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Goodell says league hasn’t considered replacement players

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A day after NFL officials indicated that the use of replacement players during a lockout would legally be permissible, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell says that the league hasn’t considered the possibility of using replacement players.

Yet.

“We have not had any discussions or consideration of replacement players,” Goodell said during a press conference that ended the league’s annual meetings in New Orleans.  “That hasn’t been discussed, it hasn’t been considered.”

Implicit in Goodell’s comments is that replacement players could be discussed and/or considered.

And/or adopted.

That said, we doubt that the league would use replacement players during a lockout.  Still, declining to take the possibility completely off the table is yet another arrow for the quiver of leverage that the league is hoping to use against the players.

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9 Responses to “Goodell says league hasn’t considered replacement players”
  1. radrntn says: Mar 22, 2011 9:44 PM

    well he should

  2. hajtrucking says: Mar 22, 2011 9:55 PM

    Are they goning to replace chairleaders too? Just wondering.

  3. phillyjeff says: Mar 22, 2011 9:57 PM

    I want my season ticket $ back if they use scabs

  4. sorryfolks says: Mar 22, 2011 10:22 PM

    “Where Can I sign up?” said Jamarcus Russel.

  5. browns2050champs says: Mar 22, 2011 10:31 PM

    does this mean kneau reeves will be the quarterback for the redskins??? hes been out of work for a minute now, and has “experience”, i bet he would jump all over it. hey maybe just maybe with replacement players the browns might be worth a lick!

  6. EJ says: Mar 23, 2011 7:47 AM

    I just wanna watch some football, wether its T.O. or L.O. either Ochocinco or Ochoocho, Peyton Manning or Gary Manning. I just want some football. Get it done Owners/Players.

  7. skoalbrother says: Mar 23, 2011 8:04 AM

    If the owners move twords non-union players, the NFLPA will declare they are forming their own league. Then the stupidity of this season will reach new heights.

  8. wtf__seriously says: Mar 23, 2011 8:53 AM

    What’s Shane Falco, Danny Bateman and Jimmy McGinty up to these days? They did put a big hurtin’ on the Dallas Cowboys…sorta.

  9. dprouse says: Mar 23, 2011 2:38 PM

    “REPLACEMENT PLAYERS? Us? No, we haven’t considered REPLACEMENT PLAYERS at all, no sir. REPLACEMENT PLAYERS haven’t even crossed our mind.”

    The League’s strategy is fairly clear at this point – leak talk about scrubbing the season, float the notion of replacement players (while half-heartedly denying it), and just let the players stew for a while. You can see panic already starting to set in amongst a few players, and it hasn’t even been two weeks.

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