Archive: September 2008

NFL Insider's Moving Day

We're moving to a new home, with lots of new features, including Mark Maske's news feed. Of course, we'll have news there, too, in addition to expert commentary and an opportunity for you to weigh in on the burning question of the day in the NFL. Hope you follow us...

By Cindy Boren | September 2, 2008; 9:52 AM ET | Comments (1)

Jaguars Tackle in Critical Condition

This just in....Maske is heading to the memorial service for Gene Upshaw this morning at the Kennedy Center. Jacksonville Jaguars offensive tackle Richard Collier was shot while waiting for some women outside a Jacksonville apartment early Tuesday and sustained life-threatening injuries, authorities said. Collier, 26, and former Jaguars player Kenneth...

By Cindy Boren | September 2, 2008; 8:30 AM ET | Comments (4)

Lions Bolster Backfield With R. Johnson

Tailback Rudi Johnson agreed to a contract with the Detroit Lions. He'd been released by the Cincinnati Bengals after they'd tried but failed to trade him. Johnson is to back up starter Kevin Smith in Detroit....

By Mark Maske | September 1, 2008; 10:16 PM ET | Comments (0)

No Serious Damage to Superdome, According to Early Assessments

The early reports are that the Superdome has suffered no significant structural damage during Hurricane Gustav. The New Orleans Saints are scheduled to host the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in their season-opening game Sunday at the Superdome. It's not clear yet if the game will be played there as scheduled....

By Mark Maske | September 1, 2008; 6:28 PM ET | Comments (0)

D. Anderson, B. Edwards Participate in Browns' Practice

Quarterback Derek Anderson and wide receiver Braylon Edwards participated in the Cleveland Browns' practice today and, barring setbacks, should be in the lineup in Sunday's opener against the Dallas Cowboys. Anderson had been sidelined by a concussion. Edwards had been on the shelf since suffering a cut on his...

By Mark Maske | September 1, 2008; 6:23 PM ET | Comments (0)

Lelie to Raiders

Wide receiver Ashley Lelie has agreed to a contract with the Oakland Raiders. He'd been released by the San Francisco 49ers. The speedster is a former first-round draft pick by the Denver Broncos....

By Mark Maske | September 1, 2008; 6:19 PM ET | Comments (0)

Ravens Name Flacco Starter, Set to Add Harrington

The Baltimore Ravens have named rookie Joe Flacco their starting quarterback for Sunday's opening regular season game against the Cincinnati Bengals. Flacco, a first-round draft choice in April out of Delaware, once seemed out of the starting competition. But Kyle Boller's shoulder injury and Troy Smith's recent illness put...

By Mark Maske | September 1, 2008; 6:16 PM ET | Comments (1)

Brady Declares Himself Ready For Patriots' Opener

Quarterback Tom Brady today declared himself fit and ready to play in the New England Patriots' opening regular season game after being plagued during the preseason by a sore right foot. "If it is up to me, there is no question," Brady said during a news conference. "But those...

By Mark Maske | September 1, 2008; 5:26 PM ET | Comments (1)

Players to Wear Uniform Patches For Upshaw

The league announced today that all NFL players will wear patches on their jerseys this season honoring Gene Upshaw, the late executive director of the players' union. The patch will include Upshaw's initials and the number 63, his jersey number during his Hall of Fame playing days with the...

By Mark Maske | September 1, 2008; 4:54 PM ET | Comments (0)

Pats Add O'Neal to Secondary

The New England Patriots have announced the signing of cornerback Deltha O'Neal. The defending AFC champions spent much of the offseason remaking their secondary, and the effort continues into the week before the regular season. O'Neal reached two Pro Bowls in eight seasons with the Denver Broncos and Cincinnati...

By Mark Maske | September 1, 2008; 12:46 PM ET | Comments (0)

Jets Reportedly Could Try to Sign J. Lynch

When the New England Patriots released safety John Lynch over the weekend, Coach Bill Belichick left open the possibility that the team would re-sign him at some point. Now the Star-Ledger is reporting that the New York Jets might try to sign Lynch instead. The Jets wouldn't do something...

By Mark Maske | September 1, 2008; 12:38 PM ET | Comments (0)

Eagles Bring Back T. Daniels

The Philadelphia Eagles claimed linebacker Tank Daniels off waivers. He'd been released by the New York Giants when they signed defensive end Jerome McDougle, who'd been released by the Eagles. So the two NFC East teams essentially swapped McDougle for Daniels. Daniels began his NFL career with the Eagles...

By Mark Maske | September 1, 2008; 10:51 AM ET | Comments (0)

A. Brooks to S.F.

The San Francisco 49ers claimed linebacker Ahmad Brooks off waivers. He'd been waived by the Cincinnati Bengals over the weekend. Brooks likely will back up Patrick Willis in San Francisco. The 49ers released linebacker Dontarrious Thomas to create a roster spot....

By Mark Maske | September 1, 2008; 10:46 AM ET | Comments (0)

Official Announcement of Union Search Likely to Come Later This Week

Look for the NFL Players Association to make its official announcement later this week about launching its search for an executive director. We reported in a story in the print edition of the paper early last week that members of the union's ruling 10-member executive committee would speak via...

By Mark Maske | September 1, 2008; 10:41 AM ET | Comments (0)

 

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