Thursday Sept 18, 2008
NEW YORK (AP) -- NFL commissioner Roger Goodell is
following up his suspension of a Tampa Bay cornerback by
re-emphasizing safety issues and warning that even first-time
offenders will be subject to discipline.
In a memo sent out last night and obtained today by The
Associated Press, Goodell tells the players that "any conduct that
unnecessarily risks the safety of other players has no role in the
game of football and will be disciplined at increased levels,
including on a first offense."
Goodell has ordered that the memo be read and distributed to all
of the players on all 32 tams. On Tuesday, the league announced that Tampa Bay cornerback Elbert Mack was suspended for one game as the result of a helmet-to-helmet hit on Atlanta quarterback Matt Ryan last week.
The undrafted rookie from Troy had been fined $5,000 for
unnecessary roughness against Houston quarterback Alex Brink during
the Bucs' exhibition finale on August 28th.
(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)