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September 25 News and Notes

Report: Patriots DB arrested for disorderly conduct — 11:43 p.m.

New England Patriots defensive back Bret Lockett was arrested in the early hours of Saturday morning for disorderly conduct and failure to move outside a club in Providence, R.I., the Providence Journal reported.

The 23-year-old was released after his arrest sometime between 2 a.m. and 3 a.m., according to police.

Lockett, out for the NFL season with a chest injury, was expected to face court at a later date to answer the charges, the Boston Globe reported.

"We will let the process unfold, but we’re confident he will prevail," Lockett’s agent Bardia Ghahremani said.

— Newscore

Browns place starting LB on IR — 8:29 p.m.

The Cleveland Browns will be without several key players for Sunday’s game at the Baltimore Ravens.

Starting ILB D’Qwell Jackson (pectoral) was played on injured reserve. In addition, the team also downgraded starting WR Brian Robiskie (hamstring) from doubtful to out and starting NT Shaun Rogers (ankle, hip) from questionable to out. KR/PR/WR Josh Cribbs (ankle) was added to the injury report on Saturday.

To replace Jackson on the roster, the Browns signed veteran WR Sam Aiken. Aiken is known in scouting circles as an outstanding special teams player.

Veteran LB Eric Barton (hip-probable) is expected to start again for Jackson. Backup DT Ahtyba Rubin is expected to make his second start of the season for Rogers. Cribbs is listed as Robiskie’s backup.

— Adam Caplan

Bills work out tackle — 8:23 p.m.

The Buffalo Bills worked out free-agent OT Xavier Fulton late this week, a source confirmed.

Fulton was selected in the fifth-round of the 2009 NFL Draft by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

The offensive lineman was released from the Indianapolis Colts practice squad recently. He also worked out for the Baltimore Ravens earlier this week.

— Adam Caplan

Patriots addpPlayer to injury report — 8:19 p.m.

The New England Patriots have added starting ILB Brandon Spikes (calf) to their injury report on Saturday. Spikes was added as probable for Sunday’s home game against Buffalo Bills.

Players listed as probable almost always will wind up playing.

— Adam Caplan

Two starters out for Colts — 8:14 p.m.

The Indianapolis Colts have downgraded two starters to out on Saturday.

WR Pierre Garcon (hamstring) and WLB Clint Session (hamstring) did not make the trip with the team to Denver for Sunday’s game against the Broncos.

With Garcon out, second-year WR Austin Collie will start. And with Session out, rookie LB Kavell Connor will likely start. Connor started last week’s game against the New York Giants for Connor.

Undrafted free-agent WR Blair White was signed off the practice squad to add depth at the position. Fourth-year WR Anthony Gonzalez (ankle) was listed as out on Friday, so White will likely dress as the third receiver for the game.

— Adam Caplan

Texans defender added to injury report — 8:08 p.m.

Houston Texans starting DE Antonio Smith was added to the team’s injury report on Saturday as questionable. The official injury designation is illness.

Veteran DE Ryan Denney, who signed with the team recently, is listed as Smith’s backup.

Houston lost second-year DE Connor Barwin (leg) for the season, so depth is an issue for the team. The Texans had interest in signing veteran DE Aaron Schobel, but he has decided to retire.

— Adam Caplan

Redskins sign RB off practice squad — 7:39 p.m.

The Washington Redskins announced signed RB Ryan Torain from their practice squad. To make room for Torain on the 53-man roster, the Redskins waived undrafted free-agent WR Brandon Banks.

Torain (6-1, 218), spent the first two weeks of this season on Washington’s practice squad.

Torain was originally selected in the fifth-round of the 2008 NFL Draft by the Denver Broncos. He played for Redskins head coach Mike Shanahan when he was the head coach of Denver in 2008. Torain suffered a torn ACL during his rookie season.

Torain becomes the fourth back on Washington’s roster.

— Adam Caplan

Rams cut veteran CB — 7:11 p.m.

The St. Louis Rams have released veteran CB Kevin Dockery (hamstring) on Saturday. Even with Dockery’s release, the Rams still have five cornerbacks left on their 53-man roster.

To replace Dockery, the team signed undrafted free-agent DT Jermelle Cudjo off their practice squad.

The top two backup defensive tackles (Cliff Ryan and Darell Scott) won’t dress for Sunday’s game against the Washington Redskins, so signing Cudjo was imperative for depth.

— Adam Caplan

Patriots Sign LB Off Practice Squad — 6:48 p.m.

The New England Patriots signed OLB Shawn Crable from the practice squad to the 53-man roster. New England had an open position on the 53-man roster following veteran RB Kevin Faulk being placed on injured reserve earlier this week.

Crable (6-5, 250) was originally drafted by the Patriots in the third round of the 2008 NFL Draft out of the University of Michigan. He was inactive for the first eight game of the 2008 season before finishing the year on injured reserve. He was injured during the preseason last year and spent the season on injured reserve.

Crable was released by New England on July 28 and signed to the practice squad on Sept. 6.

— Adam Caplan

Packers could be without defensive starter — 3:47 p.m.

For the third straight day, Green Bay Packers starting OLB Brad Jones (knee) was limited in practice, so the team has listed him as questionable for Monday night’s game at the Chicago Bears. Undrafted rookie free-agent OLB Frank Zombo is listed as Jones’ backup.

Starting DE Ryan Pickett (hamstring) is listed as questionable, but is expected to be in the lineup despite being limited for the second straight day in Saturday’s practice.

Second-round pick DE Mike Neal (side/rib-questionable) missed practice for the second straight day on Saturday.

— Adam Caplan

Bears to be without starting LT — 3:32 p.m.

Chicago Bears starting OLT Chris Williams (hamstring) has been listed as out by the team after he missed practice for the third straight day on Saturday.

Starting RT Frank Omiyale is expected to slide over to LT to fill in for Williams. Backup OT Kevin Shaffer is expected to start at RT for Omiyale.

Making these changes could be problematic against a very solid Green Bay Packers pass rush.

— Adam Caplan

McNeill signs tender; Still must sit out three games — 1:48 p.m.

San Diego Chargers starting OLT Marcus McNeill has finally signed his one-year restricted free-agent tender, player sources confirmed. McNeill was at at San Diego’s training complex Saturday morning to sign the tender offer.

McNeill’s one-year base salary was $3.168 million, but the Chargers exercised their right under rules in the CBA to lower it to $630,000 after June 15.

Because McNeill was on the team’s roster-exempt list, he must sit out an additional three more games. So he won’t be able to play until the team’s Week 6 (Oct. 17) game at the St. Louis Rams.

Backup OT Brandyn Dombrokwski, who was signed as an undrafted free-agent in 2008 by the Chargers, will continue to start for McNeill until Week 6.

McNeill was originally selected in the second-round of the 2006 NFL Draft by the Chargers.

In addition, the team waived CB Dante Hughes and signed RB Curtis Brinkley off the practice squad.

Starting RB Ryan Mathews (ankle-doubtful) is not expected to dress for Sunday’s game at the Seattle Seahawks. Because of that, Brinkley was promoted on Saturday.

— Adam Caplan

Dolphins make roster moves — 1:19 p.m.

The Miami Dolphins have claimed OT Patrick Brown off waivers from the New York Jets. To make room on the 53-man roster, the Dolphins waived OT Jermey Parnell. While the team announced the moves on Saturday, a source confirmed both moves were actually made on Friday. The Dolphins were the only team to place a waiver claim in for Brown. The move is interesting since the Dolphins host the divisional rival Jets on Sunday.

Brown (6-5, 310) was originally signed by the Carolina Panthers by a college free agent after the 2009 draft. He was waived by Carolina in September 5 and spent time of the practice squads of the New England Patriots and Minnesota Vikings before joining the Jets on September 5, 2010.

— Adam Caplan

Cowboys waive FB — 12:34 p.m.

The Dallas Cowboys waived/injured FB Deon Anderson (knee) and signed TE Scott Chandler off their practice squad. Anderson had knee surgery last week.

Chandler becomes the team’s third tight end on the 53-man roster. Rookie Chris Gronkowski is now the only fullback on the roster.

— Adam Caplan

Panthers work out punter and centers — 12:31 p.m.

Free-agent P Glenn Pakulak worked out for the Carolina Panthers late this week, a source confirmed.

Pakulak, who is a left-footed punter, had workouts for over 10 teams last season. Teams usually would bring him the week that they were going to face a left-footed punter.

The Panthers will host the Cincinnati Bengals, whose punter, Kevin Huber, who punts with his left foot.

In addition to working out Pakulak, the team also worked out free-agent Cs Chris Morris and Blake Schlueter.

Ryan Kalil is the only center on Carolina’s 53-man roster.

Also of note, the team downgraded starting ORT Jeff Otah (knee) from doubtful to out on Saturday.

— Adam Caplan

Wells had knee surgery — 9:13 a.m.

Arizona Cardinals RB Chris “Beanie” Wells has been listed as questionable on the team’s injury report for the first three weeks of the regular season. It was originally believed Wells had a bruised right knee, but head coach Ken Whisenhunt said late this week that Wells actually had surgery to repair the meniscus in his right knee earlier in this month. Wells injured the knee during the team’s final preseason game.

Well practiced the most he has this week since having the surgery, so he’s getting closer to playing. If he’s unable to play Sunday at home against the Oakland Raiders, second-year RB La’Rod Stephens-Howling and veteran RB Jason Wright will back up starter Tim Hightower.

— Adam Caplan

September 24 News and Notes

Seldom used OL likely to start — 8:41 p.m.

With New York Giants starting C Shaun O’Hara (Achilles/ankle-doubtful) unlikely to play on Sunday against the visiting Tennessee Titans, that leaves rarely used Adam Koets to start for the veteran offensive lineman.

Koets, who was selected in the sixth-round of the 2007 NFL Draft by the Giants, actually started last week against the Indianapolis Colts when the team opened up the game in a two tight end set (he was the second tight end). However, Koets only appeared in three games over his first three seasons and was drafted as a tackle, not a center.

— Adam Caplan

Top WR Listed as questionable — 7:57 p.m.

While he’s listed as questionable, Houston Texans star WR Andre Johnson (ankle) is expected to start in Sunday’s interstate matchup against the Dallas Cowboys. Johnson suffered the injury late in the third quarter of last Sunday’s win at the Washington Redskins.

Texans head coach Gary Kubiak told reporters that he expects Johnson to be in the lineup on Sunday.

If Johnson has any issues during the game with his injured ankle, fourth-year WR Jacoby Jones would fill in.

— Adam Caplan

Rookie RB likely to make debut — 7:43 p.m.

It’s rare that the debut of an undrafted free-agent would draw much interest, but when the New Orleans Saints host the Atlanta Falcons on Sunday, rookie RB Chris Ivory (knee-probable) will have the spotlight on him.

Ivory burst on the scene in training camp and practice observers said he was perhaps the most impressive rookie on the field.

Ivory also did well during preseason game, but he suffered what was believed to be a grade-2 MCL sprain about three weeks ago. Ivory has practiced all week and is set to play.

With veteran RB Reggie Bush (leg) out at least four weeks, Ivory could see a decent amount of playing time behind RB Pierre Thomas.

— Adam Caplan

Packers guard Colledge suffers knee injury — 6:44 p.m.

The Green Bay Packers were hoping for some good news to help their beleaguered offensive line.

It didn’t come Friday, not entirely.

While the Packers took some comfort in having hobbled left tackle Chad Clifton go through a full practice, durable left guard Daryn Colledge was out with a knee injury he sustained the previous day.

”I’m concerned,” coach Mike McCarthy said after practice. He called Colledge’s injury a knee sprain.

The team added Colledge to the injury report as the Packers prepare to play the Chicago Bears in a battle of unbeaten NFC North leaders Monday night.

”I think any time Daryn Colledge misses practice, it’s a concern,” McCarthy said. ”Daryn has been a very reliable player for us. He doesn’t miss a practice.”

Colledge hasn’t missed a game in his five NFL seasons and started all but four of those 69 games (including playoffs). He was upbeat Friday.

”I wouldn’t be too concerned,” he said. ”I haven’t missed a game yet. So, I’m planning on being out there Monday.”

Colledge’s playing streak extends to college, when he played in and started all 52 games in four seasons at Boise State.

”I think the concern is more getting me ready for the game,” Colledge said. ”Did going out there and pushing it today outweigh the opportunity to go play this Monday? I think the game’s more important at this point to the coaches.”

Colledge said his injury was the result of a freak accident, explaining that nose tackle B.J. Raji rolled into his right knee in a team drill Thursday. It’s the same knee Colledge sprained in a game at Minnesota last October, but the subsequent bye on the Packers’ schedule allowed him to recover and play in the next game two weeks later.

”I’ve got a lot of practices in, so I think I’m ready to go,” Colledge said. ”I’m going to practice tomorrow, and I expect to be out there Monday.”

More of an uncertainty for the Packers appears to be what will occur at left tackle by Monday.

McCarthy and offensive coordinator Joe Philbin were encouraged by Clifton’s full-time work Friday after he didn’t do much in practice a day earlier.

”Obviously, I feel better that he was out there working today,” Philbin said. ”That’s better than standing around.”

The Packers pulled Clifton in the second quarter of the 34-7 win over the Buffalo Bills on Sunday after the coaches felt the 11-year veteran’s chronically sore knees were hindering his performance.

McCarthy said he watched a lot of Clifton in practice Friday and thought that Clifton moved well.

Rookie Bryan Bulaga took the starting reps at left guard Friday after working at left tackle Thursday.

There’s a chance the Packers will need Bulaga, their first-round draft pick out of Iowa, to play one of those positions Monday depending what happens with Clifton and Colledge. Bulaga replaced an ineffective Clifton last Sunday.

”We’re very confident that Bryan will be ready to go wherever he’s needed,” McCarthy said.

Colledge’s injury has Bulaga, a Chicago-area native who expects to have a lot of family and friends at the Bears game, wondering what his role will be Monday.

”Yesterday, I’ll admit, I was looking a little more at the left tackle position because the status of Chad was unknown,” Bulaga said Friday. ”But, I thought he looked pretty good today. So, now, I’ll just do both.”

NOTES: The Packers added DE Ryan Pickett (hamstring) and S Charlie Peprah (quadriceps) to the injury report. Pickett, a starter, was limited in practice Friday. ”He just kind of tightened up today, so we were just smart with him,” McCarthy said. … Rookie DE Mike Neal (side/rib) was out Friday. McCarthy said Neal, who missed the first two games, took a step backward in his recovery after he returned to practice Thursday.

— AP

Cowboys cut FB to make room for TE — 4:59 p.m.

The Dallas Cowboys have released injured fullback Deon Anderson to make room for tight end Scott Chandler from the practice squad.

The move Friday comes about a week after Anderson had surgery on his left knee to repair a torn meniscus. The fourth-year pro played in 38 games, including 18 starts, in his first three seasons.

Anderson’s replacement, rookie Chris Gronkowski, scored a touchdown last week against Chicago.

Chandler is the third tight end behind Jason Witten and Martellus Bennett. Witten was limited in practice this week after sustaining a head injury against the Bears.

Dallas plays at Houston on Sunday.

— AP

What’s Shanny’s plan for Haynesworth? — 4:54 p.m.

The saga of Albert Haynesworth and Mike Shanahan continues.

While the former Defensive Player of the Year is apparently healthy after missing Week 2 vs. Houston with an ankle injury, the Washington Redskins coach has not pronounced Haynesworth ready to return for sure on Sunday, the Washington Post reports.

Haynesworth returned to practice Thursday and Friday, but even with fellow nose tackle Anthony Bryant out with a concussion suffered Wednesday, Shanahan instead left open the possibility of playing with only five or six defensive linemen.


Jets’ stars questionable, but look to play — 4:19 p.m.

New York Jets center Nick Mangold and linebacker Jason Taylor are listed as questionable with injuries, but are expected to play at Miami on Sunday night.

Mangold practiced for the first time this week Friday on a limited basis after spraining his right shoulder in the win against New England last Sunday. He says he’d ”have to be dead” to not play.

Taylor was also limited while recovering from an injured left elbow. Sunday’s game will mark the first for Taylor against his former team.

Backup offensive lineman Wayne Hunter (bruised right shin) is out. All-Pro cornerback Darrelle Revis (strained left hamstring) and linebacker Calvin Pace (broken right foot) were already ruled out.

— AP

Redskins LT limited in practice — 3:07 p.m.

Washington Redskins left tackle Trent Williams took part in a portion of Friday’s practice and is listed as questionable for Sunday’s game against the St. Louis Rams.

The No. 4 overall draft pick couldn’t practice Wednesday or Thursday after hurting his left knee and toe in last week’s loss to Houston.

Coach Mike Shanahan said Williams is doing ”much better.” He said if Williams plays, it might not necessarily be in a starting role.

Stephen Heyer would start if Williams doesn’t, although Heyer might play at right tackle, with Jammal Brown moving to the left side.

Defensive lineman Anthony Bryant is out for the game after suffering a concussion during Wednesday’s practice. DL Albert Haynesworth had a full practice for the second straight day. Haynesworth missed last week’s game with a sprained ankle; the team would not say which ankle is hurt.

Anthony Armstrong was limited in practice with a groin injury.

— AP

Jones gives Phillips vote of confidence — 2:30 p.m.

Jerry Jones is standing by his man.

The Cowboys reaffirmed his support for Coach Wade Phillips on Friday during a radio interview, according to a Sporting News report. When asked if he had lost any confidence in Phillips during Dallas’ 0-2 start, Jones replied "No."

“I do believe in Wade and the staff and the players," he added. "The thing about it is when you have that kind of commitment, one of the No. 1 things you have it for is those situations. Those people are supposed to really be there in hard times. Hard times. That’s when you’ve got to make your best grade if you’re deserving of that commitment, and we’re in hard times.

“That’s why I’m in the saddle with Wade and in the saddle with the staff and the team.”

Broncos RB Moreno surprisingly out — 2:11 p.m.

Denver Broncos head coach Josh McDaniels announced Friday that starting RB Knowshon Moreno will not play this Sunday against the Indianapolis Colts.

Jay Glazer reported via Twitter that a pulled hamstring is what will keep Moreno out. Moreno suffered a hamstring injury in August, but Glazer is initially hearing it’s not the same hamstring. The injury, as Glazer notes, is bad enough to keep Moreno out this week and possibly next.

With Moreno out, veteran RB Correll Buckhalter is slated to start. RB Laurence Maroney (thigh) could make his first appearance as a Bronco this season.

Starting ORT Ryan Harris (ankle) will miss his third straight game.

— Adam Caplan and Jay Glazer

Delhomme still not practicing, hasn’t been ruled out — 11:46 a.m.

Browns starting quarterback Jake Delhomme isn’t practicing, but coach Eric Mangini hasn’t ruled him out for Sunday’s game in Baltimore.

Delhomme sprained his right ankle in the season opener at Tampa Bay and has not practiced in two weeks. Seneca Wallace started in last week’s home loss against Kansas City and will likely face the Ravens if Delhomme doesn’t make significant improvement in the next two days.

Wallace has made 16 career starts in eight seasons, but the mobile QB has never played against the Ravens.

Delhomme is still wearing a protective boot for walking. Mangini said Friday Delhomme ”gets better each day” and that he has confidence the 35-year-old veteran could run the game plan without practicing.

— AP

Steelers likely without starting guard — 9:49 a.m.

Pittsburgh Steelers starting G Trai Essex (ankle) missed his second straight day of practice on Thursday. A source told the ankle injury could keep the interior offensive lineman out as much as three or four weeks.

With Essex unlikely to play at the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Sunday, backup G Doug Legursky is expected to fill in.

Pittsburgh has nine offensive linemen on is 53-man roster, but three are dealing with injuries. They already lost starting RT Willie Colon (Achilles) for the season.

— Adam Caplan

Ravens make practice squad moves — 9:49 a.m.

The Baltimore Ravens worked out undrafted free-agent OT Brady Bond this week and signed him to their practice squad.

The team also worked out G Marc Dile, OT Xavier Fulton, CBs Danny Gorrer, Coye Francies, and Ray Fisher.

Gorrer, who spent some time with the New Orleans Saints practice last season, was signed to Baltimore’s practice squad late this week.

— Adam Caplan

September 23 News and Notes

Jets make moves — 9:59 p.m.

The New York Jets have waived OT Patrick Brown and have signed WR Patrick Turner off their practice squad, a source confirmed.

Brown joined Jets after he was claimed off waivers from the Minnesota Vikings on Sept. 5 and was inactive for the first two games of the season. He entered the league as an undrafted free agent with the Carolina Panthers in 2009.

Turner was claimed off waivers from the Miami Dolphins on Sept. 5, but was waived two days later. The Jets signed Turner to their practice squad on Sept. 11.

Turner was originally selected in the third-round of the 2009 NFL Draft by Miami.

— Adam Caplan

Saints re-sign RB — 9:50 p.m.

The New Orleans Saints signed RB DeShawn Wynn to their practice squad after he passed through waivers on Thursday afternoon.

The Saints have not announced the move or who Wynn will be replacing on the practice squad. Wynn joins rookie Brandon Minor as the second back on the practice squad roster.

— Adam Caplan

Raiders shuffle the deck — 9:48 p.m.

The Oakland Raiders continue to shuffle their practice squad on Thursday.

They re-signed seventh-round pick CB Stevie Brown and undrafted free-agent S Quentin Scott to the practice squad. They also released second-year LB Slade Norris from the practice squad. The Raiders selected Norris in the fourth-round of the 2009 NFL Draft. Scott worked out for the team this week.

In addition to working out Scott, the Raiders worked out undrafted free-agent S Jerome Boyd.

— Adam Caplan

Chargers RB Mathews likely out? — 8:16 p.m.

San Diego Chargers rookie RB Ryan Mathews (high ankle) missed practice again Thursday.

Unless he can get in some practice time Friday, the chances of him playing are slim.


Coaches don’t like using younger players without practicing during the week. And it’s not like the Chargers don’t have some very capable options.

Backup FB Mike Tolbert essentially took over last week as Mathews’ backup. Tolbert, who started to establish a short-yardage role in training camp, ran with terrific pad level and power against the Jacksonville Jaguars.

Tolbert played in college with WR Jerome Simpson (Cincinnati Bengals) and QB Tyler Thigpen (Miami Dolphins) at Coastal Carolina University.

— Adam Caplan

Dolphins claim TE off waivers — 8:10 p.m.

The Miami Dolphins claimed rookie TE Mickey Shuler off waivers from the Minnesota Vikings, a source confirmed. The Indianapolis Colts and New York Giants also put waiver claims in for Shuler.

Shuler, who was waived by the Vikings on Wednesday, was selected in the seventh-round.

Shuler is now the third tight end on Miami’s 53-man roster.

Shuler is the son of former NFL TE Mickey Shuler.

— Adam Caplan

Vikings WR Harvin returns to practice — 7:16 p.m.

Percy Harvin returned to Vikings practice on Thursday after missing the previous session with another migraine headache.

Harvin struggled with migraines throughout the preseason, but says he went almost six weeks between headaches. Harvin says he’s feeling great and was encouraged with how he was able to recover from his latest episode.

He says he’s reached the point where he doesn’t worry about getting the headaches on a daily basis anymore.

Harvin is also nursing a strained right hip but says that injury is improving as well. He was limited in practice on Thursday, as was quarterback Brett Favre with a sore ankle, linebacker Ben Leber with a back injury and cornerback Cedric Griffin and receiver Bernard Berrian, who both have knee injuries.

— Associated Press

Ravens finally reach deal with second-rounder — 4:21 p.m.

The Baltimore Ravens have reached an agreement on a contract with rookie OLB Sergio Kindle, the team announced.

Kindle, selected in the second-round (43rd overall) of the 2010 NFL Draft, was the Ravens’ first-overall pick.

Kindle was hospitalized after falling down two flights of stairs prior to the start of training camp.

The linebacker will be placed on the Reserve Non-Football Injury list, which means he will not play this season. He is expected in Baltimore tomorrow to sign his contract, the team said.

The 6-3, 250-pounder finished his career at the University of Texas with 176 tackles (110 solo), 16 sacks (-116 yards) and 43 stops for loss (-166 yards). Kindle started 25 of his 46 games played.

— Adam Caplan

Cardinals add LB — 1:43 p.m.

The Arizona Cardinals re-signed outside linebacker Cyril Oboizor to their practice squad. Oboizor (6-foot-4, 249 pounds) was released Tuesday by the team after being claimed off waivers from the Green Bay Packers on Sept. 6. He appeared in last Sunday’s game at Atlanta and was inactive for the season opener at St. Louis.

— Adam Caplan

Packers make practice squad switch  — 1:41 p.m.

The Green Bay Packers signed linebacker Rob Francois to the practice squad and released offensive tackle Chris Campbell from the practice squad. The 6-foot-2, 255-pound Francois spent time on Green Bay’s practice squad at the end of the 2009 season as well as earlier this season. It’s believed the Packers have interest in re-signing Campbell, an undrafted rookie, to the practice squad later this season.

— Adam Caplan


Rams bring veteran in for visit — 1:14 p.m.

The St. Louis Rams had free agent RB Kevin Jones in for a visit this week, a source confirmed.

Players who make free agent visits typically take a team physical and talk to the personnel staff. Jones did not work out for the team.

Jones was with the Chicago Bears in 2009, but wound up missing the entire season due to an ankle injury.

The Rams could be looking for some competition for No. 2 RB Ken Darby.

Jones, 28, was originally selected in the first-round of the 2004 NFL Draft by the Detroit Lions.

In addition to having Jones in for a visit, the Rams worked out the following free-agents: WRs Reggie Brown and Yamon Figurs, DTs Dre Moore and Damione Lewis, LB Eric Alexander, and CB Cletis Gordon.

— Adam Caplan

Loss of Jackson could hurt Bucs — 8:40 a.m.

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers seemingly had good depth at safety, but that depth will be tested with the one-year suspension of starting FS Tanard Jackson.

The team still has four safeties left on the 53-man roster, but only Sean Jones and Sabby Piscitelli have meaningful playing time. Piscitelli lost out for a starting job at strong safety to Jones, so the expectation is he’ll move into the lineup with Jackson gone.

Jones is probably better off at strong safety because of his size, but he got playing time last season at free safety for the Philadelphia Eagles.

— Adam Caplan

Texans take look at four players  — 8:38 a.m.

The Houston Texans, who seem to have adequate depth on the interior of their defensive line, worked out a few players in that area this week.

DTs Amon Gordon and Boo Robinson, along with LB David Veikune and DE Doug Worthington worked out for Houston on Tuesday, a source confirmed.

— Adam Caplan

Raiders re-sign Pears — 8:36 a.m.

The Oakland Raiders, who released veteran Erik Pears on Sept. 8, have re-signed the veteran offensive lineman.

Pears, who has good versatility, can play tackle or guard, but is best off at right tackle. Khalif Barnes is the backup left tackle for the Raiders.

— Adam Caplan

September 22 News and Notes

Chargers rookie RB Mathews misses practice — 9:12 p.m.

Chargers rookie running back Ryan Mathews didn’t practice on Wednesday and says he has a high ankle sprain.

Mathews says it’ll be up to the training staff to decide whether he’ll play Sunday at Seattle.

The 12th pick overall in the April draft, Mathews was hurt in the first quarter of last Sunday’s 38-13 win against Jacksonville. He jogged back to the bench several minutes later and told Norv Turner he wanted to go back in, but the coach held him out as a precaution.

Mathews says the ankle feels a little better.

— Associated Press

Browns’ Cribbs not begging for ball — 7:03 p.m.

Already one of the NFL’s elite return specialists, Joshua Cribbs is developing into a bona fide wide receiver for the Browns.

He’s got the size, the strength, the speed.

All he’s lacking is the selfishness.

Struggling through two games, Cleveland’s offense could use a spark, and the multitalented Cribbs, a former quarterback at Kent State, seems to be the logical choice to provide one. Trouble is, he needs the ball in his hands to make things happen, and for whatever reason, the Browns hardly gave it to him Sunday in a 16-14 loss to Kansas City.

Read the full story.

— Associated Press

Cards’ defensive leaders call meeting — 6:49 p.m.

The leaders of Arizona’s embattled defense called a players-only meeting to address the unit’s lousy performance.

Pro Bowl cornerback Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie said the session, called by outside linebacker Joey Porter, among others, was held before practice on Wednesday.

”They basically told us we’ve got to pick it up, we’ve got to step it up,” he said. ”We have to step it up, that ‘when somebody punches us in the mouth we need to be ready to punch back.”’

Read the full story.

— Associated Press

Jags’ MoJo ready for breakout game — 6:42 p.m.

Jacksonville Jaguars running back Maurice Jones-Drew stirred up his fantasy football league Wednesday with talk he was ready to trade his best player.

He got some offers, even a couple of intriguing ones.

But Jones-Drew wasn’t quite ready to give up on his top draft pick.

”I’m not trading myself,” Jones-Drew said.

Read the full story.

— Associated Press

NFL releases players of the week — 5:26 p.m.

Week 2 is in the books and the NFL has released its AFC and NFC players of the week. Let’s dive right in.

— Texans WR Andre Johnson had a dominant performance against the Redskins. Johnson tied his career-high with 12 receptions for 158 yards and a touchdown. The All-Pro wide receiver helped Houston come back from a 17 point deficit and had the play of the game catching a 34-yard touchdown pass to force overtime.

— When the Steelers learned that Big Ben wasn’t going to join the team until Week 5, they realized the defense would have to be the mainstay and carry the team. James Harrison did just that last Sunday, flying all over the field making 11 tackles, two sacks and a fumble recovery. Pittsburgh’s defense forced seven turnovers against the Titans and Harrison was a key component in the takeaways.

— Bengals kicker Mike Nugent was as consistent as they come in Week 2. Cincinnati won the game 15-11 against the Ravens without scoring a single touchdown. Nugent nailed a career-high five field goals in the win with a long from 46 yards.

Let’s take a look at the NFC players of the week:

— When a team loses its top two running backs to injury there usually is a drop off in talent, but not in Atlanta. Jason Snelling stepped up big for the Falcons totaling a career-high 186 yards from scrimmage and three touchdowns against the Cardinals. In his fourth season out of Virginia, this is Snelling’s first career player of the week award.

— Believe it or not Clay Matthews was a walk-on at USC. Matthews has rapidly hushed all doubters. The ’09 first-round draft pick registered five tackles — four tackles for loss — and three sacks in a Packers’ win against Buffalo. The linebacker is the first in Green Bay’s franchise history to record at least three sacks in back-to-back games.

— Garrett Hartley was absolutely money on Monday night. New Orleans’ kicker drilled all three field-goal attempts, including the game-winner as time expired against San Francisco.

— Ross Jones

Agent: Deals in place, but no Jackson trade — 5:13 p.m.

The agent for holdout Vincent Jackson says he had deals in place with multiple teams but the San Diego Chargers couldn’t agree to compensation for the Pro Bowl wide receiver.

Neil Schwartz says the legal language with one team was already drawn up and ready for Jackson to read and sign. That was a one-year deal with an option, with an average salary of more than $9 million. Schwartz declines to identify that team, but it was widely reported that the Minnesota Vikings were a major suitor.

Jackson had to sign a new contract by 4 p.m. EDT Wednesday in order to play for a new team in Week 5. Now, he’ll have to finish serving the remainder of his three-game DUI suspension and serve a three-game suspension on the roster exempt list if he does sign, regardless if there is a trade.

— Associated Press

Steelers name Charlie Batch Week 3 starter — 4:58 p.m.  

The forgotten quarterback is now the Pittsburgh Steelers’ starter.

Charlie Batch, a longtime backup who was relegated to No. 4 status as the Steelers dealt with Ben Roethlisberger’s off-field problems, will be the starter Sunday at Tampa Bay (2-0) – his first NFL start since 2007.

Coach Mike Tomlin picked Batch over Byron Leftwich, who is recovering from a sprained knee ligament. Dennis Dixon started the first two games, but he underwent knee surgery Wednesday and is out indefinitely.

The Steelers (2-0) apparently decided they couldn’t wait until the end of the practice week to determine if Leftwich’s still-healing knee would hold up to the stress of playing. Batch has gotten little work with the starters, and Tomlin wanted to give him as much practice time as possible.

— Associated Press

Eagles’ Leonard Weaver has ACL surgery — 2:49 p.m.

Philadelphia Eagles FB Leonard Weaver underwent surgery yesterday to repair a torn ACL and torn posterior lateral corner in his left knee, the team announced. The procedure was performed by Dr. James Andrews in Birmingham, AL. Weaver also had some nerve damage, which head coach Andy Reid confirmed.

Weaver was injured during opener vs. Green Bay on September 12 and was placed on the Injured Reserve list one day later.

A source said the surgery lasted about 4 1/2 hours. The timetable for Weaver’s return is not currently known.

— Adam Caplan

Shaun Hill gets starting nod for Lions — 2:44 p.m.

As expected, veteran QB Shaun Hill will get the starting nod when the Detroit Lions take on the Minnesota Vikings on Sunday. Head coach Jim Schwartz told reporters Hill will make his second straight start.

It’s still unclear when starting QB Matthew Stafford (shoulder) will be able to play.

— Adam Caplan

49ers re-sign linebacker — 2:41 p.m.

The San Francisco 49ers today have signed LB Bruce Davis to the practice squad. Davis attended training camp with the team and had been on the practice squad in week one only to be released following the game.

Davis worked out earlier this week for the Green Bay Packers, a source confirmed.

Davis was originally selected in the third-round of the 2008 NFL Draft by the Pittsburgh Steelers.

— Adam Caplan

Lions work out four defensive backs — 2:21 p.m.

The Detroit Lions, who some would say have a shaky secondary, worked out four defensive backs on Tuesday.

The team took a look at S Quintin Demps, S/CB Macho Harris, and CBs Chevis Jackson and Karl Paymah.

Demps, a source said, was clocked at 4.39 in the 40-yard dash. The former fourth-round pick of the Philadelphia Eagles out of the 2008 NFL Draft is capable of playing free safety. He also is known for being a very solid kickoff returner.

Harris, who was selected in the fifth-round of the 2009 NFL Draft by Philadelphia, is capable of playing free safety and cornerback. He started eight games last season.

Jackson, who was selected in the third-round of the 2008 NFL Draft by the Atlanta Falcons, fits in as a nickel cornerback.

Paymah fits in as a dime cornerback and also on special teams.

— Adam Caplan

Eagles shuffle practice squad around — 2:08 p.m.

On Tuesday, the Philadelphia Eagles released two players from their practice squad. On Wednesday, they signed two players to replace them.

S Jamar Adams and WR Rod Harper will replace S Chip Vaughn and RB Martell Mallett.

Adams (6-2, 212) was originally signed by the Seattle Seahawks as an undrafted free agent following the 2008 draft. He spent most of the last two seasons on Seattle’s practice squad, but also was promoted to the active roster twice, playing in seven career games and posting four special teams tackles.

Philadelphia has just three safeties on their 53-man roster, so it’s possible they take a look at Adams later in the season.

Originally a rookie free agent signing of Green Bay in 2008, Harper (6-0, 209) was released by the Packers prior to their training camp. He then joined the Arena Football League 2 and was assigned to the Arkansas Twisters, where he debuted in 2009 before signing with the New Orleans Saints on 6/4/09. Prior to joining the Saints, Harper was leading the AF2 in multiple categories, including scoring (228 points), and total touchdowns (38). He was also tied for the league lead in receptions (107) and ranked second in receiving yards (1,375).

Harper impressed in the 2009 preseason with New Orleans, returning two punts for touchdowns and earned a spot on their active roster. However, he was placed on the Injured Reserve list on 10/16/09 with a stress fracture in his left foot. He spent the 2010 training camp and preseason with the Saints, but was released prior to the start of the regular season.

Philadelphia, after the release of veteran WR Hank Baskett on Tuesday, has just four receivers on their 53-man roster. But Harper is now the second receiver to join their practice squad.

— Adam Caplan

Kevin Kolb’s agent speaks about QB situation — 1:25 p.m.

As everyone knows by now, the Philadelphia Eagles have made a change at quarterback.

Veteran Michael Vick has taken over as the starter over fourth-year pro Kevin Kolb.

How do people close to Kolb feel about the situation?

“Of course Kevin wants to play because he’s a competitor, but he’ll handle the situation with class like he does with everything else” Kolb’s agent, Jeff Nalley, told “People have to remember that he has only thrown 10 passes this season. Kevin performed at a high level last year in his two full starts, so the Eagles know what they have in him. He’s going to be a starting quarterback in this league for a long time.”

Kolb, who was selected in the second-round of the 2007 NFL Draft by Philadelphia, is signed through 2011. He signed a one-year extension back in late April which included roughly $12.26 million guaranteed.

— Adam Caplan

Dolphins waive kick returner — 12:04 p.m.

The Miami Dolphins have made a flurry of moves over the last 24 hours.

The team waived KR/RB Clifton Smith. Backup RB Patrick Cobbs or rookie CB Nolan Carroll will compete for the kick returner role.

DEs Clifton Geathers and Robert Rose were signed to the practice squad. TE Jeron Mastrud was signed from the practice squad to the 53-man roster to replace TE John Nalbone who was waived.

Geathers is back for a second time with Miami. He was claimed off waivers from the Cleveland Browns a few weeks ago but was waived a short time later. Rose was originally signed as an undrafted free-agent earlier this year.

— Adam Caplan

Colts cut ties with Ugoh — 12:01 p.m.

The Indianapolis Colts released OT Tony Ugoh (toe) from injured reserve. Ugoh was placed on IR on a few weeks ago after being waived/injured.

Ugoh, who was selected in the second-round of the 2007 NFL Draft, replaced long-time starter Tarik Glenn as the starter at LT in his rookie season. However, Ugoh’s performance regressed last season and Charlie Johnson took over the starting job.

— Adam Caplan

Jake Delhomme held out of practice again — 11:44 a.m.

Cleveland Browns quarterback Jake Delhomme is not practicing again because of an ankle injury that kept him out of Sunday’s home opener.

Delhomme injured his ankle in Cleveland’s Week 1 loss to Tampa Bay. He did not practice last week and was inactive Sunday when the Browns lost 16-14 to Kansas City. Seneca Wallace started and may have to again this week at Baltimore if Delhomme can’t go.

Coach Eric Mangini would not rate the chances of Delhomme playing against the Ravens and their fearsome defense. Mangini said Delhomme has been improving and remains optimistic the 35-year-old will be able to play.

”He’s further along than last week,” Mangini said before practice Wednesday. ”He’s doing everything he can. I feel comfortable with him taking the information and (playing) without reps.”

Wallace, who dropped to 5-10 in 15 career starts, was the 15th different quarterback to start for the Browns since 1999. Rookie Colt McCoy was Wallace’s backup Sunday.

— Associated Press

Jaguars make a slew of moves — 11:26 a.m.

The Jacksonville Jaguars made a bunch of moves on Wednesday.

They re-signed rookie LB Jacob Cutera and placed KR Sott McGee on injured reserve.

Cutrera, who played in the season-opener against Denver, was one of three undrafted rookies to make the Jaguars opening day roster before he was waived on Sept. 18.

McGee injured his shoulder in the final preseason game against Atlanta and was inactive the first two weeks. The 2010 sixth-round pick had six career returns for touchdowns at James Madison including three of 99-plus yards. He joins defensive tackle D’Anthony Smith (3rd round) as two of the club’s six draft picks in 2010 who are now on injured reserve.

In addition, the team signed WR Lance Long to their practice squad.

Long ( 5-11, 186) has played in eight career games after entering the NFL as an undrafted rookie with Arizona in 2008. After spending his rookie season on the Cardinals practice squad, he played in one game for the Cardinals in 2009 before he was released and added to Kansas City’s practice squad.

He played in seven games for the Chiefs and finished with 20 receptions for 178 yards and added six kickoff returns for a 17.7-yard average. He spent the 2010 preseason with the Chiefs before he was waived on Aug. 31.

Long, who works well in space, fits in as a slot receiver.

— Adam Caplan

Seattle looking for O-line help — 11:20 a.m.

Because of injuries on the interior of their offensive line, the Seattle Seahawks have been taking a look at some free agent guards.

A source confirmed they worked out Thomas Austin, Andrew Hartline and Terrence Metcalf. Last week, the team worked out Donald Thomas and Josh Beekman.

— Adam Caplan

September 21 News and Notes

NFL Week 2 player of the week nominations — 9:23 p.m.

Week 2 was packed with spectacular plays and record-breaking days, and the NFL has released its air and ground player of the week nominees. Here’s a look at the air NFL player of the week finalists:

–Mark Sanchez battled back from a lackluster Week 1 performance with a winning day against a division rival. Sanchez completed 21 of 30 passes and threw for 3 TDs, sparking a win over the Patriots.

–Jay Cutler and the Bears faced the daunting task of playing against an angry Dallas Cowboys team on the road. Cutler seemed comfortable in Mike Martz’s new offensive system throwing 3 TDs and 227 yards in a win over the ‘Boys.

–The Texans were behind 17 points in the third quarter and QB Matt Schaub didn’t blink. The quarterback threw for a franchise-record 497 yards and 3 touchdowns, leading Houston to an overtime win over the Redskins.

Here’s a look at the ground NFL player of the week finalists:

–Second year player LeSean McCoy has been given the full-time running back responsibility in Philadelphia. McCoy made the most of his opportunity in Week 2, running for 120 yards and three touchdowns over the Lions.

–Raiders running back Darren McFadden was given a heavy workload, carrying the ball 30 times for 145 yards in a win against St. Louis.

–The Falcons’ Jason Snelling stepped up big when Atlanta’s two leading backs, Michael Turner and Jerious Norwood, both went down with injuries. Snelling ran for 129 yards and scored 3 TDs in the Falcons’ beat down against Arizona.

—Ross Jones

DeAngelo Hall changes stance on defense comments — 9:06 p.m.

Washington Redskins cornerback DeAngelo Hall says he has met with the coaching staff to explain his comments about the team’s defense.

Hall was so upset on Monday by the Redskins’ 30-27 loss to Houston that he declared that he would cover the opposing team’s top receiver every week from now on — no matter what the coaches say.

Hall backpedalled from that stance when he appeared on ESPN980 on Tuesday. He said he will cover the top receiver as long as it doesn’t ”throw something out of whack” with the defense that’s been called.

Hall said the coaches aren’t upset with him. He said defensive coordinator Jim Haslett understood that Hall didn’t mean exactly what was said. Hall says head coach Mike Shanahan told him: ”I love your passion.”

—Associated Press

Browns lose LB for season; sign replacement — 7:02 p.m.

The Cleveland Browns have lost reserve linebacker Kaluka Maiava (My-ah-vah) for the season with a leg injury.

The Browns placed the second-year player on injured reserve Tuesday. Maiava was credited with one tackle before suffering the injury in Sunday’s 16-14 loss to the Kansas City Chiefs.

The Browns re-signed linebacker Titus Brown off Denver’s practice squad. Brown was waived by Cleveland on Sept. 9.

Cleveland selected Maiava in the fourth round out of Southern Cal in 2009. He made three starts last season and appeared in all 16 games, finishing with 40 tackles, 2 1/2 sacks and one forced fumble.

Maiava missed just one game in four years at USC, where he was part of a heralded linebacking tandem that included Brian Cushing, Rey Maualuga and Clay Matthews Jr.

—Adam Caplan

Jacobs fined $10K for helmet toss — 6:22 p.m.

New York Giants running back Brandon Jacobs has been fined $10,000 by the NFL for tossing his helmet into the stands against the Indianapolis Colts.

In a statement released by the Giants on Tuesday, Jacobs apologized again for tossing the helmet during the third quarter of the Giants’ 38-14 loss on Sunday night.

Jacobs said he had ”no business tossing my helmet” and he’s ”thankful that nobody was hurt.”

General manager Jerry Reese and coach Tom Coughlin asked to speak with him on Monday.

Jacobs lost his starting job to Ahmad Bradshaw earlier this season.

Jacobs said he has ”no plans to demand a trade.” The only demand he’s making is ”to be the best player I can be and to help this team win.”

—Associated Press

Redskins release veteran RB — 5:42 p.m.

The Washington Redskins have released veteran RB Larry Johnson, a source confirmed.

Johnson signed a three-year, $3.5 million contract with Washington back in March. The deal also included up to $6.75 million in incentives. His contract did not include a signing bonus.

Johnson’s release leaves the Redskins with just two running backs on their 53-man roster. The team worked out free-agent RB Chad Simpson on Tuesday, so it’s possible that the team signs him to replace Johnson.

—Adam Caplan

Falcons still in good shape at RB — 5:01 p.m.

As first reported by, Atlanta Falcons RB Jerious Norwood suffered a torn ACL during Sunday’s win over the Arizona Cardinals and will be placed on injured reserve.

While the loss of the speedy Norwood shouldn’t be taken lightly, the Falcons have perhaps the best backup running back in the NFL in Jason Snelling.

A pro personnel source said Snelling could easily start for at least a dozen teams because of his ability and versatility. He’s done a very solid job when being asked to fill in for starting RB Michael Turner over the past two seasons.

The Falcons also have first-year RB Antone Smith on their 53-man roster, so depth at the position isn’t really a concern.

— Adam Caplan

Eagles make two practice squad moves — 4:49 p.m.

The Philadelphia Eagles continued to make roster moves on Tuesday.

Earlier in the day, the team signed RB Joique Bell of the Buffalo Bills practice squad and released veteran WR Hank Baskett.

Later in the day, the team released RB Martell Mallett and S Chip Vaughn from the practice squad.

Philadelphia now has two openings on their practice squad.

— Adam Caplan

Texans Offensive Lineman suspended four games — 4:06 p.m.

Houston Texans starting OLT Duane Brown has been suspended four games by the NFL, two sources told

The NFL later announced that Brown has been suspended without pay for four games for violating the NFL policy on performance enhancing substances.

“We are disappointed that Duane Brown has been suspended. This is a significant blow to our team. Our players have to understand that they are responsible for what goes into their bodies and that they take risks anytime they use a supplement not approved by the NFL,” Texans GM Rick Smith said. “Our head athletic trainer, head strength and conditioning coach as well as our team nutritionist have had many meetings and presentations constantly reminding our players about the dangers of the supplemental industry and risks associated with taking non-approved products.

(Head coach) Gary (Kubiak) and our coaches are game planning for Dallas and he will be available for comment tomorrow after practice. I am confident in our coaches and our players that we will work through this adversity and continue to play winning football.”

Read the rest of this story here.

—Adam Caplan

Cardinals Make Moves — 4:01 p.m.

The Arizona Cardinals made a few roster moves on Tuesday.

They signed OLB Alex Hall and waived OLB Cyril Oboizor.

Hall (6-5, 250) spent the preseason with the Philadelphia Eagles and New York Giants until being released by the Giants on Sept. 4. He was traded to the Philadelphia Eagles on Apr. 2 after spending his first two seasons with the Cleveland Browns. Hall appeared in 30 games (two starts) over the past two seasons for the Browns and collected 30 tackles (21 solos), three sacks, one forced fumble and one fumble recovery.

He was waived by the Eagles on July 28 and was claimed by the Giants off of waivers the following day. He originally was drafted by the Browns in the seventh-round (231st overall) in the 2008 NFL Draft.

A source confirmed the Cardinals were one of three teams to place a waiver claim for Hall back on July 29.

In another move Tuesday, the Cardinals released LB Curtis Gatewood from the practice squad.

—Adam Caplan

Faulk suffers serious knee injury — 3:29 p.m.

According to the Boston Globe, the knee injury that veteran RB Kevin Faulk suffered during Sunday’s loss at the New York Jets turned out to be a torn ACL.

That injury typically will keep a player out at least six months, so look for Faulk to go on injured reserve soon.

Because Faulk is generally New England’s passing down back, expect the Patriots to possibly sign a free-agent running back who has experience playing on third downs.

Veteran RB Sammy Morris figures to see an increased role in passing situations with Faulk done for the season.

— Adam Caplan

Eagles release veteran WR Baskett — 3:29 p.m.

As first reported by Tuesday morning, the Philadelphia Eagles signed rookie RB Joique Bell off the Buffalo Bills practice squad. To make room for him on their 53-man roster, the Eagles released veteran WR Hank Baskett.

Bell led the Bills in rushing during the preseason with 27 carries for 152 yards and two touchdowns. He was released on Sept. 4, but spent the first two weeks of the season on the team’s practice squad.

Bell, 24, played collegiately at Division II Wayne State, finishing his career with 6,728 rushing yards and 88 touchdowns, along with 79 catches for 918 yards and eight touchdowns. His 8,055 all-purpose yards and 576 points placed him ninth and fifth, respectively, in NCAA history.

As a senior in 2009, Bell was awarded with the Harlon Hill Trophy, awarded to the Division II player of the year, after rushing for 2,084 yards and 29 touchdowns.

Philadelphia now has four running backs on their roster but is carrying just four receivers.

— Adam Caplan

Dolphins waive TE — 3:16 p.m.

The Miami Dolphins have waived TE John Nalbone, a source told

The move is surprising since Miami only had two tight ends on their 53-man roster to begin with. Miami does have two tight ends on their practice squad, so it’s possible one of them is signed from there prior to Wednesday’s first practice of the week.

Nalbone was originally selected in the fifth-round of the 2009 NFL Draft by Miami. If Miami turns the transaction into the NFL personnel office by 4:00 PM ET on Tuesday, he’ll be eligible to be claimed off waivers by 4:00 PM ET on Wednesday.

— Adam Caplan

Steelers still keeping QB options open — 3:04 p.m.

The Pittsburgh Steelers worked out three free agent quarterbacks on Tuesday, a source with the knowledge of the situation confirmed.

The three who worked out were Levi Brown, Jarrett Brown, and John David Booty.

Levi Brown, who was selected in the seventh-round of the 2010 NFL Draft, also worked out for the New York Giants last week.

Jarrett Brown, who signed with the San Francisco 49ers as an undrafted free agent in April, was recently waived by the 49ers. He also worked out for the Giants last week.

Booty was originally selected in the fifth-round of the 2008 NFL Draft by the Minnesota Vikings. He’s spent time with the Tennessee Titans and Washington Redskins over the past 12 months.

— Adam Caplan

Jaguars re-up with veteran QB — 2:51 p.m.

As expected, the Jacksonville Jaguars placed backup QB Luke McCown (knee) on injured reserve on Tuesday. To replace him on the 53-man roster, the team signed veteran QB Todd Bouman (6-2, 226), who will take over the No. 2 role immediately for McCown.

Jacksonville only will carry two quarterbacks on their active roster, but has QB Brett Ratliff on their practice squad.

Bouman, 38, spent time with the Jaguars for parts of the 2007-2009 seasons.

Bouman’s career totals include 129 of 230 passing for 1,683 yards with 11 touchdowns and 11 interceptions.

He was originally signed as an undrafted free agent by the Minnesota Vikings in 1997.

— Adam Caplan

Pats’ Kevin Faulk could miss quite some time — 1:51 p.m.

New England Patriots RB Kevin Faulk, who was suffered a right leg during the fourth quarter of Sunday’s loss at the New York Jets, could be out a while.

Head coach Bill Belichick didn’t offer an update on Faulk’s injury during a Tuesday morning conference call, but he didn’t deny something could happen in regard to Faulk’s status later this week.

"They’re (medical staff) still working on it. I think part of it is how things come around in the next day or so. We’ll see how things go in the next day or so and based on how that is, then make a decision at that point."

Faulk is not only the team’s main third down back, but he plays on special teams, and is known as one of the team leaders.

Faulk re-signed for one season back March. He received a base salary of $900,000, along with a signing bonus worth $1 million.

The team traded away disappointing RB Laurence Maroney last week, so New England is down to veterans Fred Taylor and Sammy Morris, along with third-year back BenJarvus Green-Ellis. However, the team signed RB/WR Danny Woodhead last Saturday, who is capable of seeing time in passing situations. It was speculated that Woodhead was signed to give the Patriots an advantage against his former team, the Jets. But Woodhead signed as an undrafted free agent with the Jets in 2008 as a running back.

— Adam Caplan

Ravens’ Harbaugh hit with fine — 1:33 p.m.

The NFL has fined Baltimore Ravens coach John Harbaugh $15,000 for impermissible verbal and physical contact with an official.

The NFL made the announcement Tuesday. The incident occurred Sunday during the Ravens 15-10 loss to the Cincinnati Bengals.

Harbaugh made contact with line judge Ron Marinucci in the chest while demonstrating where outside linebacker Terrell Suggs hit Bengals quarterback Carson Palmer during a questionable roughing-the-passer penalty.

During his Monday press conference, Harbaugh said he was ”a little animated” in describing the play and that he was ”over the line” with his demonstration.

Harbaugh said he and Marinucci disagreed about the call, but that the discussion was ”respectful throughout” and that ”it should be OK.”

— AP

Dennis Dixon to go under the knife — 1:14 p.m.

Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Dennis Dixon will have left knee surgery Wednesday and is out indefinitely, meaning Byron Leftwich or Charlie Batch will start Sunday at Tampa Bay.

Dixon was hurt in the first half of a 19-11 victory at Tennessee on Sunday, with Batch playing most of the final three quarters – his most extensive game action since 2007. Leftwich, expected to start during Ben Roethlisberger’s four-game suspension, sat out the first two games with a sprained left knee from the final preseason game.

Coach Mike Tomlin does not expect Leftwich to be bothered by the injury, but how well Leftwich responds in practice may determine if he is ready to start. Batch was the No. 4 quarterback during voluntary workouts and training camp. Full story …

— AP

Raiders waive FB following suspension — 10:40 a.m.

Oakland Raiders FB Luke Lawton was reinstated Monday from his four-game suspension for violating the NFL’s policy on performance-enhancing substances. And, as expected, the Raiders waived him.

Lawton re-signed with the Raiders for one season back in March and carried a base salary of $1.101 million.

The Raiders are currently carrying one fullback on their active roster, Marcel Reese. They also have rookie FB Manase Tonga on their practice squad.

— Adam Caplan

Eagles add to RB depth — 9:59 a.m.

As expected, the Philadelphia Eagles signed rookie RB Joique Bell off the Buffalo Bills practice squad. A source said Bell signed a new contract this morning.

Teams are not allowed to work out practice squad players from another team, but they can give them a physical, which Bell passed.

Bell will go directly to Philadelphia’s 53-man roster, so the team will have to make a corresponding move to make room for him.

Philadelphia now has four running backs on their roster. And they also have rookie RB Martell Mallett on their practice squad.

Bell was signed as an undrafted free agent by Buffalo in April.

— Adam Caplan

Braylon Edwards arrested for DWI — 8:48 a.m.

New York Jets wide receiver Braylon Edwards was arrested Tuesday on charges of driving while intoxicated after officers pulled him over because his SUV had excessive tinting on its windows, police said.

Edwards was pulled over on the west side of Manhattan around 5:15 a.m., and officers noticed a strong smell of alcohol, said chief NYPD spokesman Paul Browne.

Edwards was given a breath test at the scene and another at a police station. His blood alcohol level was .16, twice the legal limit, officials said. There were four other people in the SUV at the time. Full story …

— AP

Reggie Bush reportedly has broken leg — 7:25 a.m.

The New Orleans Saints have four running backs on their 53-man roster, but only two of them are currently healthy.

Fifth-year pro Reggie Bush suffered a break in his lower right leg during the fourth quarter of Monday night’s victory at the San Francisco 49ers, reports. The injury could keep Bush out six weeks or more.

Pierre Thomas and Deshawn Wynn remain as the only healthy backs for the Saints. Rookie Chris Ivory has not practiced since suffering a knee injury nearly three weeks ago.

The best available free agent running backs include: Justin Fargas, DeDe Dorsey, Dantrell Savage, Adrian Peterson, Kolby Smith, and Chris Jennings.

For more on the injury, click here.

Adam Caplan


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