FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. (AP) Atlanta Falcons team president Rick McKay has been reinstated as chairman of the NFL’s powerful Competition Committee, the league said Thursday, after a nearly five-month suspension for the use of artificial noise at the Georgia Dome during games. The league said Roddy White, the team’s former director of event marketing, was directly responsible for the violation and would have been suspended without pay for the first eight weeks of the 2015 regular season had he still been with the club. Several teams have found themselves changing plans this preseason after seeing a key player go down with a season-ending injury and the growing number of such injuries have some people wondering if those injuries have become more prevalent.
- Troy Vincent, the NFL’s vice president of football operations, said at the time that senior officials including McKay were unaware of White’s actions.
- The loss of players like Jordy Nelson , Kelvin Benjamin , Orlando Scandrick , Ryan Clady and Junior Galette may leave teams shorthanded, but both the league and the union told Mark Maske of the Washington Post that there’s nothing unusual about the number of severe injuries to this point in the season.
- Both the NFL and the NFL Players Association say that they haven’t.