NFL latest: Including Revis and referees lockout

Rex Ryan And Revis

A weekly round-up of news from the NFL.

Darrelle Revis was forced to leave the New York Jets’ 48-28 win over the Buffalo Bills due to a head injury and head coach Rex Ryan later confirmed that Revis has a ‘mild concussion’. Revis is reported to be ‘fine’ but his status for the Jets’ Week 2 matchup with the Pittsburgh Steelers remains questionable with concussed players customarily missing a week of action before being cleared to return.

NFL Charities have awarded funds totalling $1 million grant money to universities and hospitals to investigate concussions. Several universities and hospitals across the United States will receive the grant money to help the league understand more about head injuries as it augments its campaign on player safety. 

This follows last week’s news of the NFL’s $30 million donation to the National Institutes of Health to fund athlete-focused medical research marking the donation as the biggest in the NFL’s history.

League officials met with the NFL Referees Association on Friday to resume negotiations on a new deal. Week 1 saw replacement referees officiate games with players and commentators noticeably focusing on the numerous officiating errors that occurred throughout the games. The NFL and the Referees still remain far from a deal on economic issues of salary and pensions. With the lockout still unresolved, the replacement referees look set to take charge of the Week 2 games.

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell will meet with the players involved in the New Orleans Saints ‘bounty’ scandal. Jonathan Vilma, (now Cleveland Brown) Scott Fujita, Will Smith and Anthony Hargrove had suspensions issued by Goodell overturned last Friday and will now meet the commissioner to share further information before any disciplinary action is retaken. In the meantime, the players are eligible for action on the field.

The Pittsburgh Steelers defense could have safety Ryan Clark and linebacker James Harrison return to the team for their Week 2 match up with the Jets. The Steelers lost 19-31 to a Peyton Manning-led Broncos in Week 1, which saw last year’s number 1 ranked defense helpless against Manning’s no-huddle offense. Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin warned however that the return of the two players will not automatically fix the defense and that the defensive players need to execute better once the ball is snapped.

Chicago Bears quarter back Jay Cutler has wished Green Bay Packers’ defensive backs a ‘good luck’ before the two teams face off on Thursday Night Football. Cutler has only beaten division rivals Packers once since joining Chicago from the Denver Broncos but is confident of his team’s chances. And Bears wide receiver Brandon Marshall is excited about matching up against the defensive backs believing his physical attributes give him the upper hand in any man-to-man situation.

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