Misc Rumor - Football Wiretap
Could Cardinals Cut Leinart?
Clark Judge of CBS Sports is reporting that Cardinals quarterback Matt Leinart is in danger of being cut. "People in and around the Cardinals' ballclub tell me that the former No. 1 pick might be cut, not because he hasn't completed a high percentage of passes -- because he has -- but because the players there have no faith in the guy and don't believe they can win with him," Judge writes. Leinart has said publicly that he's outplayed Derek Anderson this preseason in the race to become Arizona's starting quarterback.
Dolphins Go On Diamond Hunt
Several members of the Dolphins crawled across the field after practice on Tuesday looking for the lost diamond earring of defensive end Kendall Langford. Langford said he forgot to take out his earrings before practice and lost one of them during drills. He said the diamond was nearly 2.5 carats, which is why he was still on the field an hour after practice scanning the grass. "I've got a great group of guys out here helping me -- family-type guys," Langford said.
Seattle's Hill OKs Less Pay In 2010
Seahawks linebacker Leroy Hill recently agreed to a salary reduction from $6 million to $2.125 million as part of a deal wiping out the remaining years of his previous contract, according to a source. Hill is already facing a one-game NFL suspension to open the regular season. Seattle sent a strong message to Hill this offseason by asking him to stay away from team headquarters while a domestic-violence case worked its way through the courts. In May 2009, Hill had signed a six-year, $36 million contract featuring a $2 million bonus and base salaries of $5 million and $6 million in the first two years.
Buccaneers Release Ward
The Buccaneers have released running back Derrick Ward. "After practice today we were able to notify Mr. Ward," coach Raheem Morris said. "It's just like any other profession when it is time for you to depart. It's not a surprise anytime in our profession anytime we tell you to go -- can't say you're surprised. You have every day to go out there and prove yourself." Tampa Bay signed Ward to a big free-agent deal prior to the 2009 season after he rushed for 1,025 yards with the Giants in 2008.
Shaun Rogers Fined For Gun Charge
Browns defensive tackle Shaun Rogers was fined one game check for his offseason arrest for carrying a gun through an airport, the NFL announced Tuesday. An NFL source told ESPN Insider Adam Schefter that Rogers would forfeit approximately $300,000.
Antonio Bryant's Career May Be Over
The career of Antonio Bryant could be in jeopardy because of recurring knee problems, according to sources. Bryant struggled with knee issues last season. The Bengals released Bryant unexpectedly on Sunday. "He barely practiced in training camp and now this happens," said a league source. "The guy can't stay healthy at this point. He gets to the point that he's feeling good, then it swells on him again. When that keeps happening, that's a very strong indication that there are structural problems."
Ryan Still Confident Without Revis
Jets coach Rex Ryan is still confident about his team's chances even without All-Pro cornerback Darrell Revis. "We can get it done," Ryan said. "We've proved it all through the years. That's all I know is great defenses. That's what we stand for. It's not about one guy or one or two guys. ... This is what we do. We're a team defense. That's why I know our defense will play great. There's not a question in my mind that we'll play great. We play great team defense." Monday was Day 30 of the Revis holdout.
Polamalu's Hair Insured For $1M
The long, flowing black hair that tumbles out of Troy Polamalu's helmet and down his back has been insured for $1M by Head and Shoulders, the shampoo brand that is endorsed by the Steelers safety. The insurance was obtained through Lloyd's of London, which did not reveal what must be done to Polamalu's hair for anyone to collect on the policy, according to an ESPN.com report.
Browns Expect Ndamukong Suh Review
Lions rookie defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh grabbed Jake Delhomme's face mask, twisted it, wrapped his arms around the Browns quarterback's head and slammed him to the ground. Cleveland coach Eric Mangini expects the league to review Suh's rough treatment of Delhomme in Saturday's exhibition game in Detroit. Mangini said at his news conference Monday that he will ask the league to investigate the play, but he assumed it would do so anyway.
Tebow Inconsistent Against Steelers
Broncos rookie quarterback Tim Tebow had an inconsistent appearance against the Steelers on Sunday night. Tebow went 5-for-10 with 72 yards, one touchdown and an interception. He connected with Eric Decker on a three-yard scoring strike early in the fourth quarter. Tebow didn't rush the ball during his time on the field.
Shanahan, Haynesworth End Feud
Mike Shanahan and Albert Haynesworth joked about having a drink and cigar over the weekend.
Roethlisberger To Meet With Goodell
Ben Roethlisberger will meet with Roger Goodell after the preseason.
Whisenhunt Won't Hint At Starter
Matt Leinart or Derek Anderson will start for Arizona.
Dez Bryant May Play In Preseason Finale
Dez Bryant hasn't played in the preseason because of a high ankle sprain.
Favre Throws Two INTs, But Vikings Win
Brett Favre will be dealing with a banged up group of receivers early in the season.
Belichick Expects Impact From Maroney
Laurence Maroney hasn't gotten on the field much this preseason.
Vikings Searching For Third-Down Back
Chester Taylor moved onto the Bears this offseason.
Peyton Worried Umpire In Backfield Might Disrupt Offense
Peyton Manning isn't happy about the new positioning of umpires.
Jags Shut Down Jones-Drew Until Week 1
There were rumors that Maurice Jones-Drew underwent arthroscopic knee surgery this week.
Roethlisberger To Start, Dixon Will See Time
All three of Pittsburgh's quarterbacks will play against Denver on Sunday night.
Vincent Jackson Ready To Sit Out 2010
Chargers WR Vincent Jackson is prepared to sit out the season if he does not get a suitable long-term contract.
Turner Blames Down Season On Conditioning
Michael Turner says he got complacent after the 2008 season.
Quinn Making Progress With Broncos
Brady Quinn is starting to see things click in Denver.
Leinart Not Taking Demotion Well
Matt Leinart is disappointed that the Cardinals aren't going to start him against Chicago.
Bradford Impresses Against New England
Sam Bradford looked like a No. 1 overall pick on Thursday night.
Texans Owner Wants 18-Game Season
Robert McNair wants to see an effort made to work out an 18-game season.