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Jones gets no break

Goodell: He must serve suspension

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Associated Press / November 7, 2007

National Football League commissioner Roger Goodell informed Titans cornerback Adam "Pacman" Jones yesterday that he must serve out his entire suspension for the 2007 season.

Jones had met with the commissioner last week in New York, pleading for some leniency and an early return. But the cornerback, whose biggest community service was buying wrestling tickets for Atlanta students to watch him at a pay-per-view event last month, didn't convince Goodell.

Attorney Worrick Robinson said Jones received a letter from the NFL notifying him of the commissioner's decision earlier in the day. "He is very disappointed," Robinson said. "We're looking at different options."

Also, the Titans added some depth at defensive tackle by signing Demetrin Veal.

Stroud suspended

Jaguars defensive tackle Marcus Stroud was suspended without pay by the NFL for four games for violating the league's steroids and related substances policy. Stroud, a three-time Pro Bowl lineman, admitted last week he had taken supplements following offseason microfracture surgery on his right ankle. He added that he didn't plan to appeal the league's suspension. "I've been doing this for seven years," Stroud told WFXJ radio in Jacksonville. "I don't have to take any of that stuff to get ahead to play on anything. I feel like I've got great God-given ability and it's just something that's misfortunate." . . . The Chiefs, who have one of the NFL's most feeble offenses, are almost certain to be without star running back Larry Johnson for at least a week and possibly longer. The two-time Pro Bowler has a sprained right foot and is highly questionable for Sunday's game against Denver, coach Herm Edwards said. "He's got a swollen foot right now so that's not good," Edwards said.

Losman to start

Leading the Bills to consecutive victories was enough for quarterback J.P. Losman to keep the starting job this Sunday, when Buffalo plays at Miami, said coach Dick Jauron . . . The Vikings signed veteran Koy Detmer as an insurance policy for a banged-up group of quarterbacks . . . Center LeCharles Bentley, who has yet to play for his hometown Browns because of a serious knee injury, will remain on the reserve-physically unable to perform list, ending his season . . . The Panthers placed Dan Morgan on injured reserve, ending another frustrating season for the oft-injured middle linebacker. Morgan hasn't played since he partially tore his right Achilles' tendon in Carolina's win in Atlanta Sept. 23, an injury that will require surgery. The team also signed quarterback Drew Olson to the practice squad to provide depth with David Carr and Vinny Testaverde banged up.

Vilma to have surgery

Jets linebacker Jonathan Vilma will have surgery today to repair his injured knee. Vilma was hurt in New York's loss at Cincinnati Oct. 21 . . . The Broncos, who have lost five of their past six games, made a midseason roster shuffle, signing four free agents and releasing wide receiver Brian Clark, safety Curome Cox, and defensive tackle Amon Gordon. The Broncos signed receiver Taylor Jacobs and defensive ends Larry Birdine, Paul Carrington, and Josh Mallard. They also placed rookie DE Jarvis Moss, their top draft pick, on injured reserve with a broken right leg that he hurt last week . . . According to Bloomberg News, Cowboys owner Jerry Jones said the $1.1 billion stadium he's building in Arlington, Texas, will give his club the most revenue in the NFL, although he didn't provide specifics.

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