September 2009 - Football Wiretap
Nike Brings Back Vick
Michael Vick has re-signed an endorsement deal with Nike. Michael Principe of BEST referred questions to Vick's agent, Joel Segal, who said: "Mike has a longstanding great relationship with Nike and he looks forward to continue in that relationship." Segal would not reveal terms of the agreement. "Mike has had a great relationship with Nike and is excited to be part of the Nike team again," Segal said.
Tomlinson Returns To Practice
LaDainian Tomlinson, who sprained his ankle in the season opener and has not played since, participated in Wednesday's practice.
Felix To Miss Sunday's Game
Felix Jones will miss Sunday's game against Denver because of a sprained posterior ligament in his left knee, according to a source. It's possible he could miss more time and not return until after the Oct. 18 bye. Jones was noncommittal on his status, however. "I can use my two feet," Jones said. "That's good enough, right?"
Singletary Warns Anyone Who Might Say He's 'Not A Winning Coach'
Mike Singletary offered a new quotable sound byte during Wednesday's press conference. "I have no problem with 'conservative.' If you want to say I'm a conservative guy, that's great. I have no problem with 'exotic.' If you say I'm an exotic coach, that's fine. I have no problem with any other adjective you use. But if you say I'm not a winning coach, then I have a problem."
Kolb Focusing On 'Here And Now'
Kevin Kolb has proved himself as a viable NFL starter in the absence of Donovan McNabb after waiting two seasons to get his opportunity. ?The biggest thing to do is take it week by week and just stay focused," said Kolb. "If you are trying to look at the whole picture you get into trouble doing that kind of thing. Again, like I said before when all of this started, I am just going to play for the here and now and keep working like I have been. The opportunity will come when I get my shot again and when it does hopefully I can ride it out as a starter from then on.?
Bears Looking For Answers With Ineffective Ground Game
The Bears are the fifth-worst rushing team in the league, but hope Sunday's game against Detroit will change their trend. "When we put our mind to it, we can run against any team," Matt Forte said. "It's difficult running in the NFL. We know that. But if we get bodies on people and stay strong, we can run the ball." The addition of future Hall of Famer Orlando Pace was supposed to give the Bears an added boost, but even Pace has had some difficulties. "You just have to keep building, keep trying to get better," Pace said. "Every week, we're just going to try to get this thing going. We just have to work harder this week."
Mangini Gives Anderson Starting Job
Derek Anderson will replace Brady Quinn as the starting quarterback Sunday against the Bengals, coach Eric Mangini announced Wednesday. Mangini said "giving Derek the opportunity is something I think will help us offensively.'' He said Anderson's performance on third down Sunday in Baltimore -- including 3-of-4 on a field goal drive -- helped him clinch the job.
Bradshaw Chipping Away At Jacobs' Job
Brandon Jacobs is still the starter, but through the first three games, Ahmad Bradshaw has been far more effective. He comes in earlier, gets the ball in more important situations and creates more of his own yardage. He's not just taking advantage of a tired defense sitting on its heels anymore. "You know what? You can't really tell they're on their heels," Bradshaw said after his 14-carry, 104-yard game against the Bucs. "When I'm in the game, they might even be more prepared for the run."
Chicago Still Doesn't Think They Need Derrick Brooks
The Chicago Bears have no plans to sign veteran free agent LB Derrick Brooks, according to a league source. The rib injury suffered by LB Hunter Hillenmeyer appears minor, and the team hopes he can play. The Bears expect to pick up another special teams linebacker this week but are comfortable with their depth and youth at the position for now, according to the source. Nick Roach, the starter at strong side linebacker, would likely start at middle linebacker if Hillenmeyer can?t play. The Bears have already lost Pro Bowl linebacker Brian Urlacher for the season.
Orlando Could Get Jags' Home Games
The Jaguars may begin playing regular season home games in Orlando, according to owner Wayne Weaver. In a recent interview with the Sentinel, Weaver said the NFL is likely to add two games and go to an 18-game regular season within the next three years. If it happens, Weaver, whose team is already struggling mightily to sell tickets in Jacksonville, is keeping a watchful eye on football-starved Orlando as a place where he could play games and grow his fan base. "There's certainly the possibility that we would play some out-of-market games," Weaver said. "If it happened, Orlando would be the best option and most reasonable location. "In the past, we have reached out to try and cultivate that market and haven't had as much success as we would have liked. We probably need to do a better job. That's a given. We are looking at a long-term strategy and thinking out of the box on how we can build a fan base in Orlando."
Pennington Decides On Surgery
Chad Pennington has elected to undergo a third surgery to his right shoulder to repair a torn capsule, sources said.
Agent: Crabtree Has Made Enough Money
Marketing agent Mike Ornstein says that Michael Crabtree has enough money from endorsement deals to survive.
Eagles Release Garcia, Sign Trotter
The Eagles have released quarterback Jeff Garcia and signed veteran linebacker Jeremiah Trotter.
Steelers May Bench Sweed For Drops
The Steelers may deactivate wide receiver Limas Sweed over his propensity to drop passes.
Freeney Likely Out Two Games
Colts defensive end Dwight Freeney is expected to miss two to three games with a strained quadriceps.
Sources: Felix Jones Out Several Weeks
The Cowboys will be without running back Felix Jones next week, according to sources.
NFL Power Rankings After Week 3
The Ravens rank third in our newest rankings behind a budding young star at quarterback, a bone-crushing running game and one of the NFL's best defensive units. How do the other 31 rank?
Dolphins Acquire Thigpen In Trade With Chiefs
The Dolphins have acquired Tyler Thigpen to replace Chad Pennington.
Romo Makes A Point Of Mentioning Zero Turnover Night
Tony Romo completed 66.7 percent of his passes and didn't throw an interception in Monday's win.
Singletary Abstains From Criticizing Offensive Coordinator
Mike Singletary didn't question the play-calling of coordinator Jimmy Raye on San Francisco's last drive in Minnesota.
Morris Calls Out Winslow
Raheem Morris criticized Kellen Winslow's effort during the first offensive series of Tampa Bay's 24-0 loss to the New York Giants on Sunday.
Bush And Kardashian Back On
Reggie Bush and Kim Kardashian have reconciled their relationship and are once again a couple.
Jets Won't Consider Trading David Harris
David Harris has become a valuable part of the Jets' linebacker corps.
Roethlisberger To Host WWE's Raw
Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger is scheduled to host WWE's Monday Night Raw this coming week.
Smith Botched Route On Delhomme's Interception
Panthers receiver Steve Smith took the blame for Jake Delhomme's costly interception against the Cowboys on Monday night.
Jauron Wants To Get Owens More Involved
Bills coach Dick Jauron wants to get receiver Terrell Owens more involved in the team's offense.
Jets WR Was Benched Due To Tweets
Jets wide receiver David Clowney was benched for Sunday's game against the Titans due to some controversial Tweets.
Owens Attacks Media Once Again
Bills receiver Terrell Owens claims that the media tried to force him to say something controversial following Sunday's loss to the Saints.
Struggling Titans Will Stick With Collins
The Titans are winless, but coach Jeff Fisher says that quarterback Kerry Collins isn't to blame.