steelers.

Suggs has received two medical opinions on the injury, but he and the Ravens have yet to make a determination as to whether he will play.

Bears LB fined again

Bears linebacker Brian Urlacher said the NFL fined him $21,000 for his horse-collar tackle on running back Leon Washington during Sunday's overtime loss to the Seahawks.

It was the second consecutive week Urlacher was fined for such a tackle. He received a $15,750 fine for one against Vikings running back Adrian Peterson.

A player typically is fined $31,500 for a second offense, but Urlacher said he wasn't docked that amount. He received a letter from the NFL on Wednesday.

Jets' Tebow, Keller ailing

New York Jets tight end Dustin Keller sat out practice for the second straight day with a sprained left ankle, leaving his status for the team's game Sunday uncertain.

Backup quarterback Tim Tebow was limited for the second straight day with two broken ribs and might not be ready to go.

Around the league

Giants veteran offensive tackle David Diehl will start in place of Sean Locklear, who suffered a major knee injury that will sideline him for the rest of the season. ... Buffalo Bills offensive lineman Chris Hairston (ankle) has been placed on injured reserve and will miss the rest of the season.

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