Posted on: March 22, 2010 11:59 am
The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports that despite coach Mike Tomlin 's comment on Sunday that he is "highly concerned for our franchise and for Ben personally," the Steelers will not react to QB Ben Roethlisberger 's legal troubles by targeting a quarterback in the draft.
Roethlisberger is currently accused of committing sexual assault in two different states within the past year. While he may or may not be charged in the most recent case in Georgia, the story cited a league source as saying Roethlisberger could be asked to undergo a "clinical evaluation" even if he's not charged.
Additionally, the league can choose to discipline Roethlisberger simlpy for being charged with a crime, regardless of the outcome of the case.
The Steelers' choice to avoid QBs in the draft could be indicative of their faith in backups Charlie Batch (whom they reportedly are looking to re-sign) and Dennis Dixon .
Posted on: March 22, 2010 11:41 am
At the NFL's annual meeting in Orlando, the eight-person committee of NFL heavy-hitters voted in favor of a proposed change to the way overtime is handled in playoff games.
The Boston Globe reports that the change would force the team that wins the coin toss to go for a touchdown in any OT period during the playoffs, rather than kick a field goal.
The committee voted 6-2 to send the proposal to a vote by all 32 NFL team owners, which will happen Tuesday or Wednesday.
Colts GM Bill Polian noted that the playoffs-only focus of the proposal was a compromise in response to concerns raised by various NFL players and the Players' Association, which was concerned that the increased number of snaps it would create during the regular season would elevate the risk of injury.