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NFL notebook: Goodell: League wants teams in L.A., London

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By The Associated Press
Saturday, Oct. 26, 2013, 8:06 p.m.
 

Commissioner Roger Goodell said the NFL would like to see teams in Los Angeles and London while speaking at a fan forum for Euro NFLers.

Goodell is in London where the 49ers play the Jaguars on Sunday.

But which city would he prefer get an NFL franchise first?

“It doesn't matter,” Goodell said. “I'd love to be back in Los Angeles. But it has to be done the right way, we have to do it successfully. ...

“I want both, but it doesn't matter which one is first.”

The NFL has been trying to land a team in Los Angeles since the Raiders went back to Oakland in 1995, and the league is playing a series of games in London to generate global interest in the sport.

“You are proving you are worthy of a franchise,” Goodell said to the London fans.

Seahawks rule out Harvin

Seahawks coach Pete Carroll said receiver Percy Harvin will not play Monday night against the Rams.

Harvin, who has been on the physically unable to perform list all season with a torn labrum in his hip, returned to practice this week. He is still considered day-to-day.

League supports 49er Smith

Goodell said the decision 49ers pass rusher Aldon Smith made to enter a treatment program for substance abuse could affect punishment he receives from the NFL for his off-the-field problems.

“Certainly the issue here isn't to discipline players. It's to stop the behavior,” Goodell said. “Aldon has voluntarily said, ‘I need help.'

“We're obviously there to support him, and the 49ers did a great job getting him into a facility to try to get help. We support that.”

Smith will miss his fifth straight game since entering a treatment program on Sept. 23, three days after his second drunk-driving-related arrest since entering the league in 2011.

Montana rips S.F. city leaders

Former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Joe Montana said the city's leaders did not do enough to keep the team there.

The 49ers are in their final season at Candlestick Park in San Francisco before moving to Santa Clara, which is 40 miles south, next season. The team will still be named the San Francisco 49ers.

Montana, who won four Super Bowls for the 49ers, said at a forum for European NFL fans in London on Saturday that San Francisco's leaders “made a terrible effort” to keep the team in the city.

Around the league

Chiefs receiver Dwayne Bowe (groin) will be able to play Sunday despite being listed as questionable, CBSSports.com reported. ... The Redskins ruled out safety Reed Doughty (concussion) for Sunday's game against the Broncos, leaving the team without both starting safeties. ... The Cowboys released guard David Arkin, who never played in a game after getting drafted in the fourth round two years ago. ... The Bears will not sign veteran tight end Tony Scheffler after putting him through a workout.

 

 
 


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