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Monday, February 02, 2004

Clarett Case Causes NFL to Delay Fitzgerald Announcement: The NFL has delayed an official announcement on the draft status of Larry Fitzgerald, stating it was doing so out of respect for the pending Maurice Clarett litigation.

The judge in the Clarett case held a conference call this week with both parties to clarify Clarett's intentions, after reports surfaced that the player might return to Ohio State, even if his lawsuit proved successful. The Fitzgerald delays fuels speculation that a ruling in the case is imminent, perhaps coming as early as next week. The NFL repeated over the weekend that the league will not consider settlement in the case.