NFL examining schedule for teams playing on Thursday night

FILE - In this Aug. 10, 2013, file photo, Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger (7) and New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning (10) shake hands after an NFL preseason football game in Pittsburgh. Roethlisberger and Manning are inextricably linked. Taken 11 picks apart in the 2004 NFL Draft, the two quarterbacks have spent the last dozen years watching each other from afar, using the others success as a measuring stick of their own accomplishments. The Giants visit the Pittsburgh Steelers on Sunday. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar, File)
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BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) NFL executive Troy Vincent tells The Associated Press the league is re-evaluating its scheduling process in a bid to avoid the short turnaround of having teams playing on Sunday night and then travel to play on Thursday.

''Ideally, that's not something that we would like to have,'' the league's vice president of football operations said during a visit to Buffalo on Thursday.

Vincent is referring to last week, when Washington beat Green Bay in a prime-time game on Nov. 20, and then lost a late afternoon game at Dallas four days later.

Vincent says the league prefers that both teams playing on Thursday would be scheduled to play early Sunday afternoon games the previous weekend.

Washington coach Jay Gruden called the schedule unfair and said his biggest worry was the health of his team.

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