May 2006 - Football Wiretap
Harrison Hurts Right Leg
New England safety Rodney Harrison hurt his right leg when blocked in the second quarter against the Tennessee Titans. Harrison went to the ground and slapped the turf after being blocked by Titans receiver Bobby Wade, whose helmet appeared to hit Harrison's right knee. He walked off the field on his own.
Alabama To Offer Saban $40 Million?
Alabama is expected to make a $40 million contract offer to Nick Saban on Monday or Tuesday, the Miami Herald reported, citing no sources. The offer is expected to be worth $4 million per year, with a $7 million signing bonus, the newspaper reported. The deal is expected to be an 8-year offer, the newspaper reported.
Manning Passes Montana On TD List
Peyton Manning moved into seventh in career touchdown passes Sunday when he connected with an unfamiliar target, defensive tackle Dan Klecko, early in the second quarter. Manning's 2-yard scoring throw, his 30th of the season, capped a drive that lasted 10:09 and gave the Colts a 7-3 lead. It was his 274th career TD pass, breaking a tie with Joe Montana (273).
Cutler Leaves Game With Head Injury
Broncos quarterback Jay Cutler left the Broncos' game with the 49ers after taking a hit from Anthony Adams early in the second quarter on Sunday. He was replaced by Jake Plummer.
Jets Headed To The Playoffs
The preseason forecasts of gloom and doom are long gone. These surprising Jets are headed for an improbable trip to the playoffs. Chad Pennington threw a touchdown pass to Chris Baker, Leon Washington ran for a touchdown run and Mike Nugent kicked three field goals to lead the Jets to a 23-3 victory over the Raiders on Sunday.
Lions' Marinelli Scheduled For Hip Replacement
Lions coach Rod Marinelli is scheduled to have hip replacement surgery next Friday. "There isn't going to be a long rehabilitation," Marinelli told The Detroit News after practice Friday. Marinelli will have his left hip replaced. The 57-year-old previously had replacement surgery on his right hip, but now walks with a noticeable limp because of degeneration in his left hip joint.
Tiki With Dominating Performence
Tiki Barber put the ultimate exclamation point on the Giants' season of turmoil with a franchise-rushing record, a dominating performance that virtually assures his career will last at least one more week. In his last regular-season game, Barber carried 23 times for 234 yards and three touchdowns Saturday night in a 34-28 victory over Washington. The win ends New York's seven-week free fall just in time for the Giants to make the postseason as a .500 team.
Archuleta Lashes Out At 'Skins
Adam Archuleta broke his silence on Thursday after spending the majority of the season in Joe Gibbs' doghouse. "Do I deserve an explanation?" Archuleta said. "I don't know if an explanation matters anymore because what's done is done. I pretty much know what's going on. I pretty much know what it all stems from." Archuleta wouldn't go into detail, but he said he hopes the coaching staff is upfront with him when they meet with him in next week's exit interviews. "I'm a grown man. I don't like getting lied to," Archuleta said. "All people want is for people to be straight up with them. I don't mind bad news. I don't mind negativity. I don't mind if somebody says to my face what my flaws are and what I'm doing wrong and what kind of person they think I am. "I welcome those kind of things because an honest assessment is all anybody wants in this business. I don't need someone to sit here and tell me how great I am: 'I'm doing good, just keep working hard.' I don't need that. I need real stuff. That's the only way I can make an evaluation as to who I am as a player."
Williams Wants Lions To Relax On Weight Issue
Mike Williams said he thinks he will be back with the Lions next year. But he isn't sure, and if he does return, he wants a lot of things to change -- starting with his weight target. "If they do want me back, hopefully, we can come to a fair weight for me to play at," Williams said Friday. "If they want me here, I just hope all this other stuff will just be done," Williams said. "If they want me here with the focus of moving forward and doing what's best as far as winning and not being what it has been, and if that's the case, I'll be happy to be here."
Rumor: Lewis To Replace Cowher?
The rumor going around Cincinnati is that Marvin Lewis will leave the Bengals to replace Bill Cowher as Steelers coach. Cowher is expected to announce his retirement after the season finale Sunday in Cincinnati.
Giants' Coughlin Appears To Be On The Hot Seat
Despite coach Tom Coughlin being on the hot seat, the Giants are in the driver's seat for a playoff spot.
Shockey Will Miss Regular-Season Finale
The Giants' Jeremy Shockey will miss the regular-season finale against the Redskins on Saturday.
Merriman Responds To Taylor
"I sent him a 'Lights Out' hat and a 'Lights Out' T-shirt and a bag of popcorn so he can watch us in the playoffs," said Shawne Merriman.
Cowboys' Romo Confirms Dating Underwood
Dallas QB Tony Romo has confirmed that he is dating American Idol star Carrie Underwood.
McGahee Wants Extension
Agent Drew Rosenhaus said getting Willis McGahee a contract extension will be a "high priority" this offseason.
Warner Says He'll Be Back Next Season
Two months after raising the possibility of retirement, Cardinals QB Kurt Warner said he would return in 2007.
Bucs' Simms Signs Two-Year Extension
QB Chris Simms is looking forward to trying to regain his starting job with the Bucs in 2007.
President Gerald R. Ford Has Died At Age 93
President Gerald Ford played center on the U. of Michigan's 1932 and 1933 national champion football teams. He received pro offers from Detroit and Green Bay, but chose to study law at Yale.