Bills Owner Ralph Wilson Dies At 95 – NFL Roundup
BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — Bills owner and American Football League co-founder Ralph Wilson has died at 95. He was instrumental in the AFL-NFL merger and watched his team win four consecutive AFC championships from 1990-93 without winning the Super Bowl. Wilson had been in failing health for several years after hip surgery in 2011, two years after he was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame.
And Hall of Fame quarterback Jim Kelly is expected to undergo surgery following the return of oral cancer. His wife, Jill, says the cancer is aggressive and starting to spread. The 54-year-old former Buffalo Bills star is being treated in New York City. His brother Dan Kelly has told The Associated Press that doctors are leaning toward surgery on Thursday or perhaps April 1.
Kelly's Buffalo doctors said on March 14 the return of the cancer was discovered when he came for follow-up tests after surgery to remove cancerous cells last year.
ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — NFL owners have passed a rule allowing referees to consult with director of officiating Dean Blandino and his staff to help determine whether a call should be upheld or overturned. NFL officials said the change should speed up the process. Blandino and other staff will be monitoring the games from league offices in New York, and they will immediately begin reviewing challenges before the referee even gets to his monitor.
UNDATED (AP) — The Lions and free agent safety James Ihedigbo (ee-HEHD'-ee-boh) have reportedly come to terms on a two year contract. A person familiar with negotiations told The Associated Press of the move on condition of anonymity because the deal had not been announced. Ihedigbo made 99 tackles and had three interceptions for the Baltimore Ravens last year.
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Prosecutors postponed an initial court appearance for Indianapolis Colts owner Jim Irsay following his arrest on drug-related charges.
Irsay had been scheduled to go to court today following his March 16 arrest on preliminary charges of misdemeanor driving while intoxicated and four felony counts of possession of a controlled substance. But the Hamilton County Prosecutor's Office issued a statement Tuesday saying the hearing was postponed "unless or until" formal charges are filed against him.