Group asks Raiders to suspend coach
The National Organization for Women has called for the suspension of Oakland Raiders Coach Tom Cable over allegations by his former wife and ex-girlfriend that he hit them in the past.
"Tom Cable's history of violence against women raises a question: Why is he still the head coach of an NFL team?" the organization's president, Terry O'Neill, said to USA Today via e-mail. "Mr. Cable admits having battered his first wife, and he stands accused of battering two other intimate partners as well. As a survivor of domestic violence, I know that women do not make such accusations lightly. Indeed, women have much more to lose than to gain by coming forward to tell their stories.
"The Oakland Raiders, properly, say they are undergoing a 'serious evaluation' of these recent allegations. At the very least he should be suspended during this process. . . . A man who has admitted battering his wife has no business being a role model for all of us who would like to be able to look up to the head coach of an NFL football team."
Cable told reporters Wednesday that he spoke to owner Al Davis about the allegations. Cable indicated that his job status was not discussed, the Associated Press reported, and he indicated he planned to coach the rest of the season.
Jaguars blacked out again
According to the AP, the Jaguars will have their home game on Sunday blacked out on Jacksonville-area television for the fourth time this season.
The Jaguars failed to sell out Sunday's home game against the Kansas City Chiefs the required 72 hours in advance.
Owner Wayne Weaver said before the season that he expected all eight of the club's home games this season to be blacked out. But, there is hope within the organization that a Dec. 17 game against the Indianapolis Colts will be sold out.
According to the AP, it's also expected that Sunday's game will have a lower attendance than the franchise low -- 42,088 -- set Oct. 18 against the St. Louis Rams.
Rams' Bulger to start
According to the AP, Coach Steve Spagnuolo is expected to stick with Marc Bulger as the Rams' starter at quarterback.
St. Louis (1-7) is on its bye.
Bulger has thrown three touchdown passes and four interceptions this season.
Quarterback Matt Hasselbeck participated fully in the Seattle Seahawks' practice Thursday, according to the AP.
He sat out Wednesday's practice to rest his injured ribs, and backup Seneca Wallace ran the starting offense.
Colts lose CB Jackson
Indianapolis reportedly has lost cornerback Marlin Jackson to a season-ending knee injury.
Jackson tore an anterior cruciate ligament on the final play of Wednesday's practice, ESPN reported. He is expected to undergo surgery next week.
-- Mark Maske