Goodell's Hands Stay Full

It may be the only "off-time" of the NFL year, but Roger Goodell still has work to do...

While the 32 NFL teams wind down their offseason programs leading into more than a month off until training camp, Commissioner Roger Goodell's plate continues to be full.

On Wednesday the league made a presentation to the NFL Players Association about the potential benefits of going to an 18-game regular season and reducing the preseason to two games.

It was part of a meeting at the league offices in New York that also discussed adjusting roster sizes and injured reserve rules and the possibility of adding a spring developmental league to replace the shuttered NFL Europe.

Outside of negotiating with the NFLPA, Goodell also has a pair of players to deal with regarding off-field incidents.

The league is gathering information about the incident last weekend involving Titans quarterback Vince Young, who was issued a Class C assault citation following an altercation at a Dallas-area strip club. Young stands a good chance of facing a suspension to open the season for violating the league's personal conduct policy.

"I pray to God that Roger Goodell doesn't come down hard on me, because I definitely want to be here for my teammates," said Young.

A similar sentiment is likely felt by Seahawks linebacker Leroy Hill, who was welcomed back to practice for the first time since a domestic assault charge April 10.

"They haven't come to any final conclusion either, but they did give us enough information that we know how to progress from here," Seahawks coach Pete Carroll said regarding a potential suspension. "He wants to be a part of this thing and he's ready to get going, and in the meantime, we're going to bring him back as fast as we can and then we'll just take it one day at a time."

As for the "enhanced season" the NFL pitched, it could be the first step toward bridging the gap in the collective bargaining agreement standoff. If the league can convince the NFLPA to add two regular-season games and the revenue they bring with them, it could create an avenue for the owners to recoup some of the money they felt they lost in the last CBA without forcing the players to take a substantial cut.

"This is all subject to our bargaining process with the players," Packers president Mark Murphy told "I think this is an idea that is really gaining momentum particularly within the owners."

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