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James Harrison to meet with Goodell

Perhaps this should be a fanshot, but I'm new at this, so bear with me.  Just saw that Harrison was summoned to New York to meet with Roger Goodell (or requested the meeting, the post-gazette reporter wasn't sure).

Interesting. My first thought was, "what are the implications of this?" is Goodell actually listening to the players? Is he going to consider what the men who play the game have to say?  Well, actually, my first thought was "oh snap! He's going to be suspended!" but the report didn't seem to have that tenor.  It was billed more as a meeting.  More and link after the jump.

Harrison to meet with Goodell

I am of two minds about this.  The first is that it's just another image ploy by the NFL, in which Goodell will only pretend to listen to Harrison without giving any real thought to his words, then release a statement saying that the NFL is open to the input of players and consulting with them to get their thoughts on the matter, while continuing with business as usual.

But it's remotely possible that RG is actually open to hearing what players have to say.  As Polamalu has said repeatedly (including in a quick article today), he thinks that the NFL needs to involve players and coaches in this on-field disciplinary process. 

Involving players and coaches in these decisions is an interesting idea, and one that seems to have some real merit.  In light of the NFL's totalitarian tendencies, it would be a surprise, but it would be a welcome change.  One of the issues the players have raised, which I think has some real merit is that it's *their* safety the NFL is supposedly protecting.  Shouldn't they have some say?

What would that look like?  Is there any chance of it happening?  Thoughts?

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