It’s James Harden’s award to lose at this point.

Joe Lockhart, the NFL’s executive vice president of communications and public affairs, declined to comment this week on how the league would react to a lawsuit by Jones. He likewise declined to comment on any potential disciplinary action against Jones. Asked what effect the episode is having on the league’s image, Lockhart said during a conference call with reporters, “I think that’s for everyone on this call to decide.”

Some owners have urged league leaders to consider penalties that could include a fine or suspension for Jones or the loss of a draft pick or picks by the Cowboys. There have been reports about the possibility of the league attempting to force Jones to sell the franchise. Jones has dismissed that scenario as laughable, and the person with knowledge of the deliberations of the owners and the league office agreed that is far-fetched.

MacMahon: Fiction. A seven-game absence didn’t change that. Harden is playing at a significantly higher level after being the MVP runner-up (again) last season. You can make good cases for Curry and Durant, but the vote splitting between the Warriors stars will prevent either from winning.

McMenamin: Fiction. How do you choose one as the most valuable on their own team, let alone in the league?

Instead, Auburn beat Georgia 79-65 and improved to 5-1 in conference and 17-2 overall. The Tigers currently sit second in the SEC standings, just half a game behind Florida.

“This team has character,” Pearl told reporters after another comeback win. “You can’t sit back and wait for teams to fail. You have got to force the issue. You have to make plays offensively and defensively, and that’s what this team is doing.”

Asked how Auburn has been able to dig itself out of so many early holes, Brown pointed to experience, among other things.

“Another reason is we are just staying together and fighting through adversity,” he said. “If we continue to fight through adversity and stay together, we can overcome anything.”