Archive: December 2006

Casserly in Running for Giants' GM Job

Charley Casserly, the former general manager of the Washington Redskins and Houston Texans, is among the candidates for the New York Giants' soon-to-be-vacant GM job. Casserly is among five candidates known to have been interviewed by the Giants so far as a possible replacement for Ernie Accorsi, who's retiring...

By Mark Maske | December 29, 2006; 9:21 AM ET | Comments (0)

No Surgery (Or Retirement) for Strahan

New York Giants defensive end Michael Strahan has been told by a foot specialist that he won't need to undergo surgery to repair the injury that ended his season. Strahan was examined by orthopedist Robert Anderson and was told there's no separation of the bones in his foot and...

By Mark Maske | December 29, 2006; 9:00 AM ET | Comments (0)

D. Clark to Play for Colts This Weekend

Tight end Dallas Clark practiced for a second consecutive day and is to play for the Indianapolis Colts this weekend. He's been sidelined for four games by a knee injury....

By Mark Maske | December 28, 2006; 7:35 PM ET | Comments (0)

Shockey's Status for Redskins Game Unclear

Tight end Jeremy Shockey missed the New York Giants' practice for a second straight day. He has a sore ankle and it's unclear if he'll be able to play Saturday night against the Washington Redskins at FedEx Field....

By Mark Maske | December 28, 2006; 7:34 PM ET | Comments (0)

Delhomme Set to Return to Panthers' Lineup

Carolina Panthers quarterback Jake Delhomme practiced for a second day in a row. He likely will start Sunday at New Orleans after missing three games because of a thumb injury....

By Mark Maske | December 28, 2006; 7:33 PM ET | Comments (0)

Giants Have Tiebreaker Edge if They Can Beat Redskins

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J.--The New York Giants can all but clinch the second wild-card playoff berth in the NFC if they beat the Washington Redskins on Saturday night at FedEx Field because they have an advantage over the Green Bay Packers in the strength of victory tiebreaker. A tie between...

By Mark Maske | December 28, 2006; 2:00 PM ET | Comments (0)

Strahan's Football Future Unclear

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J.--There's room to wonder whether defensive end Michael Strahan has played his last game for the New York Giants. Strahan was placed on the injured reserve list Tuesday and likely will have to undergo surgery for the foot injury that will end up keeping him out of...

By Mark Maske | December 28, 2006; 1:30 PM ET | Comments (0)

Week 17 Picks

Local Teams Giants at Redskins (Saturday night) It's tough to pick the Giants against anyone right now, but this is for the playoffs. Pick: Giants Bills at Ravens The Ravens keep rolling right into the playoffs. Pick: Ravens Lock of the Week Raiders at Jets The Jets won't mess...

By Mark Maske | December 28, 2006; 1:00 PM ET | Comments (0)

J. Taylor Says Steroid Suspension Should Eliminate Merriman from Defensive Player of the Year Consideration

Miami Dolphins defensive end Jason Taylor says that San Diego Chargers linebacker Shawne Merriman shouldn't be eligible to be the NFL's defensive player of the year because Merriman was suspended for four games this season for violating the league's steroids policy. "You really shouldn't be able to fail a...

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

T. Johnson Participates in Bears' Practice

Defensive tackle Tank Johnson participated in the Chicago Bears' practice Wednesday and should play Sunday night against the Green Bay Packers in the final game of the NFL's regular season. Johnson was suspended for one game by the Bears after being arrested on gun charges. A judge ordered him...

By Mark Maske | December 28, 2006; 10:08 AM ET | Comments (0)

Bengals Center Braham to Retire

Cincinnati Bengals center Rich Braham announced his retirement today. The 13-year veteran is to be honored by the Bengals before Sunday's final game of the regular season. He suffered a season-ending knee injury in September....

By Mark Maske | December 27, 2006; 9:13 PM ET | Comments (0)

K. Warner Starting This Week, Says He Plans to Play Next Season

Arizona Cardinals quarterback Kurt Warner told reporters today that he intends to play next season. Warner had indicated earlier in the season that he might retire. He lost the Cardinals' starting job to rookie Matt Leinart but has two seasons remaining on his contract in Arizona. Warner is to...

By Mark Maske | December 27, 2006; 9:10 PM ET | Comments (0)

Delhomme Practices

Jake Delhomme participated in the Carolina Panthers' practice today and might return to the lineup this weekend. The quarterback has missed the last three games after suffering ligament damage in his right thumb. Chris Weinke started in his place....

By Mark Maske | December 27, 2006; 9:07 PM ET | Comments (0)

Lemon Gets Starting Nod for Dolphins

The Miami Dolphins are going with Cleo Lemon as their starter at quarterback this week. He played in relief of Joey Harrington in each of the last two games. Lemon becomes the Dolphins' third different starting quarterback this season, following Daunte Culpepper and Harrington....

By Mark Maske | December 27, 2006; 9:04 PM ET | Comments (0)

Dorsey to Start at QB for Browns

Ken Dorsey is to be the starting quarterback for the Cleveland Browns this weekend, with Charlie Frye and Derek Anderson both hurt. The Browns signed Lang Campbell, who's been with them the past two training camps, as their backup....

By Mark Maske | December 27, 2006; 9:01 PM ET | Comments (0)

Bills Agree to Five-Year Extension with Kicker Lindell

The Buffalo Bills and kicker Rian Lindell agreed to a five-year contract extension. He would have been an unrestricted free agent this offseason....

By Mark Maske | December 27, 2006; 8:59 PM ET | Comments (0)

Smoot Breaks Jaw in Auto Accident

Cornerback Fred Smoot is to miss the Minnesota Vikings' season finale this weekend. He broke his jaw in five places in a car accident Friday in his native Mississippi. Vikings players were given the weekend off after losing Thursday night in Green Bay. Coach Brad Childress told reporters today...

By Mark Maske | December 27, 2006; 8:53 PM ET | Comments (0)

Bowlen Says Games Will Stay on NFL Network Far Into the Future

The NFL Network will carry the last of its eight regular season games this season when it broadcasts Saturday night's Redskins-Giants game from FedEx Field. The chairman of the NFL's broadcasting committee, Denver Broncos owner Pat Bowlen, says he's pleased with the job the league-owned network has done and...

By Mark Maske | December 27, 2006; 10:00 AM ET | Comments (0)

Coughlin Demotes Hufnagel, Turns Over Offensive Play-Calling Duties to Gilbride

The New York Giants demoted offensive coordinator John Hufnagel. Coach Tom Coughlin handed the team's offensive play-calling duties to quarterbacks coach Kevin Gilbride for Saturday night's game against the Washington Redskins at FedEx Field. The Giants have lost six of seven games to drop their record to 7-8 but...

By Mark Maske | December 27, 2006; 9:51 AM ET | Comments (0)

Mora Takes Up For Himself

Embattled Atlanta Falcons Coach Jim Mora defended himself today. "I'm proud of this football team," Mora said during a news conference. "Our football team did some things that are overlooked when you lose a football game. We've won the most games in the NFC South for three years. We've...

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

Cowher Promises Quick Resolution of His Status After Season

Pittsburgh Steelers Coach Bill Cowher told reporters today that he might give an indication as soon as next week whether he will remain with the team beyond this season. "That's for next week," he said during a news conference. "We'll talk about that next week. It won't go long."...

By Mark Maske | December 26, 2006; 9:19 PM ET | Comments (0)

Strahan's Season Over

The reeling New York Giants placed defensive end Michael Strahan on the injured reserve list today, ending his season. Strahan had missed six games with a midfoot sprain before returning to the lineup for Sunday's loss to the New Orleans Saints at Giants Stadium. He aggravated the injury during...

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

Week 17 Rankings

The most intriguing team as the regular season comes to a close is the Eagles, who move up to seventh after Monday's lopsided win in Dallas. The Broncos and Jets move back into the top 10 as they close in on wild card berths in the AFC. In the...

By Mark Maske | December 26, 2006; 11:46 AM ET | Comments (0)

It's All Working for S. Payton

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J.--Sean Payton coaches fearlessly. Most of the focus after the New Orleans Saints' drubbing of the New York Giants here on Sunday was on the ongoing meltdown by the Giants. But the Saints put themselves on the verge of securing the No. 2 seed in the NFC...

By Mark Maske | December 26, 2006; 11:04 AM ET | Comments (0)

Coughlin's Job Looks to be in Serious Jeopardy Now

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J.--It once seemed almost unthinkable that the New York Giants would fire Coach Tom Coughlin after this season. He won the NFC East title last season. He kept the team from unraveling after a 1-2 start this season, as the Giants ran off five straight victories after...

By Mark Maske | December 26, 2006; 10:54 AM ET | Comments (0)

Packers at Bears Flexed to Final Game of Regular Season

The Green Bay at Chicago game on Sunday has been moved to 8:15 p.m. on NBC under the NFL's flexible-scheduling plan. It will be the final game of the regular season. Under the flex-scheduling arrangement, the decision about which game to switch to the Sunday night time slot for...

By Mark Maske | December 26, 2006; 10:34 AM ET | Comments (0)

A. Bryant Suspended for Four Games By League

The league suspended San Francisco 49ers wide receiver Antonio Bryant for four games for a violation of the substance abuse policy. Bryant was arrested on a drunk-driving charge last month. The suspension would include any playoff games in which the 49ers participate this season and would carry over into...

By Mark Maske | December 22, 2006; 5:12 PM ET | Comments (0)

Judge Orders T. Johnson to Stay at Home

A judge today ordered Chicago Bears defensive tackle Tank Johnson to remain at his home except to work until it's determined whether he violated his probation. Johnson is prohibited from out-of-state travel without court permission. He was arrested last week on misdemeanor gun charges and probation officials contend that...

By Mark Maske | December 22, 2006; 5:08 PM ET | Comments (1)

Patriots Sign Sauerbrun

The New England Patriots signed punter Todd Sauerbrun today. Sauerbrun was released by the Denver Broncos earlier this season after serving a four-game suspension by the NFL for testing positive for ephedra use. Previously, Sauerbrun was reported to be among the Carolina Panthers players who had steroid prescriptions filled...

By Mark Maske | December 22, 2006; 1:06 PM ET | Comments (0)

C. Palmer Back to Practicing

Quarterback Carson Palmer participated in the Cincinnati Bengals' practice Thursday and is scheduled to start Sunday at Denver. Palmer sat out Wednesday's practice because of a sore shoulder....

By Mark Maske | December 22, 2006; 12:56 PM ET | Comments (0)

Saban Continues to Deny Persistent Alabama Rumors

Miami Dolphins Coach Nick Saban continues to say that he's not leaving for the University of Alabama's coaching job even though reports and rumors continue to link him to the school. "I guess I have to say it: I'm not going to be the Alabama coach," Saban told reporters...

By Mark Maske | December 22, 2006; 12:04 PM ET | Comments (0)

Rayner's Late Field Goal for Packers Gets Favre, Franks Off the Hook

Green Bay Packers quarterback Brett Favre didn't speak to reporters after Thursday night's 9-7 triumph over the Minnesota Vikings at Lambeau Field. If Favre retires after the season, Thursday's game was his final career appearance at Lambeau. He completed 26 of 50 passes for 285 yards, but threw two...

By Mark Maske | December 22, 2006; 11:55 AM ET | Comments (0)

T. Jackson Puts Up Feeble Numbers in First Start, But It Wasn't Really Quite That Bad

The numbers were predictably bad for rookie quarterback Tarvaris Jackson in his first NFL start Thursday night for the Minnesota Vikings at Green Bay. The second-round draft selection completed 10 of 20 passes for 50 yards. He threw an interception and had a passer rating of 35.4. The Vikings...

By Mark Maske | December 22, 2006; 11:45 AM ET | Comments (0)

Owens Having "Okay" Season, According to Parcells

PHILADELPHIA--Bill Parcells says that Terrell Owens is having an "okay" season. "When he came here, I approached it with this philosophy: It's my job to make it work if I can," the Dallas Cowboys coach said during a conference call Thursday with Philadelphia-area reporters. "It's not been without a...

By Mark Maske | December 22, 2006; 10:14 AM ET | Comments (0)

Parcells Says "Jury Is Still Out" On Romo's Long-Term Prospects

PHILADELPHIA--Tony Romo has become a Pro Bowl quarterback only eight starts into his NFL career with the Dallas Cowboys. But Cowboys Coach Bill Parcells isn't getting carried away, saying in a conference call with Philadelphia-area reporters Thursday that the "jury is still out" on whether Romo will be an...

By Mark Maske | December 22, 2006; 10:05 AM ET | Comments (0)

Raiders Reportedly Planning to Fire Shell

The NFL Network reported during its broadcast of tonight's Packers-Vikings game in Green Bay that the Oakland Raiders plan to fire Art Shell as their coach after the season. The Raiders issued a statement ridiculing the report, saying it did not come from a reliable source and indicating that...

By Mark Maske | December 21, 2006; 10:12 PM ET | Comments (0)

Week 16 Picks

Local Teams Redskins at Rams Two straight road wins would be too much to ask for this Redskins team. Pick: Rams Ravens at Steelers Suddenly, the Steelers look like a defending Super Bowl champion. Pick: Steelers Lock of the Week Bears at Lions Do you even need to ask...

By Mark Maske | December 21, 2006; 12:00 PM ET | Comments (0)

Payton Hopes Lighter Midweek Practice Will Produce Better Result for Saints

Not wanting his team to be complacent after a highly impressive victory in Dallas, New Orleans Saints Coach Sean Payton put his team through a rugged practice on Wednesday of last week. The result was a poor performance in Sunday's loss at home to the Washington Redskins. This week,...

By Mark Maske | December 21, 2006; 7:48 AM ET | Comments (0)

Vick Does Little During Falcons' Practice

Quarterback Michael Vick did little during the Atlanta Falcons' practice Wednesday, resting the strained groin muscle that he suffered during Saturday's loss to the Dallas Cowboys. Matt Schaub took most of the snaps with the starting offense and would start Sunday's game against the Carolina Panthers if Vick is...

By Mark Maske | December 21, 2006; 7:41 AM ET | Comments (0)

T. Johnson's Arrest Could Be Probation Violation

Chicago Bears defensive tackle Tank Johnson is scheduled to be in court Friday. Probation officers contend that his arrest last week on misdemeanor gun charges is a violation of his probation stemming from a previous gun charge. A judge possibly could send him to jail. Other possibilities include extending...

By Mark Maske | December 21, 2006; 7:34 AM ET | Comments (0)

Strahan Practices

Defensive end Michael Strahan participated fully in the New York Giants' practice today and appears set to return to the lineup for Sunday's game against the New Orleans Saints. Strahan has missed the last six games because of a midfoot sprain. The Giants have gone 1-5 without him and,...

By Mark Maske | December 20, 2006; 7:17 PM ET | Comments (0)

C. Palmer Rests Sore Shoulder But Is Expected to Play Against Broncos

Quarterback Carson Palmer sat out the Cincinnati Bengals' practice today to rest a sore right shoulder. But he's expected to practice Thursday and play Sunday at Denver....

By Mark Maske | December 20, 2006; 7:15 PM ET | Comments (0)

Hall Talks to Owens and Says He's Putting Spitting Incident Behind Him

Atlanta Falcons cornerback DeAngelo Hall told reporters today that he spoke to Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Terrell Owens on Monday and he's moving on from the ugly incident over the weekend in which Owens spit at Hall. The two spoke as part of a three-way telephone call with Deion...

By Mark Maske | December 20, 2006; 7:07 PM ET | Comments (0)

Still Waiting For Final Flex-Scheduling Move

The league has until Monday to decide which game on Dec. 31, the final day of the regular season, will be moved to 8:15 p.m. on NBC under the flexible-scheduling plan. Under the plan, such switches in previous weeks had to be done at least 12 days in advance....

By Mark Maske | December 20, 2006; 3:57 PM ET | Comments (0)

Panthers Place Wahle on IR List

The Carolina Panthers placed guard Mike Wahle on the injured reserve list today, ending his season. He will undergo surgery for a torn labrum in his right shoulder. The Panthers likely will be without quarterback Jake Delhomme for a third straight week. He has ligament damage in his right...

By Mark Maske | December 20, 2006; 3:53 PM ET | Comments (0)

Favre Talks About "R" Word

It's the time of the year again for Brett Favre's retirement ruminations. The subject came up Tuesday during the Green Bay Packers quarterback's weekly news conference. Favre said he's undecided about whether he'll play next season. He has played far better this season than last season, throwing 17 touchdown...

By Mark Maske | December 20, 2006; 9:51 AM ET | Comments (0)

Falcons' Third Quarterback Didn't Get Into Saturday's Game But His Helmet Did

When the Atlanta Falcons moved Michael Vick from quarterback to tailback and inserted Matt Schaub at quarterback for a few plays during Saturday night's game against the Dallas Cowboys, they actually were violating a little-known NFL rule: An offensive team cannot have two quarterbacks on the field with radio...

By Mark Maske | December 20, 2006; 9:34 AM ET | Comments (0)

Chargers Have Three Pro Bowlers From Manning Trade

Three of the players that the San Diego Chargers got in the Eli Manning trade with the New York Giants on draft day 2004 were named to the AFC Pro Bowl team today--quarterback Philip Rivers, linebacker Shawne Merriman and kicker Nate Kaeding. The Chargers got Rivers in the deal...

By Mark Maske | December 19, 2006; 9:35 PM ET | Comments (0)

Bears Suspend DT Johnson For One Game

The Chicago Bears suspended defensive tackle Tank Johnson for one game. Johnson was arrested Thursday on misdemeanor gun charges after police searched his home and found six unregistered firearms. He was at a downtown nightclub when his friend, a man described as Johnson's bodyguard, was shot and killed early...

By Mark Maske | December 19, 2006; 8:56 PM ET | Comments (0)

Romo Gets Pro Bowl Nod in NFC, Brady Doesn't in AFC

A half-season of starts was enough for the Dallas Cowboys' Tony Romo to become a Pro Bowl quarterback. The Pro Bowl selections have been announced and Romo made the NFC team, along with fellow quarterbacks Drew Brees of the New Orleans Saints and Marc Bulger of the St. Louis...

By Mark Maske | December 19, 2006; 4:31 PM ET | Comments (0)

Vikings Going With Rookie at QB

The Minnesota Vikings are going with rookie Tarvaris Jackson as their starting quarterback. Coach Brad Childress announced today that Jackson would start the final two games of the regular season, beginning Thursday night at Green Bay. Jackson, a second-round draft choice out of Alabama State, replaced Brad Johnson in...

By Mark Maske | December 19, 2006; 4:23 PM ET | Comments (0)

Week 16 Rankings

Which NFC team do you trust? Just when you started to trust the Saints, they lose at home to the Redskins. The Bears nearly blow a game against the lowly Buccaneers, and it wasn't even Rex Grossman's fault. The Cowboys looked good in Atlanta, but that was right after...

By Mark Maske | December 19, 2006; 12:05 PM ET | Comments (0)

Lions Assistant Cullen Fined, Suspended for One Game

The NFL suspended Detroit Lions defensive line coach Joe Cullen for one game and fined him $20,000 for conduct detrimental to the league. Cullen was arrested twice during the preseason, once for drunk driving and once for driving nude. He admitted he had a drinking problem and has sought...

By Mark Maske | December 19, 2006; 10:38 AM ET | Comments (0)

Packers Reportedly to Lose Offensive Coordinator Jagodzinski to Boston College

Green Bay Packers offensive coordinator Jeff Jagodzinski reportedly accepted the head coaching job at Boston College on Monday. He likely will finish the season with the Packers before leaving. New York Giants quarterbacks coach Kevin Gilbride also had been among the candidates at BC....

By Mark Maske | December 19, 2006; 10:24 AM ET | Comments (0)

C. Johnson's Wild Shoes Benched for Monday Night Game

Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver Chad Johnson showed up on the field for warmups for Monday night's game in Indianapolis wearing cleats featuring black and orange stripes and pictures of himself scoring and celebrating touchdowns covering the back half of the shoes. Johnson switched back to standard black cleats for...

By Mark Maske | December 19, 2006; 10:17 AM ET | Comments (0)

Even With No Suspension for Owens, Goodell Still Increasing Penalties for On-Field Misdeeds

Atlanta Falcons cornerback DeAngelo Hall called for the league to suspend Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Terrell Owens for spitting in Hall's face during Saturday night's game at the Georgia Dome. It didn't happen. On Monday, the NFL instead fined Owens $35,000. But even if he didn't suspend Owens, first-year...

By Mark Maske | December 19, 2006; 10:00 AM ET | Comments (0)

Falcons Hopeful They'll Have Vick Against Panthers

The Atlanta Falcons are hopeful that quarterback Michael Vick will play this weekend against the Carolina Panthers. Vick threw four touchdown passes in Saturday's loss at home to the Dallas Cowboys but finished the game on the bench because of a strained groin muscle. Matt Schaub would start against...

By Mark Maske | December 19, 2006; 9:54 AM ET | Comments (2)

McPherson Suing Titans Over Mascot Mishap

Former New Orleans Saints quarterback Adrian McPherson filed a $20 million lawsuit against the Tennessee Titans. McPherson suffered a knee injury when a golf cart driven by the Titans' mascot crashed into him on the field at halftime of an exhibition game in August. McPherson, who was released by...

By Mark Maske | December 18, 2006; 7:31 PM ET | Comments (1)

Rattay Taking Over as Bucs' Starter at QB

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are switching starting quarterbacks this week, from rookie Bruce Gradkowski to veteran Tim Rattay. Rattay replaced Gradkowski during Sunday's overtime loss to the Chicago Bears and threw three touchdown passes to nearly pull off a comeback win....

By Mark Maske | December 18, 2006; 7:30 PM ET | Comments (0)

Strahan Might Play This Weekend

Defensive end Michael Strahan might return to the New York Giants' lineup this weekend against the New Orleans Saints. Strahan has missed the Giants' last six games, five of them losses, because of a foot injury. He participated in individual drills during practices last week but didn't play in...

By Mark Maske | December 18, 2006; 7:29 PM ET | Comments (1)

Panthers' Rucker Has Torn ACL

Carolina Panthers defensive end Mike Rucker will be sidelined for the remainder of the season because of a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee. Rucker suffered the injury during Sunday's loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers....

By Mark Maske | December 18, 2006; 7:28 PM ET | Comments (0)

Owens Fined $35,000 For Spitting Incident Saturday

The NFL today fined Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Terrell Owens $35,000 for spitting at Atlanta Falcons cornerback DeAngelo Hall during the Cowboys' triumph Saturday night in Atlanta. Owens was not suspended, keeping with precedent for punishments levied by the league for similar infractions in the past. Hall complained to...

By Mark Maske | December 18, 2006; 3:12 PM ET | Comments (12)

NFC East Living Up to Advance Billing... Sort Of

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J.--Remember back when so many people thought the NFC East was going to be a powerhouse division this season? They were right. Sort of. It hasn't been a smooth ride for any of the four NFC East teams this season. But, with two weeks left in the...

By Mark Maske | December 18, 2006; 10:12 AM ET | Comments (1)

Barber Says He Won't Reconsider Retirement Decision

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J.--Tiki Barber's NFL career is winding down. The New York Giants have two regular season games remaining and, if they don't make the playoffs, they could be Barber's final two games in the NFL. The standout running back said after Sunday's loss to the Philadelphia Eagles that...

By Mark Maske | December 18, 2006; 10:04 AM ET | Comments (0)

Garcia, Westbrook Have Sparked Eagles' Resurgence

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J.--The competitive portion of the Philadelphia Eagles' season widely was regarded as being over when they were crushed at Indianapolis, 45-21, on Nov. 26. The Eagles, at that point, had lost five of six games to drop their record to 5-6. They were playing without injured quarterback...

By Mark Maske | December 18, 2006; 10:00 AM ET | Comments (2)

A Quick NFC Thought

Just how ironclad is that rule about the NFC having to be represented in the Super Bowl? Just when it looks like an NFC team is for real, it plays like the New Orleans Saints did today....

By Mark Maske | December 17, 2006; 4:07 PM ET | Comments (11)

Mora's Job Security Becomes An Issue

ATLANTA--The job of Atlanta Falcons Coach Jim Mora perhaps could be in jeopardy. Mora created an uproar in Atlanta last week by saying on a radio show that he would leave his job with the Falcons in an instant if he could get the head coaching job at the...

By Mark Maske | December 17, 2006; 1:45 PM ET | Comments (0)

Vick Does It All But Ends Up Hurt

ATLANTA--It was an eventful night for Michael Vick on Saturday as the Atlanta Falcons lost to the Dallas Cowboys. Vick threw four touchdown passes, matching his single-game career high. He set an NFL single-season record for rushing yards by a quarterback. He even lined up at tailback for a...

By Mark Maske | December 17, 2006; 1:42 PM ET | Comments (2)

More T.O. Melodrama

ATLANTA--Terrell Owens was back to a soap opera-like existence Saturday night in Atlanta. The wide receiver caught two touchdown passes in the Dallas Cowboys' 38-28 triumph over the Falcons. But the talk after the game was about Owens spitting in the face of Falcons cornerback DeAngelo Hall and continuing...

By Mark Maske | December 17, 2006; 1:39 PM ET | Comments (2)

Strange Case Involving Overseas Payments by Chargers Players Now Being Reviewed by Immigration and Customs Enforcement Officials

When Drug Enforcement Administration agents found that San Diego Chargers players were sending sums of money to China, they thought they had a steroid case on their hands. Instead, they ended up with what they thought was a counterfeit shoe case. In a year that has been marked by...

By Mark Maske | December 15, 2006; 11:00 PM ET | Comments (9)

One of Falcons' Two Injured Tailbacks Practices

The Atlanta Falcons' tailback situation improved when rookie Jerious Norwood participated in Thursday's practice. Norwood suffered a knee injury last weekend while Warrick Dunn hurt his calf. Dunn missed his second straight practice Thursday but it appears the Falcons will have at least Norwood available for Saturday night's game...

By Mark Maske | December 15, 2006; 10:14 AM ET | Comments (3)

Seahawks Are Stumbling and Bumbling at Wrong Time

The Seattle Seahawks are in trouble. Deep, deep trouble. Just when the defending NFC champions should be rounding into top form for the playoffs, they're falling apart. They survived tailback Shaun Alexander's absence from the lineup earlier this season because of a cracked bone in his foot. They survived...

By Mark Maske | December 15, 2006; 10:07 AM ET | Comments (1)

Bears DT Johnson Facing Gun Charge

Chicago Bears defensive tackle Tank Johnson was charged with not having a gun owner's identification card. Police searched Johnson's home and reportedly found six firearms. He was charged with a misdemeanor that could bring up to a year of prison time....

By Mark Maske | December 14, 2006; 10:31 PM ET | Comments (1)

Neck Surgery Could End Pollack's Career

Cincinnati Bengals linebacker David Pollack's NFL career probably is over after a specialist recommended that he undergo surgery for a cracked bone in his neck. The former first-round draft choice was hurt while making a tackle during a game in September and had his head placed in a halo...

By Mark Maske | December 14, 2006; 10:30 PM ET | Comments (0)

Delhomme Sits Out Another Practice

Quarterback Jake Delhomme missed the Carolina Panthers' practice for a second straight day and probably won't play Sunday against the Pittsburgh Steelers. Chris Weinke started in Delhomme's place last weekend--and lost to the New York Giants--after Delhomme suffered ligament damage in his right thumb the previous Monday night at...

By Mark Maske | December 14, 2006; 10:29 PM ET | Comments (0)

Strahan Increasing Activity Level

Defensive end Michael Strahan participated in portions of the New York Giants' practice for a second day in a row but remained listed as doubtful for Sunday's game against the Philadelphia Eagles. Strahan has missed the last five games because of a foot injury. He participated in individual drills...

By Mark Maske | December 14, 2006; 10:28 PM ET | Comments (0)

Chargers Sign Hakim

The San Diego Chargers signed free agent wide receiver Az-Zahir Hakim. The Chargers placed wideout Malcolm Floyd on the injured reserve list with an ankle injury....

By Mark Maske | December 14, 2006; 10:27 PM ET | Comments (0)

J. Porter Fined for Winslow Remark

The NFL today fined Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker Joey Porter $10,000 for using a slur related to sexual orientation to describe Cleveland Browns tight end Kellen Winslow after the two teams played last week. Following the Steelers' 27-7 triumph last Thursday, Porter called Winslow "soft" and used the slur to...

By Mark Maske | December 14, 2006; 10:26 PM ET | Comments (0)

Webster Estate Wins Disability Ruling

An appeals court ruled that the estate of late Pittsburgh Steelers center Mike Webster is entitled to as much as $2 million in disability benefits. A three-judge panel of the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled unanimously Wednesday that the NFL must pay benefits to the estate retroactive...

By Mark Maske | December 14, 2006; 10:24 PM ET | Comments (0)

Week 15 Picks

Local Teams Redskins at Saints It's a potential letdown game for the Saints after their big win in Dallas, but they're just too good for the Redskins and they're at home. Pick: Saints Browns at Ravens No contest. Pick: Ravens Lock of the Week Buccaneers at Bears Even one...

By Mark Maske | December 14, 2006; 1:00 PM ET | Comments (3)

Gabriel Back With Raiders

The Oakland Raiders claimed wide receiver Doug Gabriel off waivers Wednesday after he was released Tuesday by the New England Patriots. Gabriel is returning to the team that traded him to New England before the season....

By Mark Maske | December 14, 2006; 12:52 PM ET | Comments (2)

Browns Probably Will Go With Anderson Again at QB

Derek Anderson appears likely to start again at quarterback for the Cleveland Browns this weekend against the Baltimore Ravens. Charlie Frye remains unable to practice because of an ailing wrist....

By Mark Maske | December 14, 2006; 12:25 PM ET | Comments (2)

Patriots Add TE With Watson Hurt

The New England Patriots signed veteran tight end O.J. Santiago. The Patriots could be without Benjamin Watson after the tight end suffered a knee injury last weekend. Watson is the team's leading receiver....

By Mark Maske | December 14, 2006; 12:20 PM ET | Comments (0)

Falcons Bolster RB Depth

The Atlanta Falcons signed tailback Jamal Robertson, formerly of the Carolina Panthers and San Francisco 49ers. The Falcons' top two tailbacks, Warrick Dunn and Jerious Norwood, are plagued by leg injuries and sat out Wednesday's practice. Fullback Justin Griffith is slated to start at tailback if both are sidelined...

By Mark Maske | December 14, 2006; 12:15 PM ET | Comments (0)

Delhomme Misses Practice

Quarterback Jake Delhomme missed the Carolina Panthers' practice Wednesday and it's still unclear if he'll return to the lineup for Sunday's game against the Pittsburgh Steelers. Chris Weinke started in Delhomme's place last weekend--and lost to the New York Giants--after Delhomme suffered ligament damage in his right thumb the...

By Mark Maske | December 14, 2006; 12:10 PM ET | Comments (0)

Ward Set to Return to Steelers' Lineup

Wide receiver Hines Ward is to return to the Pittsburgh Steelers' lineup on Sunday at Carolina. He's missed the past two games after undergoing knee surgery....

By Mark Maske | December 14, 2006; 12:05 PM ET | Comments (0)

Cowher Says No Decision Has Been Made on His Coaching Future

Bill Cowher said in a conference call Wednesday with Charlotte, N.C.-area reporters that he hasn't decided whether he'll remain the coach of the Pittsburgh Steelers after this season. Talks with team officials about an extension of his contract were put on hold before the season and other members of...

By Mark Maske | December 14, 2006; 12:00 PM ET | Comments (2)

League Mourning Hunt's Death

This morning, the NFL is mourning the loss of one of its giants. Lamar Hunt, the founder and owner of the Kansas City Chiefs, died Wednesday night of complications from prostate cancer. He was 74. When the owners gathered last week for a meeting near Dallas, where Hunt lived,...

By Mark Maske | December 14, 2006; 10:08 AM ET | Comments (2)

L. Hunt's Condition Hasn't Improved

The condition of Lamar Hunt, the 74-year-old founder and owner of the Kansas City Chiefs, has not improved, according to team officials. Hunt has been hospitalized in Dallas since the day before Thanksgiving. He'd been diagnosed with prostate cancer in 1998 and he went into the hospital to have...

By Mark Maske | December 13, 2006; 10:27 AM ET | Comments (0)

Patriots Release Gabriel

The New England Patriots released wide receiver Doug Gabriel. The Patriots acquired Gabriel in a trade with the Oakland Raiders before the season. He had 25 catches for the Patriots, only one of which came in the past four games. The move left the Patriots with only four wideouts--Troy...

By Mark Maske | December 13, 2006; 10:12 AM ET | Comments (3)

K. Jones's Availability for Next Season in Doubt As Well

The Detroit Lions placed tailback Kevin Jones on the injured reserve list. Not only is Jones's 2006 season over, but there also are concerns about his availability for the 2007 season. He reportedly has been diagnosed with a Lisfranc fracture, a serious midfoot injury that involves ligament damage and...

By Mark Maske | December 13, 2006; 10:08 AM ET | Comments (0)

Culpepper Placed on IR

The Miami Dolphins placed quarterback Daunte Culpepper on the injured reserve list Tuesday, ending his season. Culpepper began the season as the Dolphins' starter after being obtained in an offseason trade with the Minnesota Vikings. But he hadn't fully recovered from the major knee injury that he suffered last...

By Mark Maske | December 13, 2006; 9:49 AM ET | Comments (1)

Week 15 Rankings

The top five gets shaken up after lopsided losses by last week's Nos. 2, 3 and 4 teams--the Cowboys, Colts and Patriots. The Saints move up to second. When they were ranked No. 1 here earlier this season, it was partially based on their early-season accomplishments but also in...

By Mark Maske | December 12, 2006; 12:29 PM ET | Comments (20)

Ramsey Falls To Third Among Jets Quarterbacks

Things aren't going any better for quarterback Patrick Ramsey with the New York Jets than they did with the Washington Redskins. The former first-round draft pick has fallen behind rookie Kellen Clemens on the Jets' depth chart. Clemens now is the primary backup to Chad Pennington and Ramsey is...

By Mark Maske | December 12, 2006; 10:20 AM ET | Comments (13)

D. Jackson Won't Be in Seahawks' Lineup This Week

The Seattle Seahawks will be without wide receiver Darrell Jackson for Thursday night's game against the San Francisco 49ers because of a turf toe injury. Jackson is tied for the NFL lead with 10 touchdown catches. Nate Burleson is scheduled to start in his place. It's also possible that...

By Mark Maske | December 12, 2006; 10:14 AM ET | Comments (0)

Bears Will Be Without T. Harris Through Playoffs

Tommie Harris, the Chicago Bears' Pro Bowl defensive tackle, is scheduled to undergo surgery today on his injured hamstring and will miss the remainder of the regular season and playoffs. Alfonso Boone replaced Harris in the starting lineup for Monday night's triumph at St. Louis....

By Mark Maske | December 12, 2006; 10:09 AM ET | Comments (0)

K. Jones Probably Done for Season

The Detroit Lions probably will be without tailback Kevin Jones for the rest of the season. He suffered an ankle injury during Sunday's loss to the Minnesota Vikings....

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

Delhomme to Regain Starting Job if He's Able to Play

The reeling Carolina Panthers plan to switch back to Jake Delhomme as their starter at quarterback this week if he's healthy. Chris Weinke started Sunday's loss to the New York Giants because Delhomme had a thumb injury. It's unclear if he'll be ready to play this week....

By Mark Maske | December 11, 2006; 9:07 PM ET | Comments (0)

Falcons Suddenly Short of Tailbacks

The Atlanta Falcons potentially are facing a severe shortage at running back this week. Tailbacks Warrick Dunn and Jerious Norwood got hurt during Sunday's triumph over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Dunn suffered a calf injury, and Norwood hurt his knee. It's not clear if either will be available for...

By Mark Maske | December 11, 2006; 9:05 PM ET | Comments (3)

Stokley Probably Out for Season

The Indianapolis Colts likely will be without wide receiver Brandon Stokley for the remainder of the season because of an Achilles' tendon injury. Stokley already has missed most of the season because of ankle and knee injuries and the Colts recently signed fellow veteran wideout Ricky Proehl....

By Mark Maske | December 11, 2006; 9:02 PM ET | Comments (0)

Grossman Put on Notice

Struggling quarterback Rex Grossman finally has been put on notice that his starting job with the Chicago Bears could be in jeopardy. Coach Lovie Smith has remained publicly supportive of Grossman, saying the team has gone 10-2 with him as the starter and he remains the club's quarterback. But...

By Mark Maske | December 11, 2006; 6:30 PM ET | Comments (1)

Brees For Second-Most-Valuable Player

IRVING, Tex.--LaDanian Tomlinson probably has wrapped up the NFL's most valuable player award this season, and rightfully so. But Drew Brees isn't all that far behind. The New Orleans Saints quarterback was back at it here Sunday night, throwing for 384 yards and five touchdowns--all in the first three...

By Mark Maske | December 11, 2006; 1:37 AM ET | Comments (10)

Suddenly, Cowboys Look Vulnerable Again

IRVING, Tex.--Suddenly, things are a little bit precarious for the Dallas Cowboys after Sunday night's one-sided defeat here to the New Orleans Saints. Their lead in the NFC East is down to a single game over the New York Giants and Philadelphia Eagles, and they have a short week...

By Mark Maske | December 11, 2006; 1:28 AM ET | Comments (3)

Payton Outcoaches Parcells

IRVING, Tex.--Sean Payton thoroughly outcoached Bill Parcells here Sunday night as his New Orleans Saints beat his former boss's Dallas Cowboys. Payton has become a top coach of the year candidate after leaving the Cowboys, for whom he served as Parcells's top offensive assistant, to take the New Orleans...

By Mark Maske | December 11, 2006; 1:18 AM ET | Comments (0)

Cowboys Claim Parrish Off Waivers

IRVING, Tex.--The Dallas Cowboys claimed safety Tony Parrish off waivers. He'd been released by the San Francisco 49ers. The Cowboys have been looking for help at safety since the offseason. They tried rookie Pat Watkins as the starter at the safety spot alongside Roy Williams, but finally benched him...

By Mark Maske | December 8, 2006; 8:09 AM ET | Comments (1)

L. Hunt Remains Hospitalized as Fellow Owners Approve Funding for Arrowhead Stadium Renovations

FRISCO, Tex.--Kansas City Chiefs owner Lamar Hunt remains hospitalized in Dallas. Hunt, 74, was hospitalized two weeks ago for a partially collapsed lung. He was diagnosed with prostate cancer in 1998. Chiefs President Carl Peterson said at the owners' meeting here today that the team sorely misses Hunt. "I'm...

By Mark Maske | December 7, 2006; 9:15 PM ET | Comments (0)

Saban Tells Dolphins Players He's Not Leaving for Alabama

Miami Dolphins Coach Nick Saban told his players today that he's staying with the team despite overtures by the University of Alabama. Through intermediaries, the school reportedly offered Saban a contract with a $7 million signing bonus and an overall value of $5 million per season....

By Mark Maske | December 7, 2006; 9:14 PM ET | Comments (0)

Weinke Likely to be Panthers' Starter This Weekend

Carolina Panthers quarterback Jake Delhomme missed practice for a second day in row because of a thumb injury suffered during Monday night's loss at Philadelphia. Backup Chris Weinke likely will start Sunday's game against the New York Giants....

By Mark Maske | December 7, 2006; 9:01 PM ET | Comments (0)

Bears Lose T. Harris, Perhaps For Season

The Chicago Bears have suffered a significant loss on defense. Defensive tackle Tommie Harris is expected to be sidelined for the remainder of the regular season and perhaps the playoffs because of a severe hamstring injury. He also is suffering from a knee injury that isn't as severe....

By Mark Maske | December 7, 2006; 8:58 PM ET | Comments (0)

League Wants to Stay in Stadium-Construction Business

FRISCO, Tex.--The NFL has exhausted the funds in its stadium subsidy program. But Commissioner Roger Goodell said today that the league, the franchise owners and the players' union will study ways to continue to be business partners with teams in stadium construction. The owners today approved two grants from...

By Mark Maske | December 7, 2006; 8:41 PM ET | Comments (0)

Goodell Says He's Hopeful Agreement Will Be Completed Soon to Bolster Steroid Program

FRISCO, Tex.--NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell said today he's hopeful of completing an agreement with Players Association chief Gene Upshaw soon to strengthen the league's steroid-testing program. Goodell said there's no agreement yet but he hopes one can be completed "in the near future." Goodell and Upshaw have discussed the...

By Mark Maske | December 7, 2006; 8:25 PM ET | Comments (0)

Owners Approve $300 Million Loan to Giants and Jets for New Stadium

FRISCO, Tex.--The NFL's team owners today ratified a $300 million subsidy to aid the New York Giants and New York Jets in building a new stadium in the Meadowlands. The owners voted, 30-2, during a meeting at a resort in this Dallas suburb to approve the request by the...

By Mark Maske | December 7, 2006; 1:50 PM ET | Comments (0)

Week 14 Picks

Local Teams Eagles at Redskins The Eagles are playing for a spot in the postseason. The Redskins aren't. Pick: Eagles Ravens at Chiefs The Chiefs have to have this one. Pick: Chiefs Lock of the Week Raiders at Bengals The Bengals have been a different team lately. Pick: Bengals...

By Mark Maske | December 7, 2006; 10:00 AM ET | Comments (3)

Owners to Meet Today and Vote on N.Y. Stadium Loan

The NFL's team owners are scheduled to meet in the Dallas area today and are to take a vote on the request by the New York Giants and New York Jets for a $300 million subsidy from the league's stadium loan program. The two teams are planning to build...

By Mark Maske | December 7, 2006; 9:45 AM ET | Comments (0)

Childress Not Announcing QB Choice

Minnesota Vikings Coach Brad Childress today refused to name a starting quarterback for this week. It seems likely that Childress will stick with struggling veteran Brad Johnson but he refused to rule out a possible switch to rookie Tarvaris Jackson, telling reporters that he wanted to keep the Detroit...

By Mark Maske | December 6, 2006; 8:58 PM ET | Comments (0)

Bulger Not Taking Anything Back

St. Louis Rams quarterback Marc Bulger told reporters today that he doesn't regret the harsh comments he made about his teammates after Sunday's loss to the Arizona Cardinals. Bulger, without naming any of the alleged offenders, said after the defeat that some of his teammates don't care enough. "It's...

By Mark Maske | December 6, 2006; 8:27 PM ET | Comments (0)

Wilson Participates in Broncos' Practice

Middle linebacker Al Wilson participated in the Denver Broncos' practice today but it's unclear if he'll play this weekend against the San Diego Chargers. He was taken off the field on a cart and examined at a nearby hospital after suffering a neck injury during Sunday night's loss to...

By Mark Maske | December 6, 2006; 8:20 PM ET | Comments (0)

Favre Might Undergo Offseason Ankle Surgery

Green Bay Packers quarterback Brett Favre told reporters today that he might need to undergo surgery on his left ankle at some point to have bone spurs removed. Favre said he has experienced discomfort in the ankle at times this season. He indicated that he underwent a similar procedure...

By Mark Maske | December 6, 2006; 8:10 PM ET | Comments (0)

Lions Place S. Rogers on IR

The Detroit Lions placed defensive tackle Shaun Rogers on the injured reserve list, ending his season. He underwent knee surgery while serving a four-game suspension by the NFL for taking a banned substance....

By Mark Maske | December 6, 2006; 2:52 PM ET | Comments (2)

Delhomme Sits Out Panthers' Practice Because of Ailing Thumb

Quarterback Jake Delhomme missed the Carolina Panthers' practice today because of a sprained right thumb. The right-handed quarterback was hurt early in Monday night's loss at Philadelphia but finished the game, throwing three touchdown passes but also two crucial late interceptions. He has thrown at least one interception in...

By Mark Maske | December 6, 2006; 2:45 PM ET | Comments (0)

Mora Reportedly Leaves Radio Job In Wake of Vick Comment

Former NFL coach Jim Mora left a radio job with Fox Sports because of his recent comments regarding Falcons quarterback Michael Vick, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported. Mora agreed with a host's comment that Vick is a "coach killer" because of his erratic passing. The Falcons are coached by Mora's...

By Mark Maske | December 6, 2006; 11:00 AM ET | Comments (2)

Arrington Scheduled to Testify Before Congressional Subcommittee Thursday

Injured New York Giants linebacker LaVar Arrington is on the tentative witness list for a hearing of a Congressional subcommittee scheduled for Thursday. The House subcommittee on commercial and administrative law scheduled the hearing to review the NFL Players Association's arbitration system for disciplining agents. Arrington is represented by...

By Mark Maske | December 6, 2006; 10:53 AM ET | Comments (0)

Bucs Place WR Clayton on IR

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers placed wide receiver Michael Clayton on the injured reserve list because of a knee injury. He finishes the season with 33 catches for 356 yards and one touchdown. He's totaled 65 catches for 728 yards and one touchdown over the past two seasons after having...

By Mark Maske | December 6, 2006; 10:46 AM ET | Comments (0)

Niners Sign Foreman, Release Parrish

The San Francisco 49ers signed linebacker Jay Foreman and waived safety Tony Parrish. Parrish was a longtime starter before losing the job this season. Foreman was signed because 49ers linebacker Derek Smith is sidelined by an ailing hamstring....

By Mark Maske | December 6, 2006; 10:40 AM ET | Comments (0)

L. Smith Steadfast in Supporting Grossman

Chicago Bears Coach Lovie Smith is sticking steadfastly by Rex Grossman as the team's starting quarterback. There's been plenty of clamoring for Smith to turn to backup Brian Griese but Smith has been adamant that Grossman is the club's starter. Grossman threw three interceptions and had a passer rating...

By Mark Maske | December 6, 2006; 10:31 AM ET | Comments (3)

League Suspends Saints DT Thomas

The NFL suspended New Orleans Saints defensive tackle Hollis Thomas for four games without pay for a violation of the league's policy on steroids and related substances. Thomas and the Saints told the league that the banned substance for which he tested positive was contained in one of the...

By Mark Maske | December 6, 2006; 10:29 AM ET | Comments (3)

D. Anderson Appears Set to Start for Browns Against Steelers

Cleveland Browns quarterback Charlie Frye didn't participate in today's practice because of a bruised right wrist. It seems likely that second-year backup Derek Anderson, who engineered Sunday's overtime triumph over the Kansas City Chiefs, will make his first NFL start Thursday night against the Pittsburgh Steelers....

By Mark Maske | December 5, 2006; 10:03 PM ET | Comments (1)

Childress's QB Options Are Limited

The sprained left shoulder suffered by backup quarterback Brooks Bollinger during Sunday's loss at Chicago might be the only thing keeping Brad Johnson from being benched as the Minnesota Vikings' starter this week. Johnson is struggling badly but it's unclear if Bollinger will be available this week. If he's...

By Mark Maske | December 5, 2006; 9:53 PM ET | Comments (0)

Week 14 Rankings

Is anybody out there any good? 1. Chargers (10-2)... 1 2. Cowboys (8-4)... 5 3. Colts (10-2)... 2 4. Patriots (9-3)... 4 5. Bears (10-2)... 6 6. Ravens (9-3)... 3 7. Seahawks (8-4)... 8 8. Saints (8-4)... 9 9. Jets (7-5)... 11 10. Bengals (7-5)... 12 11. Jaguars (7-5)......

By Mark Maske | December 5, 2006; 12:23 PM ET | Comments (0)

Eagles Have Hope Again, Thanks to Garcia

PHILADELPHIA--Late Monday night, the Philadelphia Eagles were singing the praises of Jeff Garcia. The club's fill-in starter at quarterback threw for 312 yards and three touchdowns as the Eagles stayed in the thick of the less-than-scintillating NFC wild-card chase by beating the Carolina Panthers, 27-24. It was Garcia's second...

By Mark Maske | December 5, 2006; 11:02 AM ET | Comments (0)

Delhomme, Panthers Just Can't Get Going

PHILADELPHIA--It's just not happening for the Carolina Panthers, a trendy Super Bowl pick by many prognosticators entering this season after reaching last season's NFC title game. Their record dropped to 6-6 with Monday night's 27-24 defeat here to the Philadelphia Eagles, and they unraveled late in the game. They...

By Mark Maske | December 5, 2006; 10:31 AM ET | Comments (0)

Panthers Tipped Off Key Play

PHILADELPHIA--The Carolina Panthers inadvertently gave away their play call at the key moment of Monday night's loss in Philadelphia. The Panthers were trailing the Eagles, 27-24, but had a first down at the Philadelphia 7-yard line with 28 seconds to play. Quarterback Jake Delhomme looked to his right and...

By Mark Maske | December 5, 2006; 10:15 AM ET | Comments (0)

Chiefs-Chargers on Dec. 17 Will Be Night Game

The NFL moved the Kansas City at San Diego game on Dec. 17 to 8:15 p.m. on NBC. The move was made under the league's flexible scheduling plan....

By Mark Maske | December 4, 2006; 9:03 PM ET | Comments (0)

Romo Can Do No Wrong

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J.--Tony Romo's good games have been very good. And, just as importantly, his bad games haven't been too bad. As the Dallas Cowboys have moved to take control of the NFC East and become a top Super Bowl contender in the NFL's junior varsity conference, the play...

By Mark Maske | December 3, 2006; 11:55 PM ET | Comments (0)

So Far, At Least, Parcells Adores Gramatica

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J.--Bill Parcells, as a rule, doesn't care for kickers. He certainly didn't like Mike Vanderjagt, cutting him last week even though Vanderjagt is the most accurate field goal kicker in NFL history. But the Dallas Cowboys' coach is enamored with Martin Gramatica, at least for now. Gramatica,...

By Mark Maske | December 3, 2006; 11:53 PM ET | Comments (0)

Giants' Season Continues To Unravel

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J.--The season is slipping away from the New York Giants. They lost their fourth straight game here Sunday by falling to the Dallas Cowboys, 23-20. They're two games behind the Cowboys in the NFC East and, with a record of 6-6, they're still in the thick of...

By Mark Maske | December 3, 2006; 11:52 PM ET | Comments (0)

Browns Say Tucker Is Battling Unspecified Mental Disorder

The Cleveland Browns announced today that right tackle Ryan Tucker won't play again this season because of an unspecified mental illness. The Browns placed Tucker on the reserve-nonfootball injury list this week. Club physician Anthony Miniaci said in a written statement released by the team today that the Browns...

By Mark Maske | December 1, 2006; 5:41 PM ET | Comments (0)

Jags Place Leftwich on IR List

The Jacksonville Jaguars placed quarterback Byron Leftwich on the injured reserve list today, ending his season. Leftwich had been replaced by David Garrard as the Jaguars' starter and underwent ankle surgery 10 days ago....

By Mark Maske | December 1, 2006; 4:46 PM ET | Comments (0)

Jets Sign B. Thomas to Extension

The New York Jets signed defensive end and outside linebacker Bryan Thomas to a five-year contract extension. The deal keeps Thomas, a first-round draft pick in 2002, from being an unrestricted free agent after the season. A source said the contract contains about $9 million in guaranteed money and...

By Mark Maske | December 1, 2006; 4:45 PM ET | Comments (0)

Giant News Flash: It's the Media's Fault

Every NFL team has it in its playbook to pull out at truly desperate times, and the New York Giants are going to it now: the "blame the media" ploy. After the Giants' fourth-quarter meltdown last Sunday in Tennessee, squandering a 21-point lead to lose to the Titans, injured...

By Mark Maske | December 1, 2006; 11:01 AM ET | Comments (0)

Vick Makes Donations

According to the Falcons, half of quarterback Michael Vick's $10,000 donation to charity requested this week by the NFL went to the family of an Atlanta firefighter who died after suffering injuries while battling a fire on Thanksgiving. The other half, according to the team, went to the Warrick...

By Mark Maske | December 1, 2006; 10:41 AM ET | Comments (0)

Lions' Tucker to IR

The Detroit Lions placed right tackle Rex Tucker on the injured reserve list. He'd missed five of the Lions' 11 games because of a knee injury....

By Mark Maske | December 1, 2006; 10:40 AM ET | Comments (0)

Bengals Are Back

The Cincinnati Bengals are back as an AFC contender. Just a few weeks ago, the Bengals seemed to be regressing for the first time during Coach Marvin Lewis's tenure. They'd lost three straight and five of six games to drop their record to 4-5, and a season that began...

By Mark Maske | December 1, 2006; 10:26 AM ET | Comments (0)

 

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