Archive: October 2006

Merriman Drops Appeal of Suspension

San Diego Chargers linebacker Shawne Merriman dropped his appeal of his four-game suspension imposed by the league for a positive test under the NFL's steroid-testing program. Merriman, who's tied for the NFL lead with 8-1/2 sacks, is to begin serving his suspension immediately and is to miss the Chargers'...

By Mark Maske | October 31, 2006; 5:15 PM ET | Comments (0)

Week 9 Rankings

The two unbeatens stay at the top, and the Patriots use their impressive win Monday night to replace the Broncos at third. The Giants, Falcons and Chargers move up in the top 10 and the Ravens break back into it. The Chiefs, Cowboys and Jaguars make big jumps, all...

By Mark Maske | October 31, 2006; 2:00 PM ET | Comments (7)

Titans' Troubles

Tennessee Titans linebacker Robert Reynolds was fined $350 plus court costs and placed on probation Monday after pleading guilty to criminal damaging and having a domestic violence charge amended to disorderly conduct. The charges stemmed from an incident in Ohio involving his estranged wife. Titans Coach Jeff Fisher sent...

By Mark Maske | October 31, 2006; 1:08 PM ET | Comments (5)

Bucs Could Place C. Simms on IR List Soon

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers could place quarterback Chris Simms on the injured reserve list this week or next week, a move that would end his season. Simms and the Buccaneers did not rule out the possibility of him playing again this season after he underwent emergency surgery for a...

By Mark Maske | October 31, 2006; 12:51 PM ET | Comments (0)

R. Bush Saying He'll Play This Week

Tailback Reggie Bush is vowing to play for the New Orleans Saints this week. He aggravated an ankle injury during Sunday's loss to the Baltimore Ravens....

By Mark Maske | October 31, 2006; 12:44 PM ET | Comments (0)

Brooks Healthy but Walter is Raiders' Starter at QB

Aaron Brooks has been cleared to return but Andrew Walter remains the Oakland Raiders' starting quarterback. Brooks has missed the last five games because of a strained pectoral muscle, and Walter has led the Raiders to their only two victories of the season. Coach Art Shell said during his...

By Mark Maske | October 31, 2006; 10:02 AM ET | Comments (2)

Leftwich or Garrard This Week? Del Rio Not Saying Yet

Jacksonville Jaguars Coach Jack Del Rio declined to name a starting quarterback for his team this week during his news conference Monday. With usual starter Byron Leftwich sidelined by an ankle injury, backup David Garrard engineered Sunday's triumph at Philadelphia. Del Rio indicated Monday that he'd sat down Leftwich...

By Mark Maske | October 31, 2006; 9:56 AM ET | Comments (0)

C. Martin Reportedly Headed To Retirement

The New York Jets have delayed a decision until next week about whether to allow tailback Curtis Martin to begin practicing. If Martin, who has an ailing knee and currently is on the physically unable to perform list, does not practice next week, the Jets must place him on...

By Mark Maske | October 31, 2006; 9:49 AM ET | Comments (0)

Cardinals Say They Won't Make Coaching Change During the Season

The Arizona Cardinals are on a seven-game losing streak and on their bye week, a combination that perhaps could have led to the firing of Coach Dennis Green. But team vice president Michael Bidwill said in a written statement released by the club Monday that Green won't be fired...

By Mark Maske | October 31, 2006; 9:38 AM ET | Comments (2)

Merriman, Representatives Consider Dropping Appeal

San Diego Chargers linebacker Shawne Merriman and his representatives are considering dropping his appeal of his pending four-game suspension imposed by the league for a positive test under the NFL's steroid-testing program. Merriman's appeal is scheduled to be heard on Nov. 7, and he's eligible to continue playing in...

By Mark Maske | October 31, 2006; 9:18 AM ET | Comments (0)

Alexander Doesn't Get Clearance to Return to Seahawks' Lineup

The Seattle Seahawks had expected to have tailback Shaun Alexander back this week, but it apparently won't happen. Doctors did not clear the reigning league most valuable player to return to the lineup because tests Monday showed that the cracked bone in his left foot has not healed completely....

By Mark Maske | October 31, 2006; 8:42 AM ET | Comments (0)

Lions Release Hakim

The Detroit Lions released wide receiver Az-Zahir Hakim. He had 17 catches in six games for the Lions this season....

By Mark Maske | October 31, 2006; 8:35 AM ET | Comments (0)

Linebacker-Needy Giants Sign Claiborne

The New York Giants signed linebacker Chris Claiborne today. Claiborne played for the St. Louis Rams last season after previous stints with the Detroit Lions and Minnesota Vikings. Brandon Short injured his quadriceps muscle during Sunday's triumph over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, six days after fellow Giants linebacker LaVar...

By Mark Maske | October 30, 2006; 9:34 PM ET | Comments (0)

Maybe Romo Was Built in a Day

CHARLOTTE--The Dallas Cowboys got the whole gamut of emotions in one week. When they lost to the New York Giants last Monday night at Texas Stadium, it felt like their season was crumbling. Coach Bill Parcells benched veteran quarterback Drew Bledsoe at halftime of that game and went to...

By Mark Maske | October 30, 2006; 10:34 AM ET | Comments (8)

Puzzling Panthers

CHARLOTTE--If you can figure out the Carolina Panthers, you're doing better than their coach, John Fox. The Panthers were regarded as a top Super Bowl contender in the NFC when the season began. They opened with two straight losses without injured wide receiver Steve Smith, then seemed to steady...

By Mark Maske | October 30, 2006; 10:32 AM ET | Comments (0)

J. Porter Makes Season Debut for Raiders

The Oakland Raiders had wide receiver Jerry Porter on their active roster for a game for the first time this season. Porter played against the Pittsburgh Steelers today after having a four-game suspension, imposed by Coach Art Shell for insubordination, cut in half last week via a settlement between...

By Mark Maske | October 29, 2006; 7:42 PM ET | Comments (4)

Huard Sits Out Chiefs' Practice for Second Straight Day

Quarterback Damon Huard missed the Kansas City Chiefs' practice for a second day in a row today because of a sore hamstring muscle. Coach Herman Edwards indicated that Huard's playing status would be a game-time decision Sunday. Rookie Brodie Croyle would start if Huard can't play....

By Mark Maske | October 27, 2006; 3:12 PM ET | Comments (5)

Garrard Is Likely Jaguars Starter as Leftwich Misses Practice Again

It appears likely that backup David Garrard will start at quarterback for the Jacksonville Jaguars on Sunday at Philadelphia. Usual starter Byron Leftwich is bothered by a sore ankle and missed practice today for a second straight day. Coach Jack Del Rio refused to name a starter. Leftwich played...

By Mark Maske | October 27, 2006; 3:11 PM ET | Comments (0)

Bengals Activate WR Henry

The Cincinnati Bengals reinstated wide receiver Chris Henry to their active roster today. Henry resumed practicing this week after serving a two-game suspension by the NFL for violating the substance abuse and personal conduct policies. The Bengals had a roster exemption for Henry until Monday, and Coach Marvin Lewis...

By Mark Maske | October 27, 2006; 1:59 PM ET | Comments (3)

Cowboys Assistant Haley Reportedly Suing McDonald's

Dallas Cowboys assistant coach Todd Haley reportedly is suing a McDonald's franchise in a Dallas suburb, saying in a lawsuit that his wife and the family's au pair found a dead rat in a salad they bought at the restaurant. The Dallas Morning News reported that the lawsuit seeks...

By Mark Maske | October 27, 2006; 1:46 PM ET | Comments (0)

All Local TV Blackouts Lifted for Eighth Time in Eight Weeks This Season

The NFL continues to hit new heights of popularity. Prior to this season, there had been 13 weekends since the NFL instituted its current policy regarding local television blackouts in 1973 that all the games on a weekend had been sold out in time to be televised in the...

By Mark Maske | October 27, 2006; 1:34 PM ET | Comments (3)

Chiefs Reportedly Could Be Without Huard This Weekend

The Kansas City Chiefs might be down to their third quarterback this weekend. Fill-in starter Damon Huard suffered an undisclosed injury during Thursday's practice and rookie Brodie Croyle finished the practice working with the starting offense, the Kansas City Star reported today. Croyle apparently would start against the Seattle...

By Mark Maske | October 27, 2006; 1:06 PM ET | Comments (0)

J. Jones Expresses Disappointment Over Cowboys' Need to Switch Quarterbacks

Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones told reporters Thursday that he was disappointed about the team's need to make a quarterback switch from Drew Bledsoe to Tony Romo because it signals that things were not going the way the club had hoped this season. Jones said he does not believe...

By Mark Maske | October 27, 2006; 7:07 AM ET | Comments (8)

Colts Still Hoping to Have B. Sanders Back

Safety Bob Sanders sat out Thursday's practice but the Indianapolis Colts remain hopeful he can return to their lineup this weekend. He has missed the last four games after undergoing arthroscopic knee surgery. The Colts lost safety Mike Doss to a season-ending torn knee ligament suffered during last Sunday's...

By Mark Maske | October 27, 2006; 6:57 AM ET | Comments (0)

Giants Place Arrington on IR

The Giants made the ending of linebacker LaVar Arrington's season official, placing him on the injured reserve list Thursday. He suffered a torn left Achilles' tendon during Monday night's triumph at Dallas....

By Mark Maske | October 27, 2006; 6:55 AM ET | Comments (0)

Local TV Ratings Soaring for Redskins, Ravens

The Washington Redskins' struggles this season aren't hurting the local television ratings for their games. Redskins games this season have an average rating of 26.5 in the Washington market, according to the NFL. That's up 14 percent from a similar point last season, tied for the sixth-largest increase league-wide....

By Mark Maske | October 26, 2006; 8:54 PM ET | Comments (0)

Garrard Works With Starting Offense as Leftwich Sits Out Jaguars' Practice

It's beginning to look like David Garrard might be the Jacksonville Jaguars' quarterback on Sunday at Philadelphia. Jacksonville's usual starter, Byron Leftwich, sat out today's practice because of a sore ankle, and backup Garrard worked with the first-string offense. Garrard and Leftwich had split the practice-field work Wednesday. Leftwich...

By Mark Maske | October 26, 2006; 8:53 PM ET | Comments (0)

Roethlisberger Practices Fully, Appears Set to Play

Quarterback Ben Roethlisberger participated in a full practice with the Pittsburgh Steelers today, apparently signaling that he's ready to play Sunday in Oakland. Roethlisberger suffered a concussion during last Sunday's overtime loss to the Atlanta Falcons. Coach Bill Cowher told reporters that a final determination about Roethlisberger's status would...

By Mark Maske | October 26, 2006; 3:44 PM ET | Comments (0)

T. Barber Fires Back

New York Giants tailback Tiki Barber went on the offensive this week against media members who criticized him for saying last week that he planned to retire after the season. On the satellite radio show he hosts Tuesday nights on Sirius with his twin brother, Tampa Bay Buccaneers cornerback...

By Mark Maske | October 26, 2006; 11:47 AM ET | Comments (17)

Status of Browns Right Tackle Uncertain Because of Illness

Starting right tackle Ryan Tucker was absent from the Cleveland Browns on Monday and Wednesday. The team has indicated only that Tucker is ill, refusing to provide specifics. He played in last Sunday's loss to the Denver Broncos but didn't finish the game....

By Mark Maske | October 26, 2006; 11:36 AM ET | Comments (5)

C. Henry Practicing with Bengals But Status for Game Unclear

Wide receiver Chris Henry is back practicing with the Cincinnati Bengals this week after serving a two-game suspension by the league for violating the substance abuse and personal conduct policies. But Coach Marvin Lewis is saying it's not certain that the team will reinstate Henry to the active roster...

By Mark Maske | October 26, 2006; 11:30 AM ET | Comments (3)

Week 8 Picks

Local Team Ravens at Saints The Ravens were reeling before their bye week, and the Saints are tough at home. Pick: Saints Lock of the Week 49ers at Bears The 49ers would have a better chance with Mike Singletary playing linebacker instead of coaching. Pick: Bears Upset of the...

By Mark Maske | October 26, 2006; 11:19 AM ET | Comments (1)

Colts Not Placing Reagor on IR List Immediately

The Indianapolis Colts have decided, at least for now, against placing defensive tackle Montae Reagor on the injured reserve list, which would make him ineligible to play for the team again this season. The Colts are keeping Reagor on the active roster as he recovers from the injuries he...

By Mark Maske | October 26, 2006; 10:10 AM ET | Comments (4)

D. Green Says Changes Made to Cardinals' Offensive Line

Arizona Cardinals Coach Dennis Green told reporters Wednesday that he'd decided to make changes along the club's offensive line but he refused to say what those changes would be. Now if he only could manage to have his team play its games but keep the results secret, he'd be...

By Mark Maske | October 26, 2006; 10:03 AM ET | Comments (0)

Chiefs Bolster Offensive Line by Signing C. Terry, Getting Back Welbourn

The Kansas City Chiefs on Wednesday signed offensive tackle Chris Terry, a former starter for the Carolina Panthers and Seattle Seahawks. Tackle John Welbourn also returned to the Chiefs and participated in Wednesday's practice. He retired in the offseason, but decided to return to the team after serving a...

By Mark Maske | October 26, 2006; 9:56 AM ET | Comments (0)

Seahawks Bench Boulware at Safety, Continue to Tinker at Left Guard

The Seattle Seahawks have benched safety Michael Boulware, and are planning to start Jordan Babineaux in his place. They also plan to get rookie Rob Sims some playing time at left guard. It's unclear whether Sims will start ahead of former first-round draft pick Chris Spencer, who took over...

By Mark Maske | October 26, 2006; 9:15 AM ET | Comments (0)

Alexander Testing Foot and Targeting Nov. 6 for Return

Tailback Shaun Alexander has begun running as part of his rehabilitation program, seemingly putting him on target to return to the Seattle Seahawks' lineup on Nov. 6. The reigning league most valuable player has missed the last three games because of a broken bone in his foot, and is...

By Mark Maske | October 26, 2006; 9:05 AM ET | Comments (0)

Roethlisberger Says Falcons Player Taunted Him About Head Injury

Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger told reporters Wednesday that an Atlanta Falcons player taunted him after Roethlisberger suffered the head injury that knocked him from the two teams' game last Sunday. Roethlisberger refused to identify the player. "They made a little comment, but I won't bring it up right...

By Mark Maske | October 26, 2006; 8:55 AM ET | Comments (2)

Fisher Tells Linebacker to Leave Titans' Practice Facility

Tennessee Titans Coach Jeff Fisher told linebacker Robert Reynolds to leave the team's practice facility today and announced that Reynolds will not be permitted to play in Sunday's game against the Houston Texans. Reynolds is facing charges in Ohio, including one for assault, in a domestic-violence case for an...

By Mark Maske | October 25, 2006; 3:39 PM ET | Comments (0)

Roethlisberger Practices

Quarterback Ben Roethlisberger participated in the Pittsburgh Steelers' practice today. He suffered a concussion during last Sunday's overtime loss to the Atlanta Falcons, and Coach Bill Cowher is withholding a decision about Roethlisberger's playing status for this weekend until later in the week. But it had been thought that...

By Mark Maske | October 25, 2006; 3:32 PM ET | Comments (0)

Garrard Splits Jags' Practice-Field Work With Leftwich

Backup David Garrard split the snaps with starter Byron Leftwich during the Jacksonville Jaguars' practice today. Leftwich is bothered by a sore ankle and played poorly in last weekend's lopsided loss to the Houston Texans....

By Mark Maske | October 25, 2006; 3:26 PM ET | Comments (0)

Leinart Excused from Cardinals' Practice

Rookie quarterback Matt Leinart was excused from the Arizona Cardinals' practice today to be on hand for the birth of his son in California....

By Mark Maske | October 25, 2006; 3:25 PM ET | Comments (0)

Bucs Place CB Kelly on IR

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers announced that they'd placed cornerback Brian Kelly on the injured reserve list, ending his season, because of an ailing toe....

By Mark Maske | October 25, 2006; 3:25 PM ET | Comments (0)

Raiders Reinstate J. Porter

The Oakland Raiders reinstated wide receiver Jerry Porter today as part of a settlement between the league and the NFL Players Association. Porter had served two games of a four-game suspension without pay imposed by the Raiders for conduct detrimental to the team. Coach Art Shell had suspended Porter...

By Mark Maske | October 25, 2006; 2:16 PM ET | Comments (5)

Parcells Picks Romo as Cowboys' Starter

Coach Bill Parcells today named Tony Romo the Dallas Cowboys' starting quarterback for Sunday night's game at Carolina. It will be Romo's first NFL start. Parcells benched veteran Drew Bledsoe at halftime of Monday night's loss to the New York Giants at Texas Stadium, which dropped the Cowboys' record...

By Mark Maske | October 25, 2006; 12:57 PM ET | Comments (6)

Stadium in L.A. Could Cost $1 Billion

NEW ORLEANS--NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell said today that the league's estimates of the cost for building a stadium for a team in the Los Angeles area range from $820 million to $1 billion. Those estimates are based on having a team playing in Los Angeles in the 2010 season,...

By Mark Maske | October 24, 2006; 10:03 PM ET | Comments (9)

Owners Meet in New Orleans But Don't Evaluate City's Recovery or Saints' Future

NEW ORLEANS--The league's team owners had little or no time to take stock of New Orleans's recovery from Hurricane Katrina during their visit here for their one-day meeting. The Saints' long-term future in New Orleans remains uncertain even as they have a surprisingly successful season after selling out all...

By Mark Maske | October 24, 2006; 9:56 PM ET | Comments (8)

Goodell Runs First League Meeting as Commissioner

NEW ORLEANS--Roger Goodell oversaw his first owners' meeting as NFL commissioner here today. But after years of serving as predecessor Paul Tagliabue's top lieutenant in the league office, Goodell said this felt like no big deal. "I didn't really think much about it today," said Goodell, who officially succeeded...

By Mark Maske | October 24, 2006; 9:51 PM ET | Comments (0)

Merriman's Appeal Scheduled to be Heard on Nov. 7

NEW ORLEANS--Shawne Merriman's appeal of his pending four-game suspension for testing positive under the league's steroid-testing program is scheduled to be heard on Nov. 7. The San Diego Chargers linebacker remains eligible to play in the meantime. NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell declined to comment on the specifics of the...

By Mark Maske | October 24, 2006; 9:47 PM ET | Comments (0)

Owners Approve Resolution to Play As Many As Two Regular Season Games Outside the U.S. Annually

NEW ORLEANS--The NFL's team owners today approved a resolution to play as many as two regular season games outside the U.S. per year. League officials said they will begin accepting bids from potential host venues in Mexico, Canada, Germany and England with the goal of selecting a site for...

By Mark Maske | October 24, 2006; 9:18 PM ET | Comments (0)

Jones Seems to be Leaning Toward Bledsoe

NEW ORLEANS--Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones attended today's NFL owners' meeting here, arriving on the morning after his team suffered a deflating loss at home to the New York Giants and benched quarterback Drew Bledsoe in the process. Cowboys Coach Bill Parcells went to youngster Tony Romo for the...

By Mark Maske | October 24, 2006; 4:08 PM ET | Comments (0)

Cardinals Brass Unhappy About Results

Michael Bidwill, the vice president of the Arizona Cardinals, called Coach Dennis Green and VP of football operations Rod Graves on the carpet after Sunday's loss to the previously winless Oakland Raiders. Bidwill demanded answers for the Cardinals' 1-6 start after spending big money in the offseason to land...

By Mark Maske | October 24, 2006; 2:56 PM ET | Comments (0)

Bears-Giants Game on Nov. 12 Moved to Nighttime Slot Under Flexible-Scheduling Plan

The Nov. 12 game between the Chicago Bears and New York Giants at Giants Stadium has been moved to 8:15 p.m. It had been scheduled to be played that afternoon. It is the first game to be rescheduled under the league's new flexible-scheduling plan, designed to ensure that NBC...

By Mark Maske | October 24, 2006; 2:29 PM ET | Comments (3)

Week 8 Rankings

The gap between Nos. 1 and 2 narrows with the Colts' hard-nosed win over the Redskins, but the Bears keep the top spot. The Saints move into the top five. The Chargers drop from third to 10th while the Giants, Vikings, Bengals and Falcons rise. The Raiders' first victory...

By Mark Maske | October 24, 2006; 1:00 PM ET | Comments (0)

Abraham to Undergo Abdominal Surgery and Be Sidelined 3-4 Weeks

Atlanta Falcons defensive end John Abraham will be sidelined for three to four weeks after undergoing abdominal surgery, the team announced today. Abraham has missed four of the Falcons' past five games after injuring his groin in the season opener....

By Mark Maske | October 24, 2006; 12:40 PM ET | Comments (0)

Concussion Leaves Roethlisberger's Status Unclear This Week

The Pittsburgh Steelers don't know if quarterback Ben Roethlisberger will be available this week. He suffered a concussion on the heavy hit that knocked him from Sunday's overtime loss to the Atlanta Falcons. Roethlisberger also sustained a concussion in the July motorcycle accident that led to him having seven...

By Mark Maske | October 24, 2006; 12:36 PM ET | Comments (0)

Top Union Official Becomes Executive Director of Screen Actors Guild

The NFL Players Association has lost one of its top officials. Doug Allen is leaving to become the executive director of the Screen Actors Guild. Allen, a former Buffalo Bills linebacker, had been with the union since 1982. He has served as the president of Players Inc., the union's...

By Mark Maske | October 24, 2006; 11:58 AM ET | Comments (0)

Browns Call Carthon's Departure a Resignation

The Cleveland Browns announced the departure of offensive coordinator Maurice Carthon today as a resignation by Carthon that the team had accepted. People around the league said that Carthon had been fired Monday, and that's how the transaction was depicted in several reports....

By Mark Maske | October 24, 2006; 11:41 AM ET | Comments (7)

Owners Are Meeting Today

NEW ORLEANS--The NFL's team owners are conducting a one-day meeting here today. The owners are to discuss a wide variety of topics, including revenue-sharing and pending stadium projects, but no major developments are expected. It is the first owners' meeting since Roger Goodell succeeded Paul Tagliabue as commissioner....

By Mark Maske | October 24, 2006; 11:05 AM ET | Comments (0)

Arrington Laments Ill-Timed End of His Season

IRVING, Tex.--Just when things started working for LaVar Arrington, the linebacker's first season with the New York Giants came to an abrupt end. Arrington had two big plays early in the Giants' 36-22 victory over the Dallas Cowboys here Monday night, then had his season ended when he suffered...

By Mark Maske | October 24, 2006; 11:03 AM ET | Comments (0)

T. Barber Not Running Like a Retiree

IRVING, Tex.--New York Giants tailback Tiki Barber ran for 114 yards in Monday night's win over the Dallas Cowboys in his first game since saying last week that he intends to retire following the season. "With Tiki, nothing ever changed," Giants Coach Tom Coughlin said, "no matter what was...

By Mark Maske | October 24, 2006; 11:02 AM ET | Comments (0)

Parcells Goes to Romo, and Going Back to Bledsoe Now Could Be Awkward

IRVING, Tex.--Coach Bill Parcells wasn't saying following the Dallas Cowboys' loss to the New York Giants here Monday night whether Tony Romo or Drew Bledsoe will be his starting quarterback this week. But it would be awkward for Parcells to go back to Bledsoe now, after giving the veteran...

By Mark Maske | October 24, 2006; 10:58 AM ET | Comments (0)

Shanahan Sticking with Plummer, At Least Temporarily

Denver Broncos Coach Mike Shanahan indicated Monday that he's sticking with Jake Plummer as the team's starting quarterback. Plummer and the Denver offense have struggled, leading to speculation that Shanahan could switch to rookie Jay Cutler. The club's defense has carried the Broncos to a 5-1 record....

By Mark Maske | October 24, 2006; 6:01 AM ET | Comments (0)

Reagor to Miss Second Straight Game for Colts

Defensive tackle Montae Reagor is to miss a second straight game for the Indianapolis Colts. He was injured in an automobile accident Sunday afternoon, before the Colts' triumph over the Washington Redskins. Reagor reportedly remained hospitalized Monday. Previous reports had indicated he'd been released Sunday night....

By Mark Maske | October 24, 2006; 5:57 AM ET | Comments (0)

Merriman Says He's Hopeful Appeal Will Overturn Pending Suspension

San Diego Chargers linebacker Shawne Merriman said at a news conference Monday that he's hopeful his appeal of his positive test under the NFL's steroid-testing program will overturn his pending four-game suspension. Merriman apologized to his teammates. "Hopefully nobody makes any kind of judgment or anything that basically makes...

By Mark Maske | October 24, 2006; 5:53 AM ET | Comments (0)

Packers Place WR Ferguson on IR

The Green Bay Packers placed wide receiver Robert Ferguson on the injured reserve list, ending his season. He'd missed two games since suffering a foot injury....

By Mark Maske | October 24, 2006; 5:44 AM ET | Comments (0)

Browns Fire Offensive Coordinator Carthon

The Cleveland Browns fired offensive coordinator Maurice Carthon. He is the third offensive coordinator to be fired league-wide this season, following the Baltimore Ravens' Jim Fassel and the Arizona Cardinals' Keith Rowen. The move came one game after Coach Romeo Crennel had said following the team's bye week that...

By Mark Maske | October 24, 2006; 5:41 AM ET | Comments (0)

Broncos Mull Options With Left Tackle Lepsis Sidelined for Rest of Season

The Denver Broncos' offense suffered a significant loss today when an MRI exam showed that left tackle Matt Lepsis suffered a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee during Sunday's win over the Cleveland Browns. Erik Pears replaced Lepsis on Sunday. But the Broncos now might move right...

By Mark Maske | October 23, 2006; 8:15 PM ET | Comments (0)

Colts Lose Doss for Season

The Indianapolis Colts lost safety Mike Doss for the remainder of the season because of a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee suffered during Sunday's triumph over the Washington Redskins. Doss had been starting in place of the injured Bob Sanders. The Colts are hopeful that Sanders...

By Mark Maske | October 23, 2006; 8:04 PM ET | Comments (0)

Hasselbeck Out for 2-4 Weeks

The official prognosis is in for Seattle Seahawks quarterback Matt Hasselbeck, and it's what was expected: He is to miss two to four weeks because of a sprained medial collateral ligament in his right knee. Hasselbeck has a grade 2 sprain, which is a partial tear of the ligament....

By Mark Maske | October 23, 2006; 7:55 PM ET | Comments (0)

Browns CB Baxter Done for Season After Injuring Both Knees

Cleveland Browns cornerback Gary Baxter suffered torn patellar tendons in both his knees during Sunday's loss to the Denver Broncos. Baxter is scheduled to undergo surgery Tuesday and will be sidelined for the remainder of the season. Browns Coach Romeo Crennel said during a news conference today that Baxter...

By Mark Maske | October 23, 2006; 2:09 PM ET | Comments (0)

Reagor Released from Hospital

Indianapolis Colts defensive tackle Montae Reagor was released from a hospital late Sunday night. He was injured in an auto accident Sunday afternoon and missed the Colts' triumph over the Washington Redskins....

By Mark Maske | October 23, 2006; 2:05 PM ET | Comments (0)

Painful Day for Super Bowl QBs

The two quarterbacks who participated in last season's Super Bowl got hurt Sunday, but Seattle's Matt Hasselbeck probably will be sidelined longer than Pittsburgh's Ben Roethlisberger. Hasselbeck is scheduled to undergo an MRI exam today on the knee injury he suffered during Sunday's loss to the Minnesota Vikings. The...

By Mark Maske | October 23, 2006; 1:56 PM ET | Comments (0)

Don't Mess With Manning

INDIANAPOLIS--Don't tug on Superman's cape. And don't try to knock Peyton Manning out of a game. The Washington Redskins got some big first-half hits on Manning here this afternoon. One resulted in a penalty, and the Colts thought the other should have as well. An obviously shaken Manning had...

By Mark Maske | October 22, 2006; 11:47 PM ET | Comments (0)

Merriman Reportedly Facing Suspension for Positive Steroids Test

San Diego Chargers linebacker Shawne Merriman reportedly is facing a four-game suspension by the NFL for a positive steroids test. ESPN reported tonight that Merriman has been informed of the positive test but the suspension has not been imposed because an appeal by Merriman still is pending. The positive...

By Mark Maske | October 22, 2006; 11:30 PM ET | Comments (0)

Colts' Reagor Injured in Auto Accident

INDIANAPOLIS--The Indianapolis Colts played today's game against the Washington Redskins without starting defensive tackle Montae Reagor after he was injured in an automobile accident this afternoon. Reagor was hospitalized, reportedly with facial lacerations. Colts officials said he was conscious and alert. "He's alert and he's talked to his mom,"...

By Mark Maske | October 22, 2006; 11:25 PM ET | Comments (0)

Pierce Fined for Hit on Vick

The league fined New York Giants linebacker Antonio Pierce $12,500 for a hit on Atlanta Falcons quarterback Michael Vick last weekend. Pierce hit Vick near the sideline during the Giants' triumph last Sunday. He was assessed a 15-yard penalty....

By Mark Maske | October 20, 2006; 6:11 PM ET | Comments (0)

Wisconsin Man Charged in Internet Hoax

A grocery clerk from Wisconsin is scheduled to appear in court in Milwaukee today on charges filed by authorities stemming from the Internet hoax warning of terrorist attacks being planned on NFL stadiums this weekend. The man was identified by the Associated Press as Jake J. Brahm of Wauwatosa,...

By Mark Maske | October 20, 2006; 2:08 PM ET | Comments (0)

Thomas's Back Spasms Could Leave Eagles Relying on Rookie Justice at Left Tackle Against Bucs

Left tackle William Thomas participated in the Philadelphia Eagles' practice Thursday after being sidelined Wednesday by back spasms. If Thomas can't play Sunday at Tampa, he would be replaced in the lineup by rookie Winston Justice. The Eagles were ecstatic on draft day when Justice, a USC product they'd...

By Mark Maske | October 20, 2006; 10:29 AM ET | Comments (0)

Winless Raiders Get to Face Cardinals This Weekend, But Schedule Toughens After That

The Oakland Raiders are the lone remaining winless team in the NFL this season. They have a chance to get into the victory column Sunday when they host the Arizona Cardinals, who are 1-5 and coming off Monday night's come-from-ahead defeat to the Chicago Bears in which they squandered...

By Mark Maske | October 20, 2006; 10:18 AM ET | Comments (0)

Vick Should Worry About Throwing Ball Better, Not More Often

Michael Vick needs to purchase a mirror. And then look in it. The Atlanta Falcons quarterback said in an interview with HBO this week that the Falcons have "got to throw the ball sometimes." He said that Falcons Coach Jim Mora is going to "have to trust in me...

By Mark Maske | October 20, 2006; 10:06 AM ET | Comments (0)

D. Branch Becoming Productive for Seahawks

Last month's trade for wide receiver Deion Branch is beginning to pay off for the Seattle Seahawks. Branch, obtained from the New England Patriots for a first-round draft pick, had six catches for 76 yards and two touchdowns in last Sunday's triumph at St. Louis. It was his best...

By Mark Maske | October 20, 2006; 9:39 AM ET | Comments (0)

Colts Likely to Use McFarland Against Redskins

The Indianapolis Colts apparently won't waste any time getting newly acquired defensive tackle Anthony McFarland into the playing rotation. The Colts traded a second-round draft choice next spring to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Tuesday for McFarland and probably will use him in Sunday's game against the Washington Redskins....

By Mark Maske | October 19, 2006; 9:11 PM ET | Comments (0)

Will Culpepper Ever Make It All the Way Back? J. Johnson Doesn't Think So

Former Miami Dolphins and Dallas Cowboys coach Jimmy Johnson told a Miami radio station that he doesn't think Dolphins quarterback Daunte Culpepper ever will regain his Pro Bowl form. "I don't see him ever playing at the level he played at a couple years ago, when he was up...

By Mark Maske | October 19, 2006; 9:00 PM ET | Comments (0)

C. Martin's Football Future Remains Unclear

Tailback Curtis Martin is eligible to come off the physically unable to perform list, but he and the New York Jets remain uncertain if he will play this season. Martin hasn't played or practiced all season because of an ailing right knee. According to the Jets, Martin will remain...

By Mark Maske | October 19, 2006; 8:52 PM ET | Comments (0)

Threat of Attacks on Stadiums Called "A Hoax" by Authorities

The Internet threat that terrorist attacks were planned on seven NFL stadiums this weekend was determined by investigators to be "a hoax," the FBI and the Department of Homeland Security announced today. "The investigation has determined that this is a hoax," the two agencies said in a joint written...

By Mark Maske | October 19, 2006; 4:17 PM ET | Comments (0)

R. Howard Leaves Panthers for Personal Reasons

Seldom used cornerback Reggie Howard has left the Carolina Panthers for what the team described today as personal reasons. Panthers officials said they've received a roster exemption to replace Howard, a former starter stuck this season behind starters Chris Gamble and Ken Lucas and top reserve Richard Marshall....

By Mark Maske | October 19, 2006; 2:37 PM ET | Comments (0)

Bears Place Safety M. Brown on IR List

The Chicago Bears placed safety Mike Brown on the injured reserve list today, ending his season. Brown underwent surgery Wednesday to have a torn ligament in his foot repaired. He suffered the injury during Monday night's comeback triumph at Arizona. The veteran is one of the Bears' top players...

By Mark Maske | October 19, 2006; 2:25 PM ET | Comments (0)

Week 7 Picks

Local Team Redskins at Colts It's actually tempting to pick the Redskins. They can hand the ball to Clinton Portis early and often, and the Colts haven't been able to stop the run (although this week's trade for Anthony McFarland could help). Just when you think an NFL team...

By Mark Maske | October 19, 2006; 2:00 PM ET | Comments (0)

FBI Reportedly Interviewing Person Possibly Responsible for Internet Threat

FBI representatives today were interviewing a Milwaukee resident possibly responsible for last week's Internet posting warning of terrorist attacks this weekend on seven NFL stadiums, the Associated Press reported. The threat reportedly was deemed not credible by the FBI and the Department of Homeland Security....

By Mark Maske | October 19, 2006; 10:39 AM ET | Comments (0)

Knee Surgery Shelves Saints TE Conwell for At Least Two Weeks

The New Orleans Saints expect to be without tight end Ernie Conwell for at least two weeks. He underwent arthroscopic knee surgery Wednesday....

By Mark Maske | October 19, 2006; 10:34 AM ET | Comments (0)

Chargers Lose DE Olshansky for 3-4 Weeks

San Diego Chargers defensive end Igor Olshansky underwent knee surgery Wednesday. He is to be sidelined three to four weeks....

By Mark Maske | October 19, 2006; 10:26 AM ET | Comments (0)

Falcons Getting Back LB Hartwell

Ed Hartwell is scheduled to return to the Atlanta Falcons' lineup this weekend at middle linebacker. Hartwell is to make his season debut as he returns from knee surgery....

By Mark Maske | October 19, 2006; 10:23 AM ET | Comments (0)

Grudge Match, At Least for Front Offices

The two teams involved in the most acrimonious dealings of the offseason square off this weekend in Seattle. The Seahawks are scheduled to host the Minnesota Vikings on Sunday. The two clubs were involved in a bitter offseason tussle over free agent contracts. The Vikings signed Pro Bowl guard...

By Mark Maske | October 19, 2006; 10:11 AM ET | Comments (0)

Threat of Terrorist Attacks on NFL Stadiums Deemed Not Credible by Federal Authorities

Federal agencies are expressing skepticism about the credibility of an Internet threat of terrorist attacks on NFL stadiums that was revealed today. The warning was posted on Oct. 12 on a Website that links to multiple online conversations and cartoons. A poster said that seven NFL stadiums would be...

By Mark Maske | October 18, 2006; 10:30 PM ET | Comments (0)

Favre Says League Turning Its Back on K. Robinson

A day after teammate Koren Robinson was suspended for a year by the NFL for a violation of its substance abuse policy, Green Bay Packers quarterback Brett Favre criticized the league's practice of keeping suspended players from having contact with their teams. Favre said the league is turning its...

By Mark Maske | October 18, 2006; 9:32 PM ET | Comments (0)

T. Barber Doesn't Back Down From Retirement Comments

In a conference call today with media members, New York Giants tailback Tiki Barber reiterated his comments--first made Tuesday to the New York Times--that he's leaning toward retiring after this season. The NFL's 31-year-old rushing leader said it was "too early in the year to say it for sure,"...

By Mark Maske | October 18, 2006; 9:23 PM ET | Comments (0)

Singletary Readies to Face Bears as 49ers Assistant

The Chicago Bears' glorious present will butt heads with their glorious past a week from Sunday. The San Francisco 49ers visit Soldier Field after both teams have a bye this weekend. Mike Singletary, the Hall of Fame middle linebacker who anchored the Bears' defense in their Super Bowl-winning season...

By Mark Maske | October 18, 2006; 9:15 PM ET | Comments (0)

Bears Safety M. Brown Undergoes Foot Surgery

The Chicago Bears' Super Bowl hopes took a hit today when veteran safety Mike Brown underwent surgery for ligament damage in his foot. Brown suffered the injury during Monday night's comeback triumph in Arizona. It's unclear how long Brown will be sidelined or if he'll be placed in the...

By Mark Maske | October 18, 2006; 9:13 PM ET | Comments (0)

T. Barber Reportedly Contemplating Retirement After This Season

When he arrived in training camp this past summer, New York Giants tailback Tiki Barber talked at length about the possibility of retiring within the next few years to pursue his off-field interests in broadcasting and business. Barber, the NFL's rushing leader, told the New York Times on Tuesday...

By Mark Maske | October 18, 2006; 10:40 AM ET | Comments (0)

Saints Are Legit

It's time to take the New Orleans Saints seriously as a top contender in the NFC. They cemented that status with last Sunday's triumph over the Philadelphia Eagles, improving their record to 5-1. The Saints, in the season in which they've returned to New Orleans, no longer are just...

By Mark Maske | October 18, 2006; 10:33 AM ET | Comments (0)

Offensive Coordinators Taking the Fall

Offensive coordinators are the scapegoats for struggling teams this season. Baltimore Ravens Coach Brian Billick fired his friend, Jim Fassel, on Tuesday after the Ravens' second straight loss Sunday. Arizona Cardinals Coach Dennis Green ousted Keith Rowen on the heels of the club's Monday night meltdown against the Chicago...

By Mark Maske | October 18, 2006; 10:25 AM ET | Comments (0)

Overprotecting the Quarterback

The league instructs its game officials to protect quarterbacks. If a hit on a quarterback is borderline, officials are told, call a penalty. But the roughing-the-quarterback call that decided last Sunday's Cincinnati-Tampa Bay game took it too far. The Buccaneers' winning touchdown in their 14-13 triumph came after rookie...

By Mark Maske | October 18, 2006; 10:19 AM ET | Comments (0)

Raiders Stand Alone

It's hard to go winless in the NFL. Three of the league's previously winless teams won Sunday, with the Tennessee Titans, Detroit Lions and Tampa Bay Buccaneers getting into the victory column. That leaves only the Oakland Raiders still looking for a triumph this season....

By Mark Maske | October 18, 2006; 10:08 AM ET | Comments (0)

Struggling Bengals Now Must Rely on Rookie Left Tackle

The Cincinnati Bengals are struggling, with two straight losses after a 3-0 beginning. And now they'll have to play without left tackle Levi Jones because of an ailing knee. Rookie Andrew Whitworth takes over. It's unclear how long Jones will be sidelined, but it apparently could be as long...

By Mark Maske | October 18, 2006; 10:03 AM ET | Comments (0)

Welbourn Reportedly Will Rejoin Chiefs

Retired offensive tackle John Welbourn reportedly is set to rejoin the Kansas City Chiefs. The Kansas City Star reported today that Welbourn will join the team next week. Welbourn was the Chiefs' starter at right tackle last season but abruptly retired in the offseason. He was suspended by the...

By Mark Maske | October 18, 2006; 9:56 AM ET | Comments (0)

Crennel to Keep Closer Eye on Browns' Offense

Cleveland Browns Coach Romeo Crennel decided during his team's bye week not to fire offensive coordinator Maurice Carthon. But Crennel has not given Carthon a complete vote of confidence, instead saying that he will take a more active role in overseeing the offense even though his expertise is on...

By Mark Maske | October 18, 2006; 9:45 AM ET | Comments (0)

Cowboys Re-Sign Safety M. Coleman

The Dallas Cowboys re-signed veteran safety Marcus Coleman. They'd released Coleman over the weekend, just after he'd returned from serving a four-game suspension for violating the league's substance abuse policy. If the Cowboys had kept Coleman on the roster all weekend, the remainder of his $810,000 salary for the...

By Mark Maske | October 18, 2006; 9:42 AM ET | Comments (0)

Lions DT Rogers Reportedly Suspended

The league reportedly suspended Detroit Lions defensive tackle Shaun Rogers for four games for testing positive for a banned substance that was in a weight-loss product....

By Mark Maske | October 17, 2006; 9:06 PM ET | Comments (0)

Dolphins Promote Vick From Practice Squad

The Miami Dolphins promoted rookie wide receiver Marcus Vick from their practice squad to their 53-man roster. The former quarterback at Virginia Tech is the younger brother of Atlanta Falcons quarterback Michael Vick and was signed by the Dolphins as an undrafted free agent....

By Mark Maske | October 17, 2006; 9:02 PM ET | Comments (0)

Winslow Expected to Rejoin Browns Wednesday After Brother's Funeral

Tight end Kellen Winslow Jr. is expected to rejoin the Cleveland Browns on Wednesday after attending his younger brother's funeral today in Kansas City, Mo. Justin K.B. Winslow reportedly was found unconscious on Thursday and was taken to a hospital but could not be revived. A cause of death...

By Mark Maske | October 17, 2006; 7:12 PM ET | Comments (0)

Falcons Guard Lehr Suspended

The league suspended Atlanta Falcons guard Matt Lehr for four games for a violation of the steroids policy....

By Mark Maske | October 17, 2006; 7:00 PM ET | Comments (0)

Texans Sign DT Dalton

The Houston Texans signed defensive tackle Lional Dalton, who was released by the Kansas City Chiefs last week. Dalton takes the roster spot of defensive tackle Seth Payne, who was placed on the injured reserve list because of a torn knee ligament....

By Mark Maske | October 17, 2006; 6:51 PM ET | Comments (0)

Buchanon Signs With Bucs

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers signed cornerback Phillip Buchanon, a former first-round draft pick just released by the Houston Texans....

By Mark Maske | October 17, 2006; 6:45 PM ET | Comments (0)

Bucs Trade DT McFarland to Colts

The Indianapolis Colts obtained defensive tackle Anthony McFarland in a trade with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers for a second-round draft choice next spring. The Colts are unbeaten entering Sunday's game against the Washington Redskins but their defense ranks last in the league against the run and is missing tackle...

By Mark Maske | October 17, 2006; 6:35 PM ET | Comments (0)

K. Robinson Suspended for One Year

The NFL suspended Green Bay Packers wide receiver Koren Robinson for a minimum of one year without pay for a violation of the league's substance abuse policy. The suspension was imposed soon after Robinson pleaded not guilty earlier today to charges of drunk driving and fleeing from police related...

By Mark Maske | October 17, 2006; 6:30 PM ET | Comments (0)

D. Green Ousts Offensive Coordinator

Arizona Cardinals Coach Dennis Green fired his offensive coordinator today on the heels of Monday night's come-from-ahead loss to the Chicago Bears. Green ousted Keith Rowen and promoted quarterbacks coach Mike Kruczek to replace him. Rowen might remain on Green's coaching staff in another capacity. "I've known Keith for...

By Mark Maske | October 17, 2006; 3:14 PM ET | Comments (0)

Week 7 Rankings

The Bears didn't give a No. 1-worthy performance Monday night but get to keep the top spot entering their bye week. The Chargers, Broncos, Panthers and Saints move up. The Giants become the highest-ranked NFC East team, just ahead of the Eagles and Cowboys. The Ravens and Bengals suddenly...

By Mark Maske | October 17, 2006; 2:32 PM ET | Comments (0)

K. Robinson Pleads Not Guilty

Green Bay Packers wide receiver Koren Robinson pleaded not guilty today to charges of drunk driving and fleeing from police related to a training camp incident while he was with the Minnesota Vikings. Robinson was arrested after a high-speed chase on Aug. 15 near the Vikings' training camp in...

By Mark Maske | October 17, 2006; 1:19 PM ET | Comments (0)

Porter's Suspension Being Appealed

The NFL Players Association is appealing the four-game suspension that the Oakland Raiders imposed upon wide receiver Jerry Porter for conduct detrimental to the team. Raiders Coach Art Shell says he suspended Porter for being disruptive and insubordinate. The union calls the punishment excessive....

By Mark Maske | October 17, 2006; 1:08 PM ET | Comments (0)

Alexander's Return Still Two Weeks Off

Seattle Seahawks officials say the cracked bone in tailback Shaun Alexander's left foot is healing but they expect the reigning league most valuable player to be sidelined for two more weeks. Alexander has missed two games. The tentative target for his return is a Nov. 6 game against the...

By Mark Maske | October 17, 2006; 1:07 PM ET | Comments (0)

P. Buchanon Out of Work

The Houston Texans released cornerback Phillip Buchanon on Monday. The former first-round draft pick by the Oakland Raiders had struggled with injuries and sporadic play since being obtained in a trade prior to last season....

By Mark Maske | October 17, 2006; 1:05 PM ET | Comments (0)

Trading Deadline Nears

The NFL's trading deadline comes at 4 p.m. today. There has been speculation that the Oakland Raiders could trade wide receiver Randy Moss, perhaps to the New England Patriots or Jacksonville Jaguars. But many executives around the league wonder whether Moss's skills have diminished to the point that he's...

By Mark Maske | October 17, 2006; 10:52 AM ET | Comments (0)

Leinart's Play Is Bright Spot for Cardinals in Another Excruciating Loss

Amid the rubble of Monday night's inexplicable loss to the Chicago Bears that dropped their record to 1-5, the Arizona Cardinals at least could know they'd found their quarterback. In his second NFL start, rookie Matt Leinart threw for 232 yards and two touchdowns against the Bears' usually fearsome...

By Mark Maske | October 17, 2006; 10:37 AM ET | Comments (0)

Bears Now Lucky As Well As Good

It may be better to be lucky than good. But it's best of all to be lucky AND good, and that's the combination the Chicago Bears have working for them right now. The Bears, after winning their first five games by an average margin of 24 points, remained unbeaten...

By Mark Maske | October 17, 2006; 10:10 AM ET | Comments (0)

Rams Trade Hargrove to Bills

The St. Louis Rams traded defensive end Anthony Hargrove to the Buffalo Bills today for a fifth-round draft selection next spring. Hargrove was benched and fined for a recent unexcused absence from the Rams during preparations for a game. The NFL trading deadline is Tuesday....

By Mark Maske | October 16, 2006; 1:22 PM ET | Comments (0)

Boller Provides Glimmer of Hope on Otherwise Dreary Day for Ravens

BALTIMORE--Baltimore Ravens followers seemed relieved and pleased to be able to forget about Kyle Boller, the team's former first-round draft pick turned backup quarterback, in the early going this season. The Ravens acknowledged that Boller wasn't the answer for them at quarterback when they traded for veteran Steve McNair...

By Mark Maske | October 16, 2006; 11:39 AM ET | Comments (0)

S. Smith's Back... And So Are the Panthers

BALTIMORE--Steve Smith is back. All the way back. And, not coincidentally, the Carolina Panthers' Super Bowl aspirations seem realistic again. With apologies to Shaun Alexander, the Seattle Seahawks' tailback who is the reigning league most valuable player, the most valuable non-quarterback in the NFL is Smith, the Panthers' diminutive...

By Mark Maske | October 16, 2006; 10:31 AM ET | Comments (0)

Cowboys Release M. Coleman

The Dallas Cowboys released veteran safety Marcus Coleman on Saturday, but could end up re-signing him at some point. Coleman just finished serving a four-game suspension for violating the league's substance abuse policy, and the Cowboys would have had to guarantee his salary for the remainder of the season...

By Mark Maske | October 15, 2006; 2:02 PM ET | Comments (0)

Raiders Suspend J. Porter

The Oakland Raiders suspended wide receiver Jerry Porter on Saturday for four games without pay for conduct detrimental to the team. Porter clashed with Coach Art Shell during the offseason and had been on the Raiders' inactive list for each of their first four games. He reportedly was spotted...

By Mark Maske | October 15, 2006; 1:32 PM ET | Comments (1)

Bengals Backup QB Wright Undergoes Appendectomy

Anthony Wright, the backup quarterback for the Cincinnati Bengals, underwent an appendectomy today. He likely will miss at least two weeks, and Doug Johnson becomes Carson Palmer's primary backup in Wright's absence....

By Mark Maske | October 13, 2006; 5:12 PM ET | Comments (1)

Titans Place TE Kinney on IR

The Tennessee Titans placed tight end Erron Kinney on the injured reserve list today, ending his season. He hasn't played all season after undergoing knee surgery during training camp. He had a career-high 55 catches for the Titans last season....

By Mark Maske | October 13, 2006; 2:54 PM ET | Comments (0)

A. Rolle Fined $12,500

The league fined Arizona Cardinals cornerback Antrel Rolle $12,500 for his facemask tackle of Kansas City Chiefs tailback Larry Johnson last weekend. Rolle pulled down Johnson by his facemask at the end of a 78-yard catch and run and was assessed a personal foul. Johnson hurt his neck on...

By Mark Maske | October 13, 2006; 2:47 PM ET | Comments (1)

Cards DT Dockett Gets Five-Year Extension

The Arizona Cardinals signed defensive tackle Darnell Dockett to a five-year contract extension. He would have been a restricted free agent after the season....

By Mark Maske | October 13, 2006; 2:40 PM ET | Comments (0)

Cowboys Cut Kickoff Specialist

The Dallas Cowboys released kicker Shaun Suisham. That leaves Mike Vanderjagt to handle kickoffs as well as field goal duties. Coach Bill Parcells reluctantly had been keeping Suisham on the roster because Vanderjagt was being plagued by groin problems....

By Mark Maske | October 13, 2006; 10:36 AM ET | Comments (0)

Bills Release T. Vincent Off IR List

The Buffalo Bills released veteran safety Troy Vincent off their injured reserve list. Vincent had asked to be released. He has recovered from a hamstring injury and now is free to sign with another team....

By Mark Maske | October 13, 2006; 10:32 AM ET | Comments (2)

Patriots Center Koppen Agrees to Extension

Center Dan Koppen agreed to a five-year contract extension with the New England Patriots. He would have been eligible for unrestricted free agency in the spring....

By Mark Maske | October 13, 2006; 10:29 AM ET | Comments (0)

D. Green Doing His Best to Remain Hopeful as Cardinals' Season Spirals Downward Again

LAKE FOREST, Ill.--Earlier this season, Dennis Green acknowledged that he wondered at times whether he ever will get things turned around with the Arizona Cardinals. On Thursday, though, Green did his best to be more hopeful during a conference call with Chicago-area reporters. "We just haven't gotten over the...

By Mark Maske | October 13, 2006; 10:17 AM ET | Comments (0)

Bears Say They're Taking Leinart, Cardinals Seriously

LAKE FOREST, Ill.--The Chicago Bears have an unbeaten record and perhaps the league's best defense, and they'll face a rookie quarterback on Monday night in Arizona when they play Matt Leinart and the Cardinals. But Bears defenders said here Thursday that Leinart, after spending most of his college career...

By Mark Maske | October 13, 2006; 9:54 AM ET | Comments (1)

Steelers Sign C. Brown For Help at LB

The Pittsburgh Steelers today signed veteran linebacker Chad Brown. Brown, 36, spent last season with the New England Patriots. He spent his first four seasons with the Steelers after being selected by the club in the second round of the 1993 NFL draft. The Steelers are thin at linebacker...

By Mark Maske | October 12, 2006; 2:13 PM ET | Comments (1)

Week 6 Picks

Local Teams Titans at Redskins The Titans gave the Colts a scare, but they're still just as bad as anyone in the league. Pick: Redskins Panthers at Ravens These are two heavyweights. The Panthers--with Steve Smith--can beat anyone. Pick: Panthers Lock of the Week Raiders at Broncos (Sunday night)...

By Mark Maske | October 12, 2006; 2:00 PM ET | Comments (4)

Schottenheimer Not Letting Chargers Get Carried Away With Early-Season Success

San Diego Chargers Coach Marty Schottenheimer apparently wants to guard against his players becoming complacent after Sunday's triumph over the Pittsburgh Steelers raised the club's record to 3-1. Schottenheimer assailed his players with a profanity-laced tirade when Wednesday's practice was not up to his standards....

By Mark Maske | October 12, 2006; 11:48 AM ET | Comments (0)

Injuries Now Plaguing Steelers' Defense

Things aren't getting immediately better for the Pittsburgh Steelers. Linebacker Joey Porter and cornerback Deshea Townsend suffered hamstring injuries during Wednesday's practice. It's unclear if they'll be able to play for the struggling defending Super Bowl champions on Sunday against the Kansas City Chiefs. Porter's injury could be particularly...

By Mark Maske | October 12, 2006; 11:43 AM ET | Comments (2)

Bucs Get CB Strait Off Waivers

Cornerback Derrick Strait, released by the New York Jets on Tuesday, was claimed off waivers by several teams and awarded to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. The Jets signed cornerback Hank Poteat to replace Strait on the roster....

By Mark Maske | October 12, 2006; 11:39 AM ET | Comments (0)

C. Martin Might Practice Next Week

Veteran tailback Curtis Martin might practice with the New York Jets next week, when he's eligible to come off the physically unable to perform list. Martin has been sidelined since the outset of training camp by a knee problem, and it has been unclear whether he would play all...

By Mark Maske | October 12, 2006; 11:37 AM ET | Comments (0)

Seahawks WR Engram Sidelined By Possible Thyroid Problem

The Seattle Seahawks probably will be without wide receiver Bobby Engram this weekend. Engram has been sick, and doctors have told team officials that the illness could be related to his thyroid....

By Mark Maske | October 12, 2006; 11:33 AM ET | Comments (0)

Cowher Doing His Best to Stay Calm as Times Get Increasingly Desperate for Defending Champs

The Pittsburgh Steelers are in trouble. The defending Super Bowl champions have a record of 1-3. They're on a three-game losing streak since the return of quarterback Ben Roethlisberger, who has no touchdown passes while throwing seven interceptions this season. Their one victory, a season-opening triumph over the Miami...

By Mark Maske | October 12, 2006; 10:30 AM ET | Comments (2)

Foley Charged With DUI

San Diego Chargers linebacker Steve Foley was charged today with two counts of misdemeanor DUI. The charges stem from a Sept. 3 incident in which Foley was shot by an off-duty police officer who followed Foley's car to the player's home. Foley is home recovering from his wounds and...

By Mark Maske | October 11, 2006; 9:34 PM ET | Comments (0)

Rams Sign LB to Extension

The St. Louis Rams signed linebacker Pisa Tinoisamoa to a five-year contract extension. He would have been eligible for unrestricted free agency next spring....

By Mark Maske | October 11, 2006; 9:25 PM ET | Comments (0)

Falcons Could Have Abraham Back in Lineup This Weekend

Defensive end John Abraham participated in the Atlanta Falcons' practice today and appears ready to return to the lineup this weekend. He has been sidelined since suffering a groin injury in the season opener....

By Mark Maske | October 11, 2006; 9:22 PM ET | Comments (0)

Owens Says He's Frustrated

After reportedly screaming, "Why am I here?!" on the sideline and in the locker room in Philadelphia on Sunday, during and after the Dallas Cowboys' loss to the Eagles, wide receiver Terrell Owens told reporters today in Irving, Tex., he's frustrated because the Cowboys aren't winning and his production...

By Mark Maske | October 11, 2006; 9:17 PM ET | Comments (1)

Lions Place Starting Guard Woody on IR List

The Detroit Lions placed right guard Damien Woody on the injured reserve list today because of a sprained foot, ending his season. The winless Lions probably will be without three starters on their offensive line this week, with left guard Ross Verba and right tackle Rex Tucker also hurting....

By Mark Maske | October 11, 2006; 8:47 PM ET | Comments (0)

Culpepper Does Not Object to Benching

Miami Dolphins quarterback Daunte Culpepper told reporters today he didn't object to Coach Nick Saban's decision to go with Joey Harrington as the club's starter. "I have to say thank you to Coach Saban because in this situation he's really protecting me and doing what's best for the team,...

By Mark Maske | October 11, 2006; 8:42 PM ET | Comments (0)

S. Alexander Officially Out This Week

The Seattle Seahawks officially ruled out having tailback Shaun Alexander back in their lineup this week. He'll miss a second straight game because of a tiny fracture in his foot. The Seahawks hope to have the reigning league most valuable player back next week....

By Mark Maske | October 11, 2006; 4:56 PM ET | Comments (0)

Familiar Refrain: C. Brown Done for Season

The Denver Broncos will be without defensive end Courtney Brown for the remainder of the season. The injury-plagued former top overall selection in the NFL draft by the Cleveland Browns will undergo knee surgery and was placed on the injured reserve list. He'd been on the inactive list for...

By Mark Maske | October 11, 2006; 4:42 PM ET | Comments (0)

Manning Misses Colts' Practice to Attend Grandmother's Funeral

Quarterback Peyton Manning missed the Indianapolis Colts' practice today to attend his grandmother's funeral in Mississippi. It was the first regular season practice that Manning has missed during his NFL career. He never has missed a game. The Colts have a bye this week, and expect Manning to return...

By Mark Maske | October 11, 2006; 4:36 PM ET | Comments (0)

Panthers LB Morgan To Miss Remainder of Season Because of Concussion

The Carolina Panthers announced today that linebacker Dan Morgan will miss the rest of the season because of the concussion he suffered in the team's opening game. It reportedly is at least the fifth concussion of Morgan's career. He has had a series of meetings with specialists and they...

By Mark Maske | October 11, 2006; 2:09 PM ET | Comments (0)

Goodell's Revenue-Sharing Memo Eases Small-Market Concerns

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell sent a memo to each of the 32 teams Monday outlining the plan for increased revenue-sharing among the clubs that he foresees going into effect this season. The plan was approved by the franchise owners in March in conjunction with their new labor agreement with...

By Mark Maske | October 11, 2006; 1:35 PM ET | Comments (0)

Chiefs Cut DT Dalton, Promote CB Bragg from Practice Squad

The Kansas City Chiefs released veteran defensive tackle Lional Dalton. They promoted cornerback Michael Bragg from the practice squad to take Dalton's roster spot....

By Mark Maske | October 11, 2006; 1:21 PM ET | Comments (0)

Dolphins Release Suggs

The Miami Dolphins released tailback Lee Suggs on Tuesday. The team might need help at wide receiver with Marty Booker sidelined by a separated shoulder. Among the free agent wideouts the Dolphins have worked out in recent weeks is former Detroit Lions first-round draft choice Charles Rogers. It's also...

By Mark Maske | October 11, 2006; 11:14 AM ET | Comments (0)

Saints Re-Sign Bellamy for Safety Help

The New Orleans Saints re-signed veteran safety Jay Bellamy. He replaces rookie Roman Harper, who suffered a season-ending knee injury. Bellamy was with the Saints the previous five seasons but was cut early this season....

By Mark Maske | October 11, 2006; 11:05 AM ET | Comments (0)

Raiders Games Could Be Rescheduled Because of World Series Conflicts

It's not looking all that promising for the Oakland Athletics to reach the World Series after they were beaten by the Detroit Tigers on Tuesday night in Game 1 of the American League Championship Series. But if they do, it could force the NFL team with which they share...

By Mark Maske | October 11, 2006; 10:24 AM ET | Comments (2)

Vikings Sign B. Johnson

The Minnesota Vikings signed wide receiver and kick returner Bethel Johnson. Johnson led the AFC in kickoff returns in 2003 as a rookie for the New England Patriots. He was traded to the New Orleans Saints this past offseason but was released before the season. The Vikings released wide...

By Mark Maske | October 11, 2006; 9:55 AM ET | Comments (0)

CB Carroll Agrees to Contract with Jaguars

The Jacksonville Jaguars agreed to a contract Tuesday with cornerback Ahmad Carroll, the former first-round draft choice just released by the Green Bay Packers. Carroll was a starter for most of his tenure in Green Bay but his play was inconsistent at best, and he was abruptly cut after...

By Mark Maske | October 11, 2006; 8:51 AM ET | Comments (0)

Saints Lose Rookie Safety for Season

The New Orleans Saints have lost Roman Harper, a rookie starting at safety, for the remainder of the season. He suffered a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee during Sunday's win over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. He is to be replaced by Omar Stoutmire or Bryan Scott....

By Mark Maske | October 10, 2006; 3:47 PM ET | Comments (0)

No Fractures Found in Shockey's Ankle or Foot, According to Giants

Tests of tight end Jeremy Shockey's right foot and ankle showed no fractures, according to the New York Giants. Shockey has been playing with what's thought to be a sprained ankle and he aggravated the injury again during Sunday's triumph over the Washington Redskins at Giants Stadium. He apparently...

By Mark Maske | October 10, 2006; 3:34 PM ET | Comments (0)

Broncos Reportedly Release Sauerbrun

The Denver Broncos reportedly released punter Todd Sauerbrun today. Sauerbrun was eligible to return from a four-game suspension for testing positive for ephedra. David Canter, Sauerbrun's agent, told the Associated Press that the team decided to stick with Paul Ernster as its punter....

By Mark Maske | October 10, 2006; 2:48 PM ET | Comments (0)

Week 6 Rankings

The Bears keep the top spot after their dismantling of the Bills, and the Colts hang on to the No. 2 ranking even after squeaking by the lowly Titans. The Eagles move up to third. The Ravens drop four spots to seventh after their Monday night loss in Denver....

By Mark Maske | October 10, 2006; 2:18 PM ET | Comments (14)

Ravens CB Ivy Hospitalized in Pittsburgh After Unscheduled Landing of Team Plane

Baltimore Ravens cornerback Corey Ivy is hospitalized in Pittsburgh and is undergoing tests on an injury to his kidneys after the team's charter flight made an unscheduled landing on its way home from Denver following Monday night's loss to the Broncos. The Ravens said in a written statement that...

By Mark Maske | October 10, 2006; 12:37 PM ET | Comments (0)

Shockey Undergoing Tests on Injured Ankle

New York Giants tight end Jeremy Shockey is undergoing a series of tests on his ailing right ankle. Shockey originally hurt the ankle in the final preseason game and has tried to play with the injury all season, with mixed success....

By Mark Maske | October 10, 2006; 12:16 PM ET | Comments (0)

Harrington Keeping Dolphins' Starting Job

Joey Harrington remains the Miami Dolphins' starting quarterback this week, Coach Nick Saban announced today. Harrington is to make his second straight start while Daunte Culpepper begins a program to further rehabilitate his surgically repaired knee. No team in the league has been more disappointing this season than the...

By Mark Maske | October 9, 2006; 9:11 PM ET | Comments (0)

Parcells Sticking With Bledsoe

Coach Bill Parcells told reporters during his news conference today that he's sticking with Drew Bledsoe as the Dallas Cowboys' starting quarterback. Bledsoe was sacked seven times, lost a fumble and threw three interceptions during Sunday's loss at Philadelphia but Parcells said he didn't regard it as the time...

By Mark Maske | October 9, 2006; 9:02 PM ET | Comments (0)

Chiefs Expect L. Johnson to be Good to Go This Week

Kansas City Chiefs tailback Larry Johnson had a sore neck today after having his head twisted while being tackled by his facemask during Sunday's win over the Arizona Cardinals but should be able to play this week, Coach Herman Edwards said during a news conference. The Chiefs were awaiting...

By Mark Maske | October 9, 2006; 8:59 PM ET | Comments (0)

Bills Rookie DT McCargo to Undergo Surgery for Broken Foot

Buffalo Bills rookie defensive tackle John McCargo, a first-round draft choice in April out of North Carolina State, suffered a broken foot during Sunday's defeat to the Chicago Bears. McCargo will have to undergo surgery and will be sidelined indefinitely....

By Mark Maske | October 9, 2006; 8:52 PM ET | Comments (0)

Cardinals Lose WR Fitzgerald to Hamstring Injury

The Arizona Cardinals will be without wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald for two to five weeks because of a slightly torn hamstring muscle. Fitzgerald was hurt during Sunday's loss to the Kansas City Chiefs, the Cardinals' fourth straight defeat. The Cardinals also could be without guard Milford Brown and defensive...

By Mark Maske | October 9, 2006; 8:49 PM ET | Comments (0)

Patriots Sign WR Gaffney, Cut DT Sullivan as Part of Roster Juggling

The New England Patriots signed free agent wide receiver Jabar Gaffney today and released defensive tackle Johnathan Sullivan and cornerback Hank Poteat. Gaffney had 55 catches for the Houston Texans last season and signed with the Philadelphia Eagles in the offseason as a free agent, but was released before...

By Mark Maske | October 9, 2006; 8:45 PM ET | Comments (0)

Jaguars Lose Leading Tackler Peterson

The Jacksonville Jaguars' defense suffered a major blow today when team officials learned that middle linebacker Mike Peterson will be sidelined for the remainder of the season because of a torn pectoral muscle suffered during Sunday's shutout win over the New York Jets. Peterson is the team's leading tackler...

By Mark Maske | October 9, 2006; 8:44 PM ET | Comments (0)

Spread-the-Wealth Approach Working Again for McNabb and Owens-Less Eagles

PHILADELPHIA--When the Philadelphia Eagles got rid of Terrell Owens in the offseason, they counted on going back to the spread-the-wealth approach in their passing game that had served them well in the past. Coach Andy Reid didn't feel he necessarily needed one great receiver to make his offense work;...

By Mark Maske | October 9, 2006; 10:57 AM ET | Comments (0)

Calls for Romo to Replace Bledsoe Undoubtedly About to Resume

PHILADELPHIA--Cue up the Tony Romo clamoring again. The Dallas Cowboys' record dropped to 2-2 with their 38-24 loss to the Philadelphia Eagles here Sunday. They fell a game and a half behind the Eagles in the NFC East. And the main culprit was quarterback Drew Bledsoe. Bledsoe was sacked...

By Mark Maske | October 9, 2006; 10:11 AM ET | Comments (0)

Jones, Bledsoe Say Owens's Sideline Rants Sunday Not Subversive

PHILADELPHIA--While he was being limited to three catches and his team was losing in his unsuccessful return to Philadelphia, Terrell Owens vented regularly on the Dallas Cowboys' sideline Sunday. He ranted at passing game coordinator Todd Haley, and he yelled in the direction of teammates. But Cowboys owner Jerry...

By Mark Maske | October 9, 2006; 9:44 AM ET | Comments (0)

Gurode Plays

PHILADELPHIA--Center Andre Gurode was in the Dallas Cowboys' lineup for today's game here against the Philadelphia Eagles. Gurode played a week after receiving 30 stitches for cuts to his head suffered when Tennessee Titans defensive tackle Albert Haynesworth kicked him twice, once after Gurode's helmet was knocked off, following...

By Mark Maske | October 8, 2006; 4:25 PM ET | Comments (0)

Culpepper Practices But Bruised Shoulder Leaves Status Uncertain

Quarterback Daunte Culpepper participated in the Miami Dolphins' practice today after missing part of Thursday's practice because of a bruised shoulder. Coach Nick Saban told reporters he's not certain if Culpepper will be able to play Sunday at New England. Joey Harrington would make his first start for the...

By Mark Maske | October 6, 2006; 3:25 PM ET | Comments (0)

Bengals WR Henry Suspended for Two Games by League

The NFL today suspended Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver Chris Henry for two games without pay for violations of the league's personal conduct and substance abuse policies. The suspension will cost Henry about $41,000 in missed paychecks. He also was fined an additional $20,000 by the league, according to the...

By Mark Maske | October 6, 2006; 3:15 PM ET | Comments (0)

Simms Says Buccaneers' Medical Staff Not At Fault

Injured Buccaneers quarterback Chris Simms said during a news conference Thursday in Tampa that he doesn't fault the team's medical staff for allowing him to reenter a game against the Carolina Panthers 12 days ago. Simms underwent emergency surgery after the game to have his spleen removed. Buccaneers officials...

By Mark Maske | October 6, 2006; 10:43 AM ET | Comments (0)

Grievance Reportedly Filed Against Vikings on K. Robinson's Behalf

The NFL Players Association reportedly has filed a grievance against the Minnesota Vikings on behalf of wide receiver Koren Robinson. The grievance was filed late last month, the St. Paul Pioneer Press reported. The Vikings released Robinson, now with the Green Bay Packers, after he was charged with drunk...

By Mark Maske | October 6, 2006; 10:13 AM ET | Comments (0)

Gurode Expected to Play Sunday in Philadelphia

Center Andre Gurode participated in the Dallas Cowboys' practice Thursday, and team officials expect him to play Sunday at Philadelphia. Gurode had been withheld from drills during Wednesday's practice but participated fully Thursday. He received 30 stitches after being kicked in the head twice by Tennessee Titans defensive tackle...

By Mark Maske | October 6, 2006; 10:01 AM ET | Comments (0)

Haynesworth to Undergo Anger-Management Counseling

Tennessee Titans defensive tackle Albert Haynesworth spoke at a news conference at a Nashville hotel Thursday after it was announced that Dallas Cowboys center Andre Gurode would not file a criminal complaint against him. Haynesworth told reporters that he will undergo anger-management counseling and work with children to try...

By Mark Maske | October 6, 2006; 9:51 AM ET | Comments (3)

Colts' Simon to Miss Rest of Season With Unspecified Illness

The Indianapolis Colts placed defensive tackle Corey Simon on the nonfootball injury-illness list today, ending his season. The team announced that Simon, who had been working his way back from knee surgery, had been examined at the Mayo Clinic and has an illness that is not life-threatening but declined...

By Mark Maske | October 5, 2006; 6:47 PM ET | Comments (0)

Gurode Won't File Complaint Against Haynesworth, According to Agent

Dallas Cowboys center Andre Gurode will not file a criminal complaint against Tennessee Titans defensive tackle Albert Haynesworth, according to Gurode's agent. Agent Kennard McGuire told the Associated Press that Gurode had deliberated over the matter and decided he wasn't interested in filing a complaint. A spokesperson for the...

By Mark Maske | October 5, 2006; 6:32 PM ET | Comments (0)

Week 5 Picks

Local Teams Redskins at Giants This one is a tossup, but the Giants absolutely have to have it and the Redskins don't. Pick: Giants Ravens at Broncos (Monday night) Can the Ravens win in Denver? Absolutely. Will they? Probably not. Pick: Broncos Lock of the Week Titans at Colts...

By Mark Maske | October 5, 2006; 2:00 PM ET | Comments (5)

Titans Conduct Players-Only Meeting

The Tennessee Titans held a players-only meeting Wednesday to discuss the beleaguered 0-4 team's start. Rookie quarterback Vince Young makes his second NFL start Sunday at Indianapolis and will be without wide receiver David Givens because of a thumb injury....

By Mark Maske | October 5, 2006; 1:22 PM ET | Comments (3)

Rams Might Have Pace Back

Left tackle Orlando Pace could return to the St. Louis Rams' lineup this weekend. He sat out last weekend because of a concussion....

By Mark Maske | October 5, 2006; 12:05 PM ET | Comments (0)

Eagles Likely to Have CB Sheppard Back Against Cowboys

Cornerback Lito Sheppard participated in the Philadelphia Eagles' practice Wednesday and appears ready to return to the lineup Sunday against the Dallas Cowboys. He hasn't played since suffering a sprained ankle in the season-opening game. The Eagles need Sheppard to return against the Cowboys' wide receiver duo of Terrell...

By Mark Maske | October 5, 2006; 7:57 AM ET | Comments (2)

Misery Mounts for Raiders as R. Moss Speaks

Just when it seemed like things couldn't get any worse for the Oakland Raiders, they did. Wide receiver Randy Moss opened his mouth. Moss said in an interview with Fox Sports Radio this week that he's not that concerned about the Raiders' poor start to the season because no...

By Mark Maske | October 5, 2006; 7:15 AM ET | Comments (0)

Kiel Practices

Safety Terrence Kiel participated in the San Diego Chargers' practice Wednesday and might play Sunday night against the Pittsburgh Steelers. Kiel is facing felony drug charges and didn't accompany the Chargers on their trip to Baltimore for last Sunday's loss to the Ravens after being arrested last week. He...

By Mark Maske | October 5, 2006; 7:12 AM ET | Comments (0)

Leinart Readying for First Start

Rookie quarterback Matt Leinart is readying for his first NFL start this week for the Arizona Cardinals. Coach Dennis Green is turning to Leinart after error-prone veteran Kurt Warner directed the club to three losses in its first four games of the season. Leinart went 37-2 during his collegiate...

By Mark Maske | October 5, 2006; 6:52 AM ET | Comments (0)

Owens, McNabb Remain At Odds

Eagles quarterback Donovan McNabb said during his news conference today in Philadelphia that he sent Terrell Owens a best-wishes text message after last week's report that Owens attempted to commit suicide by overdosing on prescription pain medication. Owens told reporters in Dallas that he never received such a message...

By Mark Maske | October 4, 2006; 10:03 PM ET | Comments (1)

K. Robinson Sentenced to Jail Time For Probation Violation

Green Bay Packers wide receiver Koren Robinson was sentenced to 90 days in prison today in Kirkland, Wash., for violating probation in a drunk-driving case. Robinson must comply with the sentence by March 1, and half of it can be spent on work release. Robinson, formerly of the Seattle...

By Mark Maske | October 4, 2006; 9:43 PM ET | Comments (0)

Bucs Place K. Walker on IR List

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers placed offensive tackle Kenyatta Walker on the injured reserve list today. He underwent season-ending knee surgery Tuesday. Rookie Jeremy Trueblood moves into the Buccaneers' starting lineup in Walker's place at right tackle....

By Mark Maske | October 4, 2006; 9:34 PM ET | Comments (0)

Panthers Lose TE to Knee Injury

Carolina Panthers tight end Mike Seidman likely will miss the remainder of the season because of a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee....

By Mark Maske | October 4, 2006; 4:26 PM ET | Comments (0)

Abraham Practices

Defensive end John Abraham participated in the Atlanta Falcons' practice today. Abraham has missed the Falcons' last three games because of a groin injury. The team has a bye this weekend, and Abraham told reporters he hopes to play on Oct. 15 against the New York Giants....

By Mark Maske | October 4, 2006; 4:20 PM ET | Comments (0)

Favre Expects to Play This Weekend

Green Bay Packers quarterback Brett Favre said today he has a pinched nerve in his neck and perhaps a mild concussion but he expects to play Sunday against the St. Louis Rams. Favre was replaced by second-year quarterback Aaron Rodgers for the Packers' final offensive series of their lopsided...

By Mark Maske | October 4, 2006; 4:15 PM ET | Comments (2)

Simms to Speak Publicly Thursday

Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Chris Simms is scheduled to participate in a news conference on Thursday in Tampa. Simms was released from a hospital last weekend after undergoing emergency surgery to have his spleen removed following a game against the Carolina Panthers 10 days ago....

By Mark Maske | October 4, 2006; 4:03 PM ET | Comments (0)

Goodell to Meet With Haynesworth, According to Upshaw

Suspended Tennessee Titans defensive tackle Albert Haynesworth will meet with NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell, according to Players Association chief Gene Upshaw. Upshaw mentioned the meeting in a written statement released today by the union in which he formally announced that Haynesworth's five-game suspension by the league would not be...

By Mark Maske | October 4, 2006; 2:43 PM ET | Comments (3)

Favre Expected to Practice Today

The Green Bay Packers expect quarterback Brett Favre to participate in their practice today and play this weekend. Favre suffered a pinched nerve in his neck and what was described as a slight head injury, perhaps a mild concussion, during Monday night's loss in Philadelphia. But Coach Mike McCarthy...

By Mark Maske | October 4, 2006; 10:48 AM ET | Comments (0)

Seahawks Lose Special-Teams Standout Kacyvenski to Rams

Tailback Shaun Alexander's foot injury not only cost the Seattle Seahawks the services of the league's reigning most valuable player during Sunday's lopsided loss in Chicago. It also cost the Seahawks their special-teams captain, linebacker Isaiah Kacyvenski. The Seahawks released Kacyvenski on Saturday to clear a roster spot for...

By Mark Maske | October 4, 2006; 10:31 AM ET | Comments (0)

No Benching of Shockey

New York Giants Coach Tom Coughlin said during a news conference Tuesday that tight end Jeremy Shockey would start Sunday against the Washington Redskins at Giants Stadium if he's physically able to do so. Shockey has been bothered by a sore ankle but participated in Tuesday's practice. Shockey said...

By Mark Maske | October 4, 2006; 10:18 AM ET | Comments (0)

No Appeal For Haynesworth

Tennessee Titans defensive tackle Albert Haynesworth decided today not to appeal the five-game suspension imposed on him Monday by the league for kicking Dallas Cowboys center Andre Gurode in the head twice following a play Sunday. NFL Players Association officials spoke to Haynesworth today about the possibility of filing...

By Mark Maske | October 3, 2006; 10:14 PM ET | Comments (0)

Packers Release CB Carroll

The Green Bay Packers released cornerback Ahmad Carroll today. Carroll was a first-round draft choice in 2004 but his play was, at best, inconsistent. He was exploited during the Philadelphia Eagles' lopsided triumph over the Packers on Monday night, surrendering one touchdown catch and setting up another touchdown with...

By Mark Maske | October 3, 2006; 10:13 PM ET | Comments (0)

No Word Yet on Whether Haynesworth Will Appeal Suspension

NFL Players Association officials apparently are mulling whether to appeal the five-game suspension imposed Monday on Tennessee Titans defensive tackle Albert Haynesworth for Sunday's incident in which he kicked Dallas Cowboys center Andre Gurode twice in the head following a play. Union officials have not said whether they will...

By Mark Maske | October 3, 2006; 3:14 PM ET | Comments (0)

Week 5 Rankings

The Bears' dominating performance in their win over the Seahawks gives them the top spot. The Saints drop just outside the top 10 after holding the No. 1 ranking on a ceremonial basis for a week. The Patriots make a big jump after their lopsided triumph over the Bengals....

By Mark Maske | October 3, 2006; 2:24 PM ET | Comments (0)

Mobile McNabb

PHILADELPHIA--Anyone who required further evidence that Donovan McNabb is fully healthy again needed only to watch the quarterback's performance during the Philadelphia Eagles' convincing win Monday night over the Green Bay Packers. McNabb, after trying to play last season with a sports hernia before worsening the injury and undergoing...

By Mark Maske | October 3, 2006; 1:35 PM ET | Comments (0)

Injury Concerns Grow for Eagles

PHILADELPHIA--Both of the Philadelphia Eagles' starting wide receivers emerged from Monday night's triumph over the Green Bay Packers with injuries. Donte Stallworth aggravated a hamstring injury, and Reggie Brown hurt his shoulder. It was not immediately clear what either player's status would be for Sunday's game against the Dallas...

By Mark Maske | October 3, 2006; 12:26 PM ET | Comments (0)

Favre's Late-Game Injuries Not Thought to be Serious, According to McCarthy

PHILADELPHIA--Green Bay Packers Coach Mike McCarthy said after his team's lopsided loss to the Philadelphia Eagles here Monday night that quarterback Brett Favre was hurt late in the game but his injuries didn't appear to be serious. Second-year quarterback Aaron Rodgers took over for the Packers' final offensive series...

By Mark Maske | October 3, 2006; 10:38 AM ET | Comments (0)

Pierce Will Warn Arrington Not to Be Too Emotional Against Redskins

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J.--Antonio Pierce knows LaVar Arrington well. The two linebackers once were teammates on the Washington Redskins, and now they're teammates on the New York Giants. Pierce knows that Arrington will be revved up this week as the Giants prepare to face the Redskins on Sunday. It will...

By Mark Maske | October 2, 2006; 9:02 PM ET | Comments (0)

Westbrook, A. Green Sidelined Tonight

PHILADELPHIA--Both teams will be without their starting tailbacks during tonight's game. The Philadelphia Eagles' Brian Westbrook and the Green Bay Packers' Ahman Green were on their clubs' inactive lists. Westbrook has been bothered by a sore and swollen knee, and Green has been plagued by a hamstring injury....

By Mark Maske | October 2, 2006; 8:21 PM ET | Comments (0)

Charges Against Haynesworth Possible If Gurode Wants to File Complaint

A spokeswoman for the Davidson County district attorney's office said that the office would consider possible charges against Tennessee Titans defensive tackle Albert Haynesworth for Sunday's incident if Dallas Cowboys center Andre Gurode wanted to file a complaint. "We're aware of the situation," the spokeswoman, Susan Niland, said by...

By Mark Maske | October 2, 2006; 8:14 PM ET | Comments (0)

Haynesworth Suspended For Five Games Without Pay

The NFL has suspended Tennessee Titans defensive tackle Albert Haynesworth for five games without pay for Sunday's incident during the Titans' loss to the Dallas Cowboys. Haynesworth kicked Cowboys center Andre Gurode twice in the head, once after Gurode's helmet was knocked off, after a play....

By Mark Maske | October 2, 2006; 3:43 PM ET | Comments (0)

Haynesworth Fine, Suspension Could Be Levied Today

The NFL apparently is wasting no time disciplining Tennessee Titans defensive tackle Albert Haynesworth. A league source said that Haynesworth is likely to be suspended and fined today for Sunday's incident in which he kicked Dallas Cowboys center Andre Gurode twice in the head, once after Gurode's helmet had...

By Mark Maske | October 2, 2006; 2:46 PM ET | Comments (0)

Encounter With Eagles Is Next Drama For Owens

NASHVILLE--For Terrell Owens, one melodrama is (perhaps) over. Another is about to start. Owens's five-catch performance in the Dallas Cowboys' 45-14 triumph over the Tennessee Titans here Sunday ended one of the most tumultuous, closely scrutinized weeks that a professional athlete ever has had. He was hospitalized on Tuesday....

By Mark Maske | October 2, 2006; 9:06 AM ET | Comments (0)

Haynesworth Expresses Regret Over Kicking Incident

NASHVILLE--At least Albert Haynesworth expressed remorse. In the aftermath of Sunday's ugly incident in which he kicked Dallas Cowboys center Andre Gurode in the head twice, once after Gurode's helmet came off, the Tennessee Titans defensive tackle said he was ashamed of his actions. Haynesworth said he disgraced himself,...

By Mark Maske | October 2, 2006; 8:04 AM ET | Comments (0)

Fisher Needs to Worry More About His Team, Less About How It's Covered

NASHVILLE--On Tuesday, Tennessee Titans Coach Jeff Fisher told prized rookie quarterback Vince Young that he would make his first NFL start here Sunday against the Dallas Cowboys. Fisher somehow convinced local media members to keep the news under wraps until word leaked out Saturday. Fisher's secretive tactics did him...

By Mark Maske | October 2, 2006; 7:02 AM ET | Comments (0)

Haynesworth Likely Facing Discipline By League

NASHVILLE--Tennessee Titans defensive tackle Albert Haynesworth can expect to be disciplined by the league for his actions during today's game against the Dallas Cowboys. After Cowboys tailback Julius Jones scored a third-quarter touchdown, Haynesworth kicked Dallas center Andre Gurode twice in the head while Gurode was lying on the...

By Mark Maske | October 1, 2006; 3:25 PM ET | Comments (0)

Titans Fans Restless... Can You Blame Them?

NASHVILLE--When the Tennessee Titans retired the number of Hall of Fame quarterback Warren Moon during a ceremony at halftime of today's game against the Dallas Cowboys, Titans owner Bud Adams was booed by some fans as he began to speak. "I hear you," Adams said, interrupting his speech only...

By Mark Maske | October 1, 2006; 2:36 PM ET | Comments (0)

Vinatieri Sidelined Again

Kicker Adam Vinatieri missed a second straight game for the Indianapolis Colts because of a groin injury. It had appeared late in the week that Vinatieri would kick today, but the Colts instead went with Martin Gramatica....

By Mark Maske | October 1, 2006; 1:02 PM ET | Comments (0)

 

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