President Barack Obama says he would "think about changing" the Washington Redskins' name if he owned the football team as he waded into the controversy involving a word that many consider offensive to Native Americans.
Obama, in an interview with The Associated Press, said team names such as the Redskins offend "a sizable group of people." He said that while fans get attached to the names, nostalgia may not be a good enough reason to keep them in place.
"I don't know whether our attachment to a particular name should override the real legitimate concerns that people have about these things," he said in the interview, which was conducted Friday.
An avid sports fan who roots for the Chicago Bears, Obama said he doesn't think Washington football fans are purposely trying to offend American Indians. "I don't want to detract from the wonderful Redskins fans that are here. They love their team and rightly so," he said.
But the president appeared to come down on the side of those who have sharply criticized the football team's name, noting that Indians "feel pretty strongly" about mascots and team names that depict negative stereotypes about their heritage.
The team's owner, Dan Snyder, has vowed to never abandon the name. NFL commissioner Roger Goodell said last month that the league should pay attention to those offended by the name.
Bills: Free-agent quarterback Dennis Dixon will have a workout with the team Sunday, a person familiar with Dixon's plans confirmed to The Associated Press. The Bills are in need of help at quarterback after rookie EJ Manuel injured his right knee Thursday night in a loss at Cleveland. The Bills currently have only one healthy quarterback on their roster, undrafted rookie Jeff Tuel.
Jets: Running back Mike Goodson was moved to the active roster after sitting out the first four games for violating the NFL's substance abuse policy. Wide receiver Santonio Holmes and cornerback Dee Milliner will both be sidelined with hamstring injuries for New York's game at Atlanta on Monday night. Tackle Oday Aboushi (right knee) is also out.
Giants: Safety Will Hill, who was suspended the first four games of this season for violating the NFL's substance abuse policy, was added to the active roster. New York also placed cornerback Aaron Ross (back) on injured reserve and signed cornerback Charles James from its practice squad.
Patriots: Tight end Rob Gronkowski reportedly did not travel with the team for Sunday's game against Cincinnati. Gronkowski has not played since breaking his forearm during a Jan. 13 playoff game. He also had back surgery in June.
Jaguars: Receiver Justin Blackmon was activated from the reserve/suspended list. Blackmon was suspended the first four games for violating the league's substance-abuse policy.