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NFL roundup: Rams owner buys land in L.A. area

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St. Louis Rams owner Stan Kroenke recently bought 60 acres of land in Inglewood, Calif., according to multiple reports.

Kroenke made the purchase through an affiliated holding company.

The land is located between the Forum and Hollywood Park. According to the Los Angeles Times, the land could possibly serve as a development for a new NFL stadium.

However, Kroenke has owned large amounts of land in California and other places for a long period of time and has made a significant amount of money through land development. It is possible Kroenke is merely adding to his land for non-NFL purposes.

A clause in the Rams' lease with the Edward Jones Dome in St. Louis is set to kick in at the end of the 2014 season. If the stadium is not upgraded to one of the eight top NFL venues by then, the lease will become a year-to-year deal beginning in 2015.

Kroenke has not publicly addressed the Rams' stadium situation.

---Green Bay Packers tight end Jermichael Finley, who suffered a serious neck injury that required surgery this past season, said he expects to be cleared for contact soon, according to ProFootballTalk.com.

Finley told PFT on Friday that his doctor expects to give Finley clearance for contact within the next three or four weeks. Finley said he was 99.9 percent certain he would be cleared.

Finley suffered his neck injury in an October 20 game against the Cleveland Browns. He had single-fusion surgery on C-3 and C-4 vertebrae as a result.

---NFL commissioner Roger Goodell said the league might be willing to change its stance on medicinal marijuana use, but not now.

"It is still an illegal substance on a national basis," Goodell said during his news conference. "It's something that's part of our collective bargaining agreement with our players. It's questionable with respect to the positive impact but there is certainly some very strong evidence to the negative impacts, including addiction and other issues.

"We'll continue to follow the medicine. Our experts right now are not indicating we should change our policy in any way, we are not actively considering that at this point and time. But if it does down the road some time, that's something we would never take off the table if we could benefit our players at the end of the day. So I don't see any change in the near future."
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