NEARLY 500 employees at NFL headquarters in New York turned over phone and email records to investigators looking into how commissioner Roger Goodell and his staff pursued and handled evidence in the Ray Rice case, two people familiar with the situation told the

Associated Press

yesterday.

Details of the investigation won't be made public until former FBI director Robert S. Mueller III releases his report. The report is expected to be completed this month, one of the sources said.

Mueller has been investigating whether anyone at the NFL had seen or obtained video of the former Baltimore Ravens running back striking his then-fiancee inside an elevator at an Atlantic City casino before the video was published online.

League employees were instructed to cooperate with Mueller's team of investigators and respond immediately to requests for information, the sources said.

Investigators zeroed in on phone calls made from NFL offices to numbers with a New Jersey area code. Employees also were asked to identify certain numbers in question and investigators even called some of the numbers to verify call recipients. Mueller's team is trying to identify who called a law enforcement official who said he mailed a DVD of the video to league headquarters to the attention of the NFL's security chief. The official played for the AP a 12-second voicemail from an NFL office number dated April 9, where a woman confirms receipt of the video.

Noteworthy

* The Chicago Bears say chairman George McCaskey was pushed by a New Orleans fan during Monday's game at Soldier Field. A Bears spokesman said the Saints fan was then tackled by a Bears fan before security arrived and the Saints fan was removed from the stadium. Richard Kohnke, 58, of New Orleans, was arrested and charged with simple battery.

* San Diego's leading receiver, Keenan Allen, has a broken right collarbone.

* Buffalo defensive tackle Marcell Dareus will have to wait until next month in a bid to resolve a misdemeanor reckless endangerment charge after crashing his 2012 Jaguar on May 30 during an alleged race with teammate Jerry Hughes near Ralph Wilson Stadium.

* The New York Jets released cornerback Josh Thomas, a day after he wrote on Twitter that his playbook and passport were stolen. Thomas played in just one game after being signed in October.

* The Eisenhower Center, a brain-injury treatment program originally designed for military veterans, will be the primary facility used by the NFL Players Association for treating brain injuries and other neurological issues.

* Jacksonville quarterback Blake Bortles (foot sprain) plans to play tomorrow.