Archive: December 2007

Billick Gracious in Written Remarks

Brian Billick did not attend the news conference announcing his firing as coach of the Baltimore Ravens but issued a written statement through the team. "It has been a great ride with the Ravens and the fans here," Billick said in the statement. "My family and I have grown...

By Mark Maske | December 31, 2007; 4:25 PM ET | Comments (3)

Bisciotti Says He Made "Gut-Feeling" Decision on Billick Sunday Morning

Baltimore Ravens owner Steve Bisciotti said at an afternoon news conference at the team's headquarters in Owings Mills, Md., that he decided Sunday morning to fire Brian Billick as the club's coach after being prepared in recent weeks to retain him. "It's a gut feeling," Bisciotti said. "It just...

By Mark Maske | December 31, 2007; 4:23 PM ET | Comments (1)

Dolphins to Pick First in Draft, Rams Second, Patriots Seventh

The league announced the tentative selection order for the NFL draft in April. The Miami Dolphins will have the top overall choice and the St. Louis Rams will pick second. The Atlanta Falcons or Oakland Raiders will select third, to be determined by a coin flip because they're tied...

By Mark Maske | December 31, 2007; 3:15 PM ET | Comments (0)

Fox, Hurney Go About Their Business in Carolina as Richardson Remains Mum

Carolina Panthers owner Jerry Richardson still hasn't said publicly that he's retaining Coach John Fox and General Manager Marty Hurney. The NFL Network reported recently that Richardson had said that off camera, but Richardson has declined since then to confirm it. The Panthers just completed a 7-9 season, and...

By Mark Maske | December 31, 2007; 2:54 PM ET | Comments (0)

Billick Fired

The Baltimore Ravens have fired Brian Billick as their coach, two NFL sources said. Billick had said during the final weeks of the season that he would return next season, and the Baltimore Sun reported that Ravens owner Steve Bisciotti planned to bring Billick back. But Bisciotti never confirmed...

By Mark Maske | December 31, 2007; 2:27 PM ET | Comments (8)

No Changes at Top for Chiefs

The Kansas City Chiefs are keeping their key decision-makers in place even after their 4-12 season. The team is retaining Carl Peterson as its president and general manager and Herman Edwards as its coach....

By Mark Maske | December 31, 2007; 1:43 PM ET | Comments (0)

Parcells Fires Mueller as Dolphins' GM

The expected housecleaning has begun in Miami. Bill Parcells, the team's newly hired executive vice president of football operations, fired Randy Mueller today as the club's general manager. Mueller had been hired to work with the team's previous coach, Nick Saban, and helped to assemble the roster that produced...

By Mark Maske | December 31, 2007; 1:32 PM ET | Comments (0)

Levy Says It Was Simply Time to Move On

Marv Levy's resignation today as general manager of the Buffalo Bills came 10 years to the day after he resigned as the team's coach. Levy said in a written statement issued by the Bills: "Following the 2005 NFL football season, Mr. Wilson and I agreed that I would return...

By Mark Maske | December 31, 2007; 1:15 PM ET | Comments (0)

Levy Tells Bills He's Resigning as General Manager

Marv Levy informed the Buffalo Bills today that he's resigning as the team's general manager. The Hall of Fame coach returned to the franchise that he once led to four Super Bowl appearances to serve as its general manager the last two seasons. Levy, 82, reportedly plans to return...

By Mark Maske | December 31, 2007; 11:44 AM ET | Comments (0)

Coaching Carousel Ready to Spin?

It could be a relatively quiet day after the regular season, at least by recent NFL standards. The 32 teams combined to make 17 head coaching changes the previous two offseasons. The Atlanta Falcons already are in the coaching market after Bobby Petrino's resignation earlier this month, and the...

By Mark Maske | December 31, 2007; 11:23 AM ET | Comments (0)

Knee Injuries Could Leave Giants Without O'Hara, Mitchell Against Bucs

The knee injuries suffered by center Shaun O'Hara and linebacker Kawika Mitchell during the New York Giants' loss to the New England Patriots on Saturday night at Giants Stadium might keep them out of this weekend's first-round NFC playoff game at Tampa. O'Hara and Mitchell suffered sprained medial collateral...

By Mark Maske | December 31, 2007; 11:17 AM ET | Comments (2)

Levy Reportedly Leaving Bills

A Buffalo television station is reporting that Marv Levy will step down as general manager of the Buffalo Bills to head back into retirement. WIVB-TV reported that the decision was mutual between Levy, 82, and the team and an announcement could be made this week. The Hall of Fame...

By Mark Maske | December 30, 2007; 7:35 PM ET | Comments (0)

Coughlin's Gamble Mostly Pays Off, But Giants Learn the Game's Only Beginning When You Get a Late Lead on the Patriots

Some quick thoughts on Patriots-Giants on the train ride home from New York... * It was one of the best games of the season, thanks to the decision by Giants Coach Tom Coughlin to play his regulars the whole way. Coughlin's gamble paid off. Yes, the Giants lost and...

By Mark Maske | December 30, 2007; 12:33 PM ET | Comments (1)

Game On: Giants Don't Have Their Regulars on Inactive List

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J.--The New York Giants don't have any of their usual starters, aside from injured cornerback Kevin Dockery, on their inactive list for tonight's game here against the unbeaten New England Patriots. There had been suspicions that the Giants, who are locked in to a first-round playoff game...

By Mark Maske | December 29, 2007; 7:36 PM ET | Comments (0)

M. Harrison Scheduled to Start Sunday Night for Colts

Wide receiver Marvin Harrison participated in the Indianapolis Colts' practice today and is scheduled to start Sunday night's game against the Tennessee Titans. He has missed nine straight games because of an ailing knee....

By Mark Maske | December 28, 2007; 6:14 PM ET | Comments (0)

B. Sanders Agrees to Contract Extension With Colts

The Indianapolis Colts have agreed to a contract extension with Bob Sanders to keep the standout safety from being an unrestricted free agent in the spring, an NFL source said. Sanders and the Colts have agreed to a five-year contract worth around $38 million, said the source, who spoke...

By Mark Maske | December 28, 2007; 3:53 PM ET | Comments (0)

Official Fined for Incident With Packers' Barnett

The NFL fined official Jim Quirk for his contact with Green Bay Packers linebacker Nick Barnett during last Sunday's game against the Chicago Bears. Quirk grabbed Barnett from behind and pulled him to the ground in an attempt to keep him from being involved in a confrontation with a...

By Mark Maske | December 28, 2007; 3:52 PM ET | Comments (0)

Cowboys Keep Crayton Off Free Agent Market With Four-Year Extension

The Dallas Cowboys signed wide receiver Patrick Crayton to a four-year contract extension worth up to $14 million, including $6 million in guaranteed money. The deal keeps Crayton from being an unrestricted free agent in the spring. There had been talk that he perhaps could end up in Miami,...

By Mark Maske | December 28, 2007; 11:49 AM ET | Comments (0)

S. Hill's Ailing Back Could Force Niners to Go to Weinke as Starter

The San Francisco 49ers have been winning lately with former University of Maryland quarterback Shaun Hill as their starter. But Hill has been suffering from back spasms this week and the 49ers might have to turn to Chris Weinke in their season finale. Weinke, a former starter in Carolina,...

By Mark Maske | December 28, 2007; 9:05 AM ET | Comments (0)

Roethlisberger Could Rest Sunday Even With No. 3 Seed Still a Possibility for Steelers

The Pittsburgh Steelers still have an outside chance to overtake the San Diego Chargers for the No. 3 seed in the AFC playoffs, but nevertheless might rest quarterback Ben Roethlisberger this weekend. Roethlisberger suffered a sprained ankle during last weekend's triumph over the St. Louis Rams and didn't practice...

By Mark Maske | December 28, 2007; 8:53 AM ET | Comments (0)

M. Harrison Practices

Wide receiver Marvin Harrison participated in the Indianapolis Colts' practice today. He might get some playing time in Sunday's regular season finale as a tuneup for the playoffs. Harrison has missed 10 games this season, including the last nine in a row, because of an ailing knee....

By Mark Maske | December 27, 2007; 8:55 PM ET | Comments (1)

Sapp Fined $75,000

The league fined Oakland Raiders defensive tackle Warren Sapp $75,000 for his conduct during last Sunday's loss to the Jacksonville Jaguars. Sapp received three unsportsmanlike conduct penalties and was ejected from the game. The officials accused him of using foul language, being disrespectful to them and bumping them. Sapp...

By Mark Maske | December 27, 2007; 6:32 PM ET | Comments (1)

Parcells Attends Dolphins' Practice

Bill Parcells, the Miami Dolphins' newly appointed football boss, attended the team's practice today at its training facility in Davie, Fla. Parcells didn't address the players and spoke only briefly with Coach Cam Cameron. But he'll be busy after Sunday's season finale. Parcells was hired last week by owner...

By Mark Maske | December 27, 2007; 5:44 PM ET | Comments (0)

Week 17 Picks

Saturday's Game Patriots at Giants The Patriots are playing for history, and what do the Giants care if the Patriots go 16-0 or 15-1? They're playing a first-round playoff game the following weekend at Tampa either way. Pick: Patriots Local Teams Cowboys at Redskins There's no T.O. and probably...

By Mark Maske | December 27, 2007; 11:45 AM ET | Comments (2)

Goodell Finds Way Out of NFL Network Jam

At an owners' meeting in late October in Philadelphia, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell was asked if he thought affected fans would blame the league more or the cable companies more if they were unable to watch the New England Patriots try to complete an undefeated regular season in a...

By Mark Maske | December 27, 2007; 9:12 AM ET | Comments (4)

Pats-Giants Game to be Simulcast on NBC, CBS

The Saturday night game in which the New England Patriots will be trying to set an NFL record by finishing the regular season with an undefeated record will be simulcast on CBS and NBC, the NFL has just announced. Originally the 8:15 p.m. game against the Giants in East...

By Cindy Boren | December 26, 2007; 4:32 PM ET | Comments (85)

How Will Giants Approach Patriots Game?

The New England Patriots have made it clear that they're not planning to ease off the accelerator and rest key starters in Saturday night's regular season finale against the New York Giants at Giants Stadium just because they've clinched home field advantage throughout the AFC playoffs. The question now...

By Mark Maske | December 26, 2007; 9:53 AM ET | Comments (0)

J. Russell to Make First Start

When JaMarcus Russell's contract dispute with the Oakland Raiders caused him to miss all of training camp and the preseason, it was clear that the quarterback's rookie season was basically lost and he'd be ready for significant playing time only at the very end of the season. That's precisely...

By Mark Maske | December 25, 2007; 8:49 PM ET | Comments (0)

Week 17 Rankings

The Chargers took a roundabout route but are about to finish the season right where they started it--as one of the top three or four teams in the league. The Packers' lopsided loss moves them out of the top five and allows the Jaguars to move into it. The...

By Mark Maske | December 25, 2007; 8:16 AM ET | Comments (0)

Cowboys Likely to Rest Key Starters Against Redskins

The Washington Redskins probably will get to face a diminished version of the Dallas Cowboys this weekend. The Cowboys clinched home field advantage throughout the NFC playoffs when the Green Bay Packers lost Sunday to the Chicago Bears. The Cowboys had won Saturday night at Carolina to improve their...

By Mark Maske | December 24, 2007; 8:22 AM ET | Comments (0)

Owens Thought to Have High Ankle Sprain

CHARLOTTE--Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones said after his team's win over the Carolina Panthers here Saturday night that the club's medical staff believes that wide receiver Terrell Owens suffered a high ankle sprain. Owens hurt his left ankle on a second-quarter catch and didn't return to the game. He...

By Mark Maske | December 23, 2007; 11:21 AM ET | Comments (0)

Owens's Night Ends Early With Ankle Injury

CHARLOTTE--The Dallas Cowboys have a new problem. Jessica Simpson is nowhere in sight and quarterback Tony Romo's ailing thumb isn't hindering him too much. He had 188 first-half passing yards and the Cowboys lead the Carolina Panthers, 17-7, at the break. But wide receiver Terrell Owens limped from the...

By Mark Maske | December 22, 2007; 9:53 PM ET | Comments (0)

Panthers Have J. Peppers on Inactive List

CHARLOTTE--The Carolina Panthers will be without defensive end Julius Peppers for tonight's game here against the Dallas Cowboys. Peppers is on the Panthers' inactive list because of a knee injury....

By Mark Maske | December 22, 2007; 7:27 PM ET | Comments (0)

Could Holt's Sideline Outburst Affect Linehan's Job Security in St. Louis?

Some in the league are wondering if the job security of St. Louis Rams Coach Scott Linehan could be jeopardized by his sideline exchange Thursday night with wide receiver Torry Holt. Holt had harsh words for Linehan on the sideline late in the Rams' loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers....

By Mark Maske | December 22, 2007; 5:11 PM ET | Comments (0)

NFC Playoff Calculator

Hey NFL/Mark Maske fans ... Jon DeNunzio, sports editor at washingtonpost.com, here. The tech and design teams here just finished our NFC Playoff Calculator, which allows you to enter hypothetical results from the key games in Weeks 16 and 17 and see who would make the playoffs in each case....

By washingtonpost.com Sports Editor | December 21, 2007; 2:26 PM ET | Comments (0)

Reid, Wife Grant Magazine Interview About Sons' Legal Troubles

Philadelphia Eagles Coach Andy Reid has said little substantive for most of this year about the legal troubles of his two adult sons, Garrett and Britt. But Reid and his wife Tammy were interviewed by Philadelphia magazine on the subject for its January issue. In the interview, Reid does...

By Mark Maske | December 21, 2007; 1:52 PM ET | Comments (0)

Schottenheimer Could Be Falcons' Next Target

The Atlanta Falcons have been rebuffed by Bill Cowher as a coaching candidate (reportedly) and Bill Parcells as a prospective front office chief. Marty Schottenheimer may be next on their list. There are rumblings that Falcons owner Arthur Blank is after Schottenheimer as a potential coach. Schottenheimer has sat...

By Mark Maske | December 21, 2007; 9:59 AM ET | Comments (0)

W. Parker's Injury May Leave Steelers As Least Imposing AFC Playoff Team

The Pittsburgh Steelers will be a diminished team going into the postseason, thanks to the loss Thursday night of tailback Willie Parker to a fractured fibula in his right leg. Parker was hurt early in the Steelers' win over the St. Louis Rams. He had been the league's leading...

By Mark Maske | December 21, 2007; 9:51 AM ET | Comments (0)

C. Pennington Probably Will Regain Jets' Starting Job This Weekend

Chad Pennington probably will be the New York Jets' starter at quarterback this weekend. Kellen Clemens has continued to be plagued this week by the rib injury that knocked him from Sunday's loss at New England. Clemens was hurt early in the game on a hit by the Patriots'...

By Mark Maske | December 21, 2007; 9:43 AM ET | Comments (0)

Time Warner Rejects League's Offer to Submit NFL Network Dispute to Binding Arbitration

The league's offer today to submit its dispute with Time Warner over distribution of the NFL Network to binding arbitration has been rejected by the cable company. Glenn A. Britt, the president and CEO of Time Warner Cable, wrote to NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell late today that Time Warner...

By Mark Maske | December 20, 2007; 7:38 PM ET | Comments (0)

Union's Final Appeal on Jones's Behalf Denied

The NFL rejected the final appeal by the Players Association of the one-year suspension of Tennessee Titans cornerback Adam (Pacman) Jones for violating the league's personal conduct policy. The union was appealing Commissioner Roger Goodell's decision not to reinstate Jones after 10 games, as the terms of Jones's suspension...

By Mark Maske | December 20, 2007; 6:59 PM ET | Comments (0)

Parcells Says He's Unsure About Status of Cameron, Mueller

Bill Parcells said in an interview with ESPN that he hasn't decided whether he will retain General Manager Randy Mueller and Coach Cam Cameron once he begins his new job in the Miami Dolphins' front office overseeing the team's football operations. "I don't have any preconceived ideas going in,"...

By Mark Maske | December 20, 2007; 4:32 PM ET | Comments (0)

League Makes New Offer to Time Warner to Settle NFL Network Dispute

The NFL made a new offer to Time Warner today in an effort, the league said, to resolve its dispute with the cable television carrier before the Dec. 29 game between the New England Patriots and New York Giants that is to be carried on the NFL Network. The...

By Mark Maske | December 20, 2007; 2:48 PM ET | Comments (0)

Week 16 Picks

Thursday Game Steelers at Rams It's time for the Steelers to straight themselves out. Pick: Steelers Saturday Game Cowboys at Panthers Jessica Simpson shows up to root for the Panthers. Pick: Cowboys Local Teams Redskins at Vikings (Sunday night) Todd Collins will play much better indoors than he did...

By Mark Maske | December 20, 2007; 12:30 PM ET | Comments (0)

K. Everett Might Attend Bills' Home Finale

Injured Buffalo Bills tight end Kevin Everett reportedly might attend the team's home finale Sunday against the New York Giants. Everett suffered a life-threatening spinal cord injury while making a tackle on a kickoff in the season-opening game but is rehabilitating in Houston and reportedly has regained the ability...

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

Parcells Signs Contract With Dolphins, According to Source

Bill Parcells has signed a contract with the Miami Dolphins, a source close to the situation said. The four-year contract will put Parcells in charge of the Dolphins' football operations. Parcells agreed to the deal with Dolphins owner Wayne Huizenga late Wednesday after spurning a similar offer from the...

By Mark Maske | December 20, 2007; 10:33 AM ET | Comments (0)

League Receives More Prodding by Congress to Settle NFL Network Disputes

The dispute between the league and several large cable television carriers over distribution of the NFL Network continues to draw scrutiny from Capitol Hill. Sens. Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) and Arlen Specter (R-Pa.) sent a letter Wednesday to NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell threatening to reconsider the sport's exemption from federal...

By Mark Maske | December 20, 2007; 10:15 AM ET | Comments (0)

R. Bush Practices

Tailback Reggie Bush participated in the New Orleans Saints' practice Wednesday. He has missed two games because of a partially torn posterior cruciate ligament in his left knee. What remains unclear is if the Saints are trying to get Bush ready to play this weekend against the Philadelphia Eagles,...

By Mark Maske | December 20, 2007; 9:55 AM ET | Comments (0)

L. Johnson Still Trying to Return to Chiefs' Lineup, But Why?

Tailback Larry Johnson still is trying to return to the Kansas City Chiefs' lineup. The question is: Why? The Chiefs are 4-10. Their playoff aspirations were dissipated long ago. They haven't won since Johnson suffered a foot injury on Nov. 4. Johnson tried to practice Wednesday, apparently in hopes...

By Mark Maske | December 20, 2007; 9:48 AM ET | Comments (0)

Falcons, McKay Left in Awkward Spot

Part of the fallout of their Bill Parcells debacle Wednesday for the Atlanta Falcons was that owner Arthur Blank was forced to, in effect, announce the firing of Rich McKay as general manager. Parcells already had been quoted publicly saying that he would bring in a new general manager...

By Mark Maske | December 20, 2007; 9:43 AM ET | Comments (0)

R. Williams's Appeal Denied

The league denied the appeal of Dallas Cowboys safety Roy Williams. He must serve a one-game suspension without pay for Sunday's horse-collar tackle of Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Donovan McNabb. Williams is to miss the Cowboys' game Saturday night at Carolina and forfeit his game check of $35,000....

By Mark Maske | December 19, 2007; 9:30 PM ET | Comments (0)

Dolphins Have Deal With Parcells... Or At Least They Think They Do

The Miami Dolphins have reached an agreement with Bill Parcells on a four-year contract under which the retired coach would become a front office executive with the team and oversee its football operations, a source familiar with the negotiations said. The Dolphins can only hope that their tentative deal...

By Mark Maske | December 19, 2007; 7:55 PM ET | Comments (0)

Dolphins Now Trying to Finish Deal the Falcons Couldn't

The Miami Dolphins are deep in negotiations with Bill Parcells on a longterm contract for the former coach to be an executive with the team overseeing its football operations, an NFL source said tonight. Talks between the Dolphins and Parcells re-started today when owner Wayne Huizenga told Parcells he...

By Mark Maske | December 19, 2007; 6:54 PM ET | Comments (0)

Blank Says, "We Gave It Our Best Shot, and It Didn't Work Out"

Atlanta Falcons owner Arthur Blank has issued a written statement about having his job offer to Bill Parcells rejected. It says: "Late last night it was revealed to the media by a source outside the Falcons that we were close to reaching an agreement with Bill Parcells to lead...

By Mark Maske | December 19, 2007; 3:48 PM ET | Comments (0)

Parcells-Falcons Deal Unravels

The near deal between Bill Parcells and the Atlanta Falcons has collapsed. Falcons owner Arthur Blank traveled to Saratoga, N.Y., today to meet with Parcells at Parcells's home and try to complete a deal for the legendary coach to become the head of the team's football operations department. But...

By Mark Maske | December 19, 2007; 3:23 PM ET | Comments (0)

Lions Place R. Williams on IR List

The Detroit Lions placed wide receiver Roy Williams on the injured reserve list, ending his season. He'd missed the last two games with a knee injury. Williams finishes the season with 63 catches for 836 yards and five touchdowns. The Lions have lost six straight games after a 6-2...

By Mark Maske | December 19, 2007; 1:09 PM ET | Comments (0)

Who Will Join Parcells in Atlanta?

Now that it appears Bill Parcells is about to return to the league as the head of football operations for the Atlanta Falcons, the question is: Who will join him in Atlanta? Parcells is scheduled to speak today with Falcons owner Arthur Blank and the two might complete their...

By Mark Maske | December 19, 2007; 12:05 PM ET | Comments (0)

Parcells Poised to Join Falcons' Front Office

Bill Parcells is poised to return to the NFL in the Atlanta Falcons' front office. Parcells and the Falcons are close to completing a deal that would put Parcells in charge of the team's football operations, a source familiar with the negotiations said this morning. Parcells would have no...

By Mark Maske | December 19, 2007; 8:42 AM ET | Comments (0)

No Pro Bowl Nod for F. Taylor

The Pro Bowl rosters are out, and perhaps the most surprising exclusion is Jacksonville Jaguars tailback Fred Taylor. Taylor has run for 1,091 yards this season but remained without a Pro Bowl selection in his career. The tailbacks chosen for the AFC team were the San Diego Chargers' LaDainian...

By Mark Maske | December 18, 2007; 4:58 PM ET | Comments (4)

Cowboys Expect to Have Romo in Lineup Saturday at Carolina

The Dallas Cowboys expect to have quarterback Tony Romo ready to play Saturday at Carolina. Romo suffered what the Cowboys are calling a bruised right thumb during Sunday's loss to the Philadelphia Eagles. The Cowboys had a light practice today at which Romo didn't do any throwing or take...

By Mark Maske | December 18, 2007; 4:49 PM ET | Comments (0)

R. Williams Given More Time for Appeal

The NFL granted a request by Dallas Cowboys safety Roy Williams to be given more time to appeal his one-game suspension for Sunday's horse-collar tackle of Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Donovan McNabb. The appeal was to be heard and decided today. If the suspension stands, Williams would miss the Cowboys'...

By Mark Maske | December 18, 2007; 4:47 PM ET | Comments (0)

Broncos Release Troubled Punter Sauerbrun

The Denver Broncos released punter Todd Sauerbrun. Sauerbrun is facing an assault charge stemming from an incident involving a Denver cab driver earlier this month. The Broncos also released Sauerbrun last season after he served a four-game suspension for testing positive for the dietary supplement ephedra. The punter spent...

By Mark Maske | December 18, 2007; 4:21 PM ET | Comments (0)

Week 16 Rankings

The Cowboys' loss drops them to third, with the Colts reclaiming the No. 2 spot. The Chargers move back into the top five, and the Browns get into the top 10. The Ravens' loss to the Dolphins is their biggest embarrassment in a season full of them, and it...

By Mark Maske | December 18, 2007; 11:00 AM ET | Comments (12)

R. Williams Suspended For One Game

The league suspended Dallas Cowboys safety Roy Williams for one game without pay late Monday for his horse-collar tackle of Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Donovan McNabb on Sunday. Williams might appeal the suspension. If so, the appeal is to be heard by the league today. If the suspension stands, Williams...

By Mark Maske | December 18, 2007; 10:03 AM ET | Comments (2)

Five Falcons Players Fined for Vick-Related Uniform Violations

The NFL fined five Atlanta Falcons players a total of $47,500 for uniform violations during the team's Monday night loss to the New Orleans Saints last week. Wide receiver Roddy White, tight end Alge Crumpler and cornerbacks DeAngelo Hall and Chris Houston were fined $10,000 apiece, and wideout Joe...

By Mark Maske | December 18, 2007; 9:47 AM ET | Comments (1)

Could Ignominy of Loss to Dolphins Cost Billick His Job?

One has to wonder if Sunday's loss to the previously winless Miami Dolphins perhaps could cost Baltimore Ravens Coach Brian Billick his job. There have been rumblings in the second half of the season that Billick's job could be in jeopardy. But most recently, he has said that he...

By Mark Maske | December 17, 2007; 3:25 PM ET | Comments (4)

Loss of Shockey Leaves Giants Relying on Rookie at Tight End

The New York Giants almost certainly will be without tight end Jeremy Shockey for the remainder of the season. Shockey was hurt while blocking on a running play during Sunday night's loss to the Washington Redskins and was diagnosed with a broken fibula in his left leg. Giants wide...

By Mark Maske | December 17, 2007; 3:24 PM ET | Comments (1)

Belichick Doesn't Sound Like He Plans to Sit Down Key Patriots Starters

FOXBOROUGH, Mass.--Anyone who thought the New England Patriots' bid for an unbeaten season might be derailed by Coach Bill Belichick sitting down quarterback Tom Brady, wide receiver Randy Moss and other key starters to avoid injuries in the final few regular season games might want to reconsider. Belichick was...

By Mark Maske | December 17, 2007; 10:20 AM ET | Comments (2)

Neuheisel Reportedly Interviews for UCLA Job

Baltimore Ravens offensive coordinator Rick Neuheisel reportedly interviewed Friday for the head coaching job at UCLA. The school's head coaching search could include several NFL candidates. Tennessee Titans offensive coordinator Norm Chow reportedly will interview for the job within the next few days....

By Mark Maske | December 15, 2007; 11:58 AM ET | Comments (3)

Texans Owed Apologies? Maybe M. Williams Wasn't Such a Poor Choice, After All

Everyone (including me) who assailed the Houston Texans for taking defensive end Mario Williams over tailback Reggie Bush and quarterback Vince Young with the top overall selection in last year's draft might need to reassess. While Bush and Young have their ups and downs, Williams has become one of...

By Mark Maske | December 14, 2007; 11:10 AM ET | Comments (8)

Last Union Appeal on Jones's Suspension Is Mere Formality

The NFL Players Association's latest appeal of the season-long suspension of Tennessee Titans cornerback Adam (Pacman) Jones is scheduled to be heard Friday. The hearing is to take place by telephone and apparently has virtually no chance of success. Jones was suspended for the entire season by NFL Commissioner...

By Mark Maske | December 13, 2007; 11:05 PM ET | Comments (0)

Chow In UCLA's Sights

Tennessee Titans offensive coordinator Norm Chow reportedly is scheduled to interview for the head coaching job at UCLA in the coming days. Chow was a highly successful offensive coordinator at USC before joining the Titans. The Tennessean reported that the interview could take place Saturday....

By Mark Maske | December 13, 2007; 11:01 PM ET | Comments (0)

P. Rivers Practices

San Diego Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers participated in about half of Thursday's practice. Rivers hopes to play this weekend on a sprained knee. If he can't, backup Billy Volek will take over. The Chargers will be without linebacker Shawne Merriman because of a sprained knee....

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

Sore Shoulder Plaguing Roethlisberger

Quarterback Ben Roethlisberger has sat out the Pittsburgh Steelers' practices this week because of a sore right shoulder. Backup Charlie Batch has been practicing with the starters in Roethlisberger's absence. Roethlisberger's availability for Friday's practice could be telling about whether he'll be able to play this weekend....

By Mark Maske | December 13, 2007; 10:56 PM ET | Comments (0)

Week 15 Picks

Thursday Game Broncos at Texans The Broncos have been maddeningly inconsistent but still resemble a good team at times. Pick: Broncos Saturday Game Bengals at Niners Anyone who accuses the league of padding its NFL Network schedule needs to take one look at this matchup and reconsider. Pick: Bengals...

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

No Injured Reserve Yet for R. Bush

The New Orleans Saints didn't place tailback Reggie Bush on the season-ending injured reserve list, at least not yet. Bush has a sprained posterior cruciate ligament in his left knee, and there have been reports that he won't play again this season. But with three regular season games remaining...

By Mark Maske | December 12, 2007; 10:55 PM ET | Comments (0)

More Jets-Patriots Intrigue

Naturally, there is more intrigue between the New York Jets and New England Patriots as they ready to play Sunday at Gillette Stadium. Jets Coach Eric Mangini told reporters today that the club videotaped last season's playoff game against the Patriots from behind both end zones after being given...

By Mark Maske | December 12, 2007; 10:51 PM ET | Comments (0)

Niners Add Weinke

The San Francisco 49ers signed former Carolina Panthers starter Chris Weinke today for depth at quarterback. The 49ers placed Alex Smith on the injured reserve list. He's scheduled to undergo shoulder surgery Thursday. Trent Dilfer is sidelined by a concussion and third-stringer Shaun Hill, formerly of the University of...

By Mark Maske | December 12, 2007; 10:41 PM ET | Comments (0)

Jaguars Place Stroud on IR

The Jacksonville Jaguars have suffered a significant loss on defense. They placed defensive tackle Marcus Stroud on the injured reserve list today, ending his season. He suffered a severe ankle sprain last weekend....

By Mark Maske | December 12, 2007; 10:37 PM ET | Comments (0)

Bills Losing Offensive Boss

The Buffalo Bills are losing offensive coordinator Steve Fairchild, who has agreed to become the head coach at Colorado State, his alma mater. Fairchild first is to finish the season with the Bills before leaving. "I am honored by the opportunity to return to Colorado State University as head...

By Mark Maske | December 12, 2007; 10:33 PM ET | Comments (0)

T. Glenn Takes Step Toward Possible Return for Cowboys

Wide receiver Terry Glenn participated in portions of the Dallas Cowboys' practice today. It's the first time that Glenn has done any sort of practicing with the Cowboys this season after undergoing two knee operations. He postponed a more extensive procedure in hopes of playing this season. It's possible...

By Mark Maske | December 12, 2007; 10:27 PM ET | Comments (0)

Falcons Pick E. Thomas as Interim Coach

The Atlanta Falcons, in a bit of a surprise move, have picked Emmitt Thomas as their interim head coach, according to an NFL source. The veteran NFL assistant was the team's defensive backs coach. It had been thought that the Falcons would go with offensive coordinator Hue Jackson or...

By Mark Maske | December 12, 2007; 11:29 AM ET | Comments (0)

Falcons Said to be Annoyed About Petrino's Sudden Departure

Atlanta Falcons officials are said to be incensed about Bobby Petrino's abrupt resignation as the team's coach Tuesday. Petrino, according to a source familiar with the situation, had assured Falcons owner Arthur Blank that he would remain with the club, then informed team president Rich McKay early Tuesday evening...

By Mark Maske | December 12, 2007; 11:12 AM ET | Comments (0)

Rams Owner Hospitalized

St. Louis Rams owner Georgia Frontiere reportedly is hospitalized in Los Angeles. The nature of Frontiere's illness was not disclosed by her family. She turned 80 last month and reportedly has not attended any of the team's games this season because of health problems....

By Mark Maske | December 12, 2007; 10:52 AM ET | Comments (0)

J. Stevens Suspended For One Game

Tampa Bay Buccaneers tight end Jerramy Stevens was suspended for one game without pay for violating the NFL's substance abuse policy. Stevens was arrested in March on a drunk driving charge. He also is to be fined an additional game check....

By Mark Maske | December 12, 2007; 10:48 AM ET | Comments (0)

Dolphins Reportedly Going Back to C. Lemon as Starter

The Miami Dolphins are going back to Cleo Lemon as their starter at quarterback, according to reports in several South Florida media outlets. Lemon took over for the injured Trent Green as the Dolphins' starter but was benched in favor of rookie John Beck just after midseason. Coach Cam...

By Mark Maske | December 12, 2007; 10:43 AM ET | Comments (0)

Not All That Much Really Left Up For Grabs As Regular Season Winds Down

Perhaps the most remarkable thing as the regular season winds down is how little is up for grabs. All that's really left to be determined in the season's final three weeks is the identity of the sixth and final playoff team in each conference. In the AFC, the Patriots...

By Mark Maske | December 12, 2007; 9:00 AM ET | Comments (0)

Falcons Confirm Petrino's Resignation

The Atlanta Falcons have confirmed the resignation of Bobby Petrino as their coach and have scheduled a 2 p.m. news conference for Wednesday. It's not immediately clear who will succeed Petrino for the Falcons' final three games of the season. The top candidates appear to be offensive coordinator Hue...

By Mark Maske | December 11, 2007; 7:19 PM ET | Comments (0)

Petrino Leaving Falcons for Arkansas

The Atlanta Falcons' miserable season just became worse. Bobby Petrino, the team's first-year coach, resigned today and plans to return to the college ranks and accept the head coaching job at the University of Arkansas, an NFL source said. Petrino left the University of Louisville and signed a five-year,...

By Mark Maske | December 11, 2007; 6:18 PM ET | Comments (0)

Ditka Announces He'll Dissolve Fund for Former Players

Mike Ditka announced today that he would dissolve his charitable fund for needy former NFL players. Ditka said during an appearance in Minneapolis to publicize another fund that he would dissolve his Hall of Fame Assistance Trust Fund. USA Today reported last week that the fund had distributed only...

By Mark Maske | December 11, 2007; 5:09 PM ET | Comments (0)

Steelers Lose Defensive End A. Smith

The Pittsburgh Steelers will be without defensive end Aaron Smith for the remainder of the season. He suffered a torn biceps muscle during Sunday's loss to the New England Patriots....

By Mark Maske | December 11, 2007; 5:02 PM ET | Comments (0)

Cameron Going Back to C. Lemon as Dolphins' Quarterback?

Coach Cam Cameron isn't saying yet whether rookie John Beck or Cleo Lemon will be the Miami Dolphins' starter at quarterback this week. Cameron benched Lemon in favor of Beck just after midseason. But with the Dolphins three losses from becoming the first NFL team ever to go 0-16,...

By Mark Maske | December 11, 2007; 4:59 PM ET | Comments (0)

J. Russell to Play This Weekend

Rookie quarterback JaMarcus Russell is to get some playing time for the Oakland Raiders this weekend, but not as the starter. Russell is to play in relief against the Indianapolis Colts on Sunday. It is to be the second appearance this season for Russell, the top overall selection in...

By Mark Maske | December 11, 2007; 4:55 PM ET | Comments (0)

Week 15 Rankings

The Patriots re-establish their dominance. It's tempting to move the Colts up to second after the Cowboys struggled to beat the Lions, but Dallas keeps the No. 2 spot for at least one more week. The Seahawks move into the top five. 1. Patriots (13-0)... 1* 2. Cowboys (12-1)......

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

Knee Injury Could End R. Bush's Season

The season could be over for New Orleans Saints tailback Reggie Bush. Bush missed Monday night's win over the Atlanta Falcons. He has a torn posterior cruciate ligament in his left knee and was examined by Birmingham orthopedist James Andrews. Bush had played on the injury for several weeks....

By Mark Maske | December 11, 2007; 10:12 AM ET | Comments (0)

With A. Smith's Season Over, Former Terp S. Hill Becomes Niners' Starter

The disappointing season of San Francisco 49ers quarterback Alex Smith is over. Smith is to undergo surgery to repair the damage to his right shoulder initially suffered in late September. The former top overall draft choice made an unsuccessful attempt to return to the lineup. But Smith's shoulder continued...

By Mark Maske | December 11, 2007; 10:07 AM ET | Comments (0)

Merriman's Knee Injury to Take Several Weeks to Heal

San Diego Chargers linebacker Shawne Merriman is to be sidelined for a few weeks because of a sprained knee. Coach Norv Turner said the injury isn't season-ending but could take a "couple of weeks" to heal. It's possible that Merriman won't play again until the postseason. Merriman was hurt...

By Mark Maske | December 11, 2007; 9:58 AM ET | Comments (0)

Bears Going With K. Orton at Quarterback

The Chicago Bears are turning to a third different starting quarterback this season. With Rex Grossman sidelined by a knee injury, Coach Lovie Smith has decided to go with Kyle Orton ahead of Brian Griese. Orton was the team's starter as a rookie in 2005 but had been third...

By Mark Maske | December 11, 2007; 9:48 AM ET | Comments (0)

Blank Says It Remains Unclear if Vick Will Ever Play for Falcons Again

Atlanta Falcons owner Arthur Blank said today, in the aftermath of Michael Vick's sentencing, that it remains unclear if the quarterback ever will play for the team again. "I would never use the word never," Blank said in a taped interview shown on the team's Website. "I would say...

By Mark Maske | December 10, 2007; 4:36 PM ET | Comments (14)

Good Behavior Potentially Could Reduce Vick's Prison Stay By About Three Months

Federal rules governing good behavior could reduce the 23-month prison term given today to suspended Atlanta Falcons quarterback Michael Vick by about three months. That could result in Vick being released in the summer of 2009, and perhaps could allow him to attempt to play in the 2009 NFL...

By Mark Maske | December 10, 2007; 2:05 PM ET | Comments (0)

Vick Receives 23-Month Prison Sentence

Atlanta Falcons quarterback Michael Vick was sentenced to 23 months in prison by U.S. District Judge Henry Hudson today in Richmond. Vick had been facing a recommended sentence of 12 to 18 months after pleading guilty to a federal conspiracy charge stemming from his participation in a dogfighting operation...

By Mark Maske | December 10, 2007; 10:49 AM ET | Comments (0)

Vick Hearing Under Way

The sentencing hearing of suspended Atlanta Falcons quarterback Michael Vick is under way in Richmond. Vick is to be sentenced by U.S. District Judge Henry Hudson. The hearing began at 10 a.m. Vick pleaded guilty to a federal conspiracy charge stemming from his participation in a dogfighting operation based...

By Mark Maske | December 10, 2007; 10:35 AM ET | Comments (0)

Patriots Re-Establish Their Dominance

FOXBOROUGH, Mass.--Maybe everyone now has learned the lesson: Just leave the New England Patriots alone. The Patriots hadn't played well in their last two games. They'd had to engineer fourth-quarter comebacks in three of their past four games. But young Pittsburgh Steelers safety Anthony Smith nevertheless felt the need...

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

Steeler's Guarantee Misguided

What, exactly, was Anthony Smith thinking? The young safety for the Pittsburgh Steelers felt the need to come out and publicly guarantee a victory when his teams plays the New England Patriots on Sunday in Foxborough, Mass. Why? The Patriots are unbeaten but have had some vulnerabilities on display...

By Mark Maske | December 8, 2007; 10:00 AM ET | Comments (3)

Banner Says He Expects Reid, McNabb Back With Eagles Next Season

There has been plenty of speculation that Coach Andy Reid and quarterback Donovan McNabb could leave the Philadelphia Eagles after this season. Reid has had to coach this season while dealing with the legal troubles of his two adult sons. He took a leave of absence from the team...

By Mark Maske | December 7, 2007; 8:30 PM ET | Comments (4)

R. Bush Has Partially Torn Knee Ligament

New Orleans Saints tailback Reggie Bush has a partially torn posterior cruciate ligament in his left knee. According to the Saints, Bush won't need surgery but it's unclear if he'll be able to play Monday night against the Atlanta Falcons. He has struggled after taking over as the Saints'...

By Mark Maske | December 7, 2007; 4:52 PM ET | Comments (0)

Steelers Likely to be Without Polamalu Against Patriots

Safety Troy Polamalu sat out the Pittsburgh Steelers' practice for a second straight day because of a sprained knee. He's likely to be sidelined for Sunday's game at New England. He has missed the last two games and aggravated the injury during Wednesday's practice. Wide receiver Santonio Holmes participated...

By Mark Maske | December 7, 2007; 4:45 PM ET | Comments (0)

Setback for Bulger Could Leave B. Berlin as Rams' Starter

The St. Louis Rams could be left with Brock Berlin as their starting quarterback this week after Marc Bulger suffered a setback in his recovery from a concussion. Bulger was cleared to practice this week by doctors but didn't feel well late Thursday. Gus Frerotte started in Bulger's place...

By Mark Maske | December 7, 2007; 4:27 PM ET | Comments (0)

Texans Place A. Green on IR

The Houston Texans placed tailback Ahman Green on the injured reserve list, ending his season. He's been plagued by a sprained knee....

By Mark Maske | December 7, 2007; 4:25 PM ET | Comments (0)

K. Everett Reportedly Regains Ability to Walk

Buffalo Bills tight end Kevin Everett, who suffered a life-threatening spinal cord injury in the opening game of the season, reportedly has regained the ability to walk. The Associated Press quoted a person close to the family as saying that Everett is walking on his own at a Houston...

By Mark Maske | December 7, 2007; 4:03 PM ET | Comments (0)

League Fines Four Ravens Players $70,000 in Total, Official Not Disciplined

Four Baltimore Ravens players were fined a total of $70,000 by the NFL for "abuse" and criticism of the game officials during and after Monday night's loss to the New England Patriots, the league announced today. Linebacker Bart Scott was fined $25,000 for "verbally abusing" the officials and throwing...

By Mark Maske | December 7, 2007; 3:33 PM ET | Comments (0)

Kerry Urges NFL, Cable Companies to Settle Differences Before Patriots-Giants Game

Sen. John Kerry (D-Mass.) is urging the NFL and the cable television industry to settle their differences in time for more viewers to have access to the New England Patriots-New York Giants game on the final weekend of the regular season. The game is scheduled to be carried on...

By Mark Maske | December 7, 2007; 10:14 AM ET | Comments (6)

Curse of Super Bowl Loser Returns

The curse of the Super Bowl loser has returned after a one-year hiatus. The Chicago Bears, the defending NFC champion coming off a Super Bowl loss to the Indianapolis Colts, were all but eliminated from playoff contention with Thursday night's 24-16 defeat to the Washington Redskins at FedEx Field....

By Mark Maske | December 7, 2007; 10:03 AM ET | Comments (1)

Week 14 Picks

Local Teams Bears at Redskins (Thursday night) It's just difficult to know if the Redskins have anything left emotionally. Pick: Bears Colts at Ravens (Sunday night) The Ravens couldn't finish against the Patriots, and they might not get another golden opportunity to beat a top team. Pick: Colts Lock...

By Mark Maske | December 6, 2007; 1:40 PM ET | Comments (2)

Favre Had Better Be Ready Because Packers Now Have Injury Concerns About A. Rodgers, Too

The Green Bay Packers suddenly have injury concerns about more than one quarterback. Coach Mike McCarthy indicated Wednesday that backup Aaron Rodgers had injured his hamstring during Tuesday's practice and is to be sidelined for a week or two. Rodgers replaced starter Brett Favre during last Thursday's loss in...

By Mark Maske | December 6, 2007; 10:44 AM ET | Comments (2)

Bulger Practices

St. Louis Rams quarterback Marc Bulger participated in Wednesday's practice after being cleared by doctors. He'd been sidelined by a concussion. It's still not certain that he'll be able to play this weekend, however. That leaves the Rams possibly having to start Brock Berlin, since backup Gus Frerotte is...

By Mark Maske | December 6, 2007; 10:38 AM ET | Comments (1)

B. Jacobs Back to Replace D. Ward for Giants

It's one tailback out, one tailback in for the New York Giants this week. Brandon Jacobs participated in the Giants' practice Wednesday after missing two games because of a hamstring injury. He could replace Derrick Ward, who was placed on the season-ending injured reserve list after suffering a broken...

By Mark Maske | December 6, 2007; 10:35 AM ET | Comments (0)

M. Lynch to Test Ankle in Practice Today

The Buffalo Bills could have back rookie tailback Marshawn Lynch this weekend. Lynch has missed three games because of a severe ankle sprain but is scheduled to test the injury in practice today. He was the NFL's fifth-leading rusher when he got hurt. The Bills have gone 1-2 without...

By Mark Maske | December 6, 2007; 10:32 AM ET | Comments (0)

McNabb Seems Ready to Return for Eagles

Quarterback Donovan McNabb appears poised to return to the Philadelphia Eagles' lineup this week. McNabb participated in the Eagles' practice Wednesday. He's missed two games because of ankle and thumb injuries. Backup A.J. Feeley started the two games that McNabb missed. He nearly engineered an upset over the New...

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

Bulger Gets Medical Clearance to Return to Practice

Doctors have cleared St. Louis Rams quarterback Marc Bulger to practice. Bulger sat out last Sunday's game after suffering a concussion the previous weekend. He was not cleared to practice last week. Backup Gus Frerotte started last weekend but suffered a shoulder injury that will sideline him this week,...

By Mark Maske | December 5, 2007; 9:32 AM ET | Comments (0)

Winless Dolphins Now Without Z. Thomas

The winless Miami Dolphins will be without linebacker Zach Thomas for the remainder of the season. They placed Thomas on the injured reserve list Tuesday. He'd missed seven games this season because of concussion symptoms. He and his agent, Drew Rosenhaus, had urged team officials to leave Thomas on...

By Mark Maske | December 5, 2007; 9:28 AM ET | Comments (1)

Packers Expect Favre to Practice Today or Thursday

The Green Bay Packers expect quarterback Brett Favre to practice today or Thursday and play this weekend. Favre suffered injuries to his right elbow and left shoulder and left last Thursday's loss in Dallas in the second quarter. Backup Aaron Rodgers finished the game. Favre has started 269 consecutive...

By Mark Maske | December 5, 2007; 9:22 AM ET | Comments (1)

T. Henry Wins Appeal, Overturns Drug Suspension

Denver Broncos tailback Travis Henry has won his appeal and overturned his one-year suspension for an alleged violation the NFL's substance abuse policy, the Broncos announced today. Henry reportedly tested positive for marijuana in August and was informed in September that he would be suspended for a year. But,...

By Mark Maske | December 4, 2007; 5:22 PM ET | Comments (3)

League Investigating Rolle's Allegation Against Official

The NFL is investigating an allegation by Baltimore Ravens cornerback Samari Rolle that an official spoke to him in a demeaning fashion late in Monday night's loss to the New England Patriots. Rolle said that head linesman Phil McKinnely referred to him as "boy." Rolle told reporters after the...

By Mark Maske | December 4, 2007; 5:20 PM ET | Comments (0)

Week 14 Rankings

Unfortunately, there wasn't a lower number available for the Dolphins, who all but clinched an 0-16 season by being trounced by the Jets. 1. Patriots (12-0)... 1* 2. Cowboys (11-1)... 2 3. Colts (10-2)... 4 4. Packers (10-2)... 3 5. Buccaneers (8-4)... 6 6. Seahawks (8-4)... 7 7. Steelers...

By Mark Maske | December 4, 2007; 12:00 PM ET | Comments (0)

Patriots Go From Being Most Dominant Team in League History to Luckiest

BALTIMORE--The New England Patriots had better be very, very good the rest of the way if they're going to complete an unbeaten season. Because they probably exhausted all the luck at their disposal here Monday night. Three times on the game's decisive drive, the Patriots appeared to fail on...

By Mark Maske | December 4, 2007; 9:38 AM ET | Comments (5)

Ravens Probably Don't Have Enough Offensive Firepower to Follow Eagles' Plan Against Patriots

Eight days ago, the Philadelphia Eagles provided the blueprint for how to beat the New England Patriots. They didn't do it, but they suffered a near-miss loss in Foxborough, Mass., behind backup quarterback A.J. Feeley that showed how it can be done. They threw the ball early and often....

By Mark Maske | December 3, 2007; 9:45 AM ET | Comments (0)

Vikings Likely Will Have A. Peterson Back

Rookie tailback Adrian Peterson likely will play for the Minnesota Vikings on Sunday after missing two games because of a torn lateral collateral ligament in his right knee. Peterson remains the NFL's leading rusher. He probably will split carries, for now, with Chester Taylor....

By Mark Maske | December 1, 2007; 12:02 PM ET | Comments (0)

S. Alexander Set to Return to Seahawks' Lineup

Shaun Alexander is scheduled to start at tailback for the Seattle Seahawks on Sunday. He's missed the last three games because of a sprained knee but practiced this week. The Seahawks still plan to work Maurice Morris, who played well in Alexander's absence, into the playing-time mix at running...

By Mark Maske | December 1, 2007; 11:59 AM ET | Comments (0)

Feeley Looks Like Eagles' Starter Again

A.J. Feeley probably will make a second straight start at quarterback for the Philadelphia Eagles. Donovan McNabb is likely to remain sidelined by ankle and thumb injuries. Feeley threw for 345 yards in last Sunday night's near-miss of a loss at New England....

By Mark Maske | December 1, 2007; 11:57 AM ET | Comments (0)

J. Garcia's Playing Status Still Unclear

It's still not clear if the Tampa Bay Buccaneers will have Jeff Garcia at quarterback Sunday. Garcia participated in Friday's practice on a limited basis but continues to be plagued by a back injury. Luke McCown probably would take over as the starter, ahead of Bruce Gradkowski, if Garcia...

By Mark Maske | December 1, 2007; 11:54 AM ET | Comments (0)

Chiefs to Start Huard at Quarterback

The Kansas City Chiefs plan to start Damon Huard at quarterback Sunday. Brodie Croyle is to be sidelined by an ailing back....

By Mark Maske | December 1, 2007; 11:51 AM ET | Comments (0)

Developments in Two Different Courtrooms in Vick Case

U.S. District Judge Henry E. Hudson may have provided a preview of the approach that he will take in sentencing suspended Atlanta Falcons quarterback Michael Vick when he sentenced two of Vick's co-defendants Friday. Hudson sentenced Purnell Peace to 18 months in prison and Quanis Phillips to 21 months...

By Mark Maske | December 1, 2007; 11:49 AM ET | Comments (0)

Packers Expecting Favre's Streak to Continue

Green Bay Packers Coach Mike McCarthy indicated Friday that he doesn't expect the elbow and shoulder injuries suffered by Brett Favre during Thursday night's loss in Dallas to end the quarterback's record streak of games played. McCarthy told reporters he'd consulted with members of the team's medical staff and...

By Mark Maske | December 1, 2007; 11:37 AM ET | Comments (0)

 

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