Longer regular season likely

From the NFL owner meetings in Dana Point, Calif., it appears to be clear that the owners are in favor of extending the regular season to 17 or 18 games. Mark Maske of the *Washington Post *reports that NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell has indicated that the owners may vote on the issue in May, at which point the league would bring the issue to players in labor negotiations.

"I think we all recognize that would add value for the fans," Texans owner Bob McNair said in Maske's report. "But there are a number of questions: What do you do with your roster? What impact might that have on injuries? What do you do with injured reserve?... I think we'll be going through that process. But those are a lot of questions that have to be answered. And we don't have those answers yet."

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