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Old 12-16-2008, 12:07 PM   #301
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Pro Football Weekly
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Dec. 12, 2008
By Dan Parr

Hillis expected to return in different role for Broncos next season


Updated at 9:55 a.m. EST Monday, Dec. 15

The Broncos’ backfield lost yet another valuable piece in Week 14, as Peyton Hillis became the sixth Denver running back to suffer a serious injury this season. After Hillis sustained a season-ending hamstring tear, he joined four other rushers — Michael Pittman, Andre Hall, Ryan Torain and Anthony Alridge — on injured reserve. A fifth banged-up Bronco, Selvin Young, has missed seven of the last nine games with a nagging groin injury.

Losing Hillis was a surprisingly devastating blow for Denver. A month earlier, Hillis was only a fullback that made occasional contributions to the passing game as a receiver. He had evolved into the team’s tough, hard-charging featured back in a matter of weeks, scoring five rushing TDs in four starts. Following his injury, the Broncos are scratching rock bottom with a makeshift collection of rushers, led by Tatum Bell, who was out of the league until about a month ago, and P.J. Pope.

While Hillis is done for the rest of 2008, sources in Denver say he figures greatly into the club’s plans for next season, although not as a featured back. We hear head coach Mike Shanahan envisions Hillis fulfilling a role as an H-back, and, while they play different positions, he could have similar duties to those that the Colts’ Dallas Clark and Redskins’ Chris Cooley have handled in the past, one team observer told PFW. The Broncos think Hillis, who caught seven passes for 116 yards and TD vs. the Dolphins in Week Nine, has good hands and they want to utilize him as a receiver. He also could be called upon in short-yardage situations and near the goal line, where he is particularly effective as a bruising, straight-ahead rusher.

We’re told the Broncos still have high hopes for Torain, who was able to play in just two games his rookie year after tearing his ACL in Week 10. He missed the first half of the season because of an elbow injury.

As for the rest of the assortment of backs, all could return next season, but if things work out the way Shanahan would like, Torain will be Denver’s top rusher in ’09. It’s nice to know, though, that Hillis provides some reliable insurance in case another slew of injuries wipes the slate of true running backs clean.

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DROUGHNS TO IR

Posted by Mike Florio on December 16, 2008, 7:38 p.m.

The New York Giants officially have added receiver Derek Hagan to the roster.

Per a league source, a roster spot was created for Hagan by placing running back Reuben Droughns on injured reserve.

Hagan adds depth to a depth chart that is missing Plaxico Burress.
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PRESIDENT VERMEIL?

Posted by Mike Florio on December 16, 2008, 10:05 p.m.

There’s a strong rumor making the rounds in league circles that former Chiefs coach Dick Vermeil could return as team president following the departure of long-time G.M., president, and COEO Carl Peterson.

It was Peterson who lured Vermeil out of retirement to coach the Chiefs in 2001, only one season after Vermeil went bawling into the sunset after taking the Rams to a Super Bowl title.

Though it’s possible that Vermeil will serve as G.M. as well, we’re guessing that the Chiefs will be setting up a Parcells-style structure in Kansas City, with a G.M. and a head coach reporting directly to Vermeil.

If Vermeil gets the top job, the chances of Herm Edwards sticking around increases significantly, since Edwards played for Vermeil in Philadelphia.
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Old 12-17-2008, 06:43 AM   #305
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Feds: Dorsett's nephew ran Pa. cocaine ring

ALIQUIPPA, Pa. (AP) - Federal prosecutors in Pittsburgh say they have broken up a cocaine ring headed by the nephew of Hall of Fame running back Tony Dorsett.


Authorities say 31-year-old Anthony Dorsett, of Aliquippa, and 12 others have been selling crack and powder cocaine since 2003. An indictment unsealed Tuesday detailed the operation as authorities arrested most of the suspects. They say Anthony Dorsett was arrested Saturday in West Virginia.
The alleged drug trafficking was centered in the Linmar Terrace public housing complex in Aliquippa, about 25 miles northwest of Pittsburgh. Tony Dorsett starred at neighboring Hopewell High School before attending Pitt, where he won the Heisman Trophy in 1976 before going on to play for the Dallas Cowboys.

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Old 12-17-2008, 06:47 AM   #306
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Colts uncertain on status for Addai, Sanders

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - The Indianapolis Colts could get Bob Sanders and Joseph Addai back in the lineup Thursday night.
Then again, maybe not.
Coach Tony Dungy told reporters Tuesday he thought both would play against Jacksonville and both were listed as full participants in Tuesday's practice.
But after practice, team president Bill Polian offered a different assessment.
"Joseph is questionable, and Bob, I think, is, too," Polian told NFL Network. "I would say Bob's chances are probably 51-49 of playing."
Addai sat out Sunday's game, a 31-21 victory over Detroit, with a right shoulder injury. Sanders has missed four of the last five games with swelling in his right knee, the same knee on which he had surgery while missing five games earlier this season with a high ankle sprain.
Sanders, the 2007 NFL Defensive Player of the Year, has missed nine games in 2008.
The Colts will be without middle linebacker Gary Brackett, the defensive captain. Brackett has missed the last two games after cracking a bone in his lower right leg. Dungy initially said Brackett would miss at least two games, but the short week will force him to miss another game.
Defensive end Dwight Freeney, selected to his fourth Pro Bowl on Tuesday, was one of four players who did not practice. Freeney typically sits out at least one practice each week to rest.
Also out were receiver Marvin Harrison (knee), who needs five catches to become the third player in league history with 1,100; backup running back Chad Simpson (ankle); and Brackett. Simpson scored his first career touchdown Sunday after spraining his ankle a week earlier against Cincinnati. If the Colts win Thursday night, they would clinch the top wild-card spot in the AFC.
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Gibran Hamdan-QB-Bills


The Bills are considering starting QB Gibran Hamdan for the final two games of the season.

J.P. Losman has done nothing to help the Bills or his own future while filling in for Trent Edwards (groin). Coach Dick Jauron has yet to make up his mind, but don't be surprised to see the 2006 NFL Europe MVP out there if Edwards can't return.
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According to ProFootballTalk, former Chiefs coach Dick Vermeil could return as team president following Monday's resignation of Carl Peterson.

PFT suggests that Vermeil would set up a Bill Parcells-style operation in Kansas City, with a GM and a head coach out of the Vermeil coaching tree. Herm Edwards played under Vermeil in Philadelphia, so his odds of keeping the job figure to increase should this scenario play out.
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The Bills are considering starting QB Gibran Hamdan for the final two games of the season.
he'll put up at least 20 fantasy pts this week. grab em
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Old 12-17-2008, 09:06 AM   #310
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If the Bills were smart they'd start Losman against Denver letting him look like an all pro then find some team - read Chiefs - to fleece for some draft picks and/or players.
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REGGIE BUSH DONE FOR SEASON

Posted by Michael David Smith on December 17, 2008, 1:32 p.m. EST

New Orleans Saints running back/punt returner Reggie Bush is out for the season with a knee injury.

The Saints placed Bush on on injured reserve today as a result of a left knee injury he suffered in the Saints’ loss to the Bears on Thursday night.

The details of the knee injury are not known, although with only two games left in the season and the Saints out of the playoffs, it could just be a precautionary measure. Bush had arthroscopic surgery on his left knee this season.

New Orleans has signed free agent cornerback Michael Lehan to take Bush’s place on the 53-man roster.
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TARVARIS JACKSON TO START SUNDAY

Posted by Michael David Smith on December 18, 2008, 2:21 p.m. EST

Tarvaris Jackson will remain the Vikings’ starting quarterback for at least one more week.

Sean Jensen of the Pioneer Press reports that Vikings offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell said Jackson will start Sunday against the Falcons and Gus Frerotte will back him up.

“I think it’s big for him,” Bevell said. “He had an opportunity that was presented to him, and he played well in the opportunity, and he showed progression, so as long as he continues do that, then that bodes well for him for his future.”

The news comes two days after head coach Brad Childress declined to say whether Jackson or Frerotte was the starter. It’s not clear how much of the decision to start Jackson is because of his strong play Sunday against the Cardinals, and how much is because Frerotte is still hurting from a back injury.
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BOLDIN, ARRINGTON COULD BE OUT SUNDAY

Posted by Josh Alper on December 18, 2008, 7:39 p.m.

It doesn’t sound like receiver Anquan Boldin or running back J.J. Arrington will be in the lineup when the Cardinals travel to New England on Sunday. Both players have missed the last two days of practice and coach Ken Whisenhunt admitted that the team’s being very cautious about their health.

“Obviously, in this type of situation, where you have a game two weeks away, you want to make sure you got as many of your guys available for that game,” Whisenhunt said. “That’s got to take priority … If this was a game that for us meant to get into the playoffs, it would be a completely different scenario.”

The Cardinals have already sewn up the NFC West and, no matter how their final two games play out, have no chance at a first-round bye. Steve Breaston would start in place of Boldin, who has a shoulder injury. Tim Hightower and Edgerrin James would cover the running back workload if Arrington, battling a sprained knee, can’t go.
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NO SUSPENSION FOR KACZUR

Posted by Mike Florio on December 19, 2008, 11:49 a.m. EST

In light of the three-game suspension recently imposed on Jags receiver Matt Jones arising from charges of felony cocaine possession, several readers have asked us whether Patriots offensive lineman Nick Kazcur is facing a suspension after being arrested earlier this year for possession of OxyContin.

Said NFL spokesman Greg Aiello of Kaczur: “The matter was resolved internally and the status of any player in the substance abuse or conduct programs is confidential.”

In other words, there will be no suspension.

The key is that Kaczur’s criminal matter was resolved without any finding of a ”violation of the law related to substances of abuse other than alcohol.” If he had been convicted, pleaded guilty or no contest, or entered a diversion program (as Jones did), Kaczur most likely would have been slapped with a suspension.

Instead, Kaczur pleaded guilty to speeding, after helping bust the guy who had sold him the OxyContin. (The seller, Danial Ekasala, pleaded guilty and was senteced last week to 42 months, and the judge said the sentence would have been stiffer if Ekasala hadn’t tried to get Kaczur to stop taking the drug.)

That said, Kaczur’s conduct likely has landed him in the substance abuse program, and will require him to engage in extensive drug testing. It’s also possible that he already was at a low level of the program and that this incident bumped him up a notch; ideally, nothing about a player’s status in the program is disclosed until a suspension is imposed and all internal appeals have been exhausted.

Still, there’s something about this that doesn’t sit well with us. What Kaczur did is not much different that what Jones did. The only difference is that Kaczur snitched on his supplier and so the drug charge disappeared.

In our view, then, the league needs to tie its penalties under the substance abuse policy to factors that don’t rely on the exercise of prosecutorial discretion. Doing so can, as we’ve seen in the cases of Kaczur and Jones, lead to inequitable results.
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BUCS EXPECT BROOKS, GARCIA TO PLAY

Posted by Michael David Smith on December 19, 2008, 4:25 p.m.

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers got some good news heading into their must-win game against the Chargers on Sunday: Their veteran leaders on both sides of the ball are expected to play.

Coach Jon Gruden said linebacker Derrick Brooks is likely to play despite a rib injury, and quarterback Jeff Garcia will start despite a calf injury.

Brooks has been limited in practice this week, and there was concern that he’d have to miss a game for the first time in his 14-year career. But Gruden said Brooks has shown his trademark toughness and ability to recuperate quickly.

“We’ll get to the stadium and make sure everything is accurate, but it does appear our captain will be back,” Gruden said. “It’s a credit to him.”

As for Garcia, Gruden said, “I believe he’ll be the starter. … I do expect him to start the game. I know we’ll need him.”

Wide receiver Joey Galloway is also expected to be active Sunday. Galloway hasn’t played in two weeks and hasn’t caught a pass in almost two months.
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GIANTS OPTIMISTIC JACOBS WILL PLAY AGAINST PANTHERS

Posted by Tim MacMahon on December 19, 2008, 4:24 p.m.

Coach Tom Coughlin is planning to have running back Brandon Jacobs for the Giants’ battle with the Panthers, which could decide the NFC’s top seed. Jacobs is officially listed as questionable with a knee injury that caused him to miss last week’s loss to the Cowboys.

“Jacobs has practiced, really, all three days,” Coughlin said Friday, per the NFL Network’s Adam Schefter. “Barring something that would be a setback –- which means we have to see tomorrow morning, basically –- and hopefully he will go.”

Jacobs has been optimistic all week that he’d play Sunday. Matter of fact, he told a group of teachers Tuesday that he should have played last week.
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Carolina might just beat the Giants down this weekend.
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ALAMEDA, Calif. (AP)—Oakland Raiders receiver Ashley Lelie will miss the final two games of the season because of a calf injury. The team activated tight end Darrell Strong from the practice squad Saturday.

Lelie is the fourth Oakland receiver placed on the season-ending injured reserve list this year, joining Javon Walker (ankle), Drew Carter (knee) and rookie Arman Shields (knee).
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GORE OUT AGAIN

Posted by Mike Florio on December 21, 2008, 11:56 a.m.

As the San Francisco 49ers go for their sixth win of the season, they’ll do it again without running back Frank Gore.

Gore, according to Adam Schefter of NFL Network, won’t play against the Rams due to a sprained ankle.

He’s expected to be available for the team’s finale next week against the Redskins.
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OCHO OUCHO

Posted by Mike Florio on December 21, 2008, 12:01 p.m.

When the Bengals and Browns square off in Cleveland on Sunday, receiver Braylon Edwards officially will be the biggest butthole receiver on the field.

Per Adam Schefter of NFL Network, Cincinnati receiver Chad Johnson a/k/a Ocho Cinco a/k/a Whiny b**** With Athletic Talent won’t play due to a hamstring injury.

Also in Cleveland, tight end Kellen Winslow (ankle) is inactive, and Carson Palmer is dressed out as the third quarterback.
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Props to Isaac Bruce....this weekend he became the 5th WR to reach 1,000 career receptions.

Bruce joined Jerry Rice (1,549), Cris Carter (1,101), Marvin Harrison (1,095) and Brown (1,094) in the 1,000-reception club.

He also passed Tim Brown and is in 2nd place on the all time receiving yardage list with 14,936 yards. Jerry Rice is way out in front with 22,895 yards.
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SMITH-QUINN FIGHT CONFIRMED

Posted by Mike Florio on December 22, 2008, 7:52 p.m.

At a time when Browns coach Romeo Crennel is publicly hinting that something happened and Browns quarterback Brady Quinn is privately insisting that nothing occurred, Browns tight end Darnell Dinkins said on WQAL-AM that an altercation indeed occurred last week between defensive lineman Shaun Smith and Quinn — and that Quinn has a mark on his face to show for it.

We’ve separately heard from a source with knowledge of the situation that, indeed, Smith and Quinn got into it. Here are the details that have been shared with us.

The incident occurred during a weightlifting session on Monday, December 15. After a verbal altercation, between the two, Smith punched Quinn in the face. And, as Dinkins said, we’re told Quinn has a mark on his face.

Teammates then intervened and pulled the players apart. While being separated, Smith threw a ten-pound weight at Quinn. The weight did not strike Quinn.

That said, Quinn continues to claim privately that nothing happened.

Smith didn’t practice last week due to a supposed calf injury and didn’t play on Sunday, but the tea leaves suggest that the whole thing was aimed at suspending Smith with pay without having to disclose that yet another wheel have flown off the team’s wagon.

Further proof that the team is merely trying to keep things quiet? WQAL reportedly was prohibited by its parent company, CBS Radio, from replaying the audio of Dinkins’ interview.

UPDATE: Apparently, Dinkins is now claiming that he didn’t say that a fight occurred, and Quinn is claiming that he has no mark on his face. Quinn could be speaking out about the situation soon.
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PHILLIPS TO BE BACK FOR THE ‘BOYS?

Posted by Mike Florio on December 22, 2008, 11:31 p.m. EST

Another very intriguing nugget shared by ESPN’s Chris Mortensen on Monday Night Countdown is that Cowboys owner Jerry Jones doesn’t plan to part ways with coach Wade Phillips.

Jones, per Mort, cited the economic climate and the looming labor problems as factors for his current inclination to bring Phillips back.

This tells us a couple of things. First, even the richest of the rich folk are feeling the pinch of the recession, given that Jones apparently isn’t inclined to pay Phillips (and offensive coordinator Jason Garrett) a seven-figure buyout, and then to pay a new coach with a big name really big money.

Second, the league and the union could indeed be on a collision course for a work stoppage, and Jones doesn’t want to be paying Bill Cowher or Mike Holmgren $9 million or so per year to coach an empty locker room come 2011.

The big-picture reality, however, is that the team has not yet bottomed out in Jones’ mind, even after that embarrassing loss to close out Texas Stadium.

Or maybe Jones knows that it has, but that as a practical matter there’s nothing he can or will do about it other than keep his head down, and keep pushing forward.
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Chicago blocks a FG that would have won the game for Green Bay.

Going to OT.
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Chicago wins 20-17 in OT.
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