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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.
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.
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.
Browns D-Coordinator Upset Over Protest
Browns defensive coordinator Rob Ryan is upset over a planned protest by the team's fans. Two longtime season-ticket holders are planning a protest before Cleveland's Monday night game on Nov. 16, urging fans to stay away from their seats for the opening kickoff. "That [ticks] me off. This is Cleveland. They're going to show up and back this damn team," Ryan said. "This is a town that's tough and that loves football. Nobody's happy. I hate me, too. So they hate me. Great. Doesn't mean you turn your back. "I've got a kid who flunked a class one time and it [ticked] me off. I don't turn my back on him. I go get a tutor and help him."
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. "Every time you throw the ball, (Freeney is) a factor. As a quarterback, you probably have anywhere from a second and a half to sometimes four seconds to make your decision and throw the ball," Brady told the Indianapolis Star. "With Freeney, it's probably consistently around two seconds with sometimes being from the time the ball is snapped, a second and a half, you've got to throw that ball. There's no time for decision-making. "You're making your decision before the ball is snapped based on the coverage."
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. "I wish I had ownership in this team," Lewis told The News-Herald. "I wish [owner] Randy Lerner would entertain the thought. I'd do a whole lot organizationally. It's a bad time, right? Business is struggling, and this is a business." Lewis was then asked what his first change would be if he were Cleveland's owner. "I'm not going to give you that," Lewis said. "I wish I could. It's all about accountability. That's what I would instill ? accountability among everybody. That's how I run my businesses, and they're pretty good businesses. "Everybody is accountable for something. I don't just put it on my employees. I put it on management. I put it on my executives I'm paying the big bucks to. I put it on my executives and management and then everything trickles down to the employees. "I'm not saying that's lacking here, but at the same time, if you were to buy a business that isn't doing well, the first thing you need to look at is who is accountable for areas not doing well and handle it from there."
Jason Taylor Confident He Can Still Play
Dolphins defensive end Jason Taylor is confident that he's still an NFL-caliber player. He is in the midst of his 13th professional season. "I know I'm 35 and everyone thinks I kicked the bucket already. But I know I can still play," Taylor told the Palm Beach Post. Taylor is on pace for 15 sacks this season.
Turner: Chargers Have To Improve Goal-Line Offense
Chargers coach Norv Turner wants to see his team become more efficient at the goal line. "We can be a good goal-line team," Turner told the San Diego Union-Tribune. "It was a chance for us to go after them. I know what our guys want to do. We were down there. They want to run the football, and I gave them a chance to do it." The Chargers have driven themselves into nine goal-to-go situations inside the five-yard line this season, which is tied for second-most in the league. They have just three touchdowns in such situations; a 33% success rate.
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.
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.
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.
Chiefs, Johnson Working On Settlement
Larry Johnson and the Chiefs are working on a settlement to determine his future with the franchise.
Johnson Won't Be In Kansas City Long-Term
Whether he is released during the 2009 season or soon after it, Larry Johnson's future in Kansas City will be brief.
MJD: Jaguars Are NFL's Best Team
Maurice Jones-Drew believes that the Jaguars are the NFL's best team.
Jets' Sanchez Donates Hot Dogs To Charity
Jets rookie quarterback Mark Sanchez has donated 500 hot dogs and 500 hamburgers to the Community Soup Kitchen of Morristown, N.J.
Panthers Sticking With Delhomme
Jake Delhomme is still the starting quarterback of the Panthers despite his NFL-high 13 interceptions.
Favre's '96 Packers: '09 Vikings Aren't Better
Earlier this season, Brett Favre said that the 2009 Vikings were the best team he has played for in his career.
Buccaneers Turn To Freeman At Quarterback
The Buccaneers have named 2009 first-round pick Josh Freeman their starting quarterback.
Cerrato: Redskins Gave Zorn A Playoff-Caliber Roster
Redskins executive Vinny Cerrato believes the team has given coach Jim Zorn all the tools needed to win.
Bush: Saints Can Go Undefeated, I'll Be MVP One Day
Reggie Bush believes that the Saints have a chance to go undefeated during the regular season.
Chiefs To Release Larry Johnson
The Kansas City Chiefs will sever ties with problematic running back Larry Johnson, according to a team source that spoke to RealGM's Jeff Risdon.
Redskins Won't Allow Fans To Bring Signs
The Redskins are no longer allowing fans to bring signs to games at FedEx Field.
Seymour: Raiders Couldn't Beat High School Team
Just one week ago, Richard Seymour said he felt as though the Raiders could make the playoffs.
Texans Aren't Concerned By Slaton's Fumbles
The Texans are sticking by running back Steve Slaton despite his fumbles issues.