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Top Takeaways from Roger Goodell's Press Conference at NFL's Winter Meetings

Joe Pantorno@@JoePantornoFeatured ColumnistDecember 14, 2016

NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 10:  Commissioner of the National Football League Roger Goodell poses backstage at The New York Times DealBook Conference at Jazz at Lincoln Center on November 10, 2016 in New York City.  (Photo by Bryan Bedder/Getty Images for The New York Times )
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NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell held a pseudo-State of the Union press conference at the league's winter meetings in Irving, Texas, on Wednesday.

With the newly relocated Los Angeles Rams set to play the Seattle Seahawks in Week 15 on Thursday night, Goodell addressed some of the league's pressing issues, including the Oakland Raiders' and San Diego Chargers' pursuits of new stadiums.

According to Brian Beers of CNBC, the Raiders have been linked with a move to Las Vegas, but the Alameda County, California, board of supervisors has approved a $1.3 billion stadium plan that would keep the team in Oakland.

That didn't mean much to Goodell, who told the media "there are no acceptable stadium solutions on the table" for the Raiders or Chargers, per Bleacher Report's Jason Cole.

There isn't much to suggest a forthcoming solution either, according to Marty Caswell of 1090 Sports Radio:

Marty Caswell @MartyCaswell

Goodell on if there's reason for optimism in San Diego "we have not made great progress in Oak or SD...we need to continue to work at it"

While Raiders fans wait on the fate of their team, they are also looking for the return of outside linebacker Aldon Smith, whose one-year suspension for violating the league's substance-abuse policy ended Nov. 17.

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He applied for reinstatement Oct. 3, per ESPN.com, but still doesn't know if he's eligible to come back.

Goodell shed some light on the situation, per NFL Network's Ian Rapoport:

Ian Rapoport @RapSheet

Roger Goodell says it was "good to hear from Aldon Smith" in their recent meeting. Believes it was beneficial. Does not offer a time table

He was also asked about another situation that could call for discipline.

Dallas Cowboys rookie Ezekiel Elliott is under investigation for domestic violence allegations made by his ex-girlfriend, but Goodell isn't rushing things, per Mark Maske of the Washington Post: "We have professionals that are working on this. We're not putting a timetable on them."

While one investigation is ongoing, another looks as though it's not gaining traction. The New York Giants accused the Pittsburgh Steelers of deflating footballs during their Week 13 matchup, per Fox Sports' Jay Glazer, and Goodell kept his answer short in regard to the allegations.   

"All of the league protocols [are] being properly followed; there's no further follow-up on that," he said, per Maske.

Goodell added the league "doesn't rely on an opposing team's in-game testing of air-pressure levels in footballs," per Maske.

If the NFL finds something, though, the league will surely want to do everything possible to avoid the drawn-out saga of the original Deflategate.

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