Characterizing their meeting with the NFL about their disapproval of the use of Redskins by the Washington franchise as disappointing, representatives of the Oneida Indian Nation requested a meeting with all 32 NFL owners during Super Bowl week.
They hope to persuade the other team owners and Commissioner Roger Goodell to put pressure on Redskins owner Daniel Snyder to drop the nickname they find offensive.
‘‘Given the way the meeting transpired,’’ Ray Halbritter, an Oneida representative and leader of the ‘‘Change the Mascot Campaign,’’ said Wednesday, ‘‘it became somewhat evident they were defending the continued use of the name. Of course, we’re disappointed.’’
The Oneidas asked Goodell and Snyder to ‘‘visit our homelands,’’ and sought an amendment to league bylaws to prohibit franchises from naming a team with any term that is a racial epithet. Halbritter says the dictionary defines the word “redskins’’ precisely that way.
And Halbritter’s group asked Goodell to ‘‘use his power to bring Snyder before the league executive committee for possible sanctions’’ should the team continue to use the name.
Clay Matthews close
Packers standout linebacker Clay Matthews, who hasn’t played since breaking his right thumb against Detroit Oct. 6, said he will get the pins removed from the thumb on Monday. He won’t play against the Bears that night, but if he can return Nov. 10 against Philadelphia, he will have missed only four games . . . Rams quarterback Sam Bradford will undergo surgery next Tuesday to repair a torn left knee ligament. He expects to be ready for the opener next season . . . Rams offensive guard Harvey Dahl will be sidelined at least a few weeks with an MCL injury to his left knee. Dahl was hurt in the third quarter of Monday night’s loss to Seattle. He started the first eight games . . . Vikings coach Leslie Frazier said he has a starting quarterback in mind for Sunday’s agme against Dallas, either Josh Freeman or Christian Ponder, but he’s not ready to make an announcement. Frazier also said he’s told the team who it will be but wants to wait until Friday to publicly divulge the decision . . . Cowboys guard Brian Waters is out for the rest of the season with a triceps injury . . . A jury in Miami began deliberations Wednesday afternoon in the trial of a Florida man accused of fatally shooting Washington Redskins star Sean Taylor during a failed 2007 burglary. In a closing argument, a prosecutor urged the panel to rely primarily on the confession of Eric Rivera Jr. days after the crime, but Rivera testified that police pressured him to confess and insisted that he didn’t even go inside Taylor’s Miami-area home that night.