Archive: August 2007

R. Harrison Suspended After Admitting HGH Use

The NFL suspended New England Patriots veteran safety Rodney Harrison for four games after he admitted to league officials that he used human growth hormone, two sources familiar with the case said tonight. People familiar with the league's drug-testing program said they believed that Harrison is the first NFL...

By Mark Maske | August 31, 2007; 11:05 PM ET | Comments (0)

Ouster of Leftwich By Jaguars Surprising Only Because of the Timing

The Jacksonville Jaguars apparently have decided to make David Garrard their starting quarterback and trade or release former starter Byron Leftwich. The only real surprise about the move is the timing. Leftwich and Coach Jack Del Rio butted heads publicly last season over Leftwich's ailing ankle. Leftwich wanted to...

By Mark Maske | August 31, 2007; 7:30 PM ET | Comments (0)

Strahan Agrees to Rejoin Giants

Defensive end Michael Strahan, to no one's surprise, has decided to end his holdout and rejoin the New York Giants in the coming days. The Giants and Strahan reached a settlement for Strahan to pay the team less than the approximately $500,000 he owes in fines, an NFL source...

By Mark Maske | August 31, 2007; 7:23 PM ET | Comments (0)

Rams Become Latest Team to Bring In S. Rice for Visit

Free agent defensive end Simeon Rice is scheduled to visit the St. Louis Rams today and undergo a physical. Rice was released by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers just before training camp after reportedly refusing to take a pay cut. He previously visited the New York Giants and Tennessee Titans....

By Mark Maske | August 31, 2007; 2:39 PM ET | Comments (0)

For Eagles, Quarterback Surplus Could Become Sudden Quarterback Shortage With Feeley Injury

Philadelphia Eagles backup quarterback A.J. Feeley suffered what's being described as a broken bone in his left hand during Thursday night's preseason finale, a loss to the New York Jets. Feeley is scheduled to be examined by a hand specialist today, and it's unclear what his playing status will...

By Mark Maske | August 31, 2007; 11:41 AM ET | Comments (3)

Bears' Rookie Tight End Hurt

Rookie tight end Greg Olsen is scheduled to undergo an MRI exam today after suffering a knee injury late in the first half of the Chicago Bears' preseason finale Thursday night against the Cleveland Browns. Olsen was the Bears' first-round draft pick in April and it's been hoped that...

By Mark Maske | August 31, 2007; 11:05 AM ET | Comments (0)

Still-Unsigned Russell Now Useless to Raiders This Season

The rookie season of quarterback JaMarcus Russell, the top overall selection in the NFL draft in April by the Oakland Raiders, is over before it even starts. Russell remains unsigned as the preseason concludes and the regular season rapidly approaches. Lane Kiffin, the Raiders' rookie head coach, is set...

By Mark Maske | August 31, 2007; 9:47 AM ET | Comments (5)

Crennel Reportedly Picks Frye as Browns' Starter

Coach Romeo Crennel reportedly told his Cleveland Browns players following Thursday night's preseason-ending triumph in Chicago that Charlie Frye will enter the regular season as the team's starting quarterback. Wide receiver Joe Jurevicius told the Canton Repository that "Charlie is our quarterback." Frye beats out fellow holdover Derek Anderson...

By Mark Maske | August 31, 2007; 8:45 AM ET | Comments (1)

Decision Day for Strahan?

It might be decision day for Michael Strahan. After the holdout defensive end spoke to New York Giants General Manager Jerry Reese on Monday and Tuesday, the Giants announced that Strahan had told Reese that he'd decide within two days whether to report to the club or retire. Now...

By Mark Maske | August 30, 2007; 9:35 AM ET | Comments (1)

Patriots Reportedly Make No-Franchise Concession to Samuel

Cornerback Asante Samuel apparently secured a concession from the New England Patriots before signing his one-year contract this week. The Boston Globe reported that the Patriots agreed not to use their franchise player tag on Samuel again next offseason if he plays a certain percentage of the team's defensive...

By Mark Maske | August 30, 2007; 9:28 AM ET | Comments (0)

Culpepper, McCown Still Vying for Raiders' Starting Job

Oakland Raiders Coach Lane Kiffin is waiting until after Thursday night's preseason finale against the Seattle Seahawks to name his starting quarterback for the regular season. Kiffin has eliminated Andrew Walter from the competition, and rookie JaMarcus Russell remains unsigned. That leaves Daunte Culpepper and Josh McCown still in...

By Mark Maske | August 29, 2007; 10:54 PM ET | Comments (5)

Rucker Could Be Third Bengals Player Suspended From Regular Season Opener

The NFL reportedly suspended Cincinnati Bengals defensive end Frostee Rucker for the opening game of the regular season for violating the league's personal conduct policy. Rucker's agent told the Associated Press that Rucker is appealing the suspension. Rucker pleaded no contest in April to vandalism and false imprisonment charges...

By Mark Maske | August 29, 2007; 10:45 PM ET | Comments (1)

Bears Reportedly Won't Discipline Briggs For Traffic Incident

The Chicago Bears reportedly have no plans to discipline linebacker Lance Briggs for a traffic incident early Monday morning. Briggs crashed a new Lamborghini into a light pole and concrete bridge support alongside a Chicago expressway around 3 a.m. He told reporters Tuesday that he initially "panicked" and called...

By Mark Maske | August 29, 2007; 11:23 AM ET | Comments (7)

Browns Use Physically Unable to Perform List to Delay Decision About L. Bentley

The Cleveland Browns placed center LeCharles Bentley on the physically unable to perform list, meaning that he will miss at least the first six weeks of the regular season before the team must make a decision about whether to allow him to begin practicing in hopes of playing this...

By Mark Maske | August 29, 2007; 10:37 AM ET | Comments (2)

Strahan's Decision Due By Thursday, According to Giants

Defensive end Michael Strahan told New York Giants General Manager Jerry Reese today that he will decide by Thursday whether to rejoin the team, according to club officials. Strahan spoke to Giants officials Monday night and this morning, according to the team. There have been reports in recent days...

By Mark Maske | August 28, 2007; 7:29 PM ET | Comments (1)

Titans Sign C. Simon

Defensive tackle Corey Simon agreed to a one-year contract with the Tennessee Titans. Simon was released by the Colts four weeks ago after failing a physical. The former Pro Bowl selection for the Philadelphia Eagles missed all of last season after playing the 2005 season for the Colts. "Corey...

By Mark Maske | August 28, 2007; 7:21 PM ET | Comments (9)

Vick Radio Appearance Canceled, According to Host

Michael Vick canceled a radio appearance scheduled for this morning, host Tom Joyner said on his nationally syndicated show. Joyner said that Vick apologized to him after being told by his advisers not to appear. The Atlanta Falcons quarterback addressed reporters Monday in Richmond after entering his guilty plea...

By Mark Maske | August 28, 2007; 11:00 AM ET | Comments (6)

Falcons Try to Move On

The Atlanta Falcons still have Michael Vick on their roster. But with the quarterback's guilty plea in his federal dogfighting case now entered, the team plans to do its best to try to put Vick out of mind as well as out of sight. "We have to move on...

By Mark Maske | August 28, 2007; 9:56 AM ET | Comments (1)

Vikings Get Holcomb From Eagles to Back Up T. Jackson

The Minnesota Vikings added a veteran backup quarterback to go with young starter Tarvaris Jackson by trading a sixth-round draft choice in 2009 to the Philadelphia Eagles on Monday for Kelly Holcomb. The Eagles obtained Holcomb in an offseason trade with the Buffalo Bills but have A.J. Feeley and...

By Mark Maske | August 28, 2007; 7:30 AM ET | Comments (1)

Falcons Might Not Be Able to Get More Than $6 Million Back From Vick

Here are the ins and outs of the Atlanta Falcons' attempt to try to force quarterback Michael Vick to return a portion of the $37 million in bonuses in his 10-year, $130 million contract: Vick's contract, signed in December 2004, contained a $7.5 million signing bonus and two roster...

By Mark Maske | August 27, 2007; 10:05 PM ET | Comments (3)

Falcons Not Releasing Vick At This Point

The Atlanta Falcons aren't releasing quarterback Michael Vick. At least not yet. In a news conference today in Atlanta that began less than an hour after Vick stood at a podium at a Richmond hotel and delivered a public apology for his guilty plea in a federal dogfighting case,...

By Mark Maske | August 27, 2007; 2:00 PM ET | Comments (2)

Vick Enters Guilty Plea, Scheduled to Speak Publicly This Morning

Michael Vick entered his guilty plea to a federal conspiracy charge this morning in a Richmond courtroom. The Atlanta Falcons quarterback is scheduled to speak to reporters in an 11:30 a.m. news conference at a Richmond hotel, according to William R. (Billy) Martin, Vick's Washington-based attorney. Martin said outside...

By Mark Maske | August 27, 2007; 11:03 AM ET | Comments (0)

Patriots Have A. Samuel Back in Fold

Cornerback Asante Samuel rejoined the New England Patriots today. He was to sign a one-year, $7.79 million contract and participate in the team's practice. Samuel refused to report to training camp after being named the Patriots' franchise player in the offseason. He failed in his attempt to get the...

By Mark Maske | August 27, 2007; 10:10 AM ET | Comments (0)

A. Samuel Could Rejoin Patriots Today

Boston-area media outlets are speculating that cornerback Asante Samuel could rejoin the New England Patriots as soon as today. Samuel refused to report to training camp after being named the Patriots' franchise player during the offseason. But the Patriots refused to negotiate the sort of lucrative longterm contract that...

By Mark Maske | August 27, 2007; 8:00 AM ET | Comments (0)

Falcons Reportedly Plan to Try to Force Vick to Return $22 Million in Bonus Money

The Atlanta Falcons reportedly intend to try to force quarterback Michael Vick to return a significant portion of the $37 million in bonus money in his 10-year, $130 million contract. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported that the team plans to attempt to recoup $22 million. Vick was suspended indefinitely Friday...

By Mark Maske | August 26, 2007; 7:51 PM ET | Comments (0)

Strahan's Return to Giants Imminent?

It is thought that defensive end Michael Strahan might end his holdout and rejoin the New York Giants on Monday or Tuesday. Strahan didn't report to training camp and indicated he was contemplating retirement, but people close to the situation have become increasingly convinced in recent days that he...

By Mark Maske | August 26, 2007; 7:41 PM ET | Comments (0)

Quinn Positioning Himself to be Browns' Starter--Maybe Not to Open the Season, But Not Too Longer After

Rookie quarterback Brady Quinn is playing well after his late arrival to training camp, but Cleveland Browns officials continue to say they don't expect him to be the team's starter at the outset of the regular season. Charlie Frye and Derek Anderson are competing for that job. But with...

By Mark Maske | August 26, 2007; 7:35 PM ET | Comments (0)

No Quarterback Choice Yet for Raiders

Oakland Raiders rookie head coach Lane Kiffin isn't ready to name a starting quarterback for the regular season. Kiffin still hasn't picked from among Daunte Culpepper, Andrew Walter and Josh McCown and told reporters over the weekend that he might not announce a choice until a few days before...

By Mark Maske | August 26, 2007; 7:30 PM ET | Comments (0)

Huard Gets Chiefs' Starting Nod Over Mistake-Prone Croyle

The Kansas City Chiefs named Damon Huard their starting quarterback. Huard won a competition with youngster Brodie Croyle. Huard played well last season as a fill-in starter while Trent Green was sidelined by a concussion, finishing the season as the NFL's second-rated passer behind Peyton Manning. Huard re-signed with...

By Mark Maske | August 25, 2007; 4:04 PM ET | Comments (2)

NFL Suspending Vick Indefinitely

The NFL is suspending Atlanta Falcons quarterback Michael Vick indefinitely, a source said. The suspension is to be announced this evening....

By Mark Maske | August 24, 2007; 5:20 PM ET | Comments (0)

Vick's Plea Deal Filed With Court

Atlanta Falcons quarterback Michael Vick's plea agreement was filed today in federal court in Richmond. Federal prosecutors and Vick's attorneys took the unusual step of filing the deal with the court three days before Vick's scheduled appearance Monday before U.S. District Judge Henry E. Hudson, who must decide whether...

By Mark Maske | August 24, 2007; 12:40 PM ET | Comments (1)

Vick Won't Admit to Killing Dogs or Gambling, But Plea Deal Not Expected to Unravel

A source familiar with the Michael Vick case this morning confirmed an ESPN report that the Atlanta Falcons quarterback won't admit to killing dogs or gambling on dogfights when he pleads guilty Monday to a federal dogfighting charge. Vick will plead guilty to the conspiracy count on which he...

By Mark Maske | August 24, 2007; 9:35 AM ET | Comments (4)

A. Samuel Reportedly Close to Rejoining Patriots

Cornerback Asante Samuel reportedly is close to rejoining the New England Patriots. According to several reports, Samuel likely will report to the Patriots within the next week. He refused to report to training camp after being named the team's franchise player during the offseason. Samuel was seeking a longterm...

By Mark Maske | August 24, 2007; 8:12 AM ET | Comments (1)

More Trouble For Reid's Son

A son of Philadelphia Eagles coach Andy Reid was detained today on suspicion of driving while impaired. Britt Reid, 22, reportedly failed a sobriety test administered by police in a parking lot and was given a blood test. Police were awaiting the results of the blood test. Reid is...

By Mark Maske | August 23, 2007; 10:02 PM ET | Comments (0)

Bengals Add L. Marshall

The Cincinnati Bengals signed linebacker Lemar Marshall, who was released by the Washington Redskins this week. Marshall is a Cincinnati native and formerly played for Bengals Coach Marvin Lewis when Lewis was the Redskins' defensive coordinator....

By Mark Maske | August 23, 2007; 9:30 PM ET | Comments (2)

P. Manning Takes Up for Brother

Indianapolis Colts quarterback Peyton Manning took up for younger brother Eli after the New York Giants quarterback's leadership skills were criticized on national television Sunday by former Giants tailback Tiki Barber. "You cannot play quarterback at any level, even junior high, without taking a leadership position," Peyton Manning said...

By Mark Maske | August 23, 2007; 1:00 PM ET | Comments (0)

Brady Absent from Patriots for Birth of Son

Quarterback Tom Brady missed the New England Patriots' practice Wednesday to fly to Los Angeles for the birth of his first child. Brady's former girlfriend, actress Bridget Moynahan, gave birth to a boy. Moynahan and the baby were said by Moynahan's publicist to be doing fine. It's unclear when...

By Mark Maske | August 23, 2007; 10:30 AM ET | Comments (0)

Trotter to Visit Bucs Today as Eagles Teammates Wonder Why He Was Cut

Free agent linebacker Jeremiah Trotter is scheduled to visit the Tampa Bay Buccaneers today. Trotter was released Tuesday by the Philadelphia Eagles. The Buccaneers have Barrett Ruud at middle linebacker after releasing Shelton Quarles in the offseason. Trotter, 30, is a four-time Pro Bowl selection at middle linebacker. In...

By Mark Maske | August 23, 2007; 10:10 AM ET | Comments (0)

Raiders, J. Russell's Agents At Least Talking Again

There might be some movement in the previously stalled contract negotiations between the Oakland Raiders and quarterback JaMarcus Russell, the still-unsigned top overall selection in the NFL draft in April. Raiders Coach Lane Kiffin told reporters Wednesday that team officials met Monday in Los Angeles with Russell's representatives to...

By Mark Maske | August 23, 2007; 9:53 AM ET | Comments (0)

Jets Reportedly on Verge of Trading P. Kendall

The New York Jets reportedly are on the verge of trading disgruntled veteran guard Pete Kendall. The New York Daily News reported that a deal was expected to be announced today. The Jets were to receive a draft choice and Kendall was to receive the new contract he wants...

By Mark Maske | August 23, 2007; 7:45 AM ET | Comments (0)

Vick, Goodell Will Meet, But It's Not Scheduled Yet

There indeed will be a meeting between Atlanta Falcons quarterback Michael Vick and NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell before Goodell decides what punishment the league will impose on Vick, sources familiar with Vick's case said today. But the meeting hasn't been scheduled yet, said the sources. Vick's lawyers announced Monday...

By Mark Maske | August 22, 2007; 4:35 PM ET | Comments (0)

NAACP Leader Says Vick Should Be Allowed to Return to NFL In Future

The head of the Atlanta chapter of the NAACP is urging the NFL to allow Falcons quarterback Michael Vick to play in the league again after he serves his sentence for pleading guilty in his dogfighting case. "As a society, we should aid in his rehabilitation and welcome a...

By Mark Maske | August 22, 2007; 1:35 PM ET | Comments (0)

J. Russell, Raiders Both Could Pay Price For Unresolved Contract Negotiations

Way back in April, the Oakland Raiders had a chance to sign JaMarcus Russell to a contract before they made the LSU quarterback the top overall selection in the NFL draft, as league rules permit the team with the first pick to do. Russell's representatives had a chance to...

By Mark Maske | August 22, 2007; 9:27 AM ET | Comments (23)

Meeting Between Vick, Goodell Might Be Scheduled Before League's Disciplinary Decision

Michael Vick's representatives plan to try to arrange a meeting between the Atlanta Falcons quarterback and NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell before Goodell decides what discipline the league will impose on Vick, sources familiar with Vick's case said today. NFL officials said that Goodell had not decided what punishment to...

By Mark Maske | August 21, 2007; 10:00 PM ET | Comments (0)

E. Manning Fires Back in Long-Distance Spat With T. Barber

New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning is in a long-distance verbal tussle with his former tailback, Tiki Barber. After Barber, now a broadcaster with NBC, said on the network's Sunday night telecast that some of Manning's attempts to lead the team last season were "almost comical," Manning made critical...

By Mark Maske | August 21, 2007; 8:58 PM ET | Comments (0)

Strahan's Holdout Reportedly Could Be Nearing End

Defensive end Michael Strahan reportedly could be close to rejoining the New York Giants. Newsday reported that Strahan might report to the team as soon as this weekend. Strahan did not report to training camp and indicated that he was contemplating retirement....

By Mark Maske | August 21, 2007; 8:54 PM ET | Comments (0)

Ankle Surgery for Bengals Coach

Cincinnati Bengals Coach Marvin Lewis is to miss Wednesday's practice to undergo ankle surgery for torn tendons. "The timing of this is not what I wanted," Lewis said in a written statement. "But I've been counseled it's the best plan to ensure that I can be fully productive during...

By Mark Maske | August 21, 2007; 8:39 PM ET | Comments (0)

Vikings Add R. Ferguson

Wide receiver Robert Ferguson agreed to a contract today with the Minnesota Vikings. He was released last week by the Green Bay Packers, and also considered a possible deal with the Houston Texans....

By Mark Maske | August 21, 2007; 5:12 PM ET | Comments (0)

L. Johnson Agrees to New Contract With Chiefs to End Holdout

Tailback Larry Johnson ended his holdout by agreeing today to a five-year contract extension with the Kansas City Chiefs. Johnson, according to an NFL source, agreed to a five-year, $43.2 million extension that includes $19 million in guaranteed money. The extension takes effect after the one season that remained...

By Mark Maske | August 21, 2007; 2:34 PM ET | Comments (0)

Eagles Release Trotter

The Philadelphia Eagles released four-time Pro Bowl middle linebacker Jeremiah Trotter today. Trotter, 30, was in his second stint with the Eagles. He got the news that he would be cut in a meeting Monday night with Coach Andy Reid. "Jeremiah and I have been together for many years...

By Mark Maske | August 21, 2007; 2:24 PM ET | Comments (0)

Will Vick Ever Play in the NFL Again?

The question being asked by people both inside and outside the NFL on the morning after Michael Vick agreed to plead guilty to the federal dogfighting charges against him is this: Will Vick ever play in the NFL again? Here's one view: It's too soon to know. Vick is...

By Mark Maske | August 21, 2007; 9:29 AM ET | Comments (0)

Huard Hurting in Chiefs' Quarterback Competition

Quarterback Damon Huard has been bothered by a sore calf muscle and missed the Kansas City Chiefs' practice Monday. He could miss Thursday night's preseason game against the New Orleans Saints. Huard is competing with youngster Brodie Croyle for the Chiefs' starting job, and it's unclear if Huard's injury...

By Mark Maske | August 21, 2007; 9:11 AM ET | Comments (0)

Falcons Are in Quarterback Market

The Atlanta Falcons might be desperate at quarterback, but apparently not desperate enough to inquire about a possible trade for the Washington Redskins' Mark Brunell. An NFL source with knowledge of the Falcons' maneuverings said Monday evening that the team had made "no inquiries" about Brunell. Still, the Falcons...

By Mark Maske | August 21, 2007; 8:59 AM ET | Comments (0)

T. Green, Not Surprisingly, Named Dolphins' Starter

Miami Dolphins Coach Cam Cameron ended a less-than-suspenseful quarterback competition today by naming Trent Green the team's starter. It was clear from the moment that the Dolphins obtained Green in a trade with the Kansas City Chiefs in June, which led to the release of Daunte Culpepper last month,...

By Mark Maske | August 20, 2007; 9:30 PM ET | Comments (0)

Vick Agrees to Plead Guilty, According to Lawyer

Atlanta Falcons quarterback Michael Vick has agreed to plead guilty to the federal dogfighting charges against him under a deal reached today between his attorneys and prosecutors, his lawyer said. William R. (Billy) Martin, Vick's Washington-based attorney, said that Vick decided to accept the plea deal after talking to...

By Mark Maske | August 20, 2007; 3:08 PM ET | Comments (0)

Plea Deal in Vick Case Could Be Announced This Afternoon

There were growing indications today that Michael Vick's attorneys could complete a plea agreement with federal prosecutors and perhaps announce as soon as this afternoon that the Atlanta Falcons quarterback has accepted the deal. A source familiar with the case, speaking on the condition of anonymity because nothing had...

By Mark Maske | August 20, 2007; 1:18 PM ET | Comments (0)

Falcons Even More Shorthanded at Quarterback as Shockley Reportedly Lost for Season

The Atlanta Falcons reportedly will be without reserve quarterback D.J. Shockley all season. Shockley suffered a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee during a preseason game against the Buffalo Bills on Friday, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported. That leaves the Falcons with Chris Redman and the just-signed Casey...

By Mark Maske | August 20, 2007; 11:28 AM ET | Comments (0)

G. Warren Traded to Raiders

Defensive tackle Gerard Warren has been traded from the Denver Broncos to the Oakland Raiders for an undisclosed draft choice. The Broncos had been shopping Warren to a handful of teams. He bolsters an already strong defense in Oakland....

By Mark Maske | August 20, 2007; 11:07 AM ET | Comments (0)

Two Remaining Vick Co-Defendants Enter Guilty Pleas

Michael Vick's two remaining co-defendants pleaded guilty today in federal court in Richmond to the dogfighting charges against them. Purnell Peace and Quanis Phillips joined fellow co-defendant Tony Taylor, who pleaded guilty last month. Vick's attorneys have been negotiating a potential plea deal with prosecutors in which the Atlanta...

By Mark Maske | August 17, 2007; 10:24 AM ET | Comments (1)

Chiefs, L. Johnson Said to be About $4 Million Apart on New Deal

According to an NFL source, the Kansas City Chiefs and holdout tailback Larry Johnson are about $4 million in guaranteed money apart in their negotiations on a new contract. The Chiefs' offer, the source said, contains approximately $19 million in guarantees and Johnson is seeking about $23 million. San...

By Mark Maske | August 17, 2007; 9:39 AM ET | Comments (0)

T. Warren Signs Extension With Patriots

The New England Patriots signed defensive end Ty Warren to a five-year contract extension that runs through the 2011 season. A league source confirmed a report that the deal is worth $36 million, including $17.5 million in guaranteed money....

By Mark Maske | August 17, 2007; 9:16 AM ET | Comments (1)

Kiffin Back With Raiders

The Oakland Raiders' rookie head coach, Lane Kiffin, rejoined the team Wednesday after being hospitalized for two days. Kiffin told reporters that doctors believe he has mononucleosis and he was ordered not to exert himself too much while coaching. The 32-year-old Kiffin reportedly has lost 11 pounds....

By Mark Maske | August 16, 2007; 10:04 AM ET | Comments (0)

Jets Finally Get D. Revis In Fold

The New York Jets, as expected, completed the Darrelle Revis contract Wednesday. The Jets signed the former Pitt cornerback, the 14th player selected in the NFL draft in April, to a six-year contract. The complex deal can be voided after four seasons if Revis meets playing-time requirements, but in...

By Mark Maske | August 16, 2007; 9:50 AM ET | Comments (0)

Vick Considering Plea Deal

Atlanta Falcons quarterback Michael Vick and his attorneys were deliberating today about whether to accept a plea agreement with federal prosecutors. There were indications that a plea deal perhaps could be completed quickly if Vick gives his approval. Sources familiar with the situation said that Vick's lawyers had made...

By Mark Maske | August 15, 2007; 8:00 PM ET | Comments (0)

Raiders Practicing Without Sick Coach

Being the youngest head coach in the NFL hasn't kept Lane Kiffin healthy this summer. The Oakland Raiders' rookie coach has spent the past two nights at a Napa, Calif., hosptial because of a viral infection. There was some hope that Kiffin, 32, could rejon the team today. Offensive...

By Mark Maske | August 15, 2007; 10:31 AM ET | Comments (1)

Atlanta TV Station Reports There's Division Within Vick's Defense Team Over Plea Deal Decision

An Atlanta television station reported today that there is division within the defense team of Falcons quarterback Michael Vick about whether to accept a plea agreement in his federal dogfighting case. Vick's attorneys are in plea negotiations with federal prosecutors, according to sources. A source said Tuesday night that...

By Mark Maske | August 15, 2007; 10:25 AM ET | Comments (4)

Jets, D. Revis on Verge of Deal

The New York Jets are on the verge of signing their first-round draft choice, Pitt cornerback Darrelle Revis, after a long day of negotiations Tuesday that stretched into the night. Revis was expected to sign the deal today and participate in practice this afternoon. The stalemate had existed because...

By Mark Maske | August 15, 2007; 7:47 AM ET | Comments (0)

L. Johnson Could Rejoin Chiefs Soon

The Kansas City Chiefs appear to be making progress in negotiations on a new contract with Larry Johnson, their workhorse tailback who is holding out from training camp. The Kansas City Star reported that the deal could be completed this week and enable Johnson to play in the final...

By Mark Maske | August 14, 2007; 10:32 AM ET | Comments (2)

T. Jones Has Strained Calf Muscle

New York Jets tailback Thomas Jones reportedly has a strained calf muscle and is to be sidelined for a week or two. Jones hurt his right leg during Sunday's practice and underwent an MRI exam. Jones is expected to return to the Jets' lineup in time for the regular...

By Mark Maske | August 14, 2007; 10:06 AM ET | Comments (0)

Two Remaining Vick Co-Defendants Reportedly Could Enter Plea Agreements This Week

Michael Vick's remaining two co-defendants in his federal dogfighting case have scheduled hearings for late this week to possibly enter plea agreements, the Associated Press reported. Quanis Phillips and Purnell Peace reportedly scheduled hearings for Thursday and Friday. Another co-defendant, Tony Taylor, previously pleaded guilty to the dogfighting charges...

By Mark Maske | August 13, 2007; 10:31 PM ET | Comments (3)

No Need to Fret About LJ's Holdout in KC

Tailback Larry Johnson continues to hold out from the Kansas City Chiefs in a contract squabble. This is a holdout, frankly, over which no one should be fretting. Johnson set an NFL record last season with 416 carries. If anyone needs to save wear and tear on his body...

By Mark Maske | August 13, 2007; 1:13 PM ET | Comments (0)

Exhibition Opener Might Have Cost Cardinals Two Starters For Entire Season

The Arizona Cardinals might have lost two starters to season-ending injuries in Saturday's defeat to the Oakland Raiders in their exhibition opener. Offensive tackle Oliver Ross reportedly suffered a torn triceps and linebacker Chike Okeafor reportedly suffered a torn biceps. According to reports, both players are expected to seek...

By Mark Maske | August 13, 2007; 11:00 AM ET | Comments (0)

Wrestling Appearance Is All Talk for Jones

Suspended Tennessee Titans cornerback Adam (Pacman) Jones appeared in a pay-per-view pro wrestling event Sunday and seemed to stick to the terms of an agreement crafted Friday between representatives of the Titans, Jones and Total Nonstop Action Wrestling. Jones was shown being taken away on a stretcher after what...

By Mark Maske | August 13, 2007; 9:36 AM ET | Comments (2)

Eagles to Withhold McNabb from Tonight's Game in Baltimore

The Philadelphia Eagles plan to withhold quarterback Donovan McNabb from tonight's preseason opener in Baltimore. McNabb has been practicing throughout training camp as he works his way back from the knee injury that cut short his 2006 season, but Coach Andy Reid doesn't want to take any chances this...

By Mark Maske | August 13, 2007; 9:21 AM ET | Comments (1)

T. Jones Hurts Lower Right Leg in Jets' Camp

Tailback Thomas Jones hurt his lower right leg during the New York Jets' practice Sunday. The extent of the injury is not known, thanks to Coach Eric Mangini's Belichick-like approach to releasing injury information. Jones got hurt during a blocking drill and had trainers work on the area around...

By Mark Maske | August 13, 2007; 9:16 AM ET | Comments (0)

League Officials Say Goodell Has Not Decided on Disciplinary Action Against Vick

NFL officials say that Commissioner Roger Goodell hasn't made a decision yet about possible disciplinary action against Atlanta Falcons quarterback Michael Vick. Goodell continues to await the completion of the league's review of the case, which is being conducted by D.C. attorney Eric Holder. Vick is scheduled to go...

By Mark Maske | August 13, 2007; 9:07 AM ET | Comments (0)

W. Holdman Told By Doctors Not to Play Football for Three Months

Doctors have told Denver Broncos linebacker Warrick Holdman not to play football for three months. Holdman suffered what the Broncos called a spinal cord concussion on a hit during a training camp practice. Holdman's doctors made the recommendation to him after conducting a series of tests. Holdman left the...

By Mark Maske | August 12, 2007; 2:00 PM ET | Comments (0)

For Crennel and Browns, It's a Coin Flip Between Frye, Anderson

Romeo Crennel plans to use a highly advanced coaching method to pick the Cleveland Browns' starting quarterback for tonight's preseason opener against the Kansas City Chiefs. He's going to flip a coin. At least that's what he told reporters late in the week. Charlie Frye and Derek Anderson are...

By Mark Maske | August 11, 2007; 9:42 AM ET | Comments (0)

Titans, Jones Reach Compromise on Wrestling Participation

Suspended cornerback Adam (Pacman) Jones and Tennessee Titans officials reportedly reached an agreement Friday night that will allow Jones to participate in a pro wrestling circuit but not as a wrestler. The Tennessean reported that the compromise was struck during a six-hour meeting Friday night between representatives of Jones,...

By Mark Maske | August 11, 2007; 9:29 AM ET | Comments (0)

Bengals Lose Rookie Tailback Irons to Season-Ending Knee Injury

Tailback Kenny Irons's rookie season with the Cincinnati Bengals is over before it even started. Irons suffered a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee during Thursday's exhibition opener against the Detroit Lions. The Bengals selected Irons in the second round of the NFL draft in April out...

By Mark Maske | August 10, 2007; 4:52 PM ET | Comments (3)

Titans Obtain Temporary Restraining Order to Keep Jones Out of Wrestling Ring

The Tennessee Titans reportedly obtained a temporary restraining order today to prevent suspended cornerback Adam (Pacman) Jones from participating in a pro wrestling event. The Tennessean reported that Williamson County Judge Jeffrey Bivins signed the order and scheduled the case to be heard, but it's not known yet when....

By Mark Maske | August 10, 2007; 4:37 PM ET | Comments (0)

Romo's Sharp Performance Is Promising Early Sign for Cowboys

One of the big questions about the Dallas Cowboys as the Wade Phillips coaching era gets under way is which version of Tony Romo will be on display this season, the promising young quarterback that became a Pro Bowler in his first half-season as an NFL starter last year...

By Mark Maske | August 10, 2007; 10:20 AM ET | Comments (0)

Instant Replay Is Going High-Definition

One offseason rule change made by the NFL that's going into effect for this weekend's preseason games is that most stadiums now have high-definition television equipment for the instant replay officials. High-definition equipment has been installed in all but three stadiums--Giants Stadium, Texas Stadium and the RCA Dome. Those...

By Mark Maske | August 10, 2007; 10:02 AM ET | Comments (0)

More Bad Luck for Crennel, Browns

Romeo Crennel probably is coaching for his job this season in Cleveland, but he's having typical Browns' bad luck in training camp. First the team couldn't get a contract done quickly with agent Tom Condon for rookie quarterback Brady Quinn, dealing a setback to Quinn's progress. Then right tackle...

By Mark Maske | August 10, 2007; 9:50 AM ET | Comments (0)

Bears Fullback Suspended for Violation of Steroid Policy

The NFL suspended Chicago Bears fullback Obafemi Ayanbadejo for the first four games of the regular season for a violation of the league's policy on steroids and banned substances. Ayanbadejo signed with the Bears in the offseason after spending three seasons with the Arizona Cardinals....

By Mark Maske | August 9, 2007; 5:07 PM ET | Comments (0)

Alstott Done For Season, But Stops Shy of Announcing Retirement

Fullback Mike Alstott will miss the season after the Tampa Bay Buccaneers announced today that they're placing him on the injured reserve list. Alstott, 33, suffered a neck injury and said he will determine at a later time whether he will resume his NFL career. There had been reports...

By Mark Maske | August 9, 2007; 5:02 PM ET | Comments (0)

Alstott Reportedly Set to Leave Football, Buccaneers Behind

Tampa Bay Buccaneers fullback Mike Alstott reportedly will announce today that he's retiring. The Buccaneers scheduled a news conference for this afternoon and several news outlets reported that Alstott will retire. The Orlando Sentinel reported on its Web site that Alstott plans to sit out the season and then...

By Mark Maske | August 9, 2007; 12:08 PM ET | Comments (0)

Saints Roughed Up on Water Park Trip

For a second straight year, New Orleans Saints Coach Sean Payton took his players to a water park near the team's training camp in Jackson, Miss., for a break from the daily grind of camp. He might want to rethink the plan next year. Two Saints players, linebacker Scott...

By Mark Maske | August 9, 2007; 10:34 AM ET | Comments (0)

Browns' High-Priced Guard Hurting

High-priced guard Eric Steinbach suffered a sprained knee during a Cleveland Browns' practice this week. Steinbach hurt the knee during an indoor practice, and the Browns probably will be cautious after signing Steinbach to a seven-year, $49.5 million contract as a free agent this past offseason. Last summer, center...

By Mark Maske | August 9, 2007; 10:15 AM ET | Comments (0)

Chargers Seeking Return of Bonus Money By S. Foley

The San Diego Chargers have filed a grievance in an attempt to force linebacker Steve Foley to return nearly $3.8 million in bonus money. Foley's agent, David Levine, told the San Diego Union-Tribune that he had been hopeful of reaching a settlement but the Chargers may have "had second...

By Mark Maske | August 9, 2007; 10:08 AM ET | Comments (0)

As Goodell Reaches One-Year Anniversary of Election, Player Conduct is the Public's Focus But Owners Ultimately Will Judge Him on Economics

Today is the one-year anniversary of Roger Goodell's election as NFL commissioner. The sport's franchise owners voted last Aug. 8 for Goodell to succeed the retiring Paul Tagliabue. The owners, meeting at a hotel near Chicago, chose Goodell over four other finalists, including Gregg Levy, the Washington lawyer who...

By Mark Maske | August 8, 2007; 12:40 PM ET | Comments (1)

Buccaneers, Broncos Reportedly Seeking About $7 Million From Retired Quarterback Plummer

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Denver Broncos reportedly have filed a grievance against retired quarterback Jake Plummer, seeking to force him to repay a prorated portion of signing bonus money. The St. Petersburg Times reported that the teams are attempting to force Plummer to return about $7 million. The...

By Mark Maske | August 8, 2007; 12:26 PM ET | Comments (3)

No Official Front-Runner Yet in Raiders' Quarterback Competition

Lane Kiffin, the Oakland Raiders' rookie coach, isn't saying who's the team's starting quarterback at this point. Andrew Walter and Josh McCown are splitting the snaps with the starting offense on the training camp practice field while newcomer Daunte Culpepper eases into things and prized rookie JaMarcus Russell remains...

By Mark Maske | August 8, 2007; 9:28 AM ET | Comments (0)

Tests Show J. Brown's Knee Injury Not Serious

New Orleans Saints officials got some good news when tests on left tackle Jammal Brown's injured knee showed no significant structural damage. Brown is said to have a bone bruise. It's not clear how long he'll be sidelined. Saints officials had feared far worse earlier today when Brown suffered...

By Mark Maske | August 7, 2007; 7:53 PM ET | Comments (0)

Chiefs Believe Left Tackle's Knee Injury is Serious

The Kansas City Chiefs expect to be without their starting left tackle, Damion McIntosh, for a prolonged period. McIntosh suffered a knee injury during Monday's practice and Coach Herman Edwards told reporters today that, while doctors still are evaluating the injury, McIntosh will be sidelined for "a while."...

By Mark Maske | August 7, 2007; 7:41 PM ET | Comments (0)

Saints Left Tackle Hurt During Practice

The New Orleans Saints made a charmed run to the NFC title game last season, but may have suffered a key loss on the practice field today. Left tackle Jammal Brown was taken off the field on a cart after apparently suffering a knee injury during the Saints' training...

By Mark Maske | August 7, 2007; 2:09 PM ET | Comments (0)

J. Porter Undergoes Arthroscopic Knee Surgery

Miami Dolphins linebacker Joey Porter underwent arthroscopic knee surgery today in Birmingham. The procedure was performed by orthopedist James Andrews. Porter is to be sidelined at least two weeks. He'd been bothered by knee soreness since late last week. The Dolphins signed Porter in the offseason after he was...

By Mark Maske | August 7, 2007; 2:02 PM ET | Comments (0)

B. Quinn, Browns Agree to Deal

Rookie quarterback Brady Quinn agreed to a five-year contract with the Cleveland Browns today, ending his absence from training camp. The deal is worth just more than $20 million and could pay Quinn, the second of the Browns' two selections in the first round of the NFL draft in...

By Mark Maske | August 7, 2007; 1:56 PM ET | Comments (0)

League Officials Mum on Status of Review of Vick Case

NFL officials are saying little or nothing about the league's review of the Michael Vick case that is to determine the playing status of the Atlanta Falcons quarterback. It's been 15 days since NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell ordered Vick not to report to the Falcons' training camp four days...

By Mark Maske | August 7, 2007; 9:25 AM ET | Comments (0)

Panthers Safety Minter Reportedly Decides to Retire

Carolina Panthers safety Mike Minter reportedly has decided to retire. The Associated Press reported that the announcement is to be made Tuesday. Minter is the Panthers' leading career tackler and had hoped to play one more season but has been plagued by knee troubles. He reportedly made the decision...

By Mark Maske | August 6, 2007; 10:00 PM ET | Comments (1)

Prized Rookie J. Moss Suffers Knee Injury in Broncos' Camp

Rookie defensive end Jarvis Moss hurt his left knee during a Denver Broncos' training camp practice today and was taken from the field on a cart. The extent of the injury was not immediately known. Moss was scheduled to undergo an MRI exam. Moss was selected in the first...

By Mark Maske | August 6, 2007; 3:19 PM ET | Comments (0)

J. Porter Getting Sore Knee Examined

Miami Dolphins linebacker Joey Porter is being bothered by a sore knee and was scheduled to be examined today by orthopedist James Andrews. There have been reports that Porter might have to undergo arthroscopic surgery. He signed with the Dolpins in the offseason after being released by the Pittsburgh...

By Mark Maske | August 6, 2007; 1:42 PM ET | Comments (1)

Strahan Says Absence from Giants' Camp Isn't Over Money

It's not about the money. So says Michael Strahan. The veteran defensive end, who hasn't reported to the New York Giants' training camp, issued a written statement Sunday through his agent saying that his summertime absence is about him contemplating retirement, not about trying to leverage the club into...

By Mark Maske | August 6, 2007; 1:34 PM ET | Comments (0)

Jones Reportedly Set for Pro Wrestling Debut

Suspended Tennessee Titans cornerback Adam (Pacman) Jones reportedly will make his debut on a pro wrestling circuit this week, although it remains unclear if he will be a wrestler or participating in another capacity. Jones has signed with Total Nonstop Action Wrestling and is to be in a ring...

By Mark Maske | August 6, 2007; 12:58 PM ET | Comments (1)

Colts Reportedly Lose McFarland to Season-Ending Knee Injury

An offseason of player defections depleted the Indianapolis Colts' depth, and left them vulnerable to the injuries that inevitably plague every team, every season. Now those injuries are starting to come. Defensive tackle Anthony McFarland hurt his knee in a practice late last week and underwent an MRI exam,...

By Mark Maske | August 6, 2007; 11:16 AM ET | Comments (1)

Three First-Rounders Left Unsigned

Only three first-round draft picks league-wide remain unsigned after two first-rounders completed deals Sunday. The Carolina Panthers signed linebacker Jon Beason, the 25th overall selection in April, and the Kansas City Chiefs completed a deal with wide receiver Dwayne Bowe, the 23rd choice, Sunday. That leaves only Oakland Raiders...

By Mark Maske | August 6, 2007; 10:19 AM ET | Comments (1)

Browns Tackle Suspended By League for Violation of Steroid Policy

The NFL suspended Cleveland Browns offensive tackle Ryan Tucker for the first four games of the regular season for violating the league's policy on steroids and banned substances. "I didn't intend to compromise the integrity of the NFL [or] my team," Tucker said after the Browns' morning practice, according...

By Mark Maske | August 3, 2007; 2:10 PM ET | Comments (1)

Lions Finish Deal With C. Johnson

The Detroit Lions have completed a contract agreement with Calvin Johnson, the wide receiver out of Georgia Tech selected with the second overall choice in the NFL draft in April. The six-year deal contains about $27.5 million in guaranteed money and has a maximum overall value of about $64...

By Mark Maske | August 3, 2007; 9:35 AM ET | Comments (2)

Holdman's Injury Not Thought to be Serious

Denver Broncos linebacker Warrick Holdman suffered what the team called a spinal cord concussion on a hit during the club's practice Thursday. Holdman had feeling and movement in his arms and legs after initially experiencing numbness. He was taken to a nearby hospital by ambulance and was to be...

By Mark Maske | August 3, 2007; 8:37 AM ET | Comments (0)

Cardinals Complete Deal With Draft's Fifth Pick

The Arizona Cardinals reached a contract agreement tonight with offensive tackle Levi Brown, the fifth player chosen in the NFL draft in April. According to a source familiar with the negotiations, the six-year deal includes about $18.5 million in guaranteed money. It has a maximum value of $62 million,...

By Mark Maske | August 2, 2007; 10:00 PM ET | Comments (0)

Panthers Get Safety Help in Trade With Bears

The Carolina Panthers bolstered their secondary today by trading a fifth-round draft pick next spring to the Chicago Bears for safety Chris Harris. Harris made 20 starts the past two seasons but was deemed expendable by the Bears because they traded for Washington Redskins safety Adam Archuleta in the...

By Mark Maske | August 2, 2007; 8:06 PM ET | Comments (0)

W. Holdman Hurt in Broncos' Camp

Linebacker Warrick Holdman was injured during the Denver Broncos' training camp practice today and was taken by ambulance to a nearby hospital. Holdman reportedly fell to the ground after a helmet-to-helmet hit. According to the Associated Press, he had movement in his arms and legs after suffering the injury,...

By Mark Maske | August 2, 2007; 2:19 PM ET | Comments (0)

Colts Reportedly Negotiating Settlement That Would Make C. Simon Free Agent

Defensive tackle Corey Simon is on his way out of Indianapolis. Colts owner Jim Irsay told the Indianapolis Star that the team and Simon's representatives are negotiating a settlement that will make Simon a free agent. Simon signed with the Colts just before the 2005 season after being cut...

By Mark Maske | August 2, 2007; 2:11 PM ET | Comments (0)

Giants Saying They Won't Rework Strahan's Contract

New York Giants owner John Mara told reporters Wednesday that the club would not renegotiate the contract of defensive end Michael Strahan. Strahan is holding out from training camp and has told team officials that he might retire. There have been reports that Strahan is upset because the Giants...

By Mark Maske | August 2, 2007; 9:25 AM ET | Comments (4)

Deal Between Lions, C. Johnson Could Be At Hand

There are rumblings around the league that the Detroit Lions are closing in on a contract agreement with wide receiver Calvin Johnson, the second player chosen in the NFL draft in April. Talks between agent Bus Cook and Lions officials have intensified in recent days and a deal appears...

By Mark Maske | August 2, 2007; 9:22 AM ET | Comments (0)

McNabb Expresses Support For Vick

BETHLEHEM, Pa. Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Donovan McNabb expressed support for Michael Vick during an interview here Tuesday. "I'm a supporter of Vick," McNabb said. "That's because I'm a good friend of his and also we're guys that obviously compete to win the Super Bowl. We push each other. Now,...

By Mark Maske | August 1, 2007; 3:55 PM ET | Comments (32)

Eagles' Tight End Vows Not to Allow Contract Uncertainty to Affect His Play

BETHLEHEM, Pa. Tight end L.J. Smith participated in the Philadelphia Eagles' first full-squad practice of training camp here Tuesday. Smith, one of the Eagles' most reliable offensive players, underwent offseason surgery for a sports hernia and might be limited in full-contact drills in the coming weeks. But the bigger...

By Mark Maske | August 1, 2007; 3:10 PM ET | Comments (0)

D. Walker Gets New Contract From Bears

The Chicago Bears signed defensive tackle Darwin Walker to a five-year, $25 million contract extension that includes about $8 million in bonus money. The two sides moved quickly to strike the deal after the Bears traded a 2008 draft pick to the Buffalo Bills over the weekend for Walker....

By Mark Maske | August 1, 2007; 10:16 AM ET | Comments (1)

Raiders Add Culpepper

Quarterback Daunte Culpepper agreed to a one-year contract with the Oakland Raiders on Tuesday evening. The deal came after Culpepper, who was released recently by the Miami Dolphins, had two workouts for Raiders officials. The first came Monday in Florida, and the second came Tuesday at the team's training...

By Mark Maske | August 1, 2007; 10:05 AM ET | Comments (0)

 

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