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FRISCO, Texas - Jerry Jones dismissed the notion that the NFL could force him to sell the Dallas Cowboys because of his attempts to block an extension for commissioner Roger Goodell.
"I've had not one, not one, inkling of communication from the league office or any owner that would suggest something that laughable and ridiculous," Jones said on his 105.3 The Fan radio show Tuesday.
"If somebody is asserting that or thinking about that kind of thing, they're not knowledgeable on how things work in the NFL."
The notion surfaced in a ProFootballTalk.com story suggesting the league could have a "nuclear option" to force Jones to sell the Cowboys, although it noted it'd be highly unlikely for the league to go down that road.
But that's how contentious things have gotten between the owners over Goodell's extension. Jones has threatened to sue the league if the six-member compensation committee doesn't seek approval among the other owners for Goodell's extension.
Jones also disputed a report in The New York Times saying a cease-and-desist warning was issued to him regarding his conduct on Goodell's extension. The league could discipline Jones in several manners such as fines, docking draft picks or even a suspension.
Redskins place Kelley, Compton on IR
ASHBURN, Va. - The Washington Redskins have placed starting running back Rob Kelley and inside linebacker Will Compton on injured reserve.
The team announced several moves Tuesday, including signing free agent defensive lineman Caraun Reid and Philadelphia Eagles practice squad running back Byron Marshall.
Kelley and Compton were both hurt in Sunday's 38-30 loss to the Minnesota Vikings, which dropped Washington's record to 4-5 heading into next weekend's game at the NFC South-leading New Orleans Saints. Kelley sprained a ligament in his left knee. Compton sprained a foot.
Carolina's Samuel has season-ending surgery
CHARLOTTE, N.C. - Carolina rookie wide receiver Curtis Samuel is done for the year. The Panthers announced Tuesday that he will undergo season-ending surgery on his left ankle and will be placed on injured reserve.
Samuel injured his ankle in the third quarter of Carolina's 45-21 win over the Miami Dolphins on Monday night when a defensive player rolled over his ankle in the end zone. The team didn't release the specific injury to Samuel's ankle.
That means Carolina (7-3) will be looking for a new starting wide receiver heading into the bye week.
Panthers offensive coordinator Mike Shula wouldn't say who would replace Samuel.
Samuel had five catches for 45 yards against the Dolphins, but did drop a touchdown pass on the play in which he was hurt.
Fox to limit Olsen's access to Vikings
MINNEAPOLIS - Fox is limiting the amount of pre-game access to the Minnesota Vikings this week for guest analyst Greg Olsen, in response to concerns raised by the team about an opposing player on the broadcast crew.
The Vikings host the Los Angeles Rams on Sunday, when Olsen and the Carolina Panthers are on their bye. Olsen has missed the last eight games with a broken foot, but he could return from injured reserve in a week. The Vikings play Dec. 10 at the Panthers.
NFL: Concussion self-reporting rising
NEW YORK - The NFL's chief medical officer says more than a third of concussion evaluations so far this season are a result of players indicating they have symptoms, a much higher percentage than last season.
Allen Sills said in a conference call with reporters Tuesday that "about 37 percent" of the 379 concussion evaluations during the preseason and regular season have been "initiated by a self-report." Sills said it was about 20 to 22 percent a year ago.
Sills also said the rules for checking for a concussion were followed properly for Indianapolis Colts quarterback Jacoby Brissett on Sunday, when he was allowed to return to a game after a hit to the head. After the game, it was determined he did have concussion symptoms.
Saints QB Brees heads sportsmanship list
NEW YORK - NFL veterans Drew Brees, Joe Thomas, Von Miller and Luke Kuechly are among the 32 nominees announced Tuesday for the Art Rooney Sportsmanship Award.
The award, now in its fourth year, honors the founding owner of the Pittsburgh Steelers and a member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame.
Dave Matthews Band to play Super concert
MINNEAPOLIS - The Dave Matthews Band will perform in St. Paul on the eve of the Super Bowl, adding to a growing list of entertainment leading up to the big game.
The Dave Matthews Band will play at Xcel Energy Center on Feb. 3 as part of the so-called Night Before concert, the Star Tribune reports. Tickets go on sale to the general public Friday and will range from $67 to $127 - not inflated Super Bowl prices.
The Night Before concert will compete with the Super Bowl Host Committee's free concerts.
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