John Mara hears the cries to change the NFL’s replay system. He doesn’t think it has the votes.
After the New York Giants’ owner emerged from the competition committee’s annual meeting in Indianapolis, Mara told a handful of reporters he doesn’t anticipate significant changes coming to the system.
“I just don’t sense a lot of support to use replay to call penalties. I don’t sense a lot of support for the expansion of it, either,” Mara said Tuesday. “We’re early … so that might change, but that’s my sense of where we are right now. I’m not saying it won’t change.”
Any rule change requires a 24-vote threshold to pass. Right now, committee members continue to listen to those involved. On Tuesday, it was the game officials. Later this week, it will be the coaches and general managers. At Phoenix, in March, the owners will offer their opinions — and they are the ones with the power to alter the rules.
No formal proposal or recommendation is on the table.
Fans and many media members have expressed displeasure with the system since a blown call late in the NFC Championship Game — officials missed a blatant pass-interference penalty and a helmet-first hit by the Rams’ Nickell Robey-Coleman on New Orleans receiver Tommylee Lewis deep in Los Angeles territory. The non-calls helped Los Angeles force overtime and eventually win the game to reach the Super Bowl.
Cowboys’ Gregory suspended: Dallas defensive end Randy Gregory was suspended indefinitely for violating the NFL’s substance-abuse policy, the fourth time the troubled player has been banned by the league.
The specific violation was not named, but Gregory has admitted to having issues with marijuana.
The suspension comes about seven months after Gregory was reinstated by Commissioner Roger Goodell following a lengthy process aimed at reviving his career. Gregory missed 30 of the 32 games over two seasons as a result of his first three suspensions.
Gregory had his best year in 2018, posting career highs with six sacks and 14 games. He was reinstated just before the start of training camp last year.
Crabtree cut: Former 49ers and Raiders wide receiver Michael Crabtree was released by the Ravens after being signed as a free agent one year ago.
Crabtree caught 54 passes for 607 yards and three touchdowns in 2018 after totaling 25 scores in a three-year stint with Oakland. He also had two TD catches in Baltimore’s playoff loss to the Chargers.
The Ravens are looking to revamp their receiving corps for quarterback Lamar Jackson, and it appears Crabtree, 31, does not fit in the mix. After Jackson became the starter, Crabtree had only 11 receptions and one touchdown over the final seven regular-season games.
Crabtree broke into the NFL with San Francisco in 2009 and played with the 49ers through 2014 before joining Oakland in 2015. He has 633 career receptions for 7,477 yards and 54 TDs.
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