Four Suspects Arrested In Taylor's Death

The Miami-Dade Police Department has arrested four people in connection with the fatal shooting of Washington Redskins star safety Sean Taylor. Miami-Dade police department spokeswoman Linda O'Brien identified the men as: Venjah K. Hunte, 20; Eric Rivera Jr., 17; Jason Scott Mitchell, 17; and Charles Kendrick Lee Wardlow, 18. Taylor died Tuesday, one day after being shot at his home in an affluent Miami suburb during what officials said appeared to be an attempted burglary. The suspects weren't expecting Taylor to be home, police director Robert Parker said, but Taylor was recuperating from a knee injury and had returned to Miami from Washington. "They were certainly not looking to go there and kill anyone," Miami-Dade police director Robert Parker said. He added authorities had more than one confession but would not elaborate. "We're looking into whether or not one or more of the individuals had been at the residence before," Parker said. The Miami Herald reported investigators believe the men learned of Taylor's house through someone who unwittingly set up the burglary by bragging about Taylor's wealth. Taylor and his longtime girlfriend, Jackie Garcia, were awakened early Monday by loud noises at Taylor's home, family friend Richard Sharpstein said. Taylor grabbed a machete he kept in the bedroom for protection, Sharpstein said, then someone broke through the bedroom door and fired two shots, one missing and one hitting Taylor in the upper leg. Neither the couple's 18-month-old daughter, also named Jackie, nor Garcia were injured. The bullet damaged the femoral artery in Taylor's leg, causing significant blood loss. Taylor never regained consciousness and died a little more than 24 hours later. AP article

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Favre Okay, Should Start Next Week

Packers quarterback Brett Favre is expected to start against the Oakland Raiders on Dec. 9 and keep alive his record streak for consecutive starts. "Just to quote the medical staff, his streak is not in danger. He'll be OK," coach Mike McCarthy said Friday, the day after Favre was knocked out of the Packers' 37-27 loss at Dallas with elbow and shoulder injuries. The streak, which dates to 1992, stands at 249 games (269 including playoffs) and is a league record for quarterbacks. The 38-year-old Favre was at Lambeau Field on Friday for treatment of a bruised right elbow. He also aggravated a left shoulder separation, which he first injured 15 years ago, on a hit by blitzing Dallas cornerback Nate Jones in the second quarter. McCarthy said the medical staff didn't indicate that Favre had nerve damage in his throwing elbow, which had been feared after the game.


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Packers Lose To Cowboys, Favre Injured

Green Bay Packers quarterback Brett Favre left Thursday night's NFC showdown against the Dallas Cowboys with a right elbow injury after being hit hard while throwing a pass that was intercepted. He was on the sideline for the second half. Favre was hurt with 10:11 left in the second quarter when he was hit by cornerback Nate Jones. Terence Newman made a diving interception of the fluttering pass. Favre grabbed his arm and flexed it while walking slowly to the sideline. Aaron Rodgers took over at quarterback on Green Bay's next possession and Favre's return was listed as questionable. With his right arm covered with a sleeve, Favre returned to the sideline after getting treatment and having an X-ray taken during halftime. He was still wearing his pads, but wore a baseball cap as he watched Rodgers quarterback the Packers. Rodgers completed the game throwing for two touchdowns and bringing the Packers within three points. Final Score: 37-27 Cowboys

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Why Some Of You Will Miss Tonight's Game

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Week 13 Picks

Here are my picks for week 13...

Green Bay at Dallas- Packers

San Diego at Kansas City- Chargers

Houston at Tennessee- Titans

Jacksonville at Indianapolis- Jaguars

Buffalo at Washington- Bills

San Francisco at Carolina- Panthers

Detroit at Minnesota- Vikings

NY Jets at Miami- Jets

Atlanta at St. Louis- Falcons

Seattle at Philadelphia- Seahawks

Cleveland at Arizona- Browns

Denver at Oakland- Broncos

NY Giants at Chicago- Giants

Tampa Bay at New Orleans- Buccaneers

Cincinnati at Pittsburgh- Bengals

New England at Baltimore- Patriots

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That Was Fast!

Ricky Williams' latest comeback lasted one game.The Miami Dolphins running back will miss the rest of the season with a torn chest muscle, according to his agent, Leigh Steinberg. Williams was hurt Monday at Pittsburgh, when he played in his first game in nearly two years. Williams was stepped on during the play, and had to be helped off the field. Williams returned to the NFL following a 1½-year suspension for his latest violation of the NFL drug policy. Steinberg said the arm will be in a sling from four to six weeks and the rehab will take five months. But Steinberg said Williams expects to be ready for next season.

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BREAKING NEWS: SEAN TAYLOR DIES

Update: Sean Taylor died this morning at 5:30 after receiving a gunshot wound to his leg during what police are investigating as a possible armed robbery at his home. The 24-year-old player was in the intensive care unit at Jackson Memorial Hospital after several hours of surgery, said family friend Richard Sharpstein, his former lawyer. Taylor lost a "significant" amount of blood because the bullet damaged his femoral artery, Sharpstein said. Doctors are worried the blood loss might affect blood flow to the brain, said Sharpstein, who was at the hospital with Taylor's family and friends. In a story posted on The Washington Post's Web site, Sharpstein characterized Taylor as "nonresponsive and unconscious." Taylor has had several problems on and off the field, including one time two years ago when he was accused of brandishing a gun. The shooting came eight days after another invasion was reported at his home. According to police records, someone pried open a front window, rifled through his drawers and left a kitchen knife on a bed. Officers were sent to Taylor's home at about 1:45 a.m. after his girlfriend called 911 and said he was shot in his lower body, Lt. Nancy Perez said. Taylor had missed the last two games because of a knee injury and was at home recuperating. Taylor was airlifted to the hospital. Investigators were still interviewing the girlfriend and other relatives who were in the home to try to determine what happened, Perez said. No arrests have been made. Our thoughts and prayers go out to Sean's family and friends.

Source: ESPN NEWS SOURCES

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Benson To Have Season-Ending Surgery

Chicago Bears running back Cedric Benson will miss the remainder of the season with an injury to his lower left leg that will require surgery. "A tough break," Bears coach Lovie Smith said Monday. "We'll miss him." Smith would not disclose what Benson's injury was, only to say it was season-ending and needed surgery. Benson, who took over this season as the Bears' starting tailback after the trade of Thomas Jones, broke free for a 21-yard run in Sunday's game against the Denver Broncos. But he was hurt as he landed while being tackled by Denver safety Hamza Abdullah and later had to be carted off the field following the second-quarter play. More To Come...

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Sunday Injury Update

Chicago Bears running back Cedric Benson hurt his left ankle at the end of a 21-yard run early in the second quarter of Sunday's game against the Denver Broncos and had to leave the field on a cart.The play occurred with 12:52 left in the first half. Benson stayed down on the field for several minutes and then the cart came to take him away. He was replaced by Adrian Peterson. Benson's return was announced as questionable.

St. Louis Rams quarterback Marc Bulger suffered a concussion in Sunday's 24-19 loss to Seattle, and coach Scott Linehan said it was too early to know if he'll be available for next week's game against Atlanta.

Quarterback Donovan McNabb will miss the Philadelphia Eagles' game Sunday against New England because of a sprained ankle and injured thumb. McNabb hurt the thumb on his throwing hand early against Miami last Sunday and left after injuring his ankle in the second quarter. He has not practiced all week.

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Buffalo Bills To Be Toronto Bills?

According to a report in the Toronto Globe and Mail, Canadian Football League Commissioner Mark Cohon is working on "the beginning of a strategy for co-existence" with the NFL, which increasingly looks like it wants to establish more of a presence in Toronto. The Globe and Mail reported the Buffalo Bills are "coming to Toronto to play two games a year starting next fall," but no definitive plans along those lines have been announced. NFL officials and Bills owner Ralph Wilson have, however, expressed an interest in seeing the Bills play home games in Toronto, which is about 100 miles from Buffalo.

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Injury Update

Adrian Peterson: The Minnesota Vikings listed running back Adrian Peterson as questionable on their Friday injury report, but the rookie sensation is more likely to play next week than in Sunday's game at the New York Giants. Peterson, who tore the lateral collateral ligament in his right knee in a Nov. 11 loss at Green Bay, practiced on a limited basis for the third consecutive day Friday according to the St. Paul Pioneer Press. He said the knee felt fine during practices, which didn't include any contact, and wouldn't rule himself out for Sunday.

Donovan McNabb: The Philadelphia Inquirer reported that back-up A.J. Feeley ran the first-team offense for the second straight day and appears to be the starting quarterback for the Philadelphia Eagles against the New England Patriots Sunday. The Inquirer reported Donovan McNabb remained in the trainer's room as teammates prepared for the Patriots. The only thing left is for Andy Reid to make the announcement, but the Eagles' head coach would not do it Friday. McNabb is being treated for a sprained right ankle and a swollen right thumb, two injuries he suffered during the first half of the Eagles' game against Miami in which Feeley came on in relief and led the team to two touchdowns and a 17-7 victory.

Source: Minnesota Vikings, Philidelphia Inquirer

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2008 Free Agent Wide Receivers/Tight Ends

1) Bernard Berrian, UFA, Chicago Bears- Berrian is a quick receiver, with great hands. He managed to get 51 passes and six touchdowns in the 2006-07, which is good considering he had Rex Grossman as his quarterback. I don't expect Berrian to re-sign with the Bears. He will be heavily pursued by other teams, Berrian has pro bowl potential if he has a good quarterback. Possible Teams: Titans, Vikings, Seahawks

2) Patrick Crayton, UFA, Dallas Cowboys- Crayton is a very good receiver, the only thing limiting him is that he has T.O. and Terry Glenn on his team who take away a lot of his receptions. But, with Terry Glenn out with injuries, Crayton has shown he can be a reliable target for Tony Romo. Crayton also has speed and good hands, and he is able to overpower cornerbacks for position. My guess is that the Cowboys will look to sign him again. Re-Signed With Cowboys.

3) L.J. Smith, UFA, Philidelphia Eagles- LJ Smith has been the most reliable receiver for Donovan McNabb and the Eagles for the past few years. He has averaged 50 catches per year with at least 600 yards. This year, Smith has seen his reception numbers go down, mostly because of injuries. Smith has said to the press a few times this year how unhappy the team has played, and how he isn't getting the ball enough. The Eagles will probably try hard to resign him, but he will get plenty of calls from other teams. Franchise Tagged by Eagles

4) Randy Moss, UFA, New England Patriots- Moss will be coming off of the best season of his career this offseason and will be most likely be looking for the team who is willing to give up the most money for him. I think he really enjoys playing with a star quarterback like Tom Brady, but the Patriots do not like to pay their receivers ridiculous saleries, but this guy is worth it. Possible Teams: Patriots

More Free Agent Receivers
Bryant Johnson UFA Arizona Cardinals
Drew Carter UFA Carolina Panthers
Antonio Chatman UFA Cincinnati Bengals
Keary Colbert UFA Carolina Panthers
Terrance Copper UFA New Orleans Saints
Andre' Davis UFA Houston Texans
Malcom Floyd RFA San Diego Chargers
Doug Gabriel UFA Oakland Raiders
Justin Gage UFA Tennessee Titans-Re-signed with Titans
D.J. Hackett UFA Seattle Seahawks
Az-Zahir Hakim UFA Miami Dolphins
Taylor Jacobs UFA Washington Redskins
Jerome Mathis RFA Houston Texans
Samie Parker UFA Kansas City Chiefs
David Patten UFA New Orleans Saints
Marcus Robinson UFA Detroit Lions
Brandon Stokley UFA Denver Broncos
Devery Henderson UFA New Orlean Saints

Other Free Agent Tight Ends
Eric Johnson UFA New Orleans Saints
Stephen Alexander UFA Denver Broncos
Bryan Fletcher UFA Indianapolis Colts
John Gilmore UFA Chicago Bears
Marcus Pollard UFA Seattle Seahawks
Ben Troupe UFA Tennessee Titans
Jermaine Wiggins UFA Jacksonville Jaguars
Kris Wilson UFA Kansas City Chiefs

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Titans Sign Williams

Tennessee reached an agreement Thursday with wide receiver Mike Williams, reuniting him with one of his former coaches at USC, Norm Chow, and running back LenDale White. Williams was scheduled to practice with the Titans on Thursday and could play Sunday against the Cincinnati Bengals. The Titans signed him to the roster spot that was created when the NFL suspended running back Chris Henry for four games. There was some talk that the Titans would shift Williams to tight end, but Tennessee believes that Williams ran well enough during his workout that he can make it and succeed at wide receiver. Tennessee attempted to acquire Williams during the offseason in a draft-day trade with the Detroit Lions. But the Lions dealt Williams to the Raiders, who wound up releasing the wide receiver about a month ago.

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Happy Thanksgiving

Thank you to all of the NFL Rumorz readers out there who help support the site every day. I look forward to help making this site even better with your support. Enjoy the games today (games start at 12:30 eastern).

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Pittman To Be Placed On IR

The tailback woes of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers continued when Michael Pittman missed Wednesday's practice after he re-injured his bad ankle on Sunday according to ProFootballTalk.com. Pittman could be placed on injured reserve. The loss of Pittman means likely more reps for Michael Bennett, who has become a forgotten man after being traded to Tampa from Kansas City last month. Bennett may be down to his last chance to save his career. The Bucs could look to sign LaMont Jordan if he is released by the Raiders to help their run-game out.

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Week 12 Picks

Oops, Almost forgot this week started early! Here are my picks for week 12...

Green Bay at Detroit- Packers

NY Jets at Dallas- Cowboys

Indianapolis at Atlanta- Colts


Seattle at St. Louis- Seattle

Minnesota at NY Giants- Giants

Buffalo at Jacksonville- Jaguars

New Orleans at Carolina- Saints


Washington at Tampa Bay- Washington

Houston at Cleveland- Cleveland

Tennessee at Cincinnati- Titans

Oakland at Kansas City- Chiefs


San Fransisco at Arizona- Cardinals

Baltimore at San Diego- Chargers

Denver at Chicago- Bears

Philidelphia at New England- Patriots

Miami at Pittsburgh- Steelers

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Raiders To Release Jordan

Unhappy with being benched for the last two games, Oakland Raiders running back Lamont Jordan asked the team to release him this week, and team may grant his request according to the San Francisco Chronicle. According to the Chronicle, Jordan told team officials Monday he wanted out after being benched the past two games, a source familiar with the situation said on the condition of anonymity. If the Raiders decide to release Jordan, they won't have to look far for a replacement. They must activate rookie running back Michael Bush by 1 p.m. today or place him on the season-ending injured reserve list. I would expect Jordan to be picked up off of free agency fast either by the Bears or the Packers. The division rivals are both looking for a back to help supplement their feature backs (Cedric Benson [Bears]/Ryan Grant [Packers]).

Sources: SF Chronicle, Yahoo

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Holmes Retires

Four-time Pro Bowl tailback Priest Holmes, who returned to the field with the Kansas City Chiefs last month following nearly two years of inactivity, has decided to leave the game, and announced his retirement at a Wednesday afternoon news conference. "I have truly been blessed with the opportunity to play in the National Football League," he said. "I will be forever grateful to the Hunt family and the Chiefs organization for the opportunity to come to Kansas City, where the community embraced me from Day 1." Holmes, 34, spent the past few days counseling with family members and friends, and speaking with medical experts about a re-occurrence of the neck problems that sidelined him for two years, two sources close to him told ESPN.com on Tuesday night. The decision to retire came after Holmes suffered three hits in last Sunday's game at Indianapolis that left him with some tingling in his extremities. Chiefs team president Carl Peterson told Holmes to go home Tuesday and to take the night to sleep on his decision, ESPN.com's John Clayton reported. According to a source, it wasn't that Holmes re-injured his neck as much as he experienced a recurrence of the symptoms that led to his 18-month layoff.

Source: ESPN


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Steelers Lose Key Starters

Steelers strong safety Troy Polamalu and wide receiver Santonio Holmes seem certain to miss at least one game and possibly more with injuries from a surprise loss to the New York Jets. Polamalu sprained a knee and Holmes injured ankle ligaments during a 19-16 overtime loss Sunday, one of the NFL's biggest upsets this season. Both are listed as doubtful for Monday night's home game against Miami (0-10). Although coach Mike Tomlin wouldn't list either player as out, he talked Tuesday as if neither would play. Both injuries are the type that can sideline players for multiple games. Tomlin called them "two significant injuries." Holmes has a sprain in his upper right ankle, or injured ligaments between the two major bones of the lower leg at ankle level. While Holmes' sprain is mild, the injury is typically much worse than a regular sprain and can keep a player out for three to four weeks. Holmes, a first-round draft pick in 2006, leads the division-leading Steelers (7-3) in receptions (39), touchdown catches (7) and average gain per catch (17 yards). Fantasy Take: Holmes is Roethlisburger's best deep threat this year and his injury should lower Big Ben's yards and touchdowns. That doesn't mean you shouldn't start him this week though against the Miami Dolphins.

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McNabb May Be Out Sunday

Philadelphia Eagles coach Andy Reid admitted Monday he was more concerned with the swelling around quarterback Donovan McNabb's thumb than the swelling around his ankle according to the Philadelphia Daily News. An MRI exam on Eagles quarterback Donovan McNabb's injured right ankle revealed a small "pocket of swelling" on the back of the ankle. Reid said the thumb on McNabb's throwing hand also is "quite swollen," but is not broken. McNabb injured the thumb late in the first quarter but it did not begin to swell until later in the game. As for McNabb's status for Sunday night's game against the unbeaten New England Patriots, Reid said McNabb would be evaluated when practice resumes Wednesday. If McNabb cannot play, A.J. Feeley would start in his place.


Source: Yahoo

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Vick To Enter Jail

After a long break of Michael Vick news, we finally have an update. Michael Vick surrendered to U.S. marshals Monday and will remain in jail until his sentencing on a dogfighting charge in three weeks. The Atlanta Falcons quarterback is scheduled to be sentenced Dec. 10 on the federal dogfighting conspiracy charge, but he turned himself in because he was anticipating a prison term, according to a court document. Vick could be sentenced to up to five years in prison. "From the beginning, Mr. Vick has accepted responsibility for his actions, and his self-surrender further demonstrates that acceptance," Billy Martin, one of Vick's lawyers, said in a statement. "Michael wants to again apologize to everyone who has been hurt in this matter, and he thanks all of the people who have offered him and his family prayers and support during this time." Vick is being held at Northern Neck Regional Jail in Warsaw until his sentencing, U.S. marshals told The Associated Press. The mixed-gender facility houses about 450 inmates.


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Quick Injury Update

New York Giants linebacker Mathias Kiwanuka broke his left leg Sunday against the Detroit Lions and running back Brandon Jacobs left the game with a hamstring injury. X-rays revealed Kiwanuka broke his fibula. Late in the third quarter, Jacobs limped off the field while trying to keep weight off his left leg. He did not return. Kiwanuka was hurt when teammate Osi Umenyiora rolled into him while making a tackle on the second play of the game. He was helped off the field, keeping his left foot off the ground, and was later taken toward the locker room on a cart. The cart had just returned from taking Lions safety Idress Bashir off after he had a knee injury on the opening kickoff.

Donovan McNabb left with a sprained right ankle in the second quarter, nearly a full year after his season ended with a torn knee ligament. X-rays were negative, but McNabb spent the second half watching from the sideline.

Ryan Grant left the Packers win over the Panthers with about five minutes left with what was apparently a leg injury. Grant was able to walk off the field without help.

Leave a comment if there are any injuries you want to bring up for fellow readers/posted on the site.

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Russel To Start December 2nd

The JaMarcus Russell era in Oakland likely will begin Dec. 2, sources told ESPN. The Raiders have circled Dec. 2 vs. the Broncos as the likely starting debut for the 2007 No. 1 overall pick, team sources told ESPN. Russell's "light came on" a couple of weeks ago, a source told ESPN. Russell had a great week of practice, then weighed in at 259 on Friday after hovering in the 270s most of the season. Unless Daunte Culpepper excels the next two weeks in starts against the Vikings and Chiefs, Russell likely will get all five starts in December. Russell held out all of training camp in a contract dispute before agreeing to a six-year contract that carries a maximum value of $68 million, a league rookie record. His first practice was Sept. 12.


Source: ESPN.Com's Chris Mortenson

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Starting QB Changes For Week 11

Here are the teams that are switching their starting quarterback for tomorrow...

Atlanta: Joey Harrington to Byron Leftwich


Baltimore: Steve McNair to Kyle Boller


Chicago: Brian Griese to Rex Grossman


Houston: Sage Rosenfels to Matt Schaub


Jacksonville: Quinn Gray to David Garrard


Kansas City: Damon Huard to Brodie Croyle


Miami: Cleo Lemon to John Beck


Minnesota: Brooks Bollinger to Tavaris Jackson


Oakland: Josh McCown to Daunte Culpepper


San Fransisco: Alex Smith to Trent Dilfer

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Week 11 NFL Picks

Here are my picks for week 11...

OAK @ MIN Sun 1:00PM- Vikings

MIA @ PHI Sun 1:00PM- Eagles

SD @ JAC Sun 1:00PM- Chargers

CLE @ BAL Sun 1:00PM- Browns

NO @ HOU Sun 1:00PM- Saints

TB @ ATL Sun 1:00PM- Buccaneers

ARI @ CIN Sun 1:00PM- Bengals

NYG @ DET Sun 1:00PM- Giants

CAR @ GNB Sun 1:00PM- Packers

KC @ IND Sun 1:00PM- Colts

PIT @ NYJ Sun 4:05PM- Steelers

STL @ SF Sun 4:15PM- Rams

CHI @ SEA Sun 4:15PM- Bears

WAS @ DAL Sun 4:15PM- Cowboys

NE @ BUF Sun 8:15PM- Patriots

TEN @ DEN Mon 8:30PM- Broncos

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Brooks Works Out For Packers

Well at least he got a chance. Aaron Brooks got a call from the Green Bay Packers this week, asking him to come to Green Bay to for a workout. The Packers only have two quarterbacks on their roster right now (Brett Favre & Aaron Rodgers) and would like a third. Reportedly, Brooks had a pretty bad workout and the team let him leave without a deal. Brooks didn't go to training camp with anyone this summer and isn't back to 100 percent from the strained pectoral muscle he had last season.


Johnson says he's not out for the season
In other news, Larry Johnson says that he is not out for the season like some reports have said. He says that the foot was swelled up for the first three days and he had to use crutches, but now (almost two weeks later) he can walk on it without even wearing a boot.


McNair's career over?

Also, Steve McNair's season and maybe career may be over. McNair partially dislocated his left shoulder, having Kyle Boller step in as starting QB. Boller has done better than McNair so far, who has only thrown two touchdowns this season.

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Panthers Get Healthy At QB, But Smith Hurt

Carolina Panthers receiver Steve Smith missed his second straight practice Thursday with a shin injury. The team provided no further details on the seriousness of the injury. Smith also sat out practice Wednesday. The injury to Carolina's top receiver comes as the Panthers are finally getting healthier at quarterback. Vinny Testaverde and David Carr both practiced for a second straight day. Coach John Fox gave no indication who would start Sunday at Green Bay. Starting safety Deke Cooper also returned to practice after sitting out Wednesday's workout with a shoulder injury. Running back DeShaun Foster was back on the field after missing a day with a sore toe. Defensive tackle Damione Lewis (shoulder) missed his second straight practice.

Source: Yahoo


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2008 Free Agent Running Backs

Here are the top free agent running backs this year...

1) Michael Turner (UFA), San Diego Chargers- Michael Turner has created a lot of interest in a lot of teams over the past two years. Though he doesn't get much playing time at all behind LT, he averages 5 yards a carry and could be a star runningback for another team. Teams such as the Packers and the Bears supposedly contacted the Chargers in the beginning of the season about a potential trade regarding Turner, but neither went through. Turner will most likely leave the Chargers for a starting role on another team. Signed with Falcons

2) Julius Jones (UFA), Dallas Cowboys- Jones has seen his reps decrease over the past two seasons because of Marion Barber, though he is listed as the team's starting runningback. The Cowboys seem to dislike Jones and were trying to deal him to a team before the trade deadline but were unable to do so. There is a very slim chance that Jones returns to the Cowboys next year. Two teams that could be interested in Jones are the Jets and the Bears. The Jets have Thomas Jones as their starting back, though he is struggling being the full time starter. The Bears' Cedric Benson is also struggling without Thomas Jones this year and they may be looking for another back to split time with him. (Thomas Jones and Julius Jones are brothers). Signed with Seahawks

3) Jamal Lewis (UFA), Cleveland Browns- Lewis has not been the same player he was with the Baltimore Ravens. Lewis is no longer bursting out for huge runs, but now gets fewer yards per carries, though he does get his share of touchdowns. Lewis is also getting old (29 next year), so that could be a factor for teams. Re-signed with the Browns

4) Marion Barber (RFA), Dallas Cowboys- Barber has become the Cowboy's real #1 runningback though he does not start. Barber leads the league in fourth down rushing and there is really no chance Jerry Jones and the Cowboys let Barber get away. Re-Signed with Cowboys

Other Free Agent Running Backs
Fred Taylor RFA Jacksonville Jaguars
Derrick Ward RFA New York Giants
Vernand Morrency UFA Green Bay Packers
Chris Brown UFA Tennessee Titans
Cedric Cobbs RFA Denver Broncos
T.J. Duckett UFA Detroit Lions-Signed with Seahawks
Justin Fargas UFA Oakland Raiders Re-signed with Raiders
Noah Herron RFA Green Bay Packers
Maurice Hicks UFA San Francisco 49ers
Travis Minor UFA St. Louis Rams
Mewelde Moore UFA Minnesota Vikings
Artose Pinner UFA Minnesota Vikings
Musa Smith UFA Baltimore Ravens
Tyson Thompson RFA Dallas Cowboys
LaBrandon Toefield UFA Jacksonville Jaguars

Other Free Agent Full Backs
Mike Alstott UFA Tampa Bay Buccaneers Retired
Brad Hoover UFA Carolina Panthers
Tony Richardson UFA Minnesota Vikings
Derrick Wimbush RFA Jacksonville Jaguars

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Dolphin News

Ricky Williams' suspension ended after more than 18 months Wednesday when he was reinstated by the NFL, and the winless Miami Dolphins may welcome him back. The 2002 league rushing champion was scheduled to fly to South Florida for a physical Thursday and meet with coach Cam Cameron, said Williams' agent, Leigh Steinberg. The first-year Miami coach, whose team is 0-9, said he talked with Williams by phone for "five or six minutes" Wednesday, but hadn't made a decision about activating him.



The Miami Dolphins have decided to find out whether rookie John Beck is their quarterback of the future. Beck will make his NFL debut when he starts Sunday at Philadelphia, replacing Cleo Lemon. Barring injury, the plan is to start Beck in the final seven games, coach Cam Cameron said Wednesday. "When we haven't won a game, you make a change," Cameron said. "John has made tremendous progress in the last month. The timing is right." Beck, a second-round draft pick from BYU, will become the 12th quarterback to start for the Dolphins since Dan Marino retired following the 1999 season. He'll be the third starter at QB this season for winless Miami, following Trent Green and Lemon.


Source: ESPN



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Grossman Back In Charge

Quarterback Rex Grossman, who led the Chicago Bears to the Super Bowl in 2006 but then lost his job after the first three games of this season, will return to the lineup for Sunday's road game against the Seattle Seahawks. Sources close to Grossman confirmed that he will supplant Brian Griese in the lineup. Griese had started six games since replacing Grossman but suffered a sprained shoulder in last week's game against the Oakland Raiders. Grossman led the Bears to a 17-6 comeback victory in that game, completing 7-of-14 passes for 142 yards, with one touchdown pass and no interceptions. It was not immediately known if coach Lovie Smith made the switch because of the shoulder injury or Griese's recent streak of inconsistent play.


Article by Len Pasquerelli, ESPN.com

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Freeney Out For Season

The Indianapolis Colts already expect Dwight Freeney not to play for several weeks because of a left foot injury, but now there's reason to believe the Pro Bowl defensive end's season might be over. Though more tests have to be completed for the team to make a final determination, a source said Tuesday that Freeney might have suffered a Lisfranc injury in Sunday's loss to the San Diego Chargers. If additional tests verify the initial diagnosis of the midfoot injury, the source said Freeney will need season-ending surgery. Players who have suffered Lisfranc Injuries, even those not needing surgical repair, have needed months to rehabilitate. In the wake of Freeney getting hurt, the Colts didn't take any chances; on Monday, they placed a waiver claim on defensive end Simeon Rice. The 34-year-old Rice was let go by the Broncos on Friday after he requested his release. On his weekly radio show Monday night, Colts president Bill Polian said the initial timetable for Freeney's recovery would be three to four weeks. The Colts signed Freeney in July to a six-year deal, paying an average of $12 million. He has 21 tackles and 3½ sacks in Indianapolis' 7-2 start. Update: It is confirmed, Dwight Freeney will undergo surgery and is out for the rest of the season.

Source; ESPN

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Chicago QB Rumors...Again

Donovan McNabb's rocky relationship with the media and fans in Philadelphia combined with coach Andy Reid's personal problems might create and opportunity for the Chicago Bears to bring McNabb to the Windy City according to the Chicago Sun-Times. The Sun-Times notes that McNabb isn't what he used to be, but is still better than anything the Bears currently have on their roster. Quoting an NFL source, the Sun Times said McNabb would be at least as good as Steve McNair was for Baltimore last season, with the possibility of getting significantly better a year removed from knee surgery.

Also according to the Chicago Sun-Times, Rex Grossman returned from the bench and brought with him the swagger and the deep ball that comes with it, his 59-yard bomb to Bernard Berrian for a touchdown with 3:11 to play just may be the beginning of something. Grossman got another chance when Brian Griese suffered a bruised left shoulder. Coach Lovie Smith chose not to address the quarterback issue in his post-game press conference. Depending on the severity of the injury, the Bears could have their 32nd starting QB change in the last 133 games.

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Huard Out, Croyle In

Damon Huard is out and Brodie Croyle is in as starting quarterback for the Kansas City Chiefs. Coach Herm Edwards said Monday the strong-armed Croyle, who came in for a shaken-up Huard against Denver on Sunday, would start at Indianapolis this week as the Chiefs try to snap a two-game losing streak and revive one of the NFL's weakest offenses. "You need a spark," Edwards said. "We've been in some contests now where we haven't had the ability to score points. That's part of your job as a quarterback, to put points on the board and move the football team. We've moved at times, but we've also been very inconsistent." Croyle was 17-for-30 for 162 yards, with one interception, in the 27-11 loss that dropped Kansas City to 4-5. Huard, an 11-year veteran, was a career backup until he took over for the injured Trent Green last year and played well in eight games. Huard then beat out Croyle in the preseason for the starter's job but has been inconsistent -- before Croyle came in Sunday he had thrown two interceptions and lost a fumble in that game. "Damon's done a good job helping us win four games. It's never on one guy, obviously," Edwards said. "You need a spark. We've been in some contests now where we haven't had the ability to score points. "At this point in time, this is a chance for me and this organization to evaluate a young player that we think has a chance to play quarterback. But you don't know until he has an opportunity."

AP

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Peterson To Miss At Least A Game

Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson will miss Sunday's game against Oakland with a torn ligament in his right knee. Coach Brad Childress said Monday that Peterson tore his lateral collateral ligament in the Vikings' 34-0 loss to Green Bay. Peterson will not require surgery, Childress said. "The good news is that the knee is otherwise stable and the injury is isolated to that ligament," Childress said. "I'm told that's a good healing ligament." Childress said this is not a season-ending injury, but he did not talk about when Peterson might be back. "I'm real hesitant to put a timeline on that thing," Childress said. Peterson was hurt just a week after he set an NFL single-game rushing record with 296 yards in a victory over San Diego. Team doctors told Childress that with ligament tears graded on a three-point scale, with three being the worst, Peterson's tear is "two-plus." It's not as serious as an anterior cruciate ligament tear, which would have required surgery and ended Peterson's brilliant rookie season. "This is not one of those," Childress said. Peterson was injured in the third quarter Sunday. Packers cornerback Al Harris hit him in the knee just as Peterson was about to make a cut downfield, and the star rookie writhed in pain for several minutes in a scary scene. Losing the only offensive star it has will be a devastating blow to a unit that has struggled in every game Peterson has not topped 200 yards rushing this season. It's been a one-man show in Minnesota, with Peterson accounting for 1,081 of the team's 1,551 yards rushing and eight of the team's 10 touchdowns rushing. The No. 7 overall draft pick out of Oklahoma broke the single-game rushing record two weeks ago against San Diego, racking up 296 yards to put him on pace to smash Eric Dickerson's record for yards rushing by a rookie in a single season. Now the Vikings will turn to veteran Chester Taylor, who topped 1,200 yards rushing last season and has been solid in spot duty behind Peterson this year. Taylor is averaging 5 yards per carry in a backup role.


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Harrison's Knee Injury A Major Problem

Marvin Harrison, who missed last weeks game against New England, will sit out this weeks game against the Chargers. The Colt's leading wide receiver is listed as having a knee bruise, but according to ESPN reports, a specialist that Harrison saw said that Harrison the knee pain will likely persist for the rest of his career. Surgery isn't an option right now for Harrison because there is no guarantee of success and the rehabilitation would take six months. The Colts organization has not validated those claims. Fantasy Take: This looks like it could be a season, maybe career ending injury to Harrison. It might be time to make some room on your roster by either dropping him, or trading him to someone who thinks he might be back in a few weeks.

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More QB Rumors

Chicago Bears coach Lovie Smith wasn't afraid to pull Rex Grossman and insert Brian Griese. And if Griese struggles this week against the Detroit Lions, he won't have any problem lifting Griese in favor of Grossman. The Chicago Tribune reported that the Bears increased Grossman's work in practice this week from 30 percent of the snaps to 40 percent. It doesn't mean the Bears have lost faith in Griese. It does mean the coaches recognize the urgency of being a 3-5 team. Source: Yahoo

As usual, coach Brad Childress wouldn't say who will start at quarterback for the Minnesota Vikings Sunday, however, the signs point toward Brooks Bollinger getting the nod. Childress told reporters Friday afternoon that the team was considering a roster move that "perhaps" involved a quarterback according the the Minneapolis Star Tribune. As of Friday night, the Vikings were listing two quarterbacks as questionable on their injury report and a third seemed in danger of release. Tarvaris Jackson (concussion) and Kelly Holcomb (neck) both took part in a portion of practice, and their progress might make emergency quarterback Koy Detmer expendable as early as today the Star Tribune reported.

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Could Childress Get Released?

There have been some unexpected consequences since Minnesota Vikings coach Brad Childress decided to dock receiver Troy Williamson a game check for missing the week nine contest against the Chargers due to the death of his grandmother. According to Profootballtalk.com some players and members of the coaching staff are revolting against the decision. Even before the $25,000 fine to Williamson, there were strong signs of discontent. Presiding over a struggling offense and micro-managing the defense has made Childress a target for quiet ire. The thinking is that the Williamson debacle could create major problems for Childress, unless the decision to take Williamson's game check is quickly reversed. If the unrest continues, owner Zygi Wilf might soon feel compelled to make a change, regardless of whether the Vikings run the table. Update: After a numerous amount of players, personel, and fan complaints, Childress announced today that he will be giving Williamson his check back and that he is "very sorry".

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Rice Released

The brief tenure of defensive end Simeon Rice with the Denver Broncos ended on Friday afternoon when the 12-year veteran requested and was granted his release by the club after an unproductive stint. "Under the current situation we felt like we were better with the younger players that we do have,'' coach Mike Shanahan said. "They give us the best chance to win and that's the direction we are going.'' The release was first reported by ESPN's Chris Mortensen and subsequently announced by Denver officials. The move makes Rice an unrestricted free agent, but also leaves him with an uncertain future. Concerns about his surgically repaired shoulder and his age, along with his performance with the Broncos, might dissuade teams from considering him. Rice may be gambling that a playoff contender in need of pass-rush help will take a chance. In his six appearances with the Broncos, Rice, one of the league's premier pass rushers of his era, registered only seven tackles and had no sacks. He was inactive for two games.

Source: ESPN's Len Pasquerelli and Chris Mortensen

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Week 10 Picks

Here are my picks for week 10...

BUF @ MIA Sun 1:00PM- Bills

STL @ NO Sun 1:00PM- Saints

CLE @ PIT Sun 1:00PM- Steelers

PHI @ WAS Sun 1:00PM- Eagles

ATL @ CAR Sun 1:00PM- Falcons

MIN @ GNB Sun 1:00PM- Packers

JAC @ TEN Sun 1:00PM- Titans

DEN @ KC Sun 1:00PM- Chiefs

CIN @ BAL Sun 4:05PM- Bengals

DAL @ NYG Sun 4:15PM- Cowboys

DET @ ARI Sun 4:15PM- Lions

CHI @ OAK Sun 4:15PM- Bears

IND @ SD Sun 8:15PM- Colts

SF @ SEA Mon 8:30PM- Seahawks

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Henry Gets In Trouble On Eve Of Being Reinstated

Receiver Chris Henry was allegedly involved in an altercation with a parking attendant on the eve of rejoining the Cincinnati from his eight-game suspension. Henry practiced with the Bengals on Wednesday and will be eligible to play Sunday in Baltimore. Commissioner Roger Goodell suspended him for the first half of the season for repeatedly violating the NFL's conduct policy. The third-year receiver stayed out of trouble during the suspension and was allowed to practice with the team for the last two weeks. He sat out a 33-21 loss in Buffalo on Sunday that dropped his last-place team to 2-6. On Tuesday night, police in Newport, Ky., a suburb on the other side of the Ohio River within view of Paul Brown Stadium, were called to an entertainment district following a dispute over a parking fee. A parking attendant told police that Henry and another man parked their sport utility vehicle without paying. According to an incident report, the attendant said Henry argued loudly with him and said, "Don't you know who I am?" The attendant told police that Henry threw a $5 bill on the ground, but it was returned to him and police were called. No charges have been filed. Police told 35-year-old Jason Baker of Bellevue, Ky., that he could file a complaint with prosecutors if he wanted to pursue the matter. Baker didn't return a phone message on Wednesday.

Source: ESPN

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QB Changes Coming?

Desperate times require desparate measures. These are desperate times for the Baltimore Ravens. Mike Preston, columnist for the Baltimore Sun, said the time is right to remove Steve McNair as the starting quarterback and replace him with Kyle Boller. While Boller may not be the answer, either, the Ravens need some kind of spark. Wrote Preston Wednesday: Because coach Brian Billick won't fire himself and it's too late to hire another offensive coordinator, there doesn't seem to be any other choice. Source: Baltimore Sun

The Kansas City Chiefs may soon switch quarterbacks. Coach Herm Edwards is tired of his team scoring only 13 first-quarter points in eight games, and averaging just 15.5 points per game, 29th in the NFL. That spark could come in the form of second-year QB Brodie Croyle.
Source: Kansas City Star



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2008 Free Agents- Quarterbacks

Here is the first list of the 2008 free agent class. Over the next few weeks I'll be updating the list. For those of you who don't know the difference between a restricted free agent vs an unrestricted free agent, an Unrestricted Free Agent is able to sign with any team. A restricted free agent is only allowed to get offers from other teams if the player is offered by his own team.

1) Rex Grossman UFA Chicago Bears- Though most fans (especially Chicago fans) think that he is absolutely awful, Grossman does have really good games. The question is, "Will the good Rex or bad Rex show up?" and that question is going to make teams crazy. I do believe that Rex has a chance of starting next year. Re-signed a one year deal with the Bears

2) Jim Sorgi UFA Indianapolis Colts- Sorgi has the potential to be a great quarterback, the only problem is he's behind Peyton Manning. When Sorgi does get time though (even if that means the preseason) he looks dominant. I think that Sorgi might be tired of playing backup and might make a move. He could be next year's Tony Romo for a team. Re-Signed with Colts

3) Derek Anderson RFA Cleveland Browns- Anderson is having the best season of his career, and has earned himself a chance to be a starting quarterback on a good team (besides the Browns). The Browns will look to keep Anderson just in case anything goes wrong with their quarterback of the future Brady Quinn. Re-Signed with Browns

Other Free Agent QB's
-Quinn Gray UFA Jacksonville Jaguars
-Daunte Culpepper UFA Oakland Raiders
-Ken Dorsey UFA Cleveland Browns
-Ryan Fitzpatrick RFA Cincinnati Bengals
-Drew Henson UFA Minnesota Vikings
-Cleo Lemon UFA Miami Dolphins
-Jared Lorenzen UFA New York Giants
-Jamie Martin UFA New Orleans Saints
-Josh McCown UFA Oakland Raiders

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Fantasy Football Week 9

Here's an ESPN clip from their fantasy online show. It's a little bit long but it has some great news and tips for your team.

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LJ Out This Week

One of the NFL's most feeble offenses is almost certain to be without its star running back for at least a week, and possibly longer. Larry Johnson, a two-time Pro Bowl player, has a sprained right foot and is highly questionable for Sunday's game against Denver, Kansas City coach Herm Edwards said Tuesday. Edwards declined to speculate on how long Johnson might be out, saying he did not have enough information. "He's got a swollen foot right now so that's not good," he said. Johnson's foot got caught under the weight of A.J. Hawk and twisted awkwardly as the Green Bay linebacker dragged him down from behind in the fourth quarter Sunday of the Packers' 33-22 victory. He was on crutches as he left the stadium. "The severity of it, I don't know because I'm not the doctor," Edwards said. "As far as I know right now, it will be very difficult for him to play this week." Fantasy Take: LJ has been a dissapointment this season for fantasy owners, but picking up Priest Holmes could be a good option. Holmes did score against the Packers in the short time he played (4th quarter).

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Tank Is Back

Tank Johnson was activated by the Dallas Cowboys on Monday, after completing an eight-game suspension, and is set to play his first game with his new team. Coach Wade Phillips said Johnson had been added to the 53-man roster and would play Sunday for the NFC East-leading Cowboys (7-1) at the New York Giants. Johnson had been on the reserve-suspended list since Sept. 19, the day after he signed a two-year deal with Dallas. "He will be part of our rotation," Phillips said. "I think he'll help us." Johnson wasn't available for comment Monday after Phillips gave the players the day off. The Cowboys were coming off a 38-17 victory at Philadelphia on Sunday night. Dallas made room on its roster by placing rookie fullback Deon Anderson on injured reserve with a torn right rotator cuff. Anderson got an MRI on Monday. He got hurt early in the second half against the Eagles, but finished the game. While Johnson's NFL suspension wasn't shortened, he was allowed to start practicing with the Cowboys two weeks ago. Johnson spent two months in jail during the offseason because of weapons charges, both old and new. NFL commissioner Roger Goodell suspended Johnson for eight games in June. Weeks later, Johnson got pulled over for speeding at 3:30 a.m. The Chicago Bears released him soon after, though there were no charges filed in that incident.


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Pats Beat Colts

This time, the New England Patriots struggled to survive. But survive they did, staying on course for an unbeaten season as Tom Brady threw two touchdown passes in a four-minute span of the fourth quarter to overcome a 10-point deficit and beat Super Bowl champion Indianapolis 24-20 Sunday. The win in perhaps the NFL's biggest regular-season game ever keeps the Patriots (9-0) on course for the NFL's first unbeaten season since Miami did it 1972 and gives them the first tiebreaker over Indianapolis (7-1) in the AFC playoffs. New England, which had been averaging more than 41 points a game and had beaten eight opponents by an average of more than 25 points, trailed 20-10 after Peyton Manning scored on a 1-yard sneak with 9 minutes and 42 seconds left in the game. However, Brady's 55-yard completion to Randy Moss set up a 3-yard TD pass to Wes Welker. Rosevelt Colvin knocked the ball loose from Manning to force a punt on the next series. Then Brady found Kevin Faulk over the middle for 13 yards for the winning score with 3:15 left. Jarvis Green knocked the ball lose from Manning and Colvin recovered to clinch the game for New England.


AP article

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News/Injury Update

News:
1) Brett Favre beats Cheifs in the fourth quarter for a 33-22 win, he has now beaten all 31 teams in the NFL.
2) Adrian Peterson ran for 296 yards, which beats Jamal Lewis's record for most rushing yards in a single game (295).

Major Injuries:
1) Tavaris Jackson had a head injury
2) Jay Cutler had a calf injury
3) Larry Johnson had an ankle sprain
4) Chad Johnson was carted off the field with a neck/head injury
5) Quentin Jammer was injured with a hamstring injury

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Cromartie Has 109 Yard Missed FG Return

San Diego cornerback Antonio Cromartie returned a missed field goal 109 yards for a touchdown as the first half ended Sunday at Minnesota -- the longest play in NFL history.
The Vikings lined Ryan Longwell up for a 57-yard kick, which was on line but fell just short of the crossbar. Cromartie, camped out at the end line, leaped to catch the ball without stepping out of bounds and started his return. He raced up the right sideline, got some good blocks and scored untouched to give the Chargers a 14-7 lead into the locker room. Vikings coach Brad Childress was so upset he chucked his headset off and was so flustered he started to leave the sideline before realizing there was still an extra point attempt. The previous record for longest play was 108 yards, missed field goal returns, shared by Chicago teammates Devin Hester and Nathan Vasher and a kickoff return by New England's Ellis Hobbs. Cromartie scored two touchdowns last week against the Houston Texans -- a fumble recovery in the end zone and a 70-yard interception return. (AP)

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Chad Johnson Injured

For those of you who missed the Bengals-Bills game you missed a major injury. In the fourth quarter of the game Chad Johnson was hit hard on an incomplete pass attempt and was down for at least ten minutes as both team's doctors were on the field examining him. On TV it seemed like he was able to move his extremities but the commentators were saying that he could be paralyzed. Johnson was surrounded by both teams as he was carted off the field. Update: Johnson is able to move all extremities and has received the results from his CAT scan, MRI, and Xray, and they were all clear. The Bengals are expecting Johnson to travel with the team next week though he is not yet cleared for practice.

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Patriots vs Colts, Who Will Really Be #1?

Today at 3:15 might be the biggest and most exciting game of the season. The 8-0 New England Patriots will travel to Indianapolis to play the 7-0 Colts. The two major powers of the AFC will go head to head and it looks to be a great matchup. Tom Brady currently has 30 touchdowns and is on pace to demolish Peyton Manning's record of 49 touchdowns. Manning on the other hand has been playing more "Tom Brady Like" lately, and he's been being more cautious with his throws. So here are my rankings by position.


QB- Push, Brady and Manning are the best in the league right now


RB- Colts, Joseph Addai has proven he can be the #1 back, and Laurence Maroney is playing through an injury.


Recieving- Push (If Harrison plays), If Marvin Harrison plays, this is definately a push. The Colts have Marvin Harrison, Reggie Wayne, and Dallas Clark. The Patriots have Randy Moss, Donte Stallworth, and Wes Welker.


Kicking- Colts, Adam Vinateri, the former Patriot superstar is now with the Colts. We have to give it to him.


Defense- Patriots, The Patriots defense has almost been as good as the offense some games. The Colts defense does look much better than last season, mostly because of Bob Sanders.


Coaching- Push, Tony Dungy vs Bill Belechick, I can't pick either of these guys because they are the elite coaches in the NFL. No wonder their teams are undefeated.


Outcome- Patriots win 31-28

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Week Nine Picks

Here are my picks for this week's games...I was 12-1 last week.

SD @ MIN Sun 1:00PM- Chargers

JAC @ NO Sun 1:00PM- Jaguars

WAS @ NYJ Sun 1:00PM- Redskins

ARI @ TB Sun 1:00PM- Buccaneers

SF @ ATL Sun 1:00PM- 49ers

CIN @ BUF Sun 1:00PM- Bengals

DEN @ DET Sun 1:00PM- Broncos

CAR @ TEN Sun 1:00PM- Panthers

GNB @ KC Sun 1:00PM- Packers

SEA @ CLE Sun 4:05PM- Seahawks

HOU @ OAK Sun 4:15PM- Texans

NE @ IND Sun 4:15PM- Patriots

DAL @ PHI Sun 8:15PM- Cowboys

BAL @ PIT Mon 8:30PM- Steelers

8-6

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Some Quick News/Injury Updates

Looking to revive an anemic offense that has scored only two touchdowns in three weeks, Oakland Raiders coach Lane Kiffin said Thursday Josh McCown will start Sunday against the Houston Texans according to Insidebayarea.com McCown started the first two games of the season before leaving at halftime of the Cleveland game with a broken toe. He was replaced by Daunte Culpepper, who was the AFC's Offensive Player of the Week for his performance against Miami in his first start, rushing three touchdowns and passing for two more. After the bye, the Raiders offense fell on hard times, scoring only two touchdowns in three games.

The Denver Broncos said rookie defensive end Jarvis Moss, a first-round pick in the 2007 draft, will miss the remainder of the season after he fractured his fibula and tore ankle ligaments in practice on Thursday. According to Profootballtalk.com coach Mike Shanahan labeled the injury a "kind of a freak accident.""He'll have surgery here in the next few days and it will be about a three- or four-month recovery time," Shanahan said. "It's very similar to the injury Cecil Sapp had, and he came back full speed. It happened in a nine-on-seven drill today."

The Houston Texans, who will play the Oakland Raiders on Sunday, say star wide receiver Andre Johnson will be day-to-day this week. Johnson, however, has indicated that most people are telling him to wait until after the bye week.

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Schaub Out With Concussion (Again)

Houston's Matt Schaub will not start Sunday's game against Oakland after suffering a concussion from a helmet-to-helmet hit last week in San Diego. With Schaub out, the Texans will go with Sage Rosenfels. It will be the third start of his career and his first since a 22-0 loss to Cleveland in 2005 when he was with Miami. Rosenfels has played most of the second half of each of the last two games with Schaub injured and has thrown five interceptions and five touchdowns. Schaub was injured on an illegal hit by Drayton Florence after throwing his second interception in Houston's loss to the Chargers. It was the second straight week he'd been knocked out of the game by a helmet-to-helmet blow. He injured his hip on the first one but has recovered from that injury. Craig Nall, who was signed on Tuesday, will be Houston's backup. Coach Gary Kubiak said Schaub could be used as Houston's emergency quarterback if necessary. Fantasy Take: Though Schaub has been a solid fantasy quarterback all year long, he has suffered two "concussions" in the last three weeks which has forced him to miss two games. This might be the time to either bench, trade, or drop him. Sage Rosenfels is also a good add if you are desperate for a QB. Against the Titans he threw five touchdowns.

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Some Quick Halloween Rumors

The impressive streaks for New York Jets' receiver Laveranues Coles may end this Sunday. Coles, who sustained a concussion last week, did not practice Wednesday. He has played in 104 consecutive games and has caught at least one pass in 69 straight. Source: New York Times

Atlanta Falcons tight end Alge Crumpler, who missed the team's last game two weeks ago, might not play again this Sunday against the San Francisco 49ers at the Georgia Dome. Crumpler, who's been suffering from an injured knee and ankle, did not practice Wednesday but ran a few routes and did some blocking on the side. Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Although Miami Dolphins coach Cam Cameron has not named rookie quarterback John Beck as the team's new starter, it certainly appears that the day will arrive very soon. Cameron said the snaps in practice will be "close to" a 50-50 split between Beck and Cleo Lemon, who has played the past four games in place of Trent Green. Source: South Florida Sun-Sentinel

Travis Henry was back practicing with the Denver Broncos Wednesday, so he likely will start Sunday against the Detroit Lions. But with the game being played on Ford Field's artificial surface, the Broncos probably will get speedy Selvin Young some touches. Young rushed 18 times for 71 yards and caught six passes for 49 yards while replacing rib-injured Henry against the Packers,. Source: Denver Post

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