November 23, 2014

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NFL notes: Pacman must miss entire year

NFL commissioner Roger Goodell told Titans cornerback Adam “Pacman” Jones in April to sit out the 2007 season. On Tuesday, the commissioner informed Jones he still hasn’t changed his mind.
Jones had met with the commissioner last week in New York, pleading for some leniency and an early return. But the cornerback, whose biggest community service was buying wrestling tickets for Atlanta students to watch him at a pay-per-view event last month, didn’t convince Goodell.
The commissioner told Jones his suspension will last through this season, which would include the playoffs if the Titans (6-2) qualify.
“He will be eligible to begin working out at the Titans` facility following the conclusion of the team`s season,” the league said in a statement.
Goodell had promised Jones` case would be reviewed after Tennessee’s 10th game of the season. He met with Jones on Friday – two days before the Titans’ eighth game.
But the Titans, who have replaced their best defensive player, expected the suspension to stand.
“As we have said all through this process, we understood the suspension was for a year and made preparations to move our team forward without Adam Jones,” the team said in a statement. “We will continue to monitor his situation and will address his future when he is reinstated by the commissioner.”
Goodell originally suspended Jones in April for violating the league’s personal conduct policy. At the time, Jones had been arrested five times since the Titans drafted him with the sixth overall pick in 2005.
The suspension followed a Las Vegas strip club fight Feb. 19 in which police accused Jones of inciting a fight inside that led to a triple shooting outside. Jones was arrested on two felony counts of coercion in June after dropping an appeal of his NFL punishment.
Jones said in interviews since his suspension that he felt he was being treated unfairly and that the punishment was harsh.
To keep himself busy, he signed a contract with Total Nonstop Action Wrestling. But the Titans got an injunction that limited his physical contact to prevent any injuries. Jones` contract ended recently with TNA, and the company did not renew the deal.
Stroud suspended
Jaguars defensive tackle Marcus Stroud was suspended without pay by the NFL for four games for violating the NFL’s steroids and related substances policy.
Stroud, a three-time Pro Bowl lineman, admitted last week that he had taken supplements following offsea-son micro-fracture surgery on his right ankle.
He said he was no longer taking the supplements, adding that he didn’t plan to appeal the league’s suspen-sion.
Stroud has 33 tackles, three sacks and nine quarterback pressures this season.
Stroud and linebacker Justin Durant were put on the reserve/suspended list.
Durant was arrested early Saturday after deputies found him asleep behind the wheel near an exit ramp. He was cited for resisting arrest without violence and having an open alcohol container. He passed a field sobriety test.
Injury list
* Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger landed hard on his right leg while throwing a pass in the third quarter Monday night and left the game. He limped off the field, then had his right foot, calf and hip checked by team doctors behind the bench. 
* Middle linebacker Dan Morgan was placed on injured reserve by the Carolina Panthers, ending another frustrating season. Fullback Billy Latsko was promoted from the practice squad to take Morgan’s place.
* Chiefs running back Larry Johnson is almost certain to miss Sunday’s game against the Denver Broncos because of a foot injury. He hurt his right foot during the fourth quarter of last weekend`s 33-22 loss to Green Bay.