NFL notebook: Goodell suggests Raiders could play at 49ers' new stadium
With confetti streaming down under a blue sky, the 49ers officially opened their $1.2 billion stadium in Santa Clara with a ribbon-cutting ceremony complete with all the opulence of their new home.
NFL commissioner Roger Goodell added a twist to the ceremony by addressing the looming stadium issue just up the road in Oakland, where the Raiders have long been searching for a replacement to the outdated Coliseum.
Goodell said it's up to the Raiders to decide whether they want to build a stadium in Oakland or share the facility at Levi's Stadium with the 49ers — an idea York never has dismissed.
Raiders owner Mark Davis has said he doesn't want to be a renter in the 49ers' facility, which is fitted with red seats and posters of past and present San Francisco greats.
49ers sign Staley
The 49ers signed left tackle Joe Staley to a two-year contract extension through the 2019 season.
San Francisco selected Staley 28th overall in the 2007 draft out of Central Michigan. He has earned Pro Bowl honors the past three seasons and is primarily responsible for protecting Colin Kaepernick's blindside.
General manager Trent Baalke said the extension means the 29-year-old Staley “will likely be a 49er for life.”
Ex-PSU RB's court case
A Las Vegas judge gave a lawyer until July 30 to produce proof that former NFL running back Larry Johnson (Penn State) met terms of his sentence following his conviction in a domestic violence case involving an ex-girlfriend at a Las Vegas Strip resort.
Attorney Gregory Knapp appeared in court for Johnson on Thursday, and said later that he'll provide paperwork showing the 34-year-old former Chiefs and Dolphins star has completed required community service and counseling.
Johnson was sentenced to probation, 48 hours of community service and six months of counseling after pleading no contest in July 2013 to misdemeanor battery and assault.
Knapp said Johnson lives in Florida. He was arrested in October 2012 at the Bellagio after he was accused of beating and choking the 32-year-old woman.
Titans rookie gets trial
Titans rookie Taylor Lewan will go to trial in October on charges he punched an Ohio State fan. The former Michigan offensive tackle is accused of hitting the fan after the Buckeyes beat the Wolverines last season. He is charged with one count of aggravated assault and two counts of assault and battery.
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