Around the NFL: London to get three games next season
The NFL will play three regular-season games at London’s Wembley Stadium next year, featuring the Jaguars, Falcons and Raiders.
The league announced yesterday at its fall meetings that it is expanding its international series. It will be the most games the league has played abroad in one year. This season, Minnesota beat Pittsburgh 34-27 in September, and Jacksonville will host San Francisco on Oct. 27 as part of a four-year commitment to move a home game to Wembley.
Dates and opponents for the games will be announced when the schedule is completed next year.
“Our fans in the UK have continued to demonstrate that they love football and want more,” said Commissioner Roger Goodell, who has championed overseas games for years and thinks the NFL someday will have a franchise in London. “Both of this year’s games in London sold out quickly. The fan enthusiasm for our sport continues to grow.
“By playing two games in the UK this year, we are creating more fans.”
Goodell, speaking at a news conference at the end of the fall meetings, avoided direct answers about whether “Redskins” is a racial slur or if the Washington team should change its name.
Four of the first five questions directed at Goodell were about the Redskins’ nickname. Goodell says it’s important “to listen and recognize that some other people may have different perspectives.”
The subject was not part of the formal agenda at the meetings.
Heyward in, Adams out for Steelers
With the 0-4 Steelers facing their worst start in 45 years, coach Mike Tomlin is tweaking the lineup.
Defensive end Cameron Heyward of Ohio State will start on Sunday against the New York Jets. Embattled left tackle Mike Adams, also a former Buckeye, will sit. Kelvin Beachum and newly acquired Levi Brown will both get a look at Adams’ vacated spot. Rookie Vince Williams will line up alongside Lawrence Timmons at inside linebacker.
• New Orleans and Indianapolis, the sites of the past two Super Bowls, and Minneapolis are the three finalists to host the NFL championship game in 2018.
Those three cities were selected from a pool of six at the owners’ meetings yesterday.
• The Atlanta Falcons could lose Julio Jones for the season after the Pro Bowl receiver injured his foot Monday in a loss to the New York Jets.
Coach Mike Smith said Jones, the NFL leader with 41 catches, did not get encouraging news from a visit with doctors yesterday. Smith added that Jones will see a foot specialist today for a second opinion.
• Safety Will Allen, a former Ohio State player, has been released by the Dallas Cowboys.
Allen, a 10-season pro, started the first two games this year before being replaced as the starter by rookie J.J. Wilcox.
• Colts running back Ahmad Bradshaw will miss the rest of this season after opting for neck surgery.
A person with knowledge of Bradshaw’s medical options confirmed the decision. Bradshaw was injured in week three against San Francisco.
• Quarterback Mark Sanchez had season-ending surgery on his right shoulder yesterday, likely ending his tenure with the New York Jets.
The surgery, which repaired a torn labrum, was performed by Dr. James Andrews, the team announced. Sanchez said in a statement that he was advised by Andrews and other doctors to have surgery after he tried rehabilitation for seven weeks.