INDIANAPOLIS — Sorry, Los Angeles. The only NFL expansion happening anytime soon is to next season’s schedule of Thursday night games.
During his annual Super Bowl news conference, Commissioner Roger Goodell said Friday there hasn’t been any discussion about adding to the league’s 32 teams, and indicated he’s not too keen about the idea of shifting a franchise, either.
“We would like to be back in Los Angeles, if we can do it correctly,” Goodell said. “There are a lot of issues that have to be balanced there.”
He announced that every club will appear on prime-time TV in 2012, thanks in part to a new slate of Thursday games that now will be scheduled from Week 2 through Week 15. NBC will air a game on Thanksgiving night; the other 12 Thursdays will go on the NFL Network, which aired eight games in 2011.
GIANTS: Running back Ahmad Bradshaw missed practice on Friday because of a sore right foot.
Coach Tom Coughlin listed Bradshaw as probable for Sunday’s game.
Bradshaw has a broken bone in his right foot and it was sore after two days of practice at the University of Indianapolis’ practice bubble. He has dealt with the injury for months and usually only practices once a week for games.
HALL OF FAME: Super Bowl winners Charles Haley, Bill Parcells, Jerome Bettis and Ed DeBartolo Jr., are among 17 finalists who will learn today if they are voted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame.
Other finalists are Curtis Martin, Cris Carter, Tim Brown, Andre Reed, Chris Doleman, Dermontti Dawson, Kevin Greene, Cortez Kennedy, Willie Roaf, Aenaes Williams, first-year nominee Will Shields, and senior committee nominees Jack Butler and Dick Stanfel.
COURTS: Former Cowboys and Colts offensive lineman Kurt Vollers has been sentenced to 2½ years in federal prison after pleading guilty to a federal charge of conspiracy to distribute marijuana.
U.S. District Judge Sidney Fitzwater sentenced Vollers in federal court in Dallas on Friday, almost two years after pleading guilty to conspiracy to sell more than 100 kilograms of marijuana.