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Goodell hit with Redskins questions

Wed., Oct. 9, 2013, midnight


Avoiding direct answers to questions about whether “Redskins” is a racial slur or if the team should change its name, NFL commissioner Roger Goodell says the league needs to “make sure we’re doing what’s right.”

During a news conference Tuesday at the end of the league’s fall meetings, four of the first five questions directed at Goodell were about the Washington Redskins’ nickname.

Goodell says it’s important “to listen and recognize that some other people may have different perspectives.”

He adds that he’s “confident that the Redskins are listening.”

The subject was not part of the formal agenda at the owners’ meetings.

Broncos, Saints top poll

The Denver Broncos have increased their lead on the rest of the league in the latest Associated Press NFL power rankings, pulling in 11 of 12 first-place votes after Seattle suffered its first loss of the season.

New Orleans surged into second place in the Pro32 rankings released Tuesday. The Seahawks fell from second to third after losing 34-28 at Indianapolis.

Note: A complete listing appears in today’s Scoreboard on Page B6

Quick kicks

Michael Vick says his injured left hamstring feels better and he threw and jogged, though he didn’t participate in team drills during practice. It’s uncertain if Vick or Nick Foles will start at quarterback when the Eagles (2-3) visit Tampa Bay (0-4) this week. … QB Mark Sanchez has undergone season-ending surgery on his injured right shoulder, possibly also signaling the end of his Jets career. … The Falcons could lose Julio Jones for the season after the Pro Bowl receiver injured his foot Monday. … Colts RB Ahmad Bradshaw will miss the rest of this season after opting for neck surgery. … Bengals CB Adam “Pacman” Jones was found not guilty of an assault charge accusing him of punching a woman in the head at a downtown Cincinnati nightclub. … The NFL will play three regular-season games at London’s Wembley Stadium next year, hosted by the Jaguars, Falcons and Raiders. Dates and times of the games will be announced when the schedule is compiled next year.

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