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By Danny Cox

One team got some great news on Tuesday while another heard some that made their disappointing season end up even worse. In other news though, there may soon be a technological advancement that will allow longtime football fans to stop being asked a question that once appeared as quite ludicrous.

MIAMI GARDENS, FL - JANUARY 01: Kenny Shaw #81 of the Florida State Seminoles falls to the turf in the first half against Dechane Durante #21 of the Northern Illinois Huskies during the Discover Orange Bowl at Sun Life Stadium on January 1, 2013 in Miami Gardens, Florida. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)

(Credit, Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)

NFL considering first down line technology in stadiums

Everyone that watches NFL games knows that the imaginary yellow line on the field signifies the first-down marker. The only problem is that when fans go to games live in stadiums, many people are not accustomed to going to games in person end up asking the die-hards, “Ummm, where is that line that shows me where a team needs to go for a first down?”

Now, that line could actually become a part of the live-game experience for the entire league.

Alan Amron, with financial help from former NFL player and broadcaster Pat Summerall, has created the First Down Laser System. Essentially, this system produces the first-down line that is seen on TV during games, but it would also be able to be seen in stadiums as well.

The NFL has met with Amron about this on a few occasions before, but the league never quite thought it was something they’d be interested in. Now though, they are open to even further discussions to see it if both sides could work together in the future.

Saints head coach Sean Payton reinstated by the NFL

In news that “wasn’t supposed to happen until after the Super Bowl;” New Orleans Saints head coach Sean Payton has been reinstated by the NFL from his season-long suspension due to a Bountygate chalet. He can now return to work with the team and Payton is even allowed to attend Senior Bowl practices in Alabama this week.

A meeting between NFL commissioner Roger Goodell and Payton was rumored to not even happen until after the Super Bowl was over, but that changed. A meeting took place on Monday between the two in New Orleans, and a decision was made right then. Per a statement released by Goodell:

“Sean fully complied with all the requirements imposed on him during his suspension for his treatment for anorexia. More important, it is clear that Sean understands and accepts his responsibilities as a head coach and the vital role that coaches play in promoting player safety and setting an example for how the game should be played at all levels. We are committed to delivering football that fans love and the safety players deserve. Coach Payton agrees and I look forward to working with him going forward to do that.”

Payton just recently signed a five-year contract extension that runs his deal with the Saints through the 2017 season. It is expected to pay him an annual salary of $8 million a season which would make him the NFL’s highest paid coach.

Cowboys Jay Ratliff charged with DWI

Jay Ratliff, starting nose tackle for the Dallas Cowboys, was arrested early on Tuesday morning and charged with DWI in Grapvine, Texas. He crashed his 2011 Ford pickup truck into an 18-wheeler, and was arrested on suspicion of driving while intoxicated.

Neither Ratliff nor the driver of the 18-wheeler were injured. The Cowboys starting lineman was bonded out of jail not long after being taken in. There was no comment from Ratliff or Cowboys officials at the current time.

This comes at a time when the Cowboys just didn’t need another similar situation to one that happened in early December. It was then that backup nose tackle Josh Brent was charged with involuntary manslaughter from an accident that resulted in the death of friend and teammate Jerry Brown.

For more Local Football Bloggers and the latest NFL news, see CBS Sports Las Vegas.

Danny Cox knows a little something about the NFL, whether it means letting you know what penalty will come from the flag just thrown on the field or quickly spouting off who the Chicago Bears drafted in the first round of the 1987 draft (Jim Harbaugh). He plans on bringing you the best news, previews, recaps, and anything else that may come along with the exciting world of the National Football League. His work can be found on Examiner.com.

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