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Goodell, ex-players discuss NFL conduct

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NEW YORK (AP) NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell and chief assistant Troy Vincent were told by 11 former players Tuesday that the league must act immediately when someone is accused of domestic violence.

At a 3 1/2-hour meeting to discuss ways to improve the league's personal conduct policy, the former players also said teams must be held accountable when players misbehave.

"One question asked around the room was, when an arrest occurs, do you take them off the field or let them play and let the due process take care of itself?" said Vincent, the NFL's vice president of football operations. "To a man, they said, `Take them off the field, pay them, and let due process take care of itself.'"

Depleted Steelers bring back LB Harrison

PITTSBURGH (AP) Pittsburgh Steelers coach Mike Tomlin called the decision to sign James Harrison "simple and easy."

Figuring out how - and just as important when - to use the five-time Pro Bowl linebacker, well, that part is a little trickier. (MORE)

Eagles CB Williams sorry for Kelly rant

PHILADELPHIA (AP) Philadelphia Eagles cornerback Cary Williams apologized to his teammates Tuesday and admitted he made a mistake in his postgame rant after the Eagles' 37-34 win over the Washington Redskins.

Williams questioned coach Chip Kelly's practice habits in the locker room after the game Sunday, specifically Kelly's bringing the team in for a light walkthrough early last week, one day after it played a Monday night game in Indianapolis. (MORE)

Pirates nab second straight playoff spot

ATLANTA (AP) Gerrit Cole was so focused on recording 17 consecutive outs, he didn't glance at the out-of-town scoreboard.

Cole insisted he didn't know his win over the Braves had clinched a playoff spot for Pittsburgh until he walked into the clubhouse and saw the lockers covered in plastic. (MORE)

Student: Bironas chased us before crash

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) A college student told a 911 dispatcher that a man he later identified as Rob Bironas chased him and his friends, then tried to hit their pickup truck minutes before the former Titans kicker's fatal crash.

Metro Nashville Police Department released copies of two 911 calls Tuesday afternoon. One call was made by Bironas' wife reporting him missing at 11:40 p.m. on Sept. 20. The second was from Belmont University student Connor Fraley at 10:45 p.m. while being chased by Bironas, who was driving a white SUV. (MORE)

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