NFL report: Free tickets for Bills-Jets game in Detroit

Ralph Wilson Stadium
Huge snowbanks almost obscure the sign at Ralph Wilson Stadium, home of the Buffalo Bills.
(Gary Wiepert / Associated Press)

There will be free football in Detroit on Monday night.

Fans are being offered free tickets to the NFL game that was moved to Ford Field from snow-plagued Buffalo.

The Lions say their season-ticket holders and those for the Buffalo Bills can use Flash Seats — a digital entry ticketing system — for general admission seats to Monday night’s game between the Bills and New York Jets.

The game was scheduled for Sunday at Ralph Wilson Stadium. But the NFL moved it to Detroit’s indoor stadium after a storm dumped more than five feet of snow on the Buffalo region since Monday.


The NFL has offered fans free tickets in similar situations in the past, including in December 2010 when the Giants and Vikings were relocated to Ford Field after the roof of Minnesota’s Metrodome collapsed after a blizzard. Vikings quarterback Brett Favre’s streak of 297 regular-season starts came to an end that night because of shoulder and hand issues.

A wildfire in Southern California in 2003 moved a game — also with free admission — between the Miami Dolphins and San Diego Chargers to Sun Devil Stadium in Tempe, Ariz., because Qualcomm Stadium was turned into an evacuation center for displaced residents.

Peterson appeal

Adrian Peterson’s hearing for the appeal of his suspension will be held Dec. 2. And it will not be in front of NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell.


The NFL announced Friday that longtime hearing officer Harold Henderson will preside over the proceedings involving the Vikings star running back. Goodell has the authority to decide whether to hear the appeal himself or appoint someone else.

Peterson has not played since the opening week of the season while dealing with child abuse allegations in Texas. He was placed on paid leave while the legal process played out, and he pleaded no contest Nov. 4 to misdemeanor reckless assault for injuring his 4-year-old son with a wooden switch. This week, Goodell suspended Peterson for the rest of the season.

Fines of the week

Seattle wide receiver Ricardo Lockett has been fined $10,000 by the NFL for striking an opponent in the head. Lockett was ejected from last Sunday’s game at Kansas City for hitting Chiefs defensive back Kurt Coleman after Coleman shoved him in the back.

Atlanta receivers Roddy White and Devin Hester each were fined $8,268 for their role in a scrap with the Carolina Panthers. Hester dived headfirst into a pile trying to knock Panthers cornerback Josh Norman off teammate Harry Douglas. White struck another player in the head area. Douglas got the same $8,268 fine for pulling down Norman by the facemask. Panthers safety Roman Harper was docked the same amount for unnecessary roughness when he hit Hester.


With an important matchup against the NFC West-leading Arizona Cardinals on Sunday, the Seahawks are set to get a boost defensively with the return of middle linebacker Bobby Wagner to the lineup. Wagner missed the last five games after tearing the tendon in his foot. Meanwhile, Arizona coach Bruce Arians said it will be a game-time decision as to whether receiver Larry Fitzgerald (knee) will play against the Seahawks. ... San Francisco defensive lineman Glenn Dorsey continues to believe he’ll play this season, although it will not be Sunday against the Washington Redskins. Dorsey, who came off the injured reserve list this week, continues to experience problems following surgery to repair a biceps tear.