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Goodell spent about an hour Monday visiting Carolina owner Jerry Richardson in the hospital, where he was readmitted for tests relating to a pacemaker he recently had installed. He said he expected Richardson to remain active in negotiations with new Collective Bargaining Agreement.
He is confident the suspensions of five players for violating the league's anti-doping policy would be upheld. The five were suspended for using a banned diuretic, but a federal judge on Friday blocked the action until he has more time to consider the case. "The players understand that you are held responsible for anything that's in your body," Goodell said. "We have been very clear that if you take something, which is unregulated, there's a danger."
He's not ready to comment on Michael Vick's potential future in the league until after the former quarterback has concluded the legal process pertaining to his conviction for running a dog fighting ring.
Tampa Bay is on track to successfully host February's Super Bowl, and Goodell isn't concerned the economic crisis will spoil the event. "We're pouring the normal amount of resources into the event," he said. "I think we changed one event Saturday night because we thought it would be more effective to put our focus somewhere else. But for the most part, we're going 100 miles per hour on that, and we think it will be a great event."
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