Goodell to soon discipline A. Jones, Henry

Commissioner to meet with both Tuesday

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The Kickoff

March 29, 2007|By Jamison Hensley | Jamison Hensley,Sun reporter

PHOENIX -- NFL commissioner Roger Goodell will meet Tuesday with Adam Jones and Chris Henry -- two players who have tarnished the league's image with numerous arrests -- and expects to take disciplinary action within 10 days of those talks.

"I'm not trying to send a signal here and make examples of people," Goodell said yesterday after the three-day NFL meetings were completed. "We'll do what we need to protect the integrity of the NFL. That's our objective."

During his first round of league meetings as commissioner, Goodell has talked with teams about a stricter personal conduct policy, which he expects to have ready before next month's draft.

The new policy has become a hot topic because of the troubling off-the-field behavior of some NFL players, most notably Jones and Henry.

Jones, a cornerback for the Tennessee Titans, has been interviewed by police in connection with 10 separate incidents since being drafted in April 2005 and has been arrested five times.

Henry, a receiver for the Cincinnati Bengals who was Jones' roommate at West Virginia, had four arrests in 14 months.

"It's to get their perspective, look them in the eye and get them thinking," Goodell said. "They can clearly give me better info and more facts. I do it frequently."

OT rules unchanged

The proposal to change overtime (moving the opening kickoff in the extra period to the 35-yard line from the 30) was tabled by the owners and likely won't be considered for this season.

The Ravens favored the change, which would have cut down on advantageous field position for the team that wins the coin toss. The rule change would have needed approval from 24 teams, and 12 to 13 teams had expressed opposition to it.

One proposal that passed was adding a 5-yard penalty for players who spike the ball after a play (not a touchdown). Other resolutions that were rejected or pulled from consideration were: increasing the active roster from 45 to 47 players; allowing instant replay review of all penalties except holding.

Preseason road woes

The Ravens are expected to end their preseason with two road games, playing their finale at the Atlanta Falcons on Aug. 30 or Aug. 31. The team likely will play the Washington Redskins in the preseason but it's unknown whether it will be at M&T Bank Stadium or in Landover.

This preseason schedule is challenging because it forces the Ravens to play two straight road games before their regular-season opener in Cincinnati on Sept. 10.

jamison.hensley@baltsun.com

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