BALTIMORE — Thousands of family and friends turned out Tuesday for the funeral of former Browns and Ravens owner Art Modell, including current and former players, NFL commissioner Roger Goodell and Cowboys owner Jerry Jones.
An important figure in the league, Modell also was one of its most polarizing owners. Cleveland fans never forgave him from moving his club to Baltimore for financial reasons after the 1995 season, but Ravens fans were fond of him.
Ray Lewis, Ray Rice, Joe Flacco, Haloti Ngata and Torrey Smith were among current Ravens who attended the service at Baltimore Hebrew Congregation.
Lewis, Baltimore's second pick in the 1996 draft, gave a eulogy full of emotion.
"Rest in peace 'Pop Art,' " he said.
LATE MONDAY: Nate Kaeding hit five field goals and the visiting Chargers capitalized on three botched punts to beat the Raiders 22-14 (see summary, 2C). Oakland's Pro Bowl long snapper, Jon Condo, left with a head injury and Travis Goethel had problems filling in. Also, Raiders receiver/returner Jacoby Ford will have surgery on his injured left foot and miss some time.
BOUNTY MEETINGS: Goodell and four players whose bounty-related suspensions were recently lifted by an appeals panel have agreed to new meetings. League spokesman Greg Aiello said no dates have been set for Jonathan Vilma, Will Smith, Scott Fujita and Anthony Hargrove. The league lifted the Browns' roster exemption for Fujita, who missed the opener.
BRONCOS: Former Pro Bowl center Dan Koppen signed. He spent nine seasons with the Patriots. The team also re-signed quarterback Caleb Hainie.
REDSKINS: Long snapper Justin Snow was signed to replace Nick Sundberg, who played through a broken arm Sunday but has been put on injured reserve.
STEELERS: Pro Bowl linebacker James Harrison's aching left knee was good enough to work out, and he could play Sunday for the first time since January.