October 2010 - Football Wiretap
Cable: Gradkowski Is Still Starter
Raiders coach Tom Cable says that Bruce Gradkowski is still the team's starting quarterback when healthy. Jason Campbell led Oakland to its first winning streak since 2008 when they defeated Seattle on Sunday. Campbell completed 15-of-27 passes for 310 yards and two touchdowns. Gradkowski is dealing with a shoulder injury.
Moss Declares Media Silence
Vikings wide receiver Randy Moss said after the team's loss to the Patriots on Sunday that he won't talk to the media for the remainder of the season. Moss had just one catch for eight yards in his return to New England, the team that traded him to Minnesota four weeks ago. Moss had not spoken to reporters since Oct. 13, taking a $25,000 fine from the NFL for failing to cooperate with the media. "I got fined $25,000 for not speaking to you all. Me, personally, I really don't care," Moss said. "But at the same time, I do answer questions throughout the week. For the league to fine me $25,000, I'm not going to answer any more questions for the rest of this year. If it's going to be an interview, I'm going to conduct [it]. ... I'll ask myself the questions, then give y'all the answers. So from here on out, I'm not answering any more questions for the rest of this season."
Asomugha To Have MRI On Ankle
Raiders cornerback Nnamdi Asomugha sprained his ankle in Sunday's win over the Seahawks and is expected to have an MRI. X-rays were negative and Oakland doesn't yet know the severity of the injury. Asomugha went down defending a deep pass to Seahawks wideout Golden Tate in the fourth quarter Sunday.
Redskins Bench McNabb Late In Loss
The Redskins benched quarterback Donovan McNabb late in their loss to the Lions on Sunday afternoon. McNabb was benched for Washington's final two possessions. Washington coach Mike Shanahan said Rex Grossman was more comfortable with the team's two-minute offense. "I thought that was the best scenario for us to win," Shanahan said. Grossman fumbled on his first play, Lions rookie Ndamukong Suh scooped up the football and returned it 17 yards for a touchdown. McNabb was 17-for-30 with 210 yards, a touchdown and an interception before he was benched.
LT Reaches 13,000-Yard Mark
Jets running back LaDainian Tomlinson made history with a eight-yard run on Sunday against the Packers. Tomlinson reached the 13,000-yard career rushing mark and joined Hall of Famer Walton Payton in an impressive club. He and Payton are the only players in NFL history to gain 13,000 yards rushing and 4,000 yards receiving. "It's a great honor for me," Tomlinson said. "The late, great Walter Payton, he was my favorite player of all time, the reason I wanted to play the position."
Favre Needs Stitches In Chin, Carted Off
Vikings quarterback Brett Favre left the team's loss to the Patriots on Sunday after a jarring hit in the fourth quarter. Favre struggled to get up and needed eight stitches to close a gash on his chin. He had to be helped off the field and was carted to the locker room soon after. He admitted to thinking "what in the world am I doing?" as he was being brought off the field. "Taking a seat at the end of the game is new for me," Favre said. "Going into the tunnel on the cart, [that's what] I thought to myself for a few brief seconds." Favre claims he didn't suffer a concussion.
Jerry Jones Apologizes To Fans
Cowboys owner Jerry Jones apologized to fans and asked for patience after the team's loss to the Jaguars on Sunday. "I'm embarrassed. Of course I am," Jones said Sunday. "And, to every fan, I should have and do take the ultimate, ultimate responsibility. I do. That's the way we're structured. That's the way I run it. There's no question that I have the plan and executing it to have the best players and the best coaching that we can have. I'm dumbfounded that we are 1-7." Jones misspoke. The Cowboys are actually 1-6. "You couldn't get me to say it, but you know that I thought we had a team here that could be one of the top competitive teams in the NFL," Jones continued. "I'm very, very, very sorry to our fans. You should have better than this. "You can tell by the way some of the things that we've done to certainly make the Cowboys everything you want them to be, you should be able to tell that I won't rest until we've figured some things out to get us in a different spot. ... What it is, I don't have that."
Jason Taylor Reportedly Leaning Towards Retirment
Jets defensive end Jason Taylor is leaning towards retirement at the end of the season, according to a league source. The evidence comes from the fact that Taylor, 36, has hired CAA for his off-field interests.
Wayne Ready To Step Up Offensively
Colts wide receiver Reggie Wayne is prepared to step up offensively in the wake of injuries to Austin Collie and Dallas Clark. "Since (Austin) Collie is down and Dallas (Clark) is down, I've got to bring back the ol' me," Wayne said. Wayne had 45 catches for 602 yards and two touchdowns this season.
Brady Wants More Out Of Offense
Patriots quarterback Tom Brady wants more out of the team's offense. New England was held to 179 yards in last week's win over San Diego. "There are certainly some things they did that were very challenging for us," Brady said. "At the same time, I'd like to think we can make some of those plays, too. Some days, you have a bad day at the office. ... We did in the first half and we played better in the second half. Hopefully that carries over into this week of practice because we can't have a bad half of football against this team. We have to play 60 good minutes of football."
Steelers Sign DL Steve McLendon
Pittsburgh signed McLendon to shore up their defensive line.
49ers Plan To Give Westbrook More Carries
San Francisco is looking to give Frank Gore more carries.
Newman Set To Play Despite Rib Strain
Terence Newman hurt himself while making an interception against the Giants on Monday night.
Wisconsin To Halt Politics For Packers
There will be no political phone calls or door knocks during Sunday's Packers game.
Fisher: 'Good Chance' Young Will Start
Vince Young missed last Sunday's game against the Eagles because of a sprained left knee.
Magic Johnson May Buy Portion Of Dolphins
Magic Johnson recently met with Dolphins owner Stephen Ross.
Sterger's Lawyer Expects Meeting With NFL
Jenn Sterger's attorney expects her to meet with the NFL next week.
Favre Throws Passes, Questionable For Pats
The Vikings may not decide until right before kickoff whether or not Brett Favre will start.
Jets Sticking To Two-Man Rushing Attack
LaDainian Tomlinson has been more productive than Shonn Greene.
Moss Fined $25K For Not Talking With Media
Randy Moss hasn't spoken to the media since Oct. 13.
Buccaneers Waive Keydrick Vincent
Keydrick Vincent is a 10th-year pro who signed with the Buccaneers as a free agent in July.
Versus Cancels Sterger's TV Show
Jenn Sterger hasn't caught many breaks in recent months.
Jackson Signs Tender With Chargers
Vincent Jackson ended his lengthy holdout on Friday.
Super Bowl Ads Selling At Quicker Rate Than 2010
Last year's ads went for between $2.5 million and $3 million for a 30-second spot.
Goodell Supports European Expansion
Roger Goodell foresees multiple games in Europe and eventually expansion overseas.