Posted at 9:52 AM ET, 09/ 2/2008
NFL Insider's Moving Day
We're moving to a new home, with lots of new features, including Mark Maske's news feed. Of course, we'll have news there, too, in addition to expert commentary and an opportunity for you to weigh in on the burning question of the day in the NFL. Hope you follow us there.
Posted at 8:30 AM ET, 09/ 2/2008
Jaguars Tackle in Critical Condition
This just in....Maske is heading to the memorial service for Gene Upshaw this morning at the Kennedy Center.
Jacksonville Jaguars offensive tackle Richard Collier was shot while waiting for some women outside a Jacksonville apartment early Tuesday and sustained life-threatening injuries, authorities said.
Collier, 26, and former Jaguars player Kenneth Pettway were waiting in a car when a gunman shot into the vehicle, said Jacksonville Sheriff's Office spokesman Ken Jefferson. Collier was shot several times but it's not clear where he was hit.
Posted at 10:16 PM ET, 09/ 1/2008
Lions Bolster Backfield With R. Johnson
Tailback Rudi Johnson agreed to a contract with the Detroit Lions.
He'd been released by the Cincinnati Bengals after they'd tried but failed to trade him.
Johnson is to back up starter Kevin Smith in Detroit.
Posted at 6:28 PM ET, 09/ 1/2008
No Serious Damage to Superdome, According to Early Assessments
The early reports are that the Superdome has suffered no significant structural damage during Hurricane Gustav.
The New Orleans Saints are scheduled to host the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in their season-opening game Sunday at the Superdome.
It's not clear yet if the game will be played there as scheduled.
The Saints relocated to Indianapolis to practice this week and reportedly plan to return to New Orleans on Friday, if possible.
Posted at 6:23 PM ET, 09/ 1/2008
D. Anderson, B. Edwards Participate in Browns' Practice
Quarterback Derek Anderson and wide receiver Braylon Edwards participated in the Cleveland Browns' practice today and, barring setbacks, should be in the lineup in Sunday's opener against the Dallas Cowboys.
Anderson had been sidelined by a concussion. Edwards had been on the shelf since suffering a cut on his foot while running sprints in socks last month and being stepped on by the cleat of teammate Donte' Stallworth.
Posted at 6:19 PM ET, 09/ 1/2008
Lelie to Raiders
Wide receiver Ashley Lelie has agreed to a contract with the Oakland Raiders.
He'd been released by the San Francisco 49ers.
The speedster is a former first-round draft pick by the Denver Broncos.
Posted at 6:16 PM ET, 09/ 1/2008
Ravens Name Flacco Starter, Set to Add Harrington
The Baltimore Ravens have named rookie Joe Flacco their starting quarterback for Sunday's opening regular season game against the Cincinnati Bengals.
Flacco, a first-round draft choice in April out of Delaware, once seemed out of the starting competition. But Kyle Boller's shoulder injury and Troy Smith's recent illness put him back in the running, and now he joins the Atlanta Falcons' Matt Ryan as the league's rookie starting quarterbacks this weekend.
The Ravens also appeared close to signing quarterback Joey Harrington, who'd been released by the Falcons. Harrington was the Ravens' choice after a workout in which fellow free agent quarterbacks Chris Simms and Todd Bouman also participated.
Posted at 5:26 PM ET, 09/ 1/2008
Brady Declares Himself Ready For Patriots' Opener
Quarterback Tom Brady today declared himself fit and ready to play in the New England Patriots' opening regular season game after being plagued during the preseason by a sore right foot.
"If it is up to me, there is no question," Brady said during a news conference. "But those questions aren't always up to me. I am always hoping that I am going to be out there and preparing the same way. I think I have been getting progressively better over the last couple of weeks. I am excited, excited to start the year."
Brady didn't play in any preseason games but said he probably could have done so.
"I would have loved to play," Brady said. "Like I said, the decision was made that I couldn't play. I wanted to play. The decision was made not to play and like I said, those decisions aren't always up to me. All I can do is focus on trying to get better, improving and being prepared. In some cases I certainly was doing that."
The Patriots host the Kansas City Chiefs on Sunday in their opener. Coach Bill Belichick, naturally, isn't tipping his hand about whether Brady will play.
"We will prepare all the players during the week," Belichick said when asked at his news conference today about Brady's playing status. "We will give you the injury report on Friday. We will give you the practice report after we practice."
Posted at 4:54 PM ET, 09/ 1/2008
Players to Wear Uniform Patches For Upshaw
The league announced today that all NFL players will wear patches on their jerseys this season honoring Gene Upshaw, the late executive director of the players' union.
The patch will include Upshaw's initials and the number 63, his jersey number during his Hall of Fame playing days with the Oakland Raiders.
"Gene was a truly unique, one-of-a-kind contributor to the NFL," Commissioner Roger Goodell said in a written statement issued by the league. "No one in our game has ever combined Gene's level of achievement both as a Hall of Fame player and as an executive leader. No one did more for NFL players than Gene Upshaw. He deserves our everlasting respect and thanks."
In addition, Upshaw's wife Terri and sons Eugene Jr., Daniel and Justin are to participate in the pregame coin toss at the NFL's season-opening game Thursday night between the Washington Redskins and New York Giants at Giants Stadium, and the Raiders will honor him with a video tribute before their game next Monday night against the Denver Broncos.
Upshaw also will be featured on the cover of the Raiders' game program, and a replica of the uniform patch will be painted on the field at Giants Stadium for Thursday night's game and at McAfee Coliseum in Oakland for Monday night's game, the league announced.
Upshaw died Aug. 20 at a home he owned in California, three days after going to a nearby hospital for tests that led to him being diagnosed with pancreatic cancer.
Posted at 12:46 PM ET, 09/ 1/2008
Pats Add O'Neal to Secondary
The New England Patriots have announced the signing of cornerback Deltha O'Neal.
The defending AFC champions spent much of the offseason remaking their secondary, and the effort continues into the week before the regular season.
O'Neal reached two Pro Bowls in eight seasons with the Denver Broncos and Cincinnati Bengals. He has 31 career interceptions, including nine in 2001 for the Broncos and 10 in 2005 for the Bengals.
He was released by Cincinnati over the weekend.
The Patriots released tight end Stephen Spach to create a roster spot.
Posted at 12:38 PM ET, 09/ 1/2008
Jets Reportedly Could Try to Sign J. Lynch
When the New England Patriots released safety John Lynch over the weekend, Coach Bill Belichick left open the possibility that the team would re-sign him at some point.
Now the Star-Ledger is reporting that the New York Jets might try to sign Lynch instead.
The Jets wouldn't do something like that to wreck the Patriots' plans, would they?