Vick met with union leader after release

Michael Vick met with NFL Players Association executive director DeMaurice Smith earlier this week, after the former Atlanta Falcons quarterback finished serving 23 months in federal custody for a dogfighting conviction.


George Atallah , assistant executive director for external affairs of the player's union, says Vick and Smith met one-on-one on Tuesday. Atallah gave no additional details.

NFL commissioner Roger Goodell has suspended Vick indefinitely, and said Tuesday that he'll decide whether to reinstate Vick "in the near future."

The union's position has been that it will support Vick on a personal level until Goodell decides how to proceed, but Atallah said Smith will likely raise the issue with Goodell.

STEELERS: Law enforcement officials in Nevada have no intention of opening a criminal investigation into allegations Pittsburgh quarterback Ben Roethlisberger raped a woman at a Lake Tahoe hotel-casino a year ago, the sheriff's department.

Douglas County Sheriff's Deputy Teresa Duffy said the accuser would have to file a criminal complaint to trigger an investigation into the incident the woman says occurred during a celebrity golf tournament last July while she was working as an executive VIP casino host at Harrah's Lake Tahoe.

"The victim is the only one who can do that," Duffy told The Associated Press. "Unless there was a third party that actually witnessed the incident, which according to the civil case, was not the case here."

- Steelers chairman Dan Rooney 's four brothers signed papers this week transferring majority ownership of the six-time Super Bowl champions to Rooney and son Art Rooney II, the team president.

COWBOYS: Paralyzed Dallas scouting assistant Rich Behm is determined to walk again.

In his first public comments since the May collapse of the team's indoor practice facility, Behm says he is still learning to deal with life in a wheelchair. He lost the use of his legs in the accident that injured two other Cowboys staff members.

The 33-year-old says he is considering a lawsuit against the manufacturer of the facility.

VIKINGS: Minnesota linemen Kevin Williams and Pat Williams will have to wait a bit longer to find out if they will be going to trial before the season begins.

A state judge said Wednesday he will rule by Aug. 7 whether to put their lawsuit against the NFL on hold, as the league has requested. The two are fighting their pending suspensions for violating the NFL's policy against performance-enhancing drugs.

RAVENS: Coach John Harbaugh is "optimistic and hopeful" that wide receiver Derrick Mason will come out of retirement and rejoin the team during training camp.

Mason surprised the Ravens on July 13 by abruptly ending his 12-year NFL career.

After speaking with Mason on the phone Tuesday night, Harbaugh maintained hope that Mason would have a change of heart soon after the start of training camp next week.

PANTHERS: Carolina signed fifth-round pick Duke Robinson , a guard from Oklahoma, to a four-year deal that includes a signing bonus of about $172,000.

LIONS: Traded wide receiver Ronald Curry to the Rams for defensive end Orien Harris .

Curry became expendable in June when the Lions traded safety Gerald Alexander to the Jacksonville Jaguars for wide receiver Dennis Northcutt, who is expected to play in the slot.



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