NFL notebook: Tribe's efforts to ban 'Redskins' rebuffed
Unable to sway Redskins owner Daniel Snyder to change his team's nickname, representatives of the Oneida Indian Nation on Wednesday called upon the NFL to sanction Snyder and the team for its continued use of a nickname and team mascot that “promote a dictionary-defined racial slur,” according to ESPN.com.
However, after a 90-minute meeting, Oneida officials did not appear to seem optimistic of any forthcoming change after meeting with three senior NFL officials, but not commissioner Roger Goodell, who was traveling and unable to attend the meeting.
“(The NFL officials) defended the use of a racist name,” Oneida spokesman Joel Barkin said.
The Oneida representatives asked for a meeting of NFL team owners during the week leading up to the Super Bowl.
Jury gets Taylor case
A jury began deliberations in the trial of a Florida man accused of the fatal 2007 shooting of Redskins star safety Sean Taylor during a botched burglary. Jurors got the case late Wednesday afternoon after hearing closing arguments in the case of 23-year-old Eric Rivera Jr. He faces a possible life sentence if convicted of murder in Taylor's killing.
Seahawks' Rice on IR
The Seahawks placed wide receiver Sidney Rice on injured reserve. Rice suffered a torn ACL in Monday's 14-9 win over the Rams. Rice had 15 catches for 231 yards and three TDs.
Bengals' Mays sidelined
The Bengals put safety Taylor Mays on injured reserve with a dislocated right shoulder, ending his season. Mays hurt the shoulder while making a tackle during a 49-9 win over the New York Jets on Sunday.
Matthews closer to return
Packers linebacker Clay Matthews, who hasn't played since breaking his right thumb against Detroit on Oct. 6, said he will get the pins removed from the thumb Monday. He won't play against the Bears that night, but if he can return Nov. 10 against Philadelphia, he will have missed only four games.
Eagles' QB Foles to start
Nick Foles will be back at quarterback for the Eagles when they play the Raiders on Sunday. Two weeks after suffering a concussion, Foles will start in place of Michael Vick, who is out for the second time this season with a hamstring injury.
Bills' QB ‘50-50' to play
Bills quarterback Thad Lewis missed practice Wednesday because of sore ribs and is “50-50” to play Sunday against the unbeaten Chiefs, coach Doug Marrone said. Rookie Jeff Tuel and free-agent addition Matt Flynn split the first-team reps.
Sandusky's son sentenced
Browns executive Jon Sandusky pleaded guilty to refusing a chemical test when he was pulled over last month for suspicion of drunken driving in Fargo. Sandusky, the son of former Penn State assistant coach Jerry Sandusky, who is serving 30 to 60 years in prison for sexually abusing 10 boys over 15 years, received a suspended sentence Tuesday and was placed on unsupervised probation that requires him to complete a chemical dependency evaluation.
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