NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell met with reporters Thursday afternoon at the Browns' headquarters in Berea. Here are some highlights from the press conference:
- NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell on possible suspensions for Browns defensive linemen Shaun Rogers and Robaire Smith: "Both cases are still under review."
- Goodell was asked if there will be a work stoppage in 2011. "We're gonna work day and night to make sure that doesn't happen," he said.
- Goodell said the framework for Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger's pending suspension is four-to-six games, and he sees no reason to stray from that.
- Goodell said the league's rookie compensation system is broken. "It's been a source of negotiations as you know," he said. "I think our compensation system should reward the players for their performance on an NFL field."
- Goodell on the Browns not getting a national TV game for the 2010 season: "We have several teams, unfortunately, that aren't on the national television schedule, and that happens every year. But hopefully (the Browns are) going to earn their way back onto national TV soon."
- Goodell was asked if there have been any discussions about removing the annual Hall of Fame game from Canton. He said he hadn't heard that, then added: "We've talked about different alternatives to improve it, to put it on a bigger stage. But I think being in the birthplace of football is a great thing for us. ... We will always try to improve whatever we can do, but I'm not aware of any specific circumstances where we would not be celebrating the start of our season or the Hall of Fame in Canton, Ohio."