Friday, July 20, 2018
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League gives no love to San Diego, Oakland

IRVING, Texas — NFL commissioner Roger Goodell isn't saying whether he's optimistic that San Diego and Oakland can keep their teams, while Indianapolis owner Jim Irsay considers both franchises all but gone.

Dean Spanos of the Chargers and the Raiders' Mark Davis weren't talking at the NFL owners meeting Wednesday. And no new specifics were revealed by Goodell a day after city and county officials in Oakland agreed to open negotiations with an investment group on a $1.3 billion plan for a new stadium. "As you know, these issues have been going on for an awful long time," Goodell said. "The challenges of getting stadiums built is something that we've worked very hard on. We have not made great progress in Oakland and San Diego."

The Chargers face a Jan. 15 deadline to decide whether to join the Rams in Los Angeles, part of a deal struck almost a year ago when owners agreed to let the Rams leave St. Louis. A Chargers-written ballot measure asking for $1.15 billion in increased hotel taxes to help fund a new downtown stadium was soundly defeated last month.

Earlier this year, Davis said he was committed to moving the Raiders to Las Vegas, where a $1.9 billion stadium project has been approved. He declined to comment Wednesday.

The Raiders will have from the end of their season, which will likely include their first trip to the playoffs since 2002, until Feb. 15 to apply for relocation. Irsay didn't offer encouraging words for San Diego or Oakland.

"I think that there is at this point really no reason for optimism in either market for the Chargers and Raiders," Irsay said.

AP BACK: Adrian Peterson was back on the practice field for the first time in nearly three months, and the Vikings hope their star running back can give them the jolt they need to chase down a playoff berth. Peterson's rehab of a torn meniscus in his right knee is nearly complete, allowing him to rejoin his teammates at practice as he ramps up for a highly anticipated return. Wearing a black brace on his right knee, Peterson took handoffs from Sam Bradford, ran routes and went through some agility drills during the portion of practice that was open to media. Peterson was not available for comment but did tell a local website earlier in the week he's still targeting the Dec. 24 game in Green Bay for his first game since the injury against the Packers in Week 2.

BRONCOS: Cornerback Chris Harris declared himself healthy, four days after Titans receiver Harry Douglas took out his right knee on a low block that drew reaction throughout the league.

CARDINALS: Receiver Michael Floyd was released, two days after the 2012 first-round pick was arrested on charges of DUI and failure to obey a police officer.

PACKERS: Aaron Rodgers missed practice to focus on rehabbing his leg injuries, a plan that coach Mike McCarthy says will likely stay in place for the quarterback through today. But signs point to Rodgers still being ready to play Sunday in Chicago.

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