Archive: October 2007

Nedney Fined for Gesture

San Francisco 49ers kicker Joe Nedney was fined $7,500 by the league for making an obscene gesture during last Sunday's game. Nedney's gesture, directed toward the stands as he sat on the bench after sending a kickoff out of bounds, was picked up on television....

By Mark Maske | October 31, 2007; 10:18 PM ET | Comments (0)

Browns Place T. Washington on IR

The Cleveland Browns placed veteran defensive tackle Ted Washington on the injured reserve list, ending his season. Washington began the season as a starter but had lost the job to Ethan Kelly, and the Browns indicated he'd been plagued by knee problems....

By Mark Maske | October 31, 2007; 9:05 PM ET | Comments (0)

Jets Might Be Without L. Coles Against Redskins

The New York Jets might be without wide receiver Laveranues Coles when they face the Washington Redskins on Sunday at Giants Stadium. Coles suffered a concussion last weekend and his playing status this week is unclear. The Jets already have decided to switch starting quarterbacks, with Coach Eric Mangini...

By Mark Maske | October 31, 2007; 7:14 PM ET | Comments (0)

Carr Could Replace Ailing Testaverde as Panthers' Starter

David Carr could reclaim the starting quarterback job for the Carolina Panthers this week. Vinny Testaverde sat out the Panthers' practice today after aggravating an injury to his right Achilles' tendon during Sunday's loss to the Indianapolis Colts. Testaverde has started the Panthers' last two games just after signing...

By Mark Maske | October 31, 2007; 4:19 PM ET | Comments (0)

Jaguars' Stroud Reportedly Facing Four-Game Suspension

Jacksonville Jaguars defensive tackle Marcus Stroud reportedly is facing a four-game suspension for violating the NFL's policy on steroids and banned substances. The Florida Times-Union reported that Stroud tested positive after taking a supplement that contained a banned substance and his suspension could begin as soon as this weekend...

By Mark Maske | October 31, 2007; 4:14 PM ET | Comments (0)

Redskins' Snyder Becomes Hall of Fame Trustee

Washington Redskins owner Daniel Snyder was among four people added to the board of trustees for the Pro Football Hall of Fame. Also added were Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones, former NFL quarterback Todd Blackledge and Ohio businessman Dennis Nash. Snyder already served on the owners' Hall of Fame...

By Mark Maske | October 31, 2007; 4:12 PM ET | Comments (1)

Harrison, Ugoh Seem Likely to Return to Colts' Lineup for Big Game Against Patriots

The Indianapolis Colts probably will have some key players back in the lineup for Sunday's mega-game against the New England Patriots. The Colts seem to expect wide receiver Marvin Harrison to practice this week and play Sunday after sitting out last weekend's triumph over the Carolina Panthers because of...

By Mark Maske | October 31, 2007; 10:14 AM ET | Comments (0)

Even Kiffin Gives Up on M. Williams as Raiders Cut Receiver

The Oakland Raiders released wide receiver Mike Williams, the former 10th overall selection in the NFL draft by the Detroit Lions. After failing in Detroit, Williams had been trying to rejuvenate his NFL career in Oakland under first-year Raiders coach Lane Kiffin, who once had recruited Williams to USC...

By Mark Maske | October 31, 2007; 9:55 AM ET | Comments (0)

G. Jackson to Jaguars

Defensive tackle Grady Jackson agreed to a contract with the Jacksonville Jaguars. Jackson was abruptly released by the Atlanta Falcons last week even after starting all seven of the team's games....

By Mark Maske | October 30, 2007; 10:02 PM ET | Comments (0)

Losman Named Bills' Starter This Week

The Buffalo Bills named J.P. Losman their starting quarterback for this week. Rookie Trent Edwards is sidelined by a sprained right wrist....

By Mark Maske | October 30, 2007; 7:34 PM ET | Comments (0)

Romo Deal Announced

The Dallas Cowboys announced that they'd signed quarterback Tony Romo to a six-year contract extension. The $67 million deal was completed Monday and includes $30 million in guaranteed money. It keeps Romo, the league's fifth-rated passer, from being an unrestricted free agent next spring....

By Mark Maske | October 30, 2007; 7:32 PM ET | Comments (1)

D. Green Among Hall of Fame Nominees

Former Washington Redskins cornerback Darrell Green was among 124 modern era candidates for the Pro Football Hall of Fame announced today. Green is in his first year of Hall of Fame eligibility and is regarded by some voters as a likely first-ballot enshrinee. Wide receiver Cris Carter also was...

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

Week 9 Rankings

How subjective are these rankings? This subjective: The Chargers move up to third based on little more than a feeling that they're back, that they've returned to being the team they were expected to be entering the season. The Saints climb to 12th based on a similar inkling. The...

By Mark Maske | October 30, 2007; 12:00 PM ET | Comments (10)

Quarterback Carousel Continues to Spin for Vikings

The Minnesota Vikings could be about to use their third different starting quarterback this season, with Brooks Bollinger perhaps in line to become the starter this week. Bollinger replaced Kelly Holcomb during Sunday's loss to the Philadelphia Eagles after Holcomb suffered a neck injury. He reportedly has bruised vertebrae...

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

Dolphins to Turn to Rookie Quarterback?

With the Miami Dolphins' season in ruins and the team on its bye week, Coach Cam Cameron is leaving open the possibility of switching to rookie John Beck as the club's starting quarterback. Cleo Lemon took over for Trent Green as the starter after Green suffered a concussion that...

By Mark Maske | October 30, 2007; 9:54 AM ET | Comments (0)

Rosenfels Could Be Texans' Starter This Week

Sage Rosenfels might replace Matt Schaub as the Houston Texans' starter at quarterback this week. Schaub reportedly suffered a concussion during Sunday's loss to the San Diego Chargers and was bothered by headaches Monday....

By Mark Maske | October 30, 2007; 9:47 AM ET | Comments (0)

Petrino Has Clear-the-Air Meeting With D. Hall

Atlanta Falcons Coach Bobby Petrino reportedly met Monday with disgruntled cornerback DeAngelo Hall. Hall criticized the team publicly last week for releasing veteran defensive tackle Grady Jackson. He also was fined $100,000 by the Falcons earlier this season after getting into a sideline verbal confrontation with Petrino and an...

By Mark Maske | October 30, 2007; 7:30 AM ET | Comments (0)

Romo Agrees to Big Contract Extension With Cowboys

Quarterback Tony Romo has agreed to a six-year contract extension with the Dallas Cowboys worth about $68 million, an NFL source said. The deal contains approximately $30 million in guaranteed money and keeps Romo from being an unrestricted free agent next spring. Romo reached the Pro Bowl last season...

By Mark Maske | October 29, 2007; 7:55 PM ET | Comments (0)

Losman Could Reclaim Starting Job in Buffalo

Former Buffalo Bills starter J.P. Losman could get the starting job back this week because rookie quarterback Trent Edwards suffered a sprained wrist in Sunday's win over the New York Jets. The Bills plan to make a decision on Edwards's playing status later in the week....

By Mark Maske | October 29, 2007; 7:52 PM ET | Comments (0)

Mangini Announces Benching of Pennington In Favor of Clemens

New York Jets Coach Eric Mangini made the move for which many of his team's followers had been clamoring, announcing that he's benching quarterback Chad Pennington in favor of Kellen Clemens. "Kellen will be the starting quarterback," Mangini said at a news conference today. "I made this decision not...

By Mark Maske | October 29, 2007; 7:49 PM ET | Comments (0)

K. Clemens Likely to Take Over for C. Pennington This Week as Jets' Starter

The New York Jets likely will have a new starter at quarterback for this weekend's game against the Washington Redskins at Giants Stadium. Coach Eric Mangini sat down Chad Pennington during Sunday's 13-3 loss to the Buffalo Bills, which extended the Jets' losing streak to five games and dropped...

By Mark Maske | October 29, 2007; 1:25 PM ET | Comments (0)

Patriots' Thoughts Quickly Turn to Colts

FOXBOROUGH, Mass.--Can any team in the league stay competitive in a game with the New England Patriots? It's about time to find out. With little reason to dwell on today's 52-7 drubbing of the Washington Redskins at Gillette Stadium, the Patriots' focus immediately turned to next Sunday's showdown with...

By Mark Maske | October 28, 2007; 9:40 PM ET | Comments (0)

Colts Now Say They Won't Have M. Harrison in Lineup Sunday

The Indianapolis Colts updated wide receiver Marvin Harrison's playing status today and announced that he will miss Sunday's game at Carolina. Harrison didn't practice all week because of an injured left knee....

By Mark Maske | October 27, 2007; 10:01 PM ET | Comments (0)

Patriots Activate Seymour

The New England Patriots activated defensive end Richard Seymour today, making him eligible to play Sunday against the Washington Redskins in Foxborough, Mass. Seymour had been on the physically unable to perform list after undergoing offseason knee surgery. He began practicing this week and the Patriots had three weeks...

By Mark Maske | October 27, 2007; 9:56 PM ET | Comments (0)

Colts Don't Know if They'll Have M. Harrison Sunday Against Panthers

It's unclear if the Indianapolis Colts will have wide receiver Marvin Harrison available for Sunday's game at Carolina. Harrison hurt his left knee late last month and missed one game. He returned to play in Monday night's triumph at Jacksonville but didn't practice Wednesday, Thursday or Friday, and his...

By Mark Maske | October 27, 2007; 2:52 PM ET | Comments (0)

Knee Injury Ends Vilma's Season

The New York Jets placed linebacker Jonathan Vilma on the injured reserve list today, ending his season. There were reports last week that Vilma would have to undergo season-ending surgery for a knee injury. Vilma was in and out of the Jets' lineup last weekend, later claiming that it...

By Mark Maske | October 27, 2007; 2:51 PM ET | Comments (0)

Hearing Scheduled For Nov. 30 in Appeal of Key Ruling in Vick Bonus Money Case

A hearing has been scheduled for Nov. 30 before U.S. District Judge David Doty in the NFL Players Association's appeal of a key ruling in the Michael Vick bonus forfeiture case. The Atlanta Falcons are attempting to force Vick, their suspended quarterback, to return $19.97 million of the $37...

By Mark Maske | October 26, 2007; 5:06 PM ET | Comments (0)

Vikings Won't Name Starter at Quarterback Until Sunday

Coach Brad Childress indicated that the Minnesota Vikings won't pick a starting quarterback until Sunday. Kelly Holcomb likely will start against the Philadelphia Eagles. Tarvaris Jackson suffered a broken finger on his throwing hand last weekend....

By Mark Maske | October 26, 2007; 5:05 PM ET | Comments (0)

Chargers-Texans Game to Be Played Sunday Afternoon at Qualcomm Stadium as Scheduled, Mayor's Office Announces

The San Diego Chargers will play as scheduled Sunday afternoon at Qualcomm Stadium against the Houston Texans, the office of San Diego Mayor Jerry Sanders announced today. "Qualcomm Stadium will be ready for NFL football by this weekend," Sanders said in a written statement released by his office. "The...

By Mark Maske | October 26, 2007; 3:27 PM ET | Comments (0)

Testaverde to Make Second Straight Start for Panthers

Carolina Panthers Coach John Fox named Vinny Testaverde to start at quarterback in Sunday's game against the Indianapolis Colts. Testaverde beat the Arizona Cardinals 12 days ago, only four days after signing with the Panthers, with David Carr sidelined by a back injury. The Panthers had a bye last...

By Mark Maske | October 26, 2007; 3:22 PM ET | Comments (0)

San Diego Mayor's Office Gives Go-Ahead to Playing Sunday at Qualcomm Stadium

The office of San Diego Mayor Jerry Sanders reportedly indicated Thursday night that Qualcomm Stadium will be ready to host the Chargers-Houston Texans game on Sunday afternoon, as scheduled. The mayor's office indicated the final decision about playing the game would be up to the Chargers, the San Diego...

By Mark Maske | October 26, 2007; 10:09 AM ET | Comments (1)

Vikings Sign Punter to Contract Extension

The Minnesota Vikings signed punter Chris Kluwe to a six-year contract extension worth slightly more than $8 million. The deal runs through the 2013 season....

By Mark Maske | October 25, 2007; 8:35 PM ET | Comments (1)

Odds Seem to Be Increasing that Game Will Be Played in San Diego

It's looking more and more like the Chargers will play the Houston Texans in San Diego, but perhaps on Monday instead of Sunday. The wildfires raging in San Diego County have had NFL officials considering moving the game to Houston or Dallas. But conditions seem to have improved to...

By Mark Maske | October 25, 2007; 7:30 PM ET | Comments (0)

Jaguars Get Backup Plan at Quarterback

The Jacksonville Jaguars signed quarterback Todd Bouman to back up new starter Quinn Gray. The Jaguars picked Bouman over Drew Henson and Doug Johnson, who also worked out Wednesday for team officials. Bouman formerly had stints with the Minnesota Vikings, New Orleans Saints and Green Bay Packers. Gray takes...

By Mark Maske | October 25, 2007; 2:47 PM ET | Comments (0)

Panthers' Fox Still Keeping His Quarterback Choice a Mystery

Quarterback David Carr practiced for a second straight day with the Carolina Panthers, but Coach John Fox again refused to say if Carr or Vinny Testaverde will start this weekend. Testaverde beat the Arizona Cardinals, with Carr sidelined by a back injury, in the Panthers' most recent game before...

By Mark Maske | October 25, 2007; 2:46 PM ET | Comments (0)

Niners Could Get Badly Needed Boost From A. Smith's Return to Lineup

Quarterback Alex Smith took all the snaps during the San Francisco 49ers' practice Wednesday and, barring a setback later in the week, is slated to return to the lineup Sunday against the New Orleans Saints. Smith suffered a separated right shoulder during a Sept. 30 game against the Seattle...

By Mark Maske | October 25, 2007; 2:05 PM ET | Comments (0)

C. Simon Retiring

Tennessee Titans defensive tackle Corey Simon reportedly is retiring. The Tennessean reported that Simon informed the Titans of his decision Wednesday and planned to announce it today. Simon played in four games after being signed by the Titans in August following his release by the Indianapolis Colts. He is...

By Mark Maske | October 25, 2007; 2:00 PM ET | Comments (0)

Virginia Prosecutor Reportedly Has Potential Conflict of Interest in Vick Case

Surry County, Va., prosecutor Gerald Poindexter reportedly has a potential conflict of interest in the Michael Vick case. The Virginian-Pilot reported that, according to court records, Poindexter once represented Vick's father, Michael Boddie, in a traffic case. Poindexter filed a petition in 2003 to have Boddie's driving privileges reinstated....

By Mark Maske | October 25, 2007; 1:30 PM ET | Comments (1)

Week 8 Picks

Local Teams Redskins at Patriots The Redskins do have a chance, albeit an outside one. But the Patriots don't overlook anyone. Bill Belichick simply doesn't allow it. Pick: Patriots Lock of the Week Giants vs. Dolphins in London The Dolphins, minus Ronnie Brown, do have a chance to winless...

By Mark Maske | October 25, 2007; 12:00 PM ET | Comments (2)

S. Jackson Poised to Return to Rams' Lineup

The winless St. Louis Rams could have tailback Steven Jackson back in the lineup this week. Jackson participated in Wednesday's practice after missing four games because of a partially torn groin muscle. He told reporters he expects to play Sunday against the Cleveland Browns. The Rams got back quarterback...

By Mark Maske | October 25, 2007; 10:21 AM ET | Comments (0)

Jets Reportedly Could Lose J. Vilma for Remainder of Season

According to several reports in New York, Jets linebacker Jonathan Vilma could be facing season-ending knee surgery. Vilma was in and out of the lineup during Sunday's loss to the Cincinnati Bengals, and suggested on his weekly radio appearance Tuesday that it was a coaching decision and he wanted...

By Mark Maske | October 25, 2007; 10:15 AM ET | Comments (0)

Holcomb Could Be Vikings' Starter Again This Week

Backup quarterback Kelly Holcomb took most of the snaps during the Minnesota Vikings' practice Wednesday and could start this weekend ahead of Tarvaris Jackson. Jackson suffered a broken finger on his throwing hand last weekend and participated in Wednesday's practice on a limited basis. Holcomb made two starts earlier...

By Mark Maske | October 25, 2007; 10:08 AM ET | Comments (0)

R. Smith Practices With Broncos

Wide receiver Rod Smith participated in the Denver Broncos' practice Wednesday. Smith has been on the physically unable to perform list all season after undergoing offseason hip surgery. The Broncos have three weeks to decide whether to place him on the injured reserve list, ending his season, or activate...

By Mark Maske | October 25, 2007; 10:05 AM ET | Comments (0)

Decision on Chargers Game Now Expected Thursday

The decision about when and where the San Diego Chargers' game will be played now is unlikely to come until Thursday. NFL officials had hoped to make a determination by day's end. But they're waiting to hear whether Jerry Sanders, the mayor of San Diego, thinks the game can...

By Mark Maske | October 24, 2007; 6:23 PM ET | Comments (0)

Davis's Sale of Minority Stake in Raiders Ratified

The league's team owners today approved the sale of a minority interest in the Oakland Raiders. Raiders owner Al Davis is selling a 20 percent stake in the franchise to businessmen David Abrams, Dan Goldring and Paul Leff....

By Mark Maske | October 24, 2007; 4:30 PM ET | Comments (0)

C. Henry Practices With Bengals

Wide receiver Chris Henry participated in the Cincinnati Bengals' practice today after being cleared to do so by the league. But Henry remains ineligible to play in games as he continues to serve an eight-game suspension for violating the NFL's personal conduct policy....

By Mark Maske | October 24, 2007; 4:27 PM ET | Comments (0)

Fox Still Won't Name Panthers' Starter

Quarterback David Carr participated in the Carolina Panthers' practice, and Coach John Fox indicated that Carr will play on Sunday against the Indianapolis Colts if he's healthy. But Fox stopped short of naming Carr the starter. Vinny Testaverde started in Carr's place, with Carr sidelined by an ailing back,...

By Mark Maske | October 24, 2007; 4:23 PM ET | Comments (0)

C. Pennington Remains Jets' Starter

Coach Eric Mangini announced that Chad Pennington remains the New York Jets' starter at quarterback. Earlier in the week, Mangini had left open the possibility of switching to Kellen Clemens....

By Mark Maske | October 24, 2007; 4:19 PM ET | Comments (0)

Garrard Expected to be Out 3-4 Weeks

The Jacksonville Jaguars expect quarterback David Garrard to be sidelined for 3-4 weeks. Garrard suffered a high ankle sprain during Monday night's loss to the Indianapolis Colts. Quinn Gray takes over as the starter....

By Mark Maske | October 24, 2007; 4:16 PM ET | Comments (0)

Leftwich Undergoes Ankle Surgery

Atlanta Falcons quarterback Byron Leftwich underwent surgery today on his injured right ankle. Leftwich, suffering from a high ankle sprain, had two screws inserted into his ankle and Falcons officials hope he will be able to play again in 3-4 weeks. Joey Harrington will reclaim the starting job in...

By Mark Maske | October 24, 2007; 4:14 PM ET | Comments (0)

Seymour Practices With Patriots

Defensive lineman Richard Seymour practiced for the first time this season with the New England Patriots. Seymour has been on the physically unable to perform list after undergoing offseason knee surgery. The Patriots now have three weeks to activate Seymour or place him on the injured reserve list, ending...

By Mark Maske | October 24, 2007; 4:09 PM ET | Comments (0)

League Hopes to Make Decision Later Today About Where, When Chargers Will Play

PHILADELPHIA--NFL officials hope to make a decision later today about whether the Chargers will be able to play their home game as scheduled Sunday in San Diego. NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell said it's possible that the game between the Chargers and Houston Texans could be rescheduled for Monday if...

By Mark Maske | October 24, 2007; 11:51 AM ET | Comments (0)

Owners Approve $10 Million Funding to Assist Retired Players

PHILADELPHIA--The NFL's team owners voted unanimously here today to approve $10 million in funding to provide medical assistance to retired players. The new funding supplements the $7 million in funding committed in July by the league, the NFL Players Association and other league-affiliated members of an alliance formed in...

By Mark Maske | October 24, 2007; 11:29 AM ET | Comments (2)

Owners Say They Remain Committed to NFL Network Despite Ongoing Disputes With Cable Companies

PHILADELPHIA--When the NFL's team owners decided to pass up hundreds of millions of dollars in potential rights fees to put a package of Thursday and Saturday night games on their league-owned television channel, the NFL Network, beginning last season, their idea was to try to develop a business asset...

By Mark Maske | October 24, 2007; 8:53 AM ET | Comments (6)

Goodell Reminds Owners to Play Fair

PHILADELPHIA--In the wake of the spying scandal for which he disciplined the New England Patriots earlier this season, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell told the league's team owners during their meeting here Tuesday that the league will remain vigilant in enforcing rules regarding fair competition. "We talked about the integrity...

By Mark Maske | October 24, 2007; 7:30 AM ET | Comments (0)

T. Edwards Keeps Starting Job in Buffalo

Rookie quarterback Trent Edwards is keeping the Buffalo Bills' starting job. Coach Dick Jauron reaffirmed that Tuesday in a written announcement released by the team. Last week, Jauron had named Edwards the starter over J.P. Losman but had attached the disclaimer that his quarterback decision applied to only last...

By Mark Maske | October 24, 2007; 7:20 AM ET | Comments (0)

T. Johnson's Suspension Won't Be Reduced

PHILADELPHIA--NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell said he won't reduce the suspension of Dallas Cowboys defensive tackle Tank Johnson. Johnson, formerly of the Chicago Bears, is serving an eight-game suspension for violating the league's personal conduct policy. Goodell has permitted Johnson to begin practicing with the Cowboys, and he said today...

By Mark Maske | October 23, 2007; 8:25 PM ET | Comments (0)

League Considering Contingency Plans In Case Game Can't Be Played in San Diego

PHILADELPHIA--NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell met with San Diego Chargers President Dean Spanos here this evening to discuss contingency plans in case the team is unable to play in San Diego as scheduled Sunday. The wildfires raging in San Diego County have forced the Chargers to leave town. They're scheduled...

By Mark Maske | October 23, 2007; 8:23 PM ET | Comments (0)

Strange Call in Bears-Eagles Game Was Correct, Head of Officiating Says

Mike Pereira, the NFL's director of officiating, said today that the rules were properly enforced on the strange play that helped to determine the outcome of the Chicago Bears' win Sunday at Philadelphia. The Bears benefited from a little-known rule. In the fourth quarter of a tied game, Bears...

By Mark Maske | October 23, 2007; 4:08 PM ET | Comments (1)

Game Time Could Change Monday Night in Denver

The NFL plans to move up the starting time of Monday night's game in Denver if there's a World Series game in the city that night. Game 5 of the World Series between the Colorado Rockies and Boston Red Sox is scheduled for Monday. If the best-of-seven baseball series...

By Mark Maske | October 23, 2007; 3:48 PM ET | Comments (0)

Falcons Lose Another Offensive Tackle

The Atlanta Falcons placed rookie offensive tackle Renardo Foster on the injured reserve list, ending his season. Foster suffered a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee during Sunday's loss to the New Orleans Saints. He'd become a starter because of injuries to fellow offensive tackles Wayne Gandy...

By Mark Maske | October 23, 2007; 3:11 PM ET | Comments (0)

Garrard Undergoes MRI on Injured Ankle

Jacksonville Jaguars quarterback David Garrard underwent an MRI exam today to determine the severity of the ankle injury that forced him from Monday night's loss to the Indianapolis Colts. The Jaguars initially called the injury a sprain. Backup Quinn Gray replaced Garrard on Monday and probably will be the...

By Mark Maske | October 23, 2007; 2:41 PM ET | Comments (0)

Owners Supportive of Bills' Proposal to Play Some Games in Toronto

PHILADELPHIA--The NFL's franchise owners began discussions of a proposal by the Buffalo Bills to play a limited number of their home games in Toronto. The Bills have received state and county approval of the proposal, which they say is designed to increase the franchise's regional appeal. The measure also...

By Mark Maske | October 23, 2007; 1:24 PM ET | Comments (0)

NFL Shortens First Round of Draft

PHILADELPHIA--The NFL is shortening the first round of the draft. As the franchise owners opened a two-day meeting today at a downtown Philadelphia hotel, the league announced that it is shortening the amount of time allowed for first-round selections from 15 minutes to 10 minutes per team. The time...

By Mark Maske | October 23, 2007; 12:04 PM ET | Comments (0)

V. Young Returning to Titans' Lineup This Week

The Tennessee Titans plan to have quarterback Vince Young back in the lineup this week. Young sat out Sunday's triumph over the Houston Texans because of a strained quadriceps muscle. Backup Kerry Collins started in his place....

By Mark Maske | October 23, 2007; 11:54 AM ET | Comments (0)

Falcons Not Saying How Long Leftwich Will Be Sidelined

The Atlanta Falcons are on their bye this week, and it's unclear if Byron Leftwich will be healthy enough to remain their starting quarterback when they return from it. Leftwich hurt his lower right leg during Sunday's loss to the New Orleans Saints in his first start since being...

By Mark Maske | October 23, 2007; 11:52 AM ET | Comments (0)

Fox's Choice Between Testaverde and Carr Could Be Announced Wednesday

The Carolina Panthers might name a starting quarterback Wednesday. Coach John Fox refused to say during the team's bye last week whether Vinny Testaverde or David Carr would have the job when the club returned to work. Carr inherited the job from Jake Delhomme, who underwent season-ending elbow surgery....

By Mark Maske | October 23, 2007; 11:45 AM ET | Comments (0)

Jets Could Turn to K. Clemens This Week

This could be the week that the New York Jets switch starting quarterbacks, from Chad Pennington to Kellen Clemens. But if it is, Coach Eric Mangini isn't saying so yet. He declined to say Monday which quarterback will start this week....

By Mark Maske | October 23, 2007; 11:40 AM ET | Comments (0)

Week 8 Rankings

The NFC East gets three teams in the top eight, but the real shakeup this week comes at the bottom. The winless Dolphins plummet to last after losing tailback Ronnie Brown, their best offensive player, to a season-ending knee injury. The Rams also are 0-7, but at least they...

By Mark Maske | October 23, 2007; 11:00 AM ET | Comments (2)

Garrard Hurts Ankle

The Jacksonville Jaguars have lost quarterback David Garrard to a sprained ankle during tonight's game against the Indianapolis Colts. Garrard was hurt on a first-half sack. He later returned to the game for two plays, but backup Quinn Gray started the second half in Garrard's place. Garrard took over...

By Mark Maske | October 22, 2007; 10:51 PM ET | Comments (0)

Bills to Present Toronto Plan to Owners

The Buffalo Bills have received county and state approval of their proposal to play one preseason and one regular season home game in Toronto annually, beginning next year. Next up is approval by the NFL. The Bills are scheduled to present the plan to the league's franchise owners during...

By Mark Maske | October 22, 2007; 10:05 PM ET | Comments (0)

Chargers Moving Practices to Arizona

The Chargers canceled their practice today because of the wildfires raging in San Diego County. They're scheduled to travel to Phoenix on Tuesday and practice at the Arizona Cardinals' facility in Tempe the remainder of the week. The Cardinals have a bye this week. Representatives of the Chargers and...

By Mark Maske | October 22, 2007; 9:51 PM ET | Comments (0)

Schaub's Hip Only Bruised, According to Texans

X-rays to the injured right hip of Houston Texans quarterback Matt Schaub showed no fractures, according to the team. Schaub is listed as day-to-day with a bruise. He also has a sore lower left leg after being knocked from Sunday's loss to the Tennessee Titans, in which backup Sage...

By Mark Maske | October 22, 2007; 7:57 PM ET | Comments (0)

Dolphins Lose R. Brown For Season

The winless Miami Dolphins have lost their top offensive player, tailback Ronnie Brown, to a season-ending knee injury. Brown suffered a torn anterior cruciate ligament during Sunday's loss to the New England Patriots. The third-year pro finishes the season with 602 rushing yards in seven games. Jesse Chatman, Patrick...

By Mark Maske | October 22, 2007; 7:46 PM ET | Comments (0)

T. Jackson Has Broken Finger on Throwing Hand

Minnesota Vikings quarterback Tarvaris Jackson suffered a fracture on the second finger of his right hand during Sunday's loss to the Dallas Cowboys, Coach Brad Childress announced today. A stretched tendon or ligament has pulled a small piece away from the bone. It's unclear if Jackson will be able...

By Mark Maske | October 22, 2007; 7:40 PM ET | Comments (0)

Eagles Staring Up at Rest of NFC East

PHILADELPHIA--The Philadelphia Eagles were looking at getting their record back to .500, at 3-3. They had a 16-12 lead on the Chicago Bears on Sunday evening at Lincoln Financial Field. They'd pinned the Bears at their 3-yard line with less than two minutes to play. The Bears were out...

By Mark Maske | October 22, 2007; 12:30 PM ET | Comments (1)

Defending NFC Champs Not Done Yet

PHILADELPHIA--Don't count out the Chicago Bears just yet. The defending NFC champions have looked oh-so-ordinary in the early going this season. Quarterback Rex Grossman remained so mistake-prone that Coach Lovie Smith finally, and reluctantly, benched him in favor of Brian Griese. The Bears' most dangerous scoring threat often has...

By Mark Maske | October 22, 2007; 11:22 AM ET | Comments (0)

Strange Rule Saves Bears' Season

PHILADELPHIA--A little-known and seldom-applied NFL rule helped the Chicago Bears keep their season from unraveling Sunday. The Bears and Philadelphia Eagles were tied at 9 early in the fourth quarter at Lincoln Financial Field when Chicago quarterback Brian Griese had a snap by center Olin Kreutz go through his...

By Mark Maske | October 22, 2007; 10:38 AM ET | Comments (2)

Eagles Play It Safe With Bears' Hester

PHILADELPHIA--Finally, a team playing the Chicago Bears resolved that it wasn't going to be beaten by return man extraordinaire Devin Hester. The Philadelphia Eagles' special teams did all they could Sunday to keep the ball out of Hester's hands on kick returns. Kicker David Akers popped up short kickoffs,...

By Mark Maske | October 22, 2007; 10:14 AM ET | Comments (0)

Dolphins Place T. Green on IR List

The Miami Dolphins placed quarterback Trent Green on the injured reserve list today, ending his season. Green has been sidelined since suffering his second severe concussion in the past two seasons and doctors have not cleared him to return to play. It is not clear at this point whether...

By Mark Maske | October 20, 2007; 5:02 PM ET | Comments (0)

Chiefs Activate P. Holmes

The Kansas City Chiefs activated tailback Priest Holmes, putting him on their 53-man roster and making him eligible to play Sunday. Holmes hasn't played since suffering a career-threatening neck injury in an October 2005 game. He had been on the non-football injury list but resumed practicing with the team...

By Mark Maske | October 20, 2007; 5:00 PM ET | Comments (0)

Runyan Hurt in Trainer's Room Spill But Expected to Keep Starting Streak Intact

Philadelphia Eagles right tackle Jon Runyan has made 183 consecutive starts, and he is saying that he plans to make No. 184 on Sunday against the Chicago Bears at Lincoln Financial Field. But it could be a painful one. Runyan sat out the Eagles' practice today after suffering a...

By Mark Maske | October 19, 2007; 3:52 PM ET | Comments (0)

V. Young's Playing Status for This Weekend Still Unclear

Backup quarterback Kerry Collins continued to work with the Tennessee Titans' starting offense during today's practice in place of Vince Young. But Young, after missing practices Wednesday and Thursday because of a strained quadriceps muscle, did participate in a little bit of practice by running the Titans' scout team....

By Mark Maske | October 19, 2007; 3:44 PM ET | Comments (0)

P. Holmes Looking Good Enough in Practices to be Possibly Activated

Tailback Priest Holmes is said to have had good practices with the Kansas City Chiefs on Wednesday and Thursday, leaving open the possibility that he'll be activated for Sunday's game against the Oakland Raiders. Holmes is attempting to come back from a career-threatening neck injury and has been on...

By Mark Maske | October 19, 2007; 1:01 PM ET | Comments (0)

Delhomme Undergoes Elbow Surgery

Injured Carolina Panthers quarterback Jake Delhomme underwent ligament replacement surgery on his right elbow Thursday in Charlotte, apparently without any unexpected difficulties. Pat Connor, the Panthers' team doctor, performed the 90-minute procedure and issued a written statement saying that all went well. Delhomme faces seven to nine months of...

By Mark Maske | October 19, 2007; 12:53 PM ET | Comments (0)

Could K. Warner Actually Play Sunday?

If mentioning the possibility of quarterback Kurt Warner playing Sunday at FedEx Field is a ruse by the Arizona Cardinals, they're going all-out with it. Perhaps Warner actually will play, after all. Warner found an acceptable brace for his injured left elbow and participated in practice for a second...

By Mark Maske | October 19, 2007; 10:17 AM ET | Comments (0)

Packers Activate K. Robinson

The Green Bay Packers didn't waste any time activating wide receiver Koren Robinson. They put Robinson on their 53-man roster Thursday, the day after he was reinstated by the league after serving a one-year suspension for violating the substance abuse policy. The Packers could have waited until Oct. 30...

By Mark Maske | October 19, 2007; 10:08 AM ET | Comments (0)

T. Johnson Can Practice With Cowboys Today

Suspended defensive tackle Tank Johnson is eligible to begin practicing with the Dallas Cowboys today. Johnson has two games remaining on his eight-game suspension for violating the league's personal conduct policy When NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell imposed the suspension, he made it reviewable after eight games, but he has...

By Mark Maske | October 19, 2007; 7:30 AM ET | Comments (0)

Nolan Decrees A. Smith Not Ready to Return to Niners' Lineup

Quarterback Alex Smith won't start for the San Francisco 49ers this weekend, Coach Mike Nolan announced. Nolan indicated that he doesn't believe Smith is ready to return to the lineup three weeks after suffering a separated right shoulder. Trent Dilfer is to remain the starter for the 49ers....

By Mark Maske | October 18, 2007; 7:04 PM ET | Comments (0)

V. Young Misses Second Straight Practice

Tennessee Titans quarterback Vince Young did some throwing but sat out practice for a second straight day because of his strained quadriceps muscle. It remained unclear if he'll play Sunday at Houston....

By Mark Maske | October 18, 2007; 7:02 PM ET | Comments (0)

Broncos to Lose J. Walker for Several Weeks After Knee Surgery

The Denver Broncos will be without wide receiver Javon Walker for several weeks because of a knee surgery. Walker is scheduled to undergo the procedure Friday in Houston. The surgery is on Walker's right knee, the one in which he suffered a torn anterior cruciate ligament in the opening...

By Mark Maske | October 18, 2007; 7:00 PM ET | Comments (0)

Week 7 Picks

Local Teams Cardinals at Redskins Whether Kurt Warner plays or not, the Cardinals come to town with big questions at quarterback. Pick: Redskins Ravens at Bills The guess here is that Willis McGahee will put up big numbers in his return to Buffalo. Pick: Ravens Lock of the Week...

By Mark Maske | October 18, 2007; 1:00 PM ET | Comments (0)

Bills Say They're Seeking Permission to Play Some Games in Toronto

The Buffalo Bills announced today that they're seeking approval to play a preseason game in Toronto next summer and a regular season game in the Canadian city as early as 2009. The games would be played at the Rogers Center, formerly called the SkyDome. The Bills' lease requires them...

By Mark Maske | October 18, 2007; 12:53 PM ET | Comments (0)

K. Warner Leaving Open Possibility of Playing Against Redskins

Perhaps it is only a ploy to try to keep the Washington Redskins guessing, but injured quarterback Kurt Warner and the Arizona Cardinals are saying they're not ruling out Warner playing Sunday at FedEx Field. Warner suffered a torn ligament in his left elbow during last Sunday's loss to...

By Mark Maske | October 18, 2007; 9:32 AM ET | Comments (0)

T. Green Says He'd Like to Play But Doesn't Know if He'll Be Cleared

Miami Dolphins quarterback Trent Green told reporters he would like to resume his NFL career but hasn't been told whether his doctors will clear him to play after suffering a severe concussion during a game 11 days ago. "It's just finding someone to clear me, and I don't know...

By Mark Maske | October 17, 2007; 7:28 PM ET | Comments (0)

K. Everett Says He's Determined to Continue Progressing in Rehabilitation

Injured Buffalo Bills tight end Kevin Everett said he's "determined" to continue the progress he's made since suffering a life-threatening spinal cord injury in the opening game of the season. "I have shown significant progress in my recovery," Everett said in a written statement. "But I am also fully...

By Mark Maske | October 17, 2007; 7:26 PM ET | Comments (0)

P. Homes Practices

Tailback Priest Holmes participated in the Kansas City Chiefs' practice today as he tries to work his way back from a career-threatening neck injury. He's been on the non-football injury list all season but was eligible to begin practicing this week and could be activated for this weekend's game....

By Mark Maske | October 17, 2007; 7:25 PM ET | Comments (0)

Leftwich Named Falcons' Starter

Atlanta Falcons Coach Bobby Petrino made a quarterback change, promoting Byron Leftwich into the starting role ahead of Joey Harrington. The move comes on the heels of Monday night's lopsided loss to the New York Giants that dropped the Falcons' record to 1-5. Harrington had started the first six...

By Mark Maske | October 17, 2007; 7:23 PM ET | Comments (0)

V. Young Sits Out Titans' Practice

Quarterback Vince Young sat out the Tennessee Titans' practice today because of his strained quadriceps muscle. Backup Kerry Collins, who took over after Young was hurt during Sunday's loss to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, took the practice-field snaps in Young's place. Coach Jeff Fisher has called Young's status day...

By Mark Maske | October 17, 2007; 1:54 PM ET | Comments (0)

K. Robinson Reinstated to Packers

The NFL today reinstated Green Bay Packers wide receiver Koren Robinson, who'd been suspended for violating the league's substance abuse policy. Robinson was scheduled to travel to Green Bay tonight to join the team. Today was the first day that he was eligible to be reinstated from his one-year...

By Mark Maske | October 17, 2007; 1:48 PM ET | Comments (0)

Tailback Shuffle for Patriots

The New England Patriots might switch tailbacks this week. Usual starter Laurence Maroney has missed three games because of a groin injury but might be ready to return to the lineup. That's good timing for the Patriots since fill-in starter Sammy Morris suffered a chest injury during Sunday's victory...

By Mark Maske | October 17, 2007; 10:26 AM ET | Comments (0)

Testaverde's Play Gives Fox a Quarterback Decision to Make for Panthers

The Carolina Panthers have an unlikely quarterback controversy that can percolate during their bye week. Coach John Fox told reporters Tuesday that he wasn't ready to commit to a starter yet for when the club returns from its bye. Vinny Testaverde was signed by the Panthers last week and,...

By Mark Maske | October 17, 2007; 10:12 AM ET | Comments (0)

Falcons Said to be Pondering Potential Move to Leftwich

There is speculation that the Atlanta Falcons might make a quarterback switch following Monday night's lopsided loss to the New York Giants. Joey Harrington has been the team's starter all season but the Falcons' coaching staff is said to be contemplating a move to Byron Leftwich, the former Jacksonville...

By Mark Maske | October 17, 2007; 7:58 AM ET | Comments (0)

Bills Reportedly Sticking With T. Edwards as Starter at Quarterback

The Buffalo Bills reportedly are sticking with rookie Trent Edwards as their starting quarterback this week. Edwards started the last two games, with J.P. Losman sidelined by a knee injury. Losman has resumed practicing and is healthy enough to return to the lineup but Coach Dick Jauron has decided...

By Mark Maske | October 16, 2007; 10:10 PM ET | Comments (0)

MRI Shows Torn Ligament But K. Warner Reportedly Won't Have to Undergo Surgery

An MRI exam showed that Arizona Cardinals quarterback Kurt Warner has a torn ligament in his left elbow but a team spokesman told the Associated Press that Warner won't have to undergo surgery. It remains unclear how long Warner will be sidelined. The injury, suffered during last weekend's loss...

By Mark Maske | October 16, 2007; 9:59 PM ET | Comments (0)

P. Homes to Practice Wednesday With Chiefs, Could Play This Weekend

Tailback Priest Holmes is scheduled to practice with the Kansas City Chiefs on Wednesday. Coach Herman Edwards told reporters today it's possible that Holmes, who is attempting to return from a neck injury that had seemed to end his career, will play this weekend. He has been on the...

By Mark Maske | October 16, 2007; 7:15 PM ET | Comments (0)

No Decision By Goodell Yet About Possibly Shortening T. Johnson's Suspension

An NFL official said that Commissioner Roger Goodell had not made a decision as of earlier today about whether to reinstate Dallas Cowboys defensive tackle Tank Johnson. Johnson is serving an eight-game suspension for violating the league's personal conduct policy but Goodell made the suspension reviewable after six games....

By Mark Maske | October 16, 2007; 7:02 PM ET | Comments (0)

Cardinals Sign T. Hasselbeck

The Arizona Cardinals, as expected, signed quarterback Tim Hasselbeck. He likely will back up new starter Tim Rattay with Kurt Warner sidelined by an elbow injury....

By Mark Maske | October 16, 2007; 7:01 PM ET | Comments (0)

Judge Approves Neutering of Dogs Seized in Vick Case

The federal judge in Richmond overseeing the Michael Vick case approved the neutering of fighting dogs seized from the Virginia property of suspended Atlanta Falcons quarterback Michael Vick. U.S. District Judge Henry Hudson also appointed an expert to determine whether the 48 dogs will be euthanized or placed elsewhere....

By Mark Maske | October 16, 2007; 6:59 PM ET | Comments (0)

More Progress in K. Everett's Rehabilitation

Injured Buffalo Bills tight end Kevin Everett has been able to hold himself up briefly on a walker and use his feet to push himself around while in a wheelchair, the Associated Press reported. A Buffalo television station, WIVB, reported that Everett's progress at a Houston hospital has left...

By Mark Maske | October 16, 2007; 6:58 PM ET | Comments (0)

Chargers Get Wide Receiver Chambers from Dolphins

The San Diego Chargers obtained former Pro Bowl wide receiver Chris Chambers in a trade that sends a second-round draft pick next spring to the Miami Dolphins. Chambers had 31 catches for 415 yards in six games for the Dolphins this season. He had 405 receptions his nearly 6-1/2...

By Mark Maske | October 16, 2007; 4:27 PM ET | Comments (0)

Week 7 Rankings

So now it's down to two unbeaten teams and two winless clubs. The Cowboys remain the highest-ranked NFC team but fall two spots to fifth after losing to the Patriots. The Jaguars' climb to fourth means that two of the top four clubs in the rankings will be facing...

By Mark Maske | October 16, 2007; 1:57 PM ET | Comments (0)

Buccaneers Get Running Back Help By Trading for Chiefs' M. Bennett

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers filled their need for a tailback by obtaining Michael Bennett in a trade with the Kansas City Chiefs. Bennett is a former 1,200-yard rusher for the Minnesota Vikings who'd been relegated to backup status in Kansas City. It is not immediately clear what the Chiefs...

By Mark Maske | October 16, 2007; 9:55 AM ET | Comments (0)

Bulger Set to Return to Rams' Lineup

Quarterback Marc Bulger is poised to return to the lineup of the winless St. Louis Rams this week. Backup Gus Frerotte threw eight interceptions in two fill-in starts, five of them in Sunday's loss to the Baltimore Ravens, after Coach Scott Linehan sat down Bulger, who'd been playing with...

By Mark Maske | October 16, 2007; 9:39 AM ET | Comments (0)

V. Young Undergoes MRI Exam on Injured Leg

Tennessee Titans quarterback Vince Young underwent an MRI exam today on what the team is calling a strained quadriceps muscle. The results of the test were not immediately known and it was not clear how long Young will be sidelined. Coach Jeff Fisher called his quarterback's status day-to-day. Young...

By Mark Maske | October 15, 2007; 9:03 PM ET | Comments (0)

Rattay Likely to Become Cardinals' Third Different Starting Quarterback in Three Weeks

The Arizona Cardinals likely will have their third different starting quarterback in three weeks when they face the Washington Redskins on Sunday at FedEx Field. First it was Matt Leinart, who had his season ended by a broken collarbone. Then it was Kurt Warner, who had been sharing playing...

By Mark Maske | October 15, 2007; 7:30 PM ET | Comments (0)

Can Anyone Match Up With the Patriots?

IRVING, Tex.--Okay, so maybe the New England Patriots can go unbeaten, after all. There is talk just about every NFL season about whether a team can go undefeated and join the 1972 Miami Dolphins. And usually, such talk is silly. The season is just too long and too grueling....

By Mark Maske | October 14, 2007; 9:54 PM ET | Comments (6)

Romo's Father Diagnosed With Prostate Cancer

The father of Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo reportedly has been diagnosed with prostate cancer. Romo told the Dallas Morning News that his 50-year-old father, Ramiro, was diagnosed last month and will undergo surgery soon. "He's your dad," Romo told the newspaper. "You've been so close for so long,...

By Mark Maske | October 12, 2007; 9:50 AM ET | Comments (2)

Legal Maneuverings Reportedly Will Keep T. Henry Eligible to Play for Broncos At Least Three More Weeks

Tailback Travis Henry apparently will remain eligible to play for the Denver Broncos for at least three more weeks while legal maneuverings take place in his attempt to keep the NFL from suspending him. Henry is challenging the league in court, reportedly over a failed drug test that has...

By Mark Maske | October 12, 2007; 9:41 AM ET | Comments (0)

Leftwich, Now Second on Falcons' Depth Chart, Suffers Minor Ankle Sprain in Practice

Atlanta Falcons backup quarterback Byron Leftwich sprained his left ankle during Thursday's practice. Leftwich has had problems in the past with his right ankle. But this injury is to his left ankle, and it does not seem serious. He probably will be available if needed Monday night against the...

By Mark Maske | October 12, 2007; 9:26 AM ET | Comments (0)

Saints Probably Sticking With Struggling Mare For Now

The New Orleans Saints appear to be leaning toward sticking with Olindo Mare as their field goal kicker for now after he tested his strained groin muscle during Thursday's practice and his performance seemed to satisfy Coach Sean Payton. Mare has missed four of his seven field goal attempts...

By Mark Maske | October 12, 2007; 9:18 AM ET | Comments (0)

Carr's Ailing Back Could Force Testaverde Into Panthers' Lineup Immediately

Quarterback David Carr sat out the Carolina Panthers' practice for a second straight day because of a sore back, raising the possibility that 21-year NFL veteran Vinny Testaverde could be the team's starter only days after being lured out of retirement. Testaverde and undrafted rookie Matt Moore split the...

By Mark Maske | October 11, 2007; 2:30 PM ET | Comments (0)

Week 6 Picks

Local Teams Redskins at Packers The Redskins are becoming a very solid all-around team. The Packers, too, look playoff-bound. But they have their limitations, namely their complete lack of a running game. That will catch up to them at some point. Pick: Redskins Rams at Ravens The Rams will...

By Mark Maske | October 11, 2007; 2:00 PM ET | Comments (4)

Garrard's Play Making Del Rio Look Good

Jacksonville Jaguars Coach Jack Del Rio put his reputation--and perhaps his job--on the line when he decided just before the season to release Byron Leftwich and go with David Garrard as his starting quarterback. The early returns are promising for Del Rio. While Leftwich remains a backup to Joey...

By Mark Maske | October 11, 2007; 1:30 PM ET | Comments (0)

T. Green Tells Cameron He's Hopeful of Playing Again

Quarterback Trent Green reportedly told his coach with the Miami Dolphins, Cam Cameron, during a telephone conversation Wednesday that he's hopeful of resuming his NFL career at some point even after suffering a severe concussion for the second time in two seasons. Green is being evaluated by doctors in...

By Mark Maske | October 11, 2007; 1:17 PM ET | Comments (0)

Childress Making Sure T. Jackson is Healthy Before Reinserting Him as Starter

Quarterbacks Tarvaris Jackson and Kelly Holcomb have been splitting the snaps this week in the Minnesota Vikings' practices. Vikings Coach Brad Childress would like to switch back to Jackson as his starter this week, but first wants to make certain that Jackson has recovered fully from a groin injury....

By Mark Maske | October 11, 2007; 9:54 AM ET | Comments (0)

Frerotte to Make Second Straight Start for Rams

Gus Frerotte is scheduled to make a second straight start at quarterback for the St. Louis Rams. Frerotte became the starter last week when Coach Scott Linehan decided to sit down Marc Bulger, who'd been playing with two broken ribs. The winless Rams play at Baltimore on Sunday....

By Mark Maske | October 11, 2007; 9:51 AM ET | Comments (0)

Quarterback Controversy Brewing in Buffalo

The Buffalo Bills are on their bye week but could have a quarterback controversy brewing. J.P. Losman participated in Wednesday's practice and seems close to being ready to play after missing two games because of a sprained knee. But Coach Dick Jauron hasn't said whether Losman will regain his...

By Mark Maske | October 11, 2007; 6:30 AM ET | Comments (2)

T.O. Mum

Sunday's game between the Dallas Cowboys and New England Patriots is so big that it has moved Terrell Owens to silence. The Cowboys wide receiver left a note to media members on his locker today that read: Dear Reporters, Due to the magnitude of this week's game and high...

By Mark Maske | October 10, 2007; 10:20 PM ET | Comments (22)

Edwards Indicates Huard Is On Course to Start Sunday

Quarterback Damon Huard participated in the Kansas City Chiefs' practice today, and Coach Herman Edwards indicated that Huard will start Sunday's game against the Cincinnati Bengals unless he suffers a setback later this week Huard has a sore right shoulder but an MRI exam taken early in the week...

By Mark Maske | October 10, 2007; 4:34 PM ET | Comments (0)

Bucs, Desperately Needing Running Back Help, Sign Z. Crockett

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers signed running back Zack Crockett, a 12-year NFL veteran formerly with the Indianapolis Colts, Jacksonville Jaguars and Oakland Raiders. The Buccaneers are shorthanded at the position after losing starting tailback Carnell (Cadillac) Williams to a season-ending knee injury and his replacement, Michael Pittman, to an...

By Mark Maske | October 10, 2007; 3:02 PM ET | Comments (4)

Testaverde Returning to NFL as Carr's Backup in Carolina

Vinny Testaverde has agreed to a contract with the Carolina Panthers to be their backup quarterback. Testaverde will join the Panthers' new starter, David Carr, and undrafted rookie Matt Moore in the club's quarterback mix. Former starter Jake Delhomme is about to undergo season-ending elbow surgery. Carr was knocked...

By Mark Maske | October 10, 2007; 10:24 AM ET | Comments (0)

No Fine for T. Johnson for Taunting T. Green

NFL officials decided against fining Houston Texans defensive tackle Travis Johnson for taunting injured Miami Dolphins quarterback Trent Green during Sunday's game. Johnson was penalized during the game for yelling at Green following the play on which Green was hurt. Gene Washington, the league's director of football operations, reviewed...

By Mark Maske | October 10, 2007; 8:20 AM ET | Comments (0)

D. Huard Doesn't Have Serious Shoulder Injury But Playing Status This Week Remains in Doubt

An MRI exam of the ailing right shoulder of Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Damon Huard showed no serious damage, Coach Herman Edwards told reporters today. Edwards indicated that Huard's ability to throw the ball in practices this week will determine whether he plays this weekend. If he's unable to...

By Mark Maske | October 9, 2007; 9:00 PM ET | Comments (0)

Bucs Place C. Simms on Injured Reserve List

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers placed quarterback Chris Simms on the injured reserve list, making him ineligible to play for the team this season. He hasn't played in a regular season game since undergoing emergency surgery to have his spleen removed following a game early last season. "We were hopeful,...

By Mark Maske | October 9, 2007; 8:43 PM ET | Comments (0)

Bengals Cornerback J. Joseph Suspended for One Game

The NFL suspended Cincinnati Bengals cornerback Johnathan Joseph for one game without pay for a violation of the substance abuse policy. He also was fined an additional game check. Joseph was arrested in January and found to have marijuana....

By Mark Maske | October 9, 2007; 8:42 PM ET | Comments (0)

Falcons Make Progress in Vick Bonus Case with Ruling by Special Master

The Atlanta Falcons made legal progress today in their attempt to force suspended quarterback Michael Vick to return $19.97 million of the $37 million in bonus money in his 10-year, $130 million contract. Stephen Burbank, the NFL's special master, ruled that a precedent set in a previous case involving...

By Mark Maske | October 9, 2007; 6:37 PM ET | Comments (1)

Cardinals Place Leinart on Injured Reserve, Sign Rattay to Back Up Warner

The Arizona Cardinals placed quarterback Matt Leinart on the injured reserve list, ending his season, and signed Tim Rattay to back up new starter Kurt Warner. Leinart had been the Cardinals' starter until suffering a broken collarbone during Sunday's victory over the St. Louis Rams. Warner had been playing...

By Mark Maske | October 9, 2007; 5:33 PM ET | Comments (1)

Cardinals, Panthers in Quarterback Market

The Arizona Cardinals and Carolina Panthers are in the quarterback market this week, searching for veteran backups to play behind newly elevated starters. The Arizona Republic reported that Vinny Testaverde and Tim Rattay were scheduled to work out for the Cardinals today. The Cardinals want a backup for Kurt...

By Mark Maske | October 9, 2007; 3:51 PM ET | Comments (0)

Week 6 Rankings

It will be No. 1 vs. No. 3 in Irving, Tex., on Sunday when the Patriots visit the Cowboys. But really, it's the AFC South that's ruling the NFL, with three teams (Colts, Jaguars and Titans) in the top six in the rankings and the last-place Texans at 15th....

By Mark Maske | October 9, 2007; 12:54 PM ET | Comments (0)

Let the Hype Begin for Patriots-Cowboys Game

The NFL's game of the year (so far) nearly was ruined Monday night, but escaped intact. Barely. The Dallas Cowboys scored nine points in the final 20 seconds, the last three of them on a 53-yard field goal by kicker Nick Folk after they recovered an onside kick, to...

By Mark Maske | October 9, 2007; 9:51 AM ET | Comments (0)

Culpepper to Start Again for Raiders

The Oakland Raiders are sticking with Daunte Culpepper as their starting quarterback, Coach Lane Kiffin announced Monday. Culpepper took over for the injured Josh McCown and directed a victory over the Miami Dolphins nine days ago. The Raiders, coming off their bye week, face the San Diego Chargers this...

By Mark Maske | October 9, 2007; 9:40 AM ET | Comments (0)

Seahawks Fullback M. Strong Retires

Longtime Seattle Seahawks fullback Mack Strong announced his retirement Monday. Strong is suffering from a herniated disk in his neck. The disk is pinching his spinal cord, and Strong was told by doctors that he could risk a serious injury if he continued playing. His doctors told him the...

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

T. Green to Undergo Further Testing Before Making Decision About Playing Again

Miami Dolphins quarterback Trent Green will undergo further tests and medical evaluation before deciding whether to retire or resume his career. Green suffered what was diagnosed as a grade three concussion, the most severe, during Sunday's loss to the Houston Texans, the second severe concussion that he's suffered in...

By Mark Maske | October 8, 2007; 7:49 PM ET | Comments (0)

Goodell to Review T. Johnson's Case Next Week

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell told reporters before tonight's Cowboys-Bills game in Buffalo that he will review the case of suspended defensive tackle Tank Johnson next week. Goodell suspended Johnson, formerly of the Chicago Bears, for the first eight games of the season for violating the NFL's personal conduct policy,...

By Mark Maske | October 8, 2007; 4:50 PM ET | Comments (0)

J. Harrington Remains Falcons' Starter, At Least for Now

Atlanta Falcons Coach Bobby Petrino announced that he's sticking with Joey Harrington as the club's starting quarterback this week. Harrington was pulled in favor of Byron Leftwich late in Sunday's loss to the Tennessee Titans....

By Mark Maske | October 8, 2007; 4:35 PM ET | Comments (0)

Bucs Lose Another Running Back

A week after losing starting tailback Carnell (Cadillac) Williams to a season-ending knee injury, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers have lost replacement Michael Pittman to an ankle injury suffered during Sunday's loss at Indianapolis. Pittman is expected to be sidelined for six to eight weeks. Earnest Graham takes over as...

By Mark Maske | October 8, 2007; 3:56 PM ET | Comments (0)

Cards Turn to Warner

The Arizona Cardinals' job-sharing plan at quarterback is over. Matt Leinart and Kurt Warner had been splitting duties in recent weeks. But Leinart suffered a fractured left collarbone during Sunday's triumph over the St. Louis Rams and is to be sidelined indefinitely, leaving Warner to take over as the...

By Mark Maske | October 8, 2007; 2:47 PM ET | Comments (0)

Croyle Could Take Over as Chiefs' Starter This Week

Second-year quarterback Brodie Croyle could take over as the Kansas City Chiefs' starter this week. Damon Huard suffered a shoulder injury during Sunday's loss to the Jacksonville Jaguars and was scheduled to undergo an MRI exam today. Croyle took over against the Jaguars and threw a late touchdown pass...

By Mark Maske | October 8, 2007; 2:41 PM ET | Comments (0)

Delhomme to Undergo Season-Ending Elbow Surgery

The Carolina Panthers will be without quarterback Jake Delhomme for the remainder of the season. Delhomme decided today to undergo season-ending elbow surgery after having trouble while trying to throw the ball, Coach John Fox announced. Delhomme hurt the elbow on his right (throwing) arm during a Sept. 23...

By Mark Maske | October 8, 2007; 2:31 PM ET | Comments (0)

Concussion Raises Questions About T. Green's Football Future

One has to wonder if quarterback Trent Green has played his final career game. Green was knocked from the Miami Dolphins' loss Sunday in Houston when he suffered a concussion while throwing a block on Texans defensive tackle Travis Johnson. The low block enraged Johnson, and it put Green's...

By Mark Maske | October 8, 2007; 2:07 PM ET | Comments (0)

Lions' Flaws Being Exposed

The Detroit Lions have been one of the league's pleasant early-season surprises, using a revved-up passing offense to win three of their first four games. But it's becoming increasingly evident that they can't run the ball or protect quarterback Jon Kitna on offense, and they can't stop anyone on...

By Mark Maske | October 8, 2007; 10:23 AM ET | Comments (0)

Bills Lose P. Price for Season

Buffalo Bills wide receiver Peerless Price was scheduled to undergo surgery today to have a disk injury in his neck repaired and likely will miss the remainder of the season. Price will be the eighth Bills player, including four starters, to be placed on the injured reserve list. He...

By Mark Maske | October 5, 2007; 3:13 PM ET | Comments (0)

J. Lynch Set to Return to Broncos' Lineup

Safety John Lynch is set to return to the Denver Broncos' lineup for this weekend's game against the San Diego Chargers. Lynch was on the inactive list for last Sunday's loss at Indianapolis because of a strained groin muscle. It was only the sixth game he's missed since 1996....

By Mark Maske | October 5, 2007; 10:45 AM ET | Comments (0)

Already Shorthanded 49ers Offense Loses Left Tackle, Too

The San Francisco 49ers will be without left tackle Jonas Jennings for Sunday's game against the Baltimore Ravens. Jennings was excused from Thursday's practice because of what Coach Mike Nolan termed a personal issue. The 49ers did not provide further details and did not indicate when Jennings is scheduled...

By Mark Maske | October 5, 2007; 10:27 AM ET | Comments (0)

T. Henry Reportedly Facing Possible One-Year Suspension for Positive Marijuana Test

Denver Broncos tailback Travis Henry tested positive for marijuana and is facing a possible one-year suspension by the NFL, KDVR-TV in Denver reported. Henry served a four-game suspension for a violation of the league's substance abuse policy in 2005 while with the Tennessee Titans. Newsday reported that Henry filed...

By Mark Maske | October 4, 2007; 9:59 PM ET | Comments (0)

L. Briggs Pleads Guilty to Leaving Scene of Accident, Failing to Report Accident

Chicago Bears linebacker Lance Briggs pleaded guilty to leaving the scene of an accident and failing to report an accident. He was ordered to perform 15 days of community service, fined $485 and put under court supervision for a year. Briggs abandoned his vehicle following an Aug. 27 crash...

By Mark Maske | October 4, 2007; 7:44 PM ET | Comments (0)

D. Carr Expected to Start for Panthers Again

David Carr is expected to make a second straight start at quarterback for the Carolina Panthers. Jake Delhomme remains sidelined by an elbow injury....

By Mark Maske | October 4, 2007; 7:43 PM ET | Comments (0)

Week 5 Picks

Local Teams Lions at Redskins The Lions can throw the ball. But they can't run it, protect their quarterback or play much defense. If the Redskins stay out of a fast-break, who-can-score-last game, they should prevail at home. Pick: Redskins Ravens at 49ers The Ravens haven't played like one...

By Mark Maske | October 4, 2007; 3:30 PM ET | Comments (11)

Hearing in Vick Contract Case Done, Parties Told to Expect Ruling By End of Next Week

Today's Michael Vick hearing is over. University of Pennsylvania law professor Stephen Burbank, the NFL's special master, told the parties to expect a ruling by the end of next week. Representatives of the Atlanta Falcons argued to Burbank that Vick should be forced to return about $20 million of...

By Mark Maske | October 4, 2007; 2:38 PM ET | Comments (0)

Niners Say Orthopedist Agrees With Initial Diagnosis that A. Smith Doesn't Need Surgery for Separated Shoulder

According to the San Francisco 49ers, orthopedic specialist James Andrews agreed with the initial diagnosis by the team's doctors that quarterback Alex Smith doesn't have to undergo surgery to repair his separated right shoulder. Club officials denied an ESPN report that Smith sought a second opinion from Andrews and...

By Mark Maske | October 4, 2007; 1:00 PM ET | Comments (0)

Panthers Have Players-Only Meeting

The Carolina Panthers held a players-only meeting Wednesday to discuss the club's uneven start. The Panthers have a record of 2-2 after Sunday's loss to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, after which defensive tackle Kris Jenkins publicly questioned the team's passion and heart. Backup quarterback David Carr is playing in...

By Mark Maske | October 4, 2007; 12:56 PM ET | Comments (7)

Vick's Contract Case Before NFL's Special Master Today

University of Pennsylvania law professor Stephen Burbank is scheduled to hear arguments today in the Atlanta Falcons' attempt to force suspended quarterback Michael Vick to return a large portion of the $37 million in bonuses in his 10-year, $130 million contract. The hearing is to take place at the...

By Mark Maske | October 4, 2007; 11:35 AM ET | Comments (1)

Eagles' Struggles Produce Speculation About Reid's Coaching Future

Two people familiar with the operations of the Philadelphia Eagles said this morning they give no credence to speculation that the team's coach, Andy Reid, might step down. The Eagles have won five of the last six NFC East titles, including last season's, and franchise owner Jeffrey Lurie and...

By Mark Maske | October 4, 2007; 10:33 AM ET | Comments (0)

Rams Sitting Down Injured Bulger for Frerotte

The winless St. Louis Rams are sitting down quarterback Marc Bulger. Bulger has been playing with two broken ribs and reportedly was told by Coach Scott Linehan that he would sit down for a week or two. Backup Gus Frerotte is scheduled to start Sunday's game against the Arizona...

By Mark Maske | October 3, 2007; 1:13 PM ET | Comments (3)

Judge Schedules Nov. 27 Hearing to Determine Trial Date for Vick in State Case

A Surry County, Va., judge today scheduled a Nov. 27 hearing to determine a trial date for suspended Atlanta Falcons quarterback Michael Vick to face state dogfighting charges. Vick did not attend today's initial court appearance in the case in Sussex, Va. Attorney Lawrence Woodward represented Vick and appeared...

By Mark Maske | October 3, 2007; 11:21 AM ET | Comments (7)

With Niners' Season Hanging in Balance, Severity of A. Smith's Shoulder Injury Should be Known Soon

The San Francisco 49ers should have a better idea within the next day or two how long they'll be without injured quarterback Alex Smith. Coach Mike Nolan said earlier in the week that he wouldn't guess at a timetable before Thursday. Smith suffered what the team called a third-degree...

By Mark Maske | October 3, 2007; 11:00 AM ET | Comments (0)

Panthers' Morgan Has Partially Torn Achilles' Tendon

Carolina Panthers linebacker Dan Morgan is wearing a cast on his right foot and told reporters this week that he has a partially torn Achilles' tendon. It's unclear how long Morgan will be sidelined, although he is expected to play again at some point this season because the tear...

By Mark Maske | October 3, 2007; 10:41 AM ET | Comments (0)

Giants Could Be Pondering Changing Kickers

Free agent kickers Billy Cundiff and Josh Huston worked out for the New York Giants on Tuesday but neither was signed. The Giants might be exploring possible alternatives after their kicker, Lawrence Tynes, missed an extra point and a 34-yard field goal try during Sunday night's victory over the...

By Mark Maske | October 3, 2007; 10:37 AM ET | Comments (0)

Patriots Getting Back R. Harrison

As if the New England Patriots need any more help, they're getting back safety Rodney Harrison this week. Harrison has completed a four-game suspension by the NFL for acknowledging to league officials that he used a performance-enhancing substance, reportedly human growth hormone. The Patriots have been the league's most...

By Mark Maske | October 3, 2007; 10:28 AM ET | Comments (0)

Wilfork Appealing Fine for Hit on Losman

New England Patriots defensive tackle Vince Wilfork told a Boston radio station that he's appealing his $12,500 fine for a low hit that injured Buffalo Bills quarterback J.P. Losman. Wilfork maintains that he was pushed into Losman by a Bills blocker. Losman suffered a sprained knee on the hit...

By Mark Maske | October 3, 2007; 10:22 AM ET | Comments (0)

Delhomme's Return to Panthers' Lineup Doesn't Appear Imminent

The Carolina Panthers likely will be without quarterback Jake Delhomme for a second straight game because of his injured right elbow. Delhomme might attempt to do some throwing this week but it's unlikely that he'll be able to play, and David Carr probably will make a second start in...

By Mark Maske | October 3, 2007; 10:13 AM ET | Comments (0)

Vick Attended PETA Class Last Month

Suspended Atlanta Falcons quarterback Michael Vick attended a day-long class on the prevention of animal cruelty last month at the Virginia office of People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals. A source close to Vick said that the quarterback and PETA officials initially discussed the possibility of Vick doing...

By Mark Maske | October 2, 2007; 5:37 PM ET | Comments (5)

Week 5 Rankings

The Seahawks move back into the top five with their convincing win over the 49ers. The Steelers drop four spots after their loss to the Cardinals. The league's middle class is huge, and you could practically pick names out of hat for numbers 12 through 20. The Dolphins and...

By Mark Maske | October 2, 2007; 12:58 PM ET | Comments (1)

Colts Left to Fret Over Injuries to Harrison, Addai and Sanders

The Indianapolis Colts improved their record to 4-0 with Sunday's victory over the Denver Broncos but suffered a series of injuries to key players whose playing status is in doubt this week. Wide receiver Marvin Harrison emerged with a bruised knee, tailback Joseph Addai with a bruised shoulder and...

By Mark Maske | October 2, 2007; 9:34 AM ET | Comments (0)

Griese to Get Another Start for Bears

Yes, Chicago Bears Coach Lovie Smith did say it during his news conference Monday: "Brian is our quarterback." The long-awaited quarterback switch from Rex Grossman to Brian Griese didn't work, as Griese threw three interceptions in Sunday's loss to the Detroit Lions that dropped the Bears' record to 1-3....

By Mark Maske | October 2, 2007; 9:32 AM ET | Comments (1)

Police Reportedly Cite Jaguars' Barnes for Leaving Scene of Accident

Jacksonville Jaguars offensive tackle Khalif Barnes reportedly abandoned his car after a single-car accident near his home Saturday morning. According to the Florida Times-Union, Barnes crashed his 2007 Mercedes into a tree while en route to receiving treatment from the Jaguars' medical staff for an ankle injury. Police cited...

By Mark Maske | October 2, 2007; 9:30 AM ET | Comments (2)

Whisenhunt Plans to Continue Rotating Cardinals' Quarterbacks

Arizona Cardinals Coach Ken Whisenhunt plans to continue alternating quarterbacks Matt Leinart and Kurt Warner. Warner has had great success in recent weeks coming off the bench to run the Cardinals' no-huddle offense, and the club evened its record at 2-2 with Sunday's triumph over the Pittsburgh Steelers. "It's...

By Mark Maske | October 2, 2007; 9:26 AM ET | Comments (0)

T. Dilfer to Start for Niners Against Ravens

San Francisco 49ers quarterback Alex Smith is to miss this weekend's game against the Baltimore Ravens because of the separated right shoulder that he suffered during Sunday's loss to the Seattle Seahawks. Trent Dilfer is to start against his former team in place of Smith. But 49ers Coach Mike...

By Mark Maske | October 1, 2007; 6:23 PM ET | Comments (1)

Police Spoke to Jaguars Rookie Safety About Weekend Shooting

Police in Gainesville, Fla., spoke to Jacksonville Jaguars rookie safety Reggie Nelson on Sunday morning, about 7-1/2 hours after a shooting near a nightclub, according to broadcast and print reports. Nelson reportedly gave the police a statement but is not a suspect in the incident, in which two men...

By Mark Maske | October 1, 2007; 4:47 PM ET | Comments (0)

R. Williams Applies to NFL for Reinstatement

Suspended Miami Dolphins tailback Ricky Williams applied to the league for reinstatement, according to his representatives. The former NFL rushing champion has been suspended since April 2006 for violating the league's substance abuse policy. Williams reportedly tested positive for marijuana this past April, pushing back his potential reinstatement. It...

By Mark Maske | October 1, 2007; 4:31 PM ET | Comments (0)

Bucs Lose C. Williams, L. Petitgout for Season

The triumph over the Carolina Panthers on Sunday that raised the Tampa Bay Buccaneers' record to 3-1 was costly. Tailback Carnell (Cadillac) Williams and left tackle Luke Petitgout suffered season-ending knee injuries. Each player is scheduled to undergo surgery this week. The Buccaneers plan to rotate Michael Pittman and...

By Mark Maske | October 1, 2007; 12:59 PM ET | Comments (1)

Eagles' Hopes in NFC East Race Already Sacked?

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J.--The Philadelphia Eagles usually have looked like the best organized, best coached team in the NFC East while winning five of the last six division titles. They didn't look like that here Sunday night. Only a week after seeming to right some of the wrongs in their...

By Mark Maske | October 1, 2007; 9:33 AM ET | Comments (1)

 

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