August 2008 - Football Wiretap
Travis Henry Suspended For At Least One Year
Free agent running back Travis Henry has been suspended by the NFL for at least one year, according to NFL.com. The league announced eleven free-agent suspensions on Sunday, including Henry. Receiving puncishment are the following players: Adrian Awason, DE, 4 games; Jonathan Clinkscale, G, 4 games; Tony Gonzalez, WR, 4 games; Mario Haggan, LB, 4 games; Travis Henry, RB, at least one year; Luke Petitgout, T, 4 games; Dexter Reid, DB, 4 games; Darrion Scott, DE, 3 games; E.J. Underwood, DB, 4 games; Jimmy Williams, DB, 5 games; and Cedrick Wilson, WR, 1 game.
Pats Cut Lynch, WR Jackson
The Patriots have released safety John Lynch and wide receiver Chad Jackson, according to NFL.com. New England signed Lynch a little more than two weeks ago, and Bill Belichick has left open the possibilty of adding him to the roster later in the season. "It goes without saying but John is an all-time great safety, one of the league's classiest professionals and his elite play speaks for itself," Belichick said. "As has been the case in other situations, I would not rule anything out down the road." Lynch, a nine-time Pro Bowler, has been released twice this year. "I have no regrets about my time thus far with the Patriots," Lynch said. "The immense respect that I've long held for the organization has been only heightened over the past couple of weeks. I am going to keep all options open and look forward with excitement to see what the future brings."
Giants Talking To Ex-Eagle DE McDougle
The Giants are reportedly talking to former Eagles' defensive end Jerome McDougle and may have already signed him, according to Star-Ledger. Philadelphia cut McDougle on Saturday, and New York is looking to add depth to the defensive line.
Mangini Says Clemens Not On Block
Jets' Coach Eric Mangini says that backup quarterback Kellen Clemens is not on the trading block, according to New York Daily News. "First of all, I don't really guarantee," Mangini said of not trading Clemens. "That's not the business I'm in, but I fully, fully, fully anticipate Kellen being on the roster on opening day - unless something earth-shattering happens."
Harrington Among Final Cuts In Atlanta
Quarterback Joey Harrington was among the final cuts by the Falcons on Saturday, according to Atlanta Journal-Constitution. The team decided to keep D.J. Shockley as their No. 3 quarterback behind rookie Matt Ryan and backup Chris Redman. Harrington, the third overall pick in the 2002 draft and a starter for 10 games last season, was the odd man out in an open quarterback competition.
Texans Place RB Brown On IR
The Texans have placed running back Chris Brown on the injured reserve with a sore back, according to Houston Chronicle. Brown had battled back problems all through training camp, and placing him on the IR allowed the Texans to trim their roster to the league maximum (53). The move secures Ahman Green as the team's starter for the time-being.
Bucs Released A Thrilled Simms
The Buccaneers released quarterback Chris Simms on Saturday and he couldn't be happier, according to New York Times. He had asked for his release early in the summer and said the team was holding him hostage, after he skipped a minicamp and off-season workouts in protest. Simms is expected to be picked up quickly.
Jags' RB Taylor Arrested In Miami
Jacksonville running back Fred Taylor was arrested in Miami early Saturday morning and charged with disorderly conduct, according to Sports Illustrated. Taylor was released on his own recognizance and agreed to appear in court in the future, according to the Miami Beach Police Department.
Cardinals Name Warner Starter
The Cardinals have named Kurt Warner their starting quarterback heading into the 2008 season, according to Arizona Republic. "There was a lot of opinions, from all different sources," coach Ken Whisenhunt said. "I know our staff, and I know I didn't buy into it. There was a process that started a long time ago, a lot of information to be evaluated, and it really wasn't one thing more than another. To the credit of both of the quarterbacks, it was close." Predictably, Matt Leinart wasn't thrilled with the decision. "He's upset," Whisenhunt said. "And that's what you want to see. I saw the competitiveness of Matt come out. And I have no doubts that when it's his turn this year to play, that he'll respond in the same way."
Source: Miami Gives Williams Extension
The Dolphins have signed running back Ricky Williams to a one-year contract extension, a source close to the veteran told ESPN.com. The source told ESPN on Saturday that there was no signing bonus, but Williams' salary increases over this year's base of $730,000. The deal will keep Williams in Miami through the 2009 season.
Hurricane Gustav Forces Saints Out Of Town
Hurricane Gustav has forced the Saints to leave New Orleans to prepare for their season opener against Tampa Bay in Indianapolis.
Whisenhunt Won't Commit To Quarterback
Cardinals head coach Ken Whisenhunt insists that he has yet to make a decision regarding which quarterback will start for the team to open the season.
Eagles Make Moats One Of Eight Cuts
The Eagles cut eight players on Saturday, including running back Ryan Moats.
Bengals Cut Rudi Johnson
The Bengals have terminated the contract of running back Rudi Johnson.
NFL Suspends Pats' RB Faulk One Game
The NFL has suspended New England Patriots' running back Kevin Faulk for one game for violating the league's substance abuse policy.
Chad Legally Changes Name To 'Ocho Cinco'
Bengals wide receiver Chad Johnson has legally changed his last name to Ocho Cinco.
Texans Cut LB Colvin, 20 Others
Veteran linebacker Rosevelt Colvin was among twenty-one roster cuts by the Texans on Friday.
Bears Release High '07 Picks Bazuin, Okwo
The Bears have released a pair of high 2007 draft picks, defensive end Dan Bazuin and linebacker Mike Okwo.
Dolphins Trade McCown To Panthers
The Dolphins have traded veteran quarterback Josh McCown to the Panthers for an undisclosed 2009 draft pick.
Peyton Expects To Start Against Bears
Colts' quarterback Peyton Manning expects to start for the team against the Bears in Week One.
Vikings' McKinnie Suspended Four Games
Minnesota left tackle Bryant McKinnie has been suspended by the NFL for the first four games of the season for violating the league's personal conduct policy.
Reid Is A Huge Fan Of Eagles' Jackson
Eagles' Coach Andy Reid is a huge fan of rookie wide receiver DeSean Jackson.
Jackson's Deal Might Be Cut Short In St. Louis
Rams' running back Steven Jackson's new deal could be cut short if he reaches certain statistical milestones.
Chad Johnson Now Officially Ocho Cinco?
Bengals receiver Chad Johnson might have officially changed his name to "Ocho Cinco".
Vikings Resistant To Los Angeles Move?
A Vikings' executive said Thursday that owner Zygi Wilf has turned down overtures to discuss moving the team to Los Angeles.
Ronnie Brown Looks Healthy In Final Preseason Game
Ronnie Brown had 47 yards and scored a 1-yard touchdown.
Chris Henry A Team Captain For Preseason Game
The Bengals were represented by Chris Henry as a team captain during the coin toss in Thursday's game.
O'Sullivan Decision Well-Received In Niners' Locker Room
?Alex is only our third QB because we can?t have a fourth,? said one member of the 49ers.
Matt Ryan, Teammates In Minor Car Accident
Falcons' quarterback Matt Ryan and teammates D.J. Shockley and Brian Finneran were in a minor car accident on the way to practice on Wednesday morning.