Misc Rumor - Football Wiretap
Polian Says He Was 'Imprecise' On New Schedule
Colts President Bill Polian says he was ?very imprecise? when he described an 18-game schedule as a done deal, according to an Associated Press report. Two days after saying a longer schedule is a ?fait accompli? on his local radio show, Polian returned to the airways Wednesday and told ESPN?s ?Mike and Mike In The Morning? program what he meant was that the Colts are preparing as if the 18-game season is going to happen.
Spartans' Dantonio To Coach From Press Box
Michigan State's Mark Dantonio plans to coach his team Saturday when the No. 24 Spartans host No. 11 Wisconsin, two weeks after he was hospitalized following a mild heart attack, as reported by ESPN.com. Looking upbeat and even wisecracking about eating more vegetables, Dantonio announced his intentions Tuesday after showing up at the team's weekly news conference.
Agent: Carney To Kick Again For Saints
Veteran kicker John Carney is returning to the New Orleans Saints. Carney?s agent, Jack Mills, confirmed in an e-mail Tuesday to The Associated Press that his client would be signing with his former team. Terms of the contract weren?t released.
Jones: Phillips' Job Not In Jeopardy
Coach Wade Phillips' job is not in any jeopardy, Cowboys owner/GM Jerry Jones said Friday. "I can just give you a very affirmative 'no,' " Jones told KRLD-FM in Dallas when asked whether he has lost any confidence in his coach, or if Phillips could be fired if the Cowboys fall to 0-3.
Ed Reed Trying To Get Off PUP
Ravens safety Ed Reed called the NFLPA last week in an attempt to reduce his mandatory six-week inactive stint on the PUP list. "I thought I could have got it reduced," said Reed, who is recovering from offseason hip surgery and won't be allowed to play before the Oct. 24 game against the Bills. "Maybe I should've called [commissioner Roger] Goodell. It's all in the game. You've got to abide by the rules and all I can do is take advantage of this time, and I know these guys are going to do their jobs."
NFL Won't Allow Bills Fan To Serve Bowling Ball Shots
The NFL is interceding in the tailgate of a Bills fan. After 21 years of tailgating in the same lot outside Ralph Wilson Stadium, Ken Johnson plans to take his party across the street starting with the next home game in two weeks. Johnson has a tradition of drinking shots of Polish cherry liqueur out of the thumbhole of a bowling ball. "It disappoints me that I have to move away from a lot where I've been for about 20 years, but I saw it coming a long time ago," said Johnson. "I have known for a long time that they want to sanitize Lot 1 and turn it into a family lot."
Bush Still Not Admitting Guilt
Saints running back Reggie Bush still isn't admitting guilt of doing anything wrong while at USC. Bush said his decision to give his 2005 Heisman Trophy back isn't an admission of guilt. The NCAA punished USC after concluding that Bush and his family took money and gifts from sports agents while Bush played for the Trojans.
49ers Will Retire Rice's No. 80 On Monday
The 49ers will honor Hall of Fame wide receiver Jerry Rice on Monday night by retiring his No. 80 jersey. San Francisco will host New Orleans in their home opener. Rice will serve as an honorary team captain before Monday's game, when he will be formally presented with his Pro Football Hall of Fame ring.
Welker: Rehab Could Take Another Year
Patriots wide receiver Wes Welker says that it could take a full year before he's 100 percent back to the player he was before tearing his ACL last January. "I don't know if I can really put a number on it," Welker said when asked how he feels. "It takes a full year until I'm me again, is what they say. I'm just trying to take it a day at a time and do what I can with what I got right now." Welker added that he hopes to shed his knee brace at some point this year. "I'm definitely ready to get rid of it," he said. "At the same time, we're going to be cautious with it."
Portis Quiet On Female Reporters
Redskins running back Clinton Portis is no longer discussing female reporters. When asked about his remarks at his weekly media availability, Portis held up a notebook with the words "NO COMMENT" written on it. Washington defensive lineman Albert Haynesworth put a piece of black athletic tape on Portis' mouth. It was on a radio show Tuesday that Portis tried to explain the dynamics of having female reporters in NFL locker rooms. "I think you put women reporters in the locker room in position to see guys walking around naked, and you sit in the locker room with 53 guys, and all of the sudden you see a nice woman in the locker room. I think men are going to tend to turn and look and want to say something to that woman," he said. Portis continued: "You know, somebody got to spark her interest, or she's going to want somebody. I don't know what kind of woman won't, if you get to go and look at 53 men's packages. I know you're doing a job, but at the same time, the same way I'm going to cut my eye if I see somebody worth talking to, I'm sure they do the same thing."
Jackson's Suspension To Be Reduced If Traded
Vincent Jackson could play in Week 5 if he's traded.
Vick Preparing For First Start In Four Years
Michael Vick hasn't started an NFL game since 2006.
Chargers Fearing First Blackout Since 2004
The Chargers aren't selling as many tickets as expected this season.
Revis Responds To Moss Comments
Darrelle Revis held Randy Moss in check in two meetings last season.
Young Didn't Want Bush's Heisman
Vince Young wasn't interested in being awarded the 2005 Heisman.
Hill To Start In Place Of Stafford
Matt Stafford will miss Sunday's game with a shoulder injury.
Dixon To Start Again For Steelers
Mike Tomlin wants to see Dennis Dixon develop with Ben Roethlisberger out.
Moss Wants To Remain With New England
Bill Belichick told Randy Moss to watch what he does or says in the future.
Portis Apologizes For Comments On Female Reporters
Clinton Portis gave his opinion on female reporters in the locker room and then later issued an apology.
Stafford Says He's Not Injury Prone
Matt Stafford has suffered three significant injuries in 11 games.
Man Dies After Collapsing At Gillette
A man died after suffering a heart attack at Gillette Stadium on Sunday afternoon.
McDaniels: Tebow Won't Sub For Orton
Josh McDaniels used Tim Tebow on three plays against Jacksonville.
Moss, Belichick Reportedly Meet
Bill Belichick and Randy Moss met to discuss the receiver's post-game rant on Sunday.
Brady: Any QB Would Want Moss
Tom Brady wants Randy Moss to remain in New England for as long as possible.
Reid: Kolb Remains No. 1 QB
If healthy, Kevin Kolb will start for the Eagles at quarterback.
Kraft Claims Pats Never Had Deal With Mankins
It was reported on Sunday that a deal between the Patriots and Logan Mankins broke down when the player refused to apologize for making critical comments.