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INDIANAPOLIS (AP) John Mara hears the cries to change the NFLs replay system. He doesnt think it has the votes.After the New York Giants owner emerged from the competition committees annual meeting in Indianapolis David Long Jersey , Mara told a handful of reporters he doesnt anticipate significant changes coming to the system, which returned to the league in 1999.I just dont sense a lot of support to use replay to call penalties. I dont sense a lot of support for the expansion of it, either, Mara said Tuesday. Were early on, so that might change, but thats my sense of where we are right now. Im not saying it wont change.Any rule change requires a 24-vote threshold to pass. Right now, committee members continue to listen to those involved. On Tuesday, it was the game officials. Later this week, it will be the coaches and general managers. At Phoenix, in March, the owners will weigh in and they are the ones with the power to alter the rules.But no formal proposal or recommendation is on the table.Fans and many media members have vociferously expressed displeasure with the system since a blown call late in the NFC championship game officials missed a blatant pass interference penalty and a helmet-first hit by the Rams Nickell Robey-Coleman deep in Los Angeles territory. The non-calls helped Los Angeles force overtime and eventually win the game to reach the Super Bowl.Mara knows all about that, too. And he also recognizes what repercussions can result from major alterations.Are you going to look for one area or check the entire offensive line? Mara said. I think you get into a lot of areas with a lot of unintended consequences, and I just dont think there is a lot of sentiment for going in that direction at this point.We had a group of officials in there and I dont think there was a lot of support from them about sending it upstairs or sending it to New York.Atlanta Falcons President Rich McKay, the chairman of the competition committee, noted that supporters of expanding replay could seize on the tide of complaints about the NFC title game. He stressed that the committee will continue to have healthy discussions on the subject.McKay also said the committee is looking into the on-field celebrations that included players or even non-players coming from the sideline.So there is some concern about that and its something I am sure we will put into the book as a reminder http://www.losangelesramsteamonline.com/bobby-evans-jersey , he said of limiting the number of participants in those celebrations.Feedback on the stricter rules against use of the helmet for hits on opponents has been positive, McKay said.We certainly like the numbers that showed up, from an injury standpoint, he said of concussions and helmet-to-helmet hits declining. It appears the players (learned) and coaches did a good job of teaching, but there is a period of adjustment; these players didnt play with this rule for a long, long time meaning their entire careers.We know there is an adjustment period for on-field officials and we went through that a lot as a committee and looked at a lot of plays. They remain confident that, just like with the defensive player (rule), they will get better at it as they look for it more, and I think we are confident we will see less of these potential fouls because the players will get comfortable with it. ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. (AP) Thurman Thomas was in the midst of getting taped up before a Bills game at Chicago during his rookie season in 1988 when the running back recognized the unmistakable voice of one of his teenage idols, Walter Payton.I can still hear it, Thomas recalled, before attempting to imitate Payton. Yeah, a high-pitched voice like that: Wheres that little No. 34?'Thomas certainly knew who Payton was, given the Bears just-retired star running back was one of two people who inspired him to wear No. 34 since high school. The other was Oilers running back Earl Campbell Greg Gaines Jersey , whom Thomas grew up rooting for in Houston; all three are Pro Football Hall of Famers now.What shocked him was someone such as Payton knowing Thomas even existed, never mind taking the time to search him out before the opening kickoff.Hes walking in and everybody stopped, and it was just like, Holy crap, its Walter Payton,' Thomas said. Im still trying to figure out how he knew me. I mean, Im in Buffalo. Im a rookie. And he comes in and its, Wheres 34?And Im like, Im over here.'It wont be difficult to spot 34 at halftime of Buffalos home game against New England on Monday night. Thats when Thomas will become the third Bills player joining former teammates quarterback Jim Kelly and defensive end Bruce Smith to have his number retired.For all he accomplished during a 13-year Hall of Fame career, in which he was voted NFL MVP and Offensive Player of the Year in 1991 and led the league in yards from scrimmage from 1989-92, Thomas considers this one of his most notable achievements.The more I get closer to it, the more and more I feel like these butterflies are coming into my stomach, he added. And Ive never really felt that way about a lot of things. But, definitely, this is one of them.Thomas would have preferred being honored during an afternoon game rather than a prime-time spectacle.Im not Bruce Christian Wilkins Jersey , he said, making a joke at the expense of Smith, who had his No. 78 retired during a night game in 2016.His one concern is how the rebuilding and offensively challenged Bills, who have managed just 81 points in a 2-5 record, might fare against Tom Brady and the Patriots (5-2), who have won 31 of the past 36 meetings between the AFC East rivals.I just wish we could have a better record, he said.These are certainly not the Bills of Thomas 12-season tenure, which included Buffalo playing in four consecutive Super Bowls, losing them all.He previously suggested the Bills might have been cursed for cutting him, Smith and Hall of Fame receiver Andre Reed after the 1999 season. What followed was a 17-year playoff drought, which finally ended last year.Perhaps, Thomas said, his mere presence might spur the Bills to be competitive. Bills veteran defensive tackle Kyle Williams certainly hopes so.Williams and his wife treated Thomas and his wife to dinner last week, during which Thomas cited Williams as saying: Hey, were going to do whatever we can to make that night even more special.Williams didnt deny being additionally motivated because of Thomas.Thats the plan http://www.miamidolphinsteamonline.com/michael-deiter-jersey , right? Williams said. Sure, anybody who knows him, and knows the kind of guy he is, and what he meant and means to this franchise, I think it should motivate you.The outcome is almost secondary to Thomas, who was busy reflecting back on a career in which his number has already been retired at high school and college.He was motivated to succeed at Oklahoma State once he began sharing the backfield with another eventual Hall of Famer, Barry Sanders.He kept me on my heels. I couldnt make any mistakes, he said. If we ran 10 sprints, I ran 11.If it wasnt for Thomas tearing a left knee ligament before his junior season, he wouldnt have elected to return for his senior year, when he met his wife, Patti, who just happened to be from Buffalo. Some eight months later, the Bills selected him in the second round.His voice cracks with emotion when reminded no Bills player will ever wear No. 34 again. And no, Thomas said Garrett Bradbury Jersey , no one should expect him to suit up one last time.Ive been asked that question a lot this week. Oh my gosh, Im like, People, Im 52 years old. Theres no way in hell I can get out there and do this, he said, before a brief pause.Maybe, Thomas said, breaking into a smile, for 1 yard or something like that on the goal line.
 
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