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League Won't Discipline Bills' Lynch

The Tampa Tribune
Published:   |   Updated: May 25, 2013 at 12:23 PM
PITTSFORD, N.Y. -

NFL commissioner Roger Goodell personally informed Buffalo Bills running back Marshawn Lynch on Monday that he won't be disciplined by the league for a hit-and-run accident that left a woman injured.

"I think the facts are clear on the case at this point in time, and I don't plan any discipline," Goodell said during a visit to Bills training camp.

Goodell based his decision on the fact that Lynch eventually agreed to plead guilty to a traffic violation, which is not a violation of the NFL's personal conduct policy. Lynch initially faced more serious charges.

Goodell warned Lynch of the importance to act responsibly because he represents NFL players, the Bills and the league.

"He understands that responsibility," said Goodell, who made the visit in part to meet with Bills owner Ralph Wilson and Sen. Charles Schumer to discuss the franchise's long-term viability.

Lynch, who angered prosecutors over what they said was his lack of cooperation with their investigation into the hit and run, has not spoken to reporters since arriving at camp Thursday and declined comment following practice Monday.

Bills coach Dick Jauron expressed relief when learning of Goodell's decision.

"I'm aware of what he said and it certainly makes sense to me," Jauron said. "I certainly agree with him. We're relieved."

Giants OT Admits Addiction To Painkillers

ALBANY, N.Y. - Recently signed New York Giants offensive tackle Shane Olivea said that he was addicted to painkillers while playing for the San Diego Chargers last season.

Olivea, 26, lost his starting job at right tackle in midseason and was eventually released by the Chargers in February, a move he said he asked the team to make.

"It's a second chance in my life and football and I'm just happy to have that opportunity," said Olivea, who was signed by the Super Bowl champions on July 10. "A lot of guys aren't given that opportunity, so I feel very blessed and very fortunate to have that opportunity."

Olivea said that he did not confront his problem until his family intervened in April, about a week before the NFL draft. He was treated at the Betty Ford Center in California.

Olivea, who two years ago signed a six-year, $20 million contract, said he used prescription pain medication for relief from nagging injuries.

BENGALS: Pro Bowl receiver Chad Johnson didn't participate in the team's first practice of training camp because his right ankle hasn't fully recovered from surgery.

Johnson spent time Monday rehabilitating the ankle, which was surgically cleaned out last month. The ankle is still sore and he runs with a pronounced limp.

COWBOYS: The foreclosure sale of cornerback Adam "Pacman" Jones' Tennessee home has been postponed for a second time.

Jones had defaulted on a mortgage with U.S. Bank, according to a notice of foreclosure sale published in June. The foreclosure sale scheduled on the steps of the old Williamson County Courthouse originally had been set for June 27 before being reset for Monday.

Now the sale is set for noon on Aug. 22.

49ERS: Running back Michael Robinson will miss at least one week of camp after undergoing arthroscopic surgery on a torn meniscus in his right knee.

RAMS: Defensive end Victor Adeyanju will be sidelined two to four weeks after breaking his right middle finger.

TITANS: All-Pro kicker Rob Bironas strained a groin muscle during a special teams drill, and defensive end Ulrich Winkler hurt his left knee and had to be helped off the field.

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