Meeting set to discuss Redskins nickname change
FILE - In this Oct. 7, 2013, file photo, Oneida Indian Nation leader Ray Halbritter speaks in Washington, calling for the Washington Redskins NFL football team to change its name. Oneida Indian officials who oppose the Redskins nickname as a slur will meet with NFL officials next week in New York, a tribe spokesman said Friday, Oct. 25, 2013. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster, File)
Oneida Indian officials who oppose the Redskins nickname as a slur will meet with NFL officials next week in New York City, a tribe spokesman said Friday.
The meeting agreed to by NFL officials earlier this month is scheduled for Wednesday in New York City, Oneida Indian Nation spokesman Brett Stagnitti told the Associated Press.
The upstate New York tribe and its leader Ray Halbritter became prominent critics of the team’s name after funding a “Change the Mascot” radio ad campaign and a symposium in Washington on the harmful effects of the nickname.
Halbritter, whose tribe runs a large casino resort in Verona in central New York, says the name is degrading and has devastating effects, especially on younger Indians.
The tribe began pushing for a name change recently as the Washington Redskins faced fresh waves of criticism over their nickname.
Denver won’t have Bailey for Washington game: Broncos cornerback Champ Bailey missed practice again Friday with an injured left foot and will not play against Washington.
The 15-year veteran reinjured the foot in last week’s loss to Indianapolis. That was his second game back after missing the first five with the injury.
On Monday, coach John Fox called Bailey’s status “week-to-week,” suggesting Bailey might not be available again until after Denver’s bye, Nov. 3.
NFL levies fines: The St. Louis Rams and Carolina Panthers drew a total of $47,250 in fines from the NFL for their chippy game last Sunday.
Rams defensive lineman Chris Long received the biggest fine Friday, $15,750 for unnecessary roughness for throwing a punch during a skirmish in the third quarter of St. Louis’ 30-15 loss. Long was penalized and ejected after he was caught swinging his right hand at Panthers guard Chris Scott as players from both sides were pushing and shoving.
A pair of receivers Carolina’s Steve Smith and St. Louis’ Brian Quick were fined $7,875 for striking an opponent in the face. Also docked $7,875 were Rams guard Harvey Dahl for a late hit and Panthers safety Mike Mitchell for taunting.
Four players were fined for roughing the passer: Washington linebacker Brian Orakpo, Miami linebacker Jelani Jenkins, Houston defensive end Jared Crick and Tennessee linebacker Akeem Ayers.
Orakpo was penalized for his hit on Chicago quarterback Josh McCown in the third quarter of Washington’s 45-41 win.
Jenkins hit Buffalo’s Thad Lewis, knocking the quarterback’s helmet off although Lewis was able to complete a 17-yard pass to Stevie Johnson during the Dolphins’ 23-21 loss.
Tannehill probable for Sunday: Miami Dolphins quarterback Ryan Tannehill is listed as probable for Sunday’s game at New England.
Tannehill has been hampered by a sore right shoulder, but he participated fully in practice Friday.
The Dolphins might go into the game healthier than at any point since the season began. All eight players on the injury report were listed as probable, and all participated fully in practice Friday.
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