Archive: August 2008

Patriots Release J. Lynch

The New England Patriots released safety John Lynch. He'd been signed by the Patriots after being released by the Denver Broncos at the outset of training camp. Coach Bill Belichick seemed to leave open the possibility of the Patriots re-signing Lynch at some point. The team also released wide...

By Mark Maske | August 31, 2008; 9:38 PM ET | Comments (0)

Giants Add J. McDougle

The New York Giants signed defensive end Jerome McDougle. He'd been released by the Philadelphia Eagles and gives the Giants additional depth at defensive end behind new starters Justin Tuck and Mathias Kiwanuka. They're replacing the retired Michael Strahan and the injured Osi Umenyiora. The Giants also have veteran...

By Mark Maske | August 31, 2008; 9:37 PM ET | Comments (0)

Saints to Practice in Indianapolis

With Hurricane Gustav threatening the Gulf Coast, the New Orleans Saints have enacted their plan to move to Indianapolis to practice this week. The Saints are scheduled to relocate to Indianapolis today. They hope to return to New Orleans on Friday, if conditions permit. They're scheduled to host the...

By Mark Maske | August 31, 2008; 2:11 PM ET | Comments (0)

Union's Executive Committee Has Conference Call

Members of the union's ruling 10-member executive committee spoke via conference call Saturday night, a person familiar with the players' deliberations said today. No details of the call were immediately available. A source had said last week that the executive committee was expected to vote during the call to...

By Mark Maske | August 31, 2008; 2:10 PM ET | Comments (0)

Bucs Release C. Simms

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers released quarterback Chris Simms. Simms had described his relationship with Buccaneers Coach Jon Gruden as beyond repair and had hoped to be released. He'd said during the offseason that Gruden demonstrated a lack of concern last year when Simms was working his way back from...

By Mark Maske | August 30, 2008; 7:03 PM ET | Comments (1)

Falcons Cut J. Harrington, M. Pollard

The Atlanta Falcons have announced their cuts and among the players released are quarterback Joey Harrington and tight end Marcus Pollard. The Falcons previously had decided to go with rookie Matt Ryan as their starter at quarterback, and kept Chris Chandler and D.J. Shockley over Harrington. Pollard failed to...

By Mark Maske | August 30, 2008; 5:54 PM ET | Comments (2)

Warner Over Leinart in Arizona

The Arizona Cardinals have picked Kurt Warner over Matt Leinart as their starting quarterback. Coach Ken Whisenhunt announced the decision today. Warner was the starter for most of last season, when Leinart was hurt, and outplayed Leinart in the preseason....

By Mark Maske | August 30, 2008; 5:51 PM ET | Comments (1)

Awaiting Word on C. Simms

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have begun to make their cuts but there's still no word on whether they'll release quarterback Chris Simms. Simms has called his relationship with Coach Jon Gruden irreparable and has said he expects to be released today....

By Mark Maske | August 30, 2008; 5:47 PM ET | Comments (0)

Ravens' Moves

The Baltimore Ravens have announced that they've released the following players: TE Adam Bergen QB Casey Bramlet DL Darrell Campbell WR Patrick Carter G Adrien Clarke DT Amon Gordon WR Justin Harper RB Alex Haynes TE Keith Heinrich G Adam Kraus LB Robert McCune RB Allen Patrick CB Ronnie...

By Mark Maske | August 30, 2008; 5:07 PM ET | Comments (0)

A. Lelie Cut By Niners

Wide receiver Ashley Lelie was released by the San Francisco 49ers. The 49ers kept five wideouts ahead of Lelie--Bryant Johnson, Isaac Bruce, Arnaz Battle, Jason Hill and Josh Morgan....

By Mark Maske | August 30, 2008; 4:52 PM ET | Comments (0)

Bengals Also Cut W. Anderson

The Cincinnati Bengals have decided to release veteran offensive tackle Willie Anderson after he refused to accept a pay cut. Anderson was to have a salary of $3.15 million this season. The Bengals are going with Stacy Andrews as their starter at right tackle. The release of Anderson comes...

By Mark Maske | August 30, 2008; 4:47 PM ET | Comments (0)

Bollinger Cut By Vikes

The Minnesota Vikings released quarterback Brooks Bollinger. They kept rookie John David Booty as their third quarterback behind Tarvaris Jackson and Gus Frerotte....

By Mark Maske | August 30, 2008; 4:42 PM ET | Comments (0)

Giants Keep Only Two QBs, Add J. Carney to Kick

The New York Giants kept only two quarterbacks on their 53-man roster, with David Carr backing up Eli Manning. They released both Anthony Wright and rookie Andre Woodson today. The Giants could attempt to re-sign Woodson to the practice squad. The Giants also signed kicker John Carney. He will...

By Mark Maske | August 30, 2008; 4:39 PM ET | Comments (0)

C. Batch to IR

The Pittsburgh Steelers placed backup quarterback Charlie Batch on the season-ending injured reserve list. Batch broke his collarbone during the preseason. The Steelers previously signed Byron Leftwich to replace him as Ben Roethlisberger's backup....

By Mark Maske | August 30, 2008; 4:29 PM ET | Comments (0)

K. Faulk Suspended One Game

The NFL suspended New England Patriots backup tailback Kevin Faulk for one game without pay for violating the league's substance abuse policy. Faulk was also fined an additional game check. He pleaded no contest to misdemeanor possession of marijuana and was sentenced to one year probation in July....

By Mark Maske | August 30, 2008; 4:23 PM ET | Comments (0)

Bengals Release R. Johnson

The Cincinnati Bengals released tailback Rudi Johnson. The Bengals tried but failed to trade Johnson, who lost the starting job at running back to Chris Perry. Johnson had two seasons remaining on a five-year, nearly $21 million contract....

By Mark Maske | August 30, 2008; 4:16 PM ET | Comments (0)

Dolphins Trade J. McCown to Carolina

The Miami Dolphins have traded quarterback Josh McCown to the Carolina Panthers for an undisclosed draft pick next spring. McCown is the odd man out in Miami. The Dolphins apparently will keep rookie Chad Henne and second-year pro John Beck behind starter Chad Pennington. McCown gives the Panthers another...

By Mark Maske | August 29, 2008; 7:43 PM ET | Comments (2)

Vikings' McKinnie Suspended Four Games

The NFL suspended Minnesota Vikings left tackle Bryant McKinnie for the first four games of the regular season without pay for violating the league's personal conduct policy. McKinnie faces charges, including one felony, stemming from a fight outside a Miami nightclub in February. He has pleaded not guilty and...

By Mark Maske | August 29, 2008; 7:28 PM ET | Comments (0)

Texans Release Colvin

The Houston Texans released linebacker Rosevelt Colvin. Colvin, formerly of the New England Patriots, had signed with the Texans as a free agent in the offseason. The Texans signed him to be a pass-rushing defensive end but felt, after seeing him in training camp and the preseason, he wasn't...

By Mark Maske | August 29, 2008; 7:17 PM ET | Comments (0)

Still More on the Possibility of a Longer Season

The NFL Players Association likely would demand a salary increase for each player with an existing contract in return for giving its approval to any proposed lengthening of the sport's regular season, a person familiar with the union's position on the issue said today. The league and the franchise...

By Mark Maske | August 29, 2008; 4:45 PM ET | Comments (0)

Colts Certain They'll Have Manning For Opener

It has taken only a few days of practices for the Indianapolis Colts to become more convinced than ever that they'll have Peyton Manning in their opening day lineup. Coach Tony Dungy told reporters after Thursday's preseason finale he'd be "shocked" if the Colts don't have Manning at quarterback...

By Mark Maske | August 29, 2008; 1:50 PM ET | Comments (0)

Packers Haven't Solved Backup QB Issue

The Green Bay Packers continue to have a backup quarterback problem, with rookies Brian Brohm and Matt Flynn behind new starter Aaron Rodgers. Coach Mike McCarthy has not ruled out the possibility of adding an experienced backup. Daunte Culpepper remains out of work after a recent visit to the...

By Mark Maske | August 29, 2008; 1:48 PM ET | Comments (0)

Vikings Say They're Not Talking L.A.

A Minnesota Vikings official says the franchise is not in active discussions about relocating to Los Angeles. Lester Bagley, the Vikings' vice president of public affairs and stadium development, was quoted in Minneapolis-area newspapers in today's editions as saying that franchise owner Zygi Wilf had spurned overtures to speak...

By Mark Maske | August 29, 2008; 1:44 PM ET | Comments (0)

Lots of Question Marks For Lots of Teams

Here's what strikes me most about this preseason: Just about all the presumed top teams in the league will enter the season with a major question mark. Start with the two Super Bowl teams: The Giants traded tight end Jeremy Shockey before training camp, lost defensive end Osi Umenyiora...

By Mark Maske | August 29, 2008; 11:02 AM ET | Comments (3)

Chiefs to Sell Stadium Naming Rights

Say goodbye to Arrowhead Stadium. At least the name. The Kansas City Chiefs announced Thursday that they're seeking a sponsor to purchase the naming rights to the stadium. They did say they would like to keep Arrowhead as part of the new name, however....

By Mark Maske | August 29, 2008; 10:50 AM ET | Comments (0)

Longer Regular Season Likely Would Bring Expanded Rosters

The NFL's franchise owners can offer the union more than just additional money to existing players when it comes time to attempt to secure the necessary approval of the Players Association for expanding the regular season to 17 or 18 games per club. The owners also can offer more...

By Mark Maske | August 29, 2008; 10:39 AM ET | Comments (0)

Cowboys Add to Offensive Line

The Dallas Cowboys filled a need on their offensive line Thursday by trading a fifth-round draft choice in 2010 to the Denver Broncos for guard Montrae Holland. Holland could replace the injured Kyle Kosier in the Cowboys' season-opening lineup....

By Mark Maske | August 29, 2008; 10:25 AM ET | Comments (0)

Saints Might Practice in Indy

With Tropical Storm Gustav threatening to hit the Gulf Coast next week, the New Orleans Saints reportedly are making plans to practice in Indianapolis. The NFL Network reported that the Saints plan to fly to Indianapolis on Sunday and remain there until next Friday, two days before they're scheduled...

By Mark Maske | August 28, 2008; 10:00 PM ET | Comments (0)

B. Marshall's Suspension Reportedly Reduced

A Denver television station is reporting that Broncos wide receiver Brandon Marshall has had his suspension reduced to one game without pay. Marshall also will be fined a second game check, according to the report by KCNC-TV. The NFL originally had suspended Marshall for three games for violating the...

By Mark Maske | August 28, 2008; 9:47 PM ET | Comments (0)

No Brady or E. Manning in Less-Than-Super Rematch

It's a Super Bowl rematch minus the Super Bowl quarterbacks. The Patriots' Tom Brady and the Giants' Eli Manning have been withheld from the preseason finale tonight. Brady had said this week he'd hoped to play after being sidelined by a sore right foot. Instead, Coach Bill Belichick decided...

By Mark Maske | August 28, 2008; 7:50 PM ET | Comments (0)

QB Shortage in Baltimore

The Baltimore Ravens signed quarterback Casey Bramlet today. He is expected to play in tonight's preseason game against the Atlanta Falcons, with Kyle Boller plagued by a sore shoulder and Troy Smith by an illness. Rookie Joe Flacco is the only healthy quarterback in the Ravens' three-way starting competition....

By Mark Maske | August 28, 2008; 7:00 PM ET | Comments (0)

Cowboys' Jones Reinstated

The NFL has fully reinstated cornerback Adam Jones, making him eligible to play for the Dallas Cowboys during the regular season. The league's previous partial reinstatement of Jones had covered only training camp and preseason games. Jones was suspended all of last season, while with the Tennessee Titans, for...

By Mark Maske | August 28, 2008; 4:35 PM ET | Comments (0)

Seahawks Saying They'll Have Tatupu For Opener

The Seattle Seahawks expect to have middle linebacker Lofa Tatupu in their lineup for the opening regular season game. The Seahawks describe the knee injury that Tatupu suffered during Monday night's preseason game at San Diego as a bone bruise. It had been feared that it might be worse....

By Mark Maske | August 28, 2008; 12:35 PM ET | Comments (1)

Bucs Re-Sign Defensive End

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have announced that they've re-signed defensive end Patrick Chukwurah. He was with the team last season but was released in June. He played in nine games last season and had 16 tackles and a sack....

By Mark Maske | August 28, 2008; 12:28 PM ET | Comments (0)

Some Thoughts on Merriman's Decision to Play

One could look at linebacker Shawne Merriman's decision to try to play for the San Diego Chargers this season with two torn knee ligaments as either extremely tough and devoted or extremely foolish. Either way, he's taking an enormous risk. Merriman has said he has torn posterior cruciate and...

By Mark Maske | August 28, 2008; 11:47 AM ET | Comments (4)

Dolphins Cut Safety With Cowboys Ties

The Miami Dolphins surprisingly released safety Keith Davis. Davis previously had played in Dallas when Dolphins front office chief Bill Parcells, General Manager Jeff Ireland and Coach Tony Sparano were with the Cowboys. He excelled on special teams and it looked like he would have little trouble making the...

By Mark Maske | August 28, 2008; 11:38 AM ET | Comments (1)

More About the Plan to Shorten the Preseason

Clarifying one point related to today's story in the print edition about the NFL's likely future reduction of the preseason and lengthening of the regular season... The players are paid FOR the preseason. They're just not paid DURING the preseason. NFL players are paid their salaries in 17 installments...

By Mark Maske | August 28, 2008; 11:22 AM ET | Comments (4)

Players' Conference Call Likely to Come This Weekend

A person familiar with the union's deliberations over its pending search for a new executive director said today he expects the players' ruling 10-member executive committee to speak via conference call this weekend. The executive committee likely will vote then to launch the search, the person said, but might...

By Mark Maske | August 27, 2008; 9:47 PM ET | Comments (0)

Warner to Start Cards' Preseason Finale

Coach Ken Whisenhunt hasn't named the Arizona Cardinals' starting quarterback for the regular season, denying a report that he'd chosen Kurt Warner over Matt Leinart. But Warner has outplayed Leinart, who's coming off a three-interception performance in the Cardinals' last preseason game, and Whisenhunt may have provided a big...

By Mark Maske | August 27, 2008; 9:34 PM ET | Comments (0)

Colts Center Reportedly Out At Least Six Weeks

The Indianapolis Colts reportedly will be without starting center Jeff Saturday for at least six weeks. The Indianapolis Star reported that Saturday could be sidelined longer if he opts to undergo surgery to have a torn medial collateral ligament in his right knee repaired. There's no word yet on...

By Mark Maske | August 27, 2008; 9:32 PM ET | Comments (0)

Hayes, Humphrey Nominated For Hall of Fame

Wide receiver Bob Hayes and defensive end Claude Humphrey were nominated by the seniors committee for election to the Pro Football Hall of Fame next year. The late Hayes, a former Olympic sprint champion, played for the Dallas Cowboys and San Francisco 49ers between 1965 and '75. Humphrey played...

By Mark Maske | August 27, 2008; 2:57 PM ET | Comments (0)

Merriman Decides to Play

San Diego Chargers linebacker Shawne Merriman has decided to postpone the knee surgery that doctors have advised him to undergo immediately and try to play this season with two torn ligaments. "I'm going to play," Merriman told the San Diego Union-Tribune in a text message. "I'll deal with it...

By Mark Maske | August 27, 2008; 2:27 PM ET | Comments (5)

NFL Gets B-Plus in Annual Diversity Study

The NFL received a grade of B-plus for diversity in the annual study conducted by the University of Central Florida. The league has six African-American head coaches this season, the same number as last season, after making strides to diversify its coaching ranks in recent years. There are five...

By Mark Maske | August 27, 2008; 2:14 PM ET | Comments (3)

Colts Center Mulling Options Regarding Knee Injury

The Indianapolis Colts have back quarterback Peyton Manning but could lose Manning's longtime center, Jeff Saturday. Saturday is seeking medical opinions about a knee injury that he suffered during a preseason game over the weekend. He reportedly damaged his medial collateral ligament and has been advised to consider undergoing...

By Mark Maske | August 27, 2008; 1:19 PM ET | Comments (0)

Ravens Trade For M. Douglas

The Baltimore Ravens have agreed to a trade in which they will obtain defensive end Marques Douglas from the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. The Howard University product has had two previous stints with the Ravens, first as a rookie in 1999 and then again between 2001 and 2004. He spent...

By Mark Maske | August 27, 2008; 1:13 PM ET | Comments (0)

Merriman's Decision Looming

Shawne Merriman should be making a decision about his 2008 season soon. The San Diego Chargers linebacker was in Miami in recent days to see one final specialist for an opinion about the ligament damage in his knee. The University of Maryland product has said he has torn posterior...

By Mark Maske | August 27, 2008; 11:05 AM ET | Comments (0)

D. Harvey Agrees to Deal With Jags

Rookie defensive end Derrick Harvey has agreed to a five-year contract with the Jacksonville Jaguars. He had been the last unsigned first-round draft pick league-wide. The deal is worth $23.8 million, including just less than $17.2 million in guaranteed money. The contract also includes incentives and escalators that could...

By Mark Maske | August 27, 2008; 11:00 AM ET | Comments (0)

Conference Call of Union's Executive Committee Still Pending

The planned conference call of members of the ruling 10-member executive committee of the NFL Players Association didn't take place Tuesday. But people familiar with the process said they still expect the call to happen soon. Richard Berthelsen, the union's interim executive director, said in a telephone interview Monday...

By Mark Maske | August 27, 2008; 9:19 AM ET | Comments (0)

Boller's Shoulder Injury Reportedly Could Be Serious

There is speculation in Baltimore that Ravens quarterback Kyle Boller could have a serious shoulder injury. Boller underwent an MRI exam, and the Carroll County Times reported the initial results weren't favorable and there are fears within the organization it could be a season-ending injury. If so, the Ravens'...

By Mark Maske | August 27, 2008; 9:11 AM ET | Comments (2)

Don't Weep Too Much For Giants

The New York Giants lost Osi Umenyiora to a season-ending knee injury over the weekend and were rejected Tuesday by fellow defensive end Michael Strahan, who decided to remain in retirement after being contacted by the Giants about the possibility of returning to replace Umenyiora. But no one should...

By Mark Maske | August 27, 2008; 8:47 AM ET | Comments (10)

R. Johnson Expecting Trade

Tailback Rudi Johnson told reporters he believes a report that he's being shopped by the Cincinnati Bengals and he expects to be traded at any minute. ESPN reported that the Bengals are trying to trade Johnson for help at wide receiver. Coach Marvin Lewis refused to confirm or deny...

By Mark Maske | August 27, 2008; 8:38 AM ET | Comments (0)

Chiefs Cut Feely

The Kansas City Chiefs released kicker Jay Feely a day after signing him. Feely also was released by the Miami Dolphins during training camp after connecting on 21 of 23 field goal attempts for Miami last season. The Chiefs retained kickers Nick Novak and Connor Barth....

By Mark Maske | August 27, 2008; 12:35 AM ET | Comments (0)

B. Marshall in N.Y. For Appeal

Denver Broncos wide receiver Brandon Marshall was in New York on Tuesday to appeal his three-game suspension by the NFL for violating the league's personal conduct policy. NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell previously indicated a willingness to reduce Marshall's suspension to two games if he met certain conditions, including staying...

By Mark Maske | August 27, 2008; 12:31 AM ET | Comments (0)

C. Palmer Out of Bengals' Preseason Finale

The Cincinnati Bengals plan to withhold quarterback Carson Palmer from their preseason finale. He suffered a broken nose during Saturday night's game against the New Orleans Saints. The Bengals expect to have Palmer in the lineup for their opening regular season game at Baltimore....

By Mark Maske | August 27, 2008; 12:27 AM ET | Comments (0)

Bucs Put Cadillac on PUP

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers placed tailback Carnell (Cadillac) Williams on the physically unable to perform list. He must sit out at least the first six weeks of the season. Williams still is recovering from the severe knee injury that cut short his 2007 season. It's not clear if he...

By Mark Maske | August 27, 2008; 12:23 AM ET | Comments (0)

Vikings to Keep Top Two QBs on Sideline This Week

The Minnesota Vikings are planning to withhold quarterback Tarvaris Jackson from a second straight preseason game since he suffered a knee injury. Jackson still is vowing to be ready for the regular season opener. The Vikings also are planning to sit down top backup Gus Frerotte this week and...

By Mark Maske | August 27, 2008; 12:19 AM ET | Comments (0)

B. Quinn Likely to Make Second Straight Start

Brady Quinn is likely to make his second straight preseason start at quarterback for the Cleveland Browns this week, with Derek Anderson sidelined by a concussion. Anderson made an appearance on the practice field Tuesday and did some throwing but did not participate in full team drills....

By Mark Maske | August 27, 2008; 12:18 AM ET | Comments (0)

Cards Saying QB Job Still Up For Grabs

Coach Ken Whisenhunt this week denied an ESPN report that the team had decided to go with Kurt Warner as its starting quarterback over Matt Leinart. However, it might just be an issue of timing. Leinart is coming off a 4-for-12, three interception passing performance in his last preseason...

By Mark Maske | August 27, 2008; 12:17 AM ET | Comments (0)

Strahan Rejects Giants, Will Remain Retired

Michael Strahan told Fox that he will remain retired and won't return to the New York Giants. Strahan works for the network as an NFL analyst. "This has been one of the toughest nights of my life," Strahan told the network's website. "But after long deliberation and throwing around...

By Mark Maske | August 26, 2008; 6:21 PM ET | Comments (10)

Patriots' Moves

The New England Patriots placed guard Stephen Neal on the physically unable to perform list today. He has a shoulder injury and now will miss at least the first six weeks of the regular season. Among the other roster moves announced by the Patriots was the release of fullback...

By Mark Maske | August 26, 2008; 6:21 PM ET | Comments (0)

P. Manning Reportedly Moving Well on Practice Field

Reports out of Indianapolis say that Colts quarterback Peyton Manning was moving around fine during the portion of the team's practice today that was open to media members. It was Manning's first practice since undergoing surgery before training camp to have an infected bursa sac removed from his left...

By Mark Maske | August 26, 2008; 6:10 PM ET | Comments (5)

T. Edwards Practices

Quarterback Trent Edwards participated in the Buffalo Bills' practice today. He probably will play in Thursday's preseason finale against the Detroit Lions. Edwards missed one game because of a bruised thigh suffered in a practice-field collision with tailback Marshawn Lynch on a handoff....

By Mark Maske | August 26, 2008; 5:31 PM ET | Comments (0)

Goodell Says Other NFL Owners Might Prefer to See D. Rooney Remain in Charge of Steelers

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell told reporters after meeting with the five Rooney brothers about the ownership of the Pittsburgh Steelers today in New York that the league's other franchise owners probably prefer to see Dan Rooney remain in charge of the team. That's significant because the owners must approve...

By Mark Maske | August 26, 2008; 5:12 PM ET | Comments (0)

Jets Announce PSL Plan

The New York Jets announced their plan for personal seat licenses at the new stadium they'll open with the Giants at the Meadowlands in 2010. The Jets will charge ticket holders between $4,000 and $25,000 for PSLs for club seats and seats in the stadium's lower bowl. They won't...

By Mark Maske | August 26, 2008; 4:59 PM ET | Comments (0)

Panthers Add S. Parker

The Carolina Panthers signed wide receiver Samie Parker. He'd been released this week by the Denver Broncos. If he can learn the offense quickly, he could help the Panthers early in the season. Their best wideout, Steve Smith, was suspended for the first two regular season games without pay...

By Mark Maske | August 26, 2008; 4:49 PM ET | Comments (0)

Belichick Not Saying if Brady Will Play in Final Preseason Game

Bill Belichick, naturally, isn't providing any clues about whether quarterback Tom Brady will play in the New England Patriots' preseason finale, a rematch of the Super Bowl teams against the New York Giants. "Tom is in the same boat as everybody else," the Patriots coach said during his news...

By Mark Maske | August 26, 2008; 4:42 PM ET | Comments (0)

P. Manning Set to Practice This Afternoon

The Indianapolis Colts activated quarterback Peyton Manning from the physically unable to perform list. He is scheduled to practice with the team this afternoon. Manning had been on the PUP list since undergoing surgery before training camp to have an infected bursa sac removed from his left knee. The...

By Mark Maske | August 26, 2008; 2:10 PM ET | Comments (0)

Jets Likely to Withhold Favre From Preseason Finale

Brett Favre has been lobbying to play in the New York Jets' preseason finale, but Coach Eric Mangini told reporters today that he's leaning toward withholding his quarterback from the game. The Jets play Thursday night at Philadelphia. If Favre doesn't play against the Eagles, he will have had...

By Mark Maske | August 26, 2008; 1:24 PM ET | Comments (0)

Rooneys to Meet With Goodell Today

The five Rooney brothers reportedly are scheduled to meet with NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell today to discuss the ownership of the Pittsburgh Steelers. The meeting is scheduled for this morning at the league's offices in New York, Pittsburgh newspapers reported. Dan Rooney, the Steelers' chairman and one of the...

By Mark Maske | August 26, 2008; 10:18 AM ET | Comments (0)

Giants Facing Tough Task to Convince Strahan to Return

People within the league are skeptical that the New York Giants will be able to lure Michael Strahan out of retirement. The Giants launched talks with Strahan after learning Sunday that fellow defensive end Osi Umenyiora suffered a season-ending knee injury during a preseason game Saturday night. It was...

By Mark Maske | August 26, 2008; 9:49 AM ET | Comments (0)

J. Feely to K.C.

The Kansas City Chiefs announced that they've agreed to terms on a one-year contract with kicker Jay Feely. Feely connected on 21 of 23 field goal attempts for Miami last season but was released by the Dolphins in training camp. He previously had stints with the Atlanta Falcons and...

By Mark Maske | August 25, 2008; 7:22 PM ET | Comments (0)

Giants Move Kiwanuka to Defensive End, Open Talks With Strahan

The New York Giants have moved Mathias Kiwanuka back to defensive end and reportedly have begun discussions with Michael Strahan about the possibility of him coming out of retirement. Both developments come in reaction to the Giants learning Sunday that defensive end Osi Umenyiora would miss the entire season...

By Mark Maske | August 25, 2008; 4:09 PM ET | Comments (7)

Pennington, Less Than Shockingly, Named Dolphins' Starter

Miami Dolphins Coach Tony Sparano named Chad Pennington the team's starting quarterback entering the regular season. The announcement comes as no surprise. It had been expected when the Dolphins signed Pennington following his release by the New York Jets that he would be the starter. Pennington faces the Jets...

By Mark Maske | August 25, 2008; 4:00 PM ET | Comments (1)

P. Manning Scheduled to Practice Tuesday

Quarterback Peyton Manning is scheduled to participate in the Indianapolis Colts' practice Tuesday. Manning has been sidelined since undergoing surgery before training camp opened to have an infected bursa sac removed from his left knee. The Colts have remained hopeful, however, that Manning will be in their lineup for...

By Mark Maske | August 25, 2008; 3:05 PM ET | Comments (0)

Memorial Service For Upshaw at Kennedy Center

The union has announced that the memorial service for Gene Upshaw, the late executive director of the NFL Players Association, will begin at 11 a.m. on Sept. 2 in the Concert Hall at the Kennedy Center. Upshaw died last Wednesday night at a home that he owned in California...

By Mark Maske | August 25, 2008; 12:44 PM ET | Comments (0)

Union Readying to Launch Search For Upshaw's Successor

The NFL Players Association is making plans to launch a search for an executive director aimed at identifying a replacement for the late Gene Upshaw early next year, sources said today. Players on the union's 10-member executive committee hope to meet via conference call tonight or Tuesday to discuss...

By Mark Maske | August 25, 2008; 12:29 PM ET | Comments (0)

Brady Says Foot Feeling "Very Good"

Quarterback Tom Brady said on a Boston radio show today that his ailing right foot is feeling "very good." Brady said on his weekly appearance on WEEI that he hopes to play in the New England Patriots' preseason finale Thursday against the New York Giants and expects to be...

By Mark Maske | August 25, 2008; 9:07 AM ET | Comments (2)

Strahan Reportedly Would Consider Return For Right Price

It was thought when Michael Strahan retired in the offseason that the New York Giants could have lured the defensive end back for one more season with an offer of $8 million. Strahan had been scheduled to earn $4 million this season, and the Giants weren't willing at the...

By Mark Maske | August 25, 2008; 8:56 AM ET | Comments (0)

C. Palmer Has Broken Nose

Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Carson Palmer suffered a broken nose during Saturday night's preseason game against the New Orleans Saints. Palmer left the field in the final seconds of the first half with blood coming from his nose. He didn't play in the second half. According to the Bengals, Palmer...

By Mark Maske | August 24, 2008; 11:03 PM ET | Comments (0)

Warner Over Leinart in Arizona?

There is growing speculation that the Arizona Cardinals will go with Kurt Warner as their starter at quarterback over Matt Leinart, who threw three interceptions in Saturday's preseason game against the Oakland Raiders. Leinart completed only 4 of 12 passes for 24 yards against the Raiders and had a...

By Mark Maske | August 24, 2008; 7:09 PM ET | Comments (46)

Ryan Gets Falcons' Starting Job

The Atlanta Falcons have chosen prized rookie Matt Ryan to be their starting quarterback entering the regular season. He was the third overall selection in the NFL draft in April and now has won a competition with Chris Redman, Joey Harrington and D.J. Shockley. Ryan made his first start...

By Mark Maske | August 24, 2008; 7:03 PM ET | Comments (0)

More on Umenyiora's Injury And Strahan's Possible Return

It is cartilage, not ligament, damage in the left knee of Osi Umenyiora that is ending the season of the New York Giants defensive end. Coach Tom Coughlin said in a conference call with reporters that today's MRI exam showed a torn lateral meniscus. According to Coughlin, Umenyiora is...

By Mark Maske | August 24, 2008; 6:50 PM ET | Comments (0)

Don't Forget Strahan

Brett Favre has already un-retired. How about Michael Strahan? The New York Giants likely need help at defensive end now that Osi Umenyiora probably will have to undergo season-ending knee surgery. The Giants do have depth at the position. They have Justin Tuck penciled in to become a fulltime...

By Mark Maske | August 24, 2008; 3:31 PM ET | Comments (2)

Umenyiora's Season Appears Done

The knee injury suffered by Osi Umenyiora on Saturday night probably will keep the New York Giants defensive end sidelined all season, a source said. Umenyiora suffered ligament damage that likely will require surgery and three to four months of rehabilitation, according to the source. The damage was revealed...

By Mark Maske | August 24, 2008; 3:25 PM ET | Comments (0)

Favre, Jets Still Have Work to Do

There's still some work to be done for quarterback Brett Favre and the New York Jets. Favre, in his second preseason start since being obtained in a trade with the Green Bay Packers, completed 9 of 12 passes for 96 yards Saturday night against the New York Giants. But...

By Mark Maske | August 24, 2008; 1:56 PM ET | Comments (0)

Still Awaiting Word on Severity of Umenyiora's Knee Injury

There's no word yet on the results of the MRI scheduled to be taken today of the left knee of New York Giants defensive end Osi Umenyiora. Umenyiora left Saturday night's preseason game against the New York Jets at Giants Stadium with an injury to the knee. The Giants...

By Mark Maske | August 24, 2008; 1:50 PM ET | Comments (0)

Cowboys Could be Minus Starting Guard For Six Weeks

The Dallas Cowboys could be without starting left guard Kyle Kosier for as long as six weeks. He reportedly suffered a sprained foot and a hairline fracture during Friday's preseason game against the Houston Texans....

By Mark Maske | August 24, 2008; 1:40 PM ET | Comments (1)

Falcons Sign M. Pollard

The Atlanta Falcons have announced that they've signed veteran tight end Marcus Pollard. He'd been released by the New England Patriots last week. Pollard had 28 catches last season for the Seattle Seahawks. He has 349 career catches in 13 NFL seasons for the Indianapolis Colts, Detroit Lions and...

By Mark Maske | August 24, 2008; 1:34 PM ET | Comments (0)

Memorial Service For Upshaw Planned for Sept. 2 in D.C.

A public memorial service for Gene Upshaw, the late executive director of the NFL Players Association, is being planned for Sept. 2 in Washington. A union official confirmed those plans but said he did not know further details yet about the site or time of day. Upshaw died Wednesday...

By Mark Maske | August 24, 2008; 1:21 PM ET | Comments (0)

Vikes Withhold T. Jackson

The Minnesota Vikings withheld starting quarterback Tarvaris Jackson from their preseason game against the Pittsburgh Steelers. He's recovering from a knee injury....

By Mark Maske | August 23, 2008; 9:27 PM ET | Comments (0)

Giants' Umenyiora Hurts Knee

The Washington Redskins aren't the only NFC East team with a major concern tonight about a knee injury to a standout pass-rushing defensive end. Osi Umenyiora of the New York Giants has been taken from the field on a cart after hurting his left knee during a preseason game...

By Mark Maske | August 23, 2008; 9:13 PM ET | Comments (0)

Decision Looming For S. Merriman About Possible Knee Surgery

San Diego Chargers linebacker Shawne Merriman has two torn ligaments in his left knee and intends to make a decision soon about whether to undergo surgery. Merriman met with orthopedic specialists this week. The University of Maryland product rejoined the Chargers late in the week and spoke to reporters...

By Mark Maske | August 23, 2008; 7:27 PM ET | Comments (0)

Texans Receiver to Undergo Spinal Surgery

It has been less than a year since Buffalo Bills tight end Kevin Everett nearly died after suffering a spinal cord injury trying to make a tackle on a kickoff in the opening game of last season. The sport had another frightening moment Friday night. Houston Texans wide receiver...

By Mark Maske | August 23, 2008; 4:30 PM ET | Comments (0)

Confidence-Boosting Night For A. Rodgers

It's only the preseason, sure, but Aaron Rodgers seems to be settling down as he takes over for Brett Favre at quarterback for the Green Bay Packers. Rodgers was sharp Friday night in Denver, completing 18 of 22 passes for 193 yards in the Packers' third preseason game. He...

By Mark Maske | August 23, 2008; 4:12 PM ET | Comments (0)

No Brady And No Preseason Wins For Patriots

As if we didn't know this already: The New England Patriots would be in big, big trouble without Tom Brady. Brady sat out his third straight preseason game and the New England offense sputtered again Friday night against the Philadelphia Eagles. Backup Matt Cassel started in Brady's place and,...

By Mark Maske | August 23, 2008; 3:59 PM ET | Comments (0)

O'Sullivan Named Niners' Starter Entering Season

Coach Mike Nolan said it official today and named J.T. O'Sullivan the starting quarterback for the San Francisco 49ers entering the regular season. The 49ers began training camp with a quarterback competition between Alex Smith, the former top overall selection in the NFL draft, and Shaun Hill, who'd played...

By Mark Maske | August 22, 2008; 7:32 PM ET | Comments (16)

Moment of Silence For Upshaw at This Weekend's Games

Late NFL Players Association chief Gene Upshaw is to be honored with a moment of silence at each preseason game this weekend. The league office informed teams of the tribute in a memo. Upshaw died Wednesday night at a home he owned in California, three days after going to...

By Mark Maske | August 22, 2008; 7:19 PM ET | Comments (0)

T. Edwards Out of Bills' Lineup This Weekend

Buffalo Bills quarterback Trent Edwards is to miss Sunday night's preseason game against the Indianapolis Colts. He hasn't practiced since suffering a bruise on his right leg just above the knee in a backfield collision with tailback Marshawn Lynch during a drill Tuesday. J.P. Losman is to replace Edwards...

By Mark Maske | August 22, 2008; 4:04 PM ET | Comments (5)

Packers Linebacker Wins Appeal

Veteran linebacker Nick Barnett won his appeal of his one-game suspension under the NFL's personal conduct policy. Barnett will be allowed to play for the Green Bay Packers in their season-opening game against the Minnesota Vikings. But he will be playing for free. He still will be fined one...

By Mark Maske | August 22, 2008; 3:56 PM ET | Comments (0)

Kicker Troubles For Giants

New York Giants kicker Lawrence Tynes underwent exploratory knee surgery today. The initial indications are that Tynes does not have a season-ending injury, as the team had feared. The Giants announced that the procedure revealed no structural damage and Tynes will continue to treat the soreness in his left...

By Mark Maske | August 22, 2008; 1:41 PM ET | Comments (0)

O'Sullivan's Job in S.F.?

Journeyman quarterback J.T. O'Sullivan may have moved a step closer to winning the starting job in San Francisco with a crisp performance for the 49ers in Thursday night's exhibition game against the Chicago Bears. O'Sullivan made the start and completed 7 of 8 passes for 126 yards and a...

By Mark Maske | August 22, 2008; 1:38 PM ET | Comments (2)

Knee Surgery Possible For S. Merriman

Chargers linebacker Shawne Merriman is scheduled to return to San Diego today after having his left knee examined in Birmingham this week by orthopedist James Andrews. Coach Norv Turner is expressing optimism that Merriman will be the Chargers' season-opening lineup. But that doesn't appear to be a sure thing....

By Mark Maske | August 22, 2008; 10:05 AM ET | Comments (0)

Shoulder Woes Continue to Plague O. Pace

It's proving to be a difficult road back from last season's shoulder injury for Orlando Pace. The perennial Pro Bowl left tackle for the St. Louis Rams returned to practice Thursday after re-injuring his right shoulder during last weekend's preseason game against the San Diego Chargers. It was the...

By Mark Maske | August 22, 2008; 9:50 AM ET | Comments (0)

R. Berthelsen's Appointment Announced by Union

The NFL Players Association confirmed the appointment of Richard Berthelsen as interim executive director earlier today. The union announced Berthelsen's elevation from general counsel. Berthelsen was Gene Upshaw's longtime top lieutenant. Several players familiar with the inner workings of the union said today they don't expect a more permanent...

By Mark Maske | August 21, 2008; 10:42 PM ET | Comments (0)

More Reaction to Gene Upshaw's Death

Some of the reaction to the death of Gene Upshaw, both in interviews conducted today (I was in the Giants' locker room this afternoon) and in written statements issued by various organizations... Robert Smith, former Vikings running back: "It's a pretty dramatic shock. If you live long enough, you...

By Mark Maske | August 21, 2008; 10:29 PM ET | Comments (0)

Berthelsen Selected as Interim NFLPA Leader

Richard Berthelsen, the NFL Players Association's general counsel, has been chosen the interim executive director of the union in the wake of the death of Gene Upshaw, sources have told Mark Maske. Players on the union's ruling executive committee decided in a conference call within the past few hours...

By Cindy Boren | August 21, 2008; 2:03 PM ET | Comments (0)

Upshaw Died of Virulent Form of Cancer

Dr. Thom Mayer, medical director for the NFL Players Association, called with some more information on the death of Gene Upshaw. He wanted to clarify a few things at the request of Upshaw's widow, Terri. Mayer said that Upshaw had not had a long battle with pancreatic cancer, as...

By Cindy Boren | August 21, 2008; 2:01 PM ET | Comments (1)

Upshaw Dead at 63

Gene Upshaw, the Hall of Fame player who was the longtime executive director of the NFL Players Association, has died. He was 63. Upshaw had been diagnosed only Monday with pancreatic cancer and died Wednesday night at his Truckee, Calif., home. Because the NFLPA offices are in Washington, Upshaw...

By Mark Maske | August 21, 2008; 8:41 AM ET | Comments (90)

Brady Practices

Quarterback Tom Brady participated in the New England Patriots' practice Wednesday. He had been sidelined since late last week because of a sore right foot and didn't accompany the team to its preseason game at Tampa over the weekend. It wasn't clear whether Brady participated fully in Wednesday's practice,...

By Mark Maske | August 21, 2008; 8:18 AM ET | Comments (0)

S. Jackson Rejoining Rams, Gets New Contract

Tailback Steven Jackson has agreed to a new contract with the St. Louis Rams and is rejoining the team today. Jackson traveled to St. Louis on Wednesday and his agent, Eugene Parker, continued to negotiate with the Rams into the night. The Rams had refused to negotiate a new...

By Mark Maske | August 21, 2008; 8:08 AM ET | Comments (0)

First Attempt at Rankings

Trying to rank the teams entering the season is even more problematic than trying to rank them during the season. Even so, here's an attempt: 1. Giants...Michael Strahan retires and Jeremy Shockey is traded, but Eli Manning has become a championship QB and they get to stay here until...

By Mark Maske | August 20, 2008; 2:26 PM ET | Comments (5)

More Back Problems For M. Hasselbeck

A balky back continues to plague Seattle Seahawks quarterback Matt Hasselbeck. Hasselbeck has been experiencing back soreness for the past 12 days, dating to a preseason game against the Minnesota Vikings. He resumed practicing Monday after a layoff and all seemed well. However, Hasselbeck experienced back tightness again during...

By Mark Maske | August 20, 2008; 1:35 PM ET | Comments (0)

L. Petitgout Reportedly Facing Four-Game Suspension

According to reports by Tampa-area media outlets, former Buccaneers offensive tackle Luke Petitgout has been suspended by the NFL for the first four games of the regular season. A league official told the Tampa Tribune and St. Petersburg Times that Petitgout was suspended for violating the league's steroids policy....

By Mark Maske | August 20, 2008; 1:11 PM ET | Comments (2)

Fearless QB Competition Predictions

Some predictions about some still-unresolved quarterback competitions around the league: Atlanta: The Falcons decide to give the job to prized rookie Matt Ryan. Why waste your time with Chris Redman, Joey Harrington or D.J. Shockley getting playing time that could aid Ryan's development? Baltimore: Troy Smith gets the early-season...

By Mark Maske | August 20, 2008; 12:58 PM ET | Comments (4)

Gates's Toe Improving But Merriman's Knee Could Be Problem For Chargers

Tight end Antonio Gates was activated from the physically unable to perform list and participated in portions of the San Diego Chargers' practice Tuesday. Gates took part in individual passing drills but did not participate in full team drills. The Chargers continue to bring him back slowly from the...

By Mark Maske | August 20, 2008; 12:50 PM ET | Comments (0)

No Word Yet on Brady's Playing Status This Week

The New England Patriots aren't saying if quarterback Tom Brady will return to the lineup for their preseason game this week. Brady is suffering from a sore right foot and did not accompany the team to Tampa last weekend. Brady said during a radio appearance Monday that this is...

By Mark Maske | August 20, 2008; 10:07 AM ET | Comments (0)

Polamalu Practices

Safety Troy Polamalu practiced with the Pittsburgh Steelers on Tuesday. He had missed all of training camp because of a hamstring injury. His participation in Tuesday's practice was limited as the Steelers ease him back toward full-scale activities. It's not clear if he'll play in this weekend's preseason game....

By Mark Maske | August 20, 2008; 10:03 AM ET | Comments (0)

D. Anderson's Concussion Makes B. Quinn Browns' Starter For Now

The concussion suffered by Cleveland Browns quarterback Derek Anderson during Monday night's loss to the New York Giants is said to be mild, but Anderson probably will miss at least a preseason game or two. Brady Quinn takes over as the starter for now. Kick returner Josh Cribbs reportedly...

By Mark Maske | August 20, 2008; 9:58 AM ET | Comments (1)

Beck or McCown Likely to be Out in Miami

The odd man out in the Miami quarterback derby probably will be either John Beck or Josh McCown. Chad Pennington and rookie Chad Henne appear to be locks to be on the roster, likely leaving one roster spot for Beck or McCown. Coach Tony Sparano has mentioned the possibility...

By Mark Maske | August 20, 2008; 9:53 AM ET | Comments (2)

Bills QB Hurt During Drill

Quarterback Trent Edwards left the Buffalo Bills' practice Tuesday night after suffering a bruised thigh in a backfield collision with tailback Marshawn Lynch. Edwards and Lynch collided on a handoff during a drill, and Edwards remained on the ground for several minutes before walking to the locker room. The...

By Mark Maske | August 20, 2008; 9:49 AM ET | Comments (0)

C. Henry Owes Latest Chance to Bengals Owner

Coach Marvin Lewis said at an evening news conference that Cincinnati Bengals owner Mike Brown made the decision to give wide receiver Chris Henry another chance with the team. "I obviously know that at the end of the day, that the owner has the final say-so on whether or...

By Mark Maske | August 19, 2008; 9:07 PM ET | Comments (0)

Pats Cut M. Pollard

The New England Patriots released tight end Marcus Pollard. The Patriots have Benjamin Watson, David Thomas and Stephen Spach at the position. Pollard had 28 catches for the Seattle Seahawks last season. He has 349 receptions in 13 NFL seasons, including 10 with the Indianapolis Colts and two with...

By Mark Maske | August 19, 2008; 8:07 PM ET | Comments (0)

P. Manning Says He Remains Hopeful of Being in Opening Day Lineup

Peyton Manning spoke to reporters today after his appearance at the Indianapolis Colts' practice. The quarterback said he remained hopeful of being in the Colts' lineup for the opening regular season game. Manning said it had not been determined when he will resume practicing. He has been sidelined since...

By Mark Maske | August 19, 2008; 8:00 PM ET | Comments (0)

Falcons Releasing J. Horn, Dallas or Philly Next?

The Atlanta Falcons informed veteran wide receiver Joe Horn today that he was being released. The move ends a standoff between the team and Horn, who had said since the spring that he wanted to be traded or released. It is thought that Horn could end up in Dallas...

By Mark Maske | August 19, 2008; 4:07 PM ET | Comments (0)

P. Manning Attends Colts' Practice

Quarterback Peyton Manning attended the Indianapolis Colts' practice today. He remains sidelined after undergoing surgery last month to have an infected bursa sac removed from his left knee. The Colts are hopeful that Manning will practice next week and be ready to play in their Sept. 7 regular season...

By Mark Maske | August 19, 2008; 3:57 PM ET | Comments (0)

C. Henry Signing With Bengals Is Official

The Cincinnati Bengals completed their re-signing of wide receiver Chris Henry. Henry underwent a physical today. It was not clear whether he would participate in the team's practice this evening. He was released by the Bengals in April after being arrested and charged with assault. That charge later was...

By Mark Maske | August 19, 2008; 3:56 PM ET | Comments (0)

M. Ryan Named to Start Falcons' Third Preseason Game

Prized rookie Matt Ryan gets his chance this week to prove he should be the Atlanta Falcons' starting quarterback from the outset of the regular season. He is to start Friday's preseason game against the Tennessee Titans. There's little question that Ryan, chosen third overall in the NFL draft...

By Mark Maske | August 19, 2008; 10:44 AM ET | Comments (0)

D. Anderson Has Concussion

Cleveland Browns quarterback Derek Anderson suffered a concussion and a bruised hand on the sack by New York Giants defensive end Osi Umenyiora that knocked him from Monday night's game at Giants Stadium. Brady Quinn took over for Anderson and would be in line to take over as the...

By Mark Maske | August 19, 2008; 10:36 AM ET | Comments (0)

Bengals' Signing of C. Henry Should Become Official Today

The Cincinnati Bengals plan to sign wide receiver Chris Henry to a one-year contract today if he passes a physical first. The Bengals released Henry in April after he was arrested and charged with assault. That charge eventually was dropped by prosecutors. But Henry was suspended by the NFL...

By Mark Maske | August 19, 2008; 10:28 AM ET | Comments (0)

T. Suggs Back With Ravens, as Promised

Defensive end-linebacker Terrell Suggs was, as promised, on the practice field Monday with the Baltimore Ravens. Suggs, after being absent from training camp in a contract dispute, signed a one-year, $8.5 million deal as the team's franchise player. Suggs is to get limited playing time during this weekend's preseason...

By Mark Maske | August 19, 2008; 10:24 AM ET | Comments (0)

Leinart Seemingly Staying Just Ahead of Warner in Cards' QB Race

Matt Leinart continues to maintain a hold, but perhaps a tenuous one, on the starting quarterback job in Arizona. Leinart is to start Saturday's preseason game at Oakland. But Kurt Warner also is to receive first-half playing time. The Cardinals seem to regard Leinart as their designated starter while...

By Mark Maske | August 19, 2008; 10:20 AM ET | Comments (0)

A. Boldin Vs. Cardinals

There is big trouble, perhaps along the lines of Terrell Owens vs. the Eagles, brewing in Arizona because of wide receiver Anquan Boldin's unhappiness over his contract with the Cardinals. It all started when the Cardinals signed fellow wideout Larry Fitzgerald to a four-year, $40 million deal in the...

By Mark Maske | August 19, 2008; 10:09 AM ET | Comments (0)

Possible Concussion For D. Anderson

The Cleveland Browns are being overrun tonight at Giants Stadium, and quarterback Derek Anderson has headed to the locker room to be checked for a possible concussion. Anderson left the game after being sacked by defensive end Osi Umenyiora and, after a brief stay on the sideline, walked to...

By Mark Maske | August 18, 2008; 9:18 PM ET | Comments (1)

The Super Bowl-Winning QB Is Now No. 2 in His Own Town

Just a thought as the New York Giants play on Monday Night Football: Has a quarterback ever won a Super Bowl and had his stature in the city in which he plays diminished almost immediately? It has happened to Eli Manning. And he probably couldn't be happier about it....

By Mark Maske | August 18, 2008; 9:12 PM ET | Comments (0)

Growing Speculation That Bengals Will Re-Sign C. Henry

There is growing speculation tonight that the Cincinnati Bengals will re-sign wide receiver Chris Henry. The Bengals released Henry in April after he was arrested on an assault charge, the latest in a series of off-field incidents in which he was involved. After a mistrial, prosecutors dropped the charge...

By Mark Maske | August 18, 2008; 8:59 PM ET | Comments (0)

No Team Drills For T. Jackson

Quarterback Tarvaris Jackson did some throwing during the Minnesota Vikings' practice today and participated in individual drills but did not take part in full team drills. Jackson suffered a knee injury, reportedly a sprained medial collateral ligament, during Saturday's preseason game in Baltimore. A sprained MCL usually takes 2-4...

By Mark Maske | August 18, 2008; 8:49 PM ET | Comments (0)

Saints Add Schulters

Safety Lance Schulters signed with the New Orleans Saints. The Saints become Schulters's fifth NFL team after previous stints with the San Francisco 49ers, Tennessee Titans, Atlanta Falcons and Miami Dolphins. The Saints also worked out free agent defensive tackle Anthony McFarland today but didn't immediately sign him....

By Mark Maske | August 18, 2008; 8:47 PM ET | Comments (0)

Bears Name Orton Starter Ahead of Grossman

One of the NFL's quarterback competitions is settled. The Chicago Bears have named Kyle Orton their starter, ahead of Rex Grossman, for the Sept. 7 regular season opener at Indianapolis. Orton has made 18 starts in three previous NFL seasons, 15 of them as a rookie in 2005 and...

By Mark Maske | August 18, 2008; 4:56 PM ET | Comments (0)

Brady Says Same Leg But Different Injury

New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady said on a Boston radio station today that the current foot injury plaguing him is a different injury, albeit to the same leg, than the one he suffered during last season's AFC title game. Brady did not accompany the Patriots to Tampa for...

By Mark Maske | August 18, 2008; 12:07 PM ET | Comments (1)

Polamalu Set to Return to Steelers' Practices

Safety Troy Polamalu could be ready to join the Pittsburgh Steelers' practices Tuesday. Polamalu suffered a hamstring injury just before training camp and has been on the physically unable to perform list. The Steelers are hoping they'll be able to activate him from that list and have him practice...

By Mark Maske | August 18, 2008; 10:36 AM ET | Comments (0)

Rams Lose Guard to Season-Ending Knee Injury

Guard Mark Setterstrom is headed to the St. Louis Rams' injured reserve list for a second straight year. He's scheduled to undergo surgery later this week after suffering a fractured kneecap during Saturday's preseason game. Setterstrom was a part-time starter the past two seasons. He began training camp this...

By Mark Maske | August 18, 2008; 10:34 AM ET | Comments (0)

Shoulder Injury Adds to Drama For C. Johnson, Bengals

Wide receiver Chad Johnson, after an offseason of lobbying to be traded by the Cincinnati Bengals and a training camp marred by a return from ankle surgery, hurt his left shoulder during Sunday night's preseason game against the Detroit Lions. Coach Marvin Lewis said during his postgame news conference...

By Mark Maske | August 18, 2008; 10:25 AM ET | Comments (0)

Patriots Remember Late Owner

Former New England Patriots owner James Orthwein died Friday at age 84 after a long battle with cancer. Orthwein bought the Patriots in 1992 and hired Bill Parcells as their coach. He sold the franchise in '94 to current owner Robert Kraft. "I didn't know James Orthwein well, but...

By Mark Maske | August 18, 2008; 10:16 AM ET | Comments (0)

T. Jackson Reportedly Has Sprained MCL in Right Knee

According to reports by Minneapolis-area media outlets, tests showed that Minnesota Vikings quarterback Tarvaris Jackson suffered a sprained medial collateral ligament in his right knee during Saturday night's preseason game at Baltimore. Jackson left the game a few plays after being hurt and the Vikings initially described the injury...

By Mark Maske | August 17, 2008; 6:52 PM ET | Comments (0)

Nothing Decisive For Ravens or Niners in QB Competitions

Updates on a couple quarterback competitions... In Baltimore, Troy Smith got the start for the Ravens on Saturday against the Minnesota Vikings but didn't exactly make a convincing case he should be the starter. He threw an interception in a 3-for-5, 25-yard passing night. He also was sacked twice...

By Mark Maske | August 17, 2008; 2:55 PM ET | Comments (0)

K. Lucas, S. Smith Back Together on Panthers' Practice Field

Cornerback Ken Lucas and wide receiver Steve Smith were back on the Carolina Panthers' practice field together Saturday, this time without incident. Lucas returned to practice 15 days after having his nose broken in a training camp fight with Smith. The Panthers suspended Smith without pay for the first...

By Mark Maske | August 17, 2008; 2:41 PM ET | Comments (0)

C. Pennington, Like Favre, Off to Good Start With New Team

Just as Brett Favre was on target in his preseason debut for the New York Jets, the quarterback he replaced, Chad Pennington, was sharp in his exhibition-season unveiling for the Miami Dolphins. Pennington completed five of six passes for 55 yards Saturday night against the Jacksonville Jaguars....

By Mark Maske | August 17, 2008; 2:37 PM ET | Comments (0)

S. Andrews Practicing With Eagles

Guard Shawn Andrews participated in the Philadelphia Eagles' practice Saturday. Andrews joined the Eagles last weekend after being absent from training camp for 2-1/2 weeks. He said he was suffering from depression....

By Mark Maske | August 17, 2008; 2:33 PM ET | Comments (0)

T. Brady Doesn't Accompany Pats to Tampa Because of Sore Foot

Quarterback Tom Brady did not accompany the New England Patriots to Tampa for tonight's preseason game against the Buccaneers. Brady reportedly is resting a sore foot. It's not clear if it's the same foot on which Brady was photographed wearing a boot during the buildup to last season's Super...

By Mark Maske | August 17, 2008; 2:25 PM ET | Comments (0)

Vikings Hopeful T. Jackson's Knee Injury Not Serious

The Minnesota Vikings are awaiting further word about the knee injury suffered Saturday night by quarterback Tarvaris Jackson. Jackson left the Vikings' preseason game in Baltimore after hurting his right knee. The Vikings were calling the injury merely a bruise and were hopeful that Jackson would not be sidelined...

By Mark Maske | August 17, 2008; 2:18 PM ET | Comments (0)

D. Penn Gets Left Tackle Job as Bucs Cut L. Petitgout

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers released left tackle Luke Petitgout on Saturday, giving the team's starting job at the position to Donald Penn. Petitgout was trying to return from a knee injury but began training camp on the physically unable to perform list and never made it back to the...

By Mark Maske | August 17, 2008; 2:13 PM ET | Comments (0)

Favre's Night Done After Two Drives, One Touchdown Pass

Coach Eric Mangini has decided that two series and 14 plays are enough for quarterback Brett Favre in his New York Jets debut. It was a highly successful unveiling. Starting his first preseason game only a week after having his first practice with the team, Favre completed five of...

By Mark Maske | August 16, 2008; 7:52 PM ET | Comments (0)

Touchdown Pass For Favre on Jets' Second Series

Brett Favre threw a four-yard touchdown pass to rookie tight end Dustin Keller to cap the New York Jets' second drive of the night against the Washington Redskins. Favre threw a strike to wideout Jerricho Cotchery for a 19-yard gain earlier in the drive. In two series, Favre has...

By Mark Maske | August 16, 2008; 7:29 PM ET | Comments (0)

Favre Sharp Early in Debut

For those of you not tuning in to Brett Favre's debut with the New York Jets against the Washington Redskins, Favre was sharp on his first series. He competed his first three passes, totaling 25 yards. On his first play, he zipped a pass to wide receiver Jerricho Cotchery...

By Mark Maske | August 16, 2008; 7:18 PM ET | Comments (0)

Extension For Titans Cornerback

Cornerback Cortland Finnegan agreed to a contract extension with the Tennessee Titans that runs through the 2011 season Combined with what had been left on his existing contract, the deal is worth about $16.8 million over four seasons. It includes approximately $8.5 million in guaranteed money. Finnegan was a...

By Mark Maske | August 16, 2008; 12:10 PM ET | Comments (0)

Calf Injury Still Plaguing J. Garcia

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers called quarterback Jeff Garcia's calf injury minor when he got hurt, at the height of the speculation that Brett Favre might be headed to Tampa, nearly 2-1/2 weeks ago. Maybe it's not so minor. Garcia hasn't practiced fully since, and he is to miss his...

By Mark Maske | August 16, 2008; 11:53 AM ET | Comments (0)

Cameo For Favre

Brett Favre's preseason debut for the New York Jets comes tonight against the Washington Redskins at Giants Stadium, but don't expect too much. Favre began practicing with the Jets only a week ago. He is to have a small package of plays available to use in this game, and...

By Mark Maske | August 16, 2008; 11:43 AM ET | Comments (0)

B. Marshall Appeals Suspension

Broncos wide receiver Brandon Marshall has appealed his three-game suspension under the league's personal conduct policy, the Denver Post reported. People involved in the league's disciplinary process have said in the past that such appeals are virtually certain to fail. NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell is responsible both for imposing...

By Mark Maske | August 16, 2008; 11:41 AM ET | Comments (0)

T. Smith Gets Chance Saturday to Make Case to be Ravens' Starter

Troy Smith is to start at quarterback for the Baltimore Ravens in Saturday's preseason game against the Minnesota Vikings. Smith is competing with Kyle Boller and rookie Joe Flacco for the Ravens' starting job. It seems unlikely that the Ravens will have Flacco begin his rookie season as the...

By Mark Maske | August 15, 2008; 9:34 PM ET | Comments (1)

T. Suggs to Report to Ravens on Sunday

Linebacker-defensive end Terrell Suggs reportedly plans to report Sunday to the Baltimore Ravens and sign his one-year, $8.5 million franchise tender. The Baltimore Sun reported that Suggs will practice Monday and participate in about 15 plays in the team's third preseason game. Suggs apparently will sign the deal without...

By Mark Maske | August 15, 2008; 9:32 PM ET | Comments (0)

Ravens to Show Phelps's Race Saturday Night on Stadium Video Boards

The Baltimore Ravens have announced that NBC is allowing the team to show swimmer Michael Phelps's race Saturday night at the Olympics in Beijing on the video boards at M&T Bank Stadium Phelps potentially will be swimming for his record eighth gold medal of these Games. The Ravens said...

By Mark Maske | August 15, 2008; 2:15 PM ET | Comments (2)

Rooneys Reportedly to Meet With Goodell Next Week

Pittsburgh Steelers Chairman Dan Rooney and his four brothers are scheduled to meet next Thursday in New York with NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reported. The league continues to look for a solution to the Steelers' ownership dilemma. The Rooneys own 80 percent of the franchise, with...

By Mark Maske | August 15, 2008; 12:37 PM ET | Comments (0)

Colts Still Expecting P. Manning Back By Regular Season

The Indianapolis Colts break their training camp today in Terre Haute, Ind. They will do so without quarterback Peyton Manning having participated in any practices since undergoing surgery just before camp to have an infected bursa sac removed from his left knee. Coach Tony Dungy said during a news...

By Mark Maske | August 15, 2008; 12:29 PM ET | Comments (0)

K. Warner Could Start Cardinals' Second Preseason Game

The Arizona Cardinals are considering giving Kurt Warner the start at quarterback in Saturday's preseason game against the Kansas City Chiefs. Matt Leinart is said to remain the Cardinals' starter but Coach Ken Whisenhunt has indicated he wants to make certain that Warner gets some exhibition-season playing time with...

By Mark Maske | August 15, 2008; 10:14 AM ET | Comments (0)

Sore Back to Sideline M. Hasselbeck

The Seattle Seahawks plan to withhold quarterback Matt Hasselbeck from Saturday's preseason game against the Chicago Bears. Hasselbeck has been plagued by a sore back this week. He participated in individual drills during Thursday's practice but has not returned to full team drills. Backups Seneca Wallace and Charlie Frye...

By Mark Maske | August 15, 2008; 10:08 AM ET | Comments (0)

Journeyman to Niners' Starter? O'Sullivan Gets Nod Again

J.T. O'Sullivan is scheduled to make his second straight preseason start at quarterback for the San Francisco 49ers on Saturday against the Green Bay Packers. O'Sullivan is competing with Alex Smith and Shaun Hill for the starting job. The competition originally was to be between Smith and Hill but...

By Mark Maske | August 15, 2008; 10:02 AM ET | Comments (0)

Reduced Workload For Favre, As Requested

Brett Favre got the pitch count he wanted. After saying during a midday news conference Wednesday that his arm was fatigued and he might ask Coach Eric Mangini to limit his number of throws in that day's later practice, the veteran quarterback indeed had his workload limited. Favre reportedly...

By Mark Maske | August 15, 2008; 9:48 AM ET | Comments (0)

Leftwich Debuts For Steelers

Backup quarterback Byron Leftwich made his exhibition-season debut for the Pittsburgh Steelers in Thursday night's loss to the Buffalo Bills in Toronto. Leftwich completed five of 11 passes for 41 yards--nothing great, but not bad either considering that Leftwich had only a few days to begin to learn the...

By Mark Maske | August 15, 2008; 9:38 AM ET | Comments (0)

No Sellout For Bills in Toronto

The announced attendance at the Buffalo Bills' preseason game Thursday night in Toronto was 48,434. That was about 5,000 shy of capacity at Rogers Centre. It was the first of eight home games that the Bills are scheduled to play in Toronto over a five-year span. The next one...

By Mark Maske | August 15, 2008; 9:37 AM ET | Comments (1)

J. Lynch Agrees to Deal With Patriots

Safety John Lynch has agreed to a contract with the New England Patriots, according to a source. Lynch visited the Patriots on Wednesday. It was not certain that Lynch would continue his NFL career when he and the Denver Broncos agreed to part ways in recent weeks. Lynch was...

By Mark Maske | August 14, 2008; 7:47 PM ET | Comments (2)

Saints Lose H. Thomas For at Least Two Months

The New Orleans Saints will be minus veteran defensive tackle Hollis Thomas for at least two months. He underwent surgery today for a torn triceps suffered Wednesday during a pass-rushing drill. The injury could end up being season-ending for Thomas. Kendrick Clancy likely will take over as nose tackle...

By Mark Maske | August 14, 2008; 2:43 PM ET | Comments (0)

L. Coles Situation in N.Y. Is Worth Monitoring

The relationship between New York Jets wide receiver Laveranues Coles and his new quarterback, Brett Favre, will be worth watching. Coles is close to Chad Pennington and apparently was highly upset when the Jets released Pennington last week after trading for Favre. Coles has declined to comment publicly about...

By Mark Maske | August 14, 2008; 1:12 PM ET | Comments (4)

Knee Surgery for Tennessee's Right Tackle

David Stewart, the right tackle for the Tennessee Titans, reportedly is scheduled to undergo arthroscopic knee surgery today. The Tennessean reported that Stewart is expected to miss at least two preseason games but could return for the exhibition finale....

By Mark Maske | August 14, 2008; 12:54 PM ET | Comments (0)

Scuffle During Dolphins' Practice

According to reports by South Florida media outlets, there was a significant fight during the Miami Dolphins' practice today. It began with cornerback Will Allen punching wide receiver David Kircus after an incomplete pass. Offensive players came to aid Kircus and then defensive players joined the scuffle on the...

By Mark Maske | August 14, 2008; 12:53 PM ET | Comments (0)

Quarterback Updates

Some quarterback updates for teams on which the starter is less than certain... Baltimore... The guess here is that the Ravens will keep rookie Joe Flacco on the bench for a little while and choose Troy Smith over Kyle Boller as the temporary starter until Flacco is ready to...

By Mark Maske | August 14, 2008; 8:52 AM ET | Comments (0)

Rams Close Camp Still Minus S. Jackson

The St. Louis Rams closed their training camp in Wisconsin still minus holdout tailback Steven Jackson. Jackson remains absent in a contract dispute and is subject to a potential fine of more than $300,000. The Rams are scheduled to return to St. Louis today....

By Mark Maske | August 14, 2008; 8:51 AM ET | Comments (1)

Bills Play in Toronto Tonight

The Toronto Experiment begins tonight for the Buffalo Bills. The Bills are scheduled to play eight home games over the next five seasons in Toronto, beginning with this evening's preseason contest against the Pittsburgh Steelers. Some followers of the team have been fearful since the arrangement was announced that...

By Mark Maske | August 14, 2008; 8:17 AM ET | Comments (1)

Ankle Injury of Cardinals Rookie Cornerback Not Serious

The ankle injury suffered by Arizona Cardinals rookie cornerback Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie in practice Tuesday is not thought to be serious. The Cardinals are calling the injury merely a sprain and they are not expecting the first-round draft pick to miss significant time....

By Mark Maske | August 14, 2008; 8:09 AM ET | Comments (0)

A. Jones to Request Full Reinstatement

Dallas Cowboys cornerback Adam Jones told the Dallas Morning News that he has written a letter to NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell requesting his full reinstatement and plans to mail it to the league office in New York on Thursday. "I'm feeling real good," Jones told the newspaper. "I just...

By Mark Maske | August 13, 2008; 10:12 PM ET | Comments (0)

Broncos Add T. Poole

The Denver Broncos signed veteran cornerback Tyrone Poole. It will be Poole's second stint with the Broncos. He previously played for the team in 2002. Poole also has spent time with the Carolina Panthers, Indianapolis Colts, New England Patriots and Oakland Raiders....

By Mark Maske | August 13, 2008; 4:14 PM ET | Comments (0)

Some Arm Weariness For Favre

Brett Favre spoke at a news conference today after the New York Jets' morning practice and told reporters his arm is feeling a bit fatigued. Favre said his throwing arm wasn't sore but was "kind of dragging a little bit." He said he might ask Coach Eric Mangini to...

By Mark Maske | August 13, 2008; 2:36 PM ET | Comments (0)

J. Lynch Visits Patriots

Free agent safety John Lynch is visiting the New England Patriots today, the Boston Globe reported on its Website. Lynch was released by the Denver Broncos after he and the team agreed to part ways. Lynch was displeased about being rendered a less than fulltime player. He wanted to...

By Mark Maske | August 13, 2008; 1:13 PM ET | Comments (0)

Backup Quarterback Problems For Packers

The Green Bay Packers could feel a bit better about having Aaron Rodgers as their starting quarterback after his decent performance in Monday night's preseason opener against the Cincinnati Bengals. But the feeling that they could be in big trouble if Rodgers gets hurt was reinforced by the shaky...

By Mark Maske | August 13, 2008; 10:26 AM ET | Comments (0)

Prized Rookie Cornerback Hurt in Cardinals' Practice

The Arizona Cardinals are awaiting word on the severity of an ankle injury suffered during a practice Tuesday by rookie cornerback Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, a first-round draft pick. Cromartie was taken from the field on a cart, and Coach Ken Whisenhunt told reporters the Cardinals would know more today....

By Mark Maske | August 13, 2008; 10:15 AM ET | Comments (0)

Feely's Availability Makes For Some Uneasy Kickers Around the NFL

Just about every kicker in the league now has to look over his shoulder, with Jay Feely available as a free agent. The Miami Dolphins released Feely on Tuesday even though he connected on 21 of 23 field goal attempts for the team last season. Dolphins Coach Tony Sparano...

By Mark Maske | August 13, 2008; 10:09 AM ET | Comments (1)

Visit But No Lions' Deal For L. Bentley

Center LeCharles Bentley visited Detroit's training camp on Tuesday but didn't sign with the Lions. Bentley is a free agent after being released, at his request, by the Cleveland Browns. He's trying to resume his career after a series of surgeries for a knee injury and infections. Bentley signed...

By Mark Maske | August 13, 2008; 9:52 AM ET | Comments (0)

P. Burress on Practice Field With Giants

Wide receiver Plaxico Burress participated in the New York Giants' evening practice in Albany, N.Y. Burress participated in individual drills but reportedly did not practice at full speed. He had not been practicing since the start of training camp because of an ankle injury....

By Mark Maske | August 12, 2008; 8:29 PM ET | Comments (0)

B. Moore to Cardinals

Linebacker Brandon Moore, released by the San Francisco 49ers, agreed to a contract with the Arizona Cardinals. The 49ers released Moore on Sunday before signing linebacker Takeo Spikes. Former 49ers defensive coordinator Billy Davis now is the Cardinals' linebackers coach....

By Mark Maske | August 12, 2008; 8:28 PM ET | Comments (0)

Ravens Add L. Neal

Former Pro Bowl fullback Lorenzo Neal has agreed to a contract with the Baltimore Ravens. He joined the team at its training camp this morning and passed a physical, and his signing should become official this afternoon. Neal formerly played for Ravens offensive coordinator Cam Cameron when Cameron was...

By Mark Maske | August 12, 2008; 3:26 PM ET | Comments (0)

Defensive Injuries Piling Up For Vikings

The Minnesota Vikings have playoff aspirations this season but are suffering an early string of defensive injuries. The latest bad news for the club is that safety Madieu Williams reportedly will miss the early stages of the regular season because of a neck injury. The Minneapolis Star Tribune reported...

By Mark Maske | August 12, 2008; 1:36 PM ET | Comments (0)

Odds Stacked Against On-Field Success For Favre, Jets This Season

Since Brett Favre was traded to the New York Jets last week, there has been this widespread assumption, it seems, that all will work out fine and the Jets suddenly will be a much-improved team and a playoff contender in the AFC. Hold on. All of that is possible....

By Mark Maske | August 12, 2008; 1:19 PM ET | Comments (25)

Dolphins Boot Veteran Kicker Feely

The Miami Dolphins have released veteran kicker Jay Feely. That might clear the way for Dan Carpenter, an undrafted rookie from Montana, to win the team's kicking job. It's also possible that the Dolphins will add a kicker to compete with Carpenter when other clubs begin making their roster...

By Mark Maske | August 12, 2008; 10:36 AM ET | Comments (0)

O'Sullivan in Mix For Niners

There is speculation that J.T. O'Sullivan might be in line to win the starting quarterback job in San Francisco. The 49ers had planned to have a training camp competition between Alex Smith, the former top overall selection in the NFL draft, and Shaun Hill, the former third-stringer who played...

By Mark Maske | August 12, 2008; 10:19 AM ET | Comments (0)

Raiders Cut G. Wesley

The Oakland Raiders released safety Greg Wesley late Monday to create a roster spot for the newly signed Adam Archuleta. The Raiders signed Archuleta earlier in the day but it's not clear whether they'll use him at safety or linebacker....

By Mark Maske | August 12, 2008; 9:55 AM ET | Comments (0)

Decent Beginning For A. Rodgers

Aaron Rodgers had a decent preseason beginning Monday night to his tenure as the starting quarterback of the Green Bay Packers. Rodgers threw an early interception on a deflected pass but regrouped to connect on 9 of 15 throws for 117 yards and a touchdown in a quarter of...

By Mark Maske | August 12, 2008; 9:49 AM ET | Comments (0)

NFL Reportedly Lands Springsteen for Super Bowl

NFL officials have been trying for years to get Bruce Springsteen to agree to do a Super Bowl halftime show. They reportedly have succeeded. The New York Post is reporting that Springsteen will perform at this season's game in February in Tampa. The reported agreement has not been confirmed...

By Mark Maske | August 12, 2008; 9:35 AM ET | Comments (0)

Pennington Has First Dolphins' Practice

Quarterback Chad Pennington participated in his first practice with the Miami Dolphins today. Pennington took the majority of the snaps in full team drills, then stayed around after practice for an additional 20 minutes of throwing. The hierarchy of Dolphins quarterbacks is taking shape. Rookie Chad Henne took slightly...

By Mark Maske | August 11, 2008; 7:50 PM ET | Comments (0)

Knee Surgery For McGahee

According to several reports, tailback Willis McGahee is to undergo arthroscopic knee surgery, perhaps as soon as today. The procedure is regarded as relatively minor and the Ravens seem hopeful that McGahee will be able to play in the regular season opener. If not, he probably would be replaced...

By Mark Maske | August 11, 2008; 6:18 PM ET | Comments (0)

Archuleta to Raiders

Safety Adam Archuleta has agreed to a contract with the Oakland Raiders. Archuleta visited the Raiders today and could participate in the team's evening practice. The former first-round draft pick by the St. Louis Rams will try to revive his career in Oakland. He had unsuccessful stints with the...

By Mark Maske | August 11, 2008; 6:09 PM ET | Comments (0)

Seahawks Shorthanded at Wideout

The Seattle Seahawks are shorthanded at wide receiver. Bobby Engram is to be sidelined for 6-8 weeks with what the team is calling a cracked shoulder. Engram had 94 catches last season before spending the offseason in a contract dispute with the team. Deion Branch, coming off offseason knee...

By Mark Maske | August 11, 2008; 6:00 PM ET | Comments (0)

Concussion Keeps S. Smith Out of Panthers' Practice

Wide receiver Steve Smith sat out the Carolina Panthers' practice this morning because of a concussion suffered in Saturday's preseason game against the Indianapolis Colts. The Panthers listed Smith's status as day to day. He has continued practicing and playing in preseason games after being suspended without pay for...

By Mark Maske | August 11, 2008; 12:18 PM ET | Comments (1)

M. Jones Pleads Not Guilty in Drug Possession Case

Jacksonville Jaguars wide receiver Matt Jones pleaded not guilty today to a cocaine possession charge. He is free on bond and is scheduled to go on trial Oct. 10. If convicted, Jones faces up to 10 years in jail and a fine as much as $10,000. Jones was arrested...

By Mark Maske | August 11, 2008; 12:11 PM ET | Comments (0)

P. Burress Still Sitting Out Giants' Practices

Wide receiver Plaxico Burress continues to sit out the New York Giants' practices. The problem is said to be Burress's ailing ankle, not discontent over not getting the new contract he wants. The Giants have remained relatively patient because Burress didn't practice last season and still produced in games....

By Mark Maske | August 11, 2008; 11:52 AM ET | Comments (0)

Speculation About Vick and Proposed New League

The speculation about where Michael Vick might play football when his 23-month federal prison sentence for his role in a dogfighting operation ends now includes a new entry: the upstart United Football League. The proposed league's commissioner, former agent and Jacksonville Jaguars executive Michael Huyghue, told Sports Illustrated he...

By Mark Maske | August 11, 2008; 11:33 AM ET | Comments (2)

Coles's Angst and Favre's Lap

Not everyone with the New York Jets seems overjoyed with the team's decision to trade for Brett Favre and release Chad Pennington. Wide receiver Laveranues Coles is close to Pennington and is said by people familiar with the situation to be upset about Pennington's abrupt departure. Coles has refused...

By Mark Maske | August 11, 2008; 9:11 AM ET | Comments (3)

Seau Still Could Return to N.E.

Linebacker Junior Seau isn't ruling out a return to the New England Patriots. Seau told a San Diego radio station that he wouldn't play for another NFL team but would consider playing for the Patriots this season and has been in contact with Coach Bill Belichick. The Patriots fortified...

By Mark Maske | August 11, 2008; 8:59 AM ET | Comments (2)

T. Spikes Signs With Niners

Veteran linebacker Takeo Spikes signed with the San Francisco 49ers late Sunday. Spikes also had drawn interest recently from the Detroit Lions. He could be a starter in San Francisco after the 49ers released linebacker Brandon Moore earlier Sunday. The 49ers become Spikes's fourth NFL team following stints with...

By Mark Maske | August 11, 2008; 8:54 AM ET | Comments (0)

B. Edwards Out of Hospital

Browns wide receiver Braylon Edwards was released from the Cleveland Clinic today. Edwards spent the night in hospital after suffering a cut on the back of his right leg that required stitches. He suffered the cut when fellow Browns wideout Donte' Stallworth stepped on the back of his foot...

By Mark Maske | August 10, 2008; 8:20 PM ET | Comments (0)

Niners Might Sign T. Spikes

Free agent linebacker Takeo Spikes is scheduled to visit the San Francisco 49ers today. The 49ers expressed interest in Spikes earlier in the offseason but didn't sign him then. They waived linebacker Brandon Moore today....

By Mark Maske | August 10, 2008; 8:16 PM ET | Comments (0)

Steelers Add Leftwich as Backup

The Pittsburgh Steelers have signed Byron Leftwich to be their backup quarterback. They chose Leftwich over fellow free agent Daunte Culpepper, who also was at the club's Latrobe, Pa., training camp today. Leftwich replaces the injured Charlie Batch as Ben Roethlisberger's backup. It's the end of a lengthy job...

By Mark Maske | August 10, 2008; 8:12 PM ET | Comments (0)

Culpepper Also in Running For Steelers

The Pittsburgh Steelers not only brought Byron Leftwich to their training camp in Latrobe, Pa., today. They also brought fellow free agent quarterback Daunte Culpepper. It's not clear if the Steelers are considering signing both quarterbacks. More likely, they'll pick one or the other to serve as Ben Roethlisberger's...

By Mark Maske | August 10, 2008; 5:15 PM ET | Comments (0)

S. Andrews to Report to Eagles' Camp Today

Guard Shawn Andrews is scheduled to report to the Philadelphia Eagles' training camp today, according to Coach Andy Reid. Andrews has been absent from all of camp and has said in published reports that he is suffering from depression. "I think he'll be here sometime today," Reid said at...

By Mark Maske | August 10, 2008; 4:02 PM ET | Comments (0)

Steelers Negotiating With Leftwich

The Pittsburgh Steelers are negotiating a contract with free agent quarterback Byron Leftwich, who could be signed as Ben Roethlisberger's at-least-temporary backup. The former Jacksonville Jaguars starter has been out of work since being released by the Atlanta Falcons after last season. Leftwich would replace the injured Charlie Batch...

By Mark Maske | August 10, 2008; 3:51 PM ET | Comments (0)

Broncos LB Released from Hospital

From the Denver Post: Louis Green, the Denver Broncos linebacker who collided with a teammate and was taken from the field on a cart with a neck injury in the Broncos' preseason game Saturday night in Houston, was released from the hospital by the end of the game. Green, who...

By Cindy Boren | August 10, 2008; 3:12 PM ET | Comments (0)

Jets to Unveil Favre Against Redskins

The New York Jets have named Brett Favre to start their preseason game against the Washington Redskins next Saturday night at Giants Stadium. Favre will play in the game after less than a week of practices. It will be his exhibition debut for the Jets, who obtained him in...

By Mark Maske | August 9, 2008; 11:00 PM ET | Comments (0)

Broncos Linebacker Injures Neck

Denver Broncos linebacker Louis Green was taken from the field on a stretcher after suffering a neck injury and concussion in the first quarter of Denver's preseason game against the Texans in Houston. After colliding with his teammate, D.J. Williams, Green, 28, was motionless for several minutes. He was strapped...

By Cindy Boren | August 9, 2008; 8:44 PM ET | Comments (2)

Favre Expected to Practice This Afternoon

Quarterback Brett Favre is expected to be on the field with the New York Jets for their 1:30 p.m. practice today. Favre passed his physical Friday. He joined the Jets for their preseason opener Thursday night in Cleveland after being obtained in a late-night trade Wednesday with the Green...

By Mark Maske | August 9, 2008; 1:09 PM ET | Comments (0)

Leftwich to Work Out For Steelers

The Pittsburgh Steelers might be turning to Byron Leftwich as their backup quarterback after losing Charlie Batch, who suffered a broken collarbone during Friday night's preseason game against the Philadelphia Eagles. Leftwich is scheduled to work out for the Steelers today and could be signed if all goes well....

By Mark Maske | August 9, 2008; 12:59 PM ET | Comments (0)

What is Parcells's Approach in Miami?

Bill Parcells has been a highly successful rebuilder of NFL teams. But he's been less than perfect in recent years. He left Dallas without winning a playoff game during his tenure as Cowboys coach. And his signing of Chad Pennington in Miami to take over as the Dolphins' quarterback...

By Mark Maske | August 9, 2008; 12:51 PM ET | Comments (4)

C. Pennington Lands in Miami

It didn't take Chad Pennington long to get a new job. On the day after being released by the New York Jets following their trade for Brett Favre, the quarterback has agreed to a contract with the Miami Dolphins. The two-year deal is worth about $11.5 million. Pennington likely...

By Mark Maske | August 8, 2008; 11:00 PM ET | Comments (0)

Eagles, Westbrook Complete New Contract

The Philadelphia Eagles have announced that they've completed a new contract with tailback Brian Westbrook. Terms of the deal were not immediately available but Westbrook had been seeking to become one of the league's top-paid running backs. He was two seasons into a five-year, $25 million contract. The Eagles...

By Mark Maske | August 8, 2008; 5:13 PM ET | Comments (4)

M. Harrison Could Be Back in Colts' Lineup This Weekend

Coach Tony Dungy announced that wide receiver Marvin Harrison could play in the Indianapolis Colts' exhibition game Saturday at Carolina. Harrison missed much of last season because of knee troubles and didn't play in the preseason-opening Hall of Fame Game against the Washington Redskins....

By Mark Maske | August 8, 2008; 3:12 PM ET | Comments (20)

Tackle Shuffle for Texans

The Houston Texans signed offensive tackle Torrin Tucker to replace Ephraim Salaam, who underwent surgery to have cartilage damage in his knee repaired. To create a roster spot for Tucker, the Texans waived tailback Mike Bell....

By Mark Maske | August 8, 2008; 3:09 PM ET | Comments (0)

Eagles Could Complete New Deal With Westbrook Soon

The Philadelphia Eagles appear close to completing a new contract with tailback Brian Westbrook. Westbrook has three seasons left on a five-year, $25 million deal but has been seeking an upgraded contract....

By Mark Maske | August 8, 2008; 3:05 PM ET | Comments (0)

Bears Have Void at Left Tackle as Prized Rookie Undergoes Back Surgery

The Chicago Bears thought they were getting a longtime fixture at left tackle when they used a first-round draft pick in April on Chris Williams. But Williams underwent surgery Wednesday to have a herniated disk in his back repaired, and his status for his rookie season is unclear. It's...

By Mark Maske | August 8, 2008; 3:02 PM ET | Comments (0)

Rushing to Get Favre Ready for Season

CLEVELAND--After Thursday night's preseason game here, Jets Coach Eric Mangini left open the possibility of getting quarterback Brett Favre into next weekend's home exhibition opener against the Redskins after what would be only a week of practices. "After the first few practices, we'll gauge that and see where we...

By Mark Maske | August 8, 2008; 10:31 AM ET | Comments (1)

Scary Moment During Jets Game

CLEVELAND--There was a scary moment during the Jets-Browns game here Thursday night when backup tight end A.J. Schable suffered an apparent neck injury while trying to make a tackle for the Jets on a second-half kickoff and was taken from the field on a stretcher. Schable gave a thumbs-up...

By Mark Maske | August 8, 2008; 10:17 AM ET | Comments (0)

Will Redskins Face Favre?

CLEVELAND--Will Brett Favre's first preseason game for the Jets come against the Redskins a week from Saturday at Giants Stadium? Normally, you would say that a player wouldn't participate in a game a week and a half after being obtained in a trade--particularly if that player must learn a...

By Mark Maske | August 7, 2008; 10:33 PM ET | Comments (2)

Favre Says Gruden Tried Hard to Get Him to Tampa

CLEVELAND--The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are saying they never made a serious effort to trade for Brett Favre. Favre is telling another story. When talking this evening about the sales job that Jets General Manger Mike Tannenbaum did to convince him to play in New York, Favre mentioned the conversations...

By Mark Maske | August 7, 2008; 10:30 PM ET | Comments (0)

Pennington Chase Under Way

CLEVELAND--A half-dozen teams are said to have expressed interest in just-released Jets quarterback Chad Pennington. An NFL source said that Pennington's representatives had heard from the Chiefs, Bills, Raiders, Panthers, Dolphins and Giants. The Chiefs were an obvious suitor because they're coached by former Jets coach Herman Edwards. The...

By Mark Maske | August 7, 2008; 10:13 PM ET | Comments (0)

Favre Joins Jets in Cleveland

CLEVELAND--Brett Favre has thrown his first passes for the New York Jets. Sort of. Favre is here with the Jets for their preseason opener tonight against the Browns. He's not in uniform, and Kellen Clemens started the game for the Jets. But the game had a one-hour delay during...

By Mark Maske | August 7, 2008; 9:47 PM ET | Comments (0)

Favre's No. 4 Still Will Be Retired by Packers... Sometime

The Green Bay Packers still will retire Brett Favre's jersey No. 4 at some point in the future, team officials said at a news conference today. A jersey retirement ceremony had been scheduled for the Packers' opening game of the regular season, but that has been postponed indefinitely as...

By Mark Maske | August 7, 2008; 3:33 PM ET | Comments (0)

Favre Scheduled to Be On Hand for Jets' Preseason Opener

Newly acquired quarterback Brett Favre is scheduled to be with the New York Jets tonight in Cleveland to watch their preseason opener against the Browns. Favre is scheduled to address reporters at a 6 p.m. news conference. Kellen Clemens likely will serve as the Jets' fill-in starter at quarterback...

By Mark Maske | August 7, 2008; 2:55 PM ET | Comments (0)

Favre Trade Has Many Ramifications For Many Quarterbacks

The trickle-down effect of the Brett Favre trade is significant. The deal means a lot of things to a lot of fellow NFL quarterbacks, beginning with Chad Pennington. The Jets, after trading for Favre late Wednesday night, plan to release Pennington today. He had been competing with Kellen Clemens...

By Mark Maske | August 7, 2008; 10:56 AM ET | Comments (4)

Broadway Brett

Call him Broadway Brett. The New York Jets outbid the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and obtained quarterback Brett Favre in a trade late Wednesday night with the Green Bay Packers. So Favre will join former quarterbacking greats Johnny Unitas, Joe Namath and Joe Montana in ending his career in a...

By Mark Maske | August 7, 2008; 2:06 AM ET | Comments (5)

Packers Announce Favre Traded to Jets

The Green Bay Packers have announced that they've traded quarterback Brett Favre to the New York Jets. The Packers did not reveal the terms of the trade. The Packers released a written statement, attributed jointly to team president Mark Murphy and General Manager Ted Thompson, that says: "Brett has...

By Mark Maske | August 7, 2008; 12:36 AM ET | Comments (1)

Favre Headed to Jets

The Green Bay Packers have agreed to trade quarterback Brett Favre to the New York Jets, an NFL source said. The agreement was first reported by Fox. The Jets apparently will trade a draft pick to the Packers that could increase in value based on the performance of Favre...

By Mark Maske | August 7, 2008; 12:11 AM ET | Comments (1)

Favre Says Return to Green Bay Was "Formality"

Brett Favre told a Mississippi television station after landing in Hattiesburg today that he knew his return trip to Green Bay would be a mere "formality." Favre also said he doesn't know how the Packers' trade talks with the Buccaneers and Jets will turn out. "I'd like to say...

By Mark Maske | August 6, 2008; 8:07 PM ET | Comments (0)

Bucs Viewed as Favre Front-Runners Over Jets

People familiar with the Brett Favre trade talks believe he will be dealt to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, but not necessarily today. The New York Jets apparently also are bidding. "I think it will be Tampa," said one person close to the talks, speaking on the condition of anonymity...

By Mark Maske | August 6, 2008; 7:04 PM ET | Comments (1)

Favre Headed Home to Mississippi

Brett Favre has left Green Bay. He flew out of town today on a plane reportedly headed back home to Mississippi. Favre's departure from Green Bay comes as the Packers attempt to trade him to either the Tampa Bay Buccaneers or New York Jets. Favre traveled from Hattiesburg, Miss.,...

By Mark Maske | August 6, 2008; 4:09 PM ET | Comments (50)

Stretch Run for Favre Trade Talks?

The Buccaneers and Jets are said by people familiar with the Brett Favre trade discussions to each be pressing for the completion of a deal with the Packers for the quarterback. It's possible but not certain that a trade to one of the teams will be completed today. The...

By Mark Maske | August 6, 2008; 3:41 PM ET | Comments (1)

And Then There Was One

Also while we were away, the Bengals agreed to a contract with linebacker Keith Rivers, the ninth overall selection in the NFL draft in April. That leaves defensive end Derrick Harvey, the eighth overall pick by the Jaguars, as the only unsigned first-rounder league-wide....

By Mark Maske | August 6, 2008; 3:40 PM ET | Comments (0)

More McCarthy on Favre

Some leftovers from Mike McCarthy's press conference Tuesday evening that didn't make today's story in the print version: On his meetings with Brett Favre becoming session to rehash everything that had happened between the team and quarterback in recent months: "That's what it turned into. That was not my...

By Mark Maske | August 6, 2008; 3:39 PM ET | Comments (0)

Bucs, Jets Vie for Favre

So, picking up where we left off before the blog outage... The rumblings early Tuesday that the Packers might trade Brett Favre to Minnesota were misguided, at least for now. The Packers still appear adamant they won't deal the quarterback to a fellow NFC North team. Tampa always was...

By Mark Maske | August 6, 2008; 3:28 PM ET | Comments (4)

More Whispers About Possible Trade of Favre to Vikings

GREEN BAY, Wis.--The vehicle that Brett Favre drove out of Lambeau Field on Monday night, a burgundy Escalade, isn't parked in the spot where it was parked Monday night, at a loading dock next to the stadium. Of course, that doesn't necessarily mean that Favre isn't at the stadium....

By Mark Maske | August 5, 2008; 11:36 AM ET | Comments (4)

Favre Status Not Resolved, Return to Packers Could Be Back In Doubt

GREEN BAY, Wis.--It's unclear this morning where Brett Favre and the Green Bay Packers stand after a meeting Monday night that may have lasted as long as five hours. Fox reported on its Website that Favre still might not play for the team, after all, and the Packers might...

By Mark Maske | August 5, 2008; 8:20 AM ET | Comments (3)

Site-Wide Blog Outage: Starting Today at Noon

A quick FYI from washingtonpost.com management: This blog, and all blogs on the site, will undergo an upgrade from noon ET Tuesday till about 3 pm ET Wednesday. You may see a limited number of posts on some blogs in that time frame, but you will not be able to...

By Jon DeNunzio | August 5, 2008; 8:15 AM ET | Comments (0)

Meeting Still Going On?

GREEN BAY, Wis.--The vehicle in which Brett Favre arrived at Lambeau Field today, a burgundy Escalade, was still parked in a loading dock right outside the stadium as of a few minutes ago, about 10:30 local time (11:30 Eastern). That's 4-1/2 hours since Favre and Packers Coach Mike McCarthy...

By Mark Maske | August 4, 2008; 11:37 PM ET | Comments (0)

McCarthy and Favre Still Meeting, Press Conference Canceled

GREEN BAY, Wis.--The Green Bay Packers have just announced that Coach Mike McCarthy's news conference scheduled for tonight has been canceled. McCarthy and Brett Favre began meeting at 6 p.m. local time (7p.m. Eastern) and were still meeting as of a few minutes ago, a team spokesman said. McCarthy...

By Mark Maske | August 4, 2008; 9:45 PM ET | Comments (0)

McCown Atop Dolphins' Depth Chart, At Least For Now

The Dolphins put Josh McCown atop their first depth chart of training camp at quarterback. But the situation is very fluid. John Beck and Chad Henne remain in the running for the starting job, for the preseason opener as well as the regular season....

By Mark Maske | August 4, 2008; 9:35 PM ET | Comments (0)

Pats Add Welbourn

The Patriots have been stockpiling offensive linemen to try to build some depth, and today they added John Welbourn. Welbourn is a former starter for the Eagles and Chiefs, and has spent time at both guard and tackle....

By Mark Maske | August 4, 2008; 9:34 PM ET | Comments (2)

Packers Put Favre on Roster

GREEN BAY, Wis.--The Green Bay Packers have placed quarterback Brett Favre back on their roster, on the same day his reinstatement by the NFL became official. The Packers placed cornerback Condrew Allen on the injured reserve list with a knee injury to create a roster spot. The Packers technically...

By Mark Maske | August 4, 2008; 5:25 PM ET | Comments (5)

Vikings Cleared in Tampering Case

GREEN BAY, Wis.--The league has completed its investigation of the tampering charge against the Minnesota Vikings by the Green Bay Packers in the Brett Favre case and has decided that the Vikings won't be punished. The Packers had accused the Vikings of improper contact with Favre, who's under contract...

By Mark Maske | August 4, 2008; 4:33 PM ET | Comments (0)

Favre to Meet With McCarthy Today

GREEN BAY, Wis.--Hundreds of fans stood on the pavement this afternoon outside the fenced-in lot at Lambeau Field where the Green Bay Packers players park their cars, hoping to catch a glimpse of Brett Favre. They wore Favre jerseys. They carried Favre signs, including one that read: "Welcome Home,...

By Mark Maske | August 4, 2008; 3:34 PM ET | Comments (11)

Panthers' Lucas Out 2-3 Weeks, S. Smith Practices and Issues Apology

Cornerback Ken Lucas will be sidelined for 2-3 weeks after undergoing surgery to repair the broken nose he suffered during last week's fight with Carolina Panthers teammate Steve Smith during a training camp practice. Lucas attended the Panthers' practice today but didn't participate. Smith rejoined the Panthers' practice and...

By Mark Maske | August 4, 2008; 3:18 PM ET | Comments (0)

B. Marshall Reportedly Facing Suspension

Denver Broncos wide receiver Brandon Marshall reportedly will be suspended by the league this week under the personal conduct policy. The NFL Network reported that the suspension will be for three games but can be reduced to two games if Marshall agrees to undergo counseling. Marshall has been involved...

By Mark Maske | August 4, 2008; 3:06 PM ET | Comments (1)

G. Dorsey to Miss About A Week

The Kansas City Chiefs are saying that rookie defensive tackle Glenn Dorsey should miss about a week because of a sprained knee. Dorsey, the fifth player chosen in the NFL draft in April, was hurt during practice Saturday. The Chiefs' other first-round selection, left tackle Branden Albert, is sidelined...

By Mark Maske | August 4, 2008; 2:59 PM ET | Comments (0)

All Drama, All the Time With Packers, Favre

Aaron Rodgers must be wondering: What changed? Last week, as reporters surrounded his locker at Lambeau Field following his first training camp practice as the starting quarterback of the Green Bay Packers, Rodgers said he'd been told by team officials just after Brett Favre retired in March that he'd...

By Mark Maske | August 4, 2008; 6:14 AM ET | Comments (0)

Favre Reinstated, Headed to Green Bay With Plans to Resume Playing Career (Updated 6:30 p.m.)

Quarterback Brett Favre is rejoining the Green Bay Packers with plans to end his five-month retirement and play this season, perhaps even reclaiming his old starting job from would-be successor Aaron Rodgers. The NFL announced today that Commissioner Roger Goodell will reinstate Favre on Monday afternoon. The league office...

By Mark Maske | August 3, 2008; 12:44 PM ET | Comments (0)

Favre Resolution Finally Near?

The Brett Favre situation finally could be resolved within the next few days. Maybe. NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell is pushing for a resolution Monday and likely will grant Favre's reinstatement request then. Favre filed for reinstatement last week but Goodell postponed granting the request to give Favre and the...

By Mark Maske | August 3, 2008; 11:02 AM ET | Comments (0)

Both of Chiefs' First-Rounders Injured

Both of the Kansas City Chiefs' first-round draft choices are hurting. Defensive tackle Glenn Dorsey suffered what team officials are calling a sprained knee during Saturday night's practice. The Chiefs are awaiting MRI results to know more about the severity of Dorsey's injury. Offensive tackle Branden Albert suffered a...

By Mark Maske | August 3, 2008; 10:53 AM ET | Comments (0)

Packers, R. Grant Have Deal

The Green Bay Packers haven't resolved the Brett Favre situation but had settled another pressing matter, agreeing to a contract with tailback Ryan Grant. Grant agreed to a four-year deal worth as much as $30 million. Grant had missed training camp last week to try to get a better...

By Mark Maske | August 3, 2008; 10:47 AM ET | Comments (0)

Panthers Suspend S. Smith For Two Games

The Carolina Panthers have suspended wide receiver Steve Smith for two games for Friday's training camp fight with cornerback Ken Lucas. Under the collective bargaining agreement, a team can suspend a player for as many as four games without pay for conduct detrimental to the team. Panthers Coach John...

By Mark Maske | August 2, 2008; 2:02 PM ET | Comments (0)

Bills Add Linebacker

The Buffalo Bills signed free agent linebacker Donnie Spragan. He spent the last three seasons with the Miami Dolphins and had previous stints with the New Orleans Saints and Denver Broncos....

By Mark Maske | August 2, 2008; 11:52 AM ET | Comments (0)

Favre Situation On Hold for Weekend?

People connected with the Brett Favre situation figure that things are probably on hold for the weekend as Favre contemplates the Green Bay Packers' 10-year, approximately $20 million offer to him to stay in retirement and work for the franchise in some sort of marketing capacity. Favre's reinstatement request...

By Mark Maske | August 2, 2008; 11:46 AM ET | Comments (4)

Colts Minus Stars Against Redskins

A dozen Indianapolis Colts players are not expected to be in uniform for Sunday's Hall of Fame Game against the Washington Redskins in Canton, Ohio. Among them are quarterback Peyton Manning, who's recovering from knee surgery, and wide receiver Marvin Harrison, who's working his way back from last season's...

By Mark Maske | August 1, 2008; 5:08 PM ET | Comments (0)

Ravens' F. Washington Suspended For Opener Under Conduct Policy

The NFL has suspended Baltimore Ravens cornerback Fabian Washington without pay for the opening game of the regular season for violating the league's personal conduct policy. "We had knowledge of Fabian's situation prior to the trade we made for him," Ravens General Manager Ozzie Newsome said in a written...

By Mark Maske | August 1, 2008; 4:57 PM ET | Comments (0)

Status Quo On Favre

No reinstatement yet. No trade yet. No deal with the Packers to stay retired yet. Enough said for now....

By Mark Maske | August 1, 2008; 4:44 PM ET | Comments (0)

S. Smith Sent Home From Panthers' Camp

The Carolina Panthers have sent wide receiver Steve Smith home from their training camp in Spartanburg, S.C., after his fight today with cornerback Ken Lucas. According to the team, both players returned to Charlotte. Club officials declined to say if Smith has been or would be suspended. Lucas left...

By Mark Maske | August 1, 2008; 3:29 PM ET | Comments (0)

MRI For A. Boldin

Arizona Cardinals wide receiver Anquan Boldin is scheduled to undergo an MRI exam today on his sore right hamstring. Boldin has missed five straight days of practices....

By Mark Maske | August 1, 2008; 1:34 PM ET | Comments (0)

Dolphins Look at Q. Carter

Quarterback Quincy Carter worked out for the Miami Dolphins on Thursday. Carter was a former starter for the Dallas Cowboys when they were coached by Bill Parcells, now the head of the Dolphins' front office. Parcells released Carter in training camp in 2004 after Carter reportedly had failed a...

By Mark Maske | August 1, 2008; 1:30 PM ET | Comments (0)

Fight at Panthers' Practice

Wide receiver Steve Smith and cornerback Ken Lucas got into a fight today at the Carolina Panthers' practice. The incident ended with Lucas leaving the field with an ice pack above his left eye. The extent of his injuries were not immediately clear. Smith was ejected from the practice...

By Mark Maske | August 1, 2008; 1:24 PM ET | Comments (0)

Favre Mulling Packers' Offer, Might Stay Retired

Brett Favre reportedly is considering accepting the Green Bay Packers' offer to pay him not to play. "There isn't a perfect solution to this, but Mark Murphy is at least trying," Favre told ESPN in a text message. "We know what they want and where I stand. His solution,...

By Mark Maske | August 1, 2008; 7:33 AM ET | Comments (0)

 

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