Archive: November 2006

Savage Says Crennel Won't Be Fired

Cleveland Browns General Manager Phil Savage told reporters today that he supports Coach Romeo Crennel and Crennel will keep his job next season. Savage said during a news conference at the team's headquarters in Berea, Ohio, that Crennel has "total support" from Savage and Browns owner Randy Lerner. "Romeo...

By Mark Maske | November 30, 2006; 9:54 PM ET | Comments (0)

Niners TE Johnson Hurts Knee

San Francisco 49ers tight end Eric Johnson hurt his knee during today's practice and is to be sidelined at least two weeks. Johnson's injury comes just as rookie tight end Vernon Davis is working his way back into the mix after missing seven weeks with a broken leg....

By Mark Maske | November 30, 2006; 9:48 PM ET | Comments (0)

Culpepper Undergoes Knee Surgery Again

Miami Dolphins quarterback Daunte Culpepper underwent around round of knee surgery. Culpepper had a piece of cartilage removed from his right knee. It's not clear how long the recovery period will be or whether he will play again this season. He began the season as the Dolphins' starter but...

By Mark Maske | November 30, 2006; 5:02 PM ET | Comments (0)

Week 13 Picks

Local Teams Falcons at Redskins The Falcons are an absolute mess at the moment. Pick: Redskins Ravens at Bengals (Thursday night) The Bengals are coming around and they need this one, but the Ravens are looking like a true powerhouse. Pick: Ravens Lock of the Week Lions at Patriots...

By Mark Maske | November 30, 2006; 1:00 PM ET | Comments (0)

Shell Steamed About Source of Criticism

Oakland Raiders Coach Art Shell said Wednesday he's angry that a member of the organization has been criticizing the team's coaching staff to media members. "I expect everybody in this organization to be on the same page with me," Shell said during a news conference. "Right now, everybody's not."...

By Mark Maske | November 30, 2006; 10:37 AM ET | Comments (0)

Hasselbeck Practices

Quarterback Matt Hasselbeck wore a glove on his injured left hand during the Seattle Seahawks' practice Wednesday. Hasselbeck participated in the practice but did not take snaps from center Chris Spencer. Instead, Spencer handed the ball to Hasselbeck to start plays. The right-handed Hasselbeck injured his non-throwing hand during...

By Mark Maske | November 30, 2006; 10:19 AM ET | Comments (0)

T.O. Expresses Support for Vanderjagt

Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Terrell Owens took up Wednesday for kicker Mike Vanderjagt, telling reporters at the team's training facility he didn't understand why Vanderjagt had been released this week. "I don't see what he did wrong to warrant him being cut," Owens said, according to the Associated Press....

By Mark Maske | November 30, 2006; 10:06 AM ET | Comments (0)

"Return" By DeBartolo?

Former San Francisco 49ers owner Edward DeBartolo might be returning to the NFL. Sort of. A league source said this evening that DeBartolo might go into business with Pittsburgh-based agent Ralph Cindrich. The details of the venture were not clear, and neither DeBartolo nor Cindrich was available to comment....

By Mark Maske | November 29, 2006; 8:53 PM ET | Comments (1)

Hasselbeck Can Play With Finger Injury, According to Holmgren

Seattle Seahawks quarterback Matt Hasselbeck apparently will be able to continue playing with the injury to a finger on his left (non-throwing) hand that he suffered during Monday night's win over the Green Bay Packers. Seahawks Coach Mike Holmgren told Seattle radio station KIRO that the injury should not...

By Mark Maske | November 29, 2006; 3:45 PM ET | Comments (0)

Saints Place Conwell on IR List

The New Orleans Saints placed tight end Ernie Conwell on the injured reserve list, ending his season, because of a knee injury. Conwell got hurt last month. He returned to play last weekend but was unable to resume full-time duties....

By Mark Maske | November 29, 2006; 3:44 PM ET | Comments (0)

Vick Fined $10,000 By League and Asked to Contribute Another $10,000 to Charity

The NFL has fined Atlanta Falcons quarterback Michael Vick $10,000 for his obscene gesture toward fans following Sunday's loss to the New Orleans Saints and requested that he make an additional $10,000 contribution to a charity of his choice, a source familiar with the penalties said. Vick and his...

By Mark Maske | November 29, 2006; 10:35 AM ET | Comments (0)

M. Hasselbeck Reportedly Has Broken Finger on Non-Throwing Hand

Seahawks quarterback Matt Hasselbeck suffered a broken finger on his left hand during Monday night's triumph over the Green Bay Packers, a Seattle television station reported. KING-TV reported that tests taken Tuesday showed the break. Hasselbeck was hurt when he hit his hand against another player's helmet, but he...

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

Owners Expected to Vote Next Week on N.Y. Stadium Loan

The NFL's team owners likely will vote next week on a request by the New York Giants and New York Jets for a $300 million subsidy from the league's stadium loan program to help fund their planned $1.2 billion stadium in East Rutherford, N.J. The owners are scheduled to...

By Mark Maske | November 29, 2006; 10:06 AM ET | Comments (0)

Shell Promotes Shoop to Replace Walsh as Raiders' Offensive Coordinator

Oakland Raiders Coach Art Shell had defended offensive coordinator Tom Walsh all season while Walsh's offense was derided as being out of date. Shell finally stopped defending Walsh today, demoting him and elevating Raiders tight ends coach John Shoop to offensive coordinator. The Raiders have the league's last-ranked offense...

By Mark Maske | November 28, 2006; 8:23 PM ET | Comments (0)

Bengals Place C. Perry on IR List

The Cincinnati Bengals placed tailback Chris Perry on the injured reserve list, ending his season. Perry suffered a broken fibula in his right leg during Sunday's triumph over the Cleveland Browns. The Bengals activated defensive end Jonathan Fanene from the physically unable to perform list. He'd been sidelined by...

By Mark Maske | November 28, 2006; 8:22 PM ET | Comments (0)

McNabb Undergoes Surgery

Donovan McNabb underwent surgery today to have the torn anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee repaired. The Philadelphia Eagles placed the quarterback on the injured reserve list last week. Orthopedist James Andrews performed the procedure in Birmingham. Andrews also repaired cartilage damage in McNabb's knee. McNabb faces eight...

By Mark Maske | November 28, 2006; 8:21 PM ET | Comments (0)

Polamalu to Miss At Least One Game

Pittsburgh Steelers safety Troy Polamalu has a sprained medial collateral ligament in his left knee and is to miss at least one game. It will be the first game that Polamalu will have missed due to injury during his NFL career. He was hurt during Sunday's loss to the...

By Mark Maske | November 28, 2006; 3:17 PM ET | Comments (0)

Chiefs Officially Rule Out P. Holmes Playing This Season

The Kansas City Chiefs officially ruled out the possibility of tailback Priest Holmes playing this season. He's been on the physically unable to perform list all season because of head and neck injuries, and today was the last day he could have been activated. The Chiefs continue to leave...

By Mark Maske | November 28, 2006; 3:13 PM ET | Comments (0)

Week 13 Rankings

The AFC gets the top four spots, and eight of the top 12. The Cowboys supplant the Bears as the top-ranked team in the NFC. The middle of the pack becomes more muddled than ever, with a dozen teams having five or six wins. 1. Chargers (9-2)... 1* 2....

By Mark Maske | November 28, 2006; 12:04 PM ET | Comments (0)

H. Ward Reportedly Undergoes Knee Surgery

Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Hines Ward reportedly underwent knee surgery Monday. It's unclear how long he'll be sidelined. He reportedly had a piece of bone removed from his left knee....

By Mark Maske | November 28, 2006; 10:52 AM ET | Comments (0)

Colts Add Dependable Veteran Receiver Proehl

The Indianapolis Colts signed veteran wide receiver Ricky Proehl. Proehl, 38, has been to Super Bowls with the St. Louis Rams and Carolina Panthers. He had 25 catches for the Panthers last season. He worked out for the Colts last month but wasn't signed at the time. The Colts...

By Mark Maske | November 28, 2006; 10:48 AM ET | Comments (0)

Reeling Giants Have Players-Only Meeting

New York Giants players called a players-only meeting Monday on the heels of the team's late folding act in a loss Sunday to the Tennessee Titans. Tailback Tiki Barber, center Shaun O'Hara, defensive end Michael Strahan and middle linebacker Antonio Pierce called the meeting and did the bulk of...

By Mark Maske | November 28, 2006; 10:40 AM ET | Comments (0)

Saints-Cowboys Becomes Night Game on Dec. 10

The NFL, under its flexible-scheduling plan, moved the starting time of the New Orleans at Dallas game on Dec. 10 to 8:15 p.m. ET on NBC. The Buffalo at New York Jets game on the same day was moved to 4:15 on CBS....

By Mark Maske | November 27, 2006; 9:38 PM ET | Comments (0)

Patriots Place Seau on IR List

The Patriots placed linebacker Junior Seau on the injured reserve list, ending his season. He appeared to break his right arm during Sunday's triumph over the Chicago Bears in Foxborough, Mass., although the Patriots did not specify the severity of the injury....

By Mark Maske | November 27, 2006; 9:37 PM ET | Comments (0)

Shanahan Announces QB Switch from Plummer to Cutler

Denver Broncos Coach Mike Shanahan made it official today and announced that rookie Jay Cutler will replace veteran Jake Plummer as the club's starting quarterback. There were reports over the weekend that the move would be made in the wake of the Broncos' loss Thursday night in Kansas City....

By Mark Maske | November 27, 2006; 9:36 PM ET | Comments (0)

Cowboys Cut Vanderjagt, Sign Gramatica

The Dallas Cowboys gave up on struggling kicker Mike Vanderjagt today, releasing him and signing Martin Gramatica as a replacement. The Cowboys signed Vanderjagt to a three-year contract worth about $5.4 million in free agency in the offseason, expecting him to solve the team's kicking woes. He connected on...

By Mark Maske | November 27, 2006; 9:34 PM ET | Comments (0)

Patriots Get Few Style Points, But Do Get Badly Needed Win at Home

FOXBOROUGH, Mass.--New England Patriots Coach Bill Belichick told his players all week that it was the time of the year for good teams to start to play well. Belichick told his players before they faced the Chicago Bears here Sunday that it was time for the Patriots to start...

By Mark Maske | November 26, 2006; 10:05 PM ET | Comments (0)

L. Smith Says He's Sticking By Grossman

FOXBOROUGH, Mass.--Chicago Bears Coach Lovie Smith is sticking by his quarterback, Rex Grossman. Grossman was horrendous during Sunday's loss here to the New England Patriots, throwing three interceptions and losing a fumble on a snap. The 17-13 defeat dropped the Bears' record to 9-2. The Bears have a veteran...

By Mark Maske | November 26, 2006; 9:49 PM ET | Comments (0)

Brady Leaves Urlacher Grasping at Air

FOXBOROUGH, Mass.--The talk in the New England Patriots' locker room after their 17-13 triumph over the Chicago Bears was about quarterback Tom Brady somehow maneuvering his way around Bears middle linebacker Brian Urlacher on a fourth-quarter scramble to set up the game-winning touchdown. "I don't know how he made...

By Mark Maske | November 26, 2006; 9:35 PM ET | Comments (1)

Shanahan Going to Cutler as Starter

The Denver Broncos indeed are switching to rookie Jay Cutler as their starting quarterback. According to a league source, Broncos Coach Mike Shanahan has decided to bench Jake Plummer and go with Cutler, a first-round draft choice in April....

By Mark Maske | November 26, 2006; 8:30 AM ET | Comments (0)

Romo Rolls On

The Tony Romo success story continues in Dallas. Romo threw five touchdown passes in the Cowboys' lopsided triumph Thursday over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. His 22-for-29, 306-yard throwing performance left him as the league's top-rated passer, ahead of Peyton Manning. The Cowboys are 4-1 since Coach Bill Parcells benched...

By Mark Maske | November 24, 2006; 11:04 AM ET | Comments (4)

L. Hunt Misses Chiefs Game

Lamar Hunt, the 74-year-old founder of the Kansas City Chiefs, missed his team's victory over the Denver Broncos on Thursday night because he was hospitalized in Dallas with a partially collapsed lung. It was the third game that Hunt has missed this season. He reportedly has been undergoing cancer...

By Mark Maske | November 24, 2006; 10:10 AM ET | Comments (5)

Time for Cutler?

It appears to be Jay Cutler time in Denver. Quarterback Jake Plummer and the Broncos struggled again Thursday night, managing only 10 points in a loss in Kansas City. Plummer threw an interception and missed some open receivers in a 25-for-39, 216-yard passing performance, and Coach Mike Shanahan now...

By Mark Maske | November 24, 2006; 9:57 AM ET | Comments (5)

League Suspends R. Manning for One Game

The NFL suspended Chicago Bears cornerback Ricky Manning Jr. for one game. He will sit out Sunday's game at New England. Manning pleaded no contest in September to a felony assault charge related to a April altercation with a man in a Los Angeles restaurant. Manning was placed on...

By Mark Maske | November 22, 2006; 4:30 PM ET | Comments (4)

League Fines Broncos' Nalen $25,000

The NFL fined Denver Broncos center Tom Nalen $25,000 for a low block on San Diego Chargers defensive lineman Igor Olshansky late in the Chargers' win at Denver on Sunday night. Olshansky was fined $10,000. He objected to the way he was blocked by Nalen, threw a punch at...

By Mark Maske | November 22, 2006; 3:23 PM ET | Comments (5)

Bucs Place S. Rice on IR List

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers placed veteran defensive end Simeon Rice on the injured reserve list, ending his season, because of a shoulder injury. Rice ends the season with a career-low two sacks. That ends a string of five straight seasons with more than 10 sacks. Dewayne White replaces Rice...

By Mark Maske | November 22, 2006; 3:17 PM ET | Comments (4)

Reid Picks Garcia as Eagles' Starter

Coach Andy Reid picked Jeff Garcia to be the Philadelphia Eagles' starting quarterback for Sunday's game at Indianapolis, replacing the injured Donovan McNabb. Reid had refused to say earlier in the week whether he'd go with Garcia or A.J. Feeley. The 36-year-old Garcia is a former starter in San...

By Mark Maske | November 22, 2006; 3:12 PM ET | Comments (0)

Week 12 Picks

Thanksgiving Games Dolphins at Lions The Dolphins are starting to resemble the team they were expected to be all season. Pick: Dolphins Buccaneers at Cowboys With Tony Romo at QB, the Cowboys just might be a Super Bowl team. Pick: Cowboys Broncos at Chiefs Jake Plummer is back to...

By Mark Maske | November 22, 2006; 11:00 AM ET | Comments (3)

Now Warming Up in the Bullpen... Jay Cutler

Coach Mike Shanahan has been the biggest supporter of Jake Plummer throughout the quarterback's tenure with the Denver Broncos, sticking with him and defending him during the frequent public clamoring for a switch. But even Shanahan's patience might be wearing thin after Plummer committed two costly mistakes, dropping a...

By Mark Maske | November 22, 2006; 9:58 AM ET | Comments (3)

Lions Are Not Only Bad, But Also Beat Up

The lowly Detroit Lions won't have defensive tackle Shaun Rogers back for their Thanksgiving game against the Miami Dolphins. Rogers has returned from a four-game suspension imposed by the NFL for a violation of the league's policy on performance-enhancing drugs. But he underwent arthroscopic knee surgery while serving the...

By Mark Maske | November 22, 2006; 9:46 AM ET | Comments (2)

Eagles Place McNabb on IR List

The Philadelphia Eagles placed quarterback Donovan McNabb on the injured reserve list, officially ending his season. He suffered a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee during Sunday's loss to the Tennessee Titans. The Eagles promoted linebacker Torrance Daniels from the practice squad to the 53-man roster and...

By Mark Maske | November 21, 2006; 9:46 PM ET | Comments (5)

Time For Vanderjagt to Deliver... Or Else

The Dallas Cowboys' Mike Vanderjagt could be kicking for his job in Thursday's Thanksgiving game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Texas Stadium. The Cowboys signed Vanderjagt as a free agent in the offseason because he established himself as the most accurate field goal kicker in NFL history during...

By Mark Maske | November 21, 2006; 8:56 PM ET | Comments (2)

A. Bryant Arrested on Drunk Driving Charge

San Francisco 49ers wide receiver Antonio Bryant was arrested Sunday night on misdemeanor charges of driving under the influence, reckless driving and resisting arrest. Bryant's Lamborghini reportedly was traveling faster than 100 mph on a highway. He reportedly sped past one police car before being pulled over by another...

By Mark Maske | November 21, 2006; 8:45 PM ET | Comments (1)

Broncos Lose Safety Ferguson For Remainder of Season

Denver Broncos safety Nick Ferguson underwent season-ending knee surgery today after suffering cartilage damage during Sunday night's loss to the San Diego Chargers. Curome Cox moves into the starting lineup in Ferguson's place....

By Mark Maske | November 21, 2006; 8:33 PM ET | Comments (1)

Jags Lose Darius For Remainder of Season

The Jacksonville Jaguars beat the New York Giants on Monday night but lost safety Donovin Darius for the remainder of the season because of a broken right leg. Darius was hurt on a first-half screen pass. Gerald Sensabaugh moves into the starting lineup to replace him....

By Mark Maske | November 21, 2006; 4:34 PM ET | Comments (3)

Packers Sign Bouman to Back Up Favre

The Green Bay Packers signed quarterback Todd Bouman to back up starter Brett Favre. Bouman made three starts last season for the New Orleans Saints. He spent three seasons in New Orleans, two of them with Packers Coach Mike McCarthy as the Saints' offensive coordinator. Bouman previously had a...

By Mark Maske | November 21, 2006; 4:27 PM ET | Comments (0)

Week 12 Rankings

The Colts' defeat at Dallas gives the top spot to the Chargers, who get the nod over the two one-loss teams because their level of play right now simply is the league's highest. The Cowboys are a different team with Tony Romo at quarterback and move into the top...

By Mark Maske | November 21, 2006; 12:47 PM ET | Comments (0)

Garcia Probably Will Get Nod Over Feeley as Eagles' Replacement for McNabb

Coach Andy Reid isn't saying yet whether Jeff Garcia or A.J. Feeley will start at quarterback for the Philadelphia Eagles on Sunday at Indianapolis, but Garcia seems likely to get the nod. He replaced Donovan McNabb during Sunday's loss to the Tennessee Titans after McNabb suffered a torn anterior...

By Mark Maske | November 21, 2006; 10:39 AM ET | Comments (5)

Colston's Status This Week Unclear

The New Orleans Saints don't know if they'll have rookie wide receiver Marques Colston available this week. He suffered a sprained ankle during Sunday's loss to the Cincinnati Bengals and the team is calling his status day to day....

By Mark Maske | November 21, 2006; 10:09 AM ET | Comments (1)

Packers Launch Search for Rodgers's Replacement as Favre's Backup

Quarterbacks Bradlee Van Pelt, J.T. O'Sullivan and Todd Bouman reportedly worked out Monday for the Green Bay Packers. The Packers are looking for a backup quarterback after second-year pro Aaron Rodgers suffered a broken foot, ending his season, during Sunday's shutout loss to the New England Patriots. Rodgers filled...

By Mark Maske | November 21, 2006; 10:02 AM ET | Comments (1)

Cards' Berry Done for Season

The Arizona Cardinals have lost defensive end Bertrand Berry for the remainder of the season. He suffered a torn triceps muscle during Sunday's triumph over the Detroit Lions. Berry has a team-leading six sacks....

By Mark Maske | November 21, 2006; 9:56 AM ET | Comments (4)

Hasselbeck Set to Return for Seahawks

The Seattle Seahawks should have quarterback Matt Hasselbeck back in the lineup this week. Coach Mike Holmgren said during a news conference Monday that he expects Hasselbeck to play next Monday night against the Green Bay Packers. Hasselbeck has missed the Seahawks' last four games because of a sprained...

By Mark Maske | November 21, 2006; 9:52 AM ET | Comments (3)

Seattle at Denver Will Be Night Game on Dec. 3

The NFL, under its flexible-scheduling plan, moved the Seattle at Denver game on Dec. 3 to 8:15 p.m. ET on NBC. The Dallas at New York Giants and Tampa Bay at Pittsburgh games on the same day were moved to 4:15 on Fox, and the Jacksonville at Miami game...

By Mark Maske | November 20, 2006; 2:22 PM ET | Comments (1)

Packers Lose Rodgers, Not Favre, For Remainder of Season

The Green Bay Packers have lost a quarterback for the remainder of the season. But it's Aaron Rodgers, not Brett Favre, who's headed to the injured reserve list. Rodgers suffered a broken foot during Sunday's loss to the New England Patriots and will be sidelined for the rest of...

By Mark Maske | November 20, 2006; 2:13 PM ET | Comments (0)

Loss Might Help Colts... But They're Still Irked

IRVING, Tex.--The Indianapolis Colts had won tight, tense games all season, with four victories by three points or fewer in their 9-0 start. But they didn't come through in crunch time here Sunday, squandering a 14-7 lead entering the fourth quarter to lose to the Dallas Cowboys, 21-14, at...

By Mark Maske | November 19, 2006; 9:37 PM ET | Comments (2)

One Sour Note: Vanderjagt's Struggles Concern Parcells

IRVING, Tex.--There were plenty of good signs for the Dallas Cowboys on Sunday as they won for the third time in four games, improved their record to 6-4 and pulled to within a half-game of the first-place New York Giants in the NFC East. But there was one very...

By Mark Maske | November 19, 2006; 9:27 PM ET | Comments (2)

Cowboys Are Getting It Together

IRVING, Tex.--The Dallas Cowboys, with Tony Romo at quarterback, are looking like a team with some down-the-road possibilities. The Cowboys beat the Indianapolis Colts, 21-14, here Sunday and have three victories in four games since Coach Bill Parcells made Romo the starter, benching veteran Drew Bledsoe. The club's only...

By Mark Maske | November 19, 2006; 9:22 PM ET | Comments (1)

Leftwich to Undergo Ankle Surgery

Jacksonville Jaguars quarterback Byron Leftwich is scheduled to undergo ankle surgery Tuesday. The Jaguars, in announcing the decision over the weekend, indicated it's not certain yet that Leftwich's season is over. He tried to play with ankle soreness but has been replaced by David Garrard as the Jaguars' starter...

By Mark Maske | November 19, 2006; 2:13 PM ET | Comments (5)

Seahawks Acknowledge S. Wallace Extension

The Seattle Seahawks acknowledged this week that they'd signed quarterback Seneca Wallace to a one-year contract extension in August. The extension runs through the 2007 season and keeps Wallace, now starting in place of the injured Matt Hasselbeck, off the unrestricted free agent market this coming spring. The deal...

By Mark Maske | November 17, 2006; 2:07 PM ET | Comments (0)

Polamalu Likely to Play This Weekend

Pittsburgh Steelers safety Troy Polamalu has resumed practicing and likely will play this weekend. He suffered a concussion during the Steelers' triumph over the New Orleans Saints last Sunday....

By Mark Maske | November 17, 2006; 1:59 PM ET | Comments (5)

Culpepper Still Sidelined as Dolphins Prepare to Face Vikings

Sidelined Miami Dolphins quarterback Daunte Culpepper spoke to reporters for the first time in more than a month Thursday and acknowledged that his 2006 season might be over. Culpepper said he'd like to play again this season but conceded it's possible that he won't. Culpepper continues to experience pain...

By Mark Maske | November 17, 2006; 1:57 PM ET | Comments (0)

Offensive Line Woes Worsen for Bengals

The Cincinnati Bengals lost another member of their offensive line when guard Bobbie Williams underwent an appendectomy. He is to be sidelined for several weeks. Third-year pro Stacy Andrews moves into the starting lineup for the reeling Bengals. The Bengals already have been without left tackle Levi Jones and...

By Mark Maske | November 17, 2006; 10:48 AM ET | Comments (0)

Giants Boost Depth on Injury-Depleted Defensive Line

The New York Giants placed Justin Tuck on the injured reserve list and signed fellow defensive lineman Lance Legree to replace him. Tuck was sidelined by a foot injury and the Giants have been shorthanded at defensive end in recent weeks because starters Michael Strahan and Osi Umenyiora also...

By Mark Maske | November 17, 2006; 10:42 AM ET | Comments (0)

Shell Fined

The league went after its own when it handed out fines to coaches this week for criticizing officiating. The Oakland Raiders' Art Shell was fined $12,500 for saying Monday that his team had been wronged by a 15-yard penalty during Sunday's loss to the Denver Broncos for a player...

By Mark Maske | November 17, 2006; 10:38 AM ET | Comments (0)

Del Rio Reportedly Suiting Up, Too

The San Francisco 49ers' Mike Nolan isn't the only coach to have been granted permission by the NFL to wear a suit on the sideline for two games this season. The Jacksonville Jaguars' Jack Del Rio reportedly has received the same permission and plans to wear a suit during...

By Mark Maske | November 17, 2006; 10:30 AM ET | Comments (0)

Leftwich Considering Season-Ending Ankle Surgery

Benched Jacksonville Jaguars quarterback Byron Leftwich is contemplating whether to undergo season-ending ankle surgery. Leftwich was examined this week in Birmingham by orthopedist James Andrews, who advised Leftwich to wait a week or two before making a decision after having the ankle reevaluated, according to the Jaguars. Coach Jack...

By Mark Maske | November 17, 2006; 10:28 AM ET | Comments (0)

Week 11 Picks

Local Teams Redskins at Buccaneers The move to Jason Campbell was the right one, but Joe Gibbs and the Redskins will have to live with the young quarterback's mistakes. Pick: Buccaneers Falcons at Ravens Who knows which Falcons team will show up? Pick: Ravens Lock of the Week Titans...

By Mark Maske | November 16, 2006; 4:44 PM ET | Comments (2)

Bills Put Two on IR

The Buffalo Bills placed guard Chris Villarrial and tight end Ryan Neufeld on the injured reserve list. Villarrial has a damaged tendon in his ankle and Neufeld has a foot injury. Duke Preston takes over for Villarrial as the Bills' starter at right guard. Neufeld played mostly on special...

By Mark Maske | November 16, 2006; 4:16 PM ET | Comments (0)

Monk, Grimm Among 25 Modern-Era Hall of Fame Semifinalists

Former Washington Redskins teammates Art Monk and Russ Grimm were among the 25 modern-era semifinalists for the Pro Football Hall of Fame announced today. The list also includes recently retired NFL commissioner Paul Tagliabue, former Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Michael Irvin and first-time-eligible playing nominees Terrell Davis, Bruce Matthews...

By Mark Maske | November 16, 2006; 3:59 PM ET | Comments (8)

Dolphins Sitting Down Traylor

The Miami Dolphins are sitting down defensive tackle Keith Traylor to rest an ailing right knee. Traylor underwent surgery on the knee last season and had been attempting to play through the discomfort this season. It's not clear how long he'll be sidelined. Miami is ranked second in the...

By Mark Maske | November 16, 2006; 3:41 PM ET | Comments (0)

Alexander More Likely Than Hasselbeck to Return to Seahawks' Lineup

Tailback Shaun Alexander and quarterback Matt Hasselbeck participated in the Seattle Seahawks' practice Wednesday. Alexander was more active in the practice than Hasselbeck was and seems more certain to return to the Seahawks' lineup this weekend. The reigning league most valuable player has missed the club's last six games...

By Mark Maske | November 16, 2006; 8:11 AM ET | Comments (0)

Haynesworth Participates in Titans' Practice

Defensive tackle Albert Haynesworth participated in the Tennessee Titans' practice Wednesday and likely will play Sunday against the Philadelphia Eagles. Haynesworth's five-game suspension by the NFL ended this week and he agreed to continue undergoing anger management training as a condition of being permitted to rejoin the team....

By Mark Maske | November 16, 2006; 8:06 AM ET | Comments (1)

Vikings Fullback Richardson Probably Headed to IR

Minnesota Vikings fullback Tony Richardson likely is headed to the injured reserve list. Richardson, already playing with a broken thumb, suffered a fractured forearm during last Sunday's loss to the Green Bay Packers and is to be sidelined at least six weeks....

By Mark Maske | November 15, 2006; 9:31 PM ET | Comments (5)

Fisher Fined for Criticizing Officiating

The league fined Tennessee Titans Coach Jeff Fisher $12,500 for criticizing the officiating in his club's one-point loss to the Baltimore Ravens last weekend. Fisher criticized a call on a play involving a potential fumble by the Ravens and the referee's decision to uphold the ruling on an instant-replay...

By Mark Maske | November 15, 2006; 9:27 PM ET | Comments (4)

Nolan Reportedly Gets League Approval to Wear Suit on Sideline

The NFL reportedly has agreed to allow San Francisco 49ers Coach Mike Nolan to wear a suit on the sideline during a game, perhaps this weekend. Nolan made the request in the past in part as a tribute to his father Dick Nolan, who formerly coached the 49ers. The...

By Mark Maske | November 15, 2006; 9:22 PM ET | Comments (7)

Shell Not Saying Yet Whether Walter or Brooks Will Start at QB for Raiders

Coach Art Shell isn't saying whether Aaron Brooks or Andrew Walter will start at quarterback for the Oakland Raiders on Sunday at Kansas City. Brooks has returned from a strained pectoral muscle. Walter took over as the starter for seven games in Brooks's absence but had his mishaps while...

By Mark Maske | November 15, 2006; 9:14 PM ET | Comments (1)

T. Green Regains Chiefs' Starting Job

The NFL's fifth-rated passer now is a backup. Again. Kansas City Chiefs Coach Herman Edwards today reinstated Trent Green as the team's starter at quarterback. Edwards named Green to start Sunday's game against the Oakland Raiders. Green had been sidelined since suffering a severe concussion during the Chiefs' season-opening...

By Mark Maske | November 15, 2006; 9:07 PM ET | Comments (0)

T. Green Cleared to Play, Giving H. Edwards a QB Choice to Make This Week

Herman Edwards has a quarterback decision to make this week. The Kansas City Chiefs learned Tuesday that Trent Green's doctors had cleared the quarterback to resume full football duties. He can practice today and play, if needed, this weekend. Green has been sidelined since suffering a concussion in the...

By Mark Maske | November 15, 2006; 10:17 AM ET | Comments (1)

Rams Put Pace, Fisher on IR List

The St. Louis Rams placed left tackle Orlando Pace and cornerback Travis Fisher on the injured reserve list Tuesday, ending their season. Pace suffered a torn triceps muscle during Sunday's loss to the Seattle Seahawks and Fisher suffered a broken arm. The Rams released defensive end Tony Bryant and...

By Mark Maske | November 15, 2006; 10:16 AM ET | Comments (0)

Patriots Installing FieldTurf at Gillette Stadium

The New England Patriots are replacing the grass field at Gillette Stadium with synthetic FieldTurf. The new surface is to be in place for the Patriots' next home game on Nov. 26 against the Chicago Bears. Players complained about the condition of the field in recent weeks and the...

By Mark Maske | November 14, 2006; 8:20 PM ET | Comments (8)

Dolphins Guard James Undergoes Knee Surgery

Miami Dolphins guard Jeno James underwent knee surgery and is to miss at least one game. Kendyl Jacox is to replace him in the Dolphins' lineup this weekend....

By Mark Maske | November 14, 2006; 8:12 PM ET | Comments (0)

Patriots Sign Testaverde

The New England Patriots signed 43-year-old quarterback Vinny Testaverde as a veteran backup to Tom Brady. Second-year pro Matt Cassel is the only other quarterback on the Patriots' roster. Testaverde started four games for the New York Jets last season. The Patriots become his sixth NFL team....

By Mark Maske | November 14, 2006; 8:09 PM ET | Comments (9)

Haynesworth Agrees to Continue Counseling as Condition of Return to Titans

Defensive tackle Albert Haynesworth agreed to continue to undergo anger management counseling as a condition of being allowed to return to the Tennessee Titans. Haynesworth began anger management training after being suspended for five games without pay by the NFL after he kicked Dallas Cowboys center Andre Gurode twice...

By Mark Maske | November 14, 2006; 8:04 PM ET | Comments (0)

Week 11 Rankings

The Colts keep the top spot and the Bears move up to second with their win in the Meadowlands over the Giants, who drop to sixth. The Patriots look vulnerable and tumble to 13th while the 49ers and Packers climb to the middle of the pack. The Steelers get...

By Mark Maske | November 14, 2006; 2:30 PM ET | Comments (5)

Leftwich Gets Second Opinion on Ankle

Benched Jacksonville Jaguars quarterback Byron Leftwich was in Birmingham on Monday to have his injured ankle examined by orthopedist James Andrews. Leftwich is trying to determine whether he needs to undergo surgery. Coach Jack Del Rio has replaced Leftwich with David Garrard as the Jaguars' starter....

By Mark Maske | November 14, 2006; 10:22 AM ET | Comments (1)

Downward-Spiraling Rams Now Must Deal with Loss of Pace

Adam Goldberg becomes the St. Louis Rams' starter at left tackle with Orlando Pace sidelined for the rest of the season because of a torn triceps muscle suffered during Sunday's defeat to the Seattle Seahawks. Pace has made the Pro Bowl every year since 1999. The Rams are on...

By Mark Maske | November 14, 2006; 10:19 AM ET | Comments (0)

Raiders Might Turn Back to Brooks at QB

The Oakland Raiders' starting quarterback job could be given back to Aaron Brooks this week. Brooks has returned from a strained pectoral muscle but is yet to regain the job from Andrew Walter. However, Walter has been plagued by sacks, fumbles and interceptions while playing behind the Raiders' dreadful...

By Mark Maske | November 14, 2006; 10:15 AM ET | Comments (5)

Edwards Could Face QB Decision This Week

Coach Herman Edwards might have to make a decision this week about whether to give the Kansas City Chiefs' quarterback job back to Trent Green. Green has been sidelined since suffering a concussion in the opening game of the season but could be cleared by doctors to practice this...

By Mark Maske | November 14, 2006; 10:10 AM ET | Comments (0)

Rookie Carpenter Could Replace Injured Ellis in Cowboys' Lineup

The Dallas Cowboys lost linebacker Greg Ellis for the remainder of the season after he suffered a torn Achilles' tendon during Sunday's triumph at Arizona. Ellis reluctantly shifted from defensive end to outside linebacker at the behest of Coach Bill Parcells. Rookie Bobby Carpenter, a first-round draft pick in...

By Mark Maske | November 14, 2006; 10:05 AM ET | Comments (0)

Kerney Done for Season

Atlanta Falcons defensive end Patrick Kerney will miss the rest of the season after suffering a torn pectoral muscle during Sunday's loss to the Cleveland Browns. The former Pro Bowler has started 105 consecutive games and leads the team this season with five sacks. The Falcons began the season...

By Mark Maske | November 14, 2006; 10:00 AM ET | Comments (0)

Season Over for Givens

A frustrating, injury-plagued first season with the Tennessee Titans for wide receiver David Givens is over. Givens suffered a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee during Sunday's loss to the Baltimore Ravens and will be sidelined for the remainder of the season. He was hampered by a...

By Mark Maske | November 14, 2006; 9:55 AM ET | Comments (0)

Haynesworth Returns to Titans, Likely Will Practice Wednesday

Defensive tackle Albert Haynesworth was at the Tennessee Titans' headquarters Monday and the team appears ready to allow him to participate in Wednesday's practice. Haynesworth just completed a five-game suspension without pay imposed by the NFL after he kicked Dallas Cowboys center Andre Gurode twice in the head, once...

By Mark Maske | November 14, 2006; 9:51 AM ET | Comments (0)

Alexander, Hasselbeck Poised to Return for Seahawks

The Seattle Seahawks might get tailback Shaun Alexander and quarterback Matt Hasselbeck back this week. Both are scheduled to practice and their playing status for next weekend will be determined by how they fare. Alexander, the reigning league most valuable player, has missed six games because of a cracked...

By Mark Maske | November 14, 2006; 9:46 AM ET | Comments (0)

Talks Between League, Union Progressing Toward Possible Agreement to Toughen Steroid Program

Representatives of the NFL and its players' union met last week and seem to be progressing toward completing an agreement to toughen the league's steroid-testing program. Officials on both sides of the discussions said today that no agreement had been completed. But the two sides, officials said, are discussing...

By Mark Maske | November 13, 2006; 9:30 PM ET | Comments (0)

Eagles at Colts on Nov. 26 Flexed to Nighttime Slot

The Philadelphia at Indianapolis game on Nov. 26 has been moved from 1 to 8:15 p.m. on NBC as part of the league's flexible-scheduling plan. It's the third such game to be rescheduled under the first-year arrangement designed to ensure attractive games in the Sunday night time slot. The...

By Mark Maske | November 13, 2006; 3:24 PM ET | Comments (0)

Bears Regain Swagger

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J.--The Chicago Bears are firmly in control of the race for home-field advantage throughout the NFC playoffs. They improved their record to 8-1 with Sunday night's 38-20 victory over the New York Giants at Giants Stadium. That puts the Bears two games in front of the Seattle...

By Mark Maske | November 13, 2006; 1:28 AM ET | Comments (0)

Injury List Grows for Giants

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J.--The New York Giants began Sunday night's game against the Chicago Bears without five starters. They ended the game without seven starters. The Giants lost left tackle Luke Petitgout and cornerback Sam Madison. Petitgout suffered a broken fibula in his left leg in the first half and...

By Mark Maske | November 13, 2006; 1:20 AM ET | Comments (0)

Coughlin's Inexplicable Field Goal Decision Dooms Giants Against Bears

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J.--What, exactly, was Tom Coughlin thinking? The New York Giants faced a fourth-and-15 play at the Chicago 34-yard line early in the fourth quarter of Sunday night's showdown game at Giants Stadium between the NFC's two top teams. The Bears led, 24-20. Coughlin, essentially, had two viable...

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

Cowboys Likely to be Without T. Glenn Sunday

Rookie Sam Hurd lined up with the Dallas Cowboys' starting offense at wide receiver during today's practice in place of the injured Terry Glenn. Glenn apparently aggravated a knee injury during the practice and probably won't play Sunday against the Arizona Cardinals. Patrick Crayton also could be a candidate...

By Mark Maske | November 10, 2006; 3:32 PM ET | Comments (0)

Titans Pondering Next Move With Haynesworth

The Tennessee Titans are considering not allowing defensive tackle Albert Haynesworth to rejoin the team after his five-game suspension by the NFL expires this weekend. Titans Coach Jeff Fisher told reporters Thursday that he's discussing the issue with members of the club's front office but declined further comment. The...

By Mark Maske | November 10, 2006; 11:14 AM ET | Comments (0)

49ers Won't Change Name Even if Stadium is Built in Santa Clara

San Francisco 49ers officials say the team won't change its name even if the club builds a new stadium in Santa Clara, Calif. The team informed San Francisco officials on Wednesday that it was ending negotiations on a proposed stadium at Candlestick Point alongside Monster Park, the NFL's oldest...

By Mark Maske | November 10, 2006; 10:54 AM ET | Comments (0)

Injuries Piling Up in Already Struggling Secondary for Falcons

The Atlanta Falcons will be without cornerback Jason Webster for four to six weeks because of a groin injury. Webster suffered the injury during a practice this week. The Falcons just lost cornerback Kevin Mathis to a season-ending neck injury. Webster's injury moves rookie Jimmy Williams into the starting...

By Mark Maske | November 10, 2006; 10:47 AM ET | Comments (0)

Pennington Close to Getting His Money

New York Jets quarterback Chad Pennington needs to play about two more games to earn back the $6 million pay cut that he accepted in the offseason. Pennington was coming off his second shoulder surgery for a torn rotator cuff and agreed to the reduction in income, from $9...

By Mark Maske | November 10, 2006; 10:04 AM ET | Comments (0)

Toomer's Knee Surgery Scheduled for Friday

New York Giants wide receiver Amani Toomer is scheduled to undergo season-ending knee surgery Friday. He is to have a partially torn anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee repaired. Toomer opted for surgery instead of attempting to rehabilitate the injury and perhaps play again this season because his...

By Mark Maske | November 9, 2006; 10:03 PM ET | Comments (0)

Urlacher Sits Again But Might Practice Friday

Middle linebacker Brian Urlacher sat out the Chicago Bears' practice for a second day in a row today, but neither he nor the Bears are ruling out the possibility of him playing Sunday night against the New York Giants at Giants Stadium. Urlacher suffered a sprained toe in last...

By Mark Maske | November 9, 2006; 10:00 PM ET | Comments (0)

Bills Rookie Whitner Facing Harassment Charge After Domestic Incident

Buffalo Bills rookie safety Donte Whitner is facing a harassment charge after being arrested over the weekend in a reported domestic dispute with his girlfriend. Whitner, a first-round draft pick in April, reportedly was arrested Saturday and released on his own recognizance. He has a court appearance scheduled for...

By Mark Maske | November 9, 2006; 9:55 PM ET | Comments (0)

R. Brown Agrees to Five-Year Extension With Eagles

The Philadelphia Eagles agreed to a five-year contract extension with wide receiver Reggie Brown. The deal is worth $21 million, including $10 million in bonuses. It also contains an additional $6 million in incentives that could push its overall value to $27 million. The extension runs through the 2014...

By Mark Maske | November 9, 2006; 7:25 PM ET | Comments (0)

Panthers CB Lucas Blaming Supplement for Injury Woes

Carolina Panthers cornerback Ken Lucas told reporters today he thinks a supplement he is taking is producing injury problems for him this season. Lucas said he believes his legal, creatine-based supplement is draining his body of fluids and leaving him susceptible to muscle injuries. He has been plagued by...

By Mark Maske | November 9, 2006; 4:39 PM ET | Comments (0)

Cardinals Honoring Tillman This Weekend

The Arizona Cardinals plan to induct late safety Pat Tillman into their ring of honor during Sunday's game against the Dallas Cowboys. Tillman was killed in Afghanistan in 2004 after leaving behind his NFL career to join the U.S. Army Rangers. The Cardinals also plan to unveil a statue...

By Mark Maske | November 9, 2006; 4:32 PM ET | Comments (0)

Lions Place Two on IR

The Detroit Lions placed defensive end James Hall and running back Brian Calhoun on the injured reserve list. Hall has a shoulder injury and Calhoun has a shoulder injury. The Lions signed defensive end Corey Smith and running back Aveion Cason....

By Mark Maske | November 9, 2006; 4:27 PM ET | Comments (0)

Steelers Bench CB Taylor

Coach Bill Cowher said earlier in the week that there could be some lineup changes as the Pittsburgh Steelers face the possibility of having the worst season ever by a defending Super Bowl champion. The first switch perhaps has happened. Cornerback Ike Taylor found himself practicing with the second-string...

By Mark Maske | November 9, 2006; 4:22 PM ET | Comments (0)

Week 10 Picks

Local Teams Redskins at Eagles This one is too close to call. Both teams really need it. The Eagles were the class of the division early in the season but haven't played well lately. The Redskins had no right to beat the Cowboys last weekend. But sometimes winning a...

By Mark Maske | November 9, 2006; 2:00 PM ET | Comments (0)

Fitzgerald Poised to Return to Cards' Lineup

The Arizona Cardinals likely will have wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald back in the lineup for Sunday's game against the Dallas Cowboys. Fitzgerald has missed three games because of a hamstring injury but practiced Wednesday....

By Mark Maske | November 9, 2006; 10:37 AM ET | Comments (0)

49ers Reportedly Tell San Francisco Officials They Now Intend to Build Stadium in Santa Clara

According to reports in the Bay Area, the 49ers informed San Francisco officials on Wednesday that they're ending negotiations for a proposed new stadium in the city. The 49ers reportedly now intend to build a stadium in Santa Clara, Calif., where the team's practice facility is located. The 49ers...

By Mark Maske | November 9, 2006; 10:32 AM ET | Comments (0)

QB Drama in Jacksonville

It seems clear at this point what probably happened with the Jacksonville Jaguars' quarterback situation: Coach Jack Del Rio decided to bench Byron Leftwich and go with David Garrard as the starter but didn't want to say so, but Leftwich didn't play along. Leftwich told reporters today that his...

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

Giants Have Depth to Possibly Offset Losses of Strahan, Toomer

The New York Giants have lost two big-name veteran players this week. Defensive end Michael Strahan is sidelined for at least two weeks because of a sprained ligament in his foot, and wide receiver Amani Toomer is done for the season because of a partially torn knee ligament. In...

By Mark Maske | November 8, 2006; 8:40 PM ET | Comments (0)

Urlacher Misses Bears' Practice

Middle linebacker Brian Urlacher sat out the Chicago Bears' practice today. He suffered a sprained toe in last weekend's loss to the Miami Dolphins and it's unclear if he'll be able to play Sunday night against the New York Giants at Giants Stadium....

By Mark Maske | November 8, 2006; 8:35 PM ET | Comments (0)

Bills to be Without McGahee, Reed Against Colts

The Buffalo Bills will be without Willie McGahee on Sunday at Indianapolis. The tailback suffered three broken ribs during last weekend's triumph over the Green Bay Packers. The initial indication was that McGahee had suffered only one broken rib. Coach Dick Jauron also announced that wide receiver Josh Reed...

By Mark Maske | November 8, 2006; 4:40 PM ET | Comments (0)

Raiders' Brayton, Seahawks' Stevens Both Fined

The NFL today fined Oakland Raiders defensive end Tyler Brayton $25,000 for kneeing Seahawks tight end Jerramy Stevens in the groin area during a shoving match after a play during Monday night's game in Seattle. Brayton received an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty and was ejected from the game. Stevens was...

By Mark Maske | November 8, 2006; 4:35 PM ET | Comments (0)

Giants WR Toomer Done for Season

The New York Giants suffered a significant loss today when they learned that wide receiver Amani Toomer will be sidelined for the remainder of the season because of a torn knee ligament. Toomer has a partially torn anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee and plans to undergo season-ending...

By Mark Maske | November 8, 2006; 4:18 PM ET | Comments (0)

Jets Place Offensive Lineman Teague on IR List

The New York Jets placed veteran offensive lineman Trey Teague on the injured reserve list because of a broken ankle. Teague hadn't played at all this season after first breaking his left ankle in training camp. He was close to being ready to play but broke the ankle again...

By Mark Maske | November 8, 2006; 3:29 PM ET | Comments (0)

Packers Center Wells Gets Five-Year Extension

The Green Bay Packers signed center Scott Wells to a five-year contract extension. The deal is worth about $15 million and runs through the 2011 season. Wells would have been eligible for restricted free agency after this season....

By Mark Maske | November 8, 2006; 10:40 AM ET | Comments (0)

Eagles QB Coach Shurmur Linked to Michigan State Job

There is speculation that Philadelphia Eagles quarterbacks coach Pat Shurmur could be a candidate to replace John L. Smith as the head coach at Michigan State. Shurmur is a former center at the school. Former San Francisco 49ers and Detroit Lions coach Steve Mariucci also has been mentioned as...

By Mark Maske | November 8, 2006; 10:36 AM ET | Comments (0)

J. Reed Released from Hospital

Bills wide receiver Josh Reed was released from a Buffalo-area hospital Tuesday. Reed suffered a bruised kidney during Sunday's win over the Green Bay Packers and spent two nights in the hospital. The Bills have not indicated what his playing status is....

By Mark Maske | November 8, 2006; 10:31 AM ET | Comments (0)

Still No Definitive Word on P. Holmes's Status

The Kansas City Chiefs still have not clarified the status of tailback Priest Holmes in the aftermath of a recent neurological examination. Holmes has been on the physically unable to perform list all season because of neck and head injuries suffered last season. It seems virtually certain that he...

By Mark Maske | November 8, 2006; 10:28 AM ET | Comments (0)

Chiefs Lose Guard Waters for At Least Two Weeks

The Kansas City Chiefs will be without guard Brian Waters for at least two weeks because of a knee injury suffered during Sunday's triumph at St. Louis. Chris Bober is to start in Waters's place. The Chiefs have won three straight games and have scored at least 30 points...

By Mark Maske | November 8, 2006; 10:22 AM ET | Comments (0)

With Huard Thriving, T. Green Possibly Could Return as Backup

For weeks, Kansas City Chiefs Coach Herman Edwards said that Trent Green would regain the team's starting quarterback job when he was available to play. Now, with fill-in starter Damon Huard thriving, Edwards no longer is saying that. The subject came up at Edwards's news conference Tuesday, and he...

By Mark Maske | November 8, 2006; 10:12 AM ET | Comments (0)

R. Harrison Reportedly Has Broken Shoulder Blade

New England Patriots safety Rodney Harrison suffered a broken shoulder blade during Sunday night's loss to the Indianapolis Colts, according to reports in several Boston-area media outlets. It's not clear how long Harrison will be sidelined. He suffered the injury on the Colts' first drive on a 44-yard completion...

By Mark Maske | November 8, 2006; 10:02 AM ET | Comments (0)

S. Alexander Likely Out At Least Another Week

The Seattle Seahawks likely will be without tailback Shaun Alexander for at least another week. Tests taken Tuesday showed that the cracked bone in Alexander's foot still has not healed fully, Seahawks Coach Mike Holmgren said during a news conference. Alexander has missed the team's last five games. It's...

By Mark Maske | November 8, 2006; 9:48 AM ET | Comments (0)

J. Porter Fined $15,000 By League

The NFL fined Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker Joey Porter $15,000 for remarks he made to an official during an Oct. 29 game at Oakland. Porter was penalized for unsportsmanlike conduct. It's not clear exactly what he said....

By Mark Maske | November 7, 2006; 4:26 PM ET | Comments (0)

Raiders' Brayton Facing Likely League Discipline

Oakland Raiders defensive end Tyler Brayton likely will be disciplined by the league after being ejected from Monday night's loss in Seattle for trying to knee Seahawks tight end Jerramy Stevens in the groin. The two players were shoving one another at the end of a running play by...

By Mark Maske | November 7, 2006; 4:22 PM ET | Comments (0)

Week 10 Rankings

With the Bears losing and now facing three straight road games, the still-unbeaten Colts take over the top spot. They've lapped the field after winning in Denver and New England in consecutive weeks, but they're still not the same overwhelming team they were at this time last season. The...

By Mark Maske | November 7, 2006; 12:10 PM ET | Comments (0)

CB Jones Rejoins Titans

Cornerback Adam (Pacman) Jones rejoined the Tennessee Titans on Monday. He'd been suspended for one game by Coach Jeff Fisher after being involved in a series of off-field incidents, most recently one in which he was cited by police for misdemeanor assault after allegedly spitting at a woman during...

By Mark Maske | November 7, 2006; 10:53 AM ET | Comments (0)

S. Alexander's Foot to be Re-Evaluated Today

Tailback Shaun Alexander is scheduled to undergo further tests on his injured foot today to determine whether he'll be cleared by doctors to return to the Seattle Seahawks' lineup this week. The Seahawks had expected for Alexander to receive medical clearance last week to play, but tests then showed...

By Mark Maske | November 7, 2006; 10:45 AM ET | Comments (0)

Promising DE Cole Gets Five-Year Extension From Eagles

The Philadelphia Eagles signed second-year defensive end Trent Cole to a five-year contract extension worth about $27 million. The deal contains about $12 million in bonuses and runs through the 2013 season. Cole's previous contract ran through the 2008 season. The Eagles like to sign their promising young players...

By Mark Maske | November 7, 2006; 10:01 AM ET | Comments (0)

Cards Sign LB Hayes to Five-Year Extension

The Arizona Cardinals signed middle linebacker Gerald Hayes to a five-year, $21 million contract extension. The deal includes about $7 million in guaranteed money. He would have been eligible for unrestricted free agency after this season. Hayes is the team's leading tackler and has been one of the few...

By Mark Maske | November 7, 2006; 9:49 AM ET | Comments (0)

Neck Injury To Sideline K. Mathis for Rest of Season

Atlanta Falcons defensive back Kevin Mathis will miss the rest of the season after suffering a neck injury during Sunday's loss at Detroit. Mathis has feeling and movement in his extremities, according to Falcons Coach Jim Mora, but his football future is unclear....

By Mark Maske | November 6, 2006; 10:06 PM ET | Comments (0)

Broncos Lose Brandon For Remainder of Season

Denver Broncos safety Sam Brandon will miss the remainder of the season because of a torn knee ligament. He had been a contributor in the Broncos' nickel defensive package....

By Mark Maske | November 6, 2006; 10:05 PM ET | Comments (0)

Urlacher Has Sprained Toe, Leaving Status Unclear This Week

Chicago Bears middle linebacker Brian Urlacher suffered a sprained toe during Sunday's loss to the Miami Dolphins. His playing status this week is unclear, but the Bears originally had feared the injury might be more severe. The Bears face the New York Giants at Giants Stadium on Sunday night....

By Mark Maske | November 6, 2006; 10:03 PM ET | Comments (0)

Garrard Seems Likely to Keep Jaguars' Starting Job

David Garrard appears poised to remain the Jacksonville Jaguars' starting quarterback. Coach Jack Del Rio said during his news conference today that Byron Leftwich's ailing ankle probably won't improve much this season and he doesn't see any sense in sitting down a healthy, winning quarterback in favor of an...

By Mark Maske | November 6, 2006; 10:00 PM ET | Comments (0)

McGahee's Playing Status Unclear Because of Broken Rib

Buffalo tailback Willis McGahee suffered a broken rib during Sunday's victory over the Green Bay Packers, Bills Coach Dick Jauron announced today. Jauron said at a news conference that McGahee's playing status for this week wasn't clear yet. Also, Jauron said that wide receiver Josh Reed spent Sunday night...

By Mark Maske | November 6, 2006; 4:01 PM ET | Comments (0)

Giants Say Strahan Will Be Sidelined 2-4 Weeks

New York Giants defensive end Michael Strahan is expected to be sidelined for two to four weeks because of a sprained ligament in his right foot, the team announced today. Strahan was hurt during Sunday's triumph over the Houston Texans, which improved the Giants' record to 6-2 entering next...

By Mark Maske | November 6, 2006; 3:26 PM ET | Comments (0)

Chargers-Broncos on Nov. 19 Moved to Nighttime Slot

The NFL has made its second set of moves under its flexible-scheduling plan. The Nov. 19 game between the San Diego Chargers and Denver Broncos has been moved to 8:15 p.m. ET on NBC. The Indianapolis Colts-Dallas Cowboys game on the same day has been moved to 4:15 p.m...

By Mark Maske | November 6, 2006; 1:44 PM ET | Comments (0)

Manning Outshines Brady

FOXBOROUGH--The curse is broken. The New England Patriots once owned Peyton Manning and the Indianapolis Colts here. Manning lost his first seven career games in Foxborough, and the Patriots twice ousted the Colts from the AFC playoffs in Gillette Stadium. But that's a fading memory now. The Colts won...

By Mark Maske | November 6, 2006; 1:42 AM ET | Comments (0)

Vinatieri Shaky In Return

FOXBOROUGH, Mass.--It wasn't exactly the return to New England that kicker Adam Vinatieri had envisioned. Vinatieri, the two-time Super Bowl hero for the Patriots who signed with the Indianapolis Colts in the offseason as a free agent, had two field goals for the Colts in their 27-20 triumph over...

By Mark Maske | November 6, 2006; 1:31 AM ET | Comments (0)

Colts Are League's Last Unbeaten Team... Again

FOXBOROUGH, Mass.--It's halfway through the season, and the Indianapolis Colts are unbeaten. Again. But no one is talking about them being one of the greatest teams ever. Until now, at least, there's been little chatter about them chasing the undefeated 1972 Miami Dolphins. And that's fine with them. "We...

By Mark Maske | November 6, 2006; 1:21 AM ET | Comments (0)

Colts Playing Wait and See With Sanders, Diem Injuries

The Indianapolis Colts plan to make a decision today about the status of safety Bob Sanders for Sunday night's game at New England. Sanders has been sidelined since undergoing arthroscopic knee surgery in September. The Colts had been hopeful he'd return to the lineup last weekend but decided against...

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

Culpepper Could Be Headed to IR List

The Miami Dolphins are considering placing quarterback Daunte Culpepper on the injured reserve list, which would end his season. Culpepper began the season as the Dolphins' starter and team officials were hopeful he'd made a nearly complete recovery from the severe knee injury that cut short his 2005 season...

By Mark Maske | November 3, 2006; 9:57 AM ET | Comments (1)

Bears Center Kreutz Gets Three-Year Extension

The Chicago Bears signed center Olin Kreutz to a three-year, $17.5 million contract extension. The deal runs through the 2010 season....

By Mark Maske | November 3, 2006; 12:20 AM ET | Comments (4)

Eagles Sign DT Patterson to Seven-Year Extension

The Philadelphia Eagles signed defensive tackle Mike Patterson to a seven-year contract extension worth more than $30 million, including about $9 million in guaranteed money. The deal runs through the 2016 season. Patterson, a first-round draft pick last year, had three seasons remaining on his original contract....

By Mark Maske | November 3, 2006; 12:18 AM ET | Comments (0)

Garrard to Get Another Start for Jaguars

David Garrard is penciled in to make a second straight start at quarterback for the Jacksonville Jaguars. Garrard led the Jaguars to a win at Philadelphia last Sunday while usual starter Byron Leftwich nursed an ankle injury. Coach Jack Del Rio said earlier in the week that Leftwich remained...

By Mark Maske | November 3, 2006; 12:09 AM ET | Comments (1)

Week 9 Picks

Local Teams Cowboys at Redskins The Cowboys believe in Tony Romo. Pick: Cowboys Bengals at Ravens The Bengals simply aren't the team they should be. Pick: Ravens Lock of the Week Dolphins at Bears Jason Taylor says the Bears can be beaten. He's right. But not by these sorry...

By Mark Maske | November 2, 2006; 3:00 PM ET | Comments (6)

J. Taylor Sticks Up For Beleaguered Dolphins

Miami Dolphins defensive end Jason Taylor told reporters Wednesday it's possible that his 1-6 team could beat the undefeated Bears on Sunday in Chicago. "It's not going to take a miracle to beat this team," Taylor said. "I'm sorry. I'll give the Bears their respect. They're a good football...

By Mark Maske | November 2, 2006; 11:17 AM ET | Comments (4)

Millen Criticized Mariucci in Press-Box Rant Before Firing Him?

Atlanta Falcons Coach Jim Mora told Detroit-area reporters during a conference call Wednesday that after his team beat the Lions on Thanksgiving last year, he was told that Lions executive Matt Millen had been highly critical of his coach, Steve Mariucci, in the press box during the game. Millen...

By Mark Maske | November 2, 2006; 11:02 AM ET | Comments (4)

Vinatieri Making Return

Sunday night's game in Foxborough, Mass., between the New England Patriots and Indianapolis Colts not only is a matchup of the AFC's top two teams. It also is kicker Adam Vinatieri's return. Vinatieri, the two-time Super Bowl hero for the Patriots, left the club via free agency in the...

By Mark Maske | November 2, 2006; 10:53 AM ET | Comments (0)

Seahawks Have Revolving Door at Left Guard, Among Other Problems

The Seattle Seahawks hope to have Floyd (Pork Chop) Womack back this week as their starting left guard. The identity of the starting left guard usually isn't big news to an NFL team, but it's different for the Seahawks because they've been unable to suitably replace departed Pro Bowler...

By Mark Maske | November 2, 2006; 10:14 AM ET | Comments (0)

Merriman Begins Suspension

San Diego Chargers linebacker Shawne Merriman addressed his teammates today at the team's training facility before beginning a four-game suspension for a violation of the NFL's steroids policy. Merriman, the league's co-leader in sacks, says that he unwittingly ingested a banned substance in a supplement he was taking. "I'm...

By Mark Maske | November 1, 2006; 9:57 PM ET | Comments (0)

Sore Foot Keeps M. Williams Out of Texans' Practice

Rookie defensive end Mario Williams sat out the Houston Texans' practice today because of a sore arch in his foot. But Williams, the top overall selection in the NFL draft in April, is expected to practice by the end of the week and play this weekend....

By Mark Maske | November 1, 2006; 9:51 PM ET | Comments (0)

Titans Suspend CB Jones For One Game

The Tennessee Titans suspended cornerback Adam (Pacman) Jones from Sunday's game against the Jacksonville Jaguars. Coach Jeff Fisher also indicated that Jones was fined. He's been involved in a series of off-field incidents, including being cited by police for assault for an incident last week in which he allegedly...

By Mark Maske | November 1, 2006; 9:49 PM ET | Comments (0)

Leftwich Practices But Del Rio Still Won't Name Starter

Quarterback Byron Leftwich participated in the Jacksonville Jaguars' practice today but Coach Jack Del Rio continued to refuse to name a starter. The Jaguars won in Philadelphia last weekend with David Garrard filling in for Leftwich, who sat out because of an ankle injury. Del Rio has declined to...

By Mark Maske | November 1, 2006; 9:44 PM ET | Comments (0)

Jets Acknowledge C. Martin Won't Play This Season, but Tailback Doesn't Retire

The New York Jets announced today that tailback Curtis Martin won't play this season. Martin did not retire, although it appears highly unlikely that he will ever play again. He had been on the physically unable to perform list all season because of an ailing knee....

By Mark Maske | November 1, 2006; 9:40 PM ET | Comments (0)

Chiefs Reportedly Will Clarify P. Holmes's Playing Status After He Visits Neurologist This Week

The Kansas City Chiefs plan to make an announcement about tailback Priest Holmes's playing status after he's examined by a neurologist late this week, the Kansas City Star reported. Holmes is on the physically unable to perform list because of head and neck injuries that have left his football...

By Mark Maske | November 1, 2006; 10:18 AM ET | Comments (0)

Childress Irked About Turnovers But Sticks With B. Johnson as Vikings' Starter

Brad Johnson remains the Minnesota Vikings' starter at quarterback, Coach Brad Childress announced Tuesday. Childress went to backup Brooks Bollinger after Johnson threw his third interception during Monday night's lopsided loss to the New England Patriots, but said during his news conference Tuesday that Johnson still is the team's...

By Mark Maske | November 1, 2006; 10:11 AM ET | Comments (0)

C. Martin Reportedly Set to Announce He Won't Play This Season

New York Jets tailback Curtis Martin plans to announce today that he's ending his bid to come back this season, the New York Daily News reported. Martin has been sidelined all season by an ailing knee. He's on the physically unable to perform list and the Jets must decide...

By Mark Maske | November 1, 2006; 10:05 AM ET | Comments (1)

Eagles Sign the Cornerback Formerly Known as Will Peterson

The Philadelphia Eagles signed cornerback William James, who formerly was known as Will Peterson when he played for the New York Giants. James is a former starter for the Giants who was released in the offseason, in part because of recurring back troubles. He has dropped the Peterson from...

By Mark Maske | November 1, 2006; 9:55 AM ET | Comments (0)

Cowher Takes Blame

Blame me. With the defending Super Bowl champions all but out of the AFC playoff race with a record of 2-5 and coming off a loss to the pitiable Oakland Raiders, that was the message delivered Tuesday by Pittsburgh Steelers Coach Bill Cowher. "Obviously, there's a lot of disappointment...

By Mark Maske | November 1, 2006; 9:46 AM ET | Comments (6)

 

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