NFL news roundup: Possible tailgate ban at Super Bowl; NFL official suspended

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The NFL is considering banning tailgating prior to Super Bowl XLVIII at MetLife Stadium.

The NFL is ramping up security for Super Bowl XLVIII at MetLife Stadium, and that might be at the expense of tailgaters. With nearly 60 percent of the stadium's parking lot set to be occupied by television trucks and extra security, officials are reportedly considering banning grills in the lot, or banning tailgating altogether.

While the idea is still in the discussion phase, the significant reduction in parking availability will force the hand of the NFL to make some changes from the typical pregame situation at the New Jersey stadium.

Here is a roundup of other news you may have missed on Friday:

NFL umpire suspended

The NFL has suspended umpire Roy Ellison one game without pay for lobbing an expletive-laden insult at Washington Redskins offensive tackle Trent Williams. Ellison has been accused of swearing at players in the past and isn't eligible to return until Week 13 after an NFL investigation led to the punishment.

Allen on his way out of Minnesota

Minnesota Vikings defensive end Jared Allen is set to reach free agency after the 2013 season, and it doesn't sound like he's too keen on the idea of staying with the team. In an interview with USA Today, Allen mentioned his desire to play for a championship, and at 31 years old, that likely wouldn't be with the 2-8 Vikings who look to have several deficiencies to fill.

Burleson cleared to return

The Detroit Lions have been without wide receiver Nate Burleson for two months after he broke his arm attempting to save a pizza from sliding off the passenger seat of his car. While Calvin Johnson has had his usual production in Burleson's absence with 1,083 receiving yards and 11 touchdowns, the next leading receiver on the team is Kris Durham with 357 yards and two touchdowns.

Kyle Williams suffers torn ACL

The Kansas City Chiefs only had Kyle Williams for one game before the wide receiver and returner suffered an ACL tear that will end his 2013 season. Williams, 25, previously played three years with the San Francisco 49ers before he was released by the 49ers in his fourth NFL season. He was claimed by the Chiefs, but did not touch the ball in his debut with the team in Week 11.

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