NFL: Panthers’ Richardson progressing well after transplant
CHARLOTTE ó NFL commissioner Roger Goodell made a prediction Tuesday after visiting with Jerry Richardson for the first time since the Carolina Panthers owner underwent a heart transplant.
“I think the Big Cat will be roaring pretty quick,” Goodell said, referring to Richardson’s nickname within the franchise.
Goodell spent about an hour with Richardson at his home before the commissioner spoke at the Charlotte Touchdown Club’s luncheon. The 72-year-old Richardson has been resting at home for three months since he was released from the hospital following the transplant surgery.”He’s pretty focused on issues that are facing the league and facing the Panthers,” Goodell said. “I know he’s grateful for the kind of support that he’s gotten from everybody in this community.”
Richardson’s sons, Mark and Jon, have run the team in his absence and will represent the Panthers at next week’s owners meetings.
“One of the great things about leadership is when you’re not there you’re franchise and your organization continue to operate effectively,” Goodell said. “And that’s a hallmark of Jerry Richardson.”
CHARLOTTE ó After seeing fans jam London’s Wembley Stadium to watch the NFL the past two years, the league is considering adding a second regular-season game overseas in time for the 2010 season.
Goodell said the second game could be played in London or another location in the United Kingdom.
IRVING, Texas ó Dallas Cowboys team activities will move to a nearby high school stadium as the investigation continues into the collapse of its indoor practice facility.
The June 15-17 minicamp will be held at Standridge Stadium in Carrollton and be closed to the public.
New grass practice fields will be installed at Valley Ranch in Irving, where the Cowboys practice structure collapsed May 2. The team said the fields should be ready for training camp in August.
BUFFALO, N.Y. ó VH-1 confirmed that filming of the Buffalo portion of Terrell Owens’ television reality show will begin Sunday, a day before the Bills open minicamp.
* Defensive end Jermaine McGhee and defensive back Kyle Ward signed with the Bills.
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. ó The Jaguars signed veteran quarterback Todd Bouman, giving Cleo Lemon competition for the backup position.