Weekly Leaders

Here were the leaders last week (8).

1) Drew Brees-31/39, 336 yards, 4 touchdowns, 136.7 rating
2) Donovan McNabb- 21/27, 333 yards, 1 touchdown, 103.1 rating
3) Brett Favre- 21/27, 331 yards, 2 touchdowns, 142.4 rating

1) LenDale White- 25 carries, 133 yards
2) Brandon Jacobs- 23 carries, 131 yards
3) Willie Parker- 22 carries, 126 yards, 1 touchdown

1) Reggie Wayne- 7 receptions, 168 yards, 1 touchdown
2) Greg Jennings- 6 receptions, 141 yards, 1 touchdown
3) Lee Evans- 5 receptions, 138 yards, 1 touchdown


Packers Place Wynn On IR

Rookie tailback DeShawn Wynn, who led the Green Bay Packers in rushing over the first seven games of the season, was placed on injured reserve Tuesday and will miss the rest of the year. Wynn suffered a shoulder injury in Monday night's overtime victory at Denver. Although the X-rays taken during the game were inconclusive, further tests on Tuesday indicated that the injury was serious enough to sideline Wynn for an extended period. First-year tailback Ryan Grant, who rushed for 104 yards on 22 carries against the Broncos, will take over as the starting tailback. Grant will be the third different starting tailback this season for the Packers, whose running game statistically ranks last in the league. Despite its 6-1 record, Green Bay is averaging only 71.3 rushing yards per game and 3.4 yards per carry. The move with Wynn opened up a roster spot for Green Bay to activate wide receiver and return specialist Koren Robinson, who was reinstated by commissioner Roger Goodell on Oct. 18 following a one-year suspension for a repeat violation of the substance abuse policy. The Packers had a roster exemption for Robinson that was about to expire. A seventh-round draft pick, Wynn had carried 50 times for 203 yards and four touchdowns. The former University of Florida standout had appeared in seven games and started four. He suffered a neck injury early last week in a weightlifting incident, but recovered from that and started against the Broncos on Monday night.



Packers won in a dramatic fashion on Monday Night Football against the Denver Broncos. After the Broncos tied the game up 13-13 with five seconds to left sending the game into overtime Brett Favre threw an 82 yard touchdown pass to Greg Jennings to win the game. The Packers are now 6-1 and the Broncos are now 3-4.


Romo To Get A Six-Year Extension

The Dallas Cowboys have reached an agreement with quarterback Tony Romo on a six-year, $67.5 million contract extension, $30 million which is guaranteed, according to sources. The deal is expected to be announced at an 11 a.m. ET press conference on Tuesday and was primarily negotiated on Romo's behalf by agents Ken Kremer and Tom Condon. Romo was in the final year of his contract and could have become a free agent at the end of the season. By signing him to a new deal before Nov. 5, the Cowboys will be able to apply some of this money toward their 2007 salary cap.


Vikings Could Deal For McNabb

Vikings head coach Brad Childress, who was McNabb's QB coach before coming to Minnesota, is desperate for a QB, and may lobby for a trade. McNabb is in need of a change of scenery and it would make sense to make a trade with long time friend Andy Reid. McNabb, 30, is experienced and could definitely lead a solid team to the playoffs, but it might take a couple of years in Minnesota. I think a second-round draft pick could do it, maybe two picks to land him. It doesn't make sense to draft a QB in April because it would take too long for him to develop.


Jets Finally Bench Pennington

Chad Pennington's tenure as the New York Jets' starting quarterback is over. Coach Eric Mangini announced Monday he's going with Kellen Clemens as his starter for Sunday's game against Washington. It's a move fans and media have been suggesting for weeks as the Jets have struggled to a 1-7 start. "I made this decision not based on singling out Chad for where we are, but based on the fact that I think Kellen has earned this opportunity," Mangini said. "I want to give him this opportunity. It's in no way an indication that Chad is solely responsible. We all are." Clemens, in his second season out of Oregon, replaced an ineffective Pennington late in the Jets' 13-3 loss to Buffalo on Sunday. His entrance was cheered by those remaining at Giants Stadium. He was just 5-of-12 for 67 yards and two interceptions, but one of those came on a desperation toss as time expired. After waiting until last Wednesday to keep Pennington as the starter, Mangini didn't need the extra time to make his choice this week. Clemens has a much stronger arm than Pennington and is more mobile, perhaps able to add a few more elements to the offense than the veteran could. Although Mangini wouldn't commit to Clemens beyond this weekend, the 2006 second-round pick will be under center Sunday against Washington for his second NFL start.
AP Release


Losman Out Because Of Financial Situation?

Buffalo Bills owner Ralph Wilson Jr. is under scrutiny from his players after rookie Trent Edwards was named the starting quarterback again this week, even though incumbent J.P. Losman is healthy, according to a source. One Bills player who wished to remain anonymous said many in the locker room believe Wilson's financial plight or philosophy has influenced the decision, which could save him millions in playing time incentives for Losman. In his first full season as a starter in 2006, Losman was the league's 11th-rated passer. He was also fourth in completions longer than 40 yards and was voted a team captain by his teammates this past summer. Losman will be a free agent after the 2008 season, so a new contract was on the horizon, too. In three games this season, Losman is 30 for 47 for 255 passing yards with no touchdowns and one interception. Edwards is 66 for 100 for 660 passing yards with one touchdown and four interceptions.

Source: Chris Mortenson-ESPN


Week Eight Picks

Here are my picks for week eight...

CLE @ STL Sun 1:00PM- Browns

NYG @ MIA Sun 1:00PM- Giants

PHI @ MIN Sun 1:00PM- Vikings

IND @ CAR Sun 1:00PM- Colts

DET @ CHI Sun 1:00PM- Lions

PIT @ CIN Sun 1:00PM- Steelers

OAK @ TEN Sun 1:00PM- Titans

JAC @ TB Sun 4:05PM- Jaguars

BUF @ NYJ Sun 4:05PM- Bills

HOU @ SD Sun 4:05PM- Chargers

NO @ SF Sun 4:15PM- Saints

WAS @ NE Sun 4:15PM- Patriots

GNB @ DEN Mon 8:00PM- Packers


Colts To Play Without Harrison

The Indianapolis Colts will have to play without Peyton Manning's go-to guy Marvin Harrison this week against the Panthers. Harrison who is 35 years old now injured his knee on the September 30th game against the Broncos, was out the following week, but returned last week on Monday Night Football against the Jaguars. Harrison was limited in practice all week, and is aiming to start practicing by next wednsday. The fourth-leading receiver in NFL history, Harrison has 1,042 catches for 13,944 yards and 123 touchdowns in 175 regular-season appearances. In five games in 2007, he has registered 20 receptions for 247 yards and one touchdown.


Fox Chooses Testeverde Over Carr

Coach John Fox on Friday named 43-year-old Vinny Testaverde the starting quarterback for Sunday's game against Indianapolis. Testaverde got the nod ahead of David Carr, who is recovering from a back injury. "It's not an indictment on David Carr by any stretch. I don't feel he's 100 percent," Fox said. "He's healthy enough to play, but I don't think he's 100 percent."
Carr practiced Friday and is listed as probable. The surprising move pits Testaverde, in his 21st season, against reigning Super Bowl MVP Peyton Manning as the Panthers try to become the first team to beat the Super Bowl champions this season. Testaverde said on Monday he thought Carr would start. Carr said the same on Wednesday, when Fox said he would play, but not necessarily start, if he was healthy. But Fox said he didn't think Carr had progressed enough during the week, after sustaining a compression fracture in his lower back against New Orleans on Oct. 7. "It's not a season-long decision. It will be game to game," Fox said.


Week Eight Power Rankings

Here are my power rankings for week eight...

1) Patriots 7-0: Brady looks to break the touchdown record this season, Reason: Randy Moss
2) Colts 6-0: Beat the Jaguars, could easily be #1 overall if the Patriots weren't so dominate with there wins.
3) Cowboys 6-1: Vikings made it a close game, but Marion Barber saves the day.
4) Packers 5-1: Could you believe that a 38 year old lead the league in yards last week?
5) Steelers 4-2: When Willie Parker has a good game, so do the Steelers.
6) Giants 5-2: Defense looks dominant now, unlike the first two games of the season.
7) Jaguars 4-2: Could be in the top 5, but they had to play the Colts :-(
8) Redskins 4-2: Another top 5 defense, Santana Moss needs to step up.
9) Panthers 4-2: With Delhomme out, Vinnie Testeverde and David Carr are battling for the starting job. (Carr will start this week).
10) Titans 4-2: Rob Bironas makes an NFL record-eight field goals, including the game winner.
11) Ravens 4-3: Ray Lewis calls out Brian Billick, this team may be collapsing.
12) Seahawks 4-3: Shaun Alexander is 20th in the league rushing, but Mike Holmgren blames it all on the offensive line...nice job coach.
12) Broncos 3-3: Will face a big test this week against Brett Favre and the Packers.
13) Chargers 3-3: L.T. is back! and with Chris Chambers, the offense is deadly.
14) Lions 4-2: Have had an easy schedule, not really a good overall team.
15) Buccaneers 4-3: Loss to Lions was tough, but Jeff Garcia looks great.
16) Chiefs 4-3: Priest Holmes got in the game...thats how bad the Cheifs running game is (Sorry LJ)
17) Bears 3-4: Brian Griese might just be the answer to this team. Victory against the Eagles was a hard earned one.
18) Cardinals 3-4: Matt Leinart and Kurt Warner are both injured...now they're in trouble!
19) Browns 3-3: Average team, that's all I can say; though Derek Anderson has been a great fantasy player.
20) Texans 3-4: Great comeback against the Titans last week, scoring 14 points in five minutes...until Kerry Collins drives the Titans to the 17 yard line for Rob Bironas' game winner.
21) Eagles 2-4: Loss to Bears should mean the end of the season for the Eagles, and maybe Donovan McNabb.
22) Bills 2-4: Great win against the Ravens, though starting Edwards over Losman isn't the best idea. (Edward will start again this week).
23) Saints 2-4: Drew Brees and Reggie Bush are finally picking up there act, this team could be a big surprise in the second half of this season.
24) Bengals 2-4: Chad Johnson trade rumors are flying around, this team is done for the season.
25) Vikings 2-4: Two close games in a row (Bears, Cowboys). The Vikings will look to trade or draft a QB this offseason after Tavaris Jackson's poor performances.
26) 49ers 2-4: It's all Frank Gore's fault!
27) Raiders 2-4: JaMarcus Russel needs to get in...and fast.
29) Falcons 1-6: Byron Leftwhich is hurt and out for a month, so Joey Harrington is back!
30) Rams 0-7: Marc Bulger, Torry Holt, Steven Jackson, all major let-downs this season.
31) Dolphins 0-7: This team is so bad, that they might not be able to beat Notre Dame.


Pennington Is Still In

Two days after saying he would evaluate the entire team, including the starting quarterback, coach Eric Mangini announced Wednesday that Pennington will start against Buffalo on Sunday.
"I went back through the tape, looked at it and felt very good about the decision-making process," Mangini said, referring to Pennington's performance in the Jets' loss at Cincinnati. "There were quite a few plays that I really liked." With the Jets struggling at 1-6, fans and members of the media have been calling for Kellen Clemens to start, mostly based on the second-year quarterback's stronger arm and solid performance in Week 2 in relief of an injured Pennington. Mangini repeatedly endorsed Pennington as his starter early in the season, but declined to do so after the loss Sunday and Monday, helping fuel the speculation. "It's something I wanted to look at as a group and I wanted to look at all different elements," Mangini said. "I thought that was important. I did. I feel this is the decision. I'm very comfortable with that." So, Pennington will be behind center Sunday, when the Jets take on Buffalo (2-4), despite having to wait a few days for Mangini's decision. Fantasy Take: Pennington isn't the fantasy stud he was last year, so owners should be aware of him. Try to trade him away if possible.

Source: AP


Garrard Out For A Month

Jaguars quarterback David Garrard could be sidelined up to a month with a badly sprained left ankle. Coach Jack Del Rio said Wednesday that Garrard has a high ankle sprain, meaning he has ligament damage, and will sit out road games against Tampa Bay and New Orleans. "It's more likely to be three or four [games], somewhere in that window,'' Del Rio said. "I don't think it's likely to think he'll be back any sooner than that.'' Del Rio said Quinn Gray will make his first career start against the Buccaneers on Sunday. The Jaguars also planned to work out Doug Johnson, Drew Henson and Todd Bouman later Wednesday. Drew Bledsoe was approached about a tryout but declined to come out of retirement. Garrard injured his ankle in Monday night's 29-7 loss to Indianapolis. He tried to play through the injury, but his ankle swelled up considerably at halftime. Gray struggled in his second extensive playing stint in the last two seasons. He finished 9-of-24 for 56 yards, with two interceptions and a fumble.
"We've got to rally around Quinn,'' Del Rio said.

Source; AP


Who's Really Best In The NFC?

For those of you who checked ESPN'S Power Rankings (Click Here To View Them), you have to wonder, "Why are the Giants the fourth best team in the league?" Well, are they? The Giants are 4-2 and they were considered one of the worst teams in the league after losing to the Green Bay Packers who are currently right behind them at number five on the power rankings. Their offense continues to struggle, and injuries have kept the Giants from having a solid starting running back each week. Yes the Giants have had two good weeks, and there defense has looked great. But still, you have to think, "Should the Giants be ranked higher than the Packers, Steelers, and Jaguars?" and the answer is, No.


Brown Out For Season

Miami Dolphins running back Ronnie Brown will miss the rest of the season because of a knee injury, his agent Todd France said Monday. Brown underwent an MRI exam Monday. He twisted his right knee in the third quarter of the Dolphins 49-28 loss to the New England Patriots on Sunday. Brown has been one of the few bright spots in Miami's bleak season. Coming into Sunday's game, he led the NFL in yards from scrimmage and had reached the 100-yard rushing mark for four consecutive games. Brown had 76 yards rushing against the Patriots on 17 carries, and had five receptions for 33 yards. The Dolphins are off to an 0-7 start for the first time in their 42 seasons. Fantasy Take: Sorry Ronnie Brown owners, but you most likely lost your top fantasy player for the season. Maybe the Dolphins will keep Ricky Williams now....


MVPs of Week 7 So Far

Rob Bironas* (K-Titans)
52 long
2/2 xp
26 pts total

Tom Brady** (QB-Patriots)
354 yards
6 touchdowns
0 interceptions

*Bironas Set An NFL Record Today With Eight Field Goals In One Game

** Brady Set A Personal and Team Record With Six Touchdowns and has 27 TD's Already This Season


Pats Still Unbeaten, Miami Still Winless

Tom Brady was flawless at the start and off the bench, too. With his team winning easily, Brady came out of the game early in the fourth quarter Sunday, then re-entered to throw a team-record sixth touchdown pass, capping unbeaten New England's 49-28 rout of the winless Miami Dolphins. Brady's TD total exceeded his career high of five, set last week against Dallas. Brady now has 27 TD passes after seven games. The NFL record is 49 set by Peyton Manning in 2004.
Brady completed his first 11 passes for 220 yards and four scores, including throws of 35 and 50 yards to Randy Moss. His other touchdown passes covered 14 and 16 yards to Wes Welker, 30 to Donte Stallworth and 2 to Kyle Brady. Willie Andrews returned a kickoff 77 yards for a touchdown to help the Patriots lead 42-7 at the half. The Patriots improved to 7-0 for the first time in their 48-year history, while the drubbing was the biggest downer yet for the Dolphins, who fell to 0-7 for the first time in their 41 seasons. Miami lost its 10th consecutive game, extending a franchise record, and lost running back Ronnie Brown to a knee injury in the third quarter. He came into the game leading the NFL in yards from scrimmage.


Injury Update

Laurence Maroney is returning to the Patriots backfield after missing three weeks with a groin injury. Backup Sammy Morris filled in with a pair of 100-yard games before hurting his chest in last Sunday's win over the Cowboys. Morris is expected to miss this week's game in Miami.
Maroney has rushed for 252 yards this season, averaging 4.7 yards per carry.

Titans quarterback Vince Young is expected to be the backup behind Kerry Collins on Sunday against Houston, pending a pre-game workout. Young had injured his right quadriceps against Tampa Bay and had not practiced all week until taking one series of snaps with the scout team on Friday. He began Friday's workout by dropping back and throwing the ball, then ran the Titans scout team offense during a red zone drill against the starting defense.

Wide receiver Marvin Harrison remains questionable for the Indianapolis Colts' game against Jacksonville on Monday night because of a bruised left knee. Colts coach Tony Dungy said before practice Saturday that Harrison would probably be a game-time decision in the AFC South clash between the Colts (5-0) and Jaguars (4-1). "We'll see how much he can do," Dungy said, adding that the practice would be "a good indicator" of whether the eight-time Pro Bowl selection will play. The 12-year NFL veteran has been hampered by the knee since bruising it in the first quarter of the Colts' Sept. 30 win over Denver. Harrison has seen relatively light work the past two weeks. Middle linebacker Gary Brackett was also questionable for the Jaguars after suffering an abdominal strain near the end of Thursday's practice. He was held out of Friday's workout, but got some work Saturday. "He's feeling like he's going to play," Dungy said. Offensive guard Dylan Gandy did not practice Saturday due to an illness and also was listed as questionable. Rookie outside linebacker Victor Worlsey (foot) was questionable, but rookie offensive tackle Tony Ugoh (ankle) practiced Friday and Saturday and should start.
Safety Bob Sanders (chest/ribs) and wide receiver Aaron Moorehead (back) also practiced Saturday after resting their injuries during Friday's workout. Both are expected to play against the Jaguars.

In what will be viewed as a remarkable comeback if he only steps foot on the field Sunday, the Kansas City Chiefs activated tailback Priest Holmes on Saturday for their game against the Oakland Raiders. The four-time Pro Bowl back has not appeared in a game since suffering serious head and neck trauma in an Oct. 30, 2005 contest against the San Diego Chargers. He has spent nearly two years recovering from the injuries and most league observers felt that Holmes would never play again. Holmes, 34, spent the final half of the 2005 season on injured reserve and the entire 2006 campaign on the NFL's physically unable to perform list. Because of the head and neck trauma, and a serious hip injury that threatened to end his career in 2004, Holmes has played in only 15 games since the end of the 2003 season. Len Pasquerelli- ESPN

Associated Press


Pennington To Be On Short Leash Today

Chad Pennington, who continues to struggle this year will be on a very short leash today. The Bengals defense is awful so that should help Pennington out a little, but my guess is if he messes up at all they'll bench him for Kellen Clemens.


Week 7 Picks

Here are my picks for week 7...sorry for posting them so late

NE @ MIA Sun 1:00PM- Pats

ATL @ NO Sun 1:00PM- Saints

SF @ NYG Sun 1:00PM- Giants

TEN @ HOU Sun 1:00PM- Texans

BAL @ BUF Sun 1:00PM- Bills

ARI @ WAS Sun 1:00PM- Redskins

TB @ DET Sun 1:00PM- Bucs

KC @ OAK Sun 4:05PM- Cheifs

NYJ @ CIN Sun 4:05PM- Bengals

MIN @ DAL Sun 4:15PM- Boys

CHI @ PHI Sun 4:15PM- Eagles

STL @ SEA Sun 4:15PM- Hawks

PIT @ DEN Sun 8:15PM- Pitt

IND @ JAC Mon 8:30PM- Indy


Walker, Bailey, Hurt

Denver Broncos wide receiver Javon Walker could miss six weeks after undergoing surgery on his right knee Friday, coach Mike Shanahan said. Walker could be back sooner, but it's too early to tell, Shanahan said Walker's surgery in Houston. "I heard the doctor estimate it at six weeks. We'll get a better feel on it next week or so," Shanahan said. Walker, who missed the Broncos' last two games because of excessive swelling and pain, tore his ACL during the 2005 season-opener with the Green Bay Packers. He had two surgeries to repair the knee that season and needed a follow-up operation around the time he joined the Broncos in a draft-day trade in 2006. The Broncos could certainly use his big-play ability. The team is 2-1 when he plays and 0-2 without him. Walker had 17 catches for 220 yards in the team's first two games before being held to just 2 catches and 10 yards against Jacksonville in week 3. The Broncos also may be without their best defensive player -- cornerback Champ Bailey -- when they host Pittsburgh Sunday night. Bailey will be a game-time decision, Shanahan said. Bailey returned to limited practice Friday after missing the rest of the week because of a strained right quadriceps.



Should The Superbowl Be In Another Country?

There are tons of rumors going around right now about games next year might be played in different countries, like last year's game in Mexico City which drew a record crowd of over 100,000 fans. But now there's the rumor that the NFL might try to host a superbowl in a different country. Personally I hate the idea, but this is an open post to hear what you fans think. Leave a comment or email me at bam@nflrumorz.com and I'll post your comments.


Titans Could Add QB?

With the Titans releasing punter Josh Miller, it seems that Vince Young will be out at least a week or so and they will make room to call some one up. My guess would be former Packer's backup, Ingle Martin who is the Titans practice squad quarterback. The Titans should definitely be careful with Young, especially because he is so young, so I expect them to go with Ingle. So far this season, the Titans are 3-2 and play the Texans next week on the road.


Harrington Out, Leftwich In

After a 1-5 start to the season, the Falcons have decided to bench starting quarterback Joey Harrington and start recently aquired QB Byron Lefwich. The Falcons hope that Leftwich, a fifth-year veteran signed last month after his release from the Jacksonville Jaguars, will provide a spark for the team's sagging offense. Atlanta statistically ranks 27th in total offense and is 29th in scoring, averaging just 13.2 points per game. The Falcons have scored only six offensive touchdowns in six games. Fantasy View: I would consider picking up Leftwich only if you were in a really bad quarterback situation. Leftwich might do well in the Falcon's offense especially with weapons in Joe Horn and Alge Crumpler. Warrick Dunn is also a good receiving running back so look for his fantasy value to increase also.


Holmes To Play Sunday?

Running back Priest Holmes will practice Wednesday for the first time since a severe 2005 head and neck injury. Chiefs coach Herm Edwards repeated Tuesday there's a chance Holmes could play at Oakland. The Chiefs traded backup running back Michael Bennett to Tampa Bay for draft picks on Tuesday, creating a spot behind starter Larry Johnson and adding to speculation they might activate Holmes in time for Sunday's game against the Raiders. Holmes "will put the pads on. He will put the helmet on. Whether he participates in the [Oakland] game or not, we'll see how practice goes," Edwards said. Holmes sustained neck and spinal injuries in a game at San Diego on Oct. 30, 2005, when he was hit by Shawne Merriman. He was placed on the physically unable to perform list and stayed there until he showed up at training camp in River Falls, Wis., claiming he'd seen himself playing football in a dream. The three-time Pro Bowler, who turned 34 this month, appears to have lost about 10 pounds since July and looks fit. Holmes is eligible to come off the inactive list this week, and the Chiefs have 21 days beginning Wednesday to either activate Holmes, place him on injured reserve or waive him.

Source: AP


Bennett Traded To Bucs

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have acquired seventh-year veteran tailback Michael Bennett from the Kansas City Chiefs.The Chiefs received undisclosed draft picks in 2008 and 2009 based on performance criteria. "We believe that the addition of Michael Bennett will strengthen our running back position," Bucs general manager Bruce Allen said in a statement. Although Bennett does not fit the model of the kind of running back that the club had been attempting to add in trade talks over the past week, the swap provides the Bucs a veteran back who was a starter in the league early in his career, and who was named to the 2002 Pro Bowl after rushing for 1,296 yards that season. I'm going to have to give this trade two thumbs down for the Bucs. Yes it does help them fill the need at runningback after the loss of Cadillac Williams, but trading two years of draft picks is a really bad move. Unless the Bucs make it to the playoffs this year, this is a bad trade.


Chambers Traded To Chargers

The next time Chris Chambers steps into a huddle, his teammates will include LaDainian Tomlinson, Antonio Gates and Philip Rivers. "Oh man, it's a pleasure," Chambers said after he was traded from the winless Miami Dolphins to the defending AFC West champion San Diego Chargers just before Tuesday's deadline. "It's going to be very interesting. I can't wait to get out there and help this team win and continue to be successful." Chambers is expected to join the Chargers at practice on Wednesday. The Chargers, 3-3 and tied for the division lead with Kansas City, have their bye this Sunday. San Diego gave up a 2008 second-round draft pick for Chambers, who will give Rivers a veteran wide receiver to work with and help take the pressure off All-Pros Tomlinson and Gates. Not long after Chargers general manager A.J. Smith made the deal with Miami, he put No. 1 wideout Eric Parker on the injured reserve list with a broken right big toe. Parker has been out since June, and will miss the rest of the season. "It was a late development," Smith said. "One receiver down, one receiver in. We had an opportunity to add a quality, experienced, productive guy and felt we couldn't pass it up. We like him a lot. We've held him in high regard throughout his career." Chambers has 31 receptions for 415 yards and no touchdowns this season. He was a second-round choice by Miami in 2001 -- the same year Tomlinson was the No. 5 overall pick by the Bolts. He enjoyed his best season in 2005, when he made 82 catches for 1,118 yards and 11 scores, and was voted to the Pro Bowl. Fantasy Take: Expect this trade to not only boost Chamber's fantasy value, but Philip River's also.


Quick Rumors

Tatum Bell's agent, Jeffrey Griffin, told Detroit Lions president Matt Millen earlier in the week that Bell would like to be traded because of a diminished role in the offense. The NFL trade deadline is Tuesday, and the Lions do not appear to have any interest in dealing Bell. Teams potentially interested: Green Bay Packers, Chicago Bears, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Houston Texans.

The Miami Dolphins are going to release Ricky Williams if he is reinstated by the league, unless there is a last minute trade.

The New York Jets desperately need a spark that only a quarterback change provides for what is now a lost season for the former Mangenius. They are one-year wonders after their surprising playoff run last year and have quickly reverted to the dreary days of the Same Old Jets. "No," is how Eric Mangini answered after the Jets' 16-9 loss to the Eagles when asked if he was considering a quarterback change to Kellen Clemens.

Tiki Barber said that his brother, Ronde, and his mother want the retired New York Giants tailback to join the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Tiki said he's not gonna do it. Tiki has until November 30 to unretire and join the Giants. If he does, the Giants presumably would have to decide whether to welcome him back or cut him loose.

Source: Yahoo Sports


Madden Curse Strikes Again

Titans quarterback Vince Young had an MRI exam Monday to check out his strained right quadriceps muscle. The results of the test weren't immediately available, and coach Jeff Fisher said Young would be considered day to day. Fisher said the test was to determine the best course of treatment for the 2006 Offensive Rookie of the Year who was injured at the end of a 2-yard run to the sideline midway through the third quarter of Sunday's 13-10 loss to Tampa Bay. "He could not practice today," Fisher said. "If we had practice today, he'd be sore. But it's not as bad as we thought. So he'll be day to day, and our treatment path will be to try to get him back on the practice field as fast as we can." The Titans will be without receiver Brandon Jones against the Texans. Fisher said the third-year receiver had arthroscopic surgery on his knee Monday and will be out a week or two. Jones hurt his right knee on Oct. 7 in a 20-13 win against Atlanta. Young was 11-of-14 for 120 yards and ran twice for 4 yards before hurting his leg. Kerry Collins replaced Young and finished the game. The injury has the Titans considering some roster moves with Collins the only other quarterback. Tim Rattay was in training camp, but was released Sept. 1 and signed with Arizona, where he played much of Sunday's loss to Carolina. Ingle Martin, a Nashville native and Green Bay's fifth-round draft pick in 2006, is on the practice squad. Punter Josh Miller could be cut to make room because Craig Hentrich has punted the two weeks since a sore back kept him out of a game Sept. 24. "We are discussing personnel moves," Fisher said. For those of you familiar with the Madden Curse, where the player on the cover of the video game "Madden" get hurt, it looks like the curse has claimed another victim.

Copyright 2007 by The Associated Press


No More Perfect NFC Teams

In a rare battle of 5-0 teams, the New England Patriots stomped the Dallas Cowboys as badly as everyone else they've faced this season, winning 48-27 Sunday behind a career-best five touchdown passes from Tom Brady. Although the Patriots put up their most points in 23 years, the game wasn't as lopsided as the score indicates -- which is what makes this victory so impressive. They won by three touchdowns despite giving up their most points of the season and trailing in the second half for the first time all year. "The reality is we got a win on the road and we're 6-0. That's what is important," Brady said. "Any time you win you're doing just fine. It's another step in the process. We have to continue to make improvements." Brady was 31-of-46 for 388 yards. His five TDs tied a franchise record and gave him an NFL record with at least three in each of the first six games of the season. However, he was sacked as many times (3) as he'd been all season; on one, he lost a fumble that Dallas returned for a touchdown. What made his performance special was the way he responded to that third-quarter deficit: touchdown, field goal, touchdown, field goal, touchdown. The last score came with 19 seconds left, a 1-yard run by first-year running back Kyle Eckel that Brady celebrated with two huge fist pumps. That's about all the celebrating this team is willing to do, especially when coach Bill Belichick comes away saying the Patriots "were lucky to hang in there." "There will probably be a couple of lashes waiting for us," Randy Moss said. "I'm not saying we're unstoppable, we just work hard at what we do." The Cowboys (5-1) were off to their best start since 1983 and were eager to see how they stacked up against the league's elite. Now they know they can compete, but still have a ways to go. The next 10 games will show whether that might be good enough in the NFC. "Hopefully we'll see them down the road," said Terrell Owens, referring to a possible Super Bowl rematch. "We just got to regroup. There's no confidence lost in the locker room."

Source: NE (AP)


Packers-Redskins Recap

Cornerback Charles Woodson scooped up the ball -- and lifted the spirits of the Green Bay Packers' suddenly sagging offense. Woodson's 57-yard fumble return in the third quarter gave the Packers the go-ahead touchdown in a 17-14 victory over the Washington Redskins at soggy Lambeau Field on Sunday. "It was a big play today," Woodson said. "Hopefully, I have many more to come." With Green Bay's previously top-ranked passing offense sputtering and the Packers trailing 14-10 late in the third quarter, defensive lineman Corey Williams stripped Redskins receiver Santana Moss on an end-around. Woodson picked up the ball and ran to the end zone. The Packers (5-1) won despite an off day from Brett Favre, who became the NFL's career interception king with an errant pass picked off by Redskins safety Sean Taylor in the third quarter. "I could care less," Favre said. "We won the game. I'm glad it's over, just like the other records. We're 5-1, so it feels a lot better than having no picks and being 1-5." Despite Favre's off day -- he was 19-of-37 for 188 yards and threw a second interception to Taylor in the fourth quarter -- the Packers recovered from their first loss of the season against Chicago last Sunday, regaining momentum as they head into their bye. Packers coach Mike McCarthy said the Redskins were the best team the Packers have played so far, but he still hasn't seen his young team play a complete game. "We feel good about being 5-1, but we're a team that needs to clean our house," McCarthy said. The Redskins (3-2) baffled a pass-happy NFC North offense for the second week in a row after beating Detroit, but offensive mistakes cost them on Sunday. Redskins coach Joe Gibbs said his team's fumbles and dropped passes weren't acceptable, even in wet conditions. "Certainly that's no excuse for us," Gibbs said. "We're out in it, and we've got to make the catches."

Source: Wisconsin (AP)


Top Performers Of The Day

Here were the top performers of the day...

Tom Brady- 388 yards, 5tds, 129.6 rating
Brian Griese- 381 yards, 3tds, 2 int, 89.2 rating
Carson Palmer- 320 yards, 2tds, 2 int, 79.6 rating

Adrian Peterson (Vikings)- 20 carries, 224 yards, three touchdowns
LaDanian Tomlinson- 24 carries, 194 yards, four touchdowns
Thomas Jones- 24 carries, 130 yards, no touchdowns

Kevin Walter- 12 receptions, 160 yards, no touchdowns
T.J. Housmandzadeh- 8 receptions, 145 yards, two touchdowns
Steve Smith- 10 receptions, 136 yards, one touchdown


Gonzalez Breaks Tight End TD Record

Tony Gonzalez, who admits he "hated football" when he first played as a youngster, has now caught more touchdown passes than any tight end in NFL history. The eight-time Pro Bowler of the Kansas City Chiefs caught a 3-yard pass from Damon Huard in the first quarter against Cincinnati on Sunday, breaking the record of 62 touchdown receptions set by Shannon Sharpe from 1990-03. The sellout crowd in Arrowhead Stadium gave him a standing ovation when his feat was announced a few minutes later. "Breaking the record for touchdown catches is not anything I ever thought I would do," Gonzalez, a two-way football and basketball star at California, has said. "When I first came into the league, all I wanted to do was be the best player I could be." A first-round pick of the Chiefs in 1997, the 31-year-old Gonzalez came into the game ranked second in NFL history for tight ends with 750 receptions and 9,048 yards receiving. While scheming to stop Gonzalez from getting the record against his team last week, Jacksonville coach Jack Del Rio two weeks ago paid tribute to his capacity for hard work.
"You're talking about a future Hall of Fame guy," said Del Rio. "You have to have both physical toughness and mental toughness to sustain greatness." Gonzalez ended the day with two touchdown receptions.

Source: ESPN (AP)


Superbowl Match-Up

The only undefeated team in the NFC plays one of two undefeated teams in the AFC. The Cowboys will go up against the New England Patriots tonight on Sunday Night Football and this match could end up being the superbowl matchup. Personally, I believe that this will NOT be a superbowl matchup considering the teams that the Cowboys have played against so far this year are a combined 6-19. The Patriots are still in the same boat as the Cowboys though, with a combined total of 7-17. This game should be the matchup that shows which team is really superbowl-suited. The best part of this matchup is the star quarterback, star wide receiver matchup Tom Brady and Randy Moss vs Tony Romo and T.O. So here are my rankings by position.

QB- Patritots
RB- Cowboys
WR- Patriots
TE- Cowboys
ST- Patriots
D- Patriots
Coaching- Patriots

Game- Patriots win 32-17


Week 6 Picks

Here are my picks for week six in the NFL...

PHI @ NYJ Sun 1:00PM- PHI

TEN @ TB Sun 1:00PM- TB

HOU @ JAC Sun 1:00PM- JAC

STL @ BAL Sun 1:00PM- BAL

MIN @ CHI Sun 1:00PM- CHI

MIA @ CLE Sun 1:00PM- CLE

WAS @ GNB Sun 1:00PM- GNB

CIN @ KC Sun 1:00PM- CIN

CAR @ ARI Sun 4:05PM- ARI

OAK @ SD Sun 4:15PM- SD

NE @ DAL Sun 4:15PM- NE

NO @ SEA Sun 8:15PM- SEA

Note- All Times Are Eastern
NYG @ ATL Mon 8:30PM


Packers, Bears On Market For Backs

Two NFC North teams, the Green Bay Packers and the Chicago Bears are on the search for new runningbacks sources close to the teams have said. The Bears are currently 27th in the league in rushing while the Packers are in 31st. Cedric Benson has shown that he cannot be a workhorse back after the trade of Thomas Jones and the Packers have learned that letting Ahman Green go was not the best idea. Here are some backs the two teams may be looking into...Michael Turner, Corey Dillion, and Julius Jones.


Testaverde Returns...Again

Vinny Testaverde isn't finished yet -- even at age 43. The Carolina Panthers, desperate for a quarterback with Jake Delhomme out for the season and David Carr banged up, signed Testaverde to a one-year deal Wednesday. Testaverde, the No. 1 overall pick by Tampa Bay in the 1987 draft, practiced in his familiar No. 16 jersey Wednesday, while hearing his teammates call him "Dad" as he came up to the line of scrimmage. "I haven't told them yet, but I have probably forgot more football than these guys already know," Testaverde said with a grin. "We'll have some fun with that." Joining his sixth franchise, Testaverde has played in 226 games with 208 starts. He was cut by New England before the start of the season. "We decided he was our best option," general manager Marty Hurney said. "He brings experience. He throws the ball extremely well. He's a fierce competitor. It seems like he'll be an extremely good fit for us."
Testaverde will provide insurance behind Carr, who became the Panthers' No. 1 QB on Monday when the team announced Delhomme would have season-ending elbow surgery. But Testaverde could be a candidate to start Sunday's game at Arizona. Carr, who suffered a back injury in Carolina's win over New Orleans, missed practice Wednesday. Walking gingerly, Carr was unsure when he'll be able to return.

Source: AP ESPN


Major Injuries In Week 5

Jake Delhomme last week called surgery on his strained right elbow "a last resort."
After experiencing pain trying to throw on Monday, the Carolina Panthers quarterback decided the worst-case scenario couldn't be avoided. Delhomme will have season-ending ligament-replacement surgery on his elbow next week, leaving the Panthers without their leader on offense and scrambling to find another quarterback.

Thanks to a conflict in sports schedules at the Trent Green household, his wife was spared the scary sight of him face down and motionless on the field in Houston. When the Miami Dolphins quarterback was knocked unconscious by a severe concussion that could end his career, wife Julie was back home in South Florida at a tennis match with their children. "She was listening to the game with an earpiece, but she didn't have to sit and watch," Dolphins coach Cam Cameron said Monday. "By the time she got home to see it, he was off the field, so that's a blessing."
Green's concussion was diagnosed as grade three, the most severe, and he'll undergo further tests to determine his future. He has been ruled out of Sunday's game at Cleveland, and Cameron declined to discuss the possibility the injury will force the 37-year-old Green to retire.
"I don't think we really know the full extent, because there are some ongoing tests," Cameron said. "Right now I just think there are too many unknowns." Cleo Lemon, who replaced Green at Houston, will make his second NFL start against the Browns. Second-round draft pick John Beck becomes the backup.

Tampa Bay coach Jon Gruden joked Monday that he thinks he has the phone number for Hall of Fame running back Barry Sanders. But the situation at tailback is hardly a laughing matter for the Bucs, with the loss of Michael Pittman to an ankle injury suffered during the team's loss at Indianapolis on Sunday afternoon. Pittman will miss 6-8 weeks, Gruden acknowledged, and his absence will likely force the Bucs to add a veteran tailback either through free agency or in a trade. Fourth-year veteran back Earnest Graham, a former undrafted college free agent form the University of Florida, now becomes the starter. The backup will be rookie Kenneth Darby, who was elevated from the practice squad last week. A 10th-year veteran, Pittman suffered the injury in the fourth quarter at the end of a four-yard run. Tampa Bay officials characterized the injury as a severe sprain, Pittman was undergoing further tests on Monday and the suspicion is that he suffered a cracked fibula. Tampa Bay lost starting tailback Cadillac Williams to a ruptured patella tendon last week. He has already undergone surgery, been placed on injured reserve, and now faces a lengthy rehabilitation period that could extend into next summer.

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Leinart Out With Broken Collarbone

Arizona Cardinals quarterback Matt Leinart fractured his left collarbone while getting sacked late in the first half of Sunday's 34-31 victory over the St. Louis Rams. Coach Ken Whisenhunt said Leinart, the team's first-round pick in 2006, would be out indefinitely. "We don't know how long it's going to be," Whisenhunt said. "But it's going to be for an extended period of time." Leinart returned to the sideline after halftime, wearing a T-shirt and shorts and with his arm in a sling. A team spokesman said Leinart had no comment. Leinart was hurt on a sack for a 9-yard loss by blitzing Rams linebacker Will Witherspoon, which knocked the Cardinals back to their 7. He was replaced by Kurt Warner, who earlier in the second quarter led the Cardinals to their first touchdown. Leinart walked off the field with his left arm held close to his chest. He was 7-for-13 passing for 100 yards and an interception. Fantasy Take: This is the perfect opprotunity for fantasy owners to pick up Kurt Warner. Warner has looked like the old MVP self and could be a solid fantasy steal.


Moss Out (Not Randy)

(AP) Washington Redskins receiver Santana Moss was inactive for Sunday's game against the Detroit Lions because of a groin injury. That left the Redskins with only one active receiver -- Antwaan Randle El -- who has caught a pass this season. James Thrash was expected to start in Moss' place. Moss hadn't practiced since getting hurt in the fourth quarter of Washington's loss to the New York Giants two weeks ago. He has 12 catches for 199 yards this season.
Keenan McCardell and Reche Caldwell, recently signed by the Redskins, were active, the first time either receiver has been in uniform since joining the team. The Lions were without right guard Damien Woody (rib) and running back T.J. Duckett (ankle). Stephen Peterman was expected to start for Woody.


Ward, Other Key Players Out

Still slowed by a sprained knee, Pittsburgh wide receiver Hines Ward will be sidelined for a second straight week on Sunday when the Steelers host the Seattle Seahawks.
Ward has previously missed only four games in his career and the two contests that he will have sat out this season equal a career high. The 10th-year veteran sustained the injury, originally diagnosed as a bruised knee, in the third quarter of a Sept. 23 victory over the San Francisco 49ers. A subsequent MRI exam revealed no structural damage, but Ward has been unable to practice since the injury. He said early this week that he is making progress, but apparently not enough to allow him to return to the lineup. Nate Washington, who had two receptions for 18 yards in last week loss at Arizona, will get a second straight start. "As players, we hate to miss games," Ward said on Thursday. "These are games I can never get back. But, at the same time, you have to look at the big picture. We have a bye coming up and the stretch after that we have three division games and the Denver Broncos on the road. I have to be smart about it. That's the best thing for me to do for the team." The other starting wide receiver remains second-year veteran Santonio Holmes, who scored two touchdowns last week and is emerging at the team's best deep threat. Steelers coach Mike Tomlin on Friday also ruled out nickel cornerback Bryant McFadden (ankle) for Sunday's game. Nose tackle Casey Hampton (hamstring) and strong safety Troy Polamalu (abdomen) are listed as questionable, but have not practiced all week and are not likely to play. Backup nose tackle Chris Hoke, who suffered a spinal cord concussion during last week's game, has been cleared to return and probably will take Hampton's place.

ESPN Article


Price Put On IR

Buffalo Bills receiver Peerless Price's season is likely over after he was scheduled to have surgery Friday to repair a disc in his neck. Coach Dick Jauron said the team will place Price on injured reserve, making him the eighth Bills player -- and fourth starter -- on the season-ending list five weeks into the campaign. However, the Bills will get Keith Ellison back after the linebacker missed most of September with an ankle injury. The announcement came as a surprise, because Price had not missed practice until Friday. He was noticeably stiff -- unable to turn his neck -- when he spoke to reporters at his locker Wednesday. Jauron said he believed the neck problem developed over the course of Price's career and was not the result of a particular hit. In four starts this season, the nine-year NFL veteran had seven catches for 68 yards.

Source: ESPN News


BREAKING NEWS: Henry To Face One Year Suspension

Denver Broncos tailback Travis Henry, the NFL's leading rusher through the first four weeks of the season, is facing a one-year suspension for a repeat violation of the substance abuse policy, multiple sources told ESPN.com on Thursday night. But in a battle that has reached the federal court system, Henry is attempting to block the league from testing the so-called "B-sample" necessary to confirm the positive test, claiming that NFL officials would not allow his expert to be present for the testing of his specimen. Henry, 28, was suspended by the league for four games in 2005 because of a repeat violation of the substance abuse policy. The substance for which he tested positive on that occasion is not known. Under league guidelines, another test within a two-year period would trigger a one-year suspension. Henry would then have to apply for reinstatement and his compliance with the treatment program prescribed for him would be reviewed. A seventh-year veteran, Henry has rushed for 433 yards and one touchdown on 86 carries in the first four games of the season. For his career, the former University of Tennessee star has carried 1,407 times for 5,828 yards and 35 rushing touchdowns in stints with Buffalo (2001-2003), the Titans (2004-2006) and the Broncos. He was the Bills' second-round choice in the 2001 draft and was traded to the Titans in 2005. Under the two-year policy, which essentially wipes a player's slate clean, Henry was scheduled to rotate out of the substance abuse program on Oct. 1. But his lawsuit to block further testing of his urine sample was filed Sept. 20, indicating that the positive test occurred before Oct. 1. Fantasy-Wise, this should be the end for Travis Henry this year so I would try to trade him fast to someone who doesn't know about it yet, or just drop him.

Source: Len Pasquerelli- ESPN


Week Five Pick Em'

Here are my picks for week five.

Dolphins @ Texans- Texans
Falcons @ Titans- Titans
Jaguars @ Chiefs- Jaguars
Jets @ Giants- Giants
Panthers @ Saints- Panthers
Cardinals @ Rams- Cardinals
Browns @ Patriots- Patriots
Seahawks @ Steelers- Seahawks
Lions @ Redskins- Lions
Buccaneers @ Colts- Colts
Chargers @ Broncos- Chargers
Ravens @ 49ers- 49ers
Bears @ Packers- Packers
Cowboys @ Bills- Cowboys


Losman May Lose Job

Bills rookie Trent Edwards will make his second straight start when Buffalo hosts Dallas on Monday night after J.P. Losman missed practice Wednesday. Coach Dick Jauron ruled Losman out, saying the quarterback is recovering steadily from a sprained left knee but it's not clear when he'll be able to resume practicing with the team. Losman has been out since he was hurt during the first series of a 38-7 loss at New England on Sept. 23. Edwards was inconsistent standing in for Losman against the Patriots, but shined leading the Bills to their first victory in his first career start, a 17-14 win over the New York Jets last weekend. The third-round draft pick out of Stanford went 22-of-28 for 234 yards passing with a touchdown and interception, helping the Bills produce a season-high in yards passing yards (304), first downs (19) and points. Edwards' 78.57 completion percentage was the eighth best in team history and his performance raised speculation that he will retain the No. 1 job once Losman is healthy. Jauron continued to sidestep questions about whether Losman would get his job back. "The response to that question has always been the same for me, and it has been for a number of years: Any position on our team is up for grabs. It always is," Jauron said. "The best guy will be the guy that plays. Other than that, there's not a whole lot to say about that position right now because J.P. isn't able to practice."

-AP Article


Bucs Will Look Elsewhere For Running Back

After losing starting running back Cadillac Williams for the season, it has been rumored that the Tampa Bay Buccaneers will look outside the organization for a replacement. Williams' back-ups are Michael Pittman, the ten year veteran who has been plagued with injuries throughout his career and Earnest Grahm who has played pretty well recently. One option for the Bucs is to try to pursuade "Retired" back Corey Dillon to join the team. Dillon has said that he would be willing to join a team that has playoff contential, and the Bucs are currently 3-1. Another option would be trying to trade for Chargers backup Michael Turner who will be a free-agent after this season. Check back regularly for more updates.


Bulger "Temporarily" Benched

Concerned about the punishment absorbed by Bulger, who has played at least the last two games with two cracked ribs, Rams coach Scott Linehan has decided to rest his two-time Pro Bowl quarterback for at least one week and possibly more. Fourteen-year veteran Gus Frerotte, regarded as one of the NFL's top backups, will replace Bulger in the lineup for Sunday's game against the Arizona Cardinals. Frerotte, 36, started 15 games for the Miami Dolphins in 2005 when Linehan was offensive coordinator there. Linehan and Frerotte have a close relationship and the presence of the coach in St. Louis prompted Frerotte to sign with the Rams as a free agent in 2006. The switch to Frerotte, team officials indicated to ESPN.com on Wednesday morning, is not permanent. Instead, it is aimed at providing Bulger some time to recover and to perhaps gain some new insights from the sideline on the Rams' offensive struggles. St. Louis is one of only three winless franchises in the league, and Bulger and a sputtering offense that has scored only 39 points, have been major disappointments.



Morris Out For Season

Eighth-year veteran Rob Morris, whose move to strongside linebacker toward the end of last season helped to solidify the Indianapolis Colts' defense against the run, underwent surgery Tuesday to repair a tendon in his left knee and will likely miss the rest of the season.
Morris, 32, was injured in Sunday's victory over the Denver Broncos when a blocker rolled into his leg. His leg was immobilized and he left the field on a cart. Team officials all but acknowledged that Morris will not play again in 2007 and that he will be placed on injured reserve. "Everybody feels nothing but gratitude for all the great things he had done for the franchise, and we all wish him well," general manager Bill Polian said. "Hopefully, he'll be ready to go next year. He's as good as it gets." The Colts' first-round choice in the 2000 draft, Morris earned the starting middle linebacker job in his second season and held it for five years (2001-05), posting 100 tackles or more in three of those seasons. In 2005, he lost the starting job to Gary Brackett and, for two years played primarily on special teams. But with the Colts at the bottom of the league in defense versus the run late last season, the coaching staff inserted Morris into the lineup at strongside linebacker, a position that he had never played before, and he performed admirably. He started five games, and then all four games in the playoffs, as Indianapolis won Super Bowl XLI. His performance against the run, and the return of free safety Bob Sanders to the lineup, were the keys to the team's remarkable defensive improvement. In two games this season, Morris had 13 tackles. For his career, the former Brigham Young star has 544 tackles, seven sacks, two forced fumbles, one fumble recovery and one interception. Morris has appeared in 99 games and started in 67 of them. His best season was in 2002, when he recorded 130 tackles.

Source: ESPN, AP


Redskins Sign McCardell

Keenan McCardell signed with the Washington Redskins on Monday, adding depth to a team with only one healthy wideout who has caught a pass this year. McCardell has 861 career catches with Cleveland, Jacksonville, Tampa Bay and San Diego. The two-time Pro Bowl selection was cut by the Chargers after last season and nearly signed with the Redskins in July, but opted instead for Houston because he wanted to play in his hometown. The Texans released him at the end of preseason. McCardell, 37, has a Super Bowl ring from the Redskins. He was chosen by Washington in the 12th round of the 1991 draft and spent his rookie season on the injured reserve list while the Redskins won the NFL title. Santana Moss and Antwaan Randle El are the only Redskins wideouts with a catch after three games. Moss strained a groin in the loss to the New York Giants and his status is uncertain for this week's game against Detroit. Brandon Lloyd, who began the season as the No. 3 receiver, has been getting little playing time. James Thrash is primarily a special teams player, and Reche Caldwell has yet to appear in a game after being signed following the season opener. To make room for McCardell, the Redskins released safety Omar Stoutmire.

AP Release


Cadillac Williams Out For Season

Tampa Bay officials confirmed that Williams, the team's leading rusher since entering the league as a first-round draft pick in 2005, sustained a torn right patella tendon at the end of an 18-yard run in the first quarter of Sunday's game. The third-year veteran, who was examined Monday by noted orthopedic surgeon James Andrews of Birmingham, Ala., will undergo surgery later this week. Williams faces a long and arduous rehabilitation and, given the typical timetable for such injuries, might not be completely recovered for the start of training camp next summer. This will be a huge loss for the Buccaneers, who have really relied on Williams because of the poor passing offense.


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