Goodell: Incognito, Pouncey, Jerry will be evaluated before discipline
Roger Goodell said the players named in the Ted Wells report and the Dolphins harassment scandal will undergo medical evaluations before they're allowed to play again.
ORLANDO -- The players named in the Ted Wells report as being involved in the Dolphins harassment scandal will undergo medical evaluations before any potential discipline is meted out, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell said on Monday.
Speaking at the 2014 NFL owners meeting, Goodell said the players will be evaluated and then doctors for the union and the league will make a decision as to whether or not the players "require treatment."
"Once they’ve been evaluated, our joint medical professionals will make a determination if they require treatment," Goodell said.
Suspensions are certainly possible for Richie Incognito (free agent), Mike Pouncey (still with the Dolphins) and John Jerry (recently signed with the Giants) but Goodell wouldn't elaborate without the evaluations having been handled.
"I think the first thing for us to get the evaluations and determine treatments," Goodell said. "Depending on what the doctors prescribe for that, that could prevent them from being around football for some period of time. But that's a medical decision."
Meanwhile, the league will continue to work on workplace behavior as a critical aspect of the league's focus moving forward.
"We have a meeting on April 8 with the union and their representatives primarily to talk about the workplace," Goodell said. "I’ve been involved without staff … talking about our workplace."
As for the Dolphins specifically, Goodell said the league has met and will meet with the team as well as outside professionals and organizations to determine how they should handle the situation moving forward to create "respect for everybody."
"We’ve been meeting with players. We’ve had numerous meetings with the Dolphins," Goodell said. "We’ve met with outside professionals. We’ve met with outside organizations that have had similar issues. This is more about people understanding the importance of a professional workplace where there is respect for everybody. Whether that’s a teammate, opponent or game officials.
"We want to engage with our players, our coaches to make sure we’re making the right decisions long term."
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