Archive: November 2007

Injured Right Elbow, Separated Left Shoulder Put Favre's Streak in Jeopardy

IRVING, Tex.--Brett Favre's streak of 269 straight starts, including the playoffs, is in jeopardy. The Green Bay Packers not only lost the battle for NFC supremacy to the Dallas Cowboys here Thursday night, 37-27. They also may have lost their quarterback. Favre suffered an injured right elbow and a...

By Mark Maske | November 30, 2007; 12:51 AM ET | Comments (0)

Packers Shorthanded on Defense Tonight

IRVING, Tex.--The Green Bay Packers will be shorthanded on defense for tonight's showdown game here against the Dallas Cowboys. They'll be without both cornerback Charles Woodson and defensive end Kabeer Gbaja-Biamila. Woodson is out with a toe injury and Gbaja-Biamila with an ankle injury. The Packers had described the...

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

Still No End In Sight to NFL Network Dispute

IRVING, Tex.--The end of the NFL's dispute with some large cable carriers over distribution of the NFL Network still is nowhere in sight. The NFL would like the Federal Communications Commission to force the parties into binding arbitration, but the FCC took no action on the matter during its...

By Mark Maske | November 29, 2007; 5:57 PM ET | Comments (0)

Redskins-Bears Game Not Expected to Be Rescheduled

Two NFL sources said today they don't expect the Washington Redskins' game next Thursday against the Chicago Bears to be rescheduled. The Chicago Sun Times reported today that the Bears would be willing to postpone the game until the following Saturday, Sunday or Monday and the Redskins have made...

By Mark Maske | November 29, 2007; 5:55 PM ET | Comments (0)

Bulger to Be Sidelined This Weekend

The St. Louis Rams will be without quarterback Marc Bulger this weekend. Bulger suffered a concussion last weekend and was not cleared to play after undergoing tests this week. Backup Gus Frerotte becomes the starter and Brock Berlin has been promoted from the practice squad to serve as the...

By Mark Maske | November 29, 2007; 5:39 PM ET | Comments (0)

Week 13 Picks

Thursday Game Packers at Cowboys This one is a very, very close call. The Packers certainly can win. But they're a little beat up right now, and the Cowboys are at home. Pick: Cowboys Local Teams Bills at Redskins Who knows if the Redskins have anything left emotionally to...

By Mark Maske | November 29, 2007; 10:00 AM ET | Comments (6)

S. Alexander Practices, Could Split Carries With M. Morris

Tailback Shaun Alexander participated in the Seattle Seahawks' practice today and could play this weekend. That's good news for the Seahawks since Maurice Morris, who's started the last three games while Alexander has been sidelined by a sprained knee, is plagued this week by a sore ankle. If both...

By Mark Maske | November 28, 2007; 9:36 PM ET | Comments (0)

Sore Back Puts Chiefs' Croyle on Shelf

A sore back kept the Kansas City Chiefs' recently promoted starter at quarterback, Brodie Croyle, out of the practice today. Croyle was hurt last weekend in his second NFL start. If Croyle is unable to play this weekend, former starter Damon Huard would get the job back at least...

By Mark Maske | November 28, 2007; 9:35 PM ET | Comments (0)

Bulger Misses Rams' Practice

St. Louis Rams quarterback Marc Bulger didn't practice today after suffering a concussion last weekend. It remains unclear if he'll be ready to play this weekend. Backup Gus Frerotte would take over as the starter is Bulger is sidelined. The Rams promoted Brock Berlin from the practice squad to...

By Mark Maske | November 28, 2007; 9:25 PM ET | Comments (0)

McNabb Sits Out Eagles' Practice

Quarterback Donovan McNabb didn't participate in the Philadelphia Eagles' practice today. His ankle and thumb injuries are said to be improving, but he remains unclear if he'll be ready to return to the lineup this weekend. Backup A.J. Feeley started in McNabb's place and threw for 345 yards in...

By Mark Maske | November 28, 2007; 9:23 PM ET | Comments (0)

D. Green, Monk, Grimm, Jacoby Among Hall of Fame Semifinalists

Four former Washington Redskins standouts made the list of 26 semifinalists for the Pro Football Hall of Fame announced today. Cornerback Darrell Green, wide receiver Art Monk and offensive linemen Russ Grimm and Joe Jacoby made the list, which was reduced from 124 preliminary nominees. Green was one of...

By Mark Maske | November 28, 2007; 7:30 PM ET | Comments (4)

J. Garcia's Back Still Ailing

The back injury that Jeff Garcia suffered during Sunday's win over the Washington Redskins continues to plague the Tampa Bay Buccaneers' veteran quarterback. Garcia left the game but later returned. He said on a Tampa radio station Tuesday that the injury still is bothering him and he's not yet...

By Mark Maske | November 28, 2007; 10:30 AM ET | Comments (0)

Patriots Place Colvin on IR, Activate T. Brown

The New England Patriots placed linebacker Rosevelt Colvin on the injured reserve list, ending his season. Colvin was hurt during Sunday night's triumph over the Philadelphia Eagles, although the nature of his injury was not clear. The Patriots also activated veteran wide receiver Troy Brown from the physically unable...

By Mark Maske | November 28, 2007; 10:25 AM ET | Comments (1)

R. Williams's Season Over After One Game

Ricky Williams's season is over. Agent Leigh Steinberg told the Associated Press that Williams suffered a torn pectoral muscle during the Miami Dolphins' loss Monday night to the Pittsburgh Steelers and will miss the rest of the season. The game was the tailback's first appearance of the season. He...

By Mark Maske | November 27, 2007; 8:35 PM ET | Comments (0)

Colts Release S. Rice

The Indianapolis Colts surprisingly released defensive end Simeon Rice today. Rice had been claimed off waivers to replace the injured Dwight Freeney. He played in two games for the Colts and had one sack....

By Mark Maske | November 27, 2007; 8:34 PM ET | Comments (0)

Week 13 Rankings

Who's really the second-best team in football right now? The Packers-Cowboys game Thursday night should make it clear. 1. Patriots (11-0)... 1* 2. Cowboys (10-1)... 2 3. Packers (10-1)... 3 4. Colts (9-2)... 4 5. Jaguars (8-3)... 5 6. Buccaneers (7-4)... 7 7. Seahawks (7-4)... 8 8. Steelers (8-3)......

By Mark Maske | November 27, 2007; 7:37 PM ET | Comments (2)

Redskins-Bills Game to be Played Sunday as Scheduled

The Washington Redskins' game Sunday against the Buffalo Bills at FedEx Field will be played as scheduled, representatives of the team and league said. "I have not heard any discussion of changes to the schedule," Greg Aiello, the NFL's senior vice president of public relations, said by telephone from...

By Mark Maske | November 27, 2007; 2:46 PM ET | Comments (2)

Players' Union Issues Statement on Taylor's Death

The players' union has issued a written statement on Sean Taylor's death. "The NFL Players Association is in deep mourning after the loss of one of our own, Redskins safety Sean Taylor, who died early this morning," the statement says. "We were all shocked and saddened to hear of...

By Mark Maske | November 27, 2007; 2:35 PM ET | Comments (0)

Goodell Says Entire NFL "Deeply Saddened" By Taylor's Death

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell has issued a written statement about the death of Washington Redskins safety Sean Taylor. It reads: "The entire NFL is deeply saddened by the death of Sean Taylor. We extend our heartfelt sympathy to Sean's family, friends, teammates, and the Redskins' organization. This is a...

By Mark Maske | November 27, 2007; 1:32 PM ET | Comments (0)

Vick's State Trial Scheduled for April

A judge set an April 2 trial date for suspended Atlanta Falcons quarterback Michael Vick to face state dogfighting charges. Lawrence Woodward, one of Vick's attorneys, requested a jury trial during a five-minute hearing today in Sussex, Va. Vick is jailed as he awaits sentencing by a federal judge...

By Mark Maske | November 27, 2007; 11:54 AM ET | Comments (0)

Vikings Expecting to Have Back A. Peterson

Rookie tailback Adrian Peterson appears poised to return to the Minnesota Vikings' lineup this week. Peterson has missed two games since suffering a torn lateral collateral ligament in his right knee. Coach Brad Childress indicated today that, barring any setbacks in practice this week, Peterson likely will split carries...

By Mark Maske | November 26, 2007; 8:57 PM ET | Comments (0)

League Not Punishing Packers

The NFL isn't punishing the Green Bay Packers after players reportedly offered money to their teammates to keep opponents below certain statistical benchmarks. The practice violates league rules. But a league spokesman indicated that the NFL is leaving the matter to the Packers and the club is ensuring that...

By Mark Maske | November 26, 2007; 8:54 PM ET | Comments (0)

Texans Lose M. Sherman to Texas A&M

Houston Texans assistant coach Mike Sherman was hired as the head coach at Texas A&M today. He replaces Dennis Franchione, who resigned last week. Sherman, the former head coach of the Green Bay Packers, is to finish the season with the Texans. He's a former Texas A&M assistant....

By Mark Maske | November 26, 2007; 8:51 PM ET | Comments (0)

McNabb to Keep Eagles' Starting Job When Healthy

Backup quarterback A.J. Feeley threw for 345 yards in the Philadelphia Eagles' near-miss loss Sunday night at New England. But Coach Andy Reid said today that Donovan McNabb remains the team's starter when healthy. It remains unclear, however, if McNabb will be ready to play this week. He sat...

By Mark Maske | November 26, 2007; 8:47 PM ET | Comments (0)

Bears Lose C. Benson for Rest of Season

Chicago Bears tailback Cedric Benson will undergo surgery on his left leg and miss the remainder of the season, Coach Lovie Smith announced today. Benson was hurt in Sunday's win over the Denver Broncos. Adrian Peterson takes over as the starter with Benson headed to the injured reserve list....

By Mark Maske | November 26, 2007; 8:45 PM ET | Comments (0)

Bills Going Back to T. Edwards as Starter at Quarterback

The Buffalo Bills are switching starting quarterbacks for Sunday's game against the Washington Redskins. Rookie Trent Edwards is back in as the starter, and J.P. Losman is benched. Coach Dick Jauron announced the change today. Jauron has gone back and forth between Losman and Edwards all season because of...

By Mark Maske | November 26, 2007; 8:43 PM ET | Comments (0)

Feeley, Eagles Show It Might Not Be So Easy for Patriots, After All

FOXBOROUGH, Mass.--It remains to be seen if the Philadelphia Eagles have a quarterback controversy on their hands, or even a quarterback issue. But backup A.J. Feeley, filling in because of Donovan McNabb's ankle and thumb injuries, nearly beat the team here Sunday night that many expect to go unbeaten...

By Mark Maske | November 26, 2007; 12:51 AM ET | Comments (26)

Patriots Clinch Division Title

FOXBOROUGH, Mass.--The New England Patriots clinched the AFC East title today even before taking the field for tonight's game against the Philadelphia Eagles at Gillette Stadium. The Buffalo Bills' loss to the Jacksonville Jaguars this afternoon ensured the Patriots of their fifth straight division crown. They become the first...

By Mark Maske | November 25, 2007; 7:00 PM ET | Comments (0)

Vikings Withhold Peterson

The Minnesota Vikings wisely decided not to use rookie tailback Adrian Peterson during today's game against the New York Giants. Peterson missed his second straight game since suffering a torn lateral collateral ligament in his right knee. The Vikings had left open the possibility of Peterson playing today after...

By Mark Maske | November 25, 2007; 6:53 PM ET | Comments (0)

Vikings Leaving Open Possibility of A. Peterson Playing This Weekend

The Minnesota Vikings are leaving open the possibility of rookie tailback Adrian Peterson playing this weekend. Peterson has missed one game since suffering a torn lateral collateral ligament in his right knee. He had limited participation in practice this week. Chester Taylor started in Peterson's place last weekend and...

By Mark Maske | November 23, 2007; 7:29 PM ET | Comments (0)

McNabb Misses Third Straight Day of Practice

It's looking like the Philadelphia Eagles will be without quarterback Donovan McNabb when they face the unbeaten New England Patriots on Sunday night in Foxborough, Mass. McNabb missed his third straight day of practice today because of ankle and thumb injuries suffered last weekend. Eagles Coach Andy Reid has...

By Mark Maske | November 23, 2007; 7:27 PM ET | Comments (0)

Thoughts on Thanksgiving Games

Some quick observations from the Thanksgiving games: *The Green Bay Packers have a chance to win next Thursday in Dallas. The Cowboys have been widely proclaimed the best team in the NFC. But, in truth, there's little difference between them and the Packers at this point. Green Bay probably...

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

R. Williams Practices With Dolphins

Tailback Ricky Williams practiced with the Miami Dolphins today. It was his first full practice since being reinstated by NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell last week after serving a drug-related suspension of more than 18 months. Williams is eligible to play in Monday night's game at Pittsburgh but the Dolphins...

By Mark Maske | November 21, 2007; 7:51 PM ET | Comments (0)

Holmes's Retirement Announced

Kansas City Chiefs tailback Priest Holmes has retired, the Chiefs have announced. Holmes is scheduled to participate in a news conference this afternoon. Holmes, 34, re-injured his neck during last weekend's loss to the Indianapolis Colts. He played four games for the Chiefs this season after returning from a...

By Mark Maske | November 21, 2007; 1:38 PM ET | Comments (0)

McNabb Sits Out Eagles' Practice

Quarterback Donovan McNabb missed the Philadelphia Eagles' practice today. He suffered ankle and thumb injuries during last weekend's triumph over the Miami Dolphins and was replaced by backup A.J. Feeley. It's unclear if McNabb will be able to play in Sunday night's game at New England. Feeley presumably would...

By Mark Maske | November 21, 2007; 1:03 PM ET | Comments (0)

Week 12 Picks

Thanksgiving Games Packers at Lions The Lions usually are tough at home and need this one after losing to the Giants last weekend. But the Packers are simply better, and they'll be highly motivated to maintain the importance of their game at Dallas a week later. Pick: Packers Jets...

By Mark Maske | November 21, 2007; 11:00 AM ET | Comments (0)

P. Holmes Said to be Considering Immediate Retirement After Re-Injuring Neck

Tailback Priest Holmes is said to be contemplating retirement after re-injuring his neck during the Kansas City Chiefs' loss Sunday to the Indianapolis Colts. An NFL source said this morning that Holmes had been examined by doctors in recent days and would make a decision soon, perhaps today, after...

By Mark Maske | November 21, 2007; 9:17 AM ET | Comments (0)

Some Field Goals Could Be Subject to Replay Reviews in Future Seasons

The NFL's competition committee will study the issue this offseason of whether instant replay should be made available to review certain field goal attempts, a league spokesman said today. The committee's consideration will come in reaction to the bizarre ending of the Cleveland Browns' triumph Sunday over the Baltimore...

By Mark Maske | November 20, 2007; 10:00 PM ET | Comments (0)

J. Harrington Gets Falcons' Starting Job Again

The Atlanta Falcons announced that they're going back to Joey Harrington as their starter at quarterback this week. Coach Bobby Petrino has been switching back and forth between Harrington and Byron Leftwich in recent weeks....

By Mark Maske | November 20, 2007; 6:39 PM ET | Comments (0)

Steelers to Be Without T. Polamalu, S. Holmes

The Pittsburgh Steelers expect to be without safety Troy Polamalu and wide receiver Santonio Holmes for at least one game. Polamalu has a sprained knee and Holmes has a high ankle sprain....

By Mark Maske | November 20, 2007; 6:37 PM ET | Comments (0)

Prosecutors Ask Judge to Order Vick to Set Aside Money for Care and Placement of Seized Dogs

Prosecutors asked the judge presiding over Michael Vick's federal case to set aside more than $900,000 of Vick's money for the suspended Atlanta Falcons quarterback to meet his obligation to pay for the care and placement of the dogs seized from his property. The prosecutors cited Vick's "deteriorating financial...

By Mark Maske | November 20, 2007; 6:35 PM ET | Comments (0)

Week 12 Rankings

The Colts don't get to keep a top-three ranking based on the presumption that they are the NFL's second-best team when they're at full capacity. It's beginning to look possible that they won't be at full capacity again all season. The Packers move up to third and the Colts...

By Mark Maske | November 20, 2007; 12:00 PM ET | Comments (0)

Field Goal Tactic Backfires on Shanahan

Hopefully all of the other NFL coaches watched the Denver Broncos' Mike Shanahan out-think himself Monday night and all this foolishness with last-second timeouts before field goal attempts will end. Shanahan started this nonsense, and he cost his team three points in the final seconds of the first half...

By Mark Maske | November 20, 2007; 8:22 AM ET | Comments (0)

Vick Chooses to Begin Prison Term Early

Suspended Atlanta Falcons quarterback Michael Vick has decided to surrender and begin serving his prison sentence immediately, according to court documents. Vick is scheduled to be sentenced on Dec. 10 by U.S. District Judge Henry E. Hudson after pleading guilty to a conspiracy charge related to his participation in...

By Mark Maske | November 19, 2007; 2:49 PM ET | Comments (0)

Ankle, Thumb Injuries Leave McNabb's Playing Status This Week Unclear

Philadelphia Eagles Coach Andy Reid indicated today it's unclear if quarterback Donovan McNabb will be in the club's lineup for this weekend's game at New England. McNabb suffered ankle and thumb injuries during Sunday's victory over the winless Miami Dolphins and gave way to backup A.J. Feeley. The ankle...

By Mark Maske | November 19, 2007; 2:45 PM ET | Comments (0)

Brady, Moss Are Just Making It Look Too Easy

ORCHARD PARK, N.Y.--Earlier in the day, Terrell Owens had four touchdown catches for the Dallas Cowboys. Randy Moss noticed. "Yeah," Moss said in the New England Patriots' locker room here late Sunday night, "I saw the real [number] 81." So Moss, dubbed the "other" No. 81 by Owens earlier...

By Mark Maske | November 19, 2007; 10:21 AM ET | Comments (0)

Bills Will Be Without M. Lynch Tonight

ORCHARD PARK, N.Y.--The Buffalo Bills, as expected, will be without rookie tailback Marshawn Lynch when they face the unbeaten New England Patriots here tonight. Lynch is on the Bills' inactive list. He didn't practice all week because of a sprained ankle suffered last weekend, although the Bills hadn't officially...

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

It's Testaverde Vs. Favre In Oldest-Ever Quarterback Matchup

Coach John Fox today named Vinny Testaverde the starter at quarterback for the Carolina Panthers on Sunday. That means that the Green Bay Packers' Brett Favre, at 38, will be the young quarterback in the game. Testaverde is 44, making it the oldest pair of quarterbacks to start against...

By Mark Maske | November 16, 2007; 6:22 PM ET | Comments (0)

L. Johnson Says He Expects to Play Again This Season

Kansas City Chiefs tailback Larry Johnson expects to play again this season. That's what he said during an appearance Thursday on the radio show of team president Carl Peterson. Johnson is to miss a second straight game this weekend because of a foot injury and is scheduled to be...

By Mark Maske | November 16, 2007; 12:16 PM ET | Comments (0)

Niners Sitting Down A. Smith

The San Francisco 49ers are sitting down struggling and hurting quarterback Alex Smith. Smith returned from a separated right shoulder suffered earlier this season but indicated this week that the shoulder injury now is accompanied by a strained forearm. The former top overall selection in the NFL draft is...

By Mark Maske | November 16, 2007; 9:57 AM ET | Comments (0)

Panthers Getting Healthy at Quarterback But S. Smith Hurting

The Carolina Panthers finally are getting healthier at quarterback. Both David Carr and Vinny Testaverde have been practicing this week. That's been a rare occurrence in recent weeks, with Carr plagued by a back injury and a concussion and Testaverde hindered by a heel injury. But the Panthers still...

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

Cameron Decides to Welcome Back R. Williams

Miami Dolphins Coach Cam Cameron decided after meeting with tailback Ricky Williams today to allow the former NFL rushing champion to rejoin the team. Williams is scheduled to practice with the Dolphins on Monday, and is eligible to play for them a week later in a game at Pittsburgh....

By Mark Maske | November 15, 2007; 7:33 PM ET | Comments (0)

R. Williams Rejoins Dolphins

Tailback Ricky Williams rejoined the Miami Dolphins today. Williams arrived at the team's training facility in Davie, Fla., in a van late in the morning. He was scheduled to meet with Coach Cam Cameron, who will decide whether to activate the former NFL rushing champion. Williams was reinstated by...

By Mark Maske | November 15, 2007; 2:31 PM ET | Comments (1)

Judge Accepts Jones's Plea Deal

A judge in Las Vegas accepted the terms of the plea agreement of suspended Tennessee Titans cornerback Adam (Pacman) Jones for his involvement in a dispute that led to a February shooting at a strip club. Jones did not appear in court today but is scheduled to appear to...

By Mark Maske | November 15, 2007; 2:21 PM ET | Comments (1)

Week 11 Picks

Local Teams Redskins at Cowboys The Cowboys are the league's second-best team and the Redskins simply don't measure up, not on the road. Pick: Cowboys Browns at Ravens Do you think maybe, just maybe, the Ravens should have kept Derek Anderson around? Pick: Browns Lock of the Week Steelers...

By Mark Maske | November 15, 2007; 12:32 PM ET | Comments (3)

R. Williams's Status With Dolphins Could Be Determined by Meeting With Cameron Today

Ricky Williams is scheduled to be in South Florida today to meet with Miami Dolphins Coach Cam Cameron. Cameron has not said whether the Dolphins will activate the tailback, who was reinstated by NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell on Wednesday after serving a drug-related suspension of more than 18 months....

By Mark Maske | November 15, 2007; 9:52 AM ET | Comments (0)

M. Lehr Reportedly Implicated By Personal Trainer in Texas

Tampa Bay Buccaneers offensive lineman Matt Lehr reportedly has been implicated in the NFL's latest steroids scandal. The Dallas Morning News reported that Lehr was implicated by Plano, Tex., personal trainer David Jacobs, who pleaded guilty to a steroids-related charge this week and agreed to cooperate with federal investigators...

By Mark Maske | November 15, 2007; 9:49 AM ET | Comments (4)

L. Davis Hurt During Cowboys' Practice

Guard Leonard Davis suffered a sprained ankle during the Dallas Cowboys' practice Wednesday. Davis has played well for the Cowboys since being a high-priced free agent acquisition in the offseason. The Cowboys don't yet know the severity of the injury. Cory Procter would replace Davis in the starting lineup...

By Mark Maske | November 15, 2007; 9:42 AM ET | Comments (0)

Bills Likely to be Without M. Lynch Against Patriots

The Buffalo Bills probably will be without rookie tailback Marshawn Lynch when they host the unbeaten New England Patriots on Sunday night. Lynch missed Wednesday's practice because of a sprained ankle suffered last weekend. He is the NFL's fifth-leading rusher. Anthony Thomas and Dwayne Wright likely will split carries...

By Mark Maske | November 15, 2007; 9:37 AM ET | Comments (1)

Culpepper to Face Vikings, and J. Russell Could Be His Backup

The back-and-forth continues for the Oakland Raiders at quarterback. Daunte Culpepper is being moved back into the starting job this week and gets to face his first NFL team, the Minnesota Vikings, on Sunday. Culpepper is replacing Josh McCown as the starter for the second time this season. McCown...

By Mark Maske | November 15, 2007; 9:33 AM ET | Comments (0)

Garrard Poised to Return to Jaguars' Lineup

Quarterback David Garrard participated in the Jacksonville Jaguars' practice Wednesday, and signal that he likely will return to the lineup this weekend. Garrard has missed the last three games because of a sprained ankle. He practiced last week but failed to convince Coach Jack Del Rio that he was...

By Mark Maske | November 15, 2007; 9:26 AM ET | Comments (0)

Leftwich to Reclaim Falcons' Starting Job When Healthy

Byron Leftwich remains the No. 1 quarterback for the Atlanta Falcons when healthy, Coach Bobby Petrino announced Wednesday. But that doesn't necessarily mean that Leftwich, who's coming off ankle surgery, will be ready to play this weekend. That remains to be determined. Joey Harrington began the season as the...

By Mark Maske | November 15, 2007; 9:22 AM ET | Comments (0)

Grossman Is Bears' Starter Again

The Chicago Bears are going back to Rex Grossman as their starting quarterback. The benched former starter relieved Brian Griese in last weekend's win at Oakland after Griese suffered a sprained left shoulder, and remains the starter this week....

By Mark Maske | November 14, 2007; 3:29 PM ET | Comments (0)

Colts Place Freeney on Season-Ending IR List

The Indianapolis Colts made it official: Defensive end Dwight Freeney is out for the rest of the season. The Colts placed Freeney on the injured reserve list today. The team indicated that Freeney suffered a Lisfranc injury to his left foot during Sunday night's loss in San Diego. He...

By Mark Maske | November 14, 2007; 1:40 PM ET | Comments (0)

R. Williams Reinstated

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell has reinstated Miami Dolphins running back Ricky Williams after a suspension that lasted more than a year and a half. A source said the Dolphins were informed this morning of Goodell's decision. Williams applied for reinstatement Oct. 1. He was suspended in April 2006 for...

By Mark Maske | November 14, 2007; 11:42 AM ET | Comments (1)

Personal Trainer Reportedly Tells Federal Authorities He Supplied Performance-Enhancing Drugs to Cowboys Players

A Plano, Tex., personal trainer reportedly has told federal investigators that he supplied performance-enhancing drugs to Dallas Cowboys players. The trainer, David Jacobs, pleaded guilty in federal court Tuesday to one count of conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute steroids. Under a plea deal, Jacobs reportedly agreed to...

By Mark Maske | November 14, 2007; 10:09 AM ET | Comments (8)

Colts' Freeney Likely to Miss Rest of Season

It appears that the foot injury suffered by Dwight Freeney during Sunday night's loss at San Diego probably will end the season of the Indianapolis Colts defensive end. Colts President Bill Polian said during his weekly radio appearance Monday that he expects Freeney to miss at least three to...

By Mark Maske | November 14, 2007; 8:58 AM ET | Comments (0)

L. Johnson to Miss Another Game

The Kansas City Chiefs announced that tailback Larry Johnson will miss a second straight game because of a foot injury. He's scheduled to be examined by a foot specialist next Monday, according to the Chiefs....

By Mark Maske | November 13, 2007; 6:33 PM ET | Comments (0)

Losman Remains Bills Starter

The Buffalo Bills announced that J.P. Losman will remain their starting quarterback for a third straight week. They host the unbeaten New England Patriots on Sunday night....

By Mark Maske | November 13, 2007; 6:31 PM ET | Comments (0)

Texans Lineman Sues City, Police

Texans offensive lineman Fred Weary filed a lawsuit in federal court against the city of Houston and two police officers alleging excessive force, assault, racial profiling, false imprisonment and malicious prosecution Weary was arrested and shot with a Taser gun after a traffic stop last November, but a charge...

By Mark Maske | November 13, 2007; 6:30 PM ET | Comments (0)

Trainer Claiming Ties to Cowboys, Falcons Players Pleads Guilty in Steroids Case

A personal trainer based in Plano, Tex., claiming to have ties to players with the Dallas Cowboys and Atlanta Falcons pleaded guilty in federal court today to one count of conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute steroids. The trainer, David Jacobs, told KTVT-TV in Dallas that he will...

By Mark Maske | November 13, 2007; 6:28 PM ET | Comments (0)

Texans Getting Back A. Johnson

Wide receiver Andre Johnson is likely to return to the Houston Texans' lineup this week. He has missed the last seven games because of a sprained knee. The Texans need him. They've lost five of their seven games without him after winning their first two seasons of the season...

By Mark Maske | November 13, 2007; 3:05 PM ET | Comments (0)

Union's Appeal in Jones Case Seems Doomed to Fail

People familiar with the Adam (Pacman) Jones case say the appeal by the NFL Players Association of Commissioner Roger Goodell's decision not to reinstate Jones this season has little to no chance of success. Goodell decided last week not to shorten Jones's season-long suspension for violating the league's personal...

By Mark Maske | November 13, 2007; 3:04 PM ET | Comments (0)

Testaverde Not Getting Any Younger

When the Carolina Panthers signed Vinny Testaverde last month, he was described as a soon-to-be 44-year-old quarterback. It's soon-to-be no more. Testaverde turns 44 today....

By Mark Maske | November 13, 2007; 3:02 PM ET | Comments (2)

Week 11 Rankings

The real question this week is where to put the Colts. When healthy, they're still clearly the second-best team in the league, and there is a gap between second and third. But in their current state, decimated by injuries, they're not that. They need Marvin Harrison and Dallas Clark...

By Mark Maske | November 13, 2007; 11:30 AM ET | Comments (7)

Jones Reportedly to Avoid Serving Jail Time Under Plea Deal

Suspended Tennessee Titans cornerback Adam (Pacman) Jones reportedly has agreed to a plea deal in which he will avoid serving jail time in exchange for his testimony about a shooting at a Las Vegas strip club. The Associated Press reported that Jones has agreed to plead no contest to...

By Mark Maske | November 13, 2007; 10:57 AM ET | Comments (0)

Bad Ankle Seems to be Affecting P. Burress's Production

New York Giants wide receiver Plaxico Burress was unusually quiet in Sunday's loss to the Dallas Cowboys, with only four catches for 24 yards. Part of it was the Giants' desire to try to exploit the matchup of tight end Jeremy Shockey working against Cowboys safety Roy Williams. They...

By Mark Maske | November 13, 2007; 10:06 AM ET | Comments (0)

Saints Hopeful J. Brown Will Play This Weekend

The New Orleans Saints got a major scare Sunday when all-pro left tackle Jammal Brown hurt his left leg and left the team's loss to the St. Louis Rams. But the Saints believe that Brown was not seriously hurt. Coach Sean Payton is describing the injury as a strained...

By Mark Maske | November 13, 2007; 9:57 AM ET | Comments (0)

Colts Expect Freeney to Miss At Least Three Weeks

The Indianapolis Colts expect to be without defensive end Dwight Freeney for at least three weeks. Freeney suffered a foot injury during Sunday night's loss to the San Diego Chargers. Colts President Bill Polian said during his weekly radio show Monday that he expects Freeney to miss at least...

By Mark Maske | November 13, 2007; 9:43 AM ET | Comments (0)

Garrard to Return This Week for Jaguars?

Quarterback David Garrard will try to convince Coach Jack Del Rio this week that he's ready to return to the Jacksonville Jaguars' lineup this weekend. Garrard has missed the last three games because of a high ankle sprain. He practiced last week but failed to show Del Rio that...

By Mark Maske | November 13, 2007; 9:42 AM ET | Comments (0)

Chiefs Benching Huard In Favor of Croyle

Coach Herman Edwards announced that the Kansas City Chiefs are making a starting quarterback switch from Damon Huard to Brodie Croyle. Huard played well last season as a fill-in starter for Trent Green and took over as the starter this season after Green left the team. But now Edwards...

By Mark Maske | November 12, 2007; 7:22 PM ET | Comments (0)

Bears Don't Know Yet if Grossman or Griese Will Be This Week's Starter

Chicago Bears Coach Lovie Smith indicated it's unclear whether Rex Grossman or Brian Griese will be the club's starting quarterback this week Grossman, benched earlier in the season, took over during Sunday's win at Oakland after Griese sprained his left shoulder, but Griese's availability this week is unclear....

By Mark Maske | November 12, 2007; 7:21 PM ET | Comments (0)

Colts Claim S. Rice Off Waivers

The Indianapolis Colts claimed defensive end Simeon Rice off waivers. He'd been released by the Denver Broncos. The Colts need help at the position because they're uncertain how long defensive end Dwight Freeney will be sidelined by the foot injury he suffered during Sunday night's loss at San Diego....

By Mark Maske | November 12, 2007; 7:19 PM ET | Comments (0)

M. Nolan Scheduled to Coach 49ers Tonight

Mike Nolan is scheduled to coach the San Francisco 49ers tonight against the Seattle Seahawks. Nolan left the team Friday and Saturday to be with his father, Dick Nolan. The former NFL coach died Sunday after suffering from declining health for several years because of prostate cancer and Alzheimer's...

By Mark Maske | November 12, 2007; 3:19 PM ET | Comments (4)

Bills Hopeful of Having M. Lynch Against Patriots

Buffalo Bills Coach Dick Jauron said during a news conference he's hopeful that the team will have rookie tailback Marshawn Lynch available for this weekend's game against the unbeaten New England Patriots. Lynch suffered a sprained ankle during Sunday's narrow victory over the winless Miami Dolphins. He is the...

By Mark Maske | November 12, 2007; 3:00 PM ET | Comments (2)

A. Peterson to Miss at Least One Game With Torn Knee Ligament

Minnesota Vikings rookie tailback Adrian Peterson has a torn ligament in his right knee and will miss at least one game, Coach Brad Childress announced today. Peterson suffered a torn lateral collateral ligament during Sunday's loss to the Green Bay Packers, Childress said during a news conference. Childress said...

By Mark Maske | November 12, 2007; 2:24 PM ET | Comments (0)

Cowboys Have NFC East All But Wrapped Up

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J.--The Dallas Cowboys all but wrapped up the NFC East title here Sunday. Their 31-20 triumph over the New York Giants at Giants Stadium improved their record to 8-1 and put them two games ahead of the second-place New York Giants, who had their six-game winning streak...

By Mark Maske | November 12, 2007; 9:41 AM ET | Comments (2)

Officials Instructed to Eject Players for Flagrant Helmet-to-Helmet Hits

The NFL reportedly has instructed game officials to eject players for helmet-to-helmet hits "judged to be flagrant." Teams were informed of the directive in a memo from officiating director Mike Pereira, the Associated Press reported. "Officials will be reminded this week to pay strict attention to these rules and...

By Mark Maske | November 10, 2007; 7:28 PM ET | Comments (1)

Vikings Announce They Will Pay Williamson, After All

The Minnesota Vikings reversed themselves today and indicated they would pay wide receiver Troy Williamson for last week. The Vikings previously had indicated they would withhold Williamson's weekly paycheck of more than $25,000 after he left the team following the death of his grandmother. Williamson also spent time with...

By Mark Maske | November 10, 2007; 7:25 PM ET | Comments (1)

Bollinger Could Be Vikings' Starter

The Minnesota Vikings might have their third different starting quarterback of the season this weekend. Brooks Bollinger could be the starter with Tarvaris Jackson perhaps sidelined by a concussion and Kelly Holcomb by a neck injury. The Vikings also signed Koy Detmer this week....

By Mark Maske | November 10, 2007; 3:32 PM ET | Comments (0)

Garrard Doesn't Appear Ready to Return to Jaguars' Lineup Yet

Quarterback David Garrard made his return to the Jacksonville Jaguars' practice field this week but it looks like Quinn Gray will make a third straight start. Gray worked with the starting offense during practices and Garrard apparently is not fully recovered from his high ankle sprain....

By Mark Maske | November 10, 2007; 3:29 PM ET | Comments (0)

Rookie Could Get Starting Nod for Panthers

All week, it looked like Vinny Testaverde would be the starting quarterback for the Carolina Panthers this weekend. David Carr was sidelined after suffering a concussion last weekend, and Testaverde was practicing after being on the shelf recently because of a strained Achilles' tendon. But now it's anyone's guess...

By Mark Maske | November 10, 2007; 3:25 PM ET | Comments (0)

Vikings Reportedly Withholding Pay from Receiver Who Left Team Following Grandmother's Death

The Minnesota Vikings reportedly have informed wide receiver Troy Williamson that he will not be paid for last week after he left the team following the death of his grandmother. Several media outlets in the Twin Cities reported that Williamson will not be paid $25,588 of his $435,000 salary...

By Mark Maske | November 9, 2007; 10:37 AM ET | Comments (0)

Receiver Shortage Worsening for Colts

The Indianapolis Colts' shortage of receivers is worsening. Wideout Marvin Harrison has remained limited in practices this week because of the knee injury that has caused him to miss three of the last four games. Harrison lobbied the coaches to play in last weekend's loss to the New England...

By Mark Maske | November 9, 2007; 10:17 AM ET | Comments (0)

Testaverde in Line to be Panthers' Starter

It looks like Vinny Testaverde will be the Carolina Panthers' starter at quarterback this weekend. Testaverde, coming off an Achilles' tendon injury, practiced for a second day in a row Thursday while David Carr remained sidelined after suffering a concussion last weekend. Testaverde and rookie Matt Moore have been...

By Mark Maske | November 9, 2007; 10:04 AM ET | Comments (0)

Chiefs Say L. Johnson's Foot is Improving But Again Fail to Provide Specifics

The playing status beyond this week of Kansas City Chiefs tailback Larry Johnson remains shrouded in mystery. The Chiefs issued a written statement Thursday saying that Johnson has made "significant improvement" and will be re-evaluated next week. He injured his right foot last weekend and Coach Herman Edwards said...

By Mark Maske | November 9, 2007; 10:01 AM ET | Comments (0)

T.O.'s $10,000 Towel

The NFL fined Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Terrell Owens $10,000 for a uniform violation. Owens was seen on the NBC telecast of the Cowboys' triumph Sunday night in Philadelphia waving a personalized towel in the bench area....

By Mark Maske | November 9, 2007; 10:00 AM ET | Comments (0)

Bears Lose R. Brown for Season

The Chicago Bears placed veteran guard Ruben Brown on the injured reserve list, ending his season. Brown, a nine-time Pro Bowl selection, is to undergo surgery for a shoulder injury. Terrence Metcalf takes over as the starter. Brown, 35, is eligible for unrestricted free agency in the spring and...

By Mark Maske | November 9, 2007; 7:00 AM ET | Comments (0)

Week 10 Picks

Local Teams Eagles at Redskins The Eagles usually have found ways during Andy Reid's coaching tenure to fix their problems and turn around bad seasons-in-the-making. But it doesn't feel like it's about to happen this time. Pick: Redskins Bengals at Ravens There isn't much reason to be confident in...

By Mark Maske | November 8, 2007; 2:23 PM ET | Comments (0)

Chiefs Remaining Elusive on Details of L. Johnson's Injury

Kansas City Chiefs Coach Herman Edwards isn't exactly denying a report by a Denver television station that Chiefs tailback Larry Johnson will miss the rest of the season because of a broken bone in his foot. Edwards told reporters Wednesday that the injury still is being evaluated and he...

By Mark Maske | November 8, 2007; 1:00 PM ET | Comments (0)

Garrard Practices

Quarterback David Garrard participated in his first practice with the Jacksonville Jaguars since suffering a high ankle sprain during an Oct. 22 loss to the Indianapolis Colts. Garrard had limited participation in Wednesday's practice but it's still possible that he could play this weekend against the Tennessee Titans. Backup...

By Mark Maske | November 8, 2007; 8:19 AM ET | Comments (0)

Testaverde Practices, Carr Doesn't For Panthers

Vinny Testaverde and rookie Matt Moore split the practice-field work at quarterback for the Carolina Panthers today with David Carr sidelined by a concussion. It's unclear which quarterback will start for the Panthers this weekend or if Carr will be cleared to return. Testaverde had been sidelined by a...

By Mark Maske | November 7, 2007; 4:01 PM ET | Comments (0)

Eagles Safety Considine Done for Season

The Philadelphia Eagles placed starting safety Sean Considine on the injured reserve list, ending his season because of a shoulder injury. Considine was hurt during Sunday night's loss to the Dallas Cowboys. The Eagles plan to use Quintin Mikell to replace Considine as the starter at the safety spot...

By Mark Maske | November 7, 2007; 3:59 PM ET | Comments (0)

County Prosecutor in Vick Case Re-Elected

The Surry County, Va., prosecutor who is handling the Michael Vick case was re-elected Tuesday. Gerald Poindexter received 1,657 votes to 1,173 votes for write-in challenger Ed Vaughn, country registrar Lucille Epps told the Associated Press. Poindexter received some criticism for his handling of the case before federal officials...

By Mark Maske | November 7, 2007; 2:20 PM ET | Comments (0)

Could L. Johnson Be Done for Season?

A Denver television station reported that Kansas City Chiefs tailback Larry Johnson will miss the rest of the season because of a broken bone in his right foot. KDVR-TV reported that Johnson is seeking a second opinion. The Chiefs have said only that Johnson suffered a midfoot injury and...

By Mark Maske | November 7, 2007; 10:39 AM ET | Comments (0)

Vikings Add Detmer

The Minnesota Vikings signed quarterback Koy Detmer. Detmer formerly played for the Philadelphia Eagles when Vikings Coach Brad Childress was an Eagles assistant. Detmer gives Childress another option as the Vikings deal with a series of quarterback injuries. Would-be starter Tarvaris Jackson suffered a concussion last weekend and has...

By Mark Maske | November 7, 2007; 10:19 AM ET | Comments (0)

Losman Keeping Bills' Starting Job This Week

J.P. Losman is keeping the Buffalo Bills' starting quarterback job for at least another week, Coach Dick Jauron announced. Injuries have led Jauron to switch back and forth between Losman and rookie Trent Edwards. Losman has engineered consecutive victories since Edwards suffered a sprained wrist....

By Mark Maske | November 6, 2007; 11:30 PM ET | Comments (0)

Browns Keeping L. Bentley on Shelf

The Cleveland Browns announced that they're keeping center LeCharles Bentley on the physically unable to perform list all season. Bentley has undergone a series of knee operations since being hurt on the first day of training camp in the summer of 2006. "As we've said all along, we want...

By Mark Maske | November 6, 2007; 10:30 PM ET | Comments (0)

Season Over for Panthers Linebacker D. Morgan

The Carolina Panthers placed linebacker Dan Morgan on the injured reserve list, ending his season. Morgan is to undergo surgery for a partially torn Achilles' tendon. He played in only three games this season. The Panthers also signed quarterback Drew Olson to the practice squad, providing some depth at...

By Mark Maske | November 6, 2007; 8:58 PM ET | Comments (0)

Stroud Suspended

Jacksonville Jaguars defensive tackle Marcus Stroud has been suspended for four games without pay for violating the league's policy on steroids and banned substances. Stroud's suspension is to begin immediately. "Rules are rules," Stroud told a Jacksonville radio station. "I've got to abide by the rules like everybody else....

By Mark Maske | November 6, 2007; 8:10 PM ET | Comments (0)

League Announces Goodell Not Reducing Jones's Suspension

The NFL announced today that Commissioner Roger Goodell has decided not to reduce the season-long suspension of Tennessee Titans cornerback Adam (Pacman) Jones for violating the league's personal conduct policy. Goodell had made the suspension reviewable after 10 games and met last week in New York with Jones. But...

By Mark Maske | November 6, 2007; 7:03 PM ET | Comments (0)

Saints Giving No Indications They're About to Dump Struggling Kicker Mare

Kicker Olindo Mare continues to struggle for the New Orleans Saints. He missed two field goal attempts during Sunday's triumph over the Jacksonville Jaguars and is only six for 12 this season. The Saints worked out several kickers, including Mike Vanderjagt and Martin Gramatica, last month while Mare was...

By Mark Maske | November 6, 2007; 4:30 PM ET | Comments (0)

Chiefs Expect to be Without L. Johnson This Weekend

The Kansas City Chiefs almost certainly will be without tailback Larry Johnson for at least one week. Coach Herman Edwards said during a news conference today it's highly unlikely that Johnson will play this weekend against the Denver Broncos because of an injured right foot. Johnson has undergone tests...

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

Cowboys Planning to Get T. Johnson Right into Playing-Time Mix

Tank Johnson probably won't have to wait long to get some playing time with the Dallas Cowboys. The defensive tackle has been activated after serving his eight-game suspension for violating the NFL's personal conduct policy. Commissioner Roger Goodell did allow Johnson to practice with the Cowboys in recent weeks,...

By Mark Maske | November 6, 2007; 2:01 PM ET | Comments (1)

C. Johnson Might Play This Week Despite Neck Strain

Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver Chad Johnson has a strained neck and might be able to play in this weekend's game against the Baltimore Ravens. Johnson was taken from the field on a stretcher with his head and neck immobilized after being hit during Sunday's loss at Buffalo. But tests...

By Mark Maske | November 6, 2007; 1:53 PM ET | Comments (0)

Ramsey Could Be Broncos' Starter This Week

Patrick Ramsey could be the Denver Broncos' starter at quarterback this week. Ramsey took over for Jay Cutler after Cutler hurt his left leg during Sunday's loss at Detroit. X-rays and an MRI exam showed no fractures, but the badly bruised leg could keep Cutler on the sideline for...

By Mark Maske | November 6, 2007; 1:49 PM ET | Comments (1)

No Quarterback Switch for Dolphins

The winless Miami Dolphins are sticking with Cleo Lemon as their starting quarterback. Coach Cam Cameron had left open the possibility of switching to rookie John Beck but announced Monday that Lemon would keep the job. The Dolphins are coming off their bye and play the Buffalo Bills this...

By Mark Maske | November 6, 2007; 1:45 PM ET | Comments (0)

Chiefs Awaiting Test Results on L. Johnson's Injured Foot

The Kansas City Chiefs could be without tailback Larry Johnson for an extended period because of what the team called a midfoot sprain suffered during Sunday's loss to the Green Bay Packers. The Chiefs were awaiting the results of tests taken on Johnson's right foot. Johnson set an NFL...

By Mark Maske | November 6, 2007; 1:41 PM ET | Comments (0)

Week 10 Rankings

The Patriots reaffirm their top ranking with their comeback victory at Indianapolis, and the Colts show they're a worthy No. 2 capable of winning the inevitable rematch in the AFC title game. Who's No. 3? It's tempting to put the Steelers there after their dominating win over the Ravens...

By Mark Maske | November 6, 2007; 12:45 PM ET | Comments (3)

The Scandal That Wasn't

There were reports throughout the day Monday that the New England Patriots had complained to the league after Sunday's victory in Indianapolis that the Colts were illegally piping artificial crowd noise through speakers at the RCA Dome during the game. It's an accusation that has been made in the...

By Mark Maske | November 6, 2007; 10:34 AM ET | Comments (1)

Vikings in Market for Quarterback Help

Former Carolina Panthers quarterback Chris Weinke reportedly is scheduled to work out today for the Minnesota Vikings. The Vikings have had a string of injuries at quarterback. Tarvaris Jackson suffered a concussion during Sunday's win over the San Diego Chargers. He has missed time this season because of a...

By Mark Maske | November 6, 2007; 10:19 AM ET | Comments (2)

Panthers Short on Healthy Quarterbacks

The Carolina Panthers will have to see if any of their quarterbacks are healthy enough to play this week. David Carr suffered a concussion during Sunday's loss to the Tennessee Titans and Vinny Testaverde has been plagued by a strained Achilles' tendon. The only other quarterback on the roster...

By Mark Maske | November 6, 2007; 10:07 AM ET | Comments (0)

League Fines L. Landry, L. Ramsey One Game Check Each for Illegal Hits

The league handed out hefty fines today to Washington Redskins safety LaRon Landry and Philadelphia Eagles defensive tackle LaJuan Ramsey for illegal hits with their helmets during Sunday's games. Each was fined one game check--$16,764 for Landry and $21,176 for Ramsey. Landry was fined for a helmet-to-helmet hit on...

By Mark Maske | November 5, 2007; 8:00 PM ET | Comments (3)

Patriots-Bills Flexed to Prime Time on Nov. 18

NBC is using its first flexible-scheduling move of the season to try to cash in on the success of the New England Patriots. The network and the league announced today that the Patriots-Buffalo Bills game on Nov. 18 has been moved to the prime-time slot at 8:15 p.m....

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

Reid Sticking With McNabb as Eagles' Starter

The Philadelphia Eagles are sticking with Donovan McNabb as their starter at quarterback. Coach Andy Reid was asked during his news conference today about McNabb's status on the heels of Sunday night's lopsided loss at home to the Dallas Cowboys that dropped the Eagles' record to 3-5. They're in...

By Mark Maske | November 5, 2007; 4:08 PM ET | Comments (0)

Get Ready for the Patriots to Be 17-0 When They Next Face the Colts

INDIANAPOLIS--If you still don't think it's likely that the New England Patriots will be 17-0 when they next face the Indianapolis Colts in the AFC championship game in January in Foxborough, Mass., perhaps you missed Sunday's proceedings at the RCA Dome. The Patriots' 24-20 triumph over the Colts brought...

By Mark Maske | November 5, 2007; 10:32 AM ET | Comments (13)

Colts Have Harrison, Ugoh on Inactive List

INDIANAPOLIS--The Indianapolis Colts will be at far from full strength when they face the New England Patriots today. The Colts have wide receiver Marvin Harrison and rookie left tackle Tony Ugoh on their inactive list for the game. Harrison will be sidelined for the third time in four games...

By Mark Maske | November 4, 2007; 3:41 PM ET | Comments (1)

Could C. Dillon Return to Patriots?

INDIANAPOLIS--There is some talk around the New England Patriots that retired tailback Corey Dillon could return to the team at some point this season. Dillon split the ball-carrying duties last season with Laurence Maroney, then retired in the offseason. He has drawn interest this season from several teams, including...

By Mark Maske | November 4, 2007; 2:30 PM ET | Comments (0)

M. Harrison Cleared to Play Against Patriots But Colts Might Withhold Him

The Indianapolis Colts' medical staff has cleared wide receiver Marvin Harrison to play in Sunday's game against the New England Patriots. But Coach Tony Dungy said during a news conference today that another week off might enable Harrison to play the remainder of the season without further knee difficulties....

By Mark Maske | November 2, 2007; 6:45 PM ET | Comments (3)

Patriots Place Sammy Morris on IR List

The New England Patriots placed backup tailback and leading rusher Sammy Morris on the injured reserve list, ending his season. Morris has been sidelined by what the Patriots have called a chest injury but usual starter Laurence Maroney has returned to the lineup....

By Mark Maske | November 2, 2007; 6:43 PM ET | Comments (0)

K. Jenkins Fined for Hit on P. Manning

The league fined Carolina Panthers defensive tackle Kris Jenkins $7,500. Jenkins was penalized for a late hit on Indianapolis Colts quarterback Peyton Manning last weekend....

By Mark Maske | November 2, 2007; 6:41 PM ET | Comments (2)

Reid Says He'll Keep Coaching Eagles

Andy Reid said today that he has no plans to quit coaching the Philadelphia Eagles despite his sons' legal troubles and a stern rebuke by a county judge Thursday. Reid addressed the issue briefly during his regular news conference at the Eagles' training facility. "I know this is a...

By Mark Maske | November 2, 2007; 4:07 PM ET | Comments (1)

Judge Says A. Reid's Family Is "In Crisis"

More questions have been raised about Andy Reid's future as coach of the Philadelphia Eagles by Thursday's legal developments involving his family. Reid missed a practice for the first time in his Eagles coaching tenure to be in court for the sentencing of his two adult sons by a...

By Mark Maske | November 2, 2007; 11:09 AM ET | Comments (4)

Jones Scheduled to Meet With Commissioner Today But Suspension Not Expected to be Reduced

Suspended Tennessee Titans cornerback Adam (Pacman) Jones is scheduled to meet with NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell today in New York. But several league sources familiar with Jones's case said they do not expect Goodell to shorten Jones's suspension to make him eligible to play in any games this season....

By Mark Maske | November 2, 2007; 10:16 AM ET | Comments (0)

M. Harrison Sits Out Another Colts' Practice

Wide receiver Marvin Harrison didn't participate in the Indianapolis Colts' practice Thursday. The Colts had hoped that Harrison would practice Thursday and play Sunday against the New England Patriots after missing two of the last three games because of an ailing left knee. Now it's unclear what Harrison's playing...

By Mark Maske | November 1, 2007; 11:01 PM ET | Comments (3)

L. Coles Misses Second Straight Practice

It's looking increasingly unlikely that wide receiver Laveranues Coles will play against the Washington Redskins this weekend. Coles missed the New York Jets' practice for a second day in a row because of a concussion. The Jets haven't said, however, whether Coles will play....

By Mark Maske | November 1, 2007; 10:25 PM ET | Comments (0)

Kiffin Goes Back to McCown as Raiders' Starter at Quarterback

The Oakland Raiders are going back to Josh McCown as their starting quarterback. Coach Lane Kiffin announced today that McCown will start this weekend against the Houston Texans, ahead of Daunte Culpepper. McCown began the season as the Raiders' starter but lost the job after suffering a broken toe....

By Mark Maske | November 1, 2007; 10:08 PM ET | Comments (0)

D. Florence Fined $15,000 For Hit That Caused Schaub's Concussion

The NFL fined San Diego Chargers cornerback Drayton Florence $15,000 for a hit on Houston Texans quarterback Matt Schaub last weekend. League officials ruled that Florence made an unnecessary helmet-to-helmet hit on Schaub during an interception return. But the Texans considered the penalty insufficient, given that Schaub suffered a...

By Mark Maske | November 1, 2007; 9:30 PM ET | Comments (0)

Week 9 Picks

Local Teams Redskins at Jets The Redskins bounce back from last weekend's embarrassment in Foxborough, Mass. Pick: Redskins Ravens at Steelers (Monday night) The Ravens simply have too many issues at the moment to think they can go on the road and beat a top team. Pick: Steelers Lock...

By Mark Maske | November 1, 2007; 2:00 PM ET | Comments (7)

Dungy Stands Ground on Patriots Comments

Even as his team readies to face the New England Patriots on Sunday, Indianapolis Colts Coach Tony Dungy isn't taking back comments that he made just after the Patriots were punished by NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell for using videotaping equipment to steal the signals of the New York Jets...

By Mark Maske | November 1, 2007; 9:49 AM ET | Comments (6)

T. Jackson Appears Set to Reclaim Vikings' Starting Job

Quarterback Tarvaris Jackson participated in the Minnesota Vikings' practice Wednesday and appears poised to reclaim the starting job. Jackson missed last weekend's game because of a broken finger on his passing hand. He missed two games earlier in the season because of a groin injury. With top backup Kelly...

By Mark Maske | November 1, 2007; 9:37 AM ET | Comments (0)

No Hearing in C. Rogers Bonus Forfeiture Case

The league and players' union waived a scheduled hearing this week in the case of former Detroit Lions wide receiver Charles Rogers. Instead, the two sides had a conference call Tuesday and submitted briefs. An arbitrator is to determine whether Rogers must return more than $10 million of his...

By Mark Maske | November 1, 2007; 9:32 AM ET | Comments (0)

S. Smith Frustrated With D. Jarrett?

The work habits of Carolina Panthers rookie wide receiver Dwayne Jarrett don't seem to be impressing Panthers wideout Steve Smith. According to the Charlotte Observer, Jarrett was speaking to reporters by his locker Wednesday when Smith said to him: "Instead of talking to the media, why don't you go...

By Mark Maske | November 1, 2007; 9:26 AM ET | Comments (2)

M. Bush Practices With Raiders

Rookie running back Michael Bush practiced Wednesday with the Oakland Raiders. Bush is on the physically unable to perform list and the Raiders now have three weeks to place him on the injured reserve list, ending his season, or activate him. Bush hasn't played since suffering a broken leg...

By Mark Maske | November 1, 2007; 9:20 AM ET | Comments (2)

 

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