October 2009 - Football Wiretap
Browns Could Use Cribbs As Running Back
The Browns could use Josh Cribbs at running back this Sunday. Offensive coordinator Brian Daboll told the Cleveland Plain Dealer that he "wouldn't rule out seeing" Joshua Cribbs in the backfield as a running back. Cribbs was a scrambling quarterback at Kent State and is the school's third all-time leading rusher with 3,670 yards and a school-record 38 touchdowns.
Fan Steals Street Sign In Honor Of Rodgers
A 47-year-old Green Bay man was arrested on Saturday for stealing the Aaron Rodgers Drive street sign. Police stopped the man, who had the sign in his car, and arrested him around 2 a.m. on Saturday. Mayor Jim Schmitt on Thursday officially changed the name of Minnesota Avenue on the city's northeast side to honor the Green Bay Packers starting quarterback.
Ginn Falling Out Of Favor In Miami
The Dolphins had wide receiver Ted Ginn Jr. working out with the practice squad this week. Ginn worked with the squad while the first- and second-team offenses where on the field. Davone Bess and rookie Brian Hartline appear to be the starters, with Greg Camarillo lining up with the second team.
Rodgers Probable For Game Against Vikings
Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers is probable for Sunday's game against the Vikings with a sprained foot. He went through a full practice on Friday after being limited on both Wednesday and Thursday.
Sources: Chiefs, LJ Reach Settlement
The Chiefs and running back Larry Johnson have agreed on a settlement, sources told ESPN. Johnson is still suspended for conduct detrimental to the team for using a gay slur through Nov. 9 -- but he will be docked just one game check. He will lose $267,647.
Redskins Place Samuel On Injured Reserve
The Washington Redskins announced Saturday that they have placed tackle Chris Samuels on season-ending Injured Reserve. Samuels sustained a neck injury against the Carolina Panthers on October 11. A 10-year veteran, Samuels played in five games this season and was inactive for the team's last two contests. The six-time Pro Bowl selection has started and played in 141 regular season games since entering the league in 2000.
Vikings To Be Without Winfield Against Packers
The Vikings will be without cornerback Antoine Winfield when they play the Packers on Sunday. Winfield was listed as out in Friday's injury report. He missed Minnesota's game against Pittsburgh last week with an injured foot as well. "It's hard to replace a Pro Bowl corner in our league that does all the things that Antoine does for our defense, but it was great to see [Karl] Paymah, Asher [Allen] and Benny [Sapp] step in and play the way they played," defensive coordinator Leslie Frazier told the Associated Press. "We are going to need it again this week."
Seahawks Mum On How Much They'll Use Trufant
Seahawks cornerback Marcus Trufant will play in his first game of the season on Sunday against the Cowboys. The former Pro Bowler was added to Seattle's active roster on Friday. "We're going to just see where we are on Sunday," coach Jim Mora told the Seattle Times. "The one thing we don't want to do is come out of that game saying, 'We wish we would have played Tru more.' " He missed the first six games of the season with a back injury.
Stafford, Johnson Will Be Game-Time Decisions
Matthew Stafford and Calvin Johnson will be game-time decisions for the Lions heading into Sunday's game against the Rams. Both the quarterback and his top wide receiver are suffering from right knee injuries. Detroit coach Jim Schwartz said Friday that both have made "a lot of progress" in recent weeks.
Manningham Suffers Left Shoulder Injury
Giants wide receiver Mario Manningham missed practice on Friday with a left shoulder injury. He suffered the injury on the final play of practice on Thursday. "They thought it was better if he just not work today," coach Tom Coughlin said of holding him out on Friday. "So I'm going to list him as questionable, but hopefully he will make it." Manningham has started six of seven games this season, catching 28 passes for 439 yards and four touchdowns.
Browns D-Coordinator Upset Over Protest
Browns defensive coordinator Rob Ryan is upset over a planned protest by the team's fans.
Brady: Freeney Is NFL's Most Intimidating Player
Patriots quarterback Tom Brady says that Colts defensive end Dwight Freeney is the NFL's most intimidating player.
Lewis Wishes He Had Ownership In Browns
Browns running back Jamal Lewis wants the entire organization to be held accountable for the team's struggles.
Jason Taylor Confident He Can Still Play
Dolphins defensive end Jason Taylor is confident that he's still an NFL-caliber player.
Turner: Chargers Have To Improve Goal-Line Offense
Chargers coach Norv Turner wants to see his team become more efficient at the goal line.
Singletary: Some Of Peyton's Audibles Are Fake
San Francisco coach Mike Singletary doesn't buy all of the gesturing Peyton Manning does at the line of scrimmage.
Tuaolo: There Are More Than 10 Gay Players In The NFL
Esera Tuaolo, who came out of the closet after his NFL career ended, wasn't shocked by Larry Johnson's recent gay slur.
Rams Likely To Draft QB In First Round
Unless Marc Bulger turns things around drastically, the Rams are expected to select a quarterback in the 2010 NFL Draft.
Westbrook Misses Another Practice
Eagles running back Brian Westbrook missed another practice on Friday.
No Truth To Layla Kiffin SI Swimsuit Rumors
Rumors were circulating this week that Lane Kiffin's wife Layla might pose for the Sports Illustrated swimsuit edition.
Scott Wants To Knock Henne Out Of Sunday's Game
Bart Scott publicly admitted to hoping to knock Chad Henne out of Sunday's game between the Jets and Dolphins.
Cowboys Not Talking Extension With Spears
Marcus Spears is having the best season of his career.
Mock Favre Funeral Held In Wisconsin
A Wisconsin radio station held a mock funeral for Brett Favre on Friday.
Javon Walker Could Start For Raiders
The Raiders could move wide receiver Javon Walker up the depth chart for Sunday's game.
Bradshaw Will Continue To Play Through Cracked Foot
Giants running back Ahmad Bradshaw will continue to play despite a cracked bone in his right foot.
Dawg Pound Ready To Launch Protest
Some die hard Browns fans are gearing up to protest the team's continued poor play.
Scoring Change Gives Vikings 4th Sack Of Big Ben
A scoring change has given the Vikings an additional sack of Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger.
NFL Still Investigating Crabtree Tampering Charges
An investigation looking into tampering charges committed by the Jets in relation to Michael Crabtree is still going forward, according to a source.
Washington's Injury Makes Not Taking Jets' Offer A Bad Gamble
Leon Washington was anticipating his first big payday but rejected the Jets? last offer last summer of a deal worth at least $5 million annually.
JaMarcus More Focused In Practice In Wake Of Benching
JaMarcus Russell appears to have responded to his benching in Sunday's embarrassing loss to the Jets by recommitting himself during practice.