NFL news roundup: Welker cleared by NFL officials, Peterson set for quick recovery
Wes Welker was cleared of dirty play charges levied by Bill Belichick this past week, and Adrian Peterson underwent successful surgery Thursday. Those stories, plus more on Roger Goodell's stance on marijuana and Brandon Jacobs' unhappy tenure with the 49ers.
New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick ripped Wes Welker this week, saying that the Denver Broncos wide receiver intentionally tried to injure Pats cornerback Aqib Talib during the AFC Championship game and that he "would let the league handle the discipline on that play."
The league has spoken, and it found no foul play. NFL Vice President of Officiating Dean Blandino said Thursday that Welker's collision with Talib was a "legal hit" under current rules, and that no punishment will be meted out.
Adrian Peterson underwent successful groin surgery Thursday, and is expected to be fully recovered in six weeks. The procedure was considered minor, but necessary for the Minnesota Vikings' bell cow. Peterson missed two games this season due to groin issues coupled with a foot injury.
Peterson has a strong reputation for bouncing back from injuries spectacularly. He had 2,097 yards in 2012 after tearing his ACL late in the 2011 season. Peterson "struggled" somewhat this season, which is to say he regressed to a more human rushing total of 1,266 yards in 14 games played. It appears he will be well-recovered in time to begin offseason activities in preparation for the 2014 season.
NFL commissioner Roger Goodell indicated that he would be open to altering the league's policy on marijuana if it can be medically proven to beneficially treat concussions. Goodell made the admission at an event in New York earlier this month. Via ESPN:
"I don't know what's going to develop as far as the next opportunity for medicine to evolve and to help either deal with pain or help deal with injuries," Goodell said, "but we will continue to support the evolution of medicine."
Marijuana is considered to be an effective pain reliever, and the substance's recent decriminalization in Washington and Colorado has led some to question the NFL's current policy banning it.
"I have one regret in my career and that's going to the 49ers when I could have stayed in New York,'' Jacobs said. "I just wanted to see what stuff was like with another team and it didn't work out for me. I wasn't liked, to be honest with you I thought I was held a grudge, I thought I was being held hostage because of the previous year. I got two rings, Harbaugh's a bitch so it doesn't matter.''
Jacobs appeared in just two games for the 49ers in 2012, notching five carries for just seven yards. He had a nice brief renaissance with the New York Giants this past season, rushing for 238 yards (including 106 in Week 6) on 58 carries before being felled, yet again, by injuries.
"The atmosphere, I felt like, was real tense," Revis said. "Guys didn't like coming to work. That's one of the things you have to have, a stress-free atmosphere and environment. You're going to get everything out of everybody if it's stress-free and let people be who they are. I just didn't feel he did a very good job of that. It was a learning experience for him as well, and hopefully, if he ever gets another stab at it, he'll do things differently."
Revis didn't take the slash-and-burn tactic that Jacobs did with Harbaugh, though he did add that players with him in Hawaii for the Pro Bowl called Schiano's schemes a "joke."
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