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Published Feb. 4, 2008

Bucs receiver Joey Galloway had successful surgery Wednesday to repair his shoulder injury, according to general manager Bruce Allen.

Galloway caught just one pass in the Bucs' 24-14 loss to the Giants in the NFC wild-card game before being forced to leave late in the fourth quarter.

Allen, who would not provide details of the injury, said the surgery will not prevent Galloway from participating in the offseason workout program that begins in March.

"I know what it is, but I won't give it to you," Allen said. "He should be fine."

LYNCH on fence: Broncos safety John Lynch is headed to the Pro Bowl, but the former Buc is still undecided whether that will be his final NFL game. Lynch said he had hoped to make a decision by the Super Bowl but needs more time. "You'll wake up one day and you'll know. That hasn't hit me yet," he said.

Spygate saga: Roger Goodell defended his decision to destroy notes and videotapes linked to the Patriots' cheating scandal, a day after Sen. Arlen Specter asked why the NFL commissioner trashed the evidence.

"I believe it was helpful in making sure our instructions were followed closely by not only the Patriots, but also by every other team," Goodell said during his state of the NFL address.

Specter, R-Pa., said Goodell's explanation, "didn't make any sense at all."

"If they are under lock and key at the NFL headquarters, they aren't going to be available at all," he said.

But Goodell said a copy of one of six tapes had made its way to the media before the tapes were destroyed. "They may have collected it within the rules, but we couldn't determine that. So we felt that it should be destroyed," he said.

Goodell fined coach Bill Belichick $500,000 and docked the team $250,000 and a first-round draft pick. Goodell said he is willing to meet with Specter. Specter, the ranking Republican on the Senate Judiciary Committee, said the issue could put the league's antitrust exemption at risk.

Among the other things Goodell addressed:

- He pledged to speed the process for retired players seeking disability payments.

- The Bills will play a regular-season game in Toronto in each of the next five seasons, starting this year.

- The Saints will host the Chargers on Oct. 26 at London's Wembley Stadium.

- The league is considering revamping seedings in the playoffs to assure that more late-season games are meaningful. That could lead to a wild-card team actually hosting a first-round game if it has a better record than a division winner.

- There's no timetable for testing of HGH. The league has given an antidoping researcher $500,000 to look into an HGH urine test.

Standoff claim: The ex-girlfriend of Steelers receiver Cedrick Wilson says he encouraged her to commit suicide during events leading to her armed standoff at his home outside Pittsburgh last month. Wilson denied the accusation through his lawyer. Lindsey Paulat said Wilson urged her to shoot herself after he left his house. She later held police at bay for about 12 hours, then surrendered and was taken to a mental health facility.

Reid's son: Britt Reid, 22, son of Eagles coach Andy Reid, was accepted into a drug treatment program and will be released early from prison, likely Monday.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.


Hall of Fame announcement today

The Pro Football Hall of Fame's Class of 2008 will be announced today during a national press conference from Phoenix at 4:30 p.m. The press conference can be watched live on the NFL Network as well as online at and