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September 18 News and Notes

Steelers work out popular offensive lineman — 11:22 a.m.

The Pittsburgh Steelers worked out free-agent G Donald Thomas late this week, a source confirmed.

Since he was waived by the Miami Dolphins on Sept. 4, Thomas also worked out for the Seattle Seahawks, Detroit Lions and Houston Texans.

In addition, the Steelers worked out former Green Bay Packers OT Allen Barbre and DE Baraka Atkins.

Adam Caplan

September 17 News and Notes

Dallas likely to have two offensive linemen back — 8:03 p.m.

For the first time in a while, the Dallas Cowboys will likely have their entire starting offensive line unit together when the team hosts the Chicago Bears on Sunday.

RT Marc Colombo (knee-probable) and RG Kyle Kosier (knee-probable) practiced all week and are slated to be back in the starting lineup.

However, head coach Wade Phillips indicated both players could see their backups getting some playing time in the game.

Colombo has not played since he had knee surgery in mid-August. When a knee becomes inactive for a prolonged period of time, it can get fatigued, so that’s what Colombo will be fighting against.

Kosier suffered an MCL sprain in a training camp practice in mid-August and has not played since then. The degree of sprain was not revealed by the team, but grade-2 MCL sprains can keep a player out from two to four weeks.

— Adam Caplan

Falcons could be without SS — 7:51 p.m.

The Atlanta Falcons could be without starting SS Erik Coleman (knee-questionable) when the team takes on the Arizona Cardinals in the home opener.

Coleman did not practice at all this week with second-year S William Moore filling in for him.

Moore, a second-round pick last year, was highly touted coming out of the University of Missouri. Scouts liked his size and range. His rookie season was cut short due to a hamstring injury.

Coleman is signed through 2011, so Moore might have to wait a while to get a chance to start on a full-time basis.

The team will already be without starting WR Michael Jenkins (shoulder) for the second straight week.

— Adam Caplan

Lions may be without several key starters — 7:39 p.m.

When the Detroit Lions host the Philadelphia Eagles, they could be without a bunch of key starters on Sunday.

QB Matthew Stafford (shoulder-out) is expected to miss at least a few weeks. He’ll be replaced by journeyman QB Shaun Hill.

DE Cliff Avril (knee/finger-out) will be replaced by Turk McBride, who was selected by the Kansas City Chiefs in the second-round of the 2007 NFL Draft. McBride was drafted as a defensive tackle, so it remains to be seen if he can provide any pass-rushing help. McBride has only posted 31/2 sacks in his career.

MLB DeAndre Levy (groin-questionable), who did not play in last week’s game against the Chicago Bears, has not gone through a full practice yet during the regular season. Last week’s replacement, veteran LB Landon Johnson, really is best used on the outside.

FS Louis Delmas (groin/finger-questionable) did not practice Friday, but the plan was to limit his practice time in order to give him a chance to play on Sunday. Detroit has next to no depth at either safety spot, so having Delmas in the lineup is essential for the team having a chance to win. Delmas is a real tone setter for the secondary.

— Adam Caplan

Heap no sure thing — 7:31 p.m.

Baltimore Ravens starting TE Todd Heap (shoulder-questionable) was limited again in Friday’s practice. The 10th year pro has been limited this week by a strained shoulder.

Because regular season practices are generally non-contact, Heap probably won’t know for sure how his injured shoulder will hold up in game conditions. If Heap winds up being one of Baltimore’s eight inactives Sunday or is limited by his injury, keep an eye on rookie TE Ed Dickson, who was selected in third round. A personnel source said the offensive coaching staff believes Dickson has a chance to be more than the team’s starting tight of the future–he has drawn comparisons to former Baltimore TE Shannon Sharpe.

Dickson, in the eyes of some personnel evaluators, was the top vertical tight end available for this year’s draft.

— Adam Caplan

Posluszny loss could loom very large — 7:20 p.m.

Buffalo Bills starting ILB Paul Posluszny will miss Sunday’s game at the Green Bay Packers due to a sprained knee. While the exact injury isn’t known, head coach Chan Gailey said the fourth-year pro would miss probably two to three weeks. Gailey added the team dodged a bullet with the injury because the original fear was that Posluszny could miss significant playing time.

Fifth-year LB Keith Ellison is expected to start with veteran LB Akin Ayodele backing him up. Not having Posluszny against Green Bay could be problematic for the defense. Ellison is an undersized linebacker and Green Bay has a physical running game. It wouldn’t be a surprise to see Ayodele, who weighs around 15 more pounds than Ellison, see more snaps than expected in this game.

— Adam Caplan

Wells’ status uncertain — 6:55 p.m.

For the second straight week, the playing status for second-year RB Chris “Beanie” Wells (knee) is up in the air. Wells, who is listed as questionable, was limited again in Friday’s practice.

Coaches typically do not like to play younger players who don’t practice much during the week.

Wells will have to show that he’s ready to go in pregame warmups in order to get the green light to play against the Atlanta Falcons on Sunday.

If Wells misses his second straight game, RBs Jason Wright and La’Rod Stephens-Howling will back up starter Tim Hightower. Stephens-Howling gives the team some badly needed speed for their running game.

— Adam Caplan

WR Harvin returns to Vikings practice — 5:34 p.m.

Minnesota Vikings receiver Percy Harvin returned to practice on Friday and laughed at the suggestion his bruised hip might keep him out of Sunday’s home game against the Miami Dolphins.

Coach Brad Childress said the team would make ”a game-time decision” on Harvin, who was limited in practice on Friday and listed as questionable on the injury report.

”He is the coach,” Harvin said, grinning. ”I feel fine, so I guess we’ll see pregame then.”

The reigning NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year, Harvin said he first felt something in the hip during Monday’s practice. He was limited on Wednesday and received ”a lot of treatment” while sitting out practice Thursday.

”A lot of sprinters just know, when you kind of get that pull, you kind of just ease up little bit,” Harvin said. ”It was just one of them, so coach just wanted to take (Thursday) as a precaution, but I feel fine.”

Childress said the team would re-evaluate Harvin on Sunday morning and could sign receiver Logan Payne off the practice squad if Harvin can’t play. The Vikings only have four receivers on the roster.

Cornerbacks Cedric Griffin and Chris Cook and backup defensive tackle Jimmy Kennedy also were listed as questionable – all with knee injuries.

Left tackle Bryant McKinnie (finger), quarterback Brett Favre (ankle/back), running back Toby Gerhart (knee) and center John Sullivan (calf) fully participated throughout the week and were listed as probable.

Also Friday, right tackle Phil Loadholt was fined $10,000 for two unnecessary roughness violations in the Vikings’ Sept. 9 loss at New Orleans, an NFL spokesman said. Loadholt ”grabbed his opponent by the facemask in an attempt to block him on pass plays in the second and fourth quarter.”

— The Associated Press

NFL fines Panthers’ Martin $5,000 for hit on Boss — 3:13 p.m.

The NFL has fined Carolina Panthers safety Sherrod Martin $5,000 for his hit that gave New York Giants tight end Kevin Boss a concussion.

The league ruled Friday that while Martin used his shoulder and not his head last Sunday, he hit a defenseless player in the head area, which has become a point of emphasis. Boss has been ruled out of Sunday’s game against Indianapolis.

Boss was hurt on the opening drive when Martin hit him after he failed to make a catch. Giants coach Tom Coughlin was upset a penalty was not called on the play.

— The Associated Press

Colts vote unanimously to decertify union — 2:38 p.m.

The Indianapolis Colts have voted unanimously to decertify the NFL Players Association so players can sue the league in case there is a lockout next year.

Pro Bowl center Jeff Saturday, the team’s player rep, said the vote was held Wednesday and that he expected to see nearly unanimous support from the other 31 teams, too.

Decertifying the union could give players the right to sue the league under antitrust laws if owners lock them out when the collective bargaining agreement expires in March.

The Colts vote is primarily procedural since no immediate action is expected from the union. By voting now, the union can avoid the logistical nightmare of tracking down players for a vote and signatures during the offseason.

The NFL declined comment Friday.

— The Associated Press

No Kolb or Bradley on Sunday — 2:25 p.m.

As expected, Philadelphia Eagles QB Kevin Kolb (concussion) and MLB Stewart Bradley (concussion) did not practice Friday and have been listed as out on Friday’s injury report. Neither played attended practice this week, but head coach Andy Reid indicated both players made significant improvement as the week progressed.

Veteran QB Michael Vick will start Sunday against the Detroit Lions. Rookie QB Mike Kafka will back him up.

Fifth-year LB Omar Gaither will start for Bradley.

— Adam Caplan

No Fine For Ellis — 1:19 p.m.

New York Jets DE Shaun Ellis will not be fined for what looked to be a helmet-to-helmet hit on Baltimore Ravens QB Joe Flacco, the NFL confirmed Friday.

Flacco’s helmet got jarred in the first quarter of Monday night’s game when Ellis hit him in the face mask.

— Adam Caplan

Delhomme to miss practice again — 10:55 a.m.

Cleveland Browns head coach Eric Mangini said Jake Delhomme (right ankle) will not practice Friday, making it the third straight day that the veteran quarterback has missed practice.

With Delhomme on the sidelines again, QB Seneca Wallace will work with the first-team offense. It’s still possible Delhomme could play Sunday against the Kansas City Chiefs depending on how his injured ankle responds to treatment over the next 24-36 hours.

Mangini did deliver some good news Friday when he said starting ILB D’Qwell Jackson (pectoral) should see some practice time. While Jackson is not expected to play, just the fact that he’s going to be out on the practice field is a good sign that he’s close to a return to the playing field.

Also of note, starting NT Shaun Rogers (ankle) is expected to practice. He missed the opening game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

— Adam Caplan

Giants likely to have Ross — 8:18 a.m.

New York Giants CB Aaron Ross (foot) appears on target to return to the lineup Sunday night against the Indianapolis Colts.

Ross, who dealt with a lingering hamstring injury last season which limited him to just four games, suffered a tear in his right plantar fascia in late August. It caused him to miss last week’s game against the Carolina Panthers.

It’s very important for the Giants to get back Ross since the Colts use a lot of multiple receiver sets on offense. If Ross can’t play, third-year CB Terrell Thomas will replace him again.

— Adam Caplan

Seahawks work out receiver — 8:18 a.m.

The Seattle Seahawks worked out former Baltimore Ravens WR Demetrius Williams late this week, a source confirmed. Williams was released by the Ravens on Sept. 4.

Williams (6-2, 202), who worked out for the St. Louis Rams last week and the Minnesota Vikings earlier this week, is known in scouting circles for his size and good speed. However, various minor injuries have restricted his effectiveness since Baltimore selected him in the fourth round of the 2006 NFL Draft.

Williams is one of five receivers the Seahawks worked out this week. The others were Travis Wilson, James Hardy, Jason Hill, and Aaron Boyce.

Hardy was selected in the second round of the 2008 draft by the Buffalo Bills. Hill worked out for Seattle before re-signing with the San Francisco 49ers.

— Adam Caplan



September 16 News and Notes

Chargers game to be blacked out locally — 10:20 p.m.

The San Diego Chargers will have a National Football League (NFL) game blacked out on local television for the first time since 2004 this Sunday due to poor ticket sales, the San Diego Tribune reported Thursday.

The Chargers fell about 7,000 tickets short of selling enough non-premium tickets for their home-opener against the Jacksonville Jaguars at Qualcomm Stadium.

It also brings to an end a 48-game sellout streak for the Chargers, who have won the AFC West division championship the past four years.

The last Chargers game to be blacked out locally was on November 8, 2004 against the New Orleans Saints.

Chargers president Dean Spanos said recently the poor economy and fans’ lingering disappointment over the team’s playoff loss to the New York Jets had contributed to the drop in ticket sales.

— NewsCore

Wells Still Limited; Doucet to Have Surgery — 8:36 p.m.

Arizona Cardinals second-year RB Chris “Beanie” Wells still has not practiced fully since the regular season started.

Wells was limited again in Thursday’s practice and probably will be listed as questionable on Friday’s injury report, the day when teams have to list the official status of each injured player.

In Wells’ absence last week, fellow second-year RB La’Ron Stephens-Howling had seven carries for 49 yards against the St. Louis Rams.

Stephens-Howling is considered to be the fastest back on Arizona’s 53-man roster and gives the team some badly needed speed at the position.

Elsewhere, No. 3 WR Early Doucet will have sports hernia surgery. While head coach Ken Whisenhunt has given a three to six week estimate for Doucet’s absence, that type of surgery could keep a skill position player like Doucet out for a prolonged period of time.

— Adam Caplan

Bradley and Kolb miss Eagles practice again — 4:55 p.m.

As expected, the Philadelphia Eagles were without two key starters during Thursday’s practice.

Quarterback Kevin Kolb (concussion) and middle linebacker Stewart Bradley (concussion) were not at practice again.

Kolb is thought to be a real long shot at this point to even dress for Sunday’s game in Detroit against the Lions. The team is preparing at practice with the belief that veteran QB Michael Vick will start.

Bradley is being replaced by fifth-year linebacker Omar Gaither. If Bradley doesn’t practice on Friday, the chances would be slim that he would be able to play on Sunday.

— Adam Caplan

Rogers and Delhomme out again for Browns — 4:55 p.m.

For the second straight day, the Cleveland Browns were without two starters at practice.

Quarterback Jake Delhomme (ankle) and nose tackle Shaun Rogers (ankle, hip) did not practice Thursday.

Filling in again for Delhomme was Seneca Wallace. Should Delhomme not practice again Friday, the chances would increase that Wallace would be under center for the Browns on Sunday for their home opener against the Kansas City Chiefs. But since he’s a veteran, coaches usually give them the benefit of the doubt. If Delhomme misses practice again Friday but can participate in the team’s walk-through on Saturday, he still could have a chance to play.

If Rogers can’t play, backup NT Ahtyba Rubin, who the team is very high on, would start for the second straight week. Rubin, according to a source, graded out very well last season in his 350-plus snaps.

— Adam Caplan

Rice to be honored with No. 80 retired — 3:19 p.m.

The San Francisco 49ers will retire new Hall of Famer Jerry Rice’s No. 80 jersey during their home opener Monday night against the Super Bowl champion New Orleans Saints.

Rice will be honored during halftime. He also will be inducted Saturday into the Edward J. DeBartolo, Sr. 49ers Hall of Fame for his outstanding achievements and contributions to the organization.

Rice will serve as an honorary team captain before Monday’s game, when he will be formally presented with his Pro Football Hall of Fame ring from hall executive director Steve Perry.

Rice holds virtually every significant receiving mark, including most career receptions (1,549); yards receiving (22,895); total touchdowns (208); and combined net yards (23,546) in his career with San Francisco, Oakland and Seattle.

— The Associated Press

Matt Moore practices, expected to start for Panthers — 2:20 p.m.

Carolina Panthers quarterback Matt Moore likely is to start Sunday’s game against Tampa Bay after practicing for a second straight day following a concussion.

Moore fully participated in Thursday’s workout after being listed as limited a day earlier. Coach John Fox says barring anything unforeseen, Moore will start against the Buccaneers in Carolina’s home opener.

Moore was knocked out of Sunday’s loss to the New York Giants after taking two hits late in the fourth quarter. He finished with three interceptions and a lost fumble, but Fox has said Moore will continue to start ahead of rookie Jimmy Clausen if he’s healthy.

Meanwhile, cornerback Chris Gamble was added to the injury report with an ankle injury.

— The Associated Press

Report: Vincent Jackson able to play Week 5 — 1:52 p.m.

According to various reports, the issue whether San Diego Chargers WR Vincent Jackson will be unavailable to play three or six games this season has been resolved. Jackson can play in the fifth game of any team he’s traded to, but there are various conditions.

According to a statement posted on, Jackson must be traded by Sept. 22 by 4 p.m. ET, or he will be out at least six games. Also, a trade of Jackson can’t happen until Sept. 17 at 1 p.m. ET.

Here are the other conditions:

– If Jackson signs a contract with the Chargers and is traded by 4 p.m. ET, on Wednesday, September 22, he will be placed on the Commissioner Exempt list for three games, retroactive to game two of the season. So if Jackson is traded by the September 22 deadline, he’ll be able to play for his new team by the team’s fifth game.

— Adam Caplan

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Jaguars re-sign TE — 1:20 p.m.

The Jacksonville Jaguars signed TE Ernest Wilford and waived WR John Matthews. A source said Matthews was told Wednesday that the team planned to release him.

Wilford spent the preseason with the Jaguars before he was waived on Sept. 4.

Wilford (6-4, 235) was originally a fourth-round draft pick of the Jaguars in 2004 as a wide receiver, and five of his six NFL seasons have been in Jacksonville. He signed with Miami as an unrestricted free agent in 2008 and played in seven games for the Dolphins. He rejoined the Jaguars prior to the 2009 season and played in 15 games at tight end with seven starts, finishing with 11 receptions for 123 yards and one touchdown.

Wilford has played in 85 career games with 44 starts and career totals of 155 receptions for 2,142 yards and 15 touchdowns. All 44 of his starts came with the Jaguars and he ranks second in team history with a 13.9-yard average per reception.

Ranking first among current Jaguars in career receiving yards (2,117), which is seventh in franchise history, Wilford also ranks second among active players in receptions (152).

In addition, he is one of only eight players in team history to record 2,000 career receiving yards. He has 22 career receptions of 25-plus yards, the third-most in franchise history, while his 15 career touchdowns are tied for the fourth-most in franchise history.

Jacksonville already had three tight ends on their 53-man roster, so it’s a bit surprising that they decided to bring back Wilford.

— Adam Caplan

Bears bring back LB — 1:07 p.m.

The Chicago Bears signed free agent LB Rod Wilson to a one-year contract.

Wilson was originally drafted by the Bears in the seventh round (220th overall) of the 2005 NFL Draft. He appeared in 28 games for Chicago in 2006 and 2007, recording 30 special teams tackles, after missing 2005 due to a knee injury. He added 12 tackles on defense as a reserve for the Bears.

After being waived by Chicago in 2008, Wilson signed with Tampa Bay and appeared in eight contests for the Buccaneers in 2009, recording two special teams stops. He signed with Jacksonville as a free agent this offseason but was released after the preseason.

Wilson, who is capable of playing SLB or MLB, is expected to take over as the backup MLB.

— Adam Caplan

Vick in line for windfall — 10:43 a.m.

Philadelphia Eagles QB Michael Vick was already set to earn at least $5.25 million this season, but Vick stands to make even more if he sees a lot of playing time as the season progresses.

A source confirmed Vick has playing time and per-game incentives which boost his earning potential to $8 million this season.

Vick’s $3.75 million base salary became guaranteed once he was on the Week 1 roster. He earned a $1.5 million bonus by being on the offseason roster in early March.

Philadelphia will tie up at least $17.5 million in guarantees between Vick and starter Kevin Kolb this season.

— Adam Caplan

Busy week for Patriots — 8:03 a.m.

The New England Patriots have worked out seven players so far this week, a source confirmed.

QB Keith Null, a sixth-round pick of the St. Louis Rams last year, worked out on Tuesday. The Patriots only have two quarterbacks on their 53-man roster.

The Patriots worked out three receivers: Lance Long, Kenny Moore, and Paul Williams. Long fits in as a slot receiver, a role he saw time in last year with the Kansas City Chiefs. Moore and Williams play mostly on the outside.

Two punters, Hunter Smith and T.J. Conley, worked out for New England. Smith was with the Washington Redskins in 2009, but spent the previous 10 seasons with the Indianapolis Colts.

The Patriots also got a look at undrafted free-agent G Thomas Austin.

— Adam Caplan

Raiders bring back OL — 7:58 a.m.

The Oakland Raiders have re-signed OL Erik Pears, who was released last week. To make room for him on the 53-man roster, the Raiders waived WR/KR/PR Yamon Figurs.

The versatile offensive lineman is capable of playing guard or tackle, but figures to handle the backup right tackle role.

Pears, 28, was signed as an undrafted free-agent by the Denver Broncos in 2005.

— Adam Caplan

September 15 News and Notes

Jenkins goes on IR; DT re-signs — 7:17 p.m.

The New York Jets have placed starting NT Kris Jenkins on injured reserve and signed free agent DT Howard Green.

Jenkins tore the ACL in his left knee Sept.13 versus the Baltimore Ravens in the first quarter.

He originally joined the Jets on Feb. 29, 2008, in a trade with the Carolina Panthers. Jenkins earned his fourth Pro Bowl in 2008, after he recorded 53 tackles (30 solos, 23 assists, eight tackles for loss) and 3 1/2 sacks. He also earned his first career AFC Defensive Player of the Week award for recording 1 1/2 sacks, three hurries and three tackles in a win at Buffalo on Nov. 2, 2008.

The Jets figure to go with a committee at nose tackle, led by Sione Pouha, Green and a few others.

Green (6-2, 365) was waived by the Washington Redskins on Sept. 4 after joining the team as an unrestricted free agent April 19. Last season, he played 12 games for the Jets and recorded 37 tackles.

Green has played 49 games in his career, registering 118 tackles, one sack, two forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries. Originally a sixth-round draft selection of the Houston Texans in 2002, Green has also seen action in regular-season games for the Baltimore Ravens (2002), New Orleans Saints (2003-04) and Seattle Seahawks (2007-08).

— Adam Caplan

Rams lose rookie LB — 7:08 p.m.

It doesn’t happen much, but a player was lost for the season after being injured during Wednesday’s practice for the St. Louis Rams.

Rookie LB Josh Hull, who was selected in the seventh-round of the NFL Draft, suffered a torn ACL and will be lost for the season.

Hull was the backup MLB for the Rams. The team claimed LB Bryan Kehl off waivers from the New York Giants, a source confirmed. Kehl is capable of playing MLB, so he may wind up being the backup for starter James Laurinaitis.

— Adam Caplan

Packers QB Rodgers: "Bring on Marshawn Lynch" — 6:25 p.m.

The Packers are thin at running back after losing starter Ryan Grant with an ankle injury.

As a matter of fact, the Green Bay Packers only kept two true half-backs on the 53 man roster.

The Packers will turn to Brandon Jackson this week against the Buffalo Bills. Jackson, a second-round pick out of Nebraska in 2007, played well after Grant went down rushing for 63 yards on 18 carries.

Bills faithful knew it was only a matter of time until a running back would go down, and Marshawn Lynch’s name would start swirling once again.


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Ochocinco uses Twitter to challenge Ravens — 4:59 p.m.

For pure football entertainment, nothing beats a Chad Ochocinco touchdown celebration – or,for that matter, a Chad Ochocinco tweet.

Although it has nothing to do with the NFL, Twitter has become the preferred method of social media for many players, none more so than the Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver. He is just as likely to invite a few hundred of his Twitter followers to meet him for dinner as he is to inform them that he’s about

But Ocho was not in a mood to discuss his tweets with the Baltimore media in advance of the Bengals-Ravens game on Sunday. During a conference call with Ravens beat writers Wednesday, he clammed up when asked about his recent Twitter exchanges with Baltimore fullback Le’Ron McClain and running back Willis McGahee.


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Chargers place long snapper on injured reserve — 4:09 p.m.

The San Diego Chargers placed LS David Binn (hamstring) on injured reserve Wednesday.

Binn played in 256 of the last 257 regular-season games San Diego has played and all 12 of its playoff games dating back to his rookie season in 1994.

The Chargers signed LS James Dearth to replace Binn on the 53-man roster.

Dearth played in 144 consecutive regular-season games for the New York Jets from 2001-09 and their last nine playoff games, including the Jets’ Divisional Playoff game at San Diego on Jan. 17, 2010.

The 6-foot-4, 265-pounder became a free agent after the ’09 season and spent time with Washington in August, but did not make the Redskins’ final 53-man roster.

— Adam Caplan

Colts SS Sanders has surgery on biceps — 3:18 p.m.

Indianapolis Colts starting SS Bob Sanders had surgery on his torn right biceps Wednesday, the team announced. The team did not say how long Sanders will be out, but it’s expected that he won’t return for several weeks, if at all, this season. Sanders injured his left biceps tendon last season.

Backup S Melvin Bullitt, who started 14 games in place of Sanders last season, will replace him again in the lineup. The team signed free-agent DaJuan Morgan earlier today who is only one of three healthy safeties on the 53-man roster.

— Adam Caplan

Chiefs rookie LB done for season — 12:37 p.m.

As first reported by on Monday, the Kansas City Chiefs worked out free agent LB Charlie Anderson last weekend. Anderson also visited the New England Patriots last week.

On Wednesday, the Chiefs signed the veteran linebacker. To make room for Anderson on their 53-man roster, the Chiefs placed rookie LB Cameron Sheffield on injured reserve. Sheffield was a fifth-round selection (142nd overall) of Kansas City.

Anderson (6-4, 250) has played in 92 games (seven starts) with the Houston Texans (2004-07) and Miami Dolphins (2008-09) and has also played in one postseason contest.

He has recorded 62 tackles (42 solo), 7.5 sacks (-60.0 yards), two passes defensed, four forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries. Anderson originally entered the NFL as a sixth-round draft pick of Houston in 2004.

Anderson is capable of playing ILB or OLB in Kansas City’s 3-4 defensive scheme.

— Adam Caplan

Kevin Kolb appears to be a long shot for Eagles — 12:00 p.m.

By the looks of things, it appears Philadelphia Eagles starting QB Kevin Kolb (concussion) is a long shot to play against the Detroit Lions on Sunday.

Head coach Andy Reid said MLB Stewart Bradley is farther ahead in his recovery from last week’s concussion which he suffered against the Lions.

Reid said Kolb will not practice Wednesday and Thursday in preparations for this week’s game. While Reid isn’t closing the door on Kolb for this week, veteran QB Michael Vick will run the offense over the next few days.

LB Omar Gaither is listed as Bradley’s backup.

— Adam Caplan

Kevin Boss out for Giants; team looks to bolster depth — 11:57 p.m.

As expected, the New York Giants will be without starting TE Kevin Boss (concussion) when the team takes on the Indianapolis Colts Sunday evening. Head coach Tom Coughlin told reporters that Boss will be listed as out on Wednesday’s injury report. Boss suffered a concussion during last week’s win over the Carolina Panthers and did not return to the game.

TE Bear Pascoe, who was signed off the practice squad this earlier this week, will handle the blocking role in Boss’ absence. Second-year TE Travis Beckum will see an increased receiving role.

Elsewhere, the Giants worked out several players on Tuesday including veteran CB Dre’ Bly.

The Giants, who have just two quarterbacks on their 53-man roster, worked out QBs Levi Brown and Jarrett Brown.

Levi Brown was selected in the seventh-round of this year’s NFL Draft by the Buffalo Bills.

Jarrett Brown, who had a terrific set of Senior Bowl practices earlier this year as well as a solid NFL Combine workout, also worked out for the Giants. Brown signed as an undrafted free-agent by the San Francisco 49ers, but was recently waived by the team.

— Adam Caplan

Colts add depth following Sanders injury — 11:36 p.m.

The Indianapolis Colts could be without starting SS Bob Sanders (biceps) for a while, so the team signed free agent S Dajuan Morgan, a source confirmed. The team waived OT Joe Reitz to make room for Morgan on the 53-man roster.

Reitz was actually waived on Tuesday, so he’s eligible to be claimed off waivers today. A source said the Baltimore Ravens had interest in bringing him back after they waived him a few weeks ago.

— Adam Caplan

Eagles work out more players  — 10:20 a.m.

As first reported by, the Philadelphia Eagles worked out LB David Veikune on Tuesday. A source confirmed that Philadelphia also worked out three more players.

WR David Clowney worked out for Philadelphia before he re-signed with the New York Jets. Philadelphia is seemingly set at receiver, so it’s not known why they were interested in taking a look at him. Clowney was rated as the fastest receiver coming out of the 2007 NFL Draft.

RB Chris Jennings, who was recently waived by the Cleveland Browns, also worked out. Jennings does not have practice squad eligibility, so the Eagles would have to sign him to their 53-man roster if they were interested in him going forward.

LB Chris McCoy, who was selected in the seventh round of this year’s NFL Draft by the Miami Dolphins, also worked out for the Eagles. He was waived by Miami on Sept. 4. McCoy, who has good size, would fit in at SLB in Philadelphia’s 4-3 defensive scheme.

— Adam Caplan

September 14 News and Notes

Texans hold workouts, sign two — 11:31 p.m.

The Houston Texans worked out several players on Tuesday. Free agents OTs Allen Barbre, Herbert Taylor and Chris Marinelli along with G Donald Thomas worked out for the team, an NFL source said.

In addition, the team worked out DEs Adewale Ogunleye, Ryan Denney and Bobby McCray.

The Houston Chronicle reported Tuesday that the Texans signed Ogunleye and Denney.

The team showed interest in veteran DE Aaron Schobel recently, but Schobel, who lives within an hour of the team’s training complex, has decided to stay retired.

— Adam Caplan

DE could be fined for Flacco hit — 10:48 p.m.

After reviewing the hit that Jets DE Shaun Ellis put on Ravens QB Joe Flacco in the first quarter of Monday night’s game, it’s possible that the veteran defensive lineman could be facing a fine for what appeared to be a helmet-to-helmet hit.

Ellis’ facemask clearly jarred Flacco’s helmet on the hit based on the camera angles that were shown, but no flag was thrown on the play.

“I think it was obvious that it was a hit to the helmet. I’m sure that the league will review it,” Flacco’s agent, Joe Linta, told when contacted for reaction to the play. “They have to continue to push the envelope to protect players from concussions and trauma to the head.

"But the best story of the game could be that Joe actually got up and led the team to victory. That showed incredible toughness."

— Adam Caplan

Eagles work out LB — 10:04 p.m.

The Philadelphia Eagles worked out free-agent LB David Veikune on Tuesday, a source told

Veikune (6-2, 257), who was selected in the second-round of the 2009 NFL Draft by the Cleveland Browns, was waived by the Browns on September 7.

It’s believed teams shied away from putting a waiver claim in because he had some guaranteed money left in his rookie deal. Because he appeared in 10 games last season, Veikune is not eligible to be signed to any team’s practice squad.

Veikune would fit in at SLB in Philadelphia’s 4-3 scheme.

— Adam Caplan

49ers re-sign WR — 7:11 p.m.

The San Francisco 49ers have re-signed WR Jason Hill. To make room for Hill on the 53-man roster, the team waived CB Tramaine Brock. The team has also released LB Bruce Davis from the practice squad.

Hill was originally selected by the 49ers with the first of two third-round picks in the 2007 NFL Draft. He went on to play in 32 games, two starts, for the club and recorded 40 receptions for 413 yards and four touchdowns in three seasons. Hill was released by the 49ers on September 3, 2010, during the team’s final roster cut-down of training camp.

— Adam Caplan

Veteran CB signs with Lions — 6:59 p.m.

The Detroit Lions have signed veteran CB Nathan Vasher. The seventh-year pro worked out for the Lions last week.

To make room for Vasher on the 53-man roster, the team placed rookie CB Aaron Berry (shoulder) on injured reserve.

Vasher, who was released by the San Diego Chargers on September 4, was originally selected in the fourth-round of the 2004 NFL Draft by the Chicago Bears.

Vasher, who turns 29 in November, will get a chance to compete for the nickel job which Berry held.

Berry turned out to be a great story for the Lions since he won an important job in training camp despite being signed this year as an undrafted free-agent.

— Adam Caplan

Bears place LB on IR — 6:56 p.m.

The Chicago Bears placed veteran LB Hunter Hillenmeyer (concussion) on injured reserve Tuesday.

Hillenmeyer suffered the injury during the third preseason game versus the Arizona Cardinals and missed the preseason finale as a result. After passing all medical tests following the conclusion of the preseason schedule, he returned to practice prior to the season opener versus Detroit. Hillenmeyer was removed from last weekend’s game at halftime after becoming ill during the contest.

Last season, Hillenmeyer recorded a career-high 105 tackles from the middle linebacker position and has 69 starts at linebacker in over seven years with the Bears.

“Player health and safety has and always will be a priority with our organization,” Bears general manager Jerry Angelo said. “Unlike other injuries, there is no defined timetable for a concussion. After consulting with our doctors and Hunter, this was the best way to proceed. We will miss his contributions this year, but it is the right decision given Hunter’s circumstances.”

Hillenmeyer , who turns 30 next month, was a valuable backup for the team since he could play MLB or SLB.

— Adam Caplan

Jets make moves at WR — 6:23 p.m.

The New York Jets made two roster moves on Tuesday at the receiver position. They waived Danny Woodhead and re-signed David Clowney.

Woodhead, who started his career off as a running back with the Jets, was originally signed by the team as an undrafted free-agent in 2008.

Clowney, who has terrific speed, was waived by the Jets on September 4. The Jets only have four receivers on their 53-man roster, but will get back Santonio Holmes after he finishes serving his four-game suspension.

— Adam Caplan

Giants sign TE; Waive LB — 6:16 p.m.

The New York Giants were very thin at the tight end position with just two on their 53-man roster. And with starter Kevin Boss out with a concussion, the team needed to address the position.

TE Bear Pascoe was signed off the practice squad on Tuesday. To make room for him on the active roster, the team waived LB Bryan Kehl, a 2008 fourth-round pick.

Second-year TE Travis Beckum will take over as the starter until Boss returns.

Pascoe (6-5, 251) was known in scouting circles as the top blocking tight end available for the 2009 NFL Draft. Pascoe was selected in the sixth-round by the San Francisco 49ers.

— Adam Caplan

Cardinals re-sign FB — 6:07 p.m.

The Arizona Cardinals have re-signed FB Reagan Maui’a and have waived FB Jerome Johnson.

Maui’a (6-0, 265) re-joins the Cardinals after being waived on September 6. He spent training camp with the Cardinals after re-signing with the team on July 30. He originally signed with the Cardinals on August 5, 2009 during training camp and was released in the team’s final roster cut last year on September 4. He re-signed with Arizona on January 21, 2010.

Maui’a started two games in 2008 for the Cincinnati Bengals and was inactive for three others after being claimed off waivers from the Miami Dolphins on September 3, 2008. He originally entered the league with the Dolphins as a sixth round selection (181st) in the 2007 NFL Draft out of the University of Hawaii. He appeared in all 16 games as a rookie with the Dolphins in 2007 with nine starts and had four carries for five yards.

Maui’a is the only fullback on Arizona’s 53-man roster, so he’ll start against the Atlanta Falcons on Sunday.

— Adam Caplan

Colts confirm Sanders’ injury — 5:51 p.m.

The Indianapolis Colts confirmed SS Bob Sanders will meet with Dr. James Andrews on Wednesday to get a second opinion on the injury he suffered in last Sunday’s game at Houston. confirmed earlier that Sanders suffered an injured biceps. The Colts also said they would provide more information on Sanders after the evaluation.

"There’s definitely several different routes that he can go," team owner Jim Irsay told The Associated Press on Tuesday. "But it’s way too early to say that he’s definitely done for the season."

In addition, the team said WR Anthony Gonzalez will miss Sunday night’s game against the New York Giants due to a high ankle sprain.

— Adam Caplan

Talib Activated — 5:48 p.m.

As first noted earlier, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers had until the close of business on Tuesday to activate CB Aqib Talib off the roster exemption they were given on Monday.

The team wound up activating Talib from the roster exemption and waived DE Erik Lorig. Lorig was a seventh-round pick for Tampa Bay this season.

In addition, the team signed G Brandon Carter to the practice squad. He’ll replace P Brent Bowden, who was released.

— Adam Caplan

Seahawks place G Unger on IR — 5:43 p.m.

The Seattle Seahawks placed starting RG Max Unger on injured reserve Tuesday. Unger suffered a toe injury during Sunday’s win over the San Francisco 49ers.

To replace Unger on the 53-man roster, the team re-signed G Mansfield Wrotto. Who will line up in place of Unger on Sunday against the Denver Broncos remains an issue. The team will choose from veteran G Ben Hamilton, OL Stacy Andrews, and Chester Pitts, who was inactive last week, or Wrotto.

As first reported by, the Seahawks worked out free-agent G Donald Thomas on Monday.

In other roster moves, the team released backup CB Kennard Cox. To take his place on the roster, the Seahawks activated starting OLB Leroy Hill off roster exemption. As reported earlier, the team had until the close of business on Tuesday to move Hill off the roster exemption which the team was given on Monday.

The team also signed CB Cord Parks to the practice squad to replace CB Ross Weaver, who was released.

— Adam Caplan

Patriots deal Maroney — 5:37 p.m.

The Denver Broncos have acquired RB Laurence Maroney from the New England Patriots, a source confirmed. According to, Maroney and a sixth-round pick were traded to Denver. The Patriots will get back a fourth-round pick from the Broncos.

Maroney, who was the subject of trade rumors prior to the final roster reduction coming out of the preseason, was inactive for last week’s game against the Cincinnati Bengals. He was listed as injured with a thigh injury.

In Denver, second-year RB Knowshon Moreno is the starter. Veteran RB Correll Buckhalter has been his backup, so it remains to be seen what kind of role Maroney will be competing for going forward.

Maroney, who was selected in the first-round of the 2006 NFL Draft, is on the final year of his rookie deal and carries a base salary of $825,000 for 2010.

The Patriots are expected to stick with veteran Fred Taylor as the starting running back. He’ll continue to be backed up by Sammy Morris, Kevin Faulk, and BenJarvus Green-Ellis.

— Adam Caplan

Sanders’ status up in the air — 5:11 p.m.

Indianapolis Colts SS Bob Sanders suffered a biceps injury during the first quarter of Sunday’s loss at the Houston Texans, a source confirmed. The extent of the injury isn’t known, but it’s believed Sanders’ injury could be significant enough to keep him out for several weeks. Sanders is expected to visit renowned surgeon Dr. James Andrews later this week to get a second opinion.

The oft-injured defensive back missed 14 games last season due to knee and biceps injuries. It’s not known if this recent biceps injury is to his left biceps, the same one that was injured last season.

Backup S Melvin Bullitt, who replaced Sanders against Houston, will take over in the starting lineup again.

— Adam Caplan

Teams get short roster exemptions — 4:19 p.m.

The Atlanta Falcons, Seattle Seahawks, and Tampa Bay Buccaneers got short roster exemptions for their suspended players, a source confirmed.

DT Jonathan Babineaux (Falcons), LB Leroy Hill (Seahawks), and CB Aqib Talib (Buccaneers) all were reinstated from their one-game suspensions on Monday.

The teams must make a decision on removing them from the exemption by the end of league business on Tuesday.

— Adam Caplan

Packers place Grant on IR — 3:45 p.m.

The Green Bay Packers have placed starting RB Ryan Grant (ankle) on injured reserve.

“When you lose a running back of Ryan’s caliber, it’s a big loss. But this is something we have to deal with and move forward from as a team,” said Packers executive vice president, general manager and director of football operations Ted Thompson.

In addition, the team placed DE Justin Harrell (knee) on injured reserve. To replace Grant and Harrell on the 53-man roster, the team signed DE Jarius Wynn and RB Dimitri Nance.

Nance, a 5-foot-10, 219-pound rookie, was signed from Atlanta’s practice squad. He originally joined the Falcons this spring as a nondrafted free agent out of Arizona State University.

Wynn, the first of two sixth-round picks by Green Bay in 2009, played in 11 games as a rookie last season. He was released by the Packers in the final roster cutdown this year on Sept. 4. A 6-foot-3, 285-pound second-year player, Wynn worked out for the Seattle Seahawks recently, a source confirmed.

— Adam Caplan

Options for Green Bay at RB — 3:34 p.m.

The Green Bay Packers only have two running backs on their 53-man roster and one of them will be lost for the season.

With starter Ryan Grant (ankle) gone, the team will turn to fourth-year RB Brandon Jackson to take over.

The team could look to sign RB James Johnson off their practice squad, but it remains to be seen if the team believes he’s ready to take on a significant role.

If Green Bay looks toward the free-agent market, here’s the list of the available players:

– Willie Parker – The veteran back was recently released by the Washington Redskins.

– Justin Fargas – He was recently released by the Denver Broncos.

– Ladell Betts – The veteran back was released by the New Orleans Saints a few weeks ago.

– Adrian Peterson – The long-time Chicago Bear was recently released by the Seattle Seahawks.

– Jamal Lewis – He was released by the Cleveland Browns earlier this year, but the indication was that he still wanted to play.

– DeDe Dorsey – He was recently waived by the Detroit Lions. He fits in as a change of pace.

– Dantrell Savage – The speedy back was recently waived by the Carolina Panthers.

– Kolby Smith – Smith has nine starts in his three years of play.

– Chris Jennings – The powerfully built back was recently waived by the Cleveland Browns.

— Adam Caplan

Chiefs extend Studebaker — 2:20 p.m.

The Kansas City Chiefs have extended the contract of OLB Andy Studebaker, a source told Terms of the deal were not immediately known. Studebaker was signed through 2010 and carried a base salary of $470,000.

Studebaker, who was selected in the 2008 NFL Draft by the Philadelphia Eagles, was waived by Philadelphia in September of 2008. He signed with Philadelphia’s practice squad a short time afterwards. The Chiefs signed him off Philadelphia’s practice squad to their active roster later that month.

The fact that Studebaker even got drafted was a surprise to some since he played for Wheaton College, a Division III school. Studebaker was the first player from that school ever to be selected in the NFL Draft.

Studebaker was not exactly a household team before the 2008 draft.

“Nobody ever heard of this kid, but then his workout started popping up on YouTube and next thing you know, he got super hot and everybody (in the NFL) is looking at him. If it wasn’t for YouTube, he probably wouldn’t have been drafted,” then Philadelphia general manager Tom Heckert said.

— Adam Caplan

Jenkins done for the year … again — 1:12 p.m.

New York Jets starting NT Kris Jenkins has been lost for the season after reinjuring his left knee during Monday night’s loss to the Baltimore Ravens.

“I just spoke to Kris. He’s down. It’s a big loss,” Jets head coach Rex Ryan said Tuesday.

Jenkins, 31, suffered a torn left ACL during a Week 6 game last season against the Buffalo Bills.

Losing Jenkins again hurts since he’s known as one of the best run-stuffing interior defensive lineman in the NFL.

"Last year guys rallied around–Sione Pouha, Mike DeVito. It’s about the unit, not just about the individual,” Ryan added.

Jenkins, who considered retiring after last season, could be considering it again.

"He’s going to get away from it a little bit, then he’s going to make a decision,” Ryan said.

Jenkins is signed through 2012 and carries a base salary of $2.25 million for 2010.

— Adam Caplan

Tomlin sticking with Dixon — 12:55 p.m.

Dennis Dixon will be the Steelers’ starting quarterback Sunday at Tennessee, even though the injured Byron Leftwich may return to practice as early as Wednesday.

Steelers coach Mike Tomlin, who is choosing his starter on a week-to-week basis while Ben Roethlisberger is suspended, said Dixon did enough things well during a season-opening 15-9 overtime victory over Atlanta to stay in the lineup. Dixon completed 18 of 26 passes for 236 yards and an interception in his second NFL start.

Tomlin isn’t ruling left tackle Max Starks or nose tackle Casey Hampton out of the Titans game, although it appears unlikely either will play. Starks has a sprained left ankle and Hampton injured a hamstring.

Leftwich sprained his left knee on Sept. 2 against Carolina.

— The Associated Press

Starks’ injury not as bad as first feared — 12:24 p.m.

Pittsburgh Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin said during his Tuesday press conference that starting OLT Max Starks suffered a low ankle sprain during last week’s game against the Atlanta Falcons. The injury was originally thought to be a high sprain.

Tomlin added Flozell Adams will remain at right tackle and Jonathan Scott will fill in at left tackle until Starks is ready to return to the lineup.

— Adam Caplan

Panthers bring back kickoff specialist — 12:22 p.m.

The Carolina Panthers have re-signed kickoff specialist Rhys Lloyd.

Lloyd, 28, was waived by the Minnesota Vikings on Sept. 4. Lloyd spent the previous three seasons with the Panthers.

To make room for Lloyd on their 53-man roster, the team waived/injured K Todd Carter.

— Adam Caplan

Bengals expected to work out WR — 12:17 p.m.

The Cincinnati Bengals are expected to work out free agent WR Dexter Jackson on Tuesday, a source confirmed. Jackson was waived by the Carolina Panthers on Aug. 31.

Jackson was originally selected in the second-round of the 2008 NFL Draft by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

Jackson was highly touted prior to the 2008 draft because of this speed and versatility. He’s also capable of returning kicks and punts.

At least four other teams showed interest in working Jackson out this week, according to the source.

— Adam Caplan

Seattle brings in offensive lineman for visit — 11:22 a.m.

Free agent G Donald Thomas visited the Seattle Seahawks on Monday, a source confirmed.

Thomas, who was recently waived by the Miami Dolphins, also visited the Detroit Lions over the past week.

Thomas, a former sixth-round pick out of the 2008 NFL Draft by Miami, was once highly thought of by the team. He started 13 games over his first two seasons.

Seattle does have adequate depth for both guard positions, and Thomas is not eligible for the practice squad, so it will be interesting to see what their interest level is in him going forward.

— Adam Caplan

Dolphins shuffle roster — 11:07 a.m.

The Miami Dolphins have waived DE Clifton Geathers from their 53-man roster, a source confirmed. Geathers was claimed off waivers from the Cleveland Browns on Sept. 5. Cleveland selected Geathers in the seventh round of this year’s draft.

In addition, the Dolphins re-signed LB Erik Walden, who was recently waived by Miami.

And as also noted previously by, the Dolphins are expected to sign DL Lionel Dotson off the practice squad of the Denver Broncos this week.

— Adam Caplan

Adalius Thomas visits Jets — 10:58 a.m.

The New York Jets had free agent OLB Adalius Thomas in for a visit on Monday, a source confirmed. On visits, players typically take a team physical and speak with positional coaches.

Thomas, who was released by the New England Patriots on Apr. 26, may have drawn the interest of the Jets because of the absence of starting OLB Calvin Pace (foot).

Had Thomas been on a roster during Week 1, his base salary would be guaranteed because he’s a vested veteran. So it’s possible that any interest in him around the NFL increases going forward.

Thomas signed a five-year, $35 million deal with New England back in March of 2007, but he turned out to be a big disappointment. Should be sign with the Jets, he would be reunited with head coach Rex Ryan, who was his defensive coordinator with the Baltimore Ravens.

— Adam Caplan

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