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.
“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.
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.